Asus Republic of Gamers announces the Zephyrus M (2018)

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Zephyrus M (GM501)

World’s slimmest gaming laptop with up to an 8th Gen Intel Core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, featuring an ultra-responsive 144Hz, 3ms IPS-level display



  • World’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by up to an 8th Gen Intel Core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics delivers unprecedented performance
  • Features an IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • Active Aerodynamic System improves cooling, and ROG-exclusive software allows switching between power-saving and discrete-GPU graphics modes


TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 3, 2018 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Zephyrus M, the world’s slimmest gaming laptop to be powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 graphics.

Zephyrus M features an IPS-level display with a superfast 144Hz refresh rate, lightning-quick 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology. It also features the new Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) to improve cooling performance under high load. ROG-exclusive software lets gamers switch between integrated and discrete GPU modes: the Optimus power-saving mode prolongs battery life, while the G-SYNC mode unleashes the full power of the GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics card.


Elevating gaming performance to new heights

ROG Zephyrus M brings gaming-desktop levels of performance to the gaming laptop scene, with up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz dual-channel memory, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It also features cutting-edge storage with an up to 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD and a 1TB Seagate® FireCuda SSHD.


Supersmooth, seamless visuals

Zephyrus M features an ultra-responsive 15.6-inch IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for supersmooth, seamless visuals. A wide 72% NTSC color gamut guarantees great color contrast and color reproduction, while wide-view technology ensures colors stay true, even when viewed from angles of up to 178°.


ROG Active Aerodynamic System (AAS)

The cutting-edge AAS allows Zephyrus M to run cool and quiet without sacrificing performance. Opening the lid reveals an underside vent that leads to a 9mm-high air chamber. Compared to traditional laptop designs, the AAS creates 20% more space for air circulation, increases airflow by up to 32%, and reduces internal temperatures by up to 20%.

A four-quadrant anti-dust design prevents dust particles and dirt from entering the system when the lid is open; while the patented Anti-Dust Cooling system actively expels dust particles and dirt through tunnels to prevent build-up in the thermal fins to increase system stability and lifespan. Two high-performance, dual-outlet fans blow air through ultraslim fins, while the unique heat-pipe architecture cools the CPU, GPU, and chipset power components independently.


Switchable GPU software

Zephyrus M features the world’s first switchable GPU modes so gamers can choose between power-saving or discrete-graphics modes. The Optimus power-saving mode turns off NVIDIA G-SYNC, prolonging battery life to provide up to six hours of web-browsing time over Wi-Fi. G-SYNC mode enables discrete graphics, allowing gamers to get the most out of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card for the best gaming experience ever. Both modes can be easily accessed on the ROG Gaming Center dashboard.


Synchronized Aura lighting

Aura Sync lets gamers customize and sync up light effects with Aura Sync-enabled gaming mice, headsets, keyboards and other peripherals. Aura Sync offers several unique preset lighting modes, including color cycle, music synchronization, and CPU temperature. It can even be programmed with personalized color schemes.

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ASUS ROG Strix Zephyrus M (GM501)

Processor 8th Generation Intel® Core i7-8750H
Operating system Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Professional

Display For GM501GS:

15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, and 72% NTSC color gamut


For GM501GM:

15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, and 72% NTSC color gamut

Graphics For GM501GS:

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM


For GM501GM:

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM

Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (dual-channel)
Storage M.2 NVMe PCIe® x4 256GB / 512GB SSD

2.5-inch 5400 rpm 1TB HDD

Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Bluetooth® 4.2 (version may vary with OS upgrades)

Connectivity 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C™)

4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K2K at 60Hz output)

1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack

1 x Kensington lock

Keyboard Backlit chiclet keyboard

RGB lighting across four zones

Aura Sync

Marked WASD keys

Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute / ROG Gaming Center

1.7mm travel distance

0.2mm keycap curve

Audio 2 x 3.5W speakers with smart amplifier technology

Array microphone

Software ROG Gaming Center

GameFirst V


Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III

Aura Core 2.5

XSplit Gamecaster (free)

ROG Gaming Center Android / iOS App

Power For GM501GS:

230W power adaptor

4-cell, 55Wh battery


For GM501G M:

180W power adaptor

4-cell, 55Wh battery

Colors Black
Size 38.4 x 26.2 x 1.75~1.99cm (W x D x H)
Weight 2.45kg



About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at

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