ASUS Zenbook 13 UX325 - 2020 Model

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  1. Diversion

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    Seems like nobody in the USA have really received their UX325.. Just got mine (ordered from Amazon).

    2020 Zenbook 13 UX325J
    13.3" Sharp IGZO 1watt 1080p
    Intel i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake)
    8gb LPDDR4X-3200mhz (Dual Channel)
    512gb Samsung NVME SSD



    I had the Zenbook 14 from Best Buy (the popular one with MX350 and Ryzen 5) before this so if you want any comparisons, ask away and i'll be making them below as well.

    First thoughts.. Holy bright panel.. it uses a Sharp IGZO 13.3" model SHP10CD: https://www.panelook.com/LQ133M1JW40_Sharp_13.3_LCM_overview_40089.html

    It boasts 470 nits and i'd say for sure.. it's incredibly bright!

    Unit feels very solid, creaks a little when you grab it by the edges, but otherwise sturdy. All metal body.

    Keyboard feels great, good travel - good firmness.. Pine Gray model, you can actually SEE the keys unlike the Zenbook 14 (Silver) and the backlight is infinitely better (incredibly bright).

    Very light machine, Asus claims 2.35lb with the 1watt panel. I'll weight it shortly.

    Fan is running while it's doing updates but it's quiet and not high pitched, wooshy sounding very much like the Zenbook 14 (AMD,MX350).

    Screen is beautiful.... I thought the Zenbook 14 from Bestbuy was incredibly nice at 300nits, and very accurate but this blows that away.
     
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    Have you seen the newer models with OLED yet?
     
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    I have one arriving today, can I just use this thread to post my observations and benchmarks. I can compare them to another zenbook I have on hand with the ryzen 5 4500U and MX350 that I got at Bestbuy on sale for $549.
     
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    Since I live in Brazil I am taking the the Ryzen Zenbook for a friend as a special order and the the OLED one is for myself, if I like it, for watching moveis and such when I am travelling for my job.
     
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    Hi, I just got my UX325EA-KG245, OLED, Intel CPU (unfortunately no AMD options here).

    The screen is excellent, I've been using a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Book 12 during the past three years, and the OLED from this Asus easily tops the AMOLED of the Galaxy Book (brighter, wider color space, better colors in general).
    I had to struggle in order to install some drivers (Audio and Asus System Control Interface), since they sent the system into a blue screen loop of crashes (I suspect the culprit is Asus' installing utility, since I managed to solve the problem by extracting the drivers instead of installing them automatically, then going into the Device Manager and manually pointing the unrecognised devices to the specific driver paths).

    What I am disappointed with is finding out that undervolting has been disabled all over the field by Intel and OEM's (I was out of the loop for a while, since I hadn't changed the XTU settings in my Samsung for a few years).

    Does anybody know if there is any alternative options for undervolting this machine?
     
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    Yes, indeed very disappointing that undervolting is not possible with tigerllake U. The only way to reduce temperatures under load a bit is repasting and perhaps having some thermal pads touching the bottom cover, to act as a heatsink, but then it will also get too hot to place on lap.
     
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    haven't gotten around to repasting yet to test the results, since I only do light work on the laptop and watch movies on the OLED screen, which is nice. Gaming on this machine will only be on geforce now, so running cpu and graphics at 100% is not necessary yet.
     
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    I will have to do some repasting too, it seems.

    Also, another surprise: I wasn't able to make the High Performance or Power Saver plans show up, so I went into Regedit to make the single options show up within the Balanced Plan. And, guess what, the TDP section is completely gone. I cannot believe I have far more options for customisation in a Galaxy Book than in this laptop. Oh well.
     
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