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Asus Zephyrus GM501: a gaming laptop powered by Intel’s new six-core chips

Asus has a brand new gaming laptop computer that is not solely highly effective, inventively designed, and intensely moveable, it is also one of many very first methods with a brand new wave of high-performance laptop computer CPUs from Intel.

Contained in the Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501 is the Intel Core i7-8750H, which is a six-core processor — the primary one we have examined — up from the standard quad-core. No, it isn’t one of many coming-soon Core i9 CPUs, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a large step up in efficiency over even current chips from final 12 months, not less than based on our preliminary benchmark checks.

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It is smart that Asus ought to put this new element know-how within the Zephyrus line, because it was initially used final 12 months to debut the Nvidia Max-Q graphics card design, which inserts extra GPU energy right into a smaller, thinner laptop computer, to very spectacular outcomes. However, right here the highlight is reserved for the six-core Core i7 CPU, because the graphics have moved from a Max-Q GeForce 1080 to a regular GeForce 1070.

How does a laptop computer that is simply 19.9mm thick (and weighs about 5.5 kilos) slot in a high-power graphics card and six-core CPU? Asus calls the cooling resolution an Energetic Aerodynamic System, or AAS, and it is a backside panel that lifts up when the laptop computer’s lid is open, exposing a hidden vent used for cooling. This vent rises up about 9mm out of your desk, which is 2mm larger than the earlier Zephyrus. It is a fairly refined impact in day after day use, lifting the rear of the keyboard up barely.

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There are much more adjustments from the unique 2017 Zephyrus (named after the Greek god of the west wind, in case you are curious). The worth of the 2017 mannequin was about $2,700 within the US, whereas this new model is $2,199. That is particularly notable as a result of although the 2018 mannequin was a lot quicker in efficiency benchmarks and nearly tied in 3D and gaming benchmarks. Asus says on-line retailer NewEgg can even carry a model that drops the GPU to a still-decent Nvidia 1060, for $1,899. 

Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501

Worth as reviewed


Show measurement/decision

15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 show


2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H


32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz


8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070




802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth

Working system

Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit)

The non-touch 1,920×1,080 show will get tweaked as properly, shifting as much as a 144Hz refresh price and help for Nvidia’s G-Sync know-how (which matches GPU output to the refresh price of the show, leading to smoother-looking video games.)

The brand new Zephyrus will begin delivery within the US on April 16, however Asus did not have worldwide pricing or availability particulars but. (The introduced US worth converts to round £1,565 or AU$2,870, for tough comparability.)

A touching resolution

Though there is a new CPU inside, a greater cooling system and a lower cost, that is not why I like this new model so a lot better than the unique. The 2017 Zephyrus suffered from probably the most unlucky touchpads in current historical past. Not a lot as a result of it was unresponsive, however as a result of it was shoved over to the aspect of the keyboard, and doubled as a backlit quantity pad. As I’ve stated for (many) years, it is onerous to beat a long time of muscle reminiscence, and also you mess with the normal touchpad setup at your individual danger.

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Right here, the keyboard and touchpad are rather more conventional, and completely purposeful, which is greater than I may say final 12 months. If that each one feels too sq., not less than the keyboard has a multicolor backlit keyboard that may mimic a few of the lightshow features of keyboards from Alienware or Razer.

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