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[] ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501): Core i7-8750H, GTX 1070, 144 Hz G-Sync

ASUS this week introduced its new ROG Zephyrus M laptop that integrates Intel’s newly announced six-core Core i7-8750H along with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics chip into a 0.78-inch (19.9 mm) thick chassis. The new notebook is only slightly thicker than the original ROG Zephyrus introduced last year, but unlike its predecessor, it has a GPU that runs at its original frequency and claims to deliver performance similar to its desktop counterparts.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 is based on Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H CPU (2.2 GHz base, up to 4.2 GHz turbo) that is accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM (upgradeable to 32 GB) as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 GPU (depending on the SKU) that run on clock rates recommended by NVIDIA. By contrast, the original ROG Zephyrus launched in 2017 using a Max-Q tuning that involves frequency drops and some other ways to trim TDP (e.g., running games with certain settings).

In order to integrate full-fat GPUs, ASUS had to use a new chassis that is a couple of millimeters thicker when compared to the original ROG Zephyrus — the new laptop is 19.9 mm thick, which is still thinner than the vast majority of gaming notebooks. Besides getting slightly thicker, the system is also 250 grams heavier and now weighs 2.45 kilograms (5.5 lbs).

To ensure sufficient cooling of rather hot components (the aggregated TDP of the CPU and the GPU is rated at 160 W) and maintain consistent performance under high loads, the new ROG Zephyrus M uses a cooling system that resembles that of the original ROG Zephyrus: it has two blowers and five thick heat pipes. When the laptop is opened, additional venting opens up to improve air flow.

The thicker and heavier enclosure enabled the manufacturer to equip its ROG Zephyrus M with a rather sophisticated storage sub-system: the new GM501 comes with a 256 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD as well as Seagate’s 1 TB FireCuda SSHD. Another important improvement of the ROG Zephyrus M compared to the original one is its display panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time. The display supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology.

Furthermore, the ROG Zephyrus M comes with Intel’s latest Wireless-AC 9560 CRF that uses the onboard chipset Wi-Fi, supporting 802.11ac Wave 2 at up to 1.73 Gbps throughput. Bluetooth also included. As for physical connectivity, the new ROG Zephyrus M resembles its ancestor: it has one Thunderbolt 3 port, four USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors, one HDMI 2.0 output, an HD webcam, a microphone array, speakers, and a TRRS mini-jack.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Zephyrus M GM501GS-XS74 Zephyrus M GM501GM-WS74 Display Diagonal 15.6" Resolution
144 Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync
CPU Core i7-8750H
2.2 - 4.2 GHz
45 W TDP Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2666 (upgradeable to 32 GB) Storage SSD 256 GB SSD with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, up to 3.1 GB/s HDD
Seagate FireCuda 1 TB SSHD
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CRF
802.11ac Wi-Fi Wave 2 Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Ethernet 1 GbE controller USB 4
× USB 3.0 Type-A
× USB 3.1 Type-C (via TB3 connector)
Thunderbolt 1
× USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
Display Outputs 1
× DisplayPort 1.2 (via TB3 port)
× HDMI 2.0
Keyboard Chicklet RGB-backlit keyboard Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam Battery 50 Wh Dimensions Width 384 mm | 15.1 inches Depth 262 mm | 10.3 inches Thickness 19.9 mm | 0.78 inches Weight 2.45 kilograms Price $2199 $1899 Buy ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 with GeForce GTX 1060 on Newegg
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M gaming notebooks will be available from leading retailers in the coming weeks. The model with the GeForce GTX 1060 will be priced at $1,899, whereas the SKU with the GeForce GTX 1070 will cost $2,199.

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