ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501 Review – Powerful Laptop For Engineer


NVIDIA recently launched the latest variant of their laptop graphics card that carries the Max-Q Design technology. Based on Pascal GPU architecture, the graphics card allows manufacturers to create gaming laptops fast and powerful with a super slim body. The presence of the line of graphics card laptop was apparently welcomed by some manufacturers such as one of them ASUS which released the latest products that may never imagine will exist.

Mainstay product manufacturer from Taiwan with NVIDIA graphics card Max-Q Design is ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501). Starting a public debut before the Computex 2017 event, ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) immediately captivated everyone who saw it. Not strange considering the thin body of this gaming laptop and a unique body design that was never found on ASUS laptops before. Of course, there is no compromise for performance because ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) comes with the highest variant of NVIDIA Max-Q Design graphics card. This laptop is suitable for engineering software.

In this article let’s take a closer look at the greatness offered by ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) which will spoil this gaming laptop owner.

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS GX501 Specification

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Creator Update (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Base 2.9 GHz / Turbo Boost 3.8 GHz)
  • Motherboard: Intel HM175 Chipset-based
  • Memory: 24 GB (16 + 8 GB) DDR4 @ 2400 MHz (Dual Channel)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X with Max-Q Design
  • Display: 15.6 inch @ 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 120 Hz
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4

Who would have thought if the gaming laptop as thin as ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) powered by Core i7 7700HQ, high-performance laptop processor from Intel Kaby Lake CPU architecture? The Core i7-7700HQ is a quad-core processor with Hyper-Threading technology making it able to work on eight computing processes at once in one go. Core i7 7700HQ has a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed of 3.8 GHz when one core works, 3.6 GHz when two cores work, and 3.4 GHz when four cores work.

ASUS combines Core i7-7700HQ processor with FCBGA1440 socket-based motherboard based on the latest chipset for Core i 7th Generation, Intel HM175. Our recommendation of best laptop for computer engineering students.

The ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) combines the Core i7 7700HQ processor with DDR4 memory / RAM with a capacity of 24 GB which makes it ready to handle the most voracious modern applications of memory though. The speed of memory / RAM used is 2400 MHz which is the standard speed on the Core i 7th Generation platform. Very powerful laptop for engineering students.

ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) memory / RAM capacity of 24 GB is not commonly used. Moreover one piece of memory / RAM DDR4 generally have size 4 GB / 8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB. Who would have thought if ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) uses a 16 + 8 GB configuration? ASUS incorporates a 16 GB SO-DIMM chip and 8 GB of RAM / RAM embedded directly on the PC’s motherboard. Fortunately the dual-channel memory configuration remains active despite using unusual configurations.

The thin body ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) does not make this gaming laptop to compromise for graphics card components. ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) entrusts GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design to deliver top-class gaming performance to the owner of this laptop. GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design itself is the latest variant of NVIDIA’s laptop-based graphics card built on hardware similar to GeForce GTX 1080 Notebook.

There are three variants of graphics card laptop with NVIDIA Max-Q Design technology that is GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060. Implementation of technology allows manufacturers to create thin gaming laptop with a thickness of not more than 18 mm. The key behind Max-Q Design technology is to look at the highest point of work efficiency in which GPU clock increments still result in relative performance increases.

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NVIDIA finds as it passes through a certain point, the GPU clock rise does not result in a performance increase commensurate with the use of electrical power and also the heat generated. Therefore graphics card with NVIDIA Max-Q Design technology is operated at the most efficient clock speed, not as high as the standard variant. With such clock speed specifications, the heat generated graphics card becomes lower so that the laptop cooling system can be made smaller. The size of the laptop can be made smaller and thinner. Not only that, the fan can also be operated at a lower speed

The GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design on the ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS (GX501) has a 1227 MHz GPU base clock specification with GPU 1366 MHz boost clock. For comparison, the GeForce GTX 1080 Notebook has a specification of 1556 MHz GPU base clock with a boost clock GPU 1733 MHz.