ASUS ROG Strix G15 G512 evaluation (2020 G512LV mannequin – Core i7, RTX 2060)
That is our detailed article of the Asus ROG Strix G15, within the higher-end G512LV configuration with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, within the up to date and overclocked 115W variant.
Proper now, the Strix G15 is probably the most reasonably priced ROG collection in Asus’s 2020 lineup. It additionally shares most of its traits with the upper tier ROG Strix Scar household that we’ve already reviewed right here on the location, however with a number of compromises within the IO, selection of supplies, and surprisingly, display high quality (on this early evaluation unit, and that would differ on the retail variations accessible in your area).
We’ve spent a few weeks with each the 15 and the 17-inch ROG Strix variations. This text gathers all our ideas and impressions on the 15-inch G15 mannequin, with the strong traits and its quirks, whereas the 17-inch mannequin will probably be detailed in a separate article.
The specs sheet as reviewed
|ASUS ROG Strix G15 G512LV|
|Display screen||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px decision, IPS, 144Hz, matte, Panda LM156LF-2F01 panel|
|Processor||Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10875H, 8C/16T (i7-10750H possibility additionally accessible)|
|Video||Intel UHD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB (115W, Overclocked, GeForce 451.67), with Optimus|
|Reminiscence||16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||1 TB PCIe SSD in RAID0 (2x 512 GB Intel 660p), 3x M.2 slots, with RAID zero/1 help|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6 (Intel AX201) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.zero, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111)|
|Ports||3x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 1x USB-C gen2 with video&knowledge, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone&mic, Kensington Lock|
|Battery||66 Wh, 230 W energy adapter|
|Dimension||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 275 mm or 10.82” (d) x 25.eight mm or 1” (h)|
|Weight||2.32 kg (5.1 lb), .79 kg (1.74 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model|
|Extras||Four-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad, backside stereo audio system, no included webcam|
Asus presents the Strix G15 in a few totally different configurations, with Core i5 to i7 processors, varied quantities of RAM and storage, and varied Nvidia graphics chips, from the GTX 1650Ti and as much as an RTX 2070 Tremendous on the highest-specced fashions. Additionally they provide both a selection of 144 Hz, 240, or 300 Hz screens, which we’ll speak about in a bit.
Whereas our evaluation unit is the G512LV variant, most of our findings apply to all the opposite variants of this laptop computer.
Design and exterior
Not like the ROG Strix Scar collection, the ROG Strix notebooks are completely made out of plastic. Good high quality plastic, however nonetheless, plastic, so don’t really feel as good to the contact as a few of the different selections. These laptops are sturdily constructed although, with a rock-solid major chassis and just some give within the lid, so nothing to complain on that entrance.
Asus presents the ROG Strix G15 in a few totally different colour schemes, and what we have now right here is the Glacier Blue mannequin, the lighter variant. This does a superb job at hiding smudges, however on the identical time will get one thing I resent on fashionable laptops: a silver keyboard with white writing. The opposite two variants, Unique Black and Electro Punk, each get a darker colour scheme and a black keyboard.
All choices get an RGB lightbar across the whole entrance and laterals, which seems fairly cool and could be managed and switched off from the Aura Creator software program. That’s not probably the most intuitive piece of software program, however it works.
Construct apart, the ROG Strix inherits its design traces of the earlier Strix fashions from 2019. That makes them barely bigger than the common 15-incher accessible lately, with that hump on the again that helps with cooling the laptop computer and incorporates a part of the IO, and the huge and powerful hinges that maintain the display in place as set-up and permit single-handed changes, but additionally restrict the lean-back angle to about 145 levels.
The spacious inside with a centered keyboard, the grippy rubber ft on the underside, the audio system that fireplace by way of tiny cuts on the edges, and the pleasant lips and corners are a few of this collection’ different particularities. On the identical time, the slim rubber ft enable for little air flow beneath the laptop computer, and the peculiar thermal design obstructs the followers from simply grabbing contemporary air, with that closed again panel on high of them. That’s the identical design Asus use on the ROG Scar lineup, and we’ll clarify its drawbacks in a following part.
Moreover, the ROG Strix additionally teams the IO weirdly, with all of the USB-slots cramped on the left aspect, no ports on the fitting, and the opposite connectors on the again. I recognize this half, because the PSU and video outputs are again there and maintain the edges clutter-free, even when you’ll nonetheless see the cables by way of that minimize within the display’s chin. Talking off, this laptop computer will get small bezels across the sides and high, however a reasonably hefty chin, and doesn’t embody a webcam or any type of biometrics, very similar to your entire 2020 ROG lineup. It additionally lacks Thunderbolt Three help or a card-reader, options creators may miss on what may in any other case be a flexible work/play pc.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard seems and feels much like the one carried out on the upper tier ROG Strix Scar lineup, and this type of minimalist centered structure is fairly distinctive within the mid-range 15-inch section lately, the place a lot of the competitors presents a extra complicated keyboard with a Numpad Part.
This G15 doesn’t embody a NumPad part, one thing I for one don’t thoughts, however may very well be a deal-breaker for some. It’s nonetheless extremely practical and I recognize the additional column of devoted operate keys on the proper and the media/energy controls on the top-left. Not a giant fan of the tiny arrows, although, however I may get used to them.
So far as the typing expertise goes, I’d anticipate most of you to get alongside effectively with this keyboard. It proved quick, correct, and dependable throughout my time with the check unit, so nothing to complain about right here.
Nonetheless, you may wrestle to seek out the fitting key on this implementation when you’re not an skilled contact typer, as a result of restricted legibility of the silver keys on this Glacier Blue model, particularly when you go for a brighter illumination colour. That’s not going to be an issue with the darker colour choices, which get black keys. The keyboard implements Four-zone RGB lighting on this system, and the LEDs are vivid and uniform on the highest setting, with little mild creeping from beneath the keycaps regardless of their pretty deep stroke.
For mouse, Asus went with their commonplace plastic touchpad with devoted click on buttons. It’s a sturdy and dependable implementation that works effectively with on a regular basis use, and the press buttons are clean and quiet. They do really feel a bit low cost to the contact, although, and the entire touchpad is fairly on the small aspect and cramped.
As for biometrics, there aren’t any on this laptop computer.
Asus presents three totally different display choices for this ROG Strix 15 G512 collection, all matte, non-touch and 15.6-inches in diagonal:
- 144 Hz with ~60% sRGB protection, sub-300-nits brightness and pretty sluggish response occasions;
- 240 Hz 3ms panel with 100% sRGB protection and ~300 nits of brightness;
- 300 Hz 3ms panel with 100% sRGB protection and 300+ nits of brightness.
We received the 144 Hz possibility on our check unit, which I’d have anticipated on the lower-tier G512LU (with 1650Ti graphics) and G512LI (With 1660Ti graphics) configurations, but additionally equips the 2060 G512LV mannequin in most areas. In reality, this is similar display Asus presents on the extra reasonably priced TUF A15 lineup.
This isn’t an terrible display, however on the identical time is just not a great match for a 1200+ USD/EUR laptop computer in 2020. Positive the 144 Hz refresh may sound attractive for avid gamers, however this isn’t a type of quick 144Hz screens and the slower response (round 33 ms GTG in line with NBC) interprets in ghosting within the faster-paced video games. On high of that, that is merely a 60% sRGB panel, so the colours and pictures look washed out, and it’s additionally not very vivid both, at sub 300-nits most brightness, so will wrestle in brighter environments.
On the plus aspect, this panel proved uniform in our assessments and supplied good blacks and distinction ranges, respectable viewing angles, in addition to little to no mild bleeding across the edges.
Right here’s what we received in our assessments, with a X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: Panda LM156LF-2F01;
- Protection: 59.1% sRGB, 40.9% AdobeRGB, 42.zero% DCI P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.12;
- Max brightness in the course of the display: 281.90 cd/m2 on energy;
- Min brightness in the course of the display: 15.22 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1301:1;
- White level: 7200 Ok;
- Black on max brightness: zero.21 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
- Response: ~33ms GtG (supply).
Now, when you’re coming from an older laptop computer with a TN display, this will probably be an improve, however on the identical time you’ll positively get nicer choices on this section lately and Asus ought to have carried out a type of quicker 144 Hz 100% sRGB panels on this collection.
As it’s, you’re pressured to go along with the 240 Hz display possibility for improved colours, barely larger brightness, and far quicker response occasions. That’s a superb panel, however because it may not be an possibility on the lower-tier configurations, it may not be inside your finances on this G512.
As for the 300 Hz display possibility, that’s solely accessible for a few of the LW and LWS configurations with 2070/2070 Tremendous graphics, and the identical panel accessible on the ROG Scar 15.
Our check mannequin is a mid-specced model of the Asus ROG Strix G15, within the G512LV configuration with an Intel Core i7-10875H 8Core processor, 32 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz RAM, 1 TB of storage in RAID0, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 2060 dGPU and the Intel UHD throughout the Intel platform. An i7-10705H processor can also be accessible as a extra reasonably priced possibility for this laptop computer, and we’ll cowl it as effectively down under.
Earlier than we proceed, remember that our evaluation unit is an early-production mannequin with the software program accessible as of mid-August 2020 (BIOS 310, Armoury Crate Three.zero.Four.zero, GeForce Recreation Prepared 446.14 drivers). Based mostly on our findings and expertise with these platforms, little can change with future software program updates, so our outcomes are largely what you’ll get with the retail fashions.
Spec-wise, the 2020 Strix G15 will get 10th gen Intel Comet Lake processors, both the 8Core i7-10875H, the 6Core i7-10750H, or the 4Core i5-10300H. Our evaluation unit will get the 8Core i7, however we’ve additionally reviewed the extra widespread 6Core i7 on the 17-inch ROG Strix G17, and included our findings under.
For the GPU, what we have now right here is the Nvidia 2060 within the up to date 2020-edition 115W implementation, however with variable TDP and frequency limits between the a number of efficiency modes accessible in Armoury Crate:
- Silent – prioritizes decrease fan-noise and reduces CPU/GPU speeds and energy – GPU is proscribed at 55-75W between titles;
- Efficiency – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings – GPU runs at 115W and inventory frequencies;
- Turbo – Excessive-Efficiency profile with elevated CPU energy allocation and overclocked GPU (115W, +100 MHz Core/+120 MHz Reminiscence).
- Guide – identical as Turbo, however permits to manually create fan curves for the CPU and GPU based mostly on temperature thresholds, in addition to additional overclock the GPU.
The up to date Intel platform additionally helps 3200 MHz DDR4 reminiscence. Our configuration will get 32 GB of RAM in dual-channel, and there are two DIMMs accessible inside. As for the storage, our unit will get two Intel 660p SSDs in Raid0.
Attending to the parts is comparatively easy, you simply must take away the again panel held in place by a number of Philips screws, all seen across the sides. Nonetheless, the again is connected to the main-laptop with two ribbons that energy the LED strips, so cautious to not sever the connections. Inside you’ll get entry to the thermal module, battery, audio system, wifi chip, and the three SSD slots. There’s no 2.5″ storage bay on this laptop computer.
This ROG Strix G15 is not only a efficiency laptop computer, it may well additionally deal with on a regular basis multitasking, looking, and video, whereas working quietly and coolly on the Silent profile. Right here’s what to anticipate:
Nonetheless, you’re most certainly going to run extra demanding purposes on this type of a laptop computer. On to these, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing masses, and we do this by working Cinebench R15 for 15+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run.
On inventory Turbo settings, the i7-10875H processor stabilizes at 87+W after a number of runs, which interprets in frequencies of three.7+ GHz, temperatures of 85+ C, and scores of 1650+ factors. That is probably the most highly effective implementation of this i7 processor examined thus far.
Undervolting help is disabled by default, however you’ll be able to undervolt it within the BIOS, all the way down to -80 mV. We reran the assessments on this Turbo UV profile, and it allowed the CPU to run at Four.1+ GHz and comparable 87+W of energy, which translated in scores of round 1800 factors.
Dropping over to the default Efficiency profile limits the CPU at 77W, with quieter followers, whereas the Silent profile additional limits the processor at 35+ W. Lastly, on battery, the facility is proscribed at solely 25W within the Efficiency mode (Turbo is disabled on this case). Particulars under.
As talked about already, most ROG Strix G15 configurations ship with the i7-10750H processor, and right here’s how that CPU performs on this identical check (outcomes based mostly on the Strix G17, which is similar to this one, simply in a bigger chassis). As soon as extra, that is the quickest i7-10750H implementation we’ve examined thus far.
To place these ends in perspective, down under I’ve added a number of different 8Core laptops accessible proper now, each from Intel and AMD. The 8Core i7 on this Strix G15 performs effectively and outmatches the opposite implementations of this processor, as a result of excessive energy equipped to the CPU on this pocket book. Nonetheless, the i9 within the Scar 15 beats the i7, and so does the 8Core AMD Ryzen 4800Hs within the Asus TUF A15 and Lenovo Legion 5, each at decrease energy.
Subsequent, we’ve additional verified our findings with the longer Cinebench R20 loop check and the ugly Prime 95. With Prime, the i7 CPU kicks in exhausting at virtually 120W for about 20-30 seconds, after which drops and stabilizes at 87W.
We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book, on the default Turbo profile.
3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it with out a downside. Luxmark Three.1 totally masses each the CPU and GPU on the identical time. The GPU consistently runs at round 115W on this check, and the CPU shortly stabilizes at round 50W. Nonetheless, each run at excessive temperatures within the 85+ for the GPU and 90+ for the CPU.
Subsequent, we ran your entire suite of assessments and benchmarks, on the inventory Turbo profile in Armoury Crate.
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 16266 (Graphics – 17968, Physics – 20237, Mixed – 8115);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3783;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7031 (Graphics – 6668, CPU – 10177);
- AIDA64 Reminiscence check: Write: 43919 MB/s, Learn: 48042 MB/s, Latency: 57.9 ns;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 12884;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4036;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 40.68 common fps;
- PassMark: Ranking: 7208 (CPU mark: 20388, 3D Graphics Mark: 11608, Disk Mark: 16599);
- PCMark 10: 5340 (Necessities – 9418, Productiveness – 8296, Digital Content material Creation – 5292);
- GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5861, Multi-core: 32849;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1270, Multi-core: 8491;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1833 cb, CPU Single Core 197 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 3933 cb, CPU Single Core 467 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 238.35 fps, Go 2 – 106.42 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 34.88 s.
For comparability, anticipate roughly 15-20% decreased efficiency on the extra widespread 6Core i7-10750H mannequin in CPU-heavy workloads, but additionally slight good points within the GPU scores, partially because of the higher thermals of the 6Core processor, that runs at barely decrease energy than the 8Core i7. These outcomes under are based mostly on our findings from the ROG Strix G17 G712LV evaluation.
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 16266 (Graphics – 18189, Physics – 17336, Mixed – 8628);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6936 (Graphics – 6918, CPU – 7043);
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 33.68 common fps;
- PCMark 10: 5159 (Necessities – 9346, Productiveness – 8317, Digital Content material Creation – 4795);
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1238, Multi-core: 6332;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1362 cb, CPU Single Core 195 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 3199 cb, CPU Single Core 467 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 42.12 s.
Getting again to our Strix G15 i7-10875H configuration, we additionally ran some assessments on the Silent profile, when you’re excited about working demanding masses at low noise ranges (<40 dB).
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 14713 (Graphics – 16560, Physics – 16695, Mixed – 7230);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6447 (Graphics – 6229, CPU – 8049);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3682;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 32.31 common fps;
- PCMark 10: 4161 (Necessities – 7824, Productiveness – 6580, Digital Content material Creation – 3798);
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 966, Multi-core: 6840;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1370 cb, CPU Single Core 151 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 3241 cb, CPU Single Core 363 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 47.60 s.
We’re taking a look at a roughly 10-20% lower in CPU and GPU efficiency in comparison with the Turbo profile, however considerably decreased noise ranges as effectively: as much as 39 dB at head stage, versus as much as 47-48 dB on Turbo.
Lastly, we reran a few of the assessments on the -80mV Undervolted Turbo profile, which resulted in a small 2-5% enhance in CPU benchmarks, however a slight lower in a few of the GPU scores.
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 16210 (Graphics – 17606, Physics – 20519, Mixed – 8491);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7073 (Graphics – 6712, CPU – 10187);
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 41.89 common fps;
- PCMark 10: 5276 (Necessities – 9386, Productiveness – 8154, Digital Content material Creation – 5209);
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1259, Multi-core: 8462;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1824 cb, CPU Single Core 199 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 4344 cb, CPU Single Core 442 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 35.58 s.
So far as the GPU goes, it’s already overclocked on the Turbo profile (+1oo MHz Core, +120 MHz Reminiscence), so we didn’t pursue additional tweaking in our assessments. Don’t anticipate a lot by way of additional overclocking, however undervolting ought to assistance on this implementation.
Lastly, we additionally ran some Workstation associated masses on this i7-10875H configuration, on the Turbo and Silent profiles:
- Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 4m 21s (Silent), 3m 26s (Turbo), 3m 15s (Turbo UV);
- Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- GPU Compute: 1m 28s (CUDA), 45s (Optix);
- Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 14m 9s (Silent), 11m 12s (Turbo), 10m 24s (Turbo UV);
- Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 5m 10s (CUDA), 2m 50s (Optix);
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: 20936 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 146.92 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 103.41 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 151.68 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 15.eight (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 179.77 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 47.44 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 76.14 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 15.71 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 79.Four (Turbo).
Now, so far as gaming goes on this laptop computer, we ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the default Turbo/Efficiency/Silent modes, on FHD (on the laptop computer’s show) and QHD (on exterior monitor) resolutions. Right here’s what we received:
|Core i7-10875H + RTX 2060 115W||FHD Turbo||FHD Turbo UV||FHD Efficiency||FHD Silent||QHD Turbo, exterior|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)||106 fps (91 fps – 1% low)||107 fps (88 fps – 1% low)||100 fps (86 fps – 1% low)||73 fps (58 fps – 1% low)||83 fps (64 fps – 1% low)|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS OFF)||56 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||–||53 fps (44 fps – 1% low)||44 fps (33 fps – 1% low)||–|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)||96 fps (64 fps – 1% low)||97 fps (81 fps – 1% low)||91 fps (59 fps – 1% low)||83 fps (58 fps – 1% low)||66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset)||131 fps (94 fps – 1% low)||129 fps (87 fps – 1% low)||123 fps (87 fps – 1% low)||111 fps (79 fps – 1% low)||91 fps (70 fps – 1% low)|
|Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 (DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)||71 fps (57 fps – 1% low)||71 fps (56 fps – 1% low)||66 fps (54 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (32 fps – 1% low)||53 fps (43 fps – 1% low)|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA)||96 fps (52 fps – 1% low)||100 fps (62 fps – 1% low)||92 fps (54 fps – 1% low)||82 fps (34 fps – 1% low)||72 fps (43 fps – 1% low)|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)||81 fps (59 fps – 1% low)||82 fps (59 fps – 1% low)||79 fps (59 fps – 1% low)||68 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||54 fps (40 fps – 1% low)|
|Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Extremely Preset)||121 fps (94 fps – 1% low)||122 fps (92 fps – 1% low)||117 fps (89 fps – 1% low)||102 fps (79 fps – 1% low)||90 fps ( 73 fps – 1% low)|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four)||86 fps (64 fps – 1% low)||91 fps (68 fps – 1% low)||81 fps (59 fps – 1% low)||73 fps (54 fps – 1% low)||64 fps (48 fps – 1% low)|
- Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
- Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
- Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 Optimized profile based mostly on these settings.
The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Battlefield 5, and Witcher Three on the inventory Turbo profile.
Each the CPU and GPU run scorching, with the followers spinning at 47-48 dB at head-level. The CPU stabilizes at 90-95 C between the examined titles, with the GPU averaging 80+ levels C and as much as 85 C in some instances.
Undervolting the CPU makes no actual distinction over the gaming efficiency or temperatures, because it permits the CPU to run at barely larger clocks, however the identical sort of excessive temperatures, with virtually no affect over the GPU.
Elevating up the laptop computer from the desk by as little as an inch doesn’t assist very a lot both on this laptop computer, and that’s fairly shocking, because it does assistance on the ROG Scar 15/17 or the ROG Strix G17 that we’ve examined. On this unit, although, it merely permits the parts to run 1-Three levels cooler, with a higher affect on the Efficiency and Silent modes.
Necessary: Earlier than you keep it up with the following a part of this evaluation, don’t overlook that we’re coping with a pre-release pattern right here and never a closing retail unit of the Strix G15, thus take our findings with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, based mostly on my expertise with a handful of different Asus merchandise constructed on an analogous chassis, I don’t anticipate a lot to vary on these retails models. Nonetheless, I’ll improve this part if we get to retest a retail mannequin as effectively.
What I take into account to be a design flaw on the ROG Strix/Scar lineup is noticeable on this unit as effectively. The very slim rubber ft and the minuscule quantity of house beneath the laptop computer don’t enable the followers to absorb a lot air to correctly cool the parts whereas the laptop computer sits on the desk. Moreover, the followers’ intakes are utterly coated by the underside panel, as Asus tries to attract in a lot of the air from the highest, by way of the keyboard and people grills within the again hump, and solely channel air over the heatpipes by way of the present cuts within the underbelly, however not straight into the followers.
Based mostly on the outcomes and the truth that no different OEM use this method on their efficiency notebooks, this may not be the best thermal design on this type of power-needy configuration. At 90+ C on the CPU and 80+ C on the GPU, this ROG Strix G15 mannequin is likely one of the hottest working notebooks in its class, and whereas that doesn’t affect the efficiency on our check unit, it may have an effect over the long-term reliability and finally on the efficiency, as soon as the thermal paste ages and the followers and radiators refill with mud over time.
Again to our evaluation unit, switching the laptop computer over to the Efficiency profiles tames down the followers to about 43-44 dB, with a slight efficiency lower and little affect over the temperatures. The GPU runs at base clocks on this profile, and the CPU runs at decrease energy than on Turbo, however that’s compensated by the slower spinning followers. Elevating the laptop computer from the desk makes an even bigger distinction on this case.
Switching over to the Silent profile additional limits each the CPU and the GPU, and lowers the followers’ noise to 38-39 dB at head-level, however with important framerates hit of 20-30% over the Turbo profile. The parts run a lot cooler on this profile, so this might arguably be the higher Gaming profile on this laptop computer, when you’re keen to prioritize decreased noise-levels, decrease temperatures, and elevated longevity over efficiency. However are you?
Lastly, we examined the laptop computer’s efficiency whereas related to an exterior monitor, and gathered the outcomes under. We ran our assessments with the laptop computer sitting on the desk, and the lid open. Working video games with the lid closed is just not a viable possibility right here, as a result of carried out thermal design.
In conclusion, this ROG Strix G15 performs excellently in CPU heavy duties and really effectively in mixed demanding masses, however the parts inside run scorching with these sorts of actions. I’m not seeing any throttling or affect over the efficiency, however I do fear in regards to the system’s long run efficiency and reliability. Thermals shouldn’t be a difficulty when you determine to go for one of many lower-tier configurations with the Four/6Core processors and the much less power-demanding GPUs, however the 115W variations of the 2060 and 2070 chips are a troublesome match for this product.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
The thermal module on this Strix G15 is similar to the one carried out on the 2020 ROG Scar 15, with two high-capacity followers and an ample array of heatpipes and thermal plates, with a single radiator for the CPU and two for the GPU aspect. Asus additionally apply liquid-metal thermal compound on the CPU from the manufacturing facility on their whole 2020 ROG lineup.
Nonetheless, as defined above, this complicated thermal module barely copes with the power-hungry 8Core i7 processor and 115W GPU, each parts working at excessive temperatures within the 90+ for the CPU and 80+ for the GPU on this check unit.
Regardless of that, little of this warmth spreads onto the outside chassis. The laptop computer hits temperatures within the very excessive 40s within the hottest components of the inside, however the WASD and arrow areas relaxation within the high-30s to low-40s, so completely comfy for longer gaming classes. We’re working all our assessments in a managed surroundings, with the AC set on 24 C. As a aspect notice, the Scar 15 ran cooler in our assessments, but additionally noisier, so there’s an opportunity the retail Strix G15 models may also run cooler/noisier than this check unit.
Our models ramped as much as about 47-48 dB at head-level in video games, and each followers remained lively on a regular basis, even with mild use, however they spun quietly on Silent and had been solely noticeable in a quiet room. I did discover some electrical noises on this pattern, similar to on the ROG Scar 15 examined some time in the past. This could be a random situation with fashionable laptops, so make sure that to hear for them in your model new laptop computer and return the pc if lower than your requirements.
Right here’s a round-up of our fan-noise measurements:
- Turbo – 47-48 dB with video games, 47-48 dB with Cinebench loop check;
- Efficiency – 43-44 dB with video games, 43-44 dB with Cinebench loop check;
- Silent – 38-39 dB with video games, 38-39 dB with Cinebench loop check, 33-37 dB with Each day use.
And right here’s what we measured by way of chassis temperatures.
*Each day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 33-37 dB
*Gaming – Turbo – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 47-48 dB
*Gaming – Efficiency – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 43-44 dB
*Gaming – Silent – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 38-39 dB
For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 by way of an Intel AX201 chip on this unit, in addition to Gigabit Lan. Our unit carried out effectively each close to the router and at 30+ ft away with obstacles in between, with out drops or different points.
So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing by way of slim cuts on the lateral sides, and so they’re fairly good. We measured excessive volumes of 82-84 dB at head-level, and the sound comes out clear and pretty wealthy for a gaming laptop computer, though nonetheless considerably missing within the lows.
As for the digicam, there’s isn’t any on this laptop computer, however you do get a pair of microphones on the backside of the display for infrequent calls. An exterior FHD webcam may be bundled in some areas.
There’s solely a 66Wh battery inside this ROG Strix G15, so it involves no shock that it’s not going to final for very lengthy on a cost, even with Optimus.
Asus made certain that the display robotically switches over to 60 Hz when unplugging the laptop computer, and that helps. On high of that, I’d additionally recommend switching off the sunshine bar and the keyboard’s illumination when seeking to maximize runtimes, as we did in our assessments.
Right here’s what we received on our unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120-nits (70%):
- 13 W (~Four-5 of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Silent Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~5+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 11 W (~5-6 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 18 W (~Three-Four h of use) – looking in Edge, Efficiency Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 70 W (~50 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Efficiency Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.
Asus pairs this configuration of the Strix G15 laptop computer with a mid-sized 230W power-brick, which weighs .79 kilos with the included cables on this EU model. Extra compact 150/180W bricks can be found on different fashions, and also you’ll should carry them together with you on a regular basis, as USB-C charging is just not an possibility right here.
Worth and availability
The 2020 ROG Strix G15 is stocked in shops in most areas of the world on the time of this text, however it’s listed in so many various configurations that it’s exhausting to collect all of them on this part.
The RTX 2060 G512LV mannequin examined right here, however with the Core i7-10750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage, goes for round 1300 USD within the US, 1400 EUR in Germany and 1300 GBP within the UK. That’s for the 144 Hz display possibility although, with the washed-out colours and the sluggish response, and also you’ll should pay further for the 240 Hz panel. Oh, and ensure you get dual-channel RAM on this, it makes a giant distinction in video games.
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This Strix G15 G512 is probably the most reasonably priced ROG pocket book of this 2020 era and that alone makes it an possibility for a lot of of you in search of a flexible, strong, and highly effective work/gaming pocket book.
Whereas accessible in a large number of configurations, the higher worth is within the GTX 1660 and RTX 2060 configurations, with both the 6Core or the 8Core processor, based mostly in your wants. If gaming is your high precedence, stick to the 6Core i7 and get the 2060 GPU, whereas when you’re primarily after a piece pc for demanding multi-threaded masses, the 8Core is price paying further for, particularly on this laptop computer, which presents the quickest implementation of those 10th gen Intel chips that we’ve examined thus far.
Specs apart, the Strix G15 can also be a well-built laptop computer with good inputs, a good collection of ports, punchy audio, and a beefy thermal resolution inherited from the higher-tier and dearer ROG lineups. Regardless of that, although, the interior parts run scorching on this examined power-hungry configuration, one thing you need to take into account in your determination, even when the exterior stays cool and we haven’t observed any efficiency limitations in any of our assessments.
Moreover, potential patrons may also not be that keen on this laptop computer’s all-plastic construct, the shortage of a card reader, Thunderbolt Three help, digicam or biometrics, or its solely middling battery life.
Nonetheless, my largest gripe with this Striz G15 is the truth that Asus solely presents a poor high quality 144 Hz display possibility on a lot of the accessible 1660Ti/2060 configurations, with washed-out colours and sluggish response occasions. Positive, higher-quality panels are additionally accessible, however since there’s no technique to manually configure an Asus laptop computer in most areas, you’re left on the distributors’ mercy, and so they largely configure the 240 Hz display on the dearer 2070+ variants. Thus, there’s a great probability your choices are both to just accept that 144 Hz display, or go along with one other model. And whereas the provide differs between areas, I for one simply can’t settle for this awful Panda panel in a 1300++ laptop computer, not when the competitors presents a quicker possibility with 100% sRGB colour protection on the identical value, or much less. The display is simply too vital for me to sacrifice on.
On high of all these, the Strix G15 doesn’t have the worth on its aspect in its class, and that alone ought to not less than put a few of the different choices on the market in your map, such because the Acer Predator Helios 300, the HP Omen or the Lenovo Legion 5, the latter two accessible in both Intel or AMD Ryzen variants. Simply watch out when taking a look at these 2060 configurations, there’s the newer and extra competent 115W model on this Strix G15, and also you may solely get final 12 months’s 80-90W implementation on a few of the others.
With that in thoughts, we’ll wrap up this evaluation of the Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LV right here, however I’d love to listen to what you concentrate on this pocket book, so get in contact down under along with your suggestions or questions.