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Asus launches more affordable ROG GU501GM gaming laptops with six-core CPUs

The ROG GU501GM keeps most of the Zephyr M's design features. (Source: Asus)
The ROG GU501GM keeps most of the Zephyr M's design features. (Source: Asus)
If the ROG Zephyrus seems too expensive for your budget, you may want to take a look at the ROG GU501GM instead. The more affordable GU501GM comes with almost the same design features, and the specs are still very solid, as it includes the i7-8750H six-core CPU, a GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM video card, 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM, a 128 GB SSD + 1 TB Hybrid HDD, and a Thunderbolt 3 connector.

Asus is currently refreshing all of the gaming laptop series with Intel’s gen 8 mobility six-core CPUs, and among the latest models to receive this upgrade is the ROG GU501GM. This one could be best described as a budget ROG Zephyrus M, as it comes with a similar design, but does not pack all the expensive options.

First noticeable difference between the two models is related to the display. While Zephyrus M comes with an FHD 144 Hz IPS screen, the GU501GM replaces that with a 15.6-inch 120 Hz IPS-level display. Next up is the GPU: instead of a GTX 1070, the GU501GM packs only a GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM (non-Max-Q version).

Otherwise, the list of specs is as solid as it can get and includes:
•    Intel’s latest six-core i7-8750H clocked at 2.2 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)
•    16 GB DDR4-2666 of RAM upgradeable to 32 GB
•    128 GB SSD + 1 TB SATA Hybrid 5400 RPM HDD
•    RGB keyboard
•    WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1
•    Connectors: headphone/mic combo jack, 4x USB 3.1, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3

This exact configuration is available now for US$1,499.99, but there also is a variant that packs only 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB HDD that has an MSRP of $US1,299.99.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-05-10 (Update: 2018-05-13)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.