Inside ASUS N551VW – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

The new ASUS N551VW doesn’t differ on the inside from its older predecessor except for the slightly improved cooling system. We are not sure whether this small change will bring a lot of improvement but that’s a whole other story, which we will address in our full review.

Anyway, the small change translates into the small copper plates around the CPU and GPU. Now the internals have exactly the same build as the G551, but that’s not bad at all.

And these are the currently available configurations: http://amzn.to/1PWVo8b

1. Removing the service cover

There’s a small opening that let’s you tweak the WLAN module, 2.5-inch HDD/SSD (speedy HGST 1TB HDD @7200 rpm) and the two available RAM slots, one of which is occupied by a 8GB RAM chip. Only two screws keep the cover in place, but be sure to proceed with removing the battery before doing anything else.


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Speaking of, the battery is ASUS-made rated at 56 Wh.

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2. Removing the bottom cover

If you want to just clean up the fans, you will have to perform almost full teardown, but that’s not a hard task at all. You just need to keep unscrewing all the bolts from the bottom and then easily detach it. Try prying up the bottom casing with thin plastic tool or credit card will do just fine.


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Once you’ve opened the notebook, you will have access to the whole motherboard including the mSATA slot for extra storage.

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Milli
Milli
6 years ago

Important to add that it’s not a normal mSATA but a mini mSATA!

Leon Yaakobov
Leon Yaakobov
6 years ago

I do not see the mSATA
I want to upgrade to the one new

Leon Yaakobov
Leon Yaakobov
6 years ago

Can you please prescribe me some models that fit me perfectly?

Gayatri Prasad
5 years ago

There is a slot for m.2 ssd??

nice I am buying this

Rossen Pandev
5 years ago
Reply to  Gayatri Prasad

No, it’s an mSATA. Big difference.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Hi..the Crucial Technical Support indicates compatibility with m.2 ssd interface. Is there?

Sharkey UK
Sharkey UK
5 years ago

BEFORE TAKING THE BASE COVER OFF there are a few wires to disconnect to avoid damage. There is a small connector next to the memory slots, the wires are very thin so take care. Also under a small access cover in the battery bay is the display connector. Unplug it using the plastic tag provided. Finally, 2 very small antenna connections on the wireless card. Also remove the DVD drive to reveal 2 hidden screws. The base will only release if the screen is open more than 90 degrees.

Soner Tari
Soner Tari
5 years ago

Has anyone tried to upgrade a ASUS N551VW to 2x16GB=32GB RAM? Is it possible?

Foggy
Foggy
5 years ago
Reply to  Soner Tari

I would also like to know, can anyone help?

Foggy
Foggy
5 years ago
Reply to  Foggy

Also does anybody know the dimensions of the msata mini, I would also like to replace the 128gb which came with laptop

Cavlin
Cavlin
5 years ago

My N551VW says there are 4 ram slots, 2 of which are in use but im not sure where the other 2 slots are.

apodrapo1223@gmail.com
5 years ago
Reply to  Cavlin

Only 2 RAM slots my dear they told you wrong specs

Soner Tari
Soner Tari
5 years ago

Windows 10 and CPU-Z report that there are 4 slots, but there are only 2.

Aernath
4 years ago

Why just one crooked photo at the most important part. More photos of mSATA and slot entrance please! :b

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