Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502 (i-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti/RTX 2060) – what to anticipate
We’ve reviewed most thin-and-light efficiency laptops with RTX graphics in the previous few months, and out of the present choices, Asus have been the one ones to stay with an inverted design of their ROG Zephyrus S GX531 line. That got here with a number of sacrifices, although, that’s why the GX531 scored decrease than the competitors in our overview.
Fortunately, that’s altering with the newer ROG Zephyrus M GU502 replace. Not like the Zephyrus S fashions, this makes use of a typical form-factor, with the keyboard positioned on prime of an arm-rest and the beneath. Asus saved the premium metallic construct, however the GU502s are shorter than the GX531 fashions, thus extra compact and lighter, and regardless of that, they incorporate improved , extra RAM, 2x storage SSDs and a bigger 76 Wh battery, in addition to an elective 240 Hz show.
There’s one catch, although: as of proper now, Asus solely introduced GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 variants of the Zephyrus M GU502. Whether or not a higher-tier GPU will make it inside this body stays unknown, however I’d reckon it received’t, for 2 causes: the cooling won’t have the ability to deal with a higher-tier GPU, and Asus will most likely need to separate the Zephyrus strains, retaining the S on the prime, with RTX 2070 and 2080 Max-Q variants.
The article under tells you what to anticipate from the Zephyrus M GU502 sequence, the way it compares to the Zephyrus S line and touches on a few of the potential issues that have to be vetted in a future overview (which must be obtainable within the following weeks), earlier than concluding whether or not this could tackle the Razer Blade 15, essentially the most balanced choice on this area of interest as of April 2019.
Specs as reviewed
|Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502||Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531|
|Display screen||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 144/240 Hz, three ms, Pantone Validated, non-touch, matte||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 144 Hz, three ms, Pantone Validated, non-touch, matte|
|Processor||as much as Intel Espresso Lake-H Core i7-9750H CPU||Intel Espresso Lake-H Core i7-8750H CPU|
|Video||Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2060 6 GB (90W) or 1660 Ti 6 GB||Intel HD 630 + as much as Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q eight GB (90 W)|
|Reminiscence||as much as 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)||as much as 24 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (8GB soldered + 1x DIMM)|
|Storage||2x M.2 NVMe 80 mm slot with RAID zero help||1x M.2 NVMe 80 mm slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero||Wi-fi AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2x USB-A three.1 gen 1, 1x USB-A three.1 gen 2, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP 1.Four and PowerDelivery, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, mic/earphone, Kensington Lock||1x USB-A three.1, 2x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP and PowerDelivery, 1x USB-C gen 1, HDMI 2.zero, mic/earphone, Kensington Lock|
|Battery||76 Wh, 230 W brick||60 Wh, 230 W brick|
|Dimension||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 252 mm or 9.92 (d) x 18.9 mm or .74” (h)||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 268 mm or 10.55 (d) x 16.2 mm or .63” (h)|
|Weight||Four.2 lbs (1.9 kg) + 1.72 lbs (.78 kg) energy brick, EU mannequin||Four.58 lbs (2.08 kg) + 1.72 lbs (.78 kg) energy brick, EU mannequin|
|Extras||Four-zone RGB backlit keyboard (?), exterior webcam (?), 2x audio system, ESS Sabre Hello-Fi DAC||Four-zone RGB backlit keyboard, HD webcam, 2x 2W front-facing audio system, ESS Sabre Hello-Fi DAC|
Essential promoting factors
The Zephryus M GU502 is smaller and lighter than the Zephyrus S fashions, and fairly near opponents just like the Razer Blade 15 or the MSI GS65 Stealth Professional. It now not will get a hump on the again, the display is framed by slender bezels and even the chin on the backside is a bit thinner than on the Zephyrus S variants, which result in the smaller footprint. That additionally interprets in a loss in weight, mixed with using magnesium and aluminum alloys for the development.
Asus mentions honeycomb constructions used to strengthen the chassis, so hopefully, the M inherits the wonderful construct high quality of the S fashions. It appears to inherit these sharp, unforgiving, edges, as effectively.
The design strains are in any other case in line with the remainder of the Zephyrus line-up, with brushed metallic used for the hood, matte metallic for the inside, and a giant purple ROG emblem on the lid-cover, most definitely backlit by the display’s panel.
Talking of the screens, Asus provides two FHD IPS matte panel choices for the GU502 fashions, with both 144 or 240 Hz refresh charges. There’s no GSync help so far as I can inform, however that’s hardly going to be missed on such quick screens, and the choice of implementing Optimus ought to translate in fairly good battery life with day by day use, particularly with the inclusion of a 76 Wh battery. That’s nonetheless smaller than what you will get with the competitors, however solely inside 10% this time round, not inside 30+% as on the Zephyrus S. Asus might nonetheless provide the switchable Optimus/GSync mode obtainable within the Zephyrus S GX701, however there’s no phrase about it, for now.
The brand new design additionally results in a barely higher choice of ports. The novelty is the addition of an RJ45 Lan port, however there’s nonetheless no card-reader and no Thunderbolt three, which we’ll contact within the subsequent part. The barrel power-plug continues to be positioned on the center of the left edge, which some may discover a bit inconvenient.
Similar to the opposite 2019 Zephryus strains, the M GU502s can cost through USB-C, at as much as 65W. After all, you’ll nonetheless have to plug-in the beefy 230 W included charger for efficiency work and gaming, however you should utilize a a lot smaller USB-C charger (not included) or a power-bank if it’s essential to juice this up whereas on the go.
Specs sensible, the Zephyrus M addresses most of my complaints in regards to the S fashions. It will get two reminiscence slots and two M.2 storage slots with help for RAID0, and the ought to hopefully be a lot simpler to entry and improve, given the less complicated design with out the mechanical raiser on the underbelly. That, nonetheless, is one thing we’ll should search for within the last overview, the place we’ll additionally contact on efficiency.
Asus bundles the M GU502s with a ninth gen Espresso Lake R Core i7-9750H processor, which continues to be a 6-core 12-thread CPU identical to the i7-8750H, however with the flexibility to run at increased clocks speeds if allowed by the thermal implementation. I wouldn’t, nonetheless, anticipate greater than 5-10% features between the 2 generations, and even perhaps smaller in this type of ultraportable designs. The Zephyrus S was, nonetheless, a wonderful performer in our Cinebench loop take a look at, and I’d anticipate the Ms to at the least match that.
As for graphics, two variants of the Zephyrus M have been introduced up to now, with both GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB or RTX 2060 60 GB graphics. Asus mentions 90W variant of the RTX 2060 chip is included on the GU502GV variant, identical to on the ROG Scar GL504, however doesn’t give any additional particulars on the 1660 Ti choice. So far as we all know proper now, the GTX 1660 Ti chips ought to come near the RTX 2060 in most video games, however with a decrease TDP (most likely round 80W on this implementation) and no RayTracing or Tensor cores. Nvidia additionally advertises as much as 1.5x the efficiency of a GTX 1060 implementation, which is usually according to what the present 2060 variants provide.
Quirks and potential issues
We’ll contact on the IO first. There’s nonetheless no Thunderbolt three on the Zephyrus M, not like on just about all the opposite opponents, and I’m trying ahead to discovering why Asus insists on not together with help for Thunderbolt three on their gaming gadgets.
You do get DP and power-delivery and charging through the present USB-C gen2 port, however the switch speeds are nonetheless restricted to 10 Mbps and there’s no risk to attach an exterior GPU enclosure, one thing lots of patrons may need to on an RTX 2060 configuration.
There’s additionally no card-reader, which skilled customers may need.
That apart, Asus didn’t point out something in regards to the keyboard’s lighting system, thus my expectations are in direction of a Four-zone system, like on the Zephyrus S. The truth is, your complete keyboard may really feel lots just like the one on the Zephyrus S, which isn’t nice information. The picture under does recommend zone illumination and separate management over the WASD keys, so we’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra.
The addition of devoted multimedia keys and that further row of Operate keys on the proper will certainly improve the general expertise, in comparison with the Zephyrus S, although. I certain hope these multimedia keys could be switched off and aren’t completely lit, though the expertise of watching a film in a darkish room goes to be impacted by that lit energy button and the standing LEDs positioned simply beneath the display. Oh, and whereas we’re on this matter, that backlit ROG emblem on the lid continues to be there.
Whereas I’m principally nitpicking within the strains above, the thermal implementation is certainly going to make or break the Zephyrus M GU502 sequence. We’ll have to attend for the overview unit to attract any conclusions, however Asus talks extensively about it within the preliminary press-release, emphasizing on the 2 high-cfm followers with skinny fins and anti-dust tunnels, in addition to on the advanced system of heatpipes and radiators that cowl the CPU and GPU.
It’s value noting that the Zephyrus M lineups don’t get the mechanical foot applied on the Zephyrus S, so the underside is now not pushed-up with the intention to assist with fresh-air consumption. Development sensible, that makes that entire design less complicated and sturdier, but it surely may have an effect on thermals and even on efficiency.
Fan noise is one other necessary facet to take a look at within the detailed overview. Provided that the GU502 fashions don’t get Nvidia Max-Q graphics, they don’t have to stick to the theoretical 40 dB noise-limit imposed by the Max-Q customary. It’s not just like the Zephyrus S fashions did although, as their followers ramp as much as as excessive as 55 dB at head-level within the higher-performance Turbo mode.
Lastly, I’ll additionally add that the Zephyrus M lacks any kind of biometric login choices, whether or not a finger-sensor or IR cameras, and so far as I can inform proper now, doesn’t get front-facing audio system both, all of those being options supplied by the Razer Blade 15. We’ll have to substantiate on the audio implementation although; proper now, it seems just like the audio system have been despatched to the underside, however they may even be positioned behind that grilled mesh on the prime of the keyboard.
Oh, and there’s no digital camera on the prime of the display, so I’d reckon an exterior webcam is included, like on the Zephyrus S GX701 mannequin.
Costs and availability
Availability and pricing particulars on the 2019 Zephyrus M replace are nonetheless unknown on the time of the article, however I’d anticipate round $1800-$2000 as a beginning worth for the RTX fashions, based mostly on the value of the present RTX 2060 configurations of the Zephyrus S GX531, and a bit decrease for the GTX 1660 Ti variants.
We’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra.
That’s about it for now on the Asus Zephyrus M GU502. We’ll spend extra time with the brand new Asus ROG notebooks within the subsequent few days and meet up with a few of the Asus officers, so we’ll hopefully have solutions to a few of the questions above. We’ll even have our opinions up within the weeks to return, and we’ll replace the article as soon as these are revealed.
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