ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Updated Zephyrus (GX501GI)

-- Ultra-slim gaming laptop upgraded with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 144Hz FHD display, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics --

Key Points

  • Ultra-slim gaming laptop with a profile that tapers from 17.9mm to 16.9mm
  • Best-in-class performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics
  • Features an IPS-level display with an ultrafast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG response time
  • Includes the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System for enhanced cooling, and Aura Sync lighting


Fremont, CA (April 3, 2018) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the updated Zephyrus (GX501GI), an ultra-slim gaming laptop powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics.

The Zephyrus has an IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, 100% sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ for super-smooth and vivid gaming visuals.

The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system that includes Anti-Dust and Fan Overboost technologies for enhanced cooling. The Zephyrus also features ASUS Aura Sync light effects, and is compatible with other Aura Sync-enabled accessories and peripherals.

World’s slimmest gaming laptop with gaming desktop-like performance

The Zephyrus has a blade-inspired design and has a profile that tapers from 17.9mm down to just 16.9mm at its thinnest point. It’s currently the world’s thinnest gaming laptop that’s powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) graphics, delivering unstoppable gaming performance. The incredible CPU and GPU combination allows the Zephyrus to compete successfully with larger gaming laptops and desktops.

ROG-exclusive cooling system

The exclusive AAS allows the Zephyrus to run cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. It incorporates unique AeroAccelerator (AA) and Anti-Dust Cooling technologies, and powerful 12-volt fans to increase the speed and efficiency of airflow through the laptop. The fans feature a curved fan shroud designed to enhance airflow to channel heat away from internal components more effectively. When the Zephyrus is opened, a portion of the bottom of the chassis flexes to increase the airflow volume by 20%.

Gaming keyboard with Aura Sync lighting

The Zephyrus has a keyboard that sits right at the front of the chassis — a design that allows for better cooling of internal components, and provides gamers accustomed to desktop keyboards a more familiar gaming experience. It features anti-ghosting and N-key rollover so all keystrokes are correctly logged. The keys have been ergonomically-designed to provide optimum comfort and typing accuracy. A touchpad situated to the right of the keyboard features a numeric keypad function that can be easily activated by a hotkey. The touchpad backlight glows red to reveal the keypad when activated.

Aura Sync provides six dynamic and customizable light effects across the entire keyboard, and can be synchronized with other Aura Sync-compatible products to create a gaming setup with a consistent look and feel.

Ultra-smooth gaming visuals and versatile connectivity

The Zephyrus has an IPS-level panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms GTG response time for superfast visuals with minimal ghosting and motion blur. In addition, NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the NVIDIA GeForce graphics card’s frame rate, ensuring ultra-smooth visuals. G-SYNC reduces lag, minimizes perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing — providing the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming imaginable, without affecting system performance. The panel also features a 100% sRGB color gamut and wide-view technology to ensure lifelike colors, even when viewing the display from extreme positions.

The Zephyrus also includes a range of connectivity options, including a USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) port with Thunderbolt™ 3 and HDMI 2.0 for G-SYNC and 4K UHD display output, fast data transfers and power delivery.



The ASUS Zephyrus (GX501GI) will be available starting at $2899 MSRP. It will be available for pre-order starting April 3rd in the United States at retailers including: the ASUS Store, Amazon, and Newegg. It will also be available for sale at additional retailers starting April 16th. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.


ROG Zephyrus (GX501GI)

Processor   8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750HQ
Operating system   Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Professional
Display   15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level display with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology, and anti-glare coating
Graphics   NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (Max-Q)
Chipset   Intel® HM370
Memory   Up to 24GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM
Storage   M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3,0 x4 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD
Wireless   802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth® 4.1
Connectivity   1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C™) over Thunderbolt™
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and mic combo jack
Camera   Built-in HD camera and array mic
Keyboard   Backlit chiclet keyboard Aura Sync N-key rollover 1.4mm key travel
Battery   4-cell, 50Wh
Colors   Black
Size   37.9 x 26.2 x 1.69~1.79cm (W x D x H)
Weight   2.2kg (with battery)

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Technical Marketing Manager
About ROG

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