Our review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W
Thin and light, yet powerful, itAsus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W is a creative gaming laptop equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H Rembrandt Octo Core processor and 16 GB of RAM that accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with the advanced NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card, which is capable of running the latest games, while the responsiveness is enhanced by the fast 512 GB SSD storage. Featuring a 15-inch IPS display 2.5K High Definition with DCI-P3 colors is much more faithful than average, and which improves the fluidity of games with its 165Hz frequency, this versatile black laptop designed for gaming and creates benefits by an RGB backlit keyboard (though without a numeric keypad), but also a connection with Wi-Fi axis and USB-C, all under Windows 11.
Best known price: 1499 €
Features of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” QHD 2.5K LED IPS 165Hz 3ms 100% DCI-P3 Pantone 300cd / m² 1000: 1 (2560 × 1440, anti-reflective / mat)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS Rembrandt (3.2 GHz, 8 cores, 35W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (8 GB soldered + 8 GB) DDR5 4800 MHz (64 GB), 1 slot (busy)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Dedicated (1475W, 120W), Processor Integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0)|
|stik||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0b, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6E axis (2 × 2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, 1 RGB zone (1.7mm stroke), N-Key rollover|
|Windows Hi||Yes, via infrared HD 720p webcam|
|Sound system||4 speakers (2 × 2.5W) + 2 tweeters (2x2W), Dolby Atmos|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / battery||9 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 90Wh|
|Weight / dimensions (mm)||1.9 kg / 355 x 243 x 19.9|
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W against the competition
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W is out right now for sale by Asus France and offers an interesting configuration / price ratio for its category, where it is one of the lightest and one of the only to offer such a powerful and new processor with a screen with such a high resolution and frequency, but also colors as faithful as the mean.
If this Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations to play with a similar budget in our guide for gaming laptops. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, monitor Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W
Opening 180 ° completely flat with its ErgoLift hinge, which lifts it slightly forward when opened, this laptop targets gamers and creatives that can be recharged to 50% in 30 minutes and has a discreet gamer look with its fine and bright black design with angular lines.
This creative portable gaming PC designed in aluminum-magnesium alloy is cooled by 2 Arc Flow fans (84 blades), 6 heat pipes, air vents or thermal Grizzly paste.
The connectivity options integrated in this versatile multimedia laptop are good, including 2 USB-C (compared to 1 normal), Bluetooth 5.2 and wireless Wi-Fi axle modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect this PC to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, but also 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible), which guarantees transfers that take place up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected.
Of course, we can backlight the keys on the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them in the dark.
On the other hand, it ignores a numeric keypad, while this functionality is standard from 15 inches to facilitate the entry of numbers. It’s a shame that Asus does not offer its NumPad technology as compensation, allowing the touchpad to be converted to a touchpad when needed.
It is possible to authenticate by face recognition using Windows Hello technology thanks to the integrated infrared webcam.
Players will appreciate that the screen enhances gaming agility thanks to its 165Hz frequency higher than the standard 60Hz. It will also be interesting for fans of High Definition content with its 2.5K definition that is better than Full HD, combined with a 16: 9 format that is well suited for video playback. Thanks to its DCI-P3 and IPS features, the screen displays more faithful colors than average with important viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel.
Performance, autonomy of Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503RM-068W may interest those who want to equip themselves with a versatile 15-inch laptop that is both thin, light and yet powerful in creation and gaming.
It delivers total power that is able to appeal to demanding users because it is built around 16GB of RAM and an AMD Octo Core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Ryzen 7 6800H Rembrandt processor.
In particular, this core guarantees much faster processing than 8GB DDR4 and a Quad / Hexa Core processor, and the difference is especially noticeable in areas that require RAM and CPU resources when using multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Creative will therefore be interested, especially as this thin and lightweight versatile laptop also has the dedicated NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, which accelerates processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
However, GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing is primarily aimed at gamers and is capable of running newer games that use graphics resources, as long as you accept graphics-intensive game settings for good playability. Because the 2.5K definition of the screen requires more computation from the GPU than Full HD, which implies a lower number of fps.
It turns out that the GeForce RTX 3060 is activated / deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the tasks performed. Optimus prefers the Radeon Vega 8 as much as possible, a graphics solution integrated in the Ryzen 7 Octo Core Rembrandt and yet much more modest because its reduced energy consumption promotes autonomy.
In this regard, you can count on about 9 hours of battery life with ease of use, which is particularly notable for this type of powerful PC and will appeal all the more to nomads, as its finesse and controlled weight facilitate transportation.
Best known price: 1499 €
On the storage side, there is a 512 GB SSD, a capacity in line with the standard for hard drives. But we can obviously use an external storage device. Choosing a USB 3.0 / USB-C device then represents an interesting solution to take advantage of fast transfers.
In any case, the SSD offers several advantages over a simple hard drive: Greater shock resistance, lower energy consumption, silent operation or even greater speed.
In practice, the SSD provides much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, we reach online playing cards faster, and we achieve much faster game / software launches, as well as processing and start / stop.
Finally, this versatile multimedia creator gaming laptop heats up and is heard in case of heavy loads (e.g. games, treatments), especially due to its finesse and the high-performance and greedy components that it integrates.
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to maintain the temperatures (remember to check the goals carefully!).