Laptop announced date: 30th March 2020
Last reviewed: 29th July 2020
Today's review of the gaming ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - With the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2020 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile comes with a good performing graphics card for AAA 2020 gaming. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is a good amount for AAA gaming but you could find other modern GPU’s that provide more.
System Memory - The system memory (24GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2020 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - Today’s 2020 gaming is met most of the time by the performance provided by the 14.0" panel. There may be some games that are tricky to view, like the in-game menus or text, the smaller the screen size the smaller the text will be in game. This is an OK screen size for gaming, but certainly not a first choice for serious gamers. Our preference for gaming laptops is actually 17 inch, which provides plenty of screen real estate for the in-game detail, while still providing a portable enough PC.
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. Now that we understand the importance of refresh rates and how they influence gaming laptops, let’s look at this laptop’s screen. It’s a good for gaming with a 120Hz refresh rate, which means it can get FPS in games up to that amount.
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 493 games at minimum system requirements and 364 games at their recommended system requirements.
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the ROG Zephyrus G14 model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
With a P2P rating currently of 9.6 out of 10 for the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. Looking at how this configuration of the ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 3rd spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||24GB DDR4 3200MHz|
14.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB 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||0%|
|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|
How about we compare our ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($986.99) and our laptop is 50% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $858.54 and our laptop gets 40% worse against its price to performance rating.
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. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 0% the same in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Interestingly we can see 500 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 500 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at 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 Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop CPU has 45% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our CPU is 45% better. Then there is 61% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 59% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile from our review laptop.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 364 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 493 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop video card is 16% better and then looking at Watch Dogs Legion our laptop GPU is 16% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 16% better.
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 14.0" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. A higher refresh rate is better and this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 120Hz versions.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. 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 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
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.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and 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.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $829.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $799, 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 11th Aug 2020, it reached the lower price of $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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, it's 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.
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $11.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $19, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB 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 $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.