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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.
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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
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1575 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-05-10 (Update: 2018-05-13)