Asus N550JK-DS71T With GeForce GTX 850M Now Available – See Specs, Price, Reviews and Where to Buy

Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Peter Paul

Asus has recently released an updated variant of their popular N550 multimedia/gaming laptop – the Asus N550JK. The N550JK model is the successor of popular ASUS N550JV, powered with the latest next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M for a better multimedia and gaming experience. Like its predecessors, it is also powered with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 Quad Core Haswell processor and a nice 15.6-inch display. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and where to buy below. I’ve also included reviews and game test videos from owners below.

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Asus N550JK-DS71T reviews

Asus N550JK Features

Basically, one major improvement in the Asus N550JK is that it is now powered with the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M discrete graphics processor based on the 28nm Maxwell architecture, GM107 chip. The GTX 850M features 640 CUDA Cores/shader units, with clock speeds from 876MHz+Boost to 963MHz+Boost (depending of the variant). Its discrete graphics processor has a dedicated memory size of 2GB GDDR5 DDR3, with a 64GB/s memory bandwidth, running on a 128-bit memory interface. It has a memory clock of up to 2500MHz, and it is definitely better and more power efficient compared to the previous GTX 700M series. It’s not as powerful as the GTX 860M, 870M or 880M found in the new Asus ROG G750 JM/JS/JZ series, but it can handle and run modern day games, even Crysis 3 (see video below).

Additional Notes: There are questions whether the GTX 850M N550JK-DS71T uses a DDR3 memory or a GDDR5 one. There are actually two variants of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M, the first one has a slower clock speed at 876MHz+Boost but it has a faster 2GB GDDR5 memory. Meanwhile, the other variant has a higher clock speed of 936MHz+Boost but has a slower 2GB DDR3 memory. The GeForce GTX 850M in the N550JK-DS71T is using a DDR3 memory.

Asus N550JK-DS71T specs

Other features and specifications are more of less similar with the previous N550JV. You can see a review of the N550JV here. Aside from the GTX 850M discrete graphics processor, it is powered by a 4th gen. Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad Core Haswell processor with clock speeds from 2.4GHz up to 3.4GHz. Since the CPU has a built-in Intel HD Graphics 4600, you can switch from discrete to integrated graphics display depending on the application or games you are running to save battery life. The CPU is paired with an 8GB 1600MHz of DDR3L memory and is upgradable up to 16GB. There’s also a 1TB 5400RPM HDD which I recommend that you should upgrade to a 7200RPM HDD or an SSD later. Upgrading the N550Jk’s drive to a faster one will help improve the overall performance of the laptop.

asus n550jk review

The Asus N550JK features a nice 15.6-inch ultra-crisp IPS Touch display with full HD resolution, 1920×1080, 178-degree viewing angle and an anti-glare surface. It also features SonicMaster Premium with ICEpower, Bang & Olufsen technology with quad-speaker array and an external subwoofer (included) for realistic cinema-quality surround sound. Check out the rest of the specifications below.

asus n550jk external subwoofer
Asus N550JK-DS71T specifications

Asus N550JK-DS71T Specifications

SpecificationsN550JK-DS71T
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4Ghz (Turbo 3.4 GHz)
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64bit
ChipsetIntel HM86 Express Chipset
Memory8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz (expandable up to 16GB)
Display15.6-Inch IPS Touchscreen Full DH at 1920x1080
anti glare (matte)
GraphicIntegrated Intel HD Graphics 4600
NVIDIA GeForce GTX850M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
Storage1TB 5400RPM HDD
Optical DriveDula Layer DVDRW/CD-RW
Card Reader2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDXC/ MMC)
CameraHD Camera
NetworkingIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 AC
(WiFi 802.11 AC / WiDi)
Bluetooth 4.0
I/O Ports3x USB3.0, 1x HDMI
1x mini DisplayPort
1x RJ45 LAN, 1x Combo Audio Jack
AudioBuilt-in Speakers and Digital Array Microphone
Built-in 4 Speakers and Microphone
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
SonicMaster Premium
Asus N series external sub-woofer support
MaxxAudio support
Battery1 Lithium ion up to 5 Hrs.
Power Adapter19 V DC, A, 120 W
Dimensions (WxDxH)383mm x 255mm x 27.7mm (w/ 4cell battery)
Weight2.6 kg (with 4 cell battery)
FeaturesKensington lock, LoJack, Illuminated Chiclet Keyboard

Asus N550JK price

Price and Where to Buy

addtocart-blueThe Asus N550JK-DS71T is now available in the US, replacing its predecessor’s spot. Currently it retails for only $1,099.00 here.  It comes with an AC adapter, power cord, Asus Subwoofer, 4-cell Lithium Plymer Battery and a 1 year limited warranty with accidental damage protection. I would suggest you extend the laptops warranty up to 2 or 3 years, since it helps a lot.

For UK visitors, you can order the Asus N550JK here.

Asus N550JK Reviews and Game Tests

A NotebookReview forum member named Benchmade 42 was able to get an Asus N550JK-DS71T. According to his mini review the N550JK with a GTX 850M that he got scored 4,173 / 4,144 and / 4,608 during his 1st, 2nd and 3rd benchmark test using 3DMark 11. This is a huge improvement compared to the GTX 750M and GTX 760M. He also tested it using a Crysis demo and below is the result of his test:
– Avg of 78-83 frames per sec at 1080p/medium settings
– Gpu usage is at 99% for 25 minutes and the graph at 99% gpu usage at a straight line. no spiking. Same with core clock and memory clock
– Max temp of 84c for cpu and 77c for gpu after 25 minutes. Remember the N550JV cpu throttles as soon as it hits 80-82c and goes all the way back down to 800mhz?, this one stayed all four cores at 3.1-3.2ghz and never dipped

In addition to his mini review, below are games played using the N550JK. The game videos below are courtesy of СПИЙД КОМПЮТРИ ЕООД:

Battlefield 4 on Asus N550JK

Resolution: 1920х1080
Graphics Quality: Ultra details
Frame Rates: Average 24fps
Temperature: Average temp 68 Degree Celsius
Graphics Driver: ver 332.35

Crysis 3 on Asus N550JK

Resolution: 1920х1080
Graphics Quality: Medium-High details
Frame Rates: Average 30fps
Temperature: Average 68 Degree Celsius
Graphics Driver: ver 332.35

UPDATE: Here is an unboxing video of the Asus N550JK courtesy of angeline spongy, and a Asus N550JK review video courtesy of Adrian D.:


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7 Responses to Asus N550JK-DS71T With GeForce GTX 850M Now Available – See Specs, Price, Reviews and Where to Buy

  1. CJ says:

    It doesn’t have GDDR5 VRAM. The forum posts by benchmade should mention that. ASUS used the GDDR3 version.

  2. Yri says:

    ~60% better.
    The next nVidia gen has completely different approach to use/access the memory. Basically the behaviour of DDR3 to 700M series is completely different than DDR3 on 850M.
    The 850M uses more cache, so you don’t need that efficient memory. If you really need faster card, then 860M is exactly what you need. It is exactly the same GPU, but with overclocked GPU and GDDR5.

  3. Rich says:

    If you know that the card is NOT GDDR5 then please edit your article to say that it has GDDR3.

    I don’t even understand why you need asking in order to do this, because it has the potential to unfairly confuse a lot of people.

    Cheers,

    Rich.

    • Peter Paul says:

      Yes, I’ll update the article. I just need to confirm that it’s really a DDR3 instead of GDDR5 memory. Regardless if its a DDR3 memory or a GDDR5 memory, I don’t think that it would affect the overall performance of the N550JK in a negative way. But comparing it with its predecessor, it’s definitely an improvement.

  4. jim cricket says:

    A number of different reviews critique this laptop simply because it is using a 5400rpm hard drive. One commenter going to the point of castigating Asus for making a “stupid” mistake. This review suggests that going to the trouble and expense of changing the hard drive for a 7200 will “help improve performance”, a keyword being help. But chacun a son gout, which in this case translates as “what are you using the computer for?” I suppose if it’s only gaming you’re interested in, it probably will help. But I’ve been using a 5400rpm in a Mac Power Book for many years as a serious Photoshop tool and I hvaen’t noticed any performance hit worth writing home about. These are trick numbers when performance is rated in seconds and milliseconds, and writing a 50mb TIFF file **might** take a half second, or heaven forbid, a complete second more.

  5. Brandon says:

    Upgrading your laptop’s 5400RPM drive to a 7200RPM is indeed recommendable, there is nothing wrong to what the author said. It does bring an overall improvement on the performance. BUT it doesn’t mean that you should upgrade immediately. I have an Asus laptop as well with a 5400RPM drive. I used it for many months before deciding to upgrade to a 7200RPM drive. Performance difference isn’t just in millisecond or just a few second. The difference is noticeable, specially if you have upgraded to an SSD. There are users who are contented with the speed of their laptop, but there are some who finds it somewhat slow, not only for gaming but for overall usage as well.
    And please do not compare a Mac with a Windows PC. Although they might share the same processor or some piece of hardware, it doesn’t mean that they will perform the same as well. Mac and Windows OS are completely difference platform, same with Linux. The operating system can greatly impact the performance of the PC.

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