The newest ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 and G15 have at last been launched, sporting the LED AniMe Matrix on its lid besides the AMD Ryzen™ 9 4900HS Processor 3.0 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.4 GHz) and the NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 Max-Q GDDR6 6GB GPU, but how does it perform in practice? That’s what this review is for!
Equipped with a 14-inch non-glare WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS-level panel, the Zephyrus G14 is easy to carry anywhere and slips into any conventional laptop bag or backpack. It’s 17.9mm thick, weighing at just 1.7kg. The screen also has narrow bezels, for more screen real estate and immersive viewing.
You get a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port socket, USB USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C socket, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A sockets, 1 HDMI 2.0b jack, 1 3.5mm headphone jack and 1 Kensington lock. It also has USB PD support.
The screen may be a mere 14-inches, but it has a 60Hz refresh rate, Pantone-validated and has 100% sRGB coverage. The discreet GPU utilizes the latest NVIDIA Turing design, capable of ray tracing. The whole package enables high-end lighting, shadows and so forth for some of the best graphics you could ask for, and in combination with computing technology that can lighten loads for heavy processes, it will function just as well for content creators, 3D modelling or deep learning. Since the refresh rate is stuck at 60Hz, players expecting better performance in FPS might find it lacking without the 120Hz or 144Hz capability. Still, hardware wise, you can’t turn your nose up at the ROG Zephyrus G14. It comes packing the AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS, RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB M.2 SSD.
While the Zephyrus G14 is dubbed a gaming laptop, it doesn’t come with the RGB keyboard many probably expect. Nonetheless, it’s got other nifty features such as Fingerprint Log-in – touch the power button to log in – and is very comfortable to use. It’s got Hotkeys for gaming-related purposes, for volume change, mic mute or just going straight to the Armory Crate for more options.
In regards to its thermals, it’s spread across four areas: above the keyboard, below the motor pen body, and on the left and right side. It uses an Ergo-Lift design, which helps in dissipating the heat b elow the laptop. With the in-built Armory Crate, you can further tweak the laptop’s conditions. It comes with gaming mode for Windows, Silent, Performance, Turbo and Manual presets depending on what you’re using your machine for.
ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS G14 SPECS
|Series||ROG Zephyrus G14|
|Design||Moonlight White with AniMe Matrix|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen™ 9 4900HS Processor 3.0 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.4 GHz)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 Max-Q GDDR6 6GB|
|Display||14-inch Non-glare WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS-level panel, 60Hz, 100% sRGB, Pantone® Validated, adaptive sync|
|DDR4 3200 8G*1 + 8G (on-board)
1x RAM Slot (used)
|ROM||PCIE NVME 1TB M.2 SSD|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||Intel Wi-Fi 6(Gig+)(802.11ax) 2*2
|Port||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort™ 1.4 and Power Delivery
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington lock
|Power||180W power adaptor
Support Type-C PD 3.0 up to 65W
|Battery||76Wh lithium-polymer battery|
|Keyboard||White backlit chiclet keyboard, N-Key rollover, Power key with Fingerprint, 1.7mm travel distance|
|Size||32.4cm x 22.2cm x 2cm|
|Extra||ROG Sleeve + ROG Impact Mouse + 65W PD Adapter|
|Warranty||2 Years Global Warranty
(1st year with Perfect Warranty)
Naturally, the laptop went through a battery of tests, which you can see below:
Scoring 70% in this test, the ROG Zephyrus G14 will comfortably run AAA games at High or Ultra quality without a sweat. With the 1TB SSD, it’s gonna store all the massive updates your games might need too, or just easily run whatever heavy loads you might need it for.
PC Mark 10
The AMYD Ryzen 9-4900HS outputted a 4124 point result in the multi-thread Cinebench R20 test, at fourth place when compared to similar processors.
Getting a high score of 5936 and maintaining 36, 56 FPS for the first test and 32, 64 FPS for the second test, 3D Mark shows the performance of the NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 Max-Q GDDR6 6GB of this machine.
ACTUAL GAMEPLAY TESTING
The scores are pretty and all, but how does it work in practice? We put the ROG Zephyrus G14 through several games in Turbo Mode:
Devil May Cry 5
VERDICT: IS IT WORTH?
As a whole, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 has an arresting design thanks to its AniMe Matrix module for that extra touch of personalization. It’s incredibly light despite being dubbed a gaming laptop, so you can imagine gaming on the go with ease.
The numbers show that the machine is certainly very capable of its gaming laptop moniker, so heavy gamers will not need to worry about its level of performance. Plus, if you’re a hobbyist looking to be more serious in creative editing works, the same performance the machine brings to games will apply to your creative work, and the large storage you have will give you plenty of room to play around with. Turbo Mode helps in further improving performance, but it does get a little noisy and the laptop can feel noticeably warmer. In order for the sounds not to be drown out, you might want to invest in a headset.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401I-VHA232T is priced at RM7,699.