ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Strix G17 (2020) G732LXS-XS94
Laptop announced date: 7th June 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB 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 Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Is the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2021. 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 - With the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card this is an excellent gaming GPU for 2021 AAA gaming Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. Fortunately this GPU has 8GB, making it an excellent gamers choice of GPU.
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 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - The 17.3" of physical panel screen, found in this laptop, is an excellent size to deal with the viewability requirements of 2021 AAA gaming on the move. The hardware will still need to run the games properly but this is the right sort of size screen for modern mobile AAA gaming.
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. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 300Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Far Cry 6 at 1080p ultra settings. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 476 at recommended graphics requirements and then 499 games at their min specs.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
We really want to see how the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the ROG Strix G17 (2020) 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.
With a P2P rating currently of 6.2 out of 10 for the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. This ROG Strix G17 (2020) configuration is placed at 3rd 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.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.99||34%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,879.99||33%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,799.00||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 168% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our ROG Strix G17 (2020) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 134% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our ROG Strix G17 (2020) laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 23% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 474, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the New World which currently our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is 46% better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 35% better. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 17% better.
How does the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 476 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
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 Far Cry 6 delivers 4% better performance while against New World it’s 69% better and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 8% worse.
The ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB 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 Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 17.3" 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. You can find the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel with 300Hz refresh rate variants.
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. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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?
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
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 $311.99. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $618. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
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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.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020) i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. 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. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.