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rog zephyrus g15 2020 review

ROG Zephyrus G15 AMD will either brand new Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs last week, and the very first laptop that I reviewed with that CPU was emphasized Bravo 70 And I have to say the performance of the CPU was just incredible, so I couldn’t wait to get started on the second laptop they came in, which is this one ROG Zephyrus G15 Now this is a 15-inch brother of the G 14 And I’m pretty sure you’ve seen some of those reviews online already.

rog zephyrus g15 2020 review

I’m going to be talking about today is what you should expect if you decide to purchase this gaming laptop, even though this ROG Zephyrus G15 is a bit more applied from the MSI Bravo 17 is actually positioned as a more affordable alternative to 14 So this is the most basic version and it will cost you around 1500 euros or dollars and for that, you will get a Ryzen 714 100 H as a 1660 Ti max Q GPU 16 gigabytes of memory, one terabyte SSD and 144 Hertz.

Product information rog zephyrus g15 2020 review

Style:AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS

Technical Details ROG Zephyrus G15

Standing screen display size‎15.6 Inches
Screen Resolution‎1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution‎1920 x 1080 Pixels
Processor‎4.2 GHz ryzen_7_4800h
RAM‎16 GB DDR4
Memory Speed‎3200 MHz
Hard Drive‎1 TB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics Coprocessor‎NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti
Chipset Brand‎NVIDIA
Card Description‎Dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size‎6 GB
Wireless Type‎Bluetooth, 802.11ax
Number of USB 3.0 Ports‎4

Other Technical Details rog zephyrus g15 2020 review

Brand‎ASUS
Series‎ROG Zephyrus G15
Item model number‎GA502IU-ES76
Hardware Platform‎PC
Operating System‎Windows 10 Home
Item Weight‎4.6 pounds
Product Dimensions‎14.2 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH‎14.2 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
Processor Brand‎AMD
Processor Count‎8
Computer Memory Type‎DDR4 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size‎1
Hard Drive Interface‎USB
Optical Drive Type‎No Optical Drive
Batteries‎1 Lithium-ion battery required. (included)

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45 Ryzen 5 5600H 256GB SSD GTX1650 4GB Graphics 15.6″ FHD 144Hz Gaming Laptop

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ROG Zephyrus G15

Now, if you have and you’re willing to spend a bit more money you can get a beefy version of the G 30, and it goes up to a Ryzen nine CPU an RT X 2060 GPU, you can get 32 gigabytes of RAM, and an A 240 parts IPS panel. Now I’ve been testing it and playing with it for the last few days and I cannot wait to share it with you guys. So without further ado, let’s begin. rog zephyrus g15 2020 review

ROG Zephyrus G15 side part

rog zephyrus g15 2020 review Design

Comes to the design of this laptop, ROG Zephyrus G15 really clean and sleek design but still manages to feel like an interesting ROG up product, and then just a simple black box. It reminds me a lot of the rugs car three laptop, and that was actually in a completely different class is just shy of two centimeters in height and just over two kilos in weight. So I’d say for a gaming laptop, it is pretty portable.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Design

The quality is also really good and the finished grapefruit has very nice rounded edges all over the metal dusky fingerprints but it’s not as bad as some other metal jobs I’ve seen so far. The battle itself is sturdy as well and it’s really nice to be able to open it with just one hand so it just gives a really good overall impression.

The inside is plastic but again, it feels sturdy, and I think that the plastic helps it be a bit more fingerprint resistant than the outside of the laptop. So honestly, sturdy plastic would be super thin metal, In my opinion.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Keyboard, Touchpad, Software

The bezels on the top and underside are very nice and thin but as you can see there was no webcam present that might be great for some but I can imagine that some of you really need to use a webcam every once in a while so make sure you know this, the keyboard of the rog zephyrus g15 2020 review is excellent.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Keyboard

It has a decent amount of trouble. Barely any flex in the chassis and it’s just really nice for gaming, and for typing the clear white backlighting on the diblock keys, makes them very easy to read, and it’s just looking good. I also appreciate the dedicated volume and mute button as well as the RG button to open the armory software which can be used to swap between different performance profiles, update your drivers or monitor your hardware.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Touchpad

Now the Precision Touchpad is decent enough but I do think the surface could have been a bit smoother, it just feels like there’s a bit more resistance than there should be no it’s fine really and the gamers will use a mouse, anyway, but it is not the best GarageBand on the market.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Connections, Charger

When it comes to the connectivity there is an Ethernet and HDMI on the left, along with a Type C USB 3.2 gen two ports, a USB three type a port, and a combined audio jack. On the right side, there are two more USB three type-A ports, there is no Thunderbolt connection, unfortunately, nor any SD card readers.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Connections

What is interesting though is that while the laptop comes with a pretty compact 180 Watts adapter. You can also use a Type C port to charge the laptop up to 65 watts. So, if you like to take your laptop to school or the office or sunlight use, you can just grab a super-compact type C charger and work all day leaving the regular high power charger at home for when you’re gaming.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Charger

ROG Zephyrus G15 CPU Performance, Gaming Performance

let’s talk about the performance and while MSI Bravo 17 actually had a price of 740 had an age. This laptop has a Ryzen 740 800 H S CPU and this is supposed to be an ace exclusive there is a slightly lower power version so this one is supposed to be rated at 35 Watts, while the regular 40 180 is supposed to be rated at 45 watts. So as expected, we can see the G 15 is slightly behind the Bravo 17 In all pure CPU performance benchmarks.

ROG Zephyrus G15 CPU Performance

Now it’s been really a huge difference, and it’s worth pointing out that we live at 40 100 HS still eats enterprise seven CPUs, or we can actually see in the MSI PS 66 and the GF 65 Here is a graph, which has slightly higher single-core performance, but it is limited by six cores in multi-threaded applications,

ROG Zephyrus G15 CPU Gaming Performance

looking at games we can see the 1400 HS really isn’t holding 1660 Ti maxView back as it comfortably leaves the Bravo 17 with the radio and RX 5500 M behind. So it actually gets quite close to the more expensive RT X 2060 options. Now the MSI GF 65 does have a bit of an edge in-game benchmarks since it uses the GTX 1660 Ti non-max Q. But still, these results are great even for some of the most demanding CPU-heavy titles so whatever games, you enjoy the G 50 should handle them comfortably.

ROG Zephyrus G15 CPU Battery Life, SSD Performance

So you might ask yourself why would you pay a bit more to get a lot of different forms a tiny bit less but the flip side of choosing a laptop that has a bit more efficient parts is the battery life and the battery life the Ducati is much better than most of its competitors in the reasonably heavy PCMark eight loop, it held around four and a half hours, and we’re watching Netflix where the display set to 180 minutes.

CPU Battery Life, SSD Performance

It actually lasted for seven and a half to eight hours, so there’s not quite Ultrabook results but for a gaming laptop that is actually really great battery life also quick shout out for the one terabyte SSD with aces, didn’t count on, and it’s actually one of the faster ones we find in laptops.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Thermals, Noise

One thing that really stood out while testing this laptop is that both CPU and GPU are getting quite hot while gaming so when I was playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is a very CPU heavy game, the CPU was panning out to 93 degrees Celsius, and the GPU at 86 degrees Celsius which is technically fine but still a lot hotter than I expected it to be so let’s open it up and see what’s going on with the cooling here.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Thermals, Noise

ROG Zephyrus G15 Internals, Maintenance, Upgrades

ROG Zephyrus G15 is actually very easy to open thanks when you pop up screw in the bottom right corner, unfortunately, de uses different sizes of screws so you really need to keep track of which one goes where. And I would say if they could really stick to just one size that will be great. Most of the internals are pretty straightforward here it is very easy to replace the battery, or add an extra NVMe SSD,

different sizes of screws

if you really think that one terabyte is not enough, the Wi Fi chip can be replaced as well but since this is a Wi-Fi six strip. There is no need to do so, unfortunately, there’s only one memory slot, and the other eight gigabytes is soldered on the reverse side of the motherboard so I don’t think 16 gigabytes will be a limitation for gamers here, But it’s good to know if you were planning to expand that you cannot go to 32 gigabytes of dual-channel memory, you should just purchase a 32-gigabyte version right away.

G15 Internals, Maintenance, Upgrades

ROG Zephyrus G15 Fixing the Vent Covers

Now what they find really interesting is that, while the bottom cover has vent holes above the CPU and GPU fans, they’re actually close from the inside with a piece of metal and a thin black sheet, so I decided to remove those and retest the laptop, and it actually showed some improvements in thermals, as well as the performance.

It did get a tiny bit louder when I removed them but the CPU temperatures were down by five degrees, the GPU temperature was down by 10 degrees, and both CPU, and if you run a bit faster. I did ask cases why they decided to do this, and their response was that it keeps the temperatures and some parts of the motherboard down.

but I don’t understand why they’re both there, to begin with, then, and after taking it off the keyboard was fine but the temperatures of the CPU and GPU was much lower, and the performance is better so for myself, I think we’re going to keep it off. But before you actually go and take off the conference for yourself, make sure you know that this will affect your warranty.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Display Performance

One thing that I’m a bit disappointed about is the display of this gaming laptop but I do have to give credit to Acers for actually listing that in their spec sheet. Now, the sRGB color gamut of this 144-hertz display is just barely mediocre, they promised 62% sRGB coverage while this market was doing 58% And that’s close enough to what they promised

but still not enough to recommend this laptop to anyone who’s going to do any photo or video editing, next to gaming. Now I do think that that is a bit of a missed opportunity because this AMD CPU would be great for these tests. Now they do say that the 240 hertz IPS panel version should have a full sRGB coverage so if you’re going to do any photo or video editing that is the version you should go for.

That doesn’t really matter much if most of what you do is gain, and it’s still really nice and fast. The contrast is very nice as well at 1406 to one, and I think it gives a very good impression in both past games, and immersion-style games, but the big brightness could have been a bit higher, but about 300 nits is fine for indoor use.

jilontanvir

Based out of USA , Jilon Tanvir has been testing, writing about consumer technology for a decade and then some. He joined ISO & Android Authority in 2020, before which he balanced his journalistic career with multiple start-ups including a makerspace. Jilon Tanvir is your go-to guy if you want to chat about travel, coffee, records, or vintage electronics.

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