ASUS has one of the most complete gaming equipment catalogs on the market. One of the latest models to arrive is the ASUS ROG Strix G, an affordable gaming laptop with a 9th generation Intel Core processor and GTX 1650 graphics . At least that is the configuration of the model that they have loaned us. However, we have the option of equipping an Nvidia RTX graphic. A computer designed to offer good gaming performance for all types of audiences.
The ASUS ROG Strix G sports a nice design with a very striking lighting system. In addition, it has intelligent cooling to take advantage of the full potential of the new processors. It has a four-zone RGB keyboard, good connectivity, and a bezel-less 15-inch display that looks really good. I have had the opportunity to test the model with the most basic configuration. This consists of an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, GTX 1650 graphics, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. I will tell you how it performs and how I found this ASUS computer .
ASUS ROG Strix G datasheet
|screen||15.6 inches, FHD resolution, IPS panel, Anti-Glare|
|Processor and RAM||Intel Core i7-9750H (6 Cores, 12 threads, 12 MB Cache, 2.6 GHz up to 4.5 GHz, 64-bit), 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM expandable up to 32 GB|
|Internal memory||512 GB SSD M.2 PCIE NVME|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM memory + Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|Battery||48 Wh, 3 Cells, Lithium Ion|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|Connections||3 x USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0b, Ethernet, 3.5mm Jack, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 2 × 2 RangeBoost, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Design||Black IMR plastic, brushed finish, asymmetrical cutout, scissor hinges with additional space for ventilation, RGB lower lighting system|
|Dimensions and weight||360 x 275 x 25.8mm, 2.4kg|
|Featured Features||2 Built-in 2W Stereo Speakers, Cortana and Alexa Voice Recognition Compatible Microphone Array, Bubblegum Keyboard with Isolated Numeric Keypad, ROG Aura Sync|
|Price||From 1,100 euros|
A design that does not go unnoticed
The ASUS ROG Strix G is a sleek yet eye-catching laptop. The housing is made of black IMR plastic , with a brushed finish with asymmetric cutouts. The ROG logo sports a glossy finish. The central portion of the notebook features additional vents that run along the back and right side. In other words, we have an "extra" part that remains behind the screen when opening the laptop and that houses the ventilation system and some connectors. This makes the size of the laptop somewhat larger than a typical 15.6-inch screen laptop.
The screen is surrounded by a very thin frame, which allows you to control the final size of the equipment. According to ASUS, the computer offers a screen-to-body ratio of up to 81.5% . To join the screen with the rest of the equipment we have scissor hinges that seem quite resistant. The hinges emerge when we lift the lid, disappearing into the chassis when closing the equipment.
The connectors are located on the left side and on the back. To the left of the computer we have three USB 3.1 ports and the 3.5 mm jack connector . On the back of the device are the Ethernet connection , the charger connection and the HDMI 2.0b . I have seen a USB Type-C connector on the back appear on the ASUS website, but the test unit did not include it. We may have it available on the higher end models. And since we are talking about the rear, it is worth highlighting the two large vents that we have on both sides of the connectors and that have a red finish on the inside.
The ASUS Strix G has a fairly simple bottom case opening system. It has standard screws that we can remove using a simple star screwdriver. The hooks that connect the pieces are smaller and stronger. But they have a looser fit that makes it easier to separate the panels. So, in a fast and easy way, we can update part of the hardware, such as expanding memory or storage .
Aura Sync lighting system
But if one thing stands out about the design of the ASUS ROG Strix G, it is its inferior lighting system. It is equipped with an RGB light bar that wraps around the outside of the chassis . Its implementation is really successful, covering the entire lower part and creating a very attractive light. In addition, it has the ASUS Aura Sync system , whose functionality is to synchronize the lighting of all the devices that we have of the brand.
This same RGB lighting extends to the keyboard . A keyboard whose keys have translucent edges and a transparent WASD panel. The lighting intensity can be regulated and we have several modes available to create the most suitable environment for every occasion. Among the modes we have are: Static, Breathing, Strobe, Color Cycle, Rainbow, Music and Smart.
Great performance for casual gamers
As usual, we can buy the ASUS ROG Strix G with different hardware configurations. However, even opting for the most basic model, we will have really interesting hardware. Our test unit was equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16GB of dual-channel DDR4-2666 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM . The storage drive is a 512GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD , offering the following performance:
However, ASUS has put much more powerful models on the market, with graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM . As for the screen, our model has a 15.6-inch IPS panel with FHD resolution and a 60 Hz refresh rate. But the ASUS ROG Strix G is also available with a 17.3-inch screen and up to 144 Hz.
The model that we have been able to test offers good performance both for desktop tasks and for more demanding use, such as photo and video editing or sporadic gaming. I have subjected it to several of the most common tests to verify its ability. In Cinebench, the new ASUS laptop scored 2,590 points .
Regarding PCMark , the ASUS ROG Strix G scored 4,466 points :
With the graphical section already in play, I subjected it to the most common 3D Mark tests, such as Fire Strike and TimeSpy. In the first he obtained a score of 8,140 points .
While in the TimeSpy test, the score was 3,481 points . We have compared the results with the same graph but in its desktop version and the laptop is somewhat lower in both results.
And being a team to play with, he couldn't stop trying a few games to check his performance. I don't have a large catalog of PC games, but I have tested the graphics performance with some titles.
For example, I have tested Battlefield 1 in High quality and the ASUS ROG Strix G has achieved a constant 60 fps. Also in games like Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag or For Honor. In the latter I have had some downturn in certain scenes, but never below 50 fps. To all of them I could play fluidly and with graphics set at a high level .
As I mentioned in the design section, the hinges of the ROG Strix G are moved forward, leaving the ventilation area a bit separated. Perforated ridges running along the back increase airflow that cools components.
On the other hand, the ASUS ROG Strix G features two N-Blade fans designed to move more air . The intake guards feature curved edges and raised guides that help draw in more air. Once inside, it is propelled towards the heatsinks with liquid crystal polymer blades that are 33% thinner than conventional designs and strong enough to spin at high RPM. With 83 blades per fan, the Strix G's fans ventilate, according to ASUS, up to 15% more .
To keep the heatsinks free of debris, the notebook has a duct that traps and channels dust particles out of the chassis . With this system, the cooling system does not lose effectiveness over time. In addition, the equipment has two heatsinks located on the flanks lined with 0.1 mm copper fins . These offer less resistance to air than typical fins, allowing an increase in dissipation of up to 10.4%.
On the other hand, the heat pipe design includes a heat spreader that absorbs and redistributes the temperature of the GPU and CPU . The heat sink extends through a maximum of 5 heat pipes that keep the chipset power circuit below 85 ° C. This thermal design helps maintain and extend overall performance, as well as increase equipment life.
We can control this complex cooling system from the Armory Crate application, which we will talk about later. However, the system is intelligent, so it is able to automatically switch between the different modes to optimize performance and noise according to the application we are running.
I can tell you that the ventilation system works really well . I have played with the computer on my knees and it has not been bothersome. Only the upper part, closer to the ventilation system, has been warmed a little more. But the rest of the team has maintained a more than correct temperature, being able, as I say, to have it on their legs without problems.
As for the temperatures, as you can see in the upper capture, the processor has reached 84º during the game, the GPU staying at 63º .
Gaming keyboard and tight battery
The ASUS ROG Strix G has a full keyboard, specially designed for gamers . At the top we have five shortcut keys that provide us with a quick way to raise and lower the volume, turn off the sound, change the ventilation modes or launch the Armory Crate application. We also have a full row of function keys, separated into groups of four. The control keys of the pages, END and Print screen are placed on the right side, in vertical format.
The keyboard is chiclet type, with curved keys. Although the use of the computer has been about 15 days, the feeling is one of absolute robustness. In addition, I have been very comfortable working with the team and, as you can imagine, writing a lot. According to the manufacturer, the keyboard has a durability of 20 million keystrokes .
Features ASUS ROG Overstroke Technology . This allows keystrokes to be recorded faster, resulting in greater sensitivity. Early key activation and longer travel allow for greater precision and comfort when typing and playing.
On the other hand, the keyboard also has N-Key Rollover and Anti-Ghosting technologies . Together they ensure that each keystroke is correctly detected and recorded, even if we press several keys at the same time.
In addition, as I have already mentioned, the WASD group sports a transparent finish to highlight these keys. The keyboard has a 4-zone RGB lighting system , matching the lower lighting system included in the equipment.
Autonomy is not one of the strong points of the ASUS ROG Strix G. It is equipped with a 48 Wh battery, which translates into an autonomy of about 2-2.5 hours using it as an office computer (web browsing, texts, light edition of photos, always connected to WiFi). Although it may seem little autonomy, it is within the average that gaming laptops usually offer.
To charge the computer we have a medium-sized charger . It is not as big as the other proposals, but it is not the smallest power supply on the market.
Armory Crate and sound system
I don't want to end this review without telling you about the Armory Crate app . It is a kind of control center that allows you to control many of the functionalities of the ASUS ROG Strix G.
From the Start panel of the application we can check the status of the laptop. Here it shows us the load and temperature of the CPU and GPU, as well as the status of the memory. But the best thing is that from this screen we can also switch between the different profiles that the computer includes . We have five options: Windows, Silent, Balanced, Turbo, and Manual. For example, to play I have always used the Turbo profile, which gives greater performance and power cooling.
From the System option we can free the memory by closing some processes, change the lighting or update the firmware. Other options of the application are the management of profiles or the synchronization of the lighting of the ROG devices that we have through the Aura Sync system.
I also wanted to highlight the sound system included in the ASUS ROG Strix G, as it has caught my attention. The equipment has side speakers and Smart Amp technology . The latter controls the audio output and makes real-time adjustments to keep the speakers within their excursion and thermal limits, preventing damage to the cones. The result is a powerful sound, without distortion, with more dynamic range and better bass.
As I say, I was pleasantly surprised the sound effect of the Strix G . The speakers sound great, with a lot of power and clarity. Both for music and for playing, they are more than enough in most conditions.
Conclusions and price
ASUS has a lot of experience making gaming laptops and it shows. The ASUS ROG Strix G is a very balanced laptop, with a good design, keyboard, screen and features . Even the price is really tight for the features this laptop offers us.
We have a team with a 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor and the latest Nvidia graphics. Although we have tested one of the cheapest models, we can get the Strix G with up to an RTX 2070 graphic, one of the most powerful on the market today.
If you have to put a "but" I would say that it is not a very portable laptop . Its size is larger than that of a "normal" laptop with a 15.6-inch screen, as it has a small "projection" at the back for the ventilation system. In addition, it weighs 2.4 kg plus the 600-700 grams that the power supply weighs. And, speaking of energy, we have a very fair autonomy . So it is not a team to always carry with us.
The ASUS ROG Strix G starts at a price of around 1,100 euros . With this budget we will get the computer that we have analyzed, but with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. From there, the most expensive model they currently have on the ASUS website consists of an RTX 2070 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD and a 120 Hz screen. Its price is 2,000 euros.