ASUS Zephyrus M (GM501) Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
In my unit, there's 32 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2600, 66 megahertz in dual channel, the maximum the two slots support. But most of them sell with 16 gig in either jewel or single channel for storage, there's, a 512 gig and VM a m2 SSD and a one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive installed feather graphics as an nvidia 1070, which powers the 15.6 inch. 1080P 144 hertz ahv. A panel and we'll see how this performs soon in the benchmarks for the network connectivity, their support for a 2 2.11 AC, Wi, Fi and bluetooth version 5.0, no Ethernet port here, unfortunately, so you'll need to use a USB dongle. If you need one, the interior of the laptop is a matte black le mininum, while the lid features brushed metal overall, the laptop felt nice, no sharp edges and solid, build quality. The dimensions of the laptop are 38.4 centimeters in width 26 point two centimeters in depth and 1.75 21.9 9 centimeters in height, depending on. If you've got the laptop open or closed when you open, the lid of the laptop, the bottom rises up to allow air inside and we'll, see how well. This keeps the components cool later. The weight is listed at 2.45 kilos on the assist website and I found mine to weigh a little more than this, with the 230 watt power, brick and cable for charging. The total weight increases to 3.3 kilos, so it's quite portable, considering the specs as mentioned, the screen is a 15.
6 inch, 144 Hertz 1080p a hva panel, and it has g sync available, which you can optionally disable along with a 3 millisecond response time. I found the viewing angles to be really good. Images are still perfectly even on sharp angles. These hva panels that typically marketed is IPS level, and I can see why, if you told me this was IPs, I believe you, the screen gets bright enough at 100 brightness. I measured it at 320, nits I've, also measured the current color gamut using the spider 5 Pro and my results. Return 98 of srgb, 68 of ntsc and 74 of adobe RGB, so it's pretty good for a gaming laptop I'd. Happily use it for content creation too. I'Ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding and then take a long exposure photo to display me bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test there's. Some minor imperfections that the camera was able to pick up toward the bottom and top right corner. However, to my eyes, I wasn't able to see anything even in a dark room and looked good to me, but this will, of course, bury between laptops while moving the display. There was some flex, although it wasn't too bad, given the metal construction. The hinges are out on the ends, but they're a little small. It can also be opened easily with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution above the display in the center is a 720p camera, the camera isn't great, still quite blurry and grainy, even with decent lighting.
The microphone sounds alright, but it does seem to pick up a bit of its own fan noise. The keyboard has RGB backlighting, which can be controlled with the included a su Sora software in four different zones. No individual key backlighting here and there are seven different effects available. The sides of the WASD Keys are clear, so you can see them easier with the light shining through. Overall, the keyboard was pretty good to type with there's some good spacing between the keys with the 1.7 millimeter travel distance, and the only issue I had was with the smaller keys. The key presses felt a little clicky here's, how they sound to try and give you an idea. There was some keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard, but overall, it felt quite solid, there's, some air vents, just above the keyboard, as well as some extra keys, including the ROG button, which is a shortcut to the ROG gaming Center. And this lets you monitor and control various parts of the laptop such as fan, speed, the touchpad uses, precision drivers and was really nice to use. It feels extremely smooth to the touch, and the only issue I had was that it seemed to be a bit small, but even if it has to be smaller to fit below the keyboard. I still prefer this compared to the awkward side positioning they had with the original Sepphoris GX 501. Moving on to the io on the left, mr.
power input, HDMI 2.0 port 3, USB 3.1 gen2 type, a ports, the last one of which is powered, and a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack on the right. We'Ve got a fourth USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port, a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port, with four lanes of Thunderbolt, three support and Kensington lock on the back. There are a couple of air exhaust vents towards the corners and some subtle Sepphoris branding in the center, while there's, nothing at all on the front, except some masseuse branding toward the left corner up on the lid there's, the asou, sorry G logo on the side and It lights up red, while the laptop is powered on fingerprints, show up easily on the brushed finish and we're a little difficult to wipe away once dirt seeps into the grooves. They weren't as obvious on the matte interior, though, and we're easy to wipe away there underneath there's some rubber feet which do a decent job of preventing the laptop from sliding around, while in use otherwise there's. No real need for exhaust vents here due to the custom cooling solution. The 23.5 watt speakers have found towards the front corners. They sound pretty good there's, actually some bass, but they don't sound too clear at higher volumes. Oh and when you turn the laptop on, and it makes this loud noise, I was unable to find a way of turning it off, but hopefully you can. I wouldn't want to turn that on in a quiet room, the laptop can be opened up easily with the Philips head screwdriver.
First, the rear panel comes off. This is what gets bent and pushed up from the two feet in the back corners when you open the lid, ensuring both fans are able to get plenty of air in after removing the main panel were presented with easy access to the single 2.5 inch drive bay. Single m2, like two memory slots and Wi Fi card powering, the laptop is a 55 watt hour battery and it's important to note. The g sync can be enabled or disabled through software, with G sync on you'll be forced to use the Nvidia graphics all the time. No swapping over to the Intel, integrated graphics, most g, sync laptops don't, give you the option to turn it off there. So, although you do have to reboot to enable or disable G sync, I still think it's a good option to have, while just watching YouTube. We can see that we're getting around 30 minutes of extra time with G sync off, but while gaming the results are very close together as it shouldn't really make any difference. They'Re, given the Nvidia graphics will be in usin either scenario and we're, using Nvidia battery boost to cup us to 30fps overall, the battery life wasn't that great for non gaming tasks even with chasing disabled, getting around half the length of other. Similarly, sized laptops, like the GS, 65 or error 15 X, which have much larger batteries, thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
It'S getting cold here as winter has just started so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment also remember that the CPU and GPU share heat pipes, so a change in temperature of one component will affect the other at idle. Both the CPU and GPU were quite cool. At around ' degrees Celsius, while playing pub G at high settings, we can see that the temperatures actually rose a bit when under bolting, the CPU by minus 0.09 volts in green compared to stock settings in blue will see the clock speeds in the next graph. But there was a small increase in performance which may explain the temperature increase. Usually it would lower, though, when we max the fans out in yellow the temperatures drop back a fair bit and you'll hear how these sounds soon, adding on a 200 megahertz overclock to the 1070 in orange, the temperatures rise up a little but still doing quite well And we can see the CPU is affected by this change. Due to the shared heat pipes, the full load stress tests will run using a 264 in the heaven benchmark. At the same time, and again like the gaming result, once we apply under bolting or higher fan speed, the CPU starts performing better, which seems to increase the temperature and thermal or power limit throttling wasn't detected in any of these tests. Overall, the temperatures seemed pretty good, as we've got air vents above the keyboard and a large opening underneath towards the back for air to come in.
These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests for the temperatures just shown. We can see that under faulting and maxing out, the fans improves the CPU clock speed quite a bit while overclocking the GPU gives us a nice boost. Bear honestly I'm, not too sure why the clock, speeds and temperatures at stock will lower than with under vaulting and faster fan, as no power limit or thermal throttling was detected, the performance does still improve so I'm thinking the temperatures rise as more work gets done at Higher clock speeds: these are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU. Only stress tests without any GPU load under bolting makes no difference and we're. Seeing full multi core speeds being reached under vaulting only seems to make a difference with the combined CPU and GPU workload, as shown earlier. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, the body of the laptop is sitting in the low 30s, so quite cool. While gaming. This increases to the mid 40s in the center and interestingly there's, a cool spot on the WASD Keys, which will be appreciated while gaming for longer periods of time. Even in the center, though, it was only a little warm to the touch, and I saw a very similar result while running the stress tests. With the fan increased, there was a slight drop in temperatures. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop all a you ever listened to, some of these tests had Idol.
The fan was only just audible and, while gaming with the default balanced, fan profile it wasn't too loud, either around the same level as the stress tests running the fans with the overboost mode to maximum out increases the overall system noise. Quite a bit, though, I'll also note that there was no noticeable coil wound, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests were run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed and V. Sync and gsync were disabled, starting out with fortnight medium settings or below average. Above what the 144 outs display can output. Although the 1 lows were a fair bit below the averages here, either way, it ran well live in an epic settings, it's important to keep in mind that this game is hard to benchmark, as frame rates will vary based on what's going on in game. And what other players are doing? Overwatch was tested playing with the bots and again we're. Getting really nice results with the averages at max settings above the refresh rate of the display, and although the 1 lows are quite a bit behind they're still quite high, so it rents smoothly. For me, as usual, csgo was averaging well above what the refresh rate of the display could. Output the 1 lowers dropped quite a bit due to the smokes in the benchmark test.
Pub G was tested using the replay feature and as the king of unoptimized, if uhrin PSA's between the 1 lows and averages and, of course take the results with the grain of salt as like fortnight, it will depend on what's going on in the game. So the results can vary quite a lot. In any case, the game played pretty well at all. Setting levels I've tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark when not really able to fully utilize the 144 Hertz panel here, but the results are still quite high and the 1 lows aren't too far behind the averages in this test, which is always good. Assassin'S Creed origins was also tested with the built in benchmark, and the results were similar in that the 1 lows also weren't too far behind the averages. But again the average frame rates aren't too high still plenty to play. Well, though, dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario. Realistically, you'll probably get better results than this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test, the averages are quite high. Rainbow 6 was tested with the built in benchmark and the averages were above the refresh rate of the display, even at Ultra settings, and although the one percent lows are a bit behind they're, still quite higher, so the dips weren't too bad or noticeable testing battlefield. One in the first mission we were able to push up more frames in the refresh rate of the panel at medium or lower settings and even during intense fights, it still felt really smooth to me.
The Witcher 3 doesn't really need a high frame rate to play. Even with ultra settings to me, it played well with no issues. Interestingly, the one percent lows: don't really change much when we drop down in settings, but the averages shoot up rise of the Tomb. Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and were able to average. Above the refresh rate of the display at the lowest setting levels, Ghost Recon is a resource, intensive game and was again tested with the built in benchmark. Basically, no laptop I've ever tested plays this one well at Ultra settings, but it runs well with about any other setting level. Watchdogs. 2 is another resource, intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn't need a high frame rate to play to me. If an ultra settings felt fine, no issues playing maxed out doom was tested using Vulcan and even with high settings, we're averaging exactly 144 FPS. It felt extremely smooth to me, while playing I've got a couple more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmark video, if you're interested now on to the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and superposition from Unigine, as well as fire strike time, spy and VR mark from 3D mark just pause the video. If you want a detailed look at these results, I think the Nvidia 1070 graphics is a great option for the 144 Hertz panel were actually able to get pretty high frame rates in many games to make use of it.
The option of having G sync, which you can disable, was nice to have too and gives you some really smooth gameplay. As for overclocking, the 8750 hcp you can't be overclocked, but I was able to increase the GPU call clock of the 1070. We can see here that, while running the heaven benchmark on average we're sitting around 200 megahertz above stock speeds, with both CPU under vaulting in GPU overclocking applied. We get a boost in games, as shown earlier there's a 500 megahertz difference on the CPU in pub G with under vaulting, and I suspect, that's why the difference in lowest settings is Lajja as lower settings unless GPU dependent, whereas we're, probably seeing more of the G. You overclocked at the highest settings. I'Ve just quickly got some cpu benchmarks here, and we can see that it's a decent step up from the seventh generation, as we've got two extra cores and slightly faster single threaded clock speeds. The undervolt isn't really making any difference here. As shown in the cpu only stress tests earlier, there was no throttling in Crystal disc mark the 512 gig end up to nvme. Ssd was performing quite well over three gigabytes per second and sequential reads, and around 1.6 gigabytes per second and sequential writes the one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive, on the other hand, was quite slow getting around half the speed. I expected it's an sshd and looking up other benchmarks, show it getting over a hundred megabytes per second, but that wasn't my experience off to multiple rounds of testing.
As for the price, the Zephyrus m, with 16 gig of memory comes in around 3500 Australian dollars here. In Australia, at the time of recording or about 2250 US dollars in the US, but this will differ based on the configuration. This is the GM 501 GS version, but you could instead get the GM 501 GM version which comes with Nvidia, 1060 graphics rather than 1070. To save some money, so what did you guys think of the zephyrus m gaming, laptop 4 masseuse overall it's, a really nice and powerful laptop and quite a thin body? I don't think I've tested any laptops, this thin with full nvidia, 1070 graphics inside yet they've all been max q. The custom cooling design allows it to stay quite cool despite the high end specs, but as usual thin and light with high end. Specs comes at an increase for us. The only issues I had were with the battery life and touch pad being a little small, but otherwise for gaming, while plugged into the power as we've seen, it runs really well. Let me know what you guys thought done in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.