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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV review (Ryzen 7, RTX 2060, QHD screen)

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV evaluation (Ryzen 7, RTX 2060, QHD display)

It’s been some time since we’ve seen a correct small-form efficiency laptop computer available on the market, again when Dell nonetheless made the Alienware 13.

Razer and MSI tried just lately by sticking a GTX 1650 GPU inside 13 and 14-inch chassis with the Stealth 13 and the Status 14, however paired with Core U processors, questionable thermals and a few execution flaws, these merchandise haven’t been as well-received as their producers, and potential patrons, had been hoping.

And that brings us to the laptop computer that we’ve right here, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. It’s a joint effort from Asus, AMD and Nvidia and brings-up a reliable Ryzen 4000 HS platform and as much as Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics in a compact premium chassis, with out compromising on ergonomics, battery life or display high quality.

Does it sound maybe too good to be true? Properly, it’s not, for essentially the most half. We’ve spent the previous few weeks with this Zephyrus and gathered all our ideas on this article, with the stable traits and the quirks, so stick alongside if this pocket book is in your buying listing.

Specs as reviewed – Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
Show 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 px IPS 60 Hz, 16:9, non-touch, matte, AU Optronics B140QAN02.Three panel
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS, 8C/16T
Video AMD Radeon Vega 7 + Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 65W 6 GB GDDR6 (with Nvidia 442.74)
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (Eight GB soldered, 1x Eight GB DIMM)
Storage 1x M.2 PCI x4 slots (1 TB Intel 660p SSDPEKNW010T8)
Connectivity Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX200) 2×2, Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 2x USB-A Three.2, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP1.Four and charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic, Kensington Lock
Battery 76 Wh, 180 W energy adapter, USB-C charging as much as 65W
Measurement 324 mm or 12.75” (w) x  222 mm or Eight.74” (d) x 19.9 mm or .78” (h)
Weight 1.7 kg (Three.75 lbs), .59 kg (1.Three lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model
Extras white backlit keyboard, no webcam, quad audio system, Anime Matrix Show

That is the top-specced configuration of the Zephyrus G14 GA401IV, however Asus gives the sequence in just a few totally different variations. Even the GA401IV is obtainable with the Ryzen 9 4900HS processor in most areas, however the 7 and the 9 are each 8C/16T processors, so principally the identical when it comes to efficiency on this small design.

This apart, the bottom mannequin Zephryus G14 GA401IH begins with a Ryzen 5 4600HS processor (6C/12T), Eight GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and a GTX 1650 50W GPU, and the mid-tier Zephyrus G14 GA404IU variant will get 16 GB of RAM and GTX 1660 Ti 60W graphics, each with a FHD 120Hs display.

Design and building

The G14 will not be as small, as skinny or as mild as these gaming ultrabooks talked about earlier. However it’s moveable sufficient in my view, and you’ll inform its measurement from the small bezels across the display. The entire thing additionally weighs 1.6 to 1.7 kilos between the totally different variations.

The marginally heavier variants get what Asus calls the Anime Matrix secondary show, an array of dots on the lid-cover that may show varied messages, pictures and animations in a geeky approach. Our pattern is pre-production and one thing about this Matrix array didn’t work correctly on it, so we’re not going to get in-depth right here, however you’ll discover loads of particulars in different movies and in our earlier preview.

For what’s price, I for one don’t even care a lot about this function anyway and I’d quite get one of many commonplace configurations of the G14 with out the Anime Matrix array, that are barely thinner and lighter, at 1.6 kilos.

This apart, the G14 is surprisingly nicely made for a Zephyrus G, given our expertise with final 12 months’s G15. The 2 have little or no in widespread, as that is totally made out of magnesium and aluminum alloys, feels premium to the contact, and can also be constructed like a mini-tank. I’m not kidding, this chassis barely budges when pressed tougher, and the display can also be nicely made.

Asus supply the G14 in two colour variations, a darker mannequin referred to as Area Grey, the one we’ve right here, and a brighter variant referred to as Mirage White. The latter does a greater job at hiding smudges and could be usually the one I’d desire, besides that it comes with a silver keyboard with white lighting, which equals poor distinction when the illumination is energetic, one thing I’ve been complaining about for years now. Moreover, the inside doesn’t present loads on finger oil on this Area Grey mannequin both. The highest does although, as that’s made out of aluminum, and the black keys additionally catch a good bit of smudges and would require a swipe each different day.

Appears to be like apart, this Zephyrus checks a lot of the ergonomic features I’d need in a contemporary laptop computer. The entrance lip and corners are blunted and pleasant to the wrists, the display might be simply raised and adjusted with a single hand, and grippy rubber ft preserve this properly anchored on the desk, even with the display raised on its small ft, with the Ergo Carry hinge design.

Nevertheless, there’s no notch or recess on the entrance lip so that you’ll wrestle a bit to catch on the display and elevate it up. Actually, you may want to make use of a fingernail or each fingers for it. And whereas we’re nitpicking, I might have favored a display that goes all the best way again flat, in addition to have the standing LEDs pushed on the aspect and out of the best way, as an alternative of getting them beneath the display.

Asus applied their Ergo Carry hinge design on this laptop computer, which we’ve seen on lots of their Zenbooks lately. It raises the main-body on rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display half, making a barely inclined typing place and additional house beneath, which helps draw contemporary air simpler into the cooling system.

There’s usually one subject with this design although: the new air exhausts are positioned between the hinges and meaning sizzling air is pushed straight into the display with a lot of the different Ergo-lift fashions. Not right here, although.

First off, the thermal design splits the new air popping out, sending a part of it to the edges, a part of it downwards and solely a few of it upwards. After which, the upwards stream is additional diverted to the edges and never into the display by these small fins you could hopefully see right here.

I discovered this to be a sensible strategy again once I was first launched to it, however I used to be curious if it really made any distinction in real-life, and it does. Whereas the parts and chassis get sizzling with demanding video games, the precise display doesn’t. That chin as the underside of the panel performs a job on this complete factor as nicely, because it barely raises the show and pushes it away from the exhaust.

The ability button is new, although. It’s not lit up and integrates a sensible finger-sensor, the type that registers your fingerprint from the second you press it and energy the laptop computer, after which makes use of it to log into Home windows with out prompting for an additional swipe.

Oh, and also you might need seen these cuts on the palm-rest. They cover audio system beneath, because the G14 will get quad-speakers, with two of them firing upwards by these cuts, and two extra firing downwards. The audio is surprisingly loud and punchy for a small laptop computer, and the standard is certainly not unhealthy both.

Lastly, so far as the IO goes, the ports are lined on the edges, in the direction of the entrance of the laptop computer, because the rear is reserved for the complicated thermal design required to chill the on this small chassis. Meaning the PSU is positioned in the course of the left aspect, considerably annoying. This configuration fees through a 180W compact brick, but it surely additionally helps USB-C charging as much as 65W by the USB-C port on the left aspect. Meaning you don’t have to hold across the bigger brick to work or college, and solely seize it while you plan to run video games or demanding masses.

Keyboard and trackpad

This may nicely be my favourite typer in the whole ROG Zephyrus lineup, and that’s one thing on condition that the 15-inch fashions embody some nice keyboards as nicely.

The keyboard on the G14 is the truth is similar to the keyboard on the GX502, with a full deck of important keys and small, however properly spaced out, arrows. It lacks that additional row of perform keys on the proper, as there was no room for it on the smaller chassis.

The suggestions is in some way higher although, crisp and responsive. I bought used to it in a short time and was capable of sort quicker and extra precisely than on most laptops I’ve tried just lately. The keys are additionally pretty quiet, although the Area key will not be as muted because the others.

What this implementation lacks is RGB backlighting, as Asus solely put white LEDs beneath the keys. I don’t thoughts this a lot, however a few of you may. Oh, and these white LEDs will show annoying on the silver keys applied within the Mirage White model of this laptop computer, making the writing troublesome to learn, as already talked about earlier.

For mouse, Asus went with a glass clickpad right here. It’s not that giant, however its measurement was dictated by the palm-rest and it’s adequate for day by day swipes and gestures. The glass floor feels good to the contact and is clean and responsive with day by day use.

I admire that it doesn’t rattle with faucets, even with the firmer ones, which as soon as extra attests for this notebooks sturdy construct. The bodily clicks are fairly good as nicely, clean and solely a tad clunky.

As for biometrics, you get that good finger-sensor built-in inside the energy button, which logs and shops your fingerprint while you first press it to open the laptop computer. There’s no IR digicam, although.

Display screen

Asus gives two panel choices for the Zephyrus G14, both IPS FHD 120 Hz or IPS QHD 60 Hz. Now we have the latter right here, code-name AU Optronics B140QAN02.Three, which is model new and one thing we haven’t seen on different 14-inch notebooks prior to now.

Each variants are 14-inch in measurement, matte and non-touch.

The QHD panel is nicely fitted to day by day use, video, and even some occasional photograph/video modifying, so long as you retain the laptop computer indoors, as we solely measured about 250-nits of max brightness on our pattern, which gained’t suffice for brighter environments. That’s compensated in contrast ranges above 1000:1, 70%+ protection of the Adobe RGB gamut, stable viewing angles, and good uniformity, with none mild bleeding.

Right here’s what we bought in our assessments, with a Sypder4 sensor:

  • Panel ID: AU Optronics AUOE68C (B140QAN02.Three);
  • Protection: 97.9% sRGB, 69.9% AdobeRGB, 74.Eight% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.42;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 252 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1071:1;
  • White level: 7200 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.21 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

Calibration additional reduces the brightness, however addresses the White Level and Gamma imbalances.

Alternatively, this QHD panel will not be that nice for video games, particularly the fast-paced sort, because it’s merely a 60 Hz panel with middling response occasions. Thus, if gaming sits excessive in your listing of priorities, I’d advocate the FHD 120 Hz panel as an alternative, a novelty for the 14-inch phase. We haven’t but examined that one, however we’ll within the close to future and replace this part with a comparability between the 2 choices.

and efficiency

Our check mannequin is the top-tier Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV configuration with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 2060 65W dGPU and the Vega 7 iGPU embedded inside the AMD platform, which takes over with lighter use.

Asus additionally gives the G14 with the Ryzen 9 4900HS processor in some areas, however be mindful the 7 and the 9 are each Eight-Core/16-Thread processors with comparable traits, simply barely quicker clocks and improved built-in graphics for the 9, which doesn’t matter on this configuration anyway, because the Nvidia GPU handles the demanding masses.

Each of those HS APUs are just about the perfect AMD have to supply as of late, and stand for power-optimized variations of the extra widespread Ryzen H processors out there in bigger laptops. They’re designed the run at 35W and supply practically the identical efficiency as these 45W variants, making them nicely fitted to ultraportables reminiscent of this one. On prime of that, AMD solely permits entry to those HS processors to companions keen to hitch forces with them in an effort to guarantee these are solely applied in stable high quality merchandise. Thus, Asus have exclusivity on HS configurations as of April 2020, however different SKUs will likely be out there afterward.

And boy does the 4800HS on this laptop computer carry out nicely. However we’ll get to that in a sec.

First although, take into account that our evaluation unit is a pre-production mannequin with the software program out there as of late-March 2020 (BIOS 211, Armoury Crate 2.6.10, GeForce Sport Prepared 442.77 drivers), thus sure features may change with future software program updates. Nonetheless, our outcomes are consistent with the offered AMD/ASUS pointers, so they need to be principally what you’ll get with retail fashions. Moreover, we’ll replace if essential as soon as/if we get to check a closing variant.

The Ryzen 4000 platform is the main replace of this era, but it surely’s backed up by the help for quicker DDR4 3200 MHz RAM and M.2 PCIe x4 storage. Nevertheless, there’s a single M.2 SSD slot on the laptop computer, and a part of the RAM (Eight GB) is soldered on the motherboard, whereas the opposite is accessible inside by a spare DIMM.

Our configuration will get a RAM stick in that slot, for a complete of 16 GB of RAM in dual-channel, in addition to a 1 TB Intel 660p PCIe x4 SSD. That’s a QLC drive and is supposedly linked through a PCIe x4 connection, so not as quick as a few of the extra premium SSDs on the market. However with a PCIe x4 connection, it may be swapped for one thing quicker if wanted.

Understand that the bottom ranges that solely ship with Eight GB of RAM solely get single-channel reminiscence, and that takes a toll on the gaming efficiency with the current Home windows Installments. Meaning you’ll need to improve to a minimum of 16 GB of RAM on this laptop computer, irrespective of the configuration you find yourself getting.

Accessing the RAM and storage requires you to take away the again panel. It’s held in place by a handful of Philips screws (cautious they’re not the identical measurement, be sure to put them again the place they got here from) and Asus made the entire course of simpler by tweaking the plastic clamps and implementing a pop-up screw within the decrease proper nook, which pop-up the panel so you’ll be able to simply pry it open with a plastic card.

As for the GPU, This model of the G14 will get the quickest graphics out there in a sub-15 inch chassis, an RTX 2060 6GB 65W chip from Nvidia. That’s Max-Q, and never the full-power variant out there on bigger laptops, however nonetheless a stable performer and overclocked by default on the Turbo profile. Talking of, Asus gives for energy profiles for the GA401IV:

  • Silent – prioritizes decrease fan-noise and reduces CPU/GPU speeds and energy;
  • Efficiency – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings;
  • Turbo – Excessive-Efficiency profile with elevated CPU energy allocation and overclocked GPU.
  • Handbook – Identical as Turbo, however permits to manually create fan curves for the CPU and GPU primarily based on temperature thresholds. That’s one thing I’ve been lengthy ready for on ROG laptops.

Turbo/Handbook are solely out there with the laptop computer plugged-in, and is supposed for gaming and different demanding masses. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trade and what I’d advocate for day by day multitasking, whereas Silent is nice for video and light-use on battery, however makes the laptop computer considerably uneven with multitasking.

In fact, this Zephyrus G14 is not only a efficiency laptop computer and can even deal with on a regular basis multitasking, searching and video, whereas operating quietly and coolly, particularly on the Silent profile. Right here’s what to anticipate from this laptop computer with day by day use on Silent (Youtube, Netflix, Typing) and Efficiency (Searching).

Nevertheless, extra demanding masses and gaming is the place this shines, as these duties above may also be dealt with by each first rate ultrabook on the market. On to these, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing masses, and we do this by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, with the laptop computer on Turbo. Proper now there’s no approach to undervolt or tweak this CPU, so the Turbo Inventory profile is the perfect you’re going to get right here.

The Ryzen 7 4800HS processor settles for clock speeds of three.Four+ GHz, temperatures of round 77-80 levels Celsius and scores of 1670+ factors, with a TDP of above 42W for the primary 5-10 runs, however then it begins dropping in the direction of its inventory 35W TDP, with an impression over the scores, as illustrated within the graphics under.

Switching over to Efficiency doesn’t trigger a change in habits, solely this time the drop occurs just a few runs sooner. In each circumstances, the 4800HS processor stabilizes at round 35W after 15+ runs. Additional switching to Silent lowers the TDP much more, to round 25W. Lastly, on battery, the ability is proscribed at solely 25W and drops in the direction of 20W after a number of runs, within the Efficiency mode (Turbo is disabled on this case). Particulars under.

That apart, resulting from how briskly this APU finishes the R15 stress check, we’ve additionally run the longer R20 in a loop to confirm our above findings.

Subsequent, I’ve additionally added just a few charts evaluating the 4800HS in Cinebench/3Dmark benchmarks with the full-power Ryzen 7 4800H, the earlier era Ryzen 7 3750H and a few of the current Intel counterparts, such because the mainstream Core i7-9750H and i5-9300H, in addition to the top-end i9-9880H.

Lastly, we ran the Prime95 CPU stress check, to see how the 4800HS behaves on this unrealistic 100% all-core load. As proven within the Cinebench check, the CPU kicks in arduous at 42W for a couple of minutes, throughout which era the followers ramp as much as 46-47 dB at head-level, after which settles at 35W for the remainder of the check, with roughly 72-75 C temperatures and 44-45 dB followers. We ran this on the Turbo Profile.

Then, we ran a few of our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book. 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 flying colours. Luxmark Three.1, then again, totally masses each the CPU and GPU on the similar time. The GPU consistently runs at 65W, nonetheless, the CPU will not be correctly acknowledged by this check, as proven within the log.

Subsequent, we ran the whole suite of assessments and benchmarks, to begin with on the Efficiency profile in Armoury Crate.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13460 (Graphics – 14441, Physics – 20802);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5770 (Graphics – 5473, CPU – 8339);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3077;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3291;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 10636;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 40.63 common fps;
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5071, Multi-core: 27977;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1164, Multi-core: 7544;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1715 cb, CPU Single Core 186 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3864 cb, CPU Single Core 478 cb; ;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 215.26 fps, Cross 2 – 94.92 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 36.56 s.

Then we reran them on the Turbo profile.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13994 (Graphics – 14963 Physics – 20984);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6024 (Graphics – 5752, CPU – 8236);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3230;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3450;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 11055;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 41.79 common fps;
  • PassMark: Ranking: 5561, CPU mark: 19686, 3D Graphics Mark: 9318;
  • PCMark 10: 5292 (Necessities – 8277 , Productiveness – 7411 , Digital Content material Creation – 6558);
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5265, Multi-core: 29334;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1195, Multi-core: 7701;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1731 cb, CPU Single Core 188 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3928 cb, CPU Single Core 478 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 216.22 fps, Cross 2 – 98.14 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 35.58 s.

The GPU is already overclocked on the Turbo profile (+100 MHz Core/Reminiscence) and runs pretty sizzling in most video games and titles, so we didn’t push it any additional with MSI Afterburner on this case. I wouldn’t anticipate actual positive factors anyway, as proven with the full-power RTX 2060 in our Tuf Gaming FA506 evaluation.

Moreover, we additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the default Efficiency and Turbo profiles:

  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 3m 54s (Efficiency), 3m 44s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- GPU Compute: -;
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 11m 45s (Efficiency), 11m 32s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: -;
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU Not Supported;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 138.37 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 91.68 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 132.32 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 13.39 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 162.34 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 40.21 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 73.72 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 14.49 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 71.13 (Turbo).

As soon as extra, these are some wonderful outcomes, inside 5-10% of the full-power Ryzen 7 4800H processor and miles forward of lots of the current Intel mainstream competitors in Blender and the CPU intensive elements of Specviepwerf. Nonetheless, updates are coming for the Intel i7s as nicely with their 10th gen platform, so we’ll see how these truthful towards the AMD Ryzen H lineup in future articles.

With these out of the best way, let’s take a look at some video games. We ran a few DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles on the default Turbo/Silent modes, on FHD and QHD resolutions. Right here’s what we bought:

FHD Turbo FHD Silent QHD Turbo
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 74-88 fps 22-24 fps 56-64 fps
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS OFF) 36-44 fps 12-16 fps 20-28 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 84 fps 46 fps 59 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) N/A N/A 94 fps
Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 (DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA) 59 fps 56 fps 44 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 82 fps 62 fps 61 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 70 fps 57 fps 46 fps
Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Extremely Preset) 109 fps 27 fps 77 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four) 58-90 fps 54-66 fps 48-62 fps
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 Optimized profile primarily based on these settings.

The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Battlefield V and Witcher Three on the inventory Turbo FHD profile. Switching over to QHD doesn’t have any impression on our assessments, so these findings apply to each resolutions.

Each the CPU and GPU run sizzling on Turbo, with the CPU consistently hitting temperatures within the mid and excessive 90s, and the GPU averaging high-70s to low-80s. That’s not surprising given the laptop computer’s chassis. Moreover, barely elevating the laptop computer from the desk doesn’t do a lot right here, for the reason that Ergo Carry hinges already push the physique upwards and permit good airflow beneath. A cooling pad ought to nonetheless assist.

Gaming on the Efficiency profile tames down the followers to about 41-42 dB at head degree (40 dB in Armoury Crate), however the CPU/GPU frequencies take a small dip, resulting from operating at larger temperatures. The gaming expertise will not be considerably impacted, however I’d advocate enjoying your video games on Turbo and retaining these temperatures as little as attainable. The audio system do a reasonably good job at masking a lot of the noise, and headphones are a good better-suited resolution.

Gaming on Silent additional quiets down the followers to about 35-37 dB at head-level (33 dB in Armory Crate), but in addition vastly limits the efficiency of the CPU (restricted to 12W). the GPU tries to take over and runs at barely larger clocks and 65W, however reaches very excessive temperatures of 84-86 Celsius. Most video games nonetheless run OK on this mode, with decreased framerates, however the CPU heavy titles take an even bigger hit than others.

Lastly, gaming on battery (on Efficiency) will not be actually a factor right here primarily based on this pattern, because the is vastly restricted: the CPU at round Eight-12 W, and the GPU at 30W. We’ll look into this once more as soon as we get to check one other unit.

Drawing the road, this ROG Zephyrus G14 is a stable performer, particularly in GPU heavy purposes. Gaming and graphics skills are considerably drawn down by the applied 65W Nvidia GPU, however that’s the perfect you will get in a sub-15 inch format as of late. By far!

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The ROG Zephyrus G14 will get a fancy thermal module, with two giant followers (with mud exhaust channels) and a number of other heatpipes. Air is sucked in from the highest and backside, and pushed out by the cuts on the again and sides, as defined in a earlier part.

Even so, the G14 runs sizzling in complicated masses, as there’s no approach round physics with this one: cramming highly effective specs inside a compact chassis results in excessive temperatures and pretty noisy followers.

The CPU persistently averages temperatures within the mid 90s with video games, whereas the GPU settles for high-70s, low-80s in most titles, and a part of this warmth spreads onto the metallic chassis. We measured temperatures within the mid-50s on the inside deck, above the keyboard, high-40s within the keyboard space across the WASD keys, and mid-50s on the underbelly, across the exhaust. All these on the Turbo profile, with the followers ramping as much as round 44-46 dB at head degree.

You may as well choose to play video games on the Efficiency and Silent profiles. Silent is very fascinating because it tames down the followers to about 39-40 dB, but it surely throttles the CPU and takes a toll on fps counts, so it’s solely an choice for much less demanding or older titles. Moreover, each the parts and the chassis run even hotter on this energy profile, so I wouldn’t actually advocate it.

The 2 followers stay all the time energetic with day by day duties, even with essentially the most primary ones or when the laptop computer sits idle, however the spin slowly and quietly, so are solely audible in a superbly quiet room.

So far as fan-noise goes, I already talked about above our findings, however I’ll reiterate right here:

  • Turbo – 44-45 dB with video games (43 dB in Armoury Crate), 39-44 dB with Cinebench loop check;
  • Efficiency – 41-42 dB with video games (40 dB in Armoury Crate), 37-42 dB with Cinebench loop check;
  • Silent – 35-37 dB with video games (33 dB in Armoury Crate), 35-37 dB with Cinebench loop check, 30-33 dB (23 dB in Armoury Crate) with day by day use.

*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 30-33 dB (23 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Turbo– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 44-45 dB (43 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Silent– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 35-37 dB (33 dB in Armoury Crate)

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi AC and Bluetooth 5 by an Intel AX200 chip on this unit. Our G14 carried out nicely each close to the router and at 30+ ft away with obstacles in between, with out drops or different points.

The audio system are higher than I used to be anticipating on this little laptop computer. Asus put a quad-chamber system within the G14, with two important audio system firring by the underside and two smaller tweeters firing by the grills within the arm-rest.

The audio jack output can also be fairly stable right here, as my pair of Legion G500s sounded wealthy and clear hooked as much as this G14. Nonetheless, I’m no professional on the subject of headphones or audio basically, so it’s best to look into different critiques as nicely if this specific facet is essential for you.

Lastly, the digicam is positioned at… No, it’s not, there’s no digicam on this pocket book, solely a pair of microphones on the prime of the display. Asus went the identical strategy as on the higher-tier Zephyrus M and S lineups and gives an non-compulsory FHD exterior digicam to these , but it surely’s not included within the field and you need to pay additional for it.

Battery life

There’s a 76Wh battery inside this Rog Zephyrus G14 GA401, as soon as extra borrowed from the bigger 15-inch Zephyrus fashions, and that’s a good measurement for a 14-inch pocket book as of late.

I can’t inform you a lot about battery life although, because the Nvidia GPU didn’t deactivate correctly on our pre-production unit, and that result in skewed outcomes. I’ve requested Asus for an additional pattern and we’ll replace this part as soon as we get it.

Nonetheless, primarily based on our expertise with the full-size AMD Ryzen 7 4800H configuration, I’d say 6-Eight hours of video and Three-Four hours of real-life day by day multitasking are lifelike expectations for this pocket book.

I also needs to add that the GA401IV configuration comes with a redesigned and compact 180W power-brick, which nonetheless weighs .6 kilos with the included cables. A full-size brick was nonetheless required to energy the parts on this pocket book, however USB-C charging can also be supported by the USB-C port on the left aspect, at as much as 65W. Meaning you’ll be able to seize an USB-C charger on your day by day commute, and solely lug across the greater brick while you plan to run demanding chores or video games.

Value and availability

The Zephryus G14 will not be but available in shops on the time of this text, so we’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra. Within the meantime, you too can observe this hyperlink for the newest out there configurations and costs in your area.

Nevertheless, it’s listed for pre-order within the UK, at 1599 kilos for the top-tier configuration we’ve right here, or as little as 999 kilos for the entry-level variant.

Wanting on the different choices out there within the UK, 1599 GBP places this a little bit above ultraportables such because the MSI Status 14 or Razer Blade Stealth, and a little bit below RTX 2060 configurations of 15-inch ultraportables such because the MSI GS66 Stealth or Asus ROG Zephyrus M. And that’s the place I really feel this must place itself in an effort to be aggressive, so I can solely hope this type of pricing will even carry onto the US and different markets as nicely.

Remaining ideas

Let’s get again to these different choices talked about earlier.

The Zephyrus G14 is a 14-inch pocket book and smaller than even the smallest 15-inch efficiency ultraportables. However these supply issues this doesn’t: high-refresh panels or 4K color-accurate screens, quicker graphics with full-power RTX 2060 to RTX 2080 GPUs, in addition to higher thermals usually. The G14 has this beefy AMD Ryen platform on its aspect which excels in multithreaded masses, however remains to be restricted by the 65W GPU and its smaller chassis that results in excessive inside and exterior temperatures.

On the similar time, if efficiency will not be that necessary for you, ultrabooks such because the Razer Blade Stealth are extra moveable and lighter, whereas nonetheless offering a stable day by day expertise and a few gaming skills. Moreover, the usual hoard of premium ultrabooks such because the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre or Asus ZenBook are even smaller choices for these not fascinated with gaming and demanding masses.

And that’s why the G14 slots someplace between these segments, in a distinct segment of its personal, the place it reigns unchallenged, as essentially the most highly effective 14-inch pocket book of the second. Besides, this isn’t for everybody, and I can perceive why a few of you may go along with a few of the different forms of choices talked about above. However then once more, if each portability and energy matter for you, there’s no different pocket book like this Zephyrus G14 on the market proper now, and it may not be for some time.

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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 principally discover critiques and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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