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ASUS’ new Coffee Lake gaming lineup is here in Malaysia — the Zephyrus-M is a steal!

ASUS’ new Coffee Lake gaming lineup is here in Malaysia — the Zephyrus-M is a steal!

by Vyncent ChanApril 18, 2018
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Intel’s 8th Generation Intel Core-H CPUs are a nice upgrade over the last generation, with 2 more cores and 4 more processing threads. ASUS didn’t wait around to release refreshes of their latest gaming laptops with the new hexa-core CPU, and even released a new variant of their unique ROG Zephyrus laptop, named the ROG Zephyrus-M.

New Models

ROG GM501 Zephyrus-M

Designed as a more affordable variant of the ROG GX501 Zephyrus, the ROG GM501 Zephyrus-M actually has a few extra tricks up its sleeves. For one, it supports 2.5″ SATA 3 drives, something which would enable cheaper bulk storage in the form of SSHDs or HDDs. It also offers two DDR4 SODIMM slots, allowing you to kit it with up to 32GB, versus the 24GB the GX501 is limited to. There is also the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-P GPU. Max-P stands for maximum performance, so you can expect serious graphics prowess, and more, from this laptop.

Keeping the powerful hardware cool is the acclaimed Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) which is a standout feature of the GX501 Zephyrus, to keep the Zephyrus thinner when closed. The GM501 Zephyrus-M actually raises up higher than the original Zephyrus, which might mean even more effective cooling. This system creates 20% more space for air circulation for 32% more air flow.

ROG GM501 Zephyrus specifications and pricing

CPUIntel Core i7 8750H (6C/12T @ up to 4.1 GHz)
RAM16GB DDR4 2666 MHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1070 Max-P 8GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Thermal SolutionActive Aerodynamic System, dual 12V fans
Storage256GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD
Display15.6″ 1080p IPS-class 300 nits 144 Hz G-SYNC
Dimensions384 x 262 x 17.5 ~ 19.9 mm
Weight2.45 kg
BundleROG Backpack + ROG Exclusive Stickers & Key Chain

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TUF Gaming FX504

This is another new product from the ASUS’ bosoms. The TUF Gaming FX504 builds upon the ASUS FX503, offering gaming performance without the lofty price usually associated with gaming laptops. The styling has been amped up to signal its gaming ambitions. It comes in four configurations, with the highest of them featuring a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5.

The lower price point means that the TUF Gaming FX504 will be forgoing AURA SYNC RGBae goodness, but this chiclet keyboard offers Overstroke technology with 1.8mm of travel, for an experience just as good as you would get on ASUS’ other gaming laptops.

TUF Gaming FX504 Specifications and Pricing

CPUIntel Core i7 8750H (6C/12T @ up to 4.1 GHz)Intel Core i5 8300H (4C/8T @ up to 4 GHz)
RAM4GB DDR4 2666 MHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5
Thermal SolutionDual 5V fans, anti-dust thermal tunnel
Display15.6″ 1080p IPS-class 250 nit 60 Hz15.6″ 1080p TN 200 nit 60 Hz
Dimensions384 x 262 x 25 mm
Weight2.3 kg
BundleASUS Backpack

Refreshed models

ROG Strix GL Series

ASUS’ potent upper-mid range gaming laptops, the ROG Strix GL series received a refresh, however the GL503 SCAR Edition is curiously missing out on the new CPUs. Instead, only the GL503 HERO Edition and 17.3″ GL703 SCAR Edition receives upgrades to the new CPUs. The GL503 HERO Edition also gets updated with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5, instead of the GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 in the Kaby Lake variant.

ROG Strix GL series Specifications and Pricing

CPUIntel Core i7 8750H (6C/12T @ up to 4.1 GHz)
RAM16GB DDR4 2666 MHz8GB DDR4 2666 MHz4GB DDR4 2666 MHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5
Thermal SolutionTriple fan (2 x 12V, 1 x 5V), Anti-DustDual 12V fans, anti-dust
Display17.3″ 1080p IPS-class 300 nits 144 Hz G-SYNC17.3″ 1080p TN 300 nit 120 Hz15.6″ 1080p TN 300 nit 120 Hz
Dimensions412 x 274 x 24 mm384 x 262 x 24 mm
Weight2.95 kg2.6 kg
BundleROG Backpack + ROG Exclusive Stickers & Key Chain

ROG GX501 Zephyrus

A refresh for the ROG GX501 Zephyrus is definitely necessary, as it is still the thinnest laptop in the world to sport a GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. While the ROG GM501 Zephyrus-M may seem like the better pick, those who value portability will still prefer the ROG GX501 Zephyrus. It’s slightly narrower, thinner and lighter than the ROG GM501 Zephyrus-M, making it still the better option for gamers who are frequently on the go.

ROG GX501 Zephyrus Specifications and Pricing

CPUIntel Core i7 8750H (6C/12T @ up to 4.1 GHz)
RAM24GB (8GB on-board + 16GB SODIMM) 2666 MHz DDR4
GPUGeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 8GB GDDR5X
Thermal solutionActive Aerodynamic System (AAS)
Storage1TB NVMe PCIe SSD
Display15.6″ 1080p IPS-class 300 nits 144 Hz G-SYNC
Dimensions379 x 262 x 16.9 ~ 17.9 mm
Weight2.26 kg
BundleROG Sleeve, Headset, Mouse
PriceRM15 999

ROG G703

A laptop to replace your desktop, the ROG G703 features a whopping 8 heatpipes to keep the overclockable Intel Core i9 8950HK cool. A major upgrade versus the ROG G703 featuring the last generation i7 7820HK is the new display, which features a 1080p resolution and 144 Hz G-SYNC support. This display makes a lot more sense for a GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X-packing laptop, as it offers fluid tear-free gaming. Nobody wants a super-sharp 4K display that runs at just 60 Hz for gaming. To keep up with the rest of the hardware, the storage is configured in a RAID 0 configuration, capable of speeds of up to 8700MB/s. To satisfy the RGBae aficionados, the per-key AURA RGB keyboard can be synchronized with an array of AURA SYNC-capable peripherals.

ROG G703 Specifications and Pricing

CPUIntel Core i9 8950HK (6C/12T @ up to 4.8 GHz, unlocked multiplier)
RAM32GB DDR4 2666 MHz (16GB x 2)
GPUGeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
Thermal SolutionAnti-Dust Cooling, 12V fans, 8-heatpipe cooling system
Storage2 x 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD (RAID 0) + 2TB SSHD
Display17.3″ 1080p IPS-class 144 Hz G-SYNC
Dimensions425 x 319 x 51 mm
Weight4.7 kg
BundleROG backpack, headset, mouse
PriceRM19 999


Two thumbs up?

Remember the rather affordable ASUS ZenBook 13? Well we saw it in person, and it definitely looks better than it did in the official photos! The ASUS ZenBook 13’s lustrous blue color is such a turn on, and while it lacked the gold chamfered edges of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, it still looks very sexy!

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The super-glossy lid features the signature Zen concentric circle finishing, and the same deep blue color. To imagine that this sexy little thing packs a GeForce MX150 and eight-threaded CPU is definitely mind-bending, and we really can’t wait to get our hands on one — and smudge up that glossy finish!

You can even use it as a mirror!

Pokdepinion: The Zephyrus-M is a nice step forward, despite being both heavier and thicker than the original Zephyrus. Can’t wait to see it go head-to-head against the refreshed Zephyrus!

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.
  • Exbein
    April 22, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    GL503G-EEN057T come with 8GB ram?but offical photo it was 4GB
    so which is correct

    • Vyncent Chan
      April 23, 2018 at 12:18 am

      Hi, we published these specifications according to information we received from ASUS Malaysia. We are currently confirming with ASUS regarding the correct amount of RAM.

    • Vyncent Chan
      April 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Exbein, we have confirmed with ASUS Malaysia. The currently available GL503G-EEN137T is available for RM4899 with 4GB RAM, while the upcoming GL503G-EEN057T will be available starting May with 8GB RAM for RM5099. Thanks for noticing our error!

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