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iamjuggernaut
01-10-2016, 05:04 PM
So, I purchased the GL752VWDH71 (have not received it yet). I keep seeing conflicting information from amazon.. receiving conflicting information from asus reps ... my biggest question is can this be updated to 32GB RAM ??? and will the machine successfully utilize all or majority of the ram if I pay for the upgrade? ... Also, is there anyway possible to put windows 7 professional on this machine ? Or should I just stick with Windows 10? Also, I would like to add a Solid State Drive- I had purchased one but then realized I purchased the wrong because the rep at Bestbuy was unsure about what he was selling me. I read somewhere that GL752VWDH71 can only handle a 256GB SSD? Is that true? If so, can someone please point me exactly which SSD I should buy? I plan to keep the 1TB in there for storage but would like something additional ... if you are able to upgrade beyong the 256SSd ... I would like either 500GB SSD or 1TB SSD? ... Please help... I have been searching and searching and reading and searching lol and I cannot seem to get a solid answer on any of this stuff. Much thanks in adadvance...

nandodean
01-10-2016, 09:42 PM
There's plenty of info in this forums about this.
I will tell you more.. Just by a quick look at the official ASUS specs page on the net, you could get almost all your answers answered.

YES it can be updated onto 32gigs ram divided in two 16gb ddr4 modules. As the asus specs web says;

https://www.asus.com/Notebooks/ROG-GL752VW/specifications/
"DDR4 2133 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 32 GB SDRAM"

YES you can put W7 onto the machine. You can put W98 if you want to. But keep in mind that ASUS will launch the drivers for W10 and the functions on previous OS is not guaranteed.

What SSD did you pursached? Most of the GL752 owners (included myself) have been installing SSD M.2 SATA AHCI mode successfully.
Yes, it has been released the info that this ASUS do only support SSD on the M.2 bay until 256gb. Anyway, the question about "500gb or 1tb ssd" simply relies on you, you and you are the only one who knows what kind of use is going to be made on the laptop. Myself, I think it's enough with a 128gb SSD for windows and basic apps. Only more if you really need the speed as you work with some proffesional apps.
Go for this one;

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-250-MZ-N5E250BW/dp/B00TGIVZTW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452461922&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+samsung+850+m.2

make sure to buy separately a screw for the installation. Not included on the ssd nor the laptop.

Last sentence you wrote; you have not been searching quite a lot, I'm sure here in the forums most people don't mind helping anyone, but it gets easier when the asker has just investigated at least 5 mins on the net.

Greetings

iamjuggernaut
01-11-2016, 01:08 AM
I have been searching a lot. Trust me.. Where would you recommend buying the two 16GB sticks? thanks

iamjuggernaut
01-11-2016, 01:15 AM
What size screw do I need for the SSD?

iamjuggernaut
01-11-2016, 03:01 AM
thanks, just bought it through crucial

nandodean
01-11-2016, 08:22 AM
I don't know where you from, and I don't know any shops outside the EU so I'd reccomend amazon. I will soon buy the kingston hyperx series, so you can get a clue.
The screw, I dont know the specific measures, only that it's 3mm deep, but in an electronic/computer shop should have them categorised as ssd fix screw

innocent_
01-11-2016, 05:06 PM
I am also using this model and my shipment arrived in the morning. I will buy samsung evo for the ssd. can you please tell me how to upgrade my bios? i searched the asus website and they are using a programme but some people say they did it with a usb flash drive. I'm confused.

Fipser
01-11-2016, 05:52 PM
I am also using this model and my shipment arrived in the morning. I will buy samsung evo for the ssd. can you please tell me how to upgrade my bios? i searched the asus website and they are using a programme but some people say they did it with a usb flash drive. I'm confused.

https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1008859

here! via BIOS Easy Flash. BIOS Version 210 is the most recent.

innocent_
01-11-2016, 07:39 PM
https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1008859

here! via BIOS Easy Flash. BIOS Version 210 is the most recent.

Thank you.

Korth
01-11-2016, 07:42 PM
So, I purchased the GL752VWDH71 ... my biggest question is can this be updated to 32GB RAM ???
and will the machine successfully utilize all or majority of the ram if I pay for the upgrade?
According to Asus GL752VW-DH71 specifications (http://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-GL752VW/specifications/), the device has Intel HM170 chipset (http://ark.intel.com/products/90584/Intel-GL82HM170-PCH) and Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor (http://ark.intel.com/products/88967/Intel-Core-i7-6700HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_50-GHz), and it has two SO-DIMM sockets which can address up to 32GB of DDR4-2133.

The HM170 (GL82HM170 PCH, "Sunrise Point" Mobile Home) chipset supports a maximum of 2 DIMMs per memory channel. The i7-6700HQ ("Skylake" High Performance Graphics, Quad Core) processor supports a maximum of 2 memory channels (and can natively address a maximum of 64GB DDR4-2133/LPDDR3-1866/DDR3L-1600). It appears that the GL752VW-DH71 (and every ROG GL752 model) allocates one SODIMM slot per channel, and you can't mix mismatched DDR4 so you'll have to remove the two preinstalled 8GB SODIMMs to install two 16GB SODIMMs.

32GB SODIMMs will probably become available in time, and likely a firmware update for your device will support them, theoretically allowing up to 2x32GB = 64GB total memory - or maybe Asus will entirely abandon your device when they move on to newer things - but for now your maximum addressable memory is definitely 2x16GB = 32GB. Some Microsoft WinOS versions impose limits on maximum addressable memory (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/windows/desktop/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx), but this isn't an issue with 64-bit Win7Pro and 64-bit Win10. Memory allocated to software ROG RAMDisk or Samsung RAPID Magician will not be available for other uses. The BIOS may consume a small amount of memory overhead for "System Reserved" firmware/hardware buffering functions. Otherwise, the machine will address all installed memory.


... Also, is there anyway possible to put windows 7 professional on this machine ? Or should I just stick with Windows 10?
You can always purchase a physical copy of Win7Pro to install on this machine. Or you can install from a downloaded Win7 image (https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows7) and purchase a Genuine Licensed Windows Product Key online through your regional Microsoft Product Store (or reinstall the OS every 30 days forever, lol), but Win7 is now officially EOL so obtaining an unregistered unused unpirated Win7 Product Key can be challenging in most regions. Or you could call Microsoft and explain what you want to do, it's a waste of time but they can usually be convinced to issue a new Windows Product Key (and update their internal product registration database) if you're not pirating because you've already paid for and own the existing Windows Product Key. You may also have problems obtaining working Win7 driver versions for all your GL752VW-DH71 hardware.

And you can always install a free non-Microsoft OS like linux Mint (http://www.linuxmint.com/) instead. Again, getting all the hardware drivers to work might be a bit of a hassle.

The laptop comes with Win10 Home, it's already included in the price, and it's (supposedly) completely preconfigured with proper working Win10 drivers. And all future Asus support will likely focus on Win10, of course, so you'll largely be on your own if you use a different OS.
I would recommend making a backup/clone/image of the entire Win10 installation before changing anything so that you can always rollback to the Asus Win10 installation without issue - it'll probably save you a lot of time over years of use.


Also, I would like to add a Solid State Drive- I had purchased one but then realized I purchased the wrong because the rep at Bestbuy was unsure about what he was selling me. I read somewhere that GL752VWDH71 can only handle a 256GB SSD? Is that true? If so, can someone please point me exactly which SSD I should buy? I plan to keep the 1TB in there for storage but would like something additional ... if you are able to upgrade beyong the 256SSd ... I would like either 500GB SSD or 1TB SSD?
You can replace any of your SATA HDDs with SATA SDDs (provided they have identical physical and electrical form factors). There are no (realistic) technical capacity limits. SSDs are basically superior to HDDs in every way except cost - they're faster, they use much less precious battery power, they're nearly impervious to dropping and impacts, they do degrade but will likely still outlast the rest of the laptop - they invariably have smaller storage capacities because of cost. SSDs will even outperform HDDs when installed in slower SATA ports.

You can replace any M.2 SSD with another M.2 SSD. There are no (realistic) technical capacity limits, there are economic capacity limits.
But I see many reviewers are complaining about some sort of M.2 issue with this laptop - nobody really knows yet if the issue is hardware, firmware, or software - nobody really knows yet if a patch will be issued to correct the issue. My advice is to simply avoid buying any M.2 hardware upgrades until the issue has been fully resolved - just use whatever M.2 was included by Asus, register your product, and wait for a patch or a recall notice.

Note that a lot of recent M.2 and NVMe PCI SSDs have issues on many (most?) X99/Skylake motherboards, and manufacturers like Samsung appear to be aggressively working on solutions.

denebwafu
01-11-2016, 09:24 PM
What size screw do I need for the SSD?

Hi. I'll try and help as much as I can because I just recently purchased the same model, and upgraded with an SSD. For the SSD screw, you will need a very tiny one with a size of M2x3mm (M stands for metric). I couldnt find any in my local store so I ordered online. Here's the link, its one of the screws in this kit. http://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-Laptop-Screw-Components-SKS-801/dp/B00IB6I48K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452547269&sr=8-1&keywords=Kingwin+Laptop+Screw+Kit+%28SKS-801%29

The Samsung 850 EVO 250gb M.2 SSD worked wonders. My boot time is less than 5 secs, and shutdown time is around 4 secs. As for the RAM, I am not sure, I dont plan to upgrade since the 16gb is already more than enough for me, even with heavy gaming.

iamjuggernaut
01-12-2016, 02:09 AM
Thanks for all the assistance... so here is what I have purchased so far ...


Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB M.2 SSD (MZ-N5E250BW) from Amazon


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BW3QQRA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 <--- Screws



http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/rog-gl752vw/CT7987579 -32 Gig Memory


I still havent received the machine yet... so I am waiting for Best Buy to receive it so that I can pick it up. But anyhow... This is what I plan to do ...

Make a recovery image and store it on my 128GB USB Flash Drive

Since the 1TB already in the laptop will be used for storage ... how do I remove windows 10 off of there and is that a good idea??? ... I was planning on installing a FRESH COPY of windows 10 professional on the SSD (without the bloatware) because I can get it for free... once I do that do I need to go on the ASUS site and download all the drivers, updates etc??? Am I missing something ???



My last question is do they make some type of skin or protective cover for the model that I have??? I just would hate for this thing to get a crack whatsoever after spending all this money to turn it into a beast


Thanks again

denebwafu
01-12-2016, 04:52 AM
Thanks for all the assistance... so here is what I have purchased so far ...


Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB M.2 SSD (MZ-N5E250BW) from Amazon


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BW3QQRA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 <--- Screws



http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/rog-gl752vw/CT7987579 -32 Gig Memory


I still havent received the machine yet... so I am waiting for Best Buy to receive it so that I can pick it up. But anyhow... This is what I plan to do ...

Make a recovery image and store it on my 128GB USB Flash Drive

Since the 1TB already in the laptop will be used for storage ... how do I remove windows 10 off of there and is that a good idea??? ... I was planning on installing a FRESH COPY of windows 10 professional on the SSD (without the bloatware) because I can get it for free... once I do that do I need to go on the ASUS site and download all the drivers, updates etc??? Am I missing something ???



My last question is do they make some type of skin or protective cover for the model that I have??? I just would hate for this thing to get a crack whatsoever after spending all this money to turn it into a beast


Thanks again


First off, you have to physically remove the hard drive out of the notebook, then install the SSD. You should have a USB flash drive with the OS in it to boot from. Then turn on the notebook, press F2 to go to bios and change the priority to boot from the flash drive. Then install the OS on the SSD. Then you can now install the hard drive back and format it using the disk manager. And yes you can definitely install the drivers and tools from the ASUS website if you wish.