The new ROG laptop G15 is equipped with AMD’s new processor and a new graphics card from Nvidia. This is a heavy 💻 gaming computer that is also suitable for other chores.
Two important computer news have recently been launched. The first is a new generation of mobile performance processors from AMD, the Ryzen 5000 series. The other news is the laptop version of Nvidia’s new graphics card, the RTX 3000 series. The ROG Zephyrus G15 from Asus has been gifted with really powerful versions of both of these.
- Extremely powerful.
- Stylish, compact design.
- Nice fast screen and excellent speakers.
- Also good for media jobs and everyday life.
- Gets uncomfortably hot quickly.
- Loud cooling.
- No webcam.
The computer will not start shipping until the beginning of March, but can already be pre-ordered. It is available in a handful of different configurations, with a price tag from just under 💲2499 to over 💲3999, which is the model we are testing.
Our test computer is white and is an early demo copy. It is a color that will not be available in Sweden. However, the computer has exactly the same specifications, chassis, features, and software as the models that will be sold here.
But the dark model is anything but ugly. The time when a maxed gaming computer meant a several centimeters thick trailing story seems to be over, many thanks to Nvidia’s investment in the compact Maxq design for graphics cards in laptops.
Not a Typical Gaming Computer
This is a 15-inch computer with tight straight lines that lack neon-screaming gaming aesthetics. The only thing that suggests that it is a gaming computer is the solid fan grilles on the sides. The chassis is built in a combination of hard plastic and light metal, weighs just under two kilos, and is two centimeters thick.
The pattern on the back of the screen shines in the colors of the rainbow, but not as intensely as Asus’ product images give the appearance of.
A pair of sturdy rubber feet on the underside gives the computer a good airflow for the fans.
On the sides, the fan exhaust is crowded with a set of fast USB ports, network port, HDMI, headphone port, and a micro sd card reader. All four USB ports, two type a and two type c, support 10-gigabit speeds. The USB c ports also support Displayport. You do not get the full thunderbolt function here. But what PCI express in Thunderbolt 3 is most often used for is external graphics cards. And you will not need it for this computer.
Like the Zephyrus G computer, we tested this summer, for some reason, it has no webcam. It feels like a strange thing to remove in this Zoom era we now live in. Especially for a gaming laptop that many can imagine streaming with. Not everyone is a Twitch professional and wants to mess with separate cameras.
The computer has a large mouse pad in matt glass and a high-quality keyboard with good stroke height and failure in the buttons and powerful backlighting. It is not overly compact, but we would have liked to see some things such as arrow keys get more space.
This is what Asus says you should do if you want a webcam. Hang on to a separate, suggested Asus own. But do people really want to do it just to have a video chat? Not everyone streams professionally.
The keyboard does not have RGB lighting, which distinguishes it from other gaming computers in this price range, but you can still set two different monochrome light effects if you want. In a small row above the keyboard are volume controls and a hotkey that launches Asus’ central Armory Crate setup program.
In it, we get control of many aspects of the computer. Performance and cooling control for the powerful hardware, more detailed control of the backlight in the keyboard, control for the screen both in terms of color reproduction, refresh rate and response time, noise reduction for the connected microphones,s and a handful of other features. The screen can be convenient to set in easier mode if you do not want to play games and want to extend the battery life.
Performance at a New Level
To take full advantage of the computer’s performance, however, it should be plugged into the wall with the supplied power adapter. Otherwise, it will not reach its highest performance level. This is a computer you get to drive really hard. Otherwise, there is no point with it. The processor in it is in short the most powerful that has been in a laptop we have tested. The new fifth-generation Ryzen, also called the Zen 3, with its seven-nanometer architecture and smart new features for distributing power between the cores, is truly convincing. At least in this type of slightly larger computer that can be equipped with really with cooling.
Here is a Ryzen 9 5900HS with eight cores that have a high bass frequency and even higher boost frequency. The most powerful we’ve tested before is Intel’s eight-core Core i9 in generation 10. This computer gives a boost of between 15 and 25 percent compared to that processor’s performance.
In fact, our computer significantly outperforms in multi-threaded measurements compared to other benchmarks we have seen for the processor at, for example, Notebookcheck.com or in Geekbench’s own database. There seem to be large margins for performance topping with efficient cooling, we can state that Asus has succeeded well on that point. Even during long stress tests, it keeps performance at a peak, even if the fans work hard.
Powerful Game Graphics, for a Laptop
A fast processor is supplemented with 32 gigabytes of fast ddr4 memories, as well as an SSD on a terabyte with fast read and above all write speeds. And of course the graphics card, the other big news on the computer. Here is the absolute most powerful thing you can put in a laptop right now, a Geforce RTX 2080 with a Max-Q design.
It is not quite as powerful as the corresponding card in a desktop computer, our measurement results match approximately what we got when we tested the RTX 3070 card. But to get so much power in such a compact format is, after all, very impressive.
We can easily get 60 frames per second or better with maximized settings in all games we test on the computer’s built-in screen, at least if they support DLSS that optimizes rendering. If we connect to a 4k TV, individual titles such as Control and Flight Simulator will be difficult to maintain one hundred percent high level if we do not compromise a bit with the settings.
But on the computer’s own screen, there are no problems and some properly optimized games can deliver to the screen’s maximum frequency. As with the processor, Asus has done an efficient job with heat dissipation, we do not notice any major decline in performance after a long gaming session.
Warning for Heat
However, this does not mean that it is completely problem-free. The processor and especially the graphics card generate a lot of heat and not everything manages to be diverted as hot air. After five to ten minutes of high load, parts of the keyboard are so hot that it is inconvenient to use. The fans also make a lot of noise both when they spin semi-fast and when they go up to the maximum position.
If we put the computer in a “quiet” mode in Armory Crate, we can prevent heavy fan noise and unnecessary heat generation. For long periods, it then runs completely fanless. But then only a fraction of the computer power is used.
Battery life is no more than moderate. Up to about a working day of gentle browsing with the 60 Hz screen and low brightness, is what it can handle. Or as little as an hour if you play demanding games. It’s not bad for this type of computer, but worth remembering if you are used to more mobile laptops.
Versatile Screen With the Right Resolution
The monitor is a bit of a novelty too. The resolution is 1440p, something we have long demanded game screens, which previously took the step from 1080p up to unnecessarily high-resolution 4k. An intermediate step in resolution means that good graphics cards are included and can deliver a high frame rate, while at the same time you get a sharper image.
It is also a really good screen for other than games. It has high contrast, color gamut that according to the specifications should match the DCI p3 standard, and also provides full SRGB support, Pantone-validated color accuracy, and some support for hdr video. However, the screen is not extremely bright, so it is a bit doubtful how much dynamics can be squeezed out.
You also get really good sound from the built-in speakers, which deliver both real pressure and weight with excellent balance and clarity. With Dolby Atmos support and good opportunities to be able to adapt the sound and generate the right surround feeling in games and movies, we can only give a full rating when it comes to sound.
Good, but Not an Obvious Purchase
This is a powerful best for a gaming computer, but performance is a bit overambitious for its monitor. You may also need to plug in an external keyboard and mouse to avoid scalding your fingertips during an extended game session.
The versatile screen, which combines fast response and high frequency with 1440p resolution and fine color properties, also makes it an excellent computer for media creators. Even there, comfort can suffer if you work intensively for longer periods. But if you spend more than 💲2499 on a laptop, you can add a little to get a good docking solution for the desktop.
A bunch of different models of the computer is released, with the same modern generation of hardware, but not with the most maxed-out versions of the graphics card and processor. They may be worth looking into as cheaper and hopefully a little cooler alternatives. Nor have we seen what other manufacturers are doing with this generation of CPUs and graphics. We are waiting with excitement for what we will see.
Product name: ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS-HQ004T
Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, 3.1-4.5 GHz octa core
Graphics: GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q, 8 GB
Memory: 32 GB ddr4
Storage: 1 TB SSD, space for micro sd card
Monitor : 15.6 inch matte ips, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 165 Hz
Webcam : No
Connections: 2 pcs USB 3 gen 2 type c (1 with display port), 2 pcs USB 3 gen 2 type a, lan, hdmi, headset
Wireless: Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Operating system: Windows 10 Home
Sound level : 0-46 dBa
Battery life: 2h (high load), 9h 15min (low load)
Size : 35.5 x 24.3 x 2 cm
Weight : 1.99 kg
Cinebench R23, cpu: 12 132 points, 1,450 points single core
Cinebench R20, cpu: 5 112 points, 570 points single core
Geekbench 5, CPU: 8,751 points, 1,479 points single core
Geekbench 5, graphics
128,094 points 3dmark Fire Strike (DirectX 11)
22,824 points 3dmark Time Spy (DirectX 12)
10,035 points 3dmark Port Royal (Beam Tracking): 6,372 points
Disk, read: up to 3,601.86 MB / s
Disk, write: up to 3,001.09 MB / s
Rating: 4 out of