Inside ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options
The disassembly of the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550 is pretty straightforward and easy – the bottom lid and the screws that hold it are the only things getting in the way.
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1. Removing the bottom plate
Removing all the Torx screws around the bottom will release the panel and then you can easily take it off with the help of a thin plastic tool, for example.
The storage configuration is simple – it has only one M.2 SSD slot. In our case, the notebook shipped with a Samsung PM961 PCIe NVMe SSD with 512GB capacity. The 2.5-inch drive is missing from all configurations of the ZenBook Pro UX550.
3. Memory, battery and Wi-Fi
Unfortunately, the motherboard holds only 8GB of DDR4-2400 soldered memory and configurations go as high as 16GB of RAM without being able to upgrade in the future.
The Wi-Fi adapter can be found near one of the cooling fans and it’s Intel 8265NGW.
The battery takes up a big space inside the chassis and it’s rated at 73Wh.
4. Cooling system
The cooling design is similar to some gaming-oriented notebooks and at first glance, it seems pretty solid – two heat pipes going across two huge heat sinks and connecting both cooling fans. Unfortunately, though, our stress tests show insufficient cooling performance to keep the hardware cool under load.