ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Zephyrus G14
Laptop announced date: 30th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 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 G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile is not for modern gaming. Perhaps some modern indie games might run on it. Your GPU VRAM is important in modern gaming. The laptop’s GPU here has 4GB of VRAM which is just OK by todays game requirements. There are laptop GPU solutions with much more VRAM, which would be better if you are looking for a gaming laptop right now.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - The 14" is considered OK as a gaming laptop size. Any smaller and it would be tough to engage suitably with games. We would normally be aiming for 17 inch panels for a good gaming laptop dimension. However, they are heavier and bigger, so it really depends on how portable you want your laptop.
Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. The highest screen refresh rate for this laptop is 120Hz. This is a good refresh rate for gaming.
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Far Cry 6 or New World. The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile card that's powering the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 313 at min system specs and will run 0 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
With a P2P rating of 0 today the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own ROG Zephyrus G14 lineup, is currently placed at 9th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600HS 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
14 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz, 120Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti 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|
|R9 4900HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1499.99|
|R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,559.00|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,324.00|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,514.00|
|R7 4800HS GTX 1660 Ti 24GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,574.00|
|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|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the ROG Zephyrus G14 range. It currently offers % rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop scores % against it for price to performance.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this ROG Zephyrus G14 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. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 26% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600HS 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 466 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 499 games.
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 New World which shows our laptop CPU has 50% better performance than it. How about Battlefield 2042, where we see our CPU is 5% worse. Then there is 19% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 118% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 0 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 313 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 41% worse, and compared to New World it is 5% worse , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 48% worse performance.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 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 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 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. 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. A higher refresh rate is better and this ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 60Hz, 120Hz versions.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 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.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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
Incidentally our research shows the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS as our best priced 1440p monitor today. This monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and a price tag at the moment of $311.99. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken 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 best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. 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 $618 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 $549.99, which was on 13th Nov 2020.
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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?
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $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. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R5 4600HS GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.