ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Benchmarks Review

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Gaming Benchmarks, Review. The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 gaming laptop has some really nice specs packed into a thin body, including Intel’s new 8th generation 6 core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia 1070 graphics, so let’s find out how well it performs in a bunch of different games.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Quick Review

Just quickly before we dig into the benchmark results I wanted to mention that there’s 2 16gb sticks of DDR4 memory running at 2,666MHz in dual channel.

There are different memory configurations available with this laptop, so this may slightly affect the results. All testing was done at 1080p, the native resolution of the laptop’s 144Hz display, at stock speeds with VSync and G-Sync disabled.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Benchmarks Gaming

With that out of the way let’s check out some gaming results. Starting out with Fortnite medium settings or below average above what the 144Hz display can output, although the 1% lows were a fair bit below the averages here, either way it ran well even at epic settings.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Fortnite
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Fortnite

It’s important to keep in mind that this game is hard to benchmark as frame rates will vary based on what’s going on in game and what other players are doing.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Benchmarks

Overwatch was tested playing with the bots, and the average frame rates are quite high but again the 1% lows do drop a fair bit especially at lower settings.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Overwatch
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Overwatch

To me the game felt nice and smooth even at epic settings. As usual CS:GO was averaging well above what the refresh rate of the display could output, the 1% lows drop quite a bit due to the smokes in this benchmark test.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 CS GO
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 CS GO

PUBG was tested using the replay feature, and as the king of unoptimization we’re seeing pretty big differences between the 1% lows and averages, and of course take the results with a grain of salt, as like Fortnite it will depend on what’s going on in the game, so the results can vary quite a lot.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 PUBG
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 PUBG

In any case the game played pretty well at all setting levels. I’ve tested Farcry 5 with the built in benchmark, we’re not really able to fully utilize the 144Hz panel here but the results are still quite high, and the 1% lows aren’t too far behind the averages in this test.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Far Cry 5
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Far Cry 5

Assassin’s Creed Origins was also tested with the built in benchmark and the results were similar, in that the 1% lows also weren’t too far behind the averages, but again the average frame rates aren’t too high, still plenty to play well though.

Assassins Creed Origins
Assassins Creed Origins

Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario, realistically you’ll probably get better results than this while actually playing, and even in this intensive test the averages are quite high, feel free to download the replay listed if you want to see how you compare.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Dota 2
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Dota 2

Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and the averages are above the refresh rate of the display even at ultra settings, and although the 1% lows are a bit behind they’re still quite high so the dips weren’t too bad or noticeable.

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege

Testing Battlefield 1 in the first mission we were able to push out more frames than the refresh rate of the panel at medium or lower settings, and even during intense fights it still felt really smooth to me.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Testing Battlefield 1
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Testing Battlefield 1

The witcher 3 doesn’t really need a high frame rate to play, even with ultra settings to me it played well with no issues. Interestingly the 1% lows don’t really change much when we drop down in settings but the averages shoot up.

The witcher 3
The witcher 3

Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and we’re able to average above the refresh rate of the display at the lower setting levels. Ghost recon is a resource intensive game, and was again tested with the built in benchmark.

Ghost recon
Ghost recon

Basically no laptop I’ve ever tested plays this one well at ultra settings, but it runs well with about any other setting level. Watchdogs 2 is another resource intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn’t need a high frame rate to play.

Watchdogs 2
Watchdogs 2

To me even ultra settings felt fine, no issues playing maxed out here. DOOM was tested using vulkan, and even with high settings we’re averaging exactly 144 FPS, it felt extremely smooth to me while playing.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 DOOM
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 DOOM

Shadow of war was another game tested with the built in benchmark, again lower settings could get us above the refresh rate of the display but probably not really going to help you out too much in this game.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Shaw of War
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Shaw of War

Ashes of the Singularity

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Ashes of the Singularity
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity was also tested with the built in benchmark, and I think these results are quite good for a laptop. I haven’t yet tested undervolting or overclocking as this will vary between laptops based on the hardware, but I’ll cover those in the Full ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Review Post along with detailed temperature testing, this is just how the laptop performs out of the box in games, which to be honest is probably how most people will probably end up using it, so this is what you can at least expect at a base level.

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So how do you guys think the new ASUS Zephyrus M gaming laptop did in these games? The 1070 seems to be a pretty good matchup for the 144Hz screen in many games, it’s capable of playing basically any games we can throw at it even with good settings. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments.

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