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Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 review (2020 GU502LWS model – Core i7, RTX 2070 Super)

Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 overview (2020 GU502LWS mannequin – Core i7, RTX 2070 Tremendous)

That is our detailed overview of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M15, one of the fascinating efficiency and gaming ultraportable notebooks of the 2020 era.

It’s accessible in a few completely different configurations, and ours will get a 6Core Intel i7 processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 Tremendous graphics, and a 4k display screen with 100% AdobeRGB protection. There’s additionally a 240 Hz 3ms display screen possibility although, the apparent selection for avid gamers, and we’ll discuss it on this article, in addition to concerning the 8Core i7 CPU possibility which may even be accessible in some areas.

In only a few phrases, this laptop computer builds on the Zephyrus M GU502 from 2019, certainly one of our favourite ultraportables at the moment, thus has huge footwear to fill. The 2020 replace isn’t just a replace, though that’s is among the many causes you’ll need to think about this for a possible buy, but it surely additionally gives new design strains, a brand new keyboard, and Thunderbolt Three.

We’ve spent the previous few weeks with this 2020 ROG Zephyrus M15 as certainly one of our each day drivers, and the overview down under gathers all our ideas and impressions, with the positives and its quirks.

The specs sheet as reviewed

Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LWS
Display 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 px decision, IPS, 60 HZ, matte, AU Optronics B156ZAN03.1  panel
Processor Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10750H, 6C/12T
Video Intel UHD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB (80-90W Max-Q, Overclocked, GeForce 445.87), with Optimus
Reminiscence 32 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (16 GB soldered, 1x DIMM) – as much as 3200 MHz
Storage 1 TB PCIe SSD (Intel 660p), additional M.2 slot, RAID help
Connectivity WiFi 6 (Intel AX201) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.zero, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111)
Ports 1x USB-A Three.2 gen2, 2x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, video&charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic, Kensington Lock
Battery 76 Wh, 240 W energy adapter, 65W USB-C charging doable
Dimension 360 mm or 14.17” (w) x  252 mm or 9.92” (d) x 19.9 mm or .77” (h) – Prism fashions
18.9 mm or .73” (h) – Brushed Black model
Weight 2.02 kg (Four.45 lb), .78 kg (1.72 lbs) energy brick and cables, US model
Extras single-zone RGB backlit keyboard on the Prism Black/Grey fashions, per-key RGB on the Brushed Black variant, 2x 2W backside stereo audio system, no included webcam

Our unit is an early pattern supplied by Asus for the aim of this overview, and it carried out simply as we’d anticipate from the ultimate retail fashions.

Retail configurations may get completely different quantities of reminiscence and storage, however for probably the most half, you’ll get 4 completely different 2020 Zephyrus M15 GU502 variations:

  • the Zephyrus M15 GU502LWS, with RTX 2070 Tremendous 90W graphics;
  • the Zephyrus M15 GU502LW, with RTX 2070 90W graphics;
  • the Zephyrus M15 GU502LV, with RTX 2060 90W graphics;
  • the Zephyrus M15 GU502LV, with GTX 1660Ti 80W graphics.

These are additionally accessible in a number of completely different design choices (Prism Black, Prism Grey, Commonplace Black), with both a 6Core i7-10750H or 8Core i7-10875H CPU, varied RAM (there’s 2933 MHz DDR4 reminiscence on this pattern, however 3200 MHz can also be supported) and storage configurations, in addition to a number of display screen variants (FHD 144 Hz, FHD 240 Hz 3ms 100% sRGB or 4K 60 Hz 100% AdobeRGB).

Design and exterior

Asus gives the Zephyrus M15 in three variations. The Brushed Black mannequin will get a magnesium inside and a brushed aluminum lid cowl, with a black ROG emblem, the identical design applied on the 2019 Zephyrus M and 2020 Zephyrus S15. It additionally will get a per-key RGB backlit keyboard.

The Prism Black and Prism Grey variations, then again, get the identical magnesium inside, however with a unique single-zone RGB keyboard and a redesigned exterior. The large ROG emblem has been changed with a way more delicate ROG plaque within the nook, identical to on the Zephyrus G14, and many of the lid is stuffed up with these Prism dots which light-up in numerous colours based mostly on how the sunshine round shines upon them. The lid is made out of plastic on these Prism fashions, although, and total these designs are 1 mm thicker than the usual Brushed Black variations.

As you discovered by now, our check unit is the Prism Black variant, however the Prism Grey mannequin is what I’d primarily take a look at, as it can do a greater job at hiding smudges and finger oil.

Design apart, the Zephyrus M15 is a compact and light-weight 15-inch pocket book, at round 2 kilos (or Four.Four lbs) on this top-tier variant. It’s additionally sturdily constructed, with little flex within the main-deck or the display screen, so a product that ought to age nicely.

Asus additionally made positive that is additionally snug and ergonomic in each day use. All the sides and corners are blunted and simple on the wrists, and grippy rubber toes on the underside preserve this nicely in place.

The underside panel is made out of plastic on these M15s, and never from magnesium as on the Zephyrus S15, however I don’t see how this might trouble you in any approach. Whereas down right here, it is best to word that the again toes are taller to permit improved airflow beneath. The cooling system takes air from the underside and thru the keyboard and blows it out by means of the exhausts on the again and laterals, and we’ll discuss concerning the thermal efficiency in a bit.

The show is held in place by two lateral hinges, they usually permit to simply choose it up and modify the angle with a single hand whereas making certain it doesn’t wobble when typing. I nonetheless want the display screen might return previous 145 levels, however that’s not doable with this design.

And whereas I’m nitpicking, I do have to say that the standing LEDs and the facility button are nonetheless each backlit and positioned beneath the display screen, so that you’ll discover them when watching a film in a darkish room. I hoped Asus would implement the up to date energy button with an built-in finger-sensor that they placed on the G14, however they didn’t on this era.

The audio system haven’t modified both. They fireplace by means of the stomach and get pretty loud, however are the usual form of middling-quality audio system you’ll get with gaming laptops nowadays, so don’t anticipate a lot. Audio over the headphone jack is great, although.

Relating to the IO, Asus lastly included Thunderbolt Three help on the Zephyrus lineup, with video, information, and charging. This provides as much as the USB-A, HDMI, and Lan connectors, and many of the ports are lined on the left edge, with the USBs on the precise. Which means the one issues lacking listed below are a card-reader, in addition to any type of biometrics.

There’s additionally no webcam, a typical trait of all the Zephyrus lineup, and whereas Asus gives an excellent high quality FHD exterior webcam accent, that’s not included with the usual bundle and also you’ll have to purchase it on the aspect.

Keyboard and trackpad

Asus places good keyboards on their Zephyrus notebooks, and this one on the M15 is my second favourite after the one applied on the G14.

Nevertheless, needless to say Asus gives two completely different keyboard designs on the M15s. The Brushed Black variant, the one with the aluminum exterior, will get the per-key RGB keyboard additionally applied on the Zephyrus S15.

The newer Prism Black/Grey variations, then again, get a unique design with single-zone RGB management solely. I’ve added an image evaluating the keyboard on our Prism Black mannequin to the S15 keyboard.

So far as I can inform, the Prism M15 keyboard will get completely different rubber domes and a unique lighting implementation, and that’s why the sunshine tends to creep out from beneath the keycaps and shine onto the display screen’s chin, which will be annoying when utilizing the laptop computer at night time. Nevertheless, the illumination is barely extra seen with this method and the F1-F12 features keys are additionally utterly backlit, so that you’ll now not should guess the precise key when searching for a selected operate at night time.

So far as utilizing this daily, I felt that this implementation is a greater match for my typing type than the keyboard on the S15 and G15 fashions. It’s nonetheless a shallow low-stroke implementation, however the suggestions is considerably softer and the keys don’t require as a lot pressure to actuate as on the S15, which favorably impacted my accuracy and typing pace.

Suggestions apart, the format is normal for a 15-inch Zephyrus, with full-size keys, a barely taller backside row of operate keys, squashed arrows, and the additional set of operate keys in the precise column and the top-left nook.

The clickpad is an identical to the one of many S15 and similar to what Asus places on their whole 15-inch Zephyrus and Studiobook lineup. It’s averagely sized and centered on the chassis, not beneath the House key. It’s additionally a clean glass floor with Precision drivers, and handles on a regular basis use and gestures simply fantastic.

The implementation can also be strong, and the floor doesn’t rattle or really feel low cost when tapped a bit of firmer. The physicals buttons are clean and clicky, but nonetheless a bit clunky.

Lastly, I’ll simply remind you that there are nonetheless no biometrics on this 2020 Zephyrus M15 GU502.


The 2020 Zephyrus M15 replace is offered with three display screen choices:

  • FHD 144Hz;
  • FHD 240Hz 3ms 100% sRGB protection, Pantone calibrated;
  • 4K UHD 60Hz 100% AdobeRGB protection, Pantone calibrated.

Our overview unit will get the latter, the high-resolution panel with 100% AdobeRGB coloration protection, an possibility focused at creators and professionals, and the identical that Asus places on their StudioBook W500 cell workstation.

That is shiny sufficient for many circumstances, at above 400-nits, doesn’t endure from dangerous gentle bleeding or uniformity points, and is nicely suited to color-accurate work. Asus throws in a Pantone calibration out of the field, however that’s just about normal nowadays on higher-tier laptops, and it is best to nonetheless additional calibrate this yourselves.

Right here’s what we acquired in our checks, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUO31EB (B156ZAN03.1);
  • Protection: 99.eight% sRGB, 99.Three% AdobeRGB, 87.Four% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.31;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 413 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1036:1;
  • White level: 6900 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.39 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.
  • Response: ~-ms GtG (supply).

Calibration barely lowers the utmost measured brightness by about 10%, however addresses the marginally skewed Gamma and White level.

I’ll additionally point out that this UHD panel takes a toll on the laptop computer’s battery life, and isn’t the best possibility for gaming. For that, select the 240Hz 3ms display screen as a substitute (the identical from the top-tier Zephryus G15 and 2019 Zephyrus M and S fashions), which will even shave off a number of tons of of the of your invoice that you just’re paying additional for the UHD possibility.

Right here’s what to anticipate, based mostly on our overview of the Zephyrus G15:

  • Panel HardwareID: Sharp SHP14F4 (LQ156M1JW16);
  • Protection: 99% sRGB, 70.5% AdobeRGB, 72.6% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.23;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 347 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1199:1;
  • White level: 7200 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.29 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.
  • Response: ~6s GtG.

Decrease-tier Zephyrus M15 fashions may solely ship with a 144 Hz panel, and Asus doesn’t point out many particulars about it. From what I can inform, that’s most likely the identical 144 Hz 62% sRGB panel included on the bottom configurations of the G15, and if that ends as much as be true, I’d avoid it: colours look washed out, and though the refresh is 144 Hz, the panel is pretty gradual and also you’ll expertise ghosting in fast-paced video games.

and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a top-specced configuration of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502, within the GU502LWS configuration with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 32 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz RAM, 512 GB of storage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 2070 Tremendous dGPU and the Intel UHD inside the Intel platform.

Earlier than we proceed, needless to say our overview unit is an early-production mannequin with the software program accessible as of mid-Could 2020 (BIOS 301, Armoury Crate 2.7.eight, GeForce Recreation Prepared 445.87 drivers). Primarily based on our findings and expertise with these platforms, little or no can change with future software program updates, so our outcomes are largely what you’ll get with the retail fashions as nicely.

Spec-wise, the 2020 Zephyrus M15 will get 10th gen Intel Comet Lake Core H processors, with both a 6Core (i7-10750H) or an 8Core (i7-10875H) possibility. This unit will get the i7-10750H, however if you happen to’re all in favour of how the i7-10875H performs in just about the identical chassis and thermal design, learn of overview of the Zephyrus S15.

The i7-10750H remains to be a 6-Core processor, identical to the i7-9750H within the earlier Zephyrus M era, however can run at increased Turbo speeds when allowed. That’s solely doable at high-power ranges, a typical flaw of this complete 14++++ nm Comet Lake platform, and we’ll get to that in a bit.

The 10th gen Intel platform additionally helps as much as 3200 MHz DDR4 reminiscence. 16 GB of RAM are soldered on the motherboard, and our unit additionally will get a 16 GB 3200 MHz DIMM from Micron, however the reminiscence solely works at 2933 MHz, and never at 3200 MHz as on the Zephyrus S15. The instruments that I attempted don’t provide a transparent reply on why this occurs, however I believe he soldered reminiscence solely runs at 2933 MHz on this implementation. I’m nonetheless wanting into it.

So far as storage goes, our unit will get a 1 TB Intel 660p SSD, which is a middling efficiency PCIe x4 drive, the sort Asus places on most of their Zephyrus configurations. It’s a lot quick for each day use, gaming, and most demanding purposes, simply know which you could substitute it with a sooner storage array if you happen to assume that might profit your workloads. There are two M.2 PCIe x4 SSD slots inside, with RAID zero/1 help.

I’ll additionally add that whereas the left SSD slot is positioned proper subsequent to one of many thermal heatpipes, Asus throws a thermal pad on high to assist with cooling and it runs at 45-50 levels with video games, so doesn’t get as scorching as on the TUF A15 or Zephyrus G14 designs. On high of that, you can even transfer the SSD in the precise slot if you happen to’re solely utilizing a single drive.

Lastly, for the GPU, this configuration will get the Nvidia 2070 Tremendous in a Max-Q implementation, with variable TDP limits between the a number of efficiency modes, beginning at 60W on the Silent profile, and as much as 105W in sure titles on the Turbo profile. The thermal module can address this type of energy, because it an identical to the one in cost for the RTX 2080 Tremendous within the 2020 Zephyrus S15, and was beforehand designed to chill a 115W RTX 2070 within the 2019 Zephyrus S era. On high of that, Asus additionally apply liquid steel thermal compound from the manufacturing facility on their whole 2020 ROG lineup.

Attending to the elements is simple peasy. The laptop computer opens from the underside, and the D-panel is held in place by a handful of Philips screws. Heads-up, Asus makes use of a number of completely different screw sizes, so be certain to fastidiously word the place every comes from, so you’ll be able to put them again of their proper place.

Inside you’ll discover the one RAM slot, the 2 SSD slots, the WiFi module, battery, the audio system, and the advanced thermal module.

Specs apart, Asus gives 4 energy profiles for the M15 GU502:

  • Silent – prioritizes decrease fan-noise and reduces CPU/GPU speeds and energy – GPU is proscribed to 60W;
  • Efficiency – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings – GPU restricted to 80W;
  • Turbo – Excessive-Efficiency profile with elevated CPU energy allocation and overclocked GPU (90-105W, +100 MHz Core/+130 MHz Reminiscence).
  • Guide – Similar 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.

Turbo/Guide are solely accessible with the laptop computer plugged-in and are meant for gaming and different demanding hundreds. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trades and what I’d suggest for each day multitasking and informal gaming, whereas Silent is nice for video and light-use on battery.

Additional GPU overclocking is feasible on Guide, however don’t anticipate a lot, because the chip is already significantly overclocked on the Turbo mode.

This Zephyrus M15 isn’t just a efficiency laptop computer, it could additionally deal with on a regular basis multitasking, searching, and video, whereas working quietly and coolly, particularly on the Silent profile. Right here’s what to anticipate.


You’ll need to run greater than only a browser and Netflix on this type of laptop computer although, so let’s see how this performs in demanding hundreds. We begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing 100% hundreds, and we try this by working Cinebench R15 for 15+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run.

The i7-10750H processor stabilizes at 63+W on Turbo, which interprets in frequencies of three.eight+ GHz and temperatures of 78+ C, in addition to scores of 1200+ factors. It runs at increased energy (as much as 95 W) and clocks for the primary loops, although, after which the system energy limits it at 70W.

Undervolting is disabled by default with the retail BIOS, on account of plundervolt. Nevertheless, undervolting all the way down to -80 mV is feasible in BIOS, within the Superior >> Voltage management part. Undervolted at -80mV, the CPU runs at 65+W and Four.zero+ GHz on this laptop computer, with temperatures of 76+ C and scores of 1250+ factors.

Dropping over to the Efficiency profile limits the CPU at 53W on this implementation, however with quieter followers and barely decrease temperatures. Silent, then again, limits the processor at 45+ W.

Lastly, on battery, the facility is proscribed to 45W, within the Efficiency mode (Turbo is disabled on this case). Particulars under.

In concept, the i7-10750H can maintain as much as Four.Three GHz Turbo clocks in all-core hundreds, and as much as 5.1 GHz in single-core hundreds (with Thermal velocity). In actuality, our unit does Three.eight+ GHz on Turbo at 63+W of energy, and Four.7 GHz on single-core hundreds.

Primarily based on our expertise with this i7 processor, undervolting, if doable, would permit pushing the frequencies to Four.1+ GHz in sustained hundreds, thus near the platform’s potential. As it’s, the sustained Cinebench outcomes are nearly common, and decrease than many i7-9750H implementations, which allowed undervolting. For comparability, the 2019 Zephyrus M gives sustained Four.zero+ GHz at 62W and 1250+ factors with a minor -50 mV undervolt.

Asus additionally gives an 8Core i7-10875H CPU possibility for the Zephyrus M15 lineup and based mostly on our expertise within the Zpehryus S15 implementation, that’s going to supply roughly 20-25% increased scores on this Cinebench multi-core loop check.

Subsequent, we’ve additional verified our findings with the longer Cinebench R20 loop check and the grotesque Prime 95. With Prime, the CPU kicks in arduous at round 85W for about 30 seconds, after which drops and stabilizes at 63W.

We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress checks on this pocket book, on the Turbo profile.

3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it and not using a drawback. Luxmark Three.1 totally hundreds each the CPU and GPU on the identical time. The GPU continually runs at round 90W on this check, and the CPU kicks in arduous at first however then stabilizes at 45W. On battery, each the CPU and the GPU cycle between excessive and throttled frequencies, so don’t anticipate a lot when it comes to efficiency whereas unplugged.

Subsequent, we ran all the suite of checks and benchmarks, on the inventory Turbo profile in Armoury Crate.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 17893 (Graphics – 21001, Physics – 17863);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4964;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 8032 (Graphics – 8227, CPU – 7082);
  • AIDA64 Reminiscence check: Write: Learn: 41487 MB/s, 39361 MB/s, Learn: 46533 MB/s, Latency: 63 ns;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5317;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 16474;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 35.54 common fps;
  • PassMark: Score: 5478 (CPU mark: 16272, 3D Graphics Mark: -, Disk Mark: 12437);
  • PCMark 10: 5276 (Necessities – 9289, Productiveness – 8555, Digital Content material Creation – 5016);
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5483, Multi-core: 25425;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1225, Multi-core: 6449;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1390 cb, CPU Single Core 192 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3100 cb, CPU Single Core 459 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 231.48 fps, Move 2 – 83.68 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 44.64 s.

We additionally ran some checks on the Silent profile, if you happen to’re all in favour of working demanding hundreds at low noise ranges (<40 dB).

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 14881 (Graphics – 18212, Physics – 14789);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4198;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6614 (Graphics – 6992, CPU – 5065);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 14115;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 28.68 common fps;
  • PassMark: Score: 3909 (CPU mark: 13009, 3D Graphics Mark: -, Disk Mark: 13392);
  • PCMark 10: 3924 (Necessities – 7322, Productiveness – 6310, Digital Content material Creation – 3549);
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 972, Multi-core: 5239;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1136 cb, CPU Single Core 151 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 2580 cb, CPU Single Core 364 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 53.86 s.

We’re taking a look at a roughly 15-20% lower in CPU and GPU efficiency in comparison with the Turbo profile, however considerably lowered noise ranges as nicely: as much as 39 dB at head stage, versus as much as 51 dB on Turbo.

Lastly, we reran a number of the checks on the -80mV Undervolted Turbo profile.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 17998 (Graphics – 21156, Physics – 17890);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 8077 (Graphics – 8317, CPU – 6994);
  • PCMark 10: 5263 (Necessities – 9263, Productiveness – 8518, Digital Content material Creation – 5014);
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1189, Multi-core: 6183;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1384 cb, CPU Single Core 189 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3156 cb, CPU Single Core 460 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 42.64 s.

So far as the GPU goes, it’s already overclocked on the Turbo profile (+1oo MHz Core, +130 MHz Reminiscence), and pushing it to +130 MHz Core/+150 MHz Reminiscence on the Guide profile returns minor to no beneficial properties.

We additionally ran some Workstation associated hundreds, on the Turbo and Silent profiles:

  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 5m 48s (Silent), 4m 32s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- GPU Compute: 1m 2s (CUDA), 32s (Optix);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 17m 45s (Silent), 14m 40s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 3m 8s (CUDA), 1m 52s (Optix);
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU Not correctly Supported;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 167.52 (Turbo), 156.27 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 133.96 (Turbo), 118.15 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 161.88 (Turbo), 153.12 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 19.65 (Turbo), 13.67 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 195.7 (Turbo), 207.47 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 54.86 (Turbo), 44.97 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 93.21 (Turbo), 94.2 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 19.79 (Turbo), 19.27 (Silent);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 83.49 (Turbo), 75.16 (Silent).

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 acquired:

Core i7-10750H + RTX 2070 Tremendous 90+W FHD Turbo FHD Turbo UV FHD Efficiency FHD Silent QHD Turbo, exterior UHD Turbo
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 113 fps (74 fps – 1% low) 98 fps (74 fps – 1% low) 87 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 73 fps (55 fps – 1% low) 42 fps (35 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS OFF) 101 fps (70 fps – 1% low) 93 fps (64 fps – 1% low) 82 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 70 fps (53 fps – 1% low) 34 fps (27 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 105 fps (81 fps – 1% low) 107 fps (82 fps – 1% low) 99 fps (76 fps – 1% low) 83 fps (60 fps – 1% low) 81 fps (62 fps – 1% low) 42 fps (37 fps – 1% low)
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 134 fps (92 fps – 1% low) 131 fps (95 fps – 1% low) 131 fps (93 fps – 1% low) 91 fps (42 fps – 1% low) 102 fps (51 fps – 1% low) 55 fps (46 fps – 1% low)
Pink Useless Redemption 2 (DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA) 84 fps (67 fps – 1% low) 85 fps (65 fps – 1% low) 76 fps (60 fps – 1% low) 56 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 64 fps (49 fps – 1% low) 36 fps (29 fps – 1% low)
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 68 fps (43 fps – 1% low) 66 fps (48 fps – 1% low) 65 fps (41 fps – 1% low) 56 fps (39 fps – 1% low) 92 fps (51 fps – 1% low) 42 fps (31 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 86 fps (56 fps – 1% low) 85 fps (75 fps – 1% low) 78 fps (48 fps – 1% low) 65 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 68 fps (52 fps – 1% low) 36 fps (30 fps – 1% low)
Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Extremely Preset) 145 fps (109 fps – 1% low) 141 fps (107 fps – 1% low) 134 fps (101 fps – 1% low) 97 fps (60 fps – 1% low) 113 fps (89 fps – 1% low) 62 fps (52 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four) 84-115 min-max fps
(98 fps avg, 71 fps – 1% low)
78-116 min-max fps
(99 fps avg, 68 fps – 1% low)
70-101 min-max fps
(92 fps avg, 67 fps – 1% low)
65-96 min-max fps
(78 fps avg, 55 fps – 1% low)
56-85 min-max fps
(73 fps avg, 53 fps – 1% low)
37-50 min-max fps
(43 fps avg, 36 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 Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Pink Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile based mostly on these settings.

The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Pink Useless Redemption 2, and Witcher Three on the inventory Turbo profile.

Each the CPU and GPU run pretty scorching on Turbo. The CPU peaks at temperatures within the high-80s in Far Cry 5 and high-70s in Witcher Three and Pink Useless 2, and the GPU averages low-80s in all titles, whereas the followers ramp as much as 51-52 dB at head stage (51 dB in Armoury Crate).

Barely elevating the laptop computer from the desk makes a small distinction right here, shaving 2-Four levels off each the CPU and GPU, and the identical factor occurs when hooking up an exterior monitor and deactivating the inner display screen. You too can comfortably recreation on this laptop computer with the lid closed, whereas hooked to that exterior monitor and exterior peripherals, and the thermal design makes it an excellent match for a vertical stand.

Gaming on the Turbo undervolted profile doesn’t assist a lot right here. The CPU runs at barely increased frequencies, and that suffocates the GPU, which consequently runs barely slower, and that causes a slight drop in efficiency in most titles as soon as the warmth builds up.

Gaming on the Efficiency profile tames down the followers to about 46-47 dB at head stage (46 dB in Armoury Crate), whereas limiting the GPU at 80W. This enables the CPU to run at increased clocks than on Turbo, however nonetheless interprets in a 5-10% drop in framerates throughout the board, with roughly the identical thermal readings.

Gaming on Silent additional quiets down the followers to about 38-39 dB at head-level (38 dB in Armory Crate), but additionally additional limits the efficiency of the CPU (to 15-18W) and GPU (to 50-60W). Most titles nonetheless run nicely on this Silent profile and at cheap temperatures. We haven’t encountered any of the thermal throttling skilled on the Zephyrus S15 on this mode.

Lastly, working fashionable video games on battery (on Efficiency) was doable on this pattern, in contrast to on the Zephyrus S15 overview unit. The GPU is proscribed at round 30W and clock speeds of round 1000 MHz, so that you’ll more than likely should restrict the graphics particulars for 60+ framerates, but it surely doesn’t’ throttle to 300 MHz as on different implementations.

All in all, this ROG Zephyrus S15 is a strong performer in its class.

It trails the 8Core Intel or AMD ultraportables in demanding hundreds, however Asus permits the RTX 2070 Tremendous on this laptop computer to run at as much as 105W in sure titles, and that places this configuration inside 10% of the top-tier RTX 2080 Tremendous implementations within the Zephyrus S15 and Predator Triton 15 in most video games, with some titles benefiting extra from the RTX 2080, corresponding to Shadow of Tomb Raider.

Thus, if you happen to’re work gained’t profit from an 8Core processor and also you’re searching for a flexible 15-inch ultraportable laptop computer that may simply sort out AAA titles, this is without doubt one of the choices to think about. And take into account an 8Core i7-10875H variant may also be accessible in your area, however at a better worth.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The thermal design on this M15 configuration is an identical to the one applied on the Zephyrus S15, with two followers, a number of heatpipes and thermal plates, together with some on high of the VRMs and the Northbridge.

Asus additionally apply liquid-metal thermal compound on the CPU and GPU from the manufacturing facility, which helps higher switch out the warmth from the elements.

The elements run averagely scorching. On Turbo, the CPU peaks at temperatures within the high-80s in Far Cry 5 and high-70s in Witcher Three and Pink Useless 2, and the GPU averages low-80s in most demanding titles, whereas the followers ramp as much as 51-52 dB at head stage. Undervolting has a minor impression on these inside temperatures.

Gaming on the Efficiency profile tames down the followers to about 46-47 dB at head stage (46 dB in Armoury Crate), and barely limits the GPU efficiency, whereas the temperatures present little variations. Lastly, gaming on Silent additional quiets down the followers to about 38-39 dB at head-level (38 dB in Armory Crate), but additionally additional limits the efficiency.

So far as the exterior temperatures go, the inside hits low-50s within the hottest components across the heatpipes, however the decrease half and the WASD/arrow keys keep inside snug high-30s. The underside hits temperatures of 60+ levels in a small space across the heatpipes, however once more, many of the panel stays a lot cooler even when working video games.

Each followers stay lively on a regular basis, even with gentle use, however they spin quietly on Silent/Efficiency and are just about inaudible even in a silent room. You’ll hear them if you happen to preserve the laptop computer on Turbo whereas plugged-in.

Right here’s a round-up of our fan-noise measurements:

  • Turbo – 51-52 dB with video games (51 dB Armoury Crate), 51-52 dB with Cinebench loop check;
  • Efficiency – 46-47 dB with video games (46 dB Armoury Crate), 46-47 dB with Cinebench loop check;
  • Silent – 38-39 dB with video games (38 dB Armoury Crate), 38-39 dB with Cinebench loop check, 25-33 dB with Every day use.

And right here’s what we measured when it comes to chassis temperatures.

*Every day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 25-33 dB (23-29 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Turbo– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 51-52 dB (48 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Silent– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 38-39 dB (38 dB in Armoury Crate)

We’re utilizing a CAT S61 smartphone with a FLIR module for our thermal readings.

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 by means of an Intel AX201 chip on this unit, in addition to Gigabit Lan. Our M15 carried out nicely each close to the router and at 30+ toes 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 means of cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, they usually’re about common. We measured most volumes of round 83-85 dB at head-level, in order that they get pretty loud and don’t distort at excessive volumes. Nevertheless, the middling sound high quality and the anticipated lack of lows will steer you in direction of utilizing some correct headphones, which will even assist cover-up the fan noise whereas enjoying video games on Turbo. Audio over headphones is great, although, so far as our ears can inform.

As for the digicam, there’s isn’t any on this laptop computer, however there’s a pair of microphones on the backside of the display screen. An exterior FHD webcam is bundled in some areas, however not included by default in most.

Battery life

There’s a 76Wh battery inside this ROG Zephyrus M15, which is among the many smallest within the area of interest. Paired with the 4K display screen on this mannequin, don’t anticipate a lot when it comes to battery life right here, even when the system implements Optimus.

Right here’s what we acquired on our unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120-nits (50%):

  • 22 W (~Four+ of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Silent  Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14.zero W (~5 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.5 W (~6- h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 32 W (~2h 30 min of use) – searching in Edge, Efficiency Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 60 W (~1+76h of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Efficiency Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.

Asus pairs the laptop computer with a reasonably compact 240W power-brick, which nonetheless weighs .78 kilos with the included cables within the US model.

A full-size brick is required to energy the elements on this pocket book, however USB-C charging can also be supported by means of the USB-C port on the left aspect, at as much as 65W. You’d have to purchase that on the aspect in most areas, and needless to say solely the Efficiency energy profile is offered whereas on USB-C PowerDelivery, with restricted CPU/GPU energy, however sufficient for each day multitasking.

Worth and availability

The 2020 Zephyrus M15 is just not extensively stocked in shops on the time of this text.

The GU502LW configuration is listed in Europe at 2499 EUR MSRL, with the 4K display screen, i7-10750H processor, RTX 2070 90W graphics (2019 non-Tremendous variant, so far as I can inform), 16 GB of RAM (eight+eight) and 1 TB of storage. No phrase on the 2070 Tremendous model reviewed right here, or the lower-tier RTX 2060 and GTX 1660Ti fashions.

We’ll replace as soon as we all know extra. Within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs in your area on the time you’re studying this text.

Remaining ideas

All in all, this 2020 Asus Zephyrus M15 refines on the 2019 M sequence with up to date and extra highly effective , new display screen choices, Thunderbolt Three help, a redesigned exterior, and a barely revamped keyboard.

Efficiency-wise, I wouldn’t anticipate a lot to have modified when evaluating the 2019 and 2020 GTX 1660Ti or RTX 2060 configurations, however the 2020 mannequin can also be accessible in a robust RTX 2070 Tremendous 90W model, which to me makes extra sense on this type of a chassis than the full-power 115W RTX 2070 implementation within the Zephyrus S15. You do profit from the small, however probably necessary era updates: the redesigned exterior, Thunderbolt Three help and the brand new keyboard on the Prism fashions.

On high of that, creators are additionally supplied the choice for a color-accurate 4K panel now, which was not accessible earlier than and isn’t accessible for the S15. We’ll examine this Zephyrus M15 to the S15, G15, and G14 Zephyrus fashions in a separate article.

However, there are nonetheless some options lacking right here, corresponding to biometrics or front-speakers, and the M15 nonetheless comes among the many final in its phase at battery life, extra so on this 4K model.

Lastly, you must also think about pricing in your choice, and I can’t conclude on that for now, because the laptop computer is just not but extensively stocked in shops. If aggressive ($2399 or ideally much less for the RTX 2070 Tremendous model with 240 Hz display screen), this might find yourself a superb selection in its class, regardless of the fierce competitors on the market, such because the Acer Predator Triton 500, MSI GS66 Stealth or Razer Blade 15. We’re going to have a correct roundup comparability of all these efficiency ultraportables as soon as we get to check all of them, so stay up for our updates.

With that in thoughts we’ll wrap this up right here, however I’d love to listen to what you consider the Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LWS, so get in contact down under along with your suggestions or when you have any questions on it.

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

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