ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gaming Laptop Review
Adapter. Rest rest, screwdriver, USB to Ethernet adapter and ROG Strix impact Mouse. Let'S start with the basic specs of the laptop in my configuration there's. An Intel 7700 HQ quad core KB Lake CPU, which runs at two point making a hood second servo up to 3.8 gigahertz there's 24 gigabytes of ddr4 memory running at 2400. Megahertz and for storage is a one terabyte, samsung n dot 2 PCIe SSD, which runs Windows 10 Pro now. This is where things get interesting, so the graphics is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, with max Q, design and eight gigabytes of gddr5 memory. This is a great match for the 15.6 inch 120 Hertz 1080p IPS display as we'll see later in the benchmarks, so network connectivity, there's, Wi Fi, which supports 802 dot 11ac and bluetooth 4.1, as the laptop is so thin, there's no rj45 Ethernet port built in. However, it does come with the USB to Ethernet adapter, the laptop as a black metallic look to it with a copper, colored trim that runs around the outside edge. This is easily the thinnest and most powerful laptop I've ever reviewed the physical dimensions of the laptop. At thirty seven point: nine centimeters in width, twenty six point: two centimeters in depth, but most interestingly just one point: six centimeters in height the maximum height actually does increase by another ten millimeters. When you open the lid as the base towards the back, lowers out to rise, the laptop off of the surface that it's on which helps improve air flow, while allowing the overall build to remain so thin.
The total weight of the laptop is 2.2 six kilos and with the power brick and power cable, this increases to 3.1 kilos. Considering the high specs of the hardware, this is very impressive. It'S. Definitely very portable I've tested much heavier laptops that didn't have specs close to this. As mentioned, the screen is a 1080p panel, which I personally prefer 215 inch. Size it's also got a 120 Hertz refresh rate, which is perfect, as we can take advantage of the serious graphics source power inside as men with good an Nvidia 1088, but with the newer max q version, which performs somewhere between a 1070 and normal 1080. As a result of the max q design, we use less power which lets us use. A smaller elbrick, less power means the laptop needs, less cooling space to maintain good temps, which in turn, results in quite a fans, and this is how they're able to get it. So thin we've also got invidious g sync here, which keeps everything looking extremely smooth I've performed. My usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a completely black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges. I then take a long exposure photo with my camera to help display any bleed. So basically, this is a worst case scenario test. We can see that it does appear to be a bit of bleed around the top and towards the right, and while this will greatly vary between each individual laptop, I must admit I thought there would be less from such a high end laptop with that said, it Was minor enough that I didn't actually notice that, while playing games in a normally lit room, the brightness of the screen can be adjusted quite a bit and the viewing angles are fairly good.
Thanks to the IPS panel, though, the image did start to change a little. After moving more than 45 degrees to the left or right up and down angles, looked fine. The screen also has a matte finish to it, which I personally prefer, as you can more easily see what you're doing, despite the lighting situation as reflections are harder to see while moving the display, I did find a little bit of flex, but nothing too bad. Consider an overall thickness of the laptop above the display is a HD camera, so it's only capable of 720p video. It looks. Ok, the not green. The microphone sounds fairly average, maybe a little muffled I'll. Let you decide. The keyboard has taken some getting used to, as you may have noticed, it's right up the front of the laptop. This is because the majority of the hardware is all at the back. The laptop does come with the wrist rest, which helps a bit, but if I was travelling with the laptop often it would be a bit of a hassle to bring everywhere and personally I didn't actually notice any difference with or without the wrist rest. But that's, probably just due to the way that I type while pushing down on the keyboard, there was a little bit of flex, but I had no issues with this under normal use. The keys themselves felt a little mushy to press, but I had no problems typing on it for an extended period.
The keyboard also has RGB lighting, which can be controlled with the ROG or a core software. However, only a couple of effects are available. You can also only change the colors of all keys together or the wasd or qwe are groups of keys. No further custom was possible, although perhaps this could change in a future software update as a result of the keyboard placement. The touchpad is also right up the front over towards the right where the numpad would traditionally be. Don'T worry there with the touch of a button. You can swap the touchpad over to a numpad, which I found to work very well: the numpad lights up red and I wasn't able to customize this color. This layout did take quite a bit of getting used to, while using the laptop. I did find myself moving. My hand to what's the middle of the keyboard, where I expected the touchpad to be once you're used to it there. I found that a worked alright, despite the shape, but I definitely preferred using the included ROG Strix impact Mouse there's, a couple of built in stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard. They actually sound pretty good. As far as laptop speakers are concerned and have a decent amount of bass, now let's check out the available io on the left, there's the power input, HDMI 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 type, a ports and a 3.5 millimeter audio jack on the right there's.
A USB 3.1 gen2 type c thunderbolt port, which can be used to send DisplayPort output to an external g sync monitor 2, more USB 3.0 type, a ports and convicting look. The front has nothing except some subtle, masseuse branding, while the back only has some air exhaust vents with more of that copper, colored theme there's, also some red lighting, which comes out from the rear vents that appear when you're up in the laptop I wasn't able to Customize, the colors there on the top of the lid there's, a nice brushed metal effect with the ROG logo, which lights up red when the laptop is on and again I wasn't able to customize the color there. Some further customization would have been nice, so there are a few different areas that are always going to be lit up red which may not match the color that you've set for the keyboard, not the end of the world. That was noting, underneath there was a little surprised to find a complete lack of air intake, vents, basically they're not needed as the base of the laptop sits against the desk and when in use that will create its own space for airflow there's. Also some rubber feet which do a good job at stopping the laptop from moving around while in use. So, as you can hopefully see, the laptop specs are pretty impressive, so let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools.
All benchmarks will run at a 1080p resolution in battlefield, one with the ultra preset and DirectX 11. We averaged 117 frames per second in Grand Theft, Auto 5 with max settings and facing disabled. We got 69 frames per second in The Witcher 3, with Ultra preset vsync and hair works disabled. The laptop averaged 83 frames per second in watchdogs 2, with the ultra preset 60 frames per second was all we were able to get shadow of mortal with ultra settings, scored the highest with 154 frames per second rise of the Tomb Raider with the very high preset And DirectX 11 got 94 frames per second, while DirectX 12 pushed this up to 105 frames per second Ghost Recon, with the ultra preset was only able to run at 50 frames per second while doom, with the ultra preset in OpenGL rinse moogly at 113 frames per Second, we can see the most of the games are achieving really high frame rates, even at maximum settings, which really takes advantage of the 120 Hertz display. Other games, which became CPU bottlenecks, still managed to hover around the respectable 60 frames per second mark and let's. Not forget, we can turn the settings down a little to increase frame rates further at desired now on to the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming results previously shown in heaven benchmark with the quality Set to ultra tessellation, set to extreme and anti aliasing set to 8, we were able to hit 93 frames per second value.
Benchmark was a little slower with the quality set to ultra and anti aliasing. On 8, we received a score of 87 frames per second. I then ran both the 3d mark, quiet strike and time spy benchmarks and got scores of 14000 thirteen and 5528 respectively. Disk speeds from the Samsung PCIe SSD were also impressive, with over 3.3 gigabytes and sequential reads and 1.8 gigabytes per second in sequential writes. This was very noticeable while learning different games. They opened up much faster compared to the typical SATA 3 based SSD speeds that I'm used to seeing as you'd expect in a laptop with limited cooling space. The temperatures do get a little warm during idle with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, the CPU island with 25 degrees Celsius, while the GPU idled at ' degrees Celsius, while running stress tests for over an hour, both the CPU and GPU peaked at 80 Degrees Celsius, the laptop felt fine around the keyboard and touchpad area, as the hardware is all at the back. This does, however, make the surface towards the back very warm, which isn't really an issue as you won't be resting your hands there anyway. The bottom of the case also gets pretty warm. I wouldn't want to use it on my lap for gaming, but that would probably be a little off to do with the keyboard right off the front. Anyway, I did actually see the GPU call o'clock Bruce to 1771 megahertz, while and alert even once the temperature had stabilized at maximum.
It was still sitting about 1700, so even with the max q, design, it's still performing quite well and only seems to throttle back a little bit at max temperatures and no cpu throttling was observed, but keep in mind that it's only 18 degrees Celsius inside here, as It'S currently winter, so this could change in a warmer environment. Now, with a laptop of this size and most temperatures, you'd expect the fans to have to be working pretty hard to keep it cool as there's, not much room for heat sinks. However, considering the overall form factor, I think it did a pretty good job at staying quiet idle. The laptops at around the 27 decibel mark, and I could barely hear it while running the stress tests. It went up to peak at 47 decibels, so it's, even quieter than larger laptops that don't even have this powerful hardware that I've previously tested, which was pretty impressive. Now let's talk about the major downside of the laptop the battery life. The battery is a four cell. Fifty one hour battery and with a full charge in doing basic tasks such as browsing the internet and watching YouTube with the screen on minimum brightness keyboard lighting off and all background apps disabled. I was only able to use it for two hours and six minutes while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings. The battery lasted just 45 minutes, while being capped to 30 frames per second with invidious battery boost.
To be honest, this is to be expected when you consider the high end specs of the laptop and just how thin and lightweight it is compared to much larger and heavier alternatives if you're after a powerful laptop with a large battery you're going to want to look Elsewhere, it's something bigger, there's, always going to be a compromise between battery life, specs size and weight with that said, I think that this does fill a great niche if you use this that one, a laptop as a desktop replacement, that's still portable, just keep in mind, But you'll probably want to take the pail break with you wherever you go. Another downside is the price, but hopefully, by this point, you're expecting that powerful hardware isn't cheap, especially when in such a small form factor at the time of recording the laptop, appears to start around two thousand seven hundred US dollars. So around three thousand four hundred Australian dollars for my Aussie viewers, but this will change depending on RAM and hard drive sizes. Overall, I think the Sepphoris is very impressive. The series has managed to fit some seriously powerful hardware into a small laptop which still runs fairly quiet and performs well. This does, of course, come at the expense of worth battery life and cost. This laptop is dead not for everyone, but if you're after a powerful we get portable desktop replacement, then this could be what you're looking for just be prepared to stay close to a power outlet.
So what did you guys think about the Assessor og separates GX 501 gaming laptop I'm, still pretty impressed by the powerful specs they managed to pack into such a thin laptop it's very portable and can still smash through any games at max settings. But these key points do come at a high cost and the expensive battery life. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments or simply leave a like' or dislike' on the video to. Let me know what you thought, thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe.