Worth it? 600€ difference between Asus Rog Strix II (GL504GM) and Zephyrus M (GM501)

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  1. cragene

    cragene Newbie

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    Hi,

    In the end, I rounded down my long laptop search to two models: Asus GL504GM and GM501.

    Key differences:
    • GM501 has G-Sync and Thunderbolt
    • GL504GM has none, but it has a dedicated miniDisplayPort
    • GM501 has a GTX 1070
    • GL504GM has a GTX 1060
    • GM501 is very thin
    • GL504GM is about 2,66cm thick
    • GM501 has thick bezels around the display
    • GL504GM is bezel-less
    • GM501 battery lasts for around 2:30-3h
    • GL504GM lasts a bit more, around 4 to 5h
    So, I can buy the GM501 for around 1730€, with a 256gb NVMe + 1 TB SSHD; while the GL504GM sells for much less, about 1150€ with a 128gb standard M.2 SSD + 1 TB SSHD.

    Is this huge difference of around 600€ worth it?Should I invest more in the GM501 in order to have a long-lasting laptop with better thermals (with the GM501 I’d use it also as a desktop replacement), or save and pick the cheaper GL504GM?Will the GTX 1060 and the missing G-Sync makes a huge difference that I may regret later?

    I’ve never owned a 144hz display and/or a display with G-Sync, so I don’t know if that feature is really a game-changer (pun intended)
     
  2. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Hi,

    I think these are the two models you are looking at Asus GL504GM vs Asus GM501GM.

    Specs for specs, the GL504GM wins, hands down. It has a more powerful video card, similar weight and better battery life.
    The GM504 is much better looking and is known to be a very good laptop in terms of cooling and other possible issues.

    Normally I would have recommended you to stay away from the Asus GL series since they are pretty poorly cooled. The new GL series seems to do a decent job at cooling the video card, but the processor still throttles and overheats. My impression is that the fan profile on the GL504 doesn't kick in when it should.
    I would suggest getting the GL504 with the GTX 1070, but also buy some very good thermal paste, like Gelid Extreme or liquid metal and repaste the processor and optional the video card.

    Finally, the one thing that strikes me is the price. If you can get the GL504GM for 1100 euro, then there is no debate about it. That laptop usually sells for around 2000 euro with the GTX 1070.
     
  3. cragene

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    Hi,
    No, the models were correct; I am looking at the GL504GM (with a GTX 1060); and the GM501GS (with a GTX 1070).
    So by going with the GL504GM I will step down to a GTX 1060 instead of the GTX 1070, and lose the G-Sync and Thunderbolt, at about 600€ less
     
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    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Wait so it's GL504GM vs GM501GS , not GM501GM vs GL504GM with GTX 1070 ? I know Asus naming scheme can be confusing. Better just link the models here.
     
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    So assuming both have 16 GB of RAM, I am thinking these are the two models you are looking at right: GM501GS vs GL504GM.
    Well, it's a tough call. The GM501GS is better than the GL504GM in every single way, better video card, better cooling, better build quality.
    Is it worth 600 euro ?

    See it this way. If you want to use your laptop long-term, like for over 3 years, I think the scale tips in favour of the GM501GS. If you think you will change your laptop in less than 3 years from now, it would probably be better the to get the GL504GM and save the money for a future laptop which will undoubtedly be more powerful than the GM501GS 2 years from now.
     
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  7. QueadlunnRau

    QueadlunnRau Notebook Enthusiast

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    Agreed with above statement for longish terms the GM501GS from those two, however if you wait a few months the new 20XX RTX laptops are coming out and some are rumored to be even cheaper than this generation of laptops.

    Personally I would ask myself what games do I play? and is the 600 Euro worth it for those games? League of Legends, Smite etc ... a 1060 is a great chip for, PUBG and other competitive newer FPS games might want the extra umph from the 1070.

    Me I might wait for the new 20XX offerings I think I saw one rummored to have a 2080 Max-Q for under $2k US don't recall which youtube video I saw it on, possibly I'm mistaken and it was a 2070 max-q.
     
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