ASUS ZEPHYRUS GA 502 with AMD Ryzen CPU

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  1. IKAS V

    IKAS V Notebook Prophet

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    More info

    https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/ROG-Zephyrus-G-GA502/


    I’m excited for this laptop because of the AMD and Nvidia combo, at 35W the 3750H should run cool and the GTX 1660Ti should pretty much handle most games at high settings at 1080P for a very good gaming experience , best part is it’s fairly cheap but still very powerful.
    The hardware should be a great match for each other not the most powerful but still great for gaming.
     
  2. PJPeter

    PJPeter Notebook Deity

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    Me too!

    Here is a comparison between my Razer Blade Base 1060 MaxQ and this GA502 GTX1660TI MaxQ (60W):

    https://www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/7111916/spy/6932283#

    Since it's only quad core and i5 level the CPU bench takes a hit but I'd happily trade that for less noise heat and longer battery life (assuming the idle power draw on the 3750H isn't too steep, it should be good). Thin and light 180W power brick is great. Plus is has usb c charging/power draw for idle/off charging on the go.

    There are videos of unboxing, but nothing more. NewEgg sold out but Best Buy USA still has stock at $1199 USD.

    I'd really like to know how loud it gets and temps under load, level of performance on battery and quality of construction.

    Too bad the base of the laptop is plastic but the price is great and if it's solid, I'm planning to return my Blade Base and get it for a 25-35% GPU boost, bigger SSD, battery and faster refresh screen for $50 less than I paid for the Blade :).

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    Peter
     
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    One good thing about a plastic build is it doesn’t retain heat like a metal build but as long as it’s solid that’s fine.
     
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    corteen Notebook Consultant

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    I picked one of these up at Best Buy and I am quiet surprised at how well it performs in real world gaming.
    I played Destiny 2 on high settings for 90 minutes and the temps never went over 75 degrees on both the CPU and GPU. Fans were a little quieter than my Razer Blade and other Zephyrus (GX701).
    Build quality is decent and screen has very little backlight bleed - overall am quite impressed with the build, performance etc for the price.
    I opened up the chassis and added an additional NVME drive for storage - easy to access and took about 10 minutes.
     
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    Any chance you can do a DB test when gaming? Was it on Auto fan or Max fan profile?
     
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    Thanks that's great to hear it's quieter and solid. My old Gigabyte P34G just sort of fell apart on the plastic side.

    Any chance you can do a TimeSpy test with between 20 and 50% battery? Some systems really throttle when running anything intense on battery while others give consistent results (75-95% of plugged in performance) until they hit battery saving mode. It'd be great know if this can handle it since the 35W CPU and 60W GPU should let it do great.

    Would appreciate it so much, I'm in Canada or I'd run out to Best Buy and buy it right now and try it.

    Thanks,
    Peter
     
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    Sounds like a good buy!
    Anyone had a chance to test battery life yet? I know it might be short when gaming but what about non gaming?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Does usb type c pd charging work? The kitguru video mentions at 9 min. On reddit someone said that it doesn’t work, looking for confirmation here. Also if anyone who does have it, are you able to set the 1660ti as the physx processor in nvidia settings so the hdmi port works out of the dGPU and not the iGPU?
     
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    72Whr battery with a ryzen 4 core... Should be getting 7 hours if I had to guess. Set screen to 60 Hz and a power profile change should do wonders. Can you run freesync on an external display through iGPU?

    Anybody open it up yet? Can somebody post a pic of the internals?
     
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    I'm in Canada where the GA502 hasn't been released yet. If it had been, I'd buy it today and run the tests myself, but we have to dog sit until the end of the month so I can't take a day to drive across the border to buy one at BestBuy.

    If someone would be willing to run a couple of quick tests (3DMark11 or TimeSpy) on high performance/full brightness while at around 50% battery and record the scores and the wattage data through HWInfo64 I'd know if this thing power throttles or not when on low battery under gaming loads. That way I can stop second guessing myself and decide to keep my Razer Blade Base (which doesn't throttle) or buy this.

    I only have a few days left to decide before I lose the ability to return the Blade, so I'd really appreciate it and from the money I'd save travelling to get it, I would pay you something through PayPal for your time.

    It should only take a few minutes to run the tests and I'd share the data and analysis with everyone (I've already collected data points from the Blade Base GTX1060 maxQ and Y740 RTX2060/2070 models for comparison).

    If anyone with a GA502 is willing to help me out, please let me know through here or by direct message. I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks a lot,
    Peter

    P.S. For those interested in GTX1660Ti in other systems such as paired with a i7-9750 see this review: https://www.pcmag.com/review/368126/msi-gs65-stealth-2019
     
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