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ASUS ROG Strix G15 G512 Gaming Laptop

NEX score 62%

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Strix G15 G512 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop sitting at the entry-level of ROG's 2020 lineup. It is available with up to Intel i7-10750H CPU with NVIDIA RTX 2070 SUPER graphics.
Much like its bigger brother, the SCAR 15, the G15 G512 comes in a compact chassis. However, as a tuned-down version, the G15 has more limited RGB lighting and drops support for the 300Hz display. Nevertheless, the 240Hz / 3ms panel compares well in 2020 against models available from the competition. The ROG Strix G15 can be configured with up to 32GB DDR4-3200MHz memories and dual M.2 SSD running in RAID0. WiFi 6 is also newly available.
For those who demand a larger display, ASUS also offers the ROG Strix G17 that shares much of the same features with the G15.
For a more performance in basically the same chassis, ASUS markets the ROG Strix SCAR 15 and SCAR 17. The ROG Zephyrus S15 and S17 are ultra-portable options that do not sacrifice on performance. The Zephyrus M15 is a tuned-down version of the Zephyrus S15. The flagship this year is the Zephyrus Duo 15 that comes with dual 4K displays.
ASUS also markets AMD-powered Zephyrus G14 and G15 for those that prefer the red team.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Solid keyboard
  • Solid performance for the price
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Below-average battery life

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 62% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Good performance
  • Good keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor speakers
  • Slow Wi-Fi 6 connectivity
  • Low color space coverage
  • No G-Sync
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 / DP + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo + 1x RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
66 Wh
Camera | Front
Optional camera
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
2x 4.2W speaker with smart AMP technology or 2x 1.5W speaker

Dimensions

Size | Depth
275 mm
Size | Height
26 mm
Size | Width
360 mm
Weight
2.39 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Gamut
100% sRGB
Refresh Rate
144 or 240 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
Response Time
3 ms

Function

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB, GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, RTX 2060 6GB, RTX 2070 8GB, or RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB
Keyboard Backlight
4-zone or 1-zone RGB lighting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i5-10300H, i7-10750H, or i7-10875H
RGB Lighting
Aura Sync

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 32 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
230 W
Storage
Up to 2x 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 RAID0 + 1x SATA SSD

Production

Debut
2020-04

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
The ROG Strix Scar G15 uses liquid metal compound (usually made of mostly Gallium) instead of traditional thermal paste or a thermal pad in between the CPU and heatsink plate. It's better at conducting heat, and considering how hot the Core i9-10980HK seems to get, it's probably a good thing the ROG use liquid metal instead of paste. At 1080p ultra (or highest graphical settings), the Strixscar G15 spat out an average of 110 fps in Far Cry 5.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Loud fans
  • No webcam

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 51%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Strix G15 runs the Far Cry New Dawn benchmark at 57 fps, finally putting it above the category average. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 10 minutes and 28 seconds on the HandBrake benchmark. Asus' 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in a lengthy 41.81 seconds, translating to 130 MBps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Subpar speakers
  • Poor speakers

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
There is a healthy selection of integrated ports including RJ-45, HDMI, and USB-C with DisplayPort support. Thunderbolt 3 is not supported and there is no SD card reader. The Intel AX200 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. There is no integrated webcam which Asus says is due to the very narrow bezels around the display.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 144 Hz panel
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No integrated webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No SD card reader

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Strix G15 G512 looks and feels cheaper to the touch when compared to the ROG G531. Because of its extended rear, the system is larger than many other gaming laptops. The Intel AX201 comes standard on all SKUs for Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. Color space is narrow at just 60 percent of sRGB to be indicative of a budget display.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lid could be more flexible

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 45%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1. Average transmit rates are strangely slower this time around at 790 Mbps when connected to our Netgear RAX200 router. All benchmarks below were performed on Asus Turbo mode. Running Witcher 3 on Turbo mode would result in slightly faster clock rates and memory rates.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-contrast IPS display with high contrast ratio
  • Very good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support
  • Slow Wi-Fi 6 connectivity

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Asus uses the weakest version of the RTX 3080 laptop GPU that has an 80-watt TDP (100 watts including Dynamic Boost) The low TDP has a correspondingly negative impact on performance. As long as you limit yourself to the native resolution, the Zephyrus G15 delivers very good performance in games.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Low color space coverage
  • No G-Sync
  • No Thunderbolt 3

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Strix G15 is a far more straitlaced laptop, with no headline-grabbing gimmick on show. A newly launched Electro Punk design looks just as striking as it sounds, with a dark black chassis complimented by a hot pink rim and logo on the lid. An RGB light strip also runs around the bottom edge of the main chassis, which is bound to be accused of being ‘overbearing' by those who prefer a minimalist approach.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 GPU
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar G15 Review: Fast, Loud, and Expensive as Hell. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/asus-rog-strix-scar-g15-review-fast-loud-and-expensi-1844932609. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Strix G15 (G512LI) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-g15-g512li. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS Debut: Asus Zephyrus G15 GA502IU Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Ryzen-7-4800HS-Debut-Asus-Zephyrus-G15-GA502IU-Laptop-Review.492255.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI Laptop Review: $1000 USD for GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics is Too Much. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-G15-G512LI-Laptop-Review-1000-USD-for-GeForce-GTX-1650-Ti-Graphics-is-Too-Much.481221.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW Laptop Review: Much Better Than The G512LI. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-G15-G512LW-Laptop-Review-Much-Better-Than-The-G512LI.501636.0.html. 2020-11-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop review: Eye-catcher. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Zephyrus-G15-laptop-review-Eye-catcher.517789.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Hands on: Asus ROG Strix G15 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-g15. 2020-04-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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