Laptop announced date: 30th March 2020
Last reviewed: 29th July 2020
Today's review of the gaming ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB 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 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - A Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. The processor in this laptop has 8 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop has a weak graphics solution in it with the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile. There are lots of better gaming graphics card choices and this is not a good gamers laptop choice. This GPU has 4GB of VRAM. This is considered an OK amount of VRAM for some of the modern game releases. If you are a gamer then perhaps look for a laptop with more VRAM.
System Memory - The system memory (16GB) 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 - Our laptop’s 14.0" is OK for gamers of today, but certainly consider going for a larger screen size if gaming is your primary focus. Games of 2020 would still run on this machine, providing the hardware meets their requirements, but the panel size may cause some visual problems during some games. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. The refresh rate for this laptop is just ok by modern gaming standards, with a 60Hz version panel available. You will want a higher refresh rate laptop screen if the laptop regularly gets a higher game frame per second number than the refresh rate number. So if you are getting 85FPS and your screen refresh rate is 60Hz, the laptop will always cap off at 60FPS, regardless of what the hardware can return.
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 315 games at their min specs and then 0 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own ROG Zephyrus G14 range.
With a P2P rating of 9.6 today the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of ROG Zephyrus G14 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 4th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
14.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 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||3%|
|R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1499.99||1%|
|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||2%|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,574.00||4%|
|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 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB 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 51% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. The next best model is Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $858.54. Our ROG Zephyrus G14 review laptop is 40% 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.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 6% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz.
The Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 500 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop CPU Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core 2.9GHz against Cyberpunk 2077. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 59% better performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop was 42% better in processor performance and another popular title today is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we saw our review laptop get 42% better compared to our laptop cpu.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. 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 157% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics hardware.
Today there are 0 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 315 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 40% worse, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 40% worse , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 40% worse performance.
With a 1080p native screen panel our ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 14.0" 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 have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. We can see 60Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's 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 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB 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. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $272.99, which we recorded on 5th Aug 2020.
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. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $799. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $797.05, which we recorded on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $19, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently 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.