ASUS ROG Strix G Review: Aesthetic and Performance Combined

Written by Louis

September 11, 2019

Will this be another gold for ASUS ROG?

A few weeks ago we got a hold of the ASUS ROG Strix G G531G, one of the latest additions from ASUS Republic of Gamers’  GeForce GTX 16-series laptop line. The particular model comes with equipped with an Intel Core i7 i7-9750H 2.6 GHz CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6 GPU, with an 8GB of DDR4 2666Mhz Memory all housed inside a 15-inch frame with a metallic finish and RGB lighting on the sides.

Now we’ve talked about Aesthetics and Specs during our first write-up so let’s just go ahead and get down to what you’re really here for and that is to how it performs when it comes to playing video games and other stuff.

Quick Spec Check

Note: Listed below are the actual specifications of our review device.

Model ASUS ROG Strix G G531
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7 i7-9750H 2.6 Ghz
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti  6GB GDDR6
RAM 8GB DDR4 2666Mhz
Storage
  • 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • 1 TB SSHD
Display 15.3 Inch, Full HD IPS Panel
1920 x 1080 resolution, 120hz Refresh Rate
Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type C)
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b port
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1 x Audio Jack Mic In
Input
  • Chiclet-style backlit Keyboard with ASUS Aura Sync
  • Volume Up/Volume Up Hotkeys
  • ASUS Armory Crate Hotkey
Audio 2 x Speakers with Smart Amp tech
Dimensions
  • Width: 360 mm
  • Depth: 275 mm
  • Height 26 mm
  • Weight: 2.39 kg

Benchmark Scores – CPU and RAM

Much like the rest, the ASUS Strix G G531 underwent our own standard set of benchmark tests for its processor and RAM and which includes simulated tasks such as encoding and rendering. In terms of scores, the ASUS Strix G G531 went high and proud on the Cinebench R20 with 2544 in terms of high CPU load simulations. Geekbench gives it a Single-Core score of 4833 while its Multi-core score sits at 19580. As far as RAM is concerned, Aida64‘s Read, Write and Copy benchmarks recorded speeds of 19260 MB/s, 17829 MB/s and 16872 MB/s respectively, which would seem rather low although the Memory Latency test did give us a beautiful 66.3 ns speed result.

How it compares
Oh, we can do comparisons now?

Just to get a better grasp at how this laptop compares to the previous one that we’ve had, here’s a side by side score comparison using the various benchmark tests that we did for this laptop, the ASUS Strix G G531, and the ROG Zephyrus G GA502. While there is a recognizable difference in the overall configuration, this point of comparison is mostly due to both laptop’s price points being close to each other (locally), and of course, because it’s the latest data that we have recently for 15-inch notebooks (the Strix Scar II would seem like an overkill, obviously)

Let’s see if adding a little more to your budget will be worth it.

Gaming Performance

Now, this is where the fun begins. Equipped with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti,  the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 performs within expectations in terms of gaming with AAA titles. Running games at the highest available settings and with any available NVIDIA proprietary graphical features, the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 has its game frames sit well above the 40 fps line, while animations still remain smooth visually thanks to its 120hz thin-bezel display. Once again comparing it to the ROG Zephyrus G GA502, the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 has its own highs and lows, and while one’s framerate might be higher than the other, the overall results are still pretty close in comparison all throughout the games that we tested.

Verdict

The ASUS ROG Strix G G531 is a contender for being one of the top choices for compact desktop replacements. Its minimal lows in terms of gaming are quickly made up by its processing prowess although we do have to take note that ASUS did compromise on the Memory end just so they could fit an Intel Core i7 processor without overly affecting the consumer price. In terms of build, while many might be thrown off by how “unusual” the placing of some of the ports are, it just means that there dealing with wires are easier once it’s propped and primed on your desk as most of them are hidden from sight. Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 bags our Glorious Gold award, and we’d highly recommend it to anyone that’s looking for a compact all-rounder.

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