Inside ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (FX706, 2021) – disassembly and upgrade options
Here, we will show you how to upgrade one of the most popular gaming laptops on the market. It is a pretty good deal for both gamers and people that need the sheer power of the hardware.
ASUS TUF Gaming F17
- Intel Core i7-11800H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 95W)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To take this notebook apart, you need to undo 11 Phillips-head screws. The top left one remains attached and lifts the bottom panel, which allows you to start the prying process from there. After you are done, lift the panel away from the chassis.
This unit is equipped with a 90Wh battery pack. And if you want to remove it, you first need to unplug the battery connector. Then, simply undo all four Phillips-head screws, and you will be able to remove the unit from the device.
3. Memory and storage
Here, you can see two SODIMM slots. According to ASUS, it supports up to 32GB of dual-channel memory. There are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, of which one supports Gen 4 drives.
4. Cooling system
Cooling-wise, we see a design with three heat pipes, shared between the CPU and the GPU. A fourth one is actively cooling the graphics memory and the VRMs.
ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (FX706, 2021) in-depth review
It wasn't long ago before we showed you the ASUS TUF Gaming F17 FX706. However, like many other manufacturers, ASUS itself has released facelifts of some of its most popular laptops. Including the FX706. Generally, it looks pretty similar, but it brings a lot of new hardware. Since it was released in 2021, you can't expect Alder Lake chips. Nevertheless, their Tiger Lake counterparts are pretty capable in both games and productivity. What else is great for gaming and productivity is the RTX 3060 GPU, which you can find inside of it. It comes with 95W of TGP, and 6GB of GDDR6 graphics memor[...]
- Tough chassis
- 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 (one of which supports Gen 4 SSDs)
- 144Hz refresh rate (AUO B173HAN04.9)
- No PWM (AUO B173HAN04.9)
- Thunderbolt 4 + HDMI 2.0b (G-Sync)
- Adaptive Sync support (AUO B173HAN04.9)
- Great battery life for a gaming laptop
- No SD card reader
- Covers only 51% of sRGB (AUO B173HAN04.9)