Laptop announced date: 23rd March 2020
Last reviewed: 27th July 2020
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2020 gaming. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 8, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2020 gaming is dealt with well by the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. Not perfect but certainly this is a good gamer laptop choice of graphics card. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2020 gaming.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2020 gaming laptop. We normally look at 17 inches for a gaming laptop, but 15 is still the most popular choice for portability versus viewing screen size. But when looking for a portable gaming the larger screen size offered by a 17 inch means you can enjoy your games that little bit more. Its always going to come down to personal preference and there will surely be something to meet everyone’s tastes.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 240Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Cyberpunk 2077, Assassins Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 351 at recommended graphics requirements and then 492 games at their min specs.
We really want to see how the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the ROG Zephyrus G15 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
P2P rating of 9.8 today the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of ROG Zephyrus G15 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,299.99||9%|
|R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,399.99||0%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.99||15%|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $985.33. This ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 45% worse rating when comparing price to performance. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $858.54. We see our ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop scores 35% worse against it for price to performance.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 6% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 500 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Assassins Creed: Valhalla which shows our laptop CPU has 42% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where we see our CPU is 43% better. Then there is 59% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 76% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics hardware.
Today there are 351 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 492 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Assassins Creed: Valhalla which shows our laptop video card has 4% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where we see our GPU is 3% worse. Then there is 4% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 15.6" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. It’s worth noting that the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 240Hz.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. If the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $294.99. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it cost $272.99.
Why not grab a monitor like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $829.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $780 during recent weeks. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $797.05, which was on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, priced at $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $38, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the HyperX Cloud Stinger is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $30.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.