Asus has announced a new version of its thin Zephyrus gamelaptop. The GM501 is equipped with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and Intel’s new Core i7-8750H hexacore. The screen has a refresh rate of 144Hz.
Like its predecessor, the new Zephyrus M is about 2cm thin. The bottom of the aluminum housing can open slightly, so that there is more room for cooling. Asus has adjusted the positioning of the keyboard, now it is in the usual place. In the Zephyrus GX501 last year were the keys on the front of the laptop.
Asus gives the Zephyrus M a GTX 1070-gpu, it is not a Max-Q variant but a regular version, what according to Asus the performance should benefit. The gpu runs on 1443MHz with a boost to 1645MHz. The screen will be upgraded in the form of a 144Hz ips panel, with a response time of 3ms and G-sync support. The previous model had a 120Hz panel. The resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is unchanged.
The processor is a Core i7-8750H, a hexacore with a tdp of 45 watts. Intel announced this cpu on Tuesday as part of its Coffee Lake-H chips for laptops. The clock speed is 2.2 GHz, with a boost to 4.1 GHz.
Asus applies a new way to shut down the gpu and still use G-Sync. With most laptops with G-Sync, the Nvidia GPU can not go out, resulting in a moderate battery life. That was also the case with the Zephyrus GX501. Asus has put a switch in the new model that allows the GeForce GPU to be switched off and transferred to the IGPU. G-Sync is only enabled if the Nvidia card is activated.
In the US, Asus exports the Zephyrus GM501 for $ 2199. A suggested retail price in euros has not yet been published.