ASUS Takes NVIDIA GTX 960M Challenge With 15-Inch ROG G501 4K Gaming Notebook

Yesterday, NVIDIA announced the launch of its GeForce GTX 960M and GTX 950M mobile GPUs. The superior SKU, the GTX 960M, features a 1096 MHz core clock, 2500 MHz GDDR5 memory, and 640 CUDA cores. “So, if you’ve been itching to take your gaming on the go with a portable notebook design, now’s your chance to play with the big boys,” bragged NVIDIA.

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ASUS is definitely playing with the big boys with its all-new Republic of Gamers (ROG) G501 gaming notebook. The G501 measures just 0.81-inches thick and weighs in at 4.54 pounds. The chassis is constructed out of aluminum and features red highlights along the display bezel and a red-backlit keyboard. A fourth generation Intel Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor paired with 16GB of DDR3 memory handles processing duties. The machine of course comes configured with a GTX 960M that is loaded up with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

Seeing as how this is a gaming notebook, ASUS has focused a lot of resources into the display. You will be glad to hear that the G501 comes packing a 15.6-inch 4K (3840x2160) display with a matte finish and offers 178-degree viewing angles.

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Other features include a PCIe x4-based 512GB SSD that delivers transfer speeds of up to 1400MB/sec, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, one Thunderbolt port, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, an SD/SDXC reader, 1.2MP webcam, and a 96Wh lithium-polymer battery.

The G501 is scheduled to ship in April and will feature a price tag of $1,999.