Last reviewed: 21st August 2020
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2020 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2020 gaming is easily covered by the 32GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2020 gaming laptop. Our target size for a gaming laptop is 17 inches, 15 inches is always a good size if portability is more your focus, but in our minds we want the largest screen size while still being portable, so we can more clearly see the games.
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. After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 300Hz gaming laptop refresh rate. But otherwise for peace of mind, try and find a laptop panel that is more than 60Hz and that will still be ok.
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, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla 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 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 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 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 494 games at their min specs and then 390 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 DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB 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 DUO 15 range.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 5 for P2P. There look to be a number of ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 1st 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||Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2||$3,299.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K||$4,999.11||46%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
Lets now see how our ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 221% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $986.99. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $858.54. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 198% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. 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 Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 20% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Currently 498 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 37% better and then looking at Watch Dogs Legion our laptop CPU is 37% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 37% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 40% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 390 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 494 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 31% better, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 31% better , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 31% better performance.
With a 1080p native screen panel our ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 has a 15.6" 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. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 variant is available with 300Hz versions.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. 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.
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..
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 DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $294.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would 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. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $799 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit 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]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $11.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $19 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB 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. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.