Inside ASUS TUF A17 (FA706) 2021 – disassembly and upgrade options
ASUS dropped the bomb by being the first to equip their notebooks with both NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series graphics cards and the Zen 3 architecture from AMD. Take a look at the result from the inside.
1. Remove the bottom plate
This device’s bottom panel is secured by 11 Phillips-head screws. Once again, the bottom left one is captive, and lifts the edge slightly after being undone. This is exactly where you want to start the prying process.
Interestingly, when it comes to the battery, we see a very big unit. The device is supplied with a 90Wh package.
3. Memory and storage
Upgradability-wise, we see two RAM SODIMM slots, that support up to 32GB of RAM in dual-channel, according to ASUS. Additionally, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots for storage, one of which is placed in a rather awkward position.
4. Cooling system
Here, we see a cooling solution, consisting of four heat pipes. Three of them are cooling both the CPU and the GPU, and end up in three heat spreaders, while the fourth one cools down the graphics memory and the VRMs.