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Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) (2023) Review And Specification

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) (2023) Performance

 The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) from Asus is one of the more well-balanced gaming laptops available right now, featuring new AMD technology. We've evaluated a number of various AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops in the recent months.

As long as you don't anticipate our review unit to be as small as the Zephyrus G14 and as powerful as the TUF Gaming A15s, you'll be impressed by pretty much everything else, including a high-quality display, plenty of memory, a brisk Max-Q processor, and a potent RTX 2060 graphics card.

In addition to the model we're examining today, Asus also offers the entry-level Zephyrus G15 GA502IU-ES76, which we reviewed here a few weeks ago. Depending on your gaming requirements and price range, both of these models are great choices.

 

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) Specification

  • Processor : AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 8 x 3 - 4.3 GHz, Renoir (Zen 2)
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q - 6 GB VRAM, GDDR6
  • Memory : 16 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, 3ms, glossy: no, 240 Hz
  • Storage : 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Connections : 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
  • Networking : 10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 20.4 x 360 x 252 ( = 0.8 x 14.17 x 9.92 in)
  • Battery : 76 Wh Lithium-Polymer
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
  • Weight : 2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

Design


With a weight of about 4.6 pounds, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GA502 is a small and lightweight laptop. The lid cover, highlighted with a black ROG emblem from Asus, is constructed of brushed black metal, but the interior and bottom are plastic.

In this review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, we can attest that this gaming laptop has a clean, polished appearance, sans branding, and is free of distracting lights other than the status LEDs and the power button, which are permanently lit and located below the screen.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) (2023)

 

The construction quality is acceptable as well, with little chassis or lid flex and well-polished edges and corners. However, unlike most other laptops we've lately tested, the lid and interior are a fingerprint and smudge magnet.

Ports


The majority of the laptop's connections are positioned on the left side, but closer to the middle, in order to allow the thermal design surrounding the rear. If you want to utilize the power plug, LAN, or HDMI cables, they will obstruct your view.

Only USB ports are present on the right, leaving space for your mouse in portion of that area. Although this laptop lacks Thunderbolt 3 and a card reader, it does have a USB-C connector that can be used to charge other devices in case you need to pack a power supply.

 

Like the entire Asus ROG Zephyrus GA502 family, it lacks a finger sensor and an IR camera. In fact, there is no camera at all. However, it does feature some microphones hidden beneath the display. Small bezels appear around the top and side of the screen as a result.

 

Keyboard & Touchpad

The Asus Zephyrus G15's specifications are excellent, but its touchpad and keyboard aren't.

With full-size chiclet keys, tiny arrows, an additional functions column to the right, and dedicated volume keys in the top-left corner, the keyboard has an excellent layout. But unlike on the more expensive Zephyrus devices, typing on this keyboard feels a bit shallow and sloppy. Even while the G14's keyboard initially appears to be very similar to the Zephyrus M model, it nonetheless stands out as a capable typer.

 

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) (2023) Design

You only get white LEDs on this keyboard instead of RGB lighting. The type on each key is clearly apparent on this Black/White theme thanks to their brightness, although some of the keycaps have light leaking under them.

The clickpad is a little plastic surface with clumsy clicks, although it functions well enough for regular use that it isn't particularly noteworthy.

 

Screen


Two screen options are available for the G15 from Asus: one has a 144Hz refresh rate and inferior brightness, color, and response times, and the other has a 240Hz refresh rate, 3ms response, 300+ nits of brightness, and 100% sRGB coverage. Our review unit uses the latter type, and it makes a huge difference. Both models are non-touch, matte, and 15.6 inches in size.

Although the response time is slower and the color gamut is rather wide with 100% sRGB, which is normal in this price range and also available on the TUF Gaming A15, the panel is perfectly calibrated out of the box and the 144Hz produces about 300 nits of brightness.

 

Performance


The top-of-the-line configuration of our review machine, the ROG GA502IV-PH96, includes an AMD Ryzen 9 4800HS processor, 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 6GB GDDR6 with ROG Boost. As configured, the G15 is more than simply a performance laptop; it is also capable of running quietly while handling regular multitasking, surfing, and video.

The graphics card utilized here, the GeForce RTX 2060, is far from being the underwhelming but capable middle child of Nvidia's GPU RTX 2000 Series. It brings a lot to the table, including full HD and QHD gaming mastery, and it allows you to take in the splendor of Nvidia's ray tracing future. More crucially, it can give a playable 4K experience, making it future-proof.

 

The ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA502IV-PH96) can play current games at respectable frame rates with medium-high settings in real-world gaming. It performs far better than its competitors when playing the Far Cry New Dawn benchmark (Very High, 1080p) than the Dell G5 15 SE (AMD Radeon RX 5600M GPU) and MSI Alpha 15 (AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU), which produce 44 and 35 frames per second, respectively.

 

The G15 achieves 80 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p), which is significantly more than the 57 fps category average. Once more, it outperforms the competition, including the Dell G5 15 SE, which only manages 56 frames per second while the MSI Alpha only manages 51. But the Legion 5 only managed 76 fps on Hitman (Ultra, 1080p), while the Razer Blade 15 Base managed 108 fps—still higher than the 63 fps category average.

The Asus Zephyrus G15 can definitely handle VR gaming, if that's what you're wondering. It scored 6,246 P on the VRMark Cyan benchmark, which evaluates VR performance, more than twice as many points as the 3,562 midrange gaming laptops.

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