Question Bricked Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS

Oct 3, 2020
So the laptop (ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS <==> i7, GTX1070, 16GBDDR ram, 512GBNVMe M.2 SSD) randomly died with no signs of functionality what so ever, even the charging indicator LED doesn't light up. After a week long of diagnosis at the official ROG service, they said a full motherboard replacement was required since replacing battery and other components didn't help, quoted price for the repair is 1700$ which is insane for i7 and GTX1070. So I took back the laptop and opened it up to see if there's any visible cue of some damage and I found this.


The burnt component is similar to the one to its immediate left, I've pretty much zero knowledge about components(a total NOOB, though I have basic understanding of electronic components but not enough that I can identify the units on the motherboard, some experience with soldering too!).

If someone can help me identify the components and how to go about repairing my laptop would be crazy amazing!



First off, welcome to the forums, newcomer!

Second, I'd advise not to do a repair job on the laptop unless you know a certified technician or at the very least someone who is adept with a soldering iron and can replace the SMD part for part. Yes 1,700USD is the same cost of buying a new laptop.

With regards to the laptop, you might also want a certified technician to take a look at the entire board, chances are that, that's not the only VRM.SMD you will need to repair. Often times parts and capacitors look fine but are often dead within.
Oct 3, 2020
Thank you for the quick response!

I have taken your advice and contacted a near by technician to whom I forwarded the same image. I've been asked to visit the store to further investigate the issue with the board for a day and then I'll be informed to if it can be repaired and what caused the issue in the first place.

Edit: In case I get the same response from that technician too, then do you think getting the motherboard replaced a good idea? Or do I resort to getting one of the newer ones with 30series GPU, I'm more inclined to the latter thought since I don't think it sounds right to spend 1700$ on old hardware.
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Mar 23, 2020
I see a blown up capacitor and likely a shot shoulder. 1700 for the entire board since the official service does not take responsibility for its repair - there might be many shot components down the road as a result of this happening and it takes long hours to find and replace them all.