ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Zephyrus G15 XS76
Laptop announced date: 23rd March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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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 - The Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. 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 - This laptop graphics solution can run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2021 and is a good gaming laptop GPU choice. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2021 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. We will go for a 17 inch screen size when choosing a laptop for gaming. And while the larger the screen the less portable the machine, the bigger screen balances out with better in-game viewability. And that is more important when wondering whether to go with a 1.5 Kg laptop or a 3.5Kg laptop for gaming for us.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 240Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
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 Far Cry 6, New World and Battlefield 2042 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. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 489 games at minimum system requirements and 273 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is getting a 8.5 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own ROG Zephyrus G15 lineup, is currently placed at 3rd once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|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||$1,549.00||18%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.99||12%|
|R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,799.00||0%|
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 G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 84% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 61% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 6% better compared to our 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 497 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.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Far Cry 6 and our laptop processor gets 0% better performance rating. Next we have New World where our CPU gets 58% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Battlefield 2042, which has a performance difference of : 12% better, when put against our laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 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.
Currently 273 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. Or 489 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is New World and our laptop GPU delivers 18% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Battlefield 2042 in which we see our laptop graphics has 36% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 27% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 240Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
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.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
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 G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $618. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. 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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Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
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 G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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 good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 R7 4800HS RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.