ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Review: Desktop replacement choice that fits in your backpack.

Written by Louis

November 18, 2019

Don’t let looks and the design choice deceive you, because there’s definitely more than meets the eye for the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S.

A “normal” notebook GeForce GPU, as many would put it, inside a Max-Q design is one of the first interesting thoughts that we had once we got hold of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S. Now, after spending more than enough time with it here’s what we are able to get out of it in terms of how it performs.

You sexy little thing you.

Quick Spec Check

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

Model ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7 i7-9750H 2.6 Ghz
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P 8GB GDDR6
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz
  • 1 TB M.2 SSD
Display 15.6 Inch, Full HD
1920 x 1080 resolution, 240hz Refresh Rate
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C with Display Port capabilities
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b port
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1 x Audio Jack Mic In
  • Chiclet-style backlit Keyboard with ASUS Aura Sync
  • Volume Up/Volume Up Hotkeys
  • ASUS Armory Crate Hotkey
Audio 2 x 2.5 W Speakers with Smart Amp tech
  • Width: 360 mm
  • Depth: 252 mm
  • Height: 18.9 mm
  • Weight: 2.0 kg


Benchmark Scores – CPU and RAM

An Intel Core i7 i7-9750H 2.6 GHz CPU and 16GB of DDR4 2666Mhz RAM was able to net us some pretty good scores with various benchmarking tools that we used. Cinebench R20 got us a score of 2779 while Blender‘s render times sit at 6 minutes and 43 seconds for BMW and 22 minutes and 04 seconds for the Classroom test file. As for Memory, Aida64‘s Read, Write and Copy test results sit at 20082 MB/s, 19028 MB/s, and 19565 MB/s respectively and latency is at 64.7 ns.


Gaming Performance

We at Reimaru Files we play a lot of games, like A LOT, from console to mobile, and PC. However, for the purpose of this review, we will be playing only a few titles on the PC (obviously) that we feel can help us drive the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S to its limits and gauge its performance when playing AAA heavy hitters.

So how did it perform?

Additional note: Just like our previous hardware reviews, all titles are played on the highest possible settings with NVIDIA proprietary Graphics options such as Hairworks, PCSS Shadows, Shadow Libs and RTX turned on or set to max if available. All games also utilize the latest available build/version.

Additional Impressions and Verdict

The latest high refresh display trend has also hit the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW with its 240hz 3ms G-Sync enabled, thin-bezel display. Coming in with sharp colors, a good amount of contrast, and sharp image output, the display choice does help, just like the other new notebooks from ASUS ROG, in improving the overall gameplay experience with smooth-looking in-game animations. While the Max-Q design choice in terms of body build leaves a lot to talk about, the overall performance isn’t completely compromised. It’s not the lightest, nor the smallest that ASUS ROG has to offer but this potential desktop replacement has the gold in the bag.

Be sure to get your ASUS ROG Zephyrus S at the ASUS ROG Mall of Asia and ROG Concept Stores Nationwide.

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