ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501

Ul­tra-thin and bench­mark-crush­ingly pow­er­ful, the Zephyrus is one hell of a gam­ing lap­top

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If you want to get your gam­ing kicks wher­ever you go, then you need an epi­cally pow­er­ful gam­ing lap­top

$3,399 asus.com

With its ul­tra-thin Nvidia Max-Q de­sign, mas­sive bench­mark scores, and crisp anti-glare screen, the ROG Zephyrus makes play­ing even the most de­mand­ing games a no-com­pro­mise joy. If you want a pre­mium, fu­ture-proofed gam­ing lap­top that has both the looks and tech­ni­cal wiz­ardry to kill, this is the king.

While the specs of the Zephyrus are only part of the story here, they are im­pres­sive to be­hold. The sys­tem comes pack­ing an In­tel Core i7 quad-core pro­ces­sor ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing up to 3.8GHz, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920x1080) anti-glare, wide-view panel with a 120Hz re­fresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync. Whew.

Power ex­treme

Asus has man­aged to squeeze all those high-end desk­top-class com­po­nents into an in­cred­i­bly stream­lined and at­trac­tive case, thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q tech, which en­ables core com­po­nents to be up to three times thin­ner than ever be­fore. That thin­ness makes for an in­cred­i­bly mod­ern and stylish de­sign. The Zephyrus is cool to the touch in a lush squared-off metal chas­sis, and looks beau­ti­fully un­der­stated and classy thanks to an all-black ex­te­rior with cop­per high­lights.

Ar­guably the most clever el­e­ment of the Asus ROG Zephyrus’ de­sign is its in­no­va­tive new cooling sys­tem, which sees the bot­tom panel of the sys­tem neatly drop down when the sys­tem is in use, to en­hance air­flow. In part­ner­ship with the sys­tem’s in­ter­nal high-air cham­ber, it runs re­mark­ably qui­etly, even when push­ing se­ri­ous pix­els.

And push­ing pix­els is some­thing it ex­cels at. Not only did it lodge some mas­sively im­pres­sive gam­ing lap­top bench­mark scores in 3DMark, it crushed T3’ ss erie soft­est games too. In

Wolf en stein II: The New Colos­sus, we turned up the set­tings to ‘Uber’. The re­sult? Ab­so­lutely but­ter-smooth gameplay that suf­fered from zero slow­down, while Rise of the Tomb Raider re­turned a bench­mark score of 101.15 FPS. Per­fect for any­thing, in­clud­ing VR.

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