ASUS’ 2022 ROG Zephyrus G14 now features the latest-and-greatest in AMD hardware fitted within its impressive 14-inch form cistron. The brand new Ryzen 9 6900HS processor alongside DDR5 memory and an RX 6000S series defended graphics card is impressive. Put that aslope the 2560×1600 120Hz brandish and you lot have a sleek, loftier-performance, multi-purpose laptop. Oh yes, you go this fancy back-panel lighting section too.
Has ASUS nailed it with the new AMD hardware? Let’south take a closer wait.
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In this review, we are going to primarily focus on the brand-new hardware that
deploys in the
ROG Zephyrus G14
laptop. Notably that is the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor and the Radeon RX 6800S dedicated GPU.
AMD’due south new
Zen 3+ Ryzen 6000
series mobile processors – ‘Rembrandt’ – usher in a slew of new technologies primarily built around improving power usage and therefore battery life for mobile applications. We’ve already done an article on these new processors on the KitGuru website, then brand sure you check that out for the in-depth details.
To summarise briefly, though, the
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
is an eight-core, xvi-thread processor operating at 3.3GHz base and up to four.9GHz boost with its 35W nominal TDP. There is flexibility in these numbers, though, especially with AMD’s improvements to the frequency-voltage curves and ability-command algorithms.
TSMC’s 6nm process technology helps AMD increase transistor count from x.vii billion for previous-gen Ryzen 5000 Mobile to thirteen.1 billion for Ryzen 6000 Mobile. The platform side of things has been improved significantly; you now go support for LP or standard DDR5, PCIe Gen 4 connectivity is deployed throughout, and at that place’south overarching USB4 back up too.
The new integrated GPU is built around RDNA2 and features 12 Compute Units on the Ryzen nine 6900HS. We won’t really exist looking at the iGPU given this laptop’s utilize of an RX 6800S dGPU deployed along with a mux switch. But the built-in GPU is handy for media acceleration type duties, particularly with AMD’s improved support for H264, H265, and AV1 – all at high resolutions and frequently high refresh rates.
Switching focus to the yet relatively new
Radeon RX 6800S
graphics, this is an RDNA2-based laptop-calibre defended GPU that is built for a rest between performance and efficiency. AMD’s RX 6000
series effectively go upwards against Nvidia’s Max-Q line of dedicated GPUs inside laptops.
The RX 6800S is built on TSMC 7nm process technology and features 32 Compute Units for 2048 shaders that clock upwardly to 1975MHz according to the specifications. The TGP in ASUS’ deployed mode is 80W, but that can stretch to 105W with AMD’southward SmartShift Max technology.
8GB of GDDR6 memory is deployed on a 128-bit memory interface and clocked at 16 Gbps. There’southward also 32MB of high-bandwidth Infinity Enshroud available to the GPU.
This graphics scrap is nearly comparable to a heavily downclocked and ability-limited version of an RX 6700 XT desktop graphics card. That should be pretty good for 1080p or some 1440p gaming within a 14-inch form factor laptop, especially with the AMD gaming technologies such equally FSR supported.
With the application of the latest AMD hardware on both the CPU and GPU fronts, this allows ASUS to unlock some of the
marketed features. Notably, the ROG Zephyrus G14 supports AMD
SmartShift Max. This allows the CPU and GPU to share some power headroom between them if 1 has spare capacity that the other needs.
According to ASUS’ specifications for running in the default, noise-friendly ‘Performance’ power contour, the CPU tin increment from 35W TDP to 45W TDP if the graphics tin dedicate its power headroom. Or the graphics can increase its TGP from 80W to 90W if the CPU can lend information technology some power.
I really like the concept of SmartShift Max and the way it is deployed.
If we take a brief look at the other hardware and technologies for the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop, there’south a stiff amount of horsepower squeezed into this 14-inch class, 1.75kg, Vapor-sleeping room cooled organisation.
You become 32GB of DDR5 4800MHz retention alongside a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD. The ROG Nebula display uses an IPS-level console and 2560×1600 xvi:10 resolution which is a smart residuum for the xiv” course cistron, particularly when combined with the 120Hz refresh rate; 3ms response time, Adaptive-Sync, 100% DCI-P3 color – this is a dainty brandish.
In that location’s WiFi 6E (from a MediaTek MT7922 chip that AMD had involvement with), HDMI two.0b (no HDMI ii.1 is disappointing), dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort, 2 10Gbps USB Type-A ports, a micro-SD card reader, and a 3.5mm sound jack.
Charging of the 76Whr bombardment is done by a 240W power brick and barrel fashion connector. Only 100W USB-C charging is also an option through one of the ports.
Peripherals are also strong – the pitch for the backlit keyboard is excellent, with thick keys that have plenty of travel. The massive mousepad is clean and sturdy, too. Plus, you go a 720p webcam with Windows Hello support.
At that place’s also the cool, customisable AniMe Matrix lighting on the rear of the laptop lid. Granted, this doesn’t really add any useful functionality and does increment laptop weight by 100 grams. But it certainly does catch people’s attention.
Pricing for the 2022
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
in its Ryzen nine 6900HS and Radeon RX 6800S guise is not confirmed at retailers yet, simply information technology looks to be around $2-two.5K USD so probably around £2-2.5K. There is, still, the 16GB G14 model bachelor for $1899 USD pre-order at Best Purchase. And so maybe we will run across the 32GB model reviewed closer to $2K than $2.5K.
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