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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501

Ultra-slim gaming laptop from ASUS

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 is ASUS’s first laptop that benefits the latest 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor and packed with a full-powered desktop-grade GTX1070 with 8GB of DDR5. It also features a 15,6″ IPS type G-sync display with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time.

Cooling

To cool this powerhouse inside of the ROG Zephyrus M GM501, ASUS also developed a unique cooling solution, which we could be seen before inside the “previous” Zephyrus model, the GX501. When you open the laptop, the bottom panel flexes open at the rear to increase airflow by 32% and reduce the temperature by about 20% compared to conventional cooling designs. The internal fans also featured anti-dust tunnels, to help a better cooling solution, and also reduce dust build-up.

Performance and battery life

During our extended benchmark tests, we found no thermal throttling at all thanks to these new cooling solutions. Both CPU, and CPU-GPU combined stress test the temperature was acceptable, and no signs of throttling at all.

About battery life, just like other many gaming laptops, it is advised to use the included power supply, if you tend to use it for extended gaming sessions. If you have to use it on the go, you can expect a solid 2 hours of moderate use.

Gaming on it was a fairly great experience. The cooling solution of this machine allows us to run almost every Triple AAA game in FullHD Ultra or Epic settings.

  • Fortnite – High and Epic settings results were about 100-120 FPS, varies of the zone and complexity of it.
  • Overwatch – Epic settings was capable to run around 150 FPS range, which is pretty awesome. The 144 Hz display was able to fully utilize the machine power.
  • Far Cry 5 – Ultra settings were able to run around 82-84 FPS during the benchmark. Not as impressive as the previous games, but still pretty good.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Very High settings results were around 95 FPS. Still acceptable, sadly to fully enjoy the fast display, the settings should be set to medium or even lower.

Many of you probably wonder, is it worth using this performance for any Crypto mining? Honestly, I would not use such a machine for these kinds of tasks. The Hash rate is so low, simply does not worth the hassle and risk of hardware failure. If you plan to invest in mining, my recommendation is still to go with dedicated mining hardware or set up a decent desktop configuration. Hopefully, the 2017 crypto hype will end soon, so we all be able to buy cheaper hardware (especially GPUs) in the near future.

Keyboard and connectivity

The keyboard is backlit with a 4 zone AURA Sync RGB LED backlighting. On the right side, we got a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, Thunderbolt over USB type C, and a Kensington lock. On the left-hand side, we got our combo jack connector, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, HDMI 2.0, and power input. Sadly no RJ45 connector, for wired internet connection. For that, you have to use some sort of USB to RJ45 adapter.

2 models are available as a start, the ROG Zephyrus M GM5010GM with a slower GTX1060 graphics card starts at around 1900 USD, whereas the ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS with the GTX1070 starts at 2200 USD.

Specifications: 
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H, up to 3.9GHz on all 6 cores
Display15.6" IPS-type AHVA 1080p
144Hz G-Sync 3ms response
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
RAM16GB DDR4-2666 (max 32GB)
Storage256GB M.2 NVMe x4 SSD (max 512GB)
1TB FireCuda SSHD
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2
1 x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen2 over Thunderbolt
4 x USB 3.1 Gen2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5-mm audio
CameraHD webcam and array mic
Battery4-cell Li-ion 55WH

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