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The portable Asus G501 gaming laptop equips Intel quad, Nvidia GTX 960M

Asus has announced its new G501 gaming laptop, a 15-inch rig which is now one of the thinnest at just eight-tenths of an inch thick. The non-touchscreen version of the laptop weighs as little as four and a half pounds.

The company notes that the product is ideal for “gaming on the go.” Because it’s thin and lightweight, users will have no problem traveling with the laptop. Additionally, it’s meant to be one of the quietest models on the market, thanks to Hyper Cool Technology.

Related: This mini GTX 960 from Asus brings serious gaming grunt to tiny PCs

Asus describes Hyper Cool Technology as a cooling system that uses two fans and copper heat-pipes to eliminate heat efficiently without loud noise. The CPU and the GPU of the laptop are cooled independently to ensure maximum efficiency. We’ve seen a similar technique in the previous G751, and it worked extremely well.

With its Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, the laptop has enough power to support all of today’s demanding games. However, the highlight of the G501 is its graphics. The product has Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. This power-efficient GPU is what lets the G501 achieve gaming-grade performance in a thin profile.

Related: Full review of the Asus G751

There’s even an optional 4K panel. However, you probably shouldn’t buy that version, as 4K resolution is too much for any mobile graphics chip to handle in most modern games.

In addition to the announcement of the G501, Asus has confirmed that it will be providing new graphics options to its ROG G751 and G551 series. The ROG G751JL is now available with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and ASUS TurboMaster GPU overclocking technology. An Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory has been integrated into the ROG GL551JW.

As spring rolls in, gamers have plenty to look forward to from Asus. The company says that consumers can expect the G501 to begin shipping in the U.S. in April, and the G751JL and GL551JW are available today.

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