ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K review, including today's price to performance
Laptop announced date: 27th September 2020
Last reviewed: 21st August 2020
FutureproofHigh/Ultra3 Years 10 MonthsLow/Medium8 Years 8 Months
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K 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.
Is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2020 with little problem. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2020 gaming. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - The system memory (32GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent2020 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
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. Look to the 17 inch laptops for a better physical screen size, so you can enjoy the games more clearly. That is our normal ideal gaming laptop screen size.
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. With just 60Hz refresh rate this is ok and passable for gaming, but ideally you are looking for a screen with a higher rate.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla. This is done in relation to its native 4K resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 500 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 490 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Comparing ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K will compare across all permutations of the ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
We score the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K3 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. This ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 configuration is placed at 2nd position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
32GB DDR4 3200MHz
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 368%worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $986.99. 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 334%worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Our laptop processor, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 496 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 35%better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 35%better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 35%better.
How does the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K 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 DUO 15 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 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 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 23%better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 490 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 50%better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 50%better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 50%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $19, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K 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.