Review ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS): a thin gaming notebook with six-core processor
Regular readers 3DNews will remember the previous version of the ROG ZEPHYRUS — this series is one of the first NVIDIA GeForce graphics in the design of Max-Q. the Schedule, which allowed growers to harvest an extremely powerful gaming notebooks a thickness of less than 2 cm. Then I gave “the Marshmallow” award For “innovation and design”, because, in my opinion, it is in this direction and should develop a mobile gaming computers. New version of the game laptop — ROG Zephyrus M — has absorbed much of what made its predecessor work, but at the same time much has changed. Let’s compare these models, and at the same time learn how ASUS engineers have coped with cooling of the 6-core Core i7-8750H concluded in the housing with a thickness of less than 2 cm.
Specifications, equipment and
Series notebooks ROG Zephyrus M are divided into models with marking GM501GS and GM501GM. The difference in these devices only one: in the first case, a mobile graphics GeForce GTX 1070, and the second GeForce GTX 1060. The producer in ROG M Zephyrus uses a standard GPU, and not the design of Max-Q is one of the few fundamental differences of the new “Zephyr” from the old. Besides, among the new products will not models with mobile GeForce GTX 1080.
Otherwise GM501GS and GM501GM-laptops have identical equipment. So, in all cases, a 6-core CPU Core i7-8750H. All potentially possible configurations ROG Zephyrus M shown in the table below.
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus M (GM501)|
|Display||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS (144 Hz, 3 MS, G-SYNC)|
|The CPU||Intel Core i7-87500H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 m (4,1) GHz, 45 W|
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5|
|RAM||16/32 GB DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing drives||1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, 256/512 GB
1 × SATA 6 Gbps SSHD 1 TB
|Interfaces||4 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × HDMI
|Built-in battery||55 W⋅h|
|External power supply||230 W|
|Dimensions||384 × 262 × 19.9 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2,45 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64|
|Price (according to “Yandex.Market”)||150 000 rubles for a model with GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB SSHD|
Another innovation ROG Zephyrus M is to use the 2.5-inch drive. In the case of test templom used by SSHD of 1 TB. Generally, in our lab we came to one of the most advanced versions of the ROG Zephyrus M: the laptop has 32 GB of RAM standard DDR4-2666 and SSD 512GB.
A laptop equipped with a wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps and Bluetooth 5.
Please note that ROG Zephyrus M in such a configuration for sale in Russia I have not found. The version with GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB SSHD is an average of 150 000 rubles. In the US, this modification will cost you $ 2,200.
Bundled with ROG M Zephyrus is only the external power supply is 230 W and a mass of about 600 g.
As always, along with the operating system Windows 10 on the laptop comes with many proprietary utilities ASUS ROG, which can be activated by the corresponding button located above the keyboard. Read more about all the programs can read here.
Representatives of the company ASUS was asked to clarify what series notebooks ROG is included in the Premium service Pick Up and Return for a period of 2 years. This means that if a problem occurs to owners of new laptops do not have to go to the service center device and free pick-up, repair and return to owner in the shortest possible time.
Appearance and input device
From the first “Marshmallow” ASUS has started to use in gaming notebooks updated design. The rounded forms of the past — now the laptops have a well-defined shape, but still recognizable appearance. In this respect the ROG Zephyrus past and present generations are very similar. Cover is made of brushed aluminum, the ROG logo on it by default is displayed in red. It opens about 130 degrees, the hinges have no complaints. The rest of the case is made of high quality plastic. In General, the Assembly ROG M Zephyrus is produced on the five plus.
But then a noticeable difference if you continue to compare the “Marshmallows” of different generations. The novelty was thicker — even by just 2 mm, but it is noticeable: because of the increase not only the thickness but also the width of the laptop seems to be much more (the first ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) stood at 379 × 262 × 17,9 mm). In this M-version is added to the ground — though only 250 grams. Let the difference in the characteristics is not significant, but it is still there.
The unusual appearance of the model GX501 provided a reverse position of keyboard and touchpad. In GM501GS used the standard scheme: the keyboard is in the middle of the touchpad under it.
However, one brand of chips ZEPHYRUS remained ROG: ROG M Zephyrus the lid lifted at the same time and the main part of the laptop. As a result, the sides of the laptop cracks are formed with a height of 9 mm, which simplifies the flow of air to the cooling fans. Preheated air leaves the housing through the grille at the rear of the laptop. Cool air enters the interior of the housing including through the grille located above the keyboard. According to the manufacturer, compared to traditional laptops such approach to cooling provides 20% more space for air circulation inside the case.
In addition to work at the keyboard, raised at a slight angle, it becomes a little easier. Not without some embellishment — the ventilation slots are test models feature a red backlight.
On the front panel from ROG Zephyrus M any interfaces not provided. Back again, almost all free space is a ventilation grille. Even given the fact that the new “Zephyr” was a few millimeters thicker, it still was not enough to accommodate an Ethernet port. On the left hand side shows the connector for the power supply, HDMI output, three USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type and a combined 3.5 mm mini Jack for the headset. On the right side of the laptop there are two more USB 3.1 second generation (A – and C-types), and lock slot Kensington.
In ROG Zephyrus M is a full-size keyboard with numeric keypad. The keys are pretty standard for gaming devices scissor mechanism with a key travel of 1.7 mm. Pressing clear, but silent.
The keyboard has a three-level illumination with the ability to highlight in different colors the four zones. The color and type of illumination are set up in the program ROG Aura Core, which is activated when you press keys brand ROG. Available to the user several modes: “static”, “breath” and “cycle”. In the photo above also clearly shows that the block is always the WASD keys highlighted in white.
To the keyboard layout, no major complaints. Some keys in ROG Zephyrus M become larger. Became more and the distance between them. It is inconvenient to use except the buttons — for some reason they made it is very small. For the rest, all good: a huge Shift, Enter and Ctrl available — such keys will not miss playing even in complete darkness. The power button is located where it should be — apart from the rest of the keys. Finally, for the reliability of the keyboard, no need to worry — the resource of each button is 20 million keystrokes.
Four keys separate from the main keyboard. With their help adjustable speaker volume and turns on and off built-in microphone. When you press the button with the brand logo application opens Gaming Center, about which I wrote earlier.
As for the webcam, ROG Zephyrus M is a simple module that provides video in 720p resolution at a frequency of 30 Hz. As you know, the image quality is very lame. And if Skype calls with murky and noisy images will be enough, then, for example, for streams on sites like Twitch and YouTube — definitely not. It is time to 2018 to install into a powerful gaming machine with Full HD-camera with a normal sensor.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
The first “Marshmallows” were dealt with unusual and difficult: it was necessary to Unscrew a few screws on the bottom, and then gently remove the keyboard. ROG M Zephyrus easier to disassemble, though you’ll have to Unscrew the entire 12 screws with Torx-slot.
The lid, lift the body of the laptop is also removed. It’s a good idea, so as to clean the fans from dust due to the presence of cracks on the sides have, in my opinion, quite often.
The cooling system of ROG M Zephyrus, at first glance, has not changed in comparison with what we saw in the previous generation. For heat dissipation from a CPU, graphics chip and the power Converter meet a couple of fans, a tangential type and five teplorulon. In the first “Marshmallow” was used similar to, except that the length of some teplorulon different.
The new device is a printed circuit Board larger. Thus, the manufacturer was able to unsolder it from the two SO-DIMM slots, which are installed 16 GB modules Samsung M471A2K43CB1-CTD running on the effective frequency 2666 MHz delays 19-19-19-43. Incidentally, in the first ROG Zephyrus maximum RAM was only 24 GB.
And inside the case appeared the place to install a 2.5-inch drive. In the test sample is used terabyte hybrid drive Seagate ST1000LX015 thickness of 7 mm. In a single M. 2 connector installed SSD Samsung MZVKW512HMJP of 512 GB.
It is obvious that in the near future to change something in the ROG M Zephyrus makes no sense. In theory, over time, 512-Gigabyte SSD can be replaced with analogue larger. From the mechanical drive at all to get rid of, replacing it with a solid state drive with SATA interface.