Last reviewed: 21st August 2020
Welcome to our ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - Our laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz processor is just about OK as a gamers processor. However, in a year or so this bit of hardware will start to show its age and performance when up against modern game requirements. This CPU has 4 cores, which is a good number for avoiding bottlenecked processes in modern AAA games.
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. With 8GB of VRAM available to the GPU, this graphics solution doesn’t have to worry about a shortage, when it comes to modern AAA gaming, making it an excellent choice..
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 - Today’s 2020 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. Exploring for a suitable gaming laptop, we look at 17 inches for the better viewing size, 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 - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. So refresh rates are pretty important.This laptop has an excellent screen for gaming with its 300Hz refresh rate. But look for a panel that is over 60Hz for a gaming laptop and that should be ok too.
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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 494 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 390 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Now let us compare the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $ of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
This laptop gets a 0 for P2P. Here we look at how our version of this ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 4th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|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 i5-10300H 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||100%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K||$4,999.11||100%|
|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|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $986.99. This ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 100% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $858.54. The ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 laptop in this review is 100% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 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. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 120% better compared to our laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 451 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 16% worse in performance. Compared to Watch Dogs Legion our laptop processor is 16% worse.
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 40% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 390 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 494 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
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 GPU GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q against Cyberpunk 2077. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 31% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop was 31% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we saw our review laptop get 31% better compared to our laptop gpu.
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15.6" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 300Hz refresh rate 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. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
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.
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 well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $294.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $272.99, which we tracked 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. 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 $799 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 $797.05, which was 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.
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i5-10300H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $19. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. 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|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, priced at $47.14. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.