Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 - Potentially the Best Value for Money Gaming Laptop of 2021. 11

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 – Potentially the Best Value for Money Gaming Laptop of 2021.

We who doesn’t remember the 2020’s Zephyrus G14, it was an excellent laptop, and most probably the best value for a money gaming laptop of 2020, and just a few days back at the CES 2020 Asus released its successor the ROG Zephyrus G14, and G15 2021.

We will talk about the 15-inch model, as specs-wise it’s much superior to the 14-inch model. The ROG Zephyrus G15 has an amazing specs sheet just like its predecessor, and with the performance, I have seen on it, it can potentially be the best value for a money gaming laptop of 2021.

Here is a Detailed Review of the 2021 Asus ROG Zephyrus G15.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Specs Sheet

SpecificationsZephyrus G15
Display15.6-inch Non-glare 1440P 165Hz, DCIP-3 100%
Pantone Validated
Response Time:3ms
IPS-level
FreeSync
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
CPUAMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
GPU1) Nvidia RTX 3080
2) Nvidia RTX 3070
3) Nvidia RTX 3060
MemoryDDR4 3200MHz SDRAM
Up to 32GB
StorageM.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 1TB Storage
ConnectivityWifi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
I/O Ports1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.0b
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x RJ45 LAN port
1x card reader (microSD)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery
SecurityFingerprint Sensor
CameraNo.
Power90W-Hour Battery
200W Ac Adapter.

Specification Details
https://rog.asus.com/us/laptops/rog-zephyrus/2021-rog-zephyrus-g15-series/spec

Design and Build Quality

Design is wise there is no difference between the 2020 G14 and 2021 G15, it has the same dotted design on the top, with the same ROG logo at the bottom left corner, but the 2021 model has a prismatic design going through the dotted design, other than that there is not much difference between the previous and current model.
And yeah unlike the previous model this time there is no anime matrix, it was good for aesthetics, but it simply raised the price of the laptop for no gain in terms of performance.

Build quality wise, it has a half polycarbonate and half magnesium.
The chassis is kind of perfect for laptop, its sturdy, light, well built, looks and feels premium.

And one of the defining features of the laptop, just like the previous-gen is when the lid is opened it lifts the bottom of the laptop, which gives an excellent position for the keyboard and also improves airflow.

Display

Zephyrus G15

Zephyrus G15 has a 15.6-inch IPS-Level Non-glare 1440P 165Hz Display, with a 100% DCIP-3 rating, is Pantone Validated, with a Response Time of 3ms, and supports FreeSync.

This panel is amazing for content creator, with its excellent color accuracy, and is also excellent for games which either demands more color accuracy with less frame rates(under 100) like GTA V or Valorant, or demands lesser color accuracy with higher frame rates(more than 120Hz), like CS:GO, but if the game need both, then it puts a strain on the display, if played for long hours.

Performance

Zephyrus G15

CPU

Performance-wise the 2021 Zephyrus G15 is powered by the best laptop CPU of 2021, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900Hs, this CPU is a beast, there is no other laptop CPU that can compete with it, and also it performs almost the same as the Core i7-10700K the current best 8-Core Intel CPU.
Simply Amazing.

CPUScore
Zephyrus G15(5900Hs)12318
Zephyrus G14(4900Hs)10993
Core i9-10980HK10770
Core i7-10700K12720
Cinebench R23 Multicore Score.

GPU

Again we have the option to get the best the Nvidia RTX 3080, there is also options for RTX 3070 and RTX 3060.

But there is a problem with the RTX 3080, you see it’s a relatively thin laptop and doesn’t give much power to the GPU, it’s 80W in normal mode and 100W in Dynamic mode, so you won’t be able to the best performance form the 3080.
The 3070 is at the sweet spot, the power delivered is almost perfect for the GPU, and gives the best performance.

Even when the benchmarks are compared, there is vey less difference between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 on the G15, and when the G15(RTX 3080) is compared with the Zephyrus Duo 15(RTX 3080), the difference is huge.

GPUScore
Zephyrus G15(RTX 3080)24814
Zephyrus G15(RTX 3070)23118
Zephyrus Duo 15(RTX 3080)29377
fire strike graphics

The Ryzen 9 5900Hs+RTX 3070 has the best performance.
The only reason one would go for an RTX 3080 is when you specifically need those CUDA and Tensor Cores.

Thermals

Zephyrus G15

Just like the 2020 model, Zephyrus G15 has one of the best thermals on a laptop, and the best thermals for a thin and light gaming.
It’s running liquid metal, so issues with the thermals.

Memory and Storage

The RTX 3080 model has 16GB onboard DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM RAM and can be expanded upto 32GB, while the rest of the models had 8GB onboard RAM and can be expanded upto 24GB.
The onboard RAM is sorted into the motherboard, and only one slot is free, can be upgraded with a 16GB Stick.

As For Storage, all the models have the same storage, 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD.
And can be swapped with a 2TB drive.

Battery

Zephyrus G15

We got a 90Wh battery, the battery life is great, for a gaming laptop, you can easily get around 6-7 hours of battery life.
The Power brick is a 200W AC Adapter, and you can also charge the laptop through USB-C with a 100W brick.

I/O Ports

Zephyrus G15

1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.0b
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x RJ45 LAN port
1x card reader (microSD)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery

Keyboard and Trackpad

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 - Potentially the Best Value for Money Gaming Laptop of 2021. 12

The Keyboard is excellent, probably the best keyboard on a gaming laptop, the key travel is excellent and it’s comfortable to write on.
As for the Trackpad, it’s a glass trackpad, with great click experience, excellent accuracy, and click mechanics.

Audio

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 - Potentially the Best Value for Money Gaming Laptop of 2021. 13

Audio is above average for a gaming laptop, and average if we consider all the laptops, but nonetheless, it’s enough for more of the people out there.

ROG Zephyrus G15 Pricing and Expected Price in India.

The Base Model is priced at around $1500, and it goes all the way up to $2500 for the top end 5900HS+RTX 3080 Model.
The Mid variant, 5900Hs+RTX 3070 priced at around $1800 offers the best value for money, as even if you go for the 3080 model you won’t be getting much of an increase in performance from the 3070, so until and unless you absolutely need those CUDA and Tensor cores, going for the 3070 model is the best choice.

And as of now there is no information on its pricing in India, but given its predecessor’s performance in India, it will surely be releasing in India, and if we look at the previous generation, then there should be an increase of around $100 in pricing for the Indian market.
So around ₹1,15.000 for the Ryzen 9 5900HS+RTX 3060 model, but I think Asus would release a toned-down version of this laptop, something like a Ryzen 7 with RTX 3060, or Ryzen 7 with RTX 2060 or GTX 1660Ti

Conclusion

WoW!!!
The ROG Zephyrus G15 is one heck of a laptop, it supposedly has the best laptop CPU powering, has the best GPU(RTX 3070 for its power delivery), excellent thermals, fast RAM and fast storage, excellent display, excellent build quality, great keyboard and trackpad, good speakers for a gaming laptop, amazing battery life for a gaming laptop.
What more do you need.
It has an excellent value for money, and will most probably be the laptop of the year just like the previous years Zephyrus G14.
It’s just amazing, if you want to buy a laptop in this price segment, then you can easily go for the ROG Zephyrus G15 without any second thoughts.

Visual Image Credits
https://rog.asus.com/us/laptops/rog-zephyrus/2021-rog-zephyrus-g15-series/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Powered by Free CDN WordPress plugin

DMCA.com Protection Status