ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Zephyrus G14
Laptop announced date: 23rd March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor, the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card is considered good for modern 2021 AAA gaming. This laptop has 6GB of VRAM available. This graphics solution has a good amount for today’s gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - Our laptop’s 14" is OK for gamers of today, but certainly consider going for a larger screen size if gaming is your primary focus. Games of 2021 would still run on this machine, providing the hardware meets their requirements, but the panel size may cause some visual problems during some games. Exploring for a suitable gaming laptop, we look at 17 inches for the better viewing size, 15 inches is always a good size if portability is more your focus, but in our minds we want the largest screen size while still being portable, so we can more clearly see the games.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. Keeping that in mind, this laptop can come with a good 120Hz refresh rate panel.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Far Cry 6, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. This laptop has the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 489 games at minimum system requirements and 277 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $1499.99 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 9.6 for P2P. There look to be a number of ROG Zephyrus G14 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 2nd in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
14 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,499.00||2%|
|R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1499.99||0%|
|R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,559.00||0%|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,324.00||1%|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,514.00||3%|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,574.00||5%|
|R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p||Price Unknown|
|R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p||Price Unknown|
|R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 48% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. The next best model is MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $1049. Our ROG Zephyrus G14 review laptop is 29% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 0% the same compared to our review laptop’s Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 499 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the God of War 2018 which currently our Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz is 56% better next let's see how well it runs against Forza Horizon 5. We can see it is 56% better. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 6% better.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 67% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Currently 277 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile. Or 489 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the God of War 2018 which currently our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is 10% better next let's see how well it runs against Forza Horizon 5. We can see it is 15% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 23% worse.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 14" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. What refresh rate does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 120Hz refresh rates.
Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $311.99 and would work well with our ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 9th Mar 2021, where we saw it was costing $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $618 and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $618 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
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So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.