ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook Review


ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Article index

 

1 – Overview

Here is a quick review of ASUS Zephyrus S GX502GW, a 15-inch gaming notebook released by ASUS some times ago… This Zephyrus S GX502 has a 240Hz G-SYNC monitor and comes with… an external webcam! Yes the thin frame of the GX502G monitor can’t cope with a built-in webcam. And honestly, I prefer an external webcam. The GX502GW features an Intel Core i9-9750H (6C/12T) and a Turing based GPU, the GeForce RTX 2070 (core clock up to 1540MHz).

Features of the model tested:
– CPU: Intel Core i9-9750H 6-core @ 2.60GHz
– GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6
– Memory: 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– Storage: M.2 NVMe PCIE 3.0 1TB SSD with RAID 0 support
– Display: 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS-level panel, 240Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB, Pantone Validated, G-SYNC
– Input/ Output ports:
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery,
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A
– 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A
– 1 x HDMI 2.0b
– 1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack
– 1 x Audio Jack Mic-in
– 1 x RJ45
– 1 x Kensington Lock
– Wifi: Intel 802.11ac (2×2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
– Bluetooth: 5.0
– Power unit supply: 230W
– Audio: 2 speakers with Smart AMP technology

More information can be found on the GX502GW homepage.

 

2 – Gallery

The beast:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Right side connectors: power, RJ45, HDMI 2.0b, USB 3.2 Gen2 type A, mic-in and 3.5mm audio jack.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Left side connectors: Kensington lock, USB 3.2 Gen1 type A, USB 3.2 Gen1 type A and USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C, DP 1.4, PD (input/output).
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Keyboard and touchpad. I tested some ASUS notebooks with horrible touchpad, but this one is correct and pleasant.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
The chassis is really nice with its brushed black style.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

Nice!
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
The monitor:

Exceptional color accuracy and responsiveness set this 15.6-inch panel apart from the competition. Fast-paced games run smoothly with crisp graphics thanks to the blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Slim bezels surround the IPS-level display, expanding your visual immersion, while factory calibration with ProArt TruColor Technology ensures a Pantone Validated palette across the full sRGB color space for all of your professional pursuits and portfolio projects.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Bundle details:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 
Last thing in the gallery, the external webcam connected to the Zephyrus via an USB cable. More information on the CG21 Webcam (ROG Eye) is available HERE.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - CG21 ROG Eye Webcam

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - CG21 ROG Eye Webcam

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - CG21 ROG Eye Webcam

 

3 – CPU and GPU Info

CPU-Z:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - CPU-Z

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - CPU-Z

 
The graphics hardware is the notebook version of the GeForce RTX 2070. There are three versions of the RTX 2070:

  • for desktop: base clock: 1410 MHz, boost clock: 1620 MHz
  • for notebook: base clock: 1210 MHz, boost clock: 1440 MHz
  • for notebook with Max-Q design: base clock: 885-1080 MHz, boost clock: 1185-1305MHz

 
GPU Caps Viewer:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - GPU Caps Viewer

 
GPU-Z:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - GPU-Z

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook - GPU-Z, hardware sensors

 

4 – Benchmarks

 

4.1 – Unigine Superposition – 1080p Medium – Direct3D

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + Unigine Superposition

 

16001 (avg FPS: 119.7)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Ventus 8GB – GeForce 417.01
13326 (avg FPS: 99)
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW – RTX 2070 – driver 431.87
13039 (avg FPS: 97.5)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94

In Unigine Superposition, the Zephyrus RTX 2070 has the same performances than a desktop GTX 1070.

 

4.2 – FurMark 1.21

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + FurMark

 

P1080 (1920×1080)

9270 (avg FPS: 154)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Ventus 8GB – GeForce 417.01
6259 (avg FPS: 104)
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW – RTX 2070 – driver 431.87
6201 (avg FPS: 103)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94

Once again, the Zephyrus RTX 2070 shows the same performances than a desktop GTX 1070.

 

4.3 – Rhodium LC

Rhodium LC (LC for Liquid Carbon!) is a new GPU pixel shader benchmark made with GeeXLab and based on this shadertoy demo. You can download RhodiumLC from THIS PAGE.

GeeXLab pixel shader benchmark

 

P1080 (1920×1080)

3461 (avg FPS: 57)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Ventus 8GB – GeForce 417.01
2853 (avg FPS: 47)
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW – RTX 2070 – driver 431.87
2835 (avg FPS: 47)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW – GeForce 416.94
1484 (avg FPS: 24)
MSI GeForce GTX 970 – GeForce 416.94

In this pure pixel shader test, no doubt, Zephyrus RTX 2070 = desktop GTX 1070.

 

4.4 – CrystalDiskMark

Test of the M.2 NVMe 1TB SSD with CrystalDiskMark:

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + crystaldiskmark

Around 1700MB/sec is fast in reading but not enough for a NVMe M.2 storage unit (I can easily reach 3500MB/s with my Samsung 970 PRO NVMe M.2 512GB). Curiously, 1700MB/s is half speed of good NVMe M.2 unit. According to the Zephyrus GX502GW homepage, there should be two NVMe M.2 units running in RAID 0 (stripping). Looks like the RAID 0 is not configured in the factory settings…

 

5 – Burn-in Test

Quick burn-in test with one of the coolest tool ever made: FurMark!

At idle, the ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW is rather quiet (and I’m sure that after some tweaking, it can become quieter). After 3 minutes of stress test, the GPU temperature reached 80°C with some noise. The GPU core clock has been downcloked at 1200 MHz with is more less the base clock (1215 MHz).

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + FurMark stress test

 

UPDATE (2020.03.11)
I forgot to put these thermal imaging pictures I took with a FLIR E4 yesterday during the FurMark stress test:

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + FurMark stress test - Thermal imaging

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW + FurMark stress test - Thermal imaging

 

6 – Conclusion

This gaming notebook has an impressive set of features: a 6C/12T CPU, a RTX 2070 GPU, an 1TB M2 SSD storage unit, 16 GB DDR4 system memory and a G-SYNC 240Hz monitor. But performances of the RTX 2070 (similar to the perfs of a desktop GTX 1070) is not impressive. Same thing for the 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD: not really impressive. For the RTX 2070, it’s due to the constraints imposed by the notebook: it’s thin (18.9mm height) and space for correct cooling is limited (that’s why the GPU core base clock is 1215 MHz while on a desktop RTX, the same speed is clocked at 1410 MHz). For the NVMe M.2 SSD, it’s likely a software (or BIOS?) configuration issue. I tested this gaming laptop very quickly in a showroom that’s why I didn’t have the time to look at this SSD slowness.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook

 

I tested this notebook at Internex (here in Switzerland). Merci Xav!





6 thoughts on “ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW Gaming Notebook Review”

    1. JeGX Post Author

      Where do you see Optimus ? On the GPU Shark screenshot where we see RTX 2070 + Intel UHD 630 ?
      If I’m not wrong, I forced in NV control panel the prefered graphics accelerator to RTX 2070.
      And in Explorer context menu, there was the option to start a 3D app with a prticular GPU. So Optimus?

      1. Stefan

        Yeah,
        on my ASUS ROG GL502VM with G-Sync the Intel GPU is invisible for device manager, hardware manager and BIOS.

        So i expect an Optimus rig when i see an iGPU.

  1. DroodDrood

    Nice laptop and results. These Asus gaming notebooks are extremely rugged. I still use a G74VW since 7 years and it still keeps ticking. You can run the latest tiles on it like Overwatch, Farcry5 or Apex even tho not with full settings. This GX502GW is still a bit pricey 2300 EUR but you set a watcher on it and it will be 1300 before you would know it.
    ATM I don’t even see a point of buying Core i9 gaming laptop, for what? Mine can run everything nicely only issue with it that it’s heavy, even the PSU is like a brick and it pushes heat like a dragon but besides that 2 it’s tip top.

  2. saltinbank

    1000 pts more …
    I got a full unlock 9750H 4.5/4.1 bios and volt mod and a rtx 1650 mhz 2000 mhz GDDR6 (18ghz) and 16GB @3.5 Ghz

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