ASUS ROG Strix G15 Gaming Desktop Evaluation

Clio Alaniz

Clio Alaniz

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August 27th 2020

The wave of purchases during the summer vacation continues. Notebooks and mobile phones are naturally the highest-selling digital products during this period. However, it is undeniable that there are still many people who have a deeper attachment to desktop consoles, and they value powerful ones more than portable ones. Performance, but suffering from insufficient knowledge of installation, the more traditional but worry-free brand desktops have become their first choice.

For low-hands or DIY novices, the desktop host is a simple and rude choice, saving time and worry, ready to use, and more convenient after-sales. There is no difference between the form of desktop and notebook in essence. Both manufacturers use a custom-designed shell to package a bunch of internal parts, and come with exclusive software and ecological services.

Some people say that the DIY machine is relatively cheap and affordable, but for the "savvy" friends, choosing hardware is light and familiar, and installing more is also a hands-on fun.  Some people believe that DIY is diligent to make up for the clumsiness, and some people are too lazy to worry about it, and there is no such thing as a hard-working "tool man". It is better to spend money to save worry.

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However, the choice of the "brand" of branded desktops still has to be studied. ROG, as a faith-level existence in e-sports brands, is a good choice for friends who don't need money. Rocking Review recently got their new light blade G15, and then let's take a look at it and see is it suitable for you who love to play games?

Appearance and design

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First of all, we need to explain that the top version of ROG Light Blade G15 that we got this time, it uses a combination of Core i7-10700KF processor + GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card, and is currently priced at $1,799.99. As a desktop game console with a pure player nation pedigree, ROG Light Blade G15 is naturally unique in appearance and design, otherwise it will be difficult to maintain a foothold in the cruel computer market. The chassis measurements of the Light Blade G15 came to 498x421x185mm, which is a typical full-tower chassis size. The chassis volume is 29L, which sounds very strong.

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For this reason, a textured carrying handle with a load-bearing capacity of 30KG is specially designed on the top of the machine to facilitate users to move the case.

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In addition, there are two oblique wind holes with different apertures on the top to facilitate heat dissipation and to see the light effect inside the fuselage through the shell.

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In the configuration of the convenient interface, there is a set of 3.5mm earphones, one microphone interface and one USB3.1 gen 1 Type-A and Type-C interfaces on the top, which is convenient for users to connect some wired peripherals and portable storage devices.

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The front of the chassis adopts an asymmetrical oblique cut design, and uses multiple sets of cut surfaces and corners of different amplitudes, and the overall sense of lines is very strong.

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There is a magnetic pick in the upper left corner, and you can hang the earphones on it by pulling it out, which is a deliberate detail.

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The fine frosted material of the left half of the panel is very comfortable to the touch. It is printed with a mirror-like hollowed-out "Eye of Prodigal" logo, which makes people recognize ROG products at a glance and is also a classic design element. At the same time, there are dense and regularly arranged small dots on the surface of the panel for decoration, and are connected to a set of RGB light strips made of acrylic material.

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An irregular prismatic start button is embedded on the top of the light bar. On the right half are three different styles of air duct openings. The diagonal cut lines across the front are bold and changeable, and look full of personality.

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In contrast, the design of the side version is more robust. The right side is relatively simple, with only two rows of obliquely designed air holes and a sticker with the main hardware specifications.

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On the left is side-penetrated tempered glass with vertical ROG characters printed on it. The internal structure can also be clearly seen through the toughened glass.

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The internal structure of ROG Light Blade G15 adopts the more common design of side-mounted motherboard and lower-mounted power supply. The power supply part has an independent air duct, which is conducive to separate heat dissipation from the CPU/graphics card part above.

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The motherboard is undoubtedly ROG's original Strix Raptor series, with its iconic heat-dissipating armor on the left, which is also printed with red ROG Logo and cyberpunk-style decorative text.

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This motherboard provides 8+2 power supply specifications. It provides four memory slots and two M.2 solid-state slots. The solid-state and intel B460 chipset parts above are also equipped with heat-dissipating armor, and there are 9 more in the lower left corner. Independent audio area composed of Japanese capacitors, both graphics card slots support PCI Express 3.0 bus standard.

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The processor part is covered with a 105W side-blown radiator, including three 6mm heat pipes and one 8cm diameter fan. The official claims that compared to similar products' downward pressure radiators, the heat dissipation capacity is improved by 15%.

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The graphics card is the GeForce RTX 2070 Super designed for the public version, and there is no graphics card baffle on the top. But the sides and bottom are wrapped in a circle of support frames with independent RGB light bars and ROG Logo.

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The memory is two 8GB DDR4-3200MHz strips produced by Micron, which can support up to 128GB of memory.

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There is an RGB light bar near the inside of the front panel, and an exhaust fan near the upper end of the back.

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Finally, let's take a look at the back. There is nothing to say about this. Each is the basic operation of the integrated I/O backplane.

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In terms of interfaces, the top is the DP1.4 and HDMI1.4b video output interface group, then a USB3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port, and the bottom is 6 USB3.2 Gen1 blue Type-A ports, one of them The BIOS FlashBack button is included. Every time the user updates the BIOS firmware, he only needs to download the BIOS update firmware from the official website to a U disk, insert the corresponding USB interface, and then press the BIOS FlashBack button to complete the update.

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There is also an RJ45 network cable interface, with the Intel 1219-V Gigabit network card on the motherboard, which can connect to the network regardless of wired or wireless. There are also 5 audio jacks at the bottom, all of which should be provided for you. Oh, by the way, the Light Blade G15 also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 technologies, so the current mainstream wireless peripherals and Wi-Fi networking are small cases for it.

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All external and internal RGB elements naturally support ROG's unique Aura Sync, which can enrich the visual effects of the fuselage while also bringing significant performance improvements.

The chassis design of the Light Blade G15 has distinctive features and strong personality. There are also remarkable details in the details. The recognition and differentiation are good, but there are also some regrets. For example, RGB elements are not rich and cannot "illuminate" the entire interior of the fuselage. Part of the hardware uses a more conservative public version design, but the back of the chassis is affixed with a seal that can be torn off and enjoys a free warranty. This allows users to flexibly replace and upgrade the hardware at least within the warranty period, but it is understandable to put these on branded machines. That's it.

Configuration and performance

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Next, let's take a look at its configuration. I will list the specific hardware specifications first:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-10700/10700KF, 8 cores and 16 threads, coreless display;
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce RTX2060S/2070S, S is Super;
  • Memory: 8GBx2 DDR4-3200MHz set, maximum support 128GB memory;
  • Hard disk: dual M.2 hard disk positions, 1TB SSD + 1TB mechanical hard disk (optional);
  • Power supply: standard 500W;
  • Heat dissipation: 105W side-blown radiator, 8cm diameter fan;
  • Network: Gigabit wired, Wi-Fi 6, 802.11AX+BT;

From the above configuration information, it can be seen that the configuration of the light blade G15 generally meets the configuration requirements of the current mainstream enthusiast-level gaming computers. The space for later upgrades and expansion is relatively sufficient, but considering the positioning and use of the desktop The scene is not as rich and versatile as a notebook, so the processor part uses a non-core display model, and there is no GPU switching technology on its own notebook. The performance of this configuration depends on the actual running score and game test.

It should be noted that desktop hosts and laptops are different. Although the standard memory frequency is DDR4-3200MHz, the BIOS default initial frequency is only DDR4-2133MHz, so we must enter the BIOS to modify the frequency before testing, otherwise The latter part of the game test will suffer, so if you buy a desktop computer, you must remember to set the memory frequency in the BIOS first. Note: ROG officially stated that the retail model has been set to 3200MHz by default, and there is no need for users to manually adjust

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The first is the running score test of CineBench. It can be seen that the R15 score of ROG Light Blade G15 is single-core 195, multi-core 1968, R20 score is single-core 478, multi-core 4542 points. These two sets of results are very close to the i9-9900K, which is also 8-core and 16-thread. In the previous test of Rocking Review, the latter's R20 single-core score is 483 points, and the multi-core score is 4815 points. Compared with the previous generation i7-9700K, i7-10700KF mainly adds hyper-threading, and the base frequency is also increased to 4GHz. In addition, although the i7-10700KF is a non-core display CPU, it also supports overclocking. Intel officially stated that it can exceed 5GHz, which will further improve performance.

In the 3D Mark 11 test, the i7-10700KF has a Performance physical score of 16,315 points and an Extreme score of 17,528, which is basically the same as the performance of the i7-9700K.

In the GPU part, ROG Light Blade G15 uses the mainstream GeForce RTX2070 Super graphics card with a price of 10,000 yuan in the DIY installed circle. Everyone is familiar with the power of this card. Basically, it is no problem to play mainstream 3A masterpieces at 2K resolution, and It is equipped with two deep learning technologies of AI computing Tensor Core and ray tracing RT Core based on NVIDIA Turing architecture, and DLSS2.0 technology of deep learning super sampling, which can also bring more stable performance and more realistic performance in games Light and shadow effect.

Performance test

The test is divided into three parts. The first part is the 3D Mark benchmark test. In the Time Spy test, the ROG Light Blade G15 scored less than 1W+. Considering that it uses a public graphics card solution, such results are expected, and the machine itself does not have the default performance mode switch on the notebook. Better performance requires manual overclocking.

FireStrike's test is relatively better. Compared with the public version RTX2060S/RTX2070S tested by Rocking Review, there is a slight improvement, but if compared with the graphics card customized by third-party manufacturers with higher frequency, it may not have an advantage. Up.

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In addition, the other three sets of data we will also give you reference. In fact, the reference value of running points is relatively limited. For game consoles, the most reliable test method is still games. This is the second and third part of the test.

The second part is FPS online games and game testing without light chase and DLSS technology. For online games, we have chosen two mainstream games, namely "Overwatch" and "PUBG Mobile: Battle Royale". From the above test results, we can see that the two games can reach more than 144 frames regardless of the resolution of 1080P or 2K. With a 144Hz or higher gaming monitor, there is no pressure to play. ROG light The GeForce RTX2070 Super of Blade G15 can fully meet the players' demand for high refresh rate.

For the stand-alone game, we chose "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey". As we all know, the optimization of this game is "quite good". How about ROG Light Blade G15? We ran the built-in BenchMark benchmark test at a very high preset level at 1080P and 2K resolution. Although it could not achieve the level of an e-sports Odyssey, it was basically stable at least for playing at 60 frames, so you don’t have to worry about the gaming experience.

The third part is the 3A masterpiece with light pursuit effect and DLSS technology that requires high performance. We have selected three representative mainstream games, "Tomb Raider: Shadow", "Metro: Escape" and "Control", the test process is under the resolution of 1080P/2K, the highest preset of the game is turned on (Metro: Escape is Ultra), and the number of frames to turn off/on DLSS and light chase is tested. The specific performance is shown in the figure above.

It can be seen that the GeForce RTX2070 Super has also held up the pressure in these three mainstream 3A games. Except for the "Metro: Escape" at 2K resolution, the number of frames after light tracking and DLSS has not reached 60 frames, other The game performance is satisfactory. However, the gap between 2K and 1080P resolutions is quite obvious. To get the best gaming experience, a 1080P/144Hz gaming monitor is most suitable.

Finally, we also tested the ultimate light-tracking performance of this GeForce RTX2070 Super using the crash 3 light-tracking demo launched by Mihayou once made NVIDIA its platform. This demo video extremely tests the graphics and AI computing capabilities of the graphics card. The image quality options are only Normal frame and High frame. The default number of frames is 60 frames. If the light tracking performance of the graphics card is not enough, the image quality will be forced to 30 frames even if the corresponding image quality is turned on. ROG Light Blade G15 is in 1080P/60 frame image quality The average number of frames measured by MSI AfterBurner is 46. You can check the recommended configuration and rendering quality setting instructions given by the developer.

Storage and cooling

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Of course, the performance of CPU and graphics card alone is definitely not enough. Hard disk, memory and heat dissipation performance are also places where everyone is very concerned. These three points are related to ROG G15's data storage stability, data exchange efficiency and machine operation stability. It is closely related and is also the basic guarantee for a good user experience behind high performance. First, let’s look at the memory. As mentioned above, its memory is from Micron, so here we will directly read and write and cache the score. It is also quite satisfactory but not top performance. Daily use is not a big problem, but the frequency is 2933MHz. And the appearance of the vest without heat dissipation did leave a trace of regret.

Let's look at the hard disk part again. Seeing this familiar model name, everyone should be able to blurt it out. That's right, it's Intel's 660P again, with a capacity of 1TB, and the other is a 1TB mechanical hard drive, so I won't release it here. For specific read and write performance, you can refer to the running scores of CrystalDiskMark.

The last part is the heat dissipation part. ROG Light Blade G15 is a typical large case with ample heat dissipation space and exclusive air duct design, so I don't worry about its heat dissipation performance. In the case of a room temperature of 26 degrees, we respectively performed a single-bake FPU for 30 minutes and a dual-bake CPU and GPU for 30 minutes. In the single roasting session, the CPU was at full blood for the first two minutes, with a main frequency of 4.7GHz, and the temperature at this time reached 101 degrees; after 2 minutes, the temperature dropped to around 78 degrees, the frequency stabilized at 4.2GHz, and the power consumption 150W dropped to 125W.

In the double-bake session, also in the first two minutes, the CPU is at full blood, and the GPU is on track from the inactive state. After 2 minutes, the CPU temperature stabilized at around 80 degrees, the main frequency stabilized at 4.2GHz, and the power consumption stabilized at 125W; the GPU temperature remained at 79 degrees, the frequency remained at 1800MHz-1900MHz, and the power consumption was near 207W; at this time, the CPU And the utilization rate of GPU is 100%, and the other is 95%, which are basically the highest load. This kind of heat dissipation performance is considered to be a relatively good level for the performance and desktop positioning of ROG Light Blade G15.

to sum up

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ROG Light Blade G15 is a custom desktop game console with mainstream configuration and high-end performance. It is very recognizable and individual in the external determinants of appearance and design. It is suitable for players who pursue fashion and RGB elements. In terms of internal performance, the price-performance ratio of the desktop machine will be weaker. This is a fact, but the overall workmanship and better after-sales service of ROG Light Blade 15 may be more important to regulars. Moreover, after testing and experiencing, ROG Light Blade G15 has delivered a relatively satisfactory answer in the aspects of playing games, video editing, and design creation, such as a smooth and excellent gaming experience, smooth and not stuck. Fast 4K/60 frame video editing, CPU hyper-threading technology and RTX2070 Super's powerful light-tracking performance are not bad.

Of course, there are also shortcomings. we summarizes three points here: First, some hardware adopts public version design, performance release is relatively conservative, but there is no adjustment option for performance mode in the system, and it can be adjusted only after entering BIOS, which is limited to a certain extent. This improves the convenience of players pursuing extreme performance output; the second is that the performance of SSD is relatively average; the third is that the side panel glass is not supported during the warranty period. Perhaps it is due to the quality of after-sales service, but it also reduces users to a certain extent. For the product's own happiness index. If you don't care what I said, then ROG Light Blade G15 is undoubtedly a very attractive product for regular users.

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