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Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU evaluation (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

We’ve talked in regards to the mid-2019 lineup of Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming ultraportables in a number of earlier articles, and on this one, we’ll additional take an in-depth have a look at the Zephyrus G GA502 subseries.

The Zephyrus G GA502 sits on the backside of the road, beneath the Zephyrus S GX502 and Zephyrus M GU502 variants we’ve beforehand reviewed, as nonetheless a compact and lightweight gaming ultraportable with related design traces and particularities, however fairly a number of variations in comparison with the opposite variants: a largely plastic development, a 120 Hz display, a platform based mostly on an AMD CPU and a decrease energy model (previously often known as Max-Q) of the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti GPU, a white backlit keyboard and a slower 1×1 wi-fi implementation, amongst others.

In fact, the Zephyrus G GA502GU has a considerably decrease MSRP value as a way to justify these cutbacks, beginning at round $1100 on the time of this text, and after spending the previous couple of weeks with it and analyzing the options obtainable on the market, I do know that this might be an excellent decide for these of you in search of an excellent steadiness between portability, efficiency, and value. Nonetheless, if portability will not be on the prime of your listing, there are higher choices on this finances, and can clarify why within the article down under, the place I’ve gathered my impressions of the ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU, with the robust factors and the quirks.

The specs sheet as reviewed

Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU
Display 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px decision, IPS, 120 Hz, matte, Panda LM156LF-GL panel
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, quad-core
Video Radeon RX Vega 10 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB 60W (GeForce 431.36)
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (eight GB soldered, 1x DIMMs – as much as 24 GB)
Storage 512 GB SSD (M.2 80 mm PCIe x2 – Intel 660p SSDPEKNW512G8) + 1 further M.2 80 mm slot
Connectivity Realtek 8821CE AC 1×1 WiFi with Bluetooth 5.zero, Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit LAN
Ports 3x USB-A Three.2, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic, Kensington Lock
Battery 76 Wh, 180 W energy adapter
Measurement 360 mm or 14.17” (w) x  252 mm or 9.92” (d) x 20.four mm or .79” (h)
Weight 2.08 kg (four.58 lb), .56 kg (1.23 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model
Extras white backlit keyboard with per-key management, 2x backside stereo audio system, FHD exterior webcam

Our evaluation unit was provided by Asus for the aim of this evaluation and is a ultimate unit, equivalent to those obtainable in retail, nevertheless, these would possibly get completely different quantities of reminiscence and storage. All of them are nevertheless based mostly on the AMD Ryzen R7 3750H + Nvidia GTX 1660Ti 60W , simply as our unit.

Design and exterior

As talked about earlier, the Zephyrus G maintains the design traces of the higher-tier Zephyrus M and S fashions. Actually, from the surface, it seems simply the identical, because it will get the identical brushed-aluminum lid with the panel-lit ROG emblem and boxy form. On the within, although, the magnesium main-deck has been changed with a plastic shell, and plastic can be used for the underbelly.

It’s an excellent high quality plastic, although, with a matte rugged texture, and the development doesn’t really feel low cost or flimsy in any method, even when the chassis bends a bit simpler when urgent laborious in the midst of the keyboard deck. The plastic does present smudges simpler than the magnesium ending on the M and S traces, so that you’ll need to wipe it clear extra typically. That apart, although, the inside retains the oblong form with tapered edges and the annoying standing LEDs and always-lit energy button positioned beneath the display, however not like the opposite variants, there’s an air-intake grill on the prime of the keyboard, which suggests a redesigned thermal module, and we’ll get to speak about it in an extra part.

So far as practicality goes, this Zephyrus G remains to be one of many sturdier models in its class, in addition to one of the compact and lightest, at simply over four.5 lbs, so it may be a wonderful choice for these all for lugging their laptop computer to high school or work day by day. I nonetheless recommend utilizing a protecting sleeve although, because the lid will not be as robust as the primary chassis. Urgent on it doesn’t push ripples into the panel, however I’d moderately be further cautious as a way to stop surprises.

Regardless of its compact form-factor, the laptop computer nonetheless will get a correctly sized armrest and the blunt lips and corners make it comfy to make use of day by day. My solely grievance is with the display’s restricted again angle, of about 120-130 levels, which limits usability on the lap or in different cramped areas. The hinges are in any other case properly made, sturdy sufficient to maintain the display as set-up, but additionally easy sufficient to permit to lift-up the display and modify it with a single hand.

So far as the IO goes, the Zephyrus G GA502 inherits it from the opposite lineups, with 3x USB-A slots, one USB-C with DP, HDMI and LAN, with many of the ports lined up on the left edge. There’s no Thunderbolt Three assist (in fact, provided that that is an AMD-powered laptop computer) or card-reader, and USB-C charging will not be supported on this mannequin, one thing you’ll get with the Zephyrus M and S variants.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is one other facet shared between the mid-2019 Zephyrus lineups, nevertheless, the G solely will get white backlighting and never the per-key RGB illumination from the M and S fashions. You may nonetheless select between three depth ranges and the LEDs get fairly vibrant on the increased setting, however on the similar time, there’s a good bit of sunshine creeping from beneath the keycaps with this implementation, noticeable from a regular use angle.

That apart, although, this nonetheless will get a fairly good structure and it’s a fast and pleasant typer.

keyboard clickpad - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

The principle deck consists of correctly spaced and sized 15 x 15 mm keys, barely smaller perform keys on the prime and moderately small arrows, barely spaced out from the keys round. There’s additionally an additional column of Operate keys on the proper, once more spaced out from the primary deck, in addition to some multimedia keys on the prime that permit to shortly modify the quantity, management the microphone and launch Armoury Crate.

That is nonetheless a reasonably shallow keyboard with low-travel keys, one thing I’m accustomed to coming from an ultraportable, however on the similar time, one thing these of you coming from older laptops or from a desktop keyboard might want to adapt to. When you do, you’ll discover this to be a fast typer, however pretty unforgiving. So far as I do know, the keyboard is equivalent between the Zephyrus fashions, however for some cause, it really felt even mushier on this unit and my accuracy struggled extra right here, barely poking above 90% at quick speeds, so maybe there’s a stage of variation between implementations.

Backside level, it is a respectable typer and in step with what you need to count on from a skinny laptop computer nowadays. It’s additionally pretty quiet, aside from the moderately squeaky house key.

The clickpad is an averagely sized easy plastic floor, with Elan and Precision drivers, identical to on the opposite Zephyrus traces. It performs properly with on a regular basis use, faucets and gestures, however you would possibly need to improve the sensitivity from the settings, I discovered it a bit sluggish out-of-the-box. Its texture can be not as glidy because the glass implementations on the market, however that didn’t hassle me in any method. I additionally haven’t observed any sluggishness, stuttering, skipping or different points throughout my time with the laptop computer, however be sure that to provide yours a correct check, Asus have had points with Elan touchpads prior to now.

The clicks are built-in throughout the floor and so they’re clicky, and never as clunky and loud on this pattern as on the GX502 examined prior to now. The floor nonetheless rattles when tapped firmer on the underside half, however once more not as a lot as on the GX502, which suggests a level of QC randomness on this section as properly.

Lastly, I’ll add that there will not be biometrics on this laptop computer.

Display

That is the place the Zephyrus G GA502GU falls behind the M and S variants. It nonetheless will get a 15.6-inch matte IPS panel, however a decrease high quality Panda LM156LF-GL mannequin, with poorer brightness, distinction and colour replica, in addition to slower response time and a refresh price of solely 120 Hz.

It’s additionally price including that Asus presents the Zephyrus G GA502 with an FHD 60 Hz display in some areas, on the base-level configurations, which is even dimmer, as you may see from this text.

Again to the 120 Hz panel, in all equity, you’re not going to note the drop from 144 to 120 Hz, however aggressive avid gamers will discover the diminished response time, whereas common customers will discover the middling max brightness when utilizing the laptop computer outside or in different vibrant environments, in addition to the restricted gamut protection. At 250 nits, although, this panel is sweet sufficient for indoor use, however the 51% AdobeRGB protection is barely OK for every day use this present day and positively not optimum for these all for performing any form of color-calibrated work.

Right here’s what we obtained on our unit, with our Spyder4 sensor:

  • Panel ID: Panda LM156LF-GL;
  • Protection: 68% sRGB, 49% NTSC, 51% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 252 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 770:1;
  • White level: 7600 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.33 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No;
  • Response time: Three ms marketed, ~27 ms BTW.

screen brightness coverage zephyrus ga502 - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

The panel can use some calibration out of the field, and you are able to do it yourselves or use our profile over right here to deal with the White Level and gray-levels imbalances.

We’ve solely obtained a small diploma of light-bleeding on our pattern, however be sure that to search for it in your unit, it is a random concern that impacts most fashionable laptops nowadays in numerous quantities. The sensor did spot a big drop in brightness within the backside mid a part of the panel, but it’s not one thing I might discover with the bare eye, not even when watching films in ultra-wide codecs flanked by black bars.

and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a higher-end configuration of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU, with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, 16 GB of DRR4 2666 MHz RAM (eight GB soldered, and an additional eight GB DIMM) in twin channel, a single Intel 660p M.2 PCIe SSD and twin graphics, with the 60W model of the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics chip alongside the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 chip throughout the CPU.

The Ryzen 7 3750H is a quad-core eight-thread CPU with a max TDP of 35 W, Turbo Increase speeds of as much as four.zero GHz and the flexibility to clock down with fundamental chores as a way to save on battery. It’s been applied on a handfull of mid and lower-tier gaming laptops in latest months, and it’s an honest performer. In only a few phrases, it is a correct various for the Core i5 8300H/9300H CPUs in Intel’s camp, with some advantages in intensive hundreds and downsides with gaming, however it will possibly’t match the efficiency of the fashionable six-core i7s. This AMD CPU can be extremely dependant on quick dual-channel reminiscence, so remember that you’ll completely need to put a stick in that obtainable DIMM slot in the event you choose to get a configuration with simply eight GB of RAM out-of-the-box.

So far as the GPU comes, the GA502 will get a snipped model of the 1660Ti chip, with a TDP of 60 W and diminished speeds and efficiency when in comparison with the usual 80W 1660Ti variant obtainable within the Zephyrus M GU502 and lots of different 15-inch laptops within the $1000-$1400 value vary. We’ll get to speak about each the CPU’s and GPU’s efficiency in a bit.

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Within the meantime, I’ll additionally add that the included SSD will most probably differ from area to area, however the Intel 660p on our pattern is a moderately sluggish QLC SSD. Nonetheless, whereas I complained about it on the Zephyrus M, it’s not a foul choice at this decrease price-point, though you will discover sooner drives with a few of the different full-size options. There are two M.2 slots inside, and so they share a PCIe x4 connection, so though PCIe x4 SSDs are appropriate, they’re not going to run at full pace on this laptop computer.

Attending to the parts is pretty simple, because the laptop computer opens from beneath and the underside panel is held in place by a handful of Phillips screws, all clearly seen. Inside you’ll discover the one RAM slot, the 2 SSD slots, the battery, audio system and an easier thermal module than on the 1660Ti Zephyrus M.

Earlier than we proceed to speak about our evaluation unit’s habits and efficiency you need to know that it’s a manufacturing mannequin with mature drivers from Nvidia (GeForce 431.36).

Whereas Asus advertises the ROG Zephyrus G as an ultra-slim gaming laptop computer, I for one moderately take into account it a well-balanced allrounder with gaming talents, adequate for mundane duties like shopping and text-editing and streaming video, but additionally succesful sufficient to sort out most up-to-date video games on the finish of the varsity//work day.

We’ll get to gaming down under, however first, you need to know that this handles on a regular basis chores easily, whereas working coolly and quietly. Asus presents three energy profiles within the Armoury Crate app: Silent, Balanced and Turbo. You may maintain the laptop computer on Silent with fundamental use, however that limits the efficiency, so that you’ll most probably need to change to Steadiness for on a regular basis multitasking, or Turbo for demanding hundreds and video games. The logs under present what to anticipate by way of efficiency and interior temperatures with on a regular basis duties.

On to extra demanding duties, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in 100% hundreds, and we do this by working Cinebench R15 for 10+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run. We’ve examined our pattern on Balanced and Turbo, since Silent caps the efficiency and favors low noise ranges as a substitute.

Nonetheless, not like with the Intel-based fashions reviewed prior to now, switching between these two modes didn’t have any impression on the CPU’s efficiency within the Cinebench loop check. The Ryzen 7 3750H processor settled for clock speeds of three.7+ GHz, temperatures of round 86-88 levels Celsius and scores of 770+ factors, with a reported TDP of 18.5 W. That’s most probably an error with Hwinfo although, as its precisely half the designed 35 W TDP.

perf temps cinebench - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

There are not any strategies of undervolting or tweaking this CPU, a minimum of none that I do know of, so we needed to settle with what we might get with out-of-the-box settings.

On battery, our pattern returned higher efficiency than different R7 3750H laptops examined prior to now. On Balanced, as Turbo is disabled on battery, the CPU stabilizes at Three.1+ GHz, which interprets in scores of 630+ factors and temperatures of round 62-64 levels Celsius.

perf temps cinebench battery - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

Subsequent, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for these of you interested by numbers. We ran them on the default Turbo profile first, and right here’s what we obtained:

  • 3DMark 11: 13553 (Graphics – 17618, Physics – 8160);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 10995 (Graphics – 13060, Physics – 11502);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 4729 (Graphics – 4990, CPU – 3651);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 2829;
  • GeekBench four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 4151, Multi-core: 14300;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 779 cb, CPU Single Core 147 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1750 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 154.34 fps, Cross 2 –46.58 fps.

We additionally ran a number of extra checks on what we’ll additional name the OC profile, with the CPU on Turbo and default settings, however the GPU overclocked within the Asus GPU Tweak II app at +150 MHz Core and + 1000 MHz reminiscence (additional OC result in instability).

Right here’s what we obtained on this case:

  • 3DMark 11: 13585 (Graphics – 17750, Physics – 8161);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 10998 (Graphics – 13214, Physics – 11358;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 4713 (Graphics – 5016, CPU – 3513);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 2878;
  • PCMark 10: 4217 (Necessities – 7322, Productiveness – 5644, Digital Content material Creation – 4925);
  • PassMark: Score: 3735, CPU mark: 9414, 3D Graphics Mark: 7966.

As anticipated, the OC profile doesn’t have any impression on the CPU outcomes, nevertheless it doesn’t have an effect on the GPU scores in a big method both, which most probably implies that the GPU is already tweaked to ship as a lot as doable inside its 60 W TDP limits. Evaluating the outcomes above with these of the Asus TUF FX705 (R7 3750 + 1660Ti 80W), you’ll see that the Zephyrus G comes near the out-of-the-box efficiency of the TUF, however then the TUF will be additional overclocked and finally ends up scoring 15-20% higher in 3Dmark scores and in precise video games.

Given this habits and the dearth of CPU undervolting choices, the OC profile doesn’t have any important impression over the CPU/GPU temperatures in demanding hundreds, as you may see within the following 3DMark logs, in addition to down under, within the gaming efficiency part.

With that out of the way in which, let’s have a look at some gaming outcomes. We ran a few video games consultant for DX11 and DX12 architectures on the Commonplace Turbo profile, in addition to on the OC Turbo profile (with the overclocked GPU). Right here’s what we obtained:

FHD Turbo FHD Turbo OC FHD Balanced OC FHD Silent OC
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 66-72 fps 64-72 fps 62-72 fps 38-50 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 63 fps 64 fps 60 fps 36 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 83 fps 86 fps 79 fps 66 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 57 fps 59 fps 54 fps 48 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 53 fps 53 fps 52 fps 41 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On four) 48-72 fps 50-74 fps 46-72 fps 38-52 fps
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.

We additionally ran the identical titles on an exterior 4K monitor, hooked as much as the laptop computer by way of the HDMI 2.zero port. This part of our critiques and is sponsored by Acer, who provided us with their Nitro XV273Okay 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor (observe this hyperlink for extra particulars).

4K Turbo
Battlefield V (DX 12, Medium Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 30-38 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Regular Preset, SMAA) 27 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Medium Preset) 47 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Medium Preset, FXAA) 23 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Medium Preset, SMAA) 24 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Medium Preset, Hairworks Low – zero) 28-33 fps

It involves no shock that gaming at 4K will not be actually doable with this sort of , except you’re working an older title and keen to sacrifice on the graphics particulars.

The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Battlefield V and Witcher Three on the Default Turbo profile, which retains the followers working at 6500+ rpm and noise ranges of 48-49 dB at head stage on our evaluation unit.

As already defined above, overclocking the GPU has a minor impression on the GPU’s common clock pace, permitting it to run at a mean of 50-80 MHz increased in most titles, with a slight improve in CPU and GPU temperatures.

Switching to Balanced has no impression over the followers and solely causes a slight drop in GPU pace and temperature, so I don’t see why you’d need to go for this mode right here.

perf temps gaming witcher3 oc balanced - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

On Silent, the followers maintain at about 36 dB, which makes them barely audible even in a quiet room. Nonetheless, whereas gaming on the Silent profile is feasible, it’s at diminished efficiency, as each the CPU and GPU clock to decrease frequencies (1.four GHz – CPU, 1.25 GHz GPU in Witcher Three), and with elevated inside and exterior temperatures, so it’s not one thing we’d advocate.

perf temps gaming witcher3 oc silent - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

Gaming on battery is feasible although, as each the CPU and GPU run pretty properly on this case, however the GPU is proscribed at 30W and also you gained’t have the ability to do recreation for greater than an hour and a half, although.

perf temps gaming witcher3 battery - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

In conclusion, this AMD/Nvidia based mostly platform can nonetheless run most video games and doesn’t get extraordinarily noisy, however the interior parts do attain excessive temperatures, with the CPU averaging 86-88 levels C within the examined titles, and the GPU averaging 78-82 levels C.

Now, as a way to draw ultimate conclusions on this pocket book’s gaming talents, we’ll examine our outcomes with a few of the same-class fashions with GTX 1660Ti graphics we’ve examined earlier. Down under I’ve added the Acer Nitro 5 17, the Asus Zephyrus M GU502 and the MSI GL63, all based mostly on a Core i7/1660Ti 80 W platform, in addition to the Asus TUF Gaming FX705 constructed on an R7 3750/1660Ti 80W .

Zephyrus G GA502 FX705DU Tweaked Zephyrus G GA502 Nitro 5 Tweaked GL63 Tweaked
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 66-72 fps 68-90 fps 76-92 fps 82-94 fps 78-94 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 64 fps 75 fps 83 fps 86 fps 89 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 86 fps 112 fps 141 fps 156 fps 115 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 59 fps 59 fps 75 fps 82 fps 59 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 53 fps 61 fps 68 fps 75 fps 74 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On four) 52-72 fps 52-84 fps 68-96 fps 56-84 fps 58-88 fps

And right here’s how these examine by way of speeds and temperatures in Witcher Three, all on the Tweaked profiles.

  • ROG Zephyrus G GA502 – Tweaked profile (customary CPU – Turbo mode, GPU +150 MHz Clock/ +1000 MHz Reminiscence, followers – 48-49 dB): CPU: ~Three.5 GHz, 87 C; GPU: ~1.41 GHz, 80 C.
  • TUF FX705 – Tweaked profile (customary CPU – Turbo mode, GPU +150 MHz Clock/ +1000 MHz Reminiscence, followers – 46-47 dB): CPU: ~Three.eight GHz, 88 C; GPU: ~1.74 GHz, 84 C.
  • Nitro 5 – Tweaked profile (-150 mV undervolted CPU, GPU +200 MHz Clock/ +1000 MHz Reminiscence, followers – 52-53 dB): CPU: ~Three.9 GHz, 82 C; GPU: ~1.76 GHz, 71 C.
  • ROG Zephyrus M GU502 – Tweaked profile (-50 mV undervolted CPU, GPU +200 MHz Clock/ +1000 MHz Reminiscence, followers – 6400+ rpm, 52-53 dB): CPU: ~four.zero GHz, 82 C; GPU: ~1.74 GHz, 72 C.
  • GL63 – OC Profile with CoolerBoost (Turbo Shift, -150 mV undervolted CPU, GPU, +200 MHz Clock/ +350 MHz Reminiscence, followers – 50-52 dB): CPU: ~Three.9 GHz, 69 C; GPU: ~1.9 GHz, 65 C.

In conclusion, the ROG Zephyrus G GA502 runs pretty scorching, each on the within and on the surface, as you’ll really see down under as properly, and falls in need of most different 1660Ti implementations available on the market, on account of the truth that it bundles a 60W Max-Q variant of that chip and the dearth of CPU undervolting and tweaking choices, not like what’s obtainable with the Intel choices.

Potential patrons ought to take into account whether or not this sacrifice in efficiency is price it for the lower cost and the transportable form-factor. For those who don’t want each, then one thing just like the Acer Nitro 5 and Asus TUF FX505 constructed on the identical Ryzen platform and 1660Ti 80W graphics could be the higher deal right here, whereas if finances will not be a limitation, there are positively higher choices for you on the market.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

This ROG Zephyrus G GA502 will get a extra fundamental thermal module than those on the M and S variants, which I completely anticipated from a lower-priced unit and explains the thermal findings within the earlier part.

cooling - Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502GU review (AMD R7 3750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti)

One different clarification can be the truth that the grills on prime of the followers had been coated on our pattern, not like on the Zephyrus M and G which stored them open, and whereas that forestalls mud from gathering into the blades, I’m fairly certain additionally has an impression on the thermals. I don’t know if that’s the case with all models or it’s only a perpetrator of ours. The followers appear to be the identical and have dust-busting channels, identical to on the opposite Zephyrus fashions, so I can’t clarify why Asus went with this strategy, however I’m curious on the impression of eradicating that cowl as a way to permit air to get inside.

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The chassis will get pretty scorching with video games as properly, not simply the parts inside, with a number of elements reaching temperatures within the mid-50s, and the WASD keys averaging a barely comfy 40+ C. The followers spin pretty loudly as properly, at 48-49 dB at head-level, though not as loud as on the Zephyrus M and many of the different laptops on the market. Even when a number of dB quieter, you’ll nonetheless want headphones to cowl them up.

Switching to Balanced doesn’t have any impression on the followers’ habits, not like on the Zephyrus M and S fashions, and whereas on Silent they’re barely audible at 36-38 dB, gaming on Silent will not be actually an choice, because it results in decreased efficiency and even increased interior and outer shell temperatures.

The laptop computer runs quietly with every day use as properly, each on the Silent and the Balanced profiles. The followers stay energetic on a regular basis, however spin quietly at round 33-35 dB at head-level (30 dB ambient noise stage in a quiet room), which solely makes them audible in a totally silent atmosphere. We haven’t observed any digital noise on our pattern, but that’s not a assure you gained’t encounter any on yours.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, followers at 36-38 dB 
*Load Tweaked Turbo– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 6500+ rpm, 48-49 dB
*Load Tweaked Silent – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 3700+ rpm, 36-38 dB

For connectivity, there’s Gigabit Lan and Wi-fi AC by way of Realtek chips on this laptop computer, in addition to Bluetooth 5.zero. We’ve largely used our pattern on wi-fi, and Asus went with a fundamental 1×1 implementation that ends in a lot decrease efficiency than on the usual 2019 gaming pocket book, each close to the router and at 30+ ft. We didn’t run into any drop or sluggishness, however in the event you want quick switch speeds or a big protection, this isn’t going to be the laptop computer for you.

The audio system on this unit appear equivalent to those on the opposite Zephyrus fashions; there’s a set of them firing by way of cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and so they’re about common in high quality. This time round we had been in a position to set up the Audio Wizard app on this laptop computer and we measured most volumes of round 86-88 dB, a lot punchier than on the M and S. The sound nonetheless lacked bass, nevertheless it’s in any other case fairly good and loud, though you’ll most probably need to decrease the quantity as a way to restrict distortions and the vibrations which can be being despatched into the chassis at excessive ranges.

There’s no inner webcam on the Zephyrus G GA502, as a substitute, Asus bundles an exterior FHD webcam as a substitute (in some areas, not in every single place), which presents higher picture high quality. You do get a pair of microphones simply beneath the display.

Battery life

The Zephyrus G will get the identical 76 Wh from the Zephyrus M and S fashions, which is definitely bigger than what’s obtainable on most different laptops within the $1200 value section, so it will possibly ship respectable battery life, since Optimus is a part of the combination.

Right here’s what we obtained on our pattern, with the display set at 50%, roughly 120-nits of brightness.

  • 11.5 W (~6 h 30 min of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive in Firefox, Silent Energy Profile, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~6 h of use) – 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Edge, Silent Energy Profile, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 11.5 W (~6 h 30 min of use) – 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Edge, Silent Energy Profile, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 23 W (~Three h 30 min of use) – shopping in Edge, Balanced Energy Profile, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 58 W (~1 h 15 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Balanced Energy Profile, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.

Asus pairs this configuration with a 180 Wh energy brick. It’s averagely sized and weighs round 1.23 lbs (.56 kg) for the European model, together with cables. The laptop computer prices slowly although, with a full cost taking round 2 hours and 30 minutes.

A particularity of the Zephyrus fashions is their capacity to cost by way of USB-C, however that’s not supported by the Zephyrus G as properly, I’ve examined with an influence financial institution and a 65W USB-C charger.

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Value and availability

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 is already available in shops world wide within the GA502GU variant reviewed right here, with the Ryzen 7 3750H processor, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti 60 W GPU, eight GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and the 120Hz display, with an MSRP of $1099 within the US, 1200 GBP within the UK and round 1400 EUR in Europe. A 16 GB variant can be obtainable for 100 USD/EUR extra.

The US and UK pricing is aggressive, however remember that the bottom variant comes with single-channel reminiscence and also you’ll completely want so as to add an additional stick of RAM to match the efficiency on this evaluation.

Comply with this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations on the time you’re studying the article.

Vs the Competitors

Whereas that’s a subject we’ll largely cowl in one other article, let’s shortly contact on the competitors right here as properly.

As already talked about a number of instances all through this text, with this laptop computer you’re sacrificing on efficiency and a few options (RGB keyboard, quick wi-fi, 144 Hz display) for a compact and lightweight form-factor at an reasonably priced value, and meaning you’ll discover higher units in the identical price-point in the event you’re keen to have a look at one thing a bit bigger and maybe not as properly constructed.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540 come to thoughts as the marginally increased priced options, all constructed on Intel ninth gen i7s and GTX 1660Ti 80W platforms and with higher high quality 144 Hz screens, however heavier and with smaller batteries.

Then again, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505 and the Acer Nitro 5 are choices that promote for much less and nonetheless outmatch the Zephyrus G by way of efficiency, however lose some factors within the construct, battery life, keyboard and display departments.

Ultimate ideas

On that observe, the Zephyrus G GA502 is a reliable multi-purpose laptop computer. At roughly $1200, it’s compact and lightweight and quick sufficient for every day chores and a few gaming, lasts longer than the competitors on a cost and is arguably the nicer trying and the nicer made choice in its price-segment, even if it drops the flowery craftsmanship particulars on the higher-tier Zephyrus lineups.

Even so, there’s little doubt you’re going to sacrifice on the display high quality and efficiency in comparison with different laptops in the identical price-segment, and also you’d be missing options that you may want, like an RGB keyboard, quick wi-fi or an SD card-reader, amongst others.

That wraps up our evaluation of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G Ga502DU, however the feedback part under awaits your suggestions, impressions, and questions, so don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been masking cell computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you may largely discover critiques and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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