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.
To cool this powerhouse inside of the ROG Zephyrus M GM501, ASUS also developed a unique cooling solution, what 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 temperature 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, in 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.
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 a 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, wheres the ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS with the GTX1070 starts at 2200 USD.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H, up to 3.9GHz on all 6 cores|
|Display||15.6" IPS-type AHVA 1080p
144Hz G-Sync 3ms response
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4-2666 (max 32GB)|
|Storage||256GB M.2 NVMe x4 SSD (max 512GB)
1TB FireCuda SSHD
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
|Camera||HD webcam and array mic|
|Battery||4-cell Li-ion 55WH|