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Asus' New G501 Gaming Laptop Features Nvidia's New 960M GPU

Fresh off the news that Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 960M and 950M yesterday, Asus followed the path of other companies like Alienware, Razer, Acer, and MSI and revealed the latest gaming laptop in its Republic of Gamers series, which comes with the new GTX 960M.

We've noticed that today's gaming laptops continue to get thinner and thinner, and Asus' new G501 is what the company calls the thinnest gaming laptop in its class coming in at 0.81 inches.

The G501 at its lightest weighs 4.54 pounds, although a touchscreen version of the model will be heavier. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ (2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz Turbo) that sits on a mobile Intel HM87 chipset. It comes with 16 GB of DDR3 memory and uses a 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD for storage. For graphics, it houses the brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, which comes with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Asus employs what it calls Hyper Cool technology to keep those components chilled. Essentially, it uses the laptop's dual fans and copper heatpipes to independently cool the GPU and CPU inside while keeping the noise level down to a minimum.

The display measures 15.6 inches with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, giving gamers the UHD resolution they crave for today's titles. There's a 1.2 MP HD camera on the front, and the laptop supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has the usual 802.11ac wireless connection. For I/O, the G501 contains three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, an SD/SDXC card reader, a headphone out and mic in jack, and a Thunderbolt port.

Asus also updated two other models in its G Series. The G751 now has an Nvdia GeForce GTX 965M and 2 GB of DDR5 VRAM. The GL551 laptop, though, uses the new 960M; it also comes with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The two laptops feature 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch displays, respectively.

In the end, any one of these three laptops is going to cost you a hefty price. The new G501 costs $1,999 and is expected to ship around April. The G751 will cost even more at $1,399, mainly because of the larger display. Depending on whether or not you choose to include the 128 SSD, the GL551 will cost $1,099 without the SSD or $1,299 with the additional storage. 

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  • ohim
    I like how they use the term "Gaming" on laptops. Though i admit for the size factor they have pretty decent GPUs, Gaming on Desktop =/= Gaming on Laptop. But for marketing`s sake it sounds bad ass.
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  • fatboyslimerr
    The GTX 960M is a bit of a joke though, based on the first iteration of Maxwell GM107, with only a slight increase in clock speed over the old GTX 860M. This GPU will totally fail to play games at 4K or 1080p, particularly newer titles like Dragon Age: Inq, Dying Light and FC4.
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  • SylentVyper
    I like how they use the term "Gaming" on laptops. Though i admit for the size factor they have pretty decent GPUs, Gaming on Desktop =/= Gaming on Laptop. But for marketing`s sake it sounds bad ass.

    To be fair, I have a desktop with a 4670k and GTX 760 and my laptop with an i7-4710 and 970m (Sager NP8651) gets about 5-10% better performance in 1080p gaming. I play everything, even Far Cry 4, on High/Ultra with AA.

    Granted, the laptop costs a fair bit more, but I use it for work as well (needed a laptop with a true quad-core), but I would certainly say gaming on it isn't "gaming", it's regular gaming.
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  • unempit
    Friday the 13th math? "...The G751 will cost even more at $1,399."
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  • pasow
    i have a GTX 860m (the original name for the GTX 960m) and while its good for 1080p, the things going to choke to death at UHD...
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  • TechyInAZ
    That does not make since, why does the GTX 960 in the ROG laptop come with 4GB of vram instead of 2? It will never use all that vram for gaming, I'd rather save my money and get 2GB of vram instead.
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  • masterchi
    Friday the 13th math? "...The G751 will cost even more at $1,399."

    $1,399 > $1,999. The author must have learned math using the CORE curriculum they have going on here in California. ;)
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  • game junky
    Looks like a down-spec'd version of the GX500 they teased last year - whenever they actually release that SOB in the US, I will stand in line. If they aborted that product line, this is a legit alternative - it would actually be used as a work laptop that I can play games on while stuck at a hotel so it should fit the bill though the price tag makes me wanna vom a bit. That's what you get when you try to find the mythical unicorn that is a skinny high performance laptop
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  • CybKnox
    That does not make since, why does the GTX 960 in the ROG laptop come with 4GB of vram instead of 2? It will never use all that vram for gaming, I'd rather save my money and get 2GB of vram instead.

    Because there are games like Shadow of Mordor that need more than 2GB to run at high/ultra settings. In http://www.notebookcheck.net/Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-960M-Review.137893.0.html they specify exactly this, showing that the 860m 4GB performs better in that situation.
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  • PudgyChicken
    I just got a Lenovo Y50 with an i7 4x and a gtx 860m and a 4K screen. I hate it. At face value it should be a great laptop, but simply put, Intel integrated graphics can't really handle 4K. I've installed a 1TB Samsung 840 Evo ssd, and yet it's still not a fast experience. And then add to that the fact that windows is absolutely awful at display scaling, not to mention all the things that don't scale at all like java, and you end up with a user experience that's rather sub par.

    Needless to say, I won't be getting another 4K laptop for a long time. 1080p is just fine. 2K works as well. But for 4K? Nope.
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