Asus Unveils Powerful Gaming Laptop

Just one day after Nvidia uncovered the GeForce GTX 960M and 950M, Asus unveiled a new Republic of Gamers laptop powered by the GTX 960M.

The Asus Republic of Games G501 is one of the thinnest and lightest portable gaming computers available. The laptop is just 0.81 inches tall and weighs just 4.54 pounds but despite its thin and light design, this computer packs a punch. The G501 is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor. Intel has released some fifth-generation Broadwell chips but has yet to release a fifth-generation quad-core chip leaving Asus to use the last generation model. The G501 features a 15.6 inch UHD IPS display with 282ppi. The display also offers a 178 degree viewing angle and 4K resolution. Inside its lightweight aluminum chassis, the G501 packs 6 GB of DDR3, 512 GB PCIe x4 SSD, and the GeForce GTX 960M with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The laptop features 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, a SD card reader, and a Thunderbolt port in terms of connectivity and packs a 96 Wh battery for impressive battery life. The ROG G501 will be available from April in the United States for $1,999.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960M and 950M GPUs were designed specifically for thin and lightweight computers like the Asus ROG G501. On Thursday, Nvidia unveiled the new GTX 900M GPUs saying, "They're available immediately, so gamers today have more thin and light gaming notebooks to choose from than ever before. In fact, many have now joined the "size does matter" club, and have notebooks less than one-inch thick." Nvidia promised "never-before-seen levels of gaming performance wrapped inside sleek notebook designs" with these new GPUs and new features like BatteryBoost, ShadowPlay, Optimus, and support for DirectX 12.

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