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ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 now available for RM15,999

By Peter Chu - on 14 Sep 2017, 3:24pm

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 now available for RM15,999

Leo Tseng, Country Manager, ASUS Malaysia (middle) with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501.

Lo and behold, the first NVIDIA Max-Q notebook from ASUS has officially arrived on local shores: the ROG Zephyrus GX501.

First unveiled back in May during COMPUTEX 2017 in Taiwan, the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is essentially a full-fledged gaming notebook with dimensions that are similar to that of an Ultrabook – in spite of the fact that it actually has a relatively large 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) 120Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC display

With such powerful hardware crammed within the tight confines of its chassis, the ROG Zephyrus GX501 needs all the thermal efficiency that it can get.

The 2.2kg-light ROG Zephyrus GX501 manages to pack some serious firepower within its very sleek chassis, which measures in at only 17.99mm at its thickest point. It has a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 24GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM, 1TB of rapid M.2 PCIe SSD storage, and, get this – a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

Just so you know, the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is the slimmest notebook in the world to have a GeForce GTX 1080.

Much like the Acer Predator 21X, the keyboard of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is positioned towards the front edge of the notebook, leaving you with virtually no room to rest your palms while gaming or typing. To conserve precious real estate, the trackpad of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 can also double up as a numpad with a simple push of a button.

Fortunately, despite its svelte chassis, the ROG Zephyrus GX501 manages to accommodate a healthy selection of connectivity ports, including four USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports, one USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port, a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, and an audio combo jack. The only thing missing, is an SD card slot.

Considering that the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is one of very few notebooks to embody the holy trinity of gaming notebook characteristics – a lightweight chassis, sleek figure, and impressive performance – it’s no wonder that you’re going to have to pay quite a premium for it: RM15,999.

If you can stomach its price, feel free to pre-order it at an ASUS authorized retailer near you. Be the first 12 people to do so, and you will receive a pre-order bonus in the form of an ‘Epic 12’ bundle, which comprises a ROG Centurion 7.1 gaming headset, a ROG Gladius II gaming mouse, and two VIP tickets to the ROG Masters International Grand Finals that will be happening this December at KLCC.

Deliveries of the ROG Zephyrus GX501 is expected to begin by the end of the month. Feel free to check out our hands-on experience with the notebook here.

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