ROG Zephyrus G15 - GA503QS

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I was going to build a desktop due to the one I had dying but due to GPU shortages etc and needing a laptop anyway, I have decided to invest in a new laptop and build a new desktop later this year.

I have done a bit of looking around and the ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503QS, Nvida RTX 3080, 32GB, 15.6 QHD 165hz, Ryzen R9-5900HS gaming laptop has caught my eye, as it is 1440p and future proof to a good level.

The question is, is it worth the £2599.99 price tag or are there better laptops out there? I.e. either in build quality, specs or cooling?

My main use will be gaming but will also require use for work as well.
 
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I'm in the same position right now as I need a new laptop and considering one of the new ROG lineups.

Regarding the combo of 5000 ryzen processors and 30xx series gpus I don't think there's much choice out there.

My toss up is with the G14 and G15 as there's around £800 difference for what appears to be screen, screen size, battery size and gpu. Other specs seem to marry up.

Like you I'm going for future proofing so both having the ryzen chip is important but gaming is not that much of a priority which is why the G14 appeals. But then the battery life on the G15...

Let's see which one materialises in terms of stock and then make a decision!
 
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I'm in the same position right now as I need a new laptop and considering one of the new ROG lineups.

Regarding the combo of 5000 ryzen processors and 30xx series gpus I don't think there's much choice out there.

My toss up is with the G14 and G15 as there's around £800 difference for what appears to be screen, screen size, battery size and gpu. Other specs seem to marry up.

Like you I'm going for future proofing so both having the ryzen chip is important but gaming is not that much of a priority which is why the G14 appeals. But then the battery life on the G15...

Let's see which one materialises in terms of stock and then make a decision!

Completely agree, AMD certainly is the way to go at the moment but like anything that will change in time.

The G14 looks nice but like you said, smaller screen, lower battery life and only a RTX 360 ( which is still pretty awesome) pushes me to the G15.

Sadly I don't have the time to sit and wait forever so It will depend on what is available sadly.
 
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The Asus models are annoyingly running the lower TDP model GFX cards, which puts me off buying them. I'd advise you follow this spreadsheet for updates on the TDP draw of the other models:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Hd8gyF3d7Y2p4d2_b5cQ2KJ2DQ2eXtVN8INcdXbeuT8/htmlview

I can't see the G15 model on there (unless I am going blind), so I have to wait and see but like you said, Asus does seem to be using the lower TDP Model GFX cards.

Also just for my understanding, how big a difference does it make that they are running the lower TDP model GFX cards? Is it only a couple of fps when gaming or is it a much bigger impact?

Thank you for the information though, greatly appreciated.
 
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I can't see the G15 model on there (unless I am going blind), so I have to wait and see but like you said, Asus does seem to be using the lower TDP Model GFX cards.

Also just for my understanding, how big a difference does it make that they are running the lower TDP model GFX cards? Is it only a couple of fps when gaming or is it a much bigger impact?

Thank you for the information though, greatly appreciated.

Yes sorry the list will eventually have more, but it's one YouTuber waiting on review stock.

Take the Wattage to marry it against the list that'll give you an idea on performance. I don't think we're talking like 20+ FPS loss but it's enough to feel cheated in my opinion.

https://videocardz.com/newz/there-are-28-variants-of-geforce-rtx-30-laptop-gpus
 
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Yes sorry the list will eventually have more, but it's one YouTuber waiting on review stock.

Take the Wattage to marry it against the list that'll give you an idea on performance. I don't think we're talking like 20+ FPS loss but it's enough to feel cheated in my opinion.

https://videocardz.com/newz/there-are-28-variants-of-geforce-rtx-30-laptop-gpus

No need to be sorry, I appreciate that you provided the information so I was aware. (As much as I try and do research, I do miss stuff)

Mmm problem is there aren't alot of 1440p laptops with AMD processors and not the old intel chips.

I might just bite the bullet as other than the GPU wattage (Yet to be determine) it ticks all the boxes and as stated before, I need something sooner rather than later.
 
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No need to be sorry, I appreciate that you provided the information so I was aware. (As much as I try and do research, I do miss stuff)

Mmm problem is there aren't alot of 1440p laptops with AMD processors and not the old intel chips.

I might just bite the bullet as other than the GPU wattage (Yet to be determine) it ticks all the boxes and as stated before, I need something sooner rather than later.
Yea I feel you mate, the Ryzen chip is only being used from what I can see mainly in the ASUS models. I am sure more will follow suit, but if time is against you then the Asus models are probably your best bet. If the Alienware from Dell only used AMD I'd of gone for that, as that R4 model uses 150watt 3080 which is the highest possible from what I've read.
 
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No need to be sorry, I appreciate that you provided the information so I was aware. (As much as I try and do research, I do miss stuff)

Mmm problem is there aren't alot of 1440p laptops with AMD processors and not the old intel chips.

I might just bite the bullet as other than the GPU wattage (Yet to be determine) it ticks all the boxes and as stated before, I need something sooner rather than later.

This is a great video. This shows that the 95w 3070 in an ASUS vs MSI GE66 running 125w. Remember Asus has the Ryzen and MSI runs the Intel. It appaers the GPU won't needlessly boost or use full W if the frames are high, but I am no expert...but still a good watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQHaSzS1lhQ
 
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This is a great video. This shows that the 95w 3070 in an ASUS vs MSI GE66 running 125w. Remember Asus has the Ryzen and MSI runs the Intel. It appaers the GPU won't needlessly boost or use full W if the frames are high, but I am no expert...but still a good watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQHaSzS1lhQ

Thank you for the link, just watched the video now. No expert myself but it clearly shows a big difference between the low and high wattage cards even if they are both an rtx 3070. Even the temps were the same.

Begs the question why companies would ruin perfectly decent laptops by putting a low wattage card in, can't see the benefits myself unless I am missing something.

Fingers crossed with the G15 they put a high wattage card in but won't hold my breath.
 
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Thank you for the link, just watched the video now. No expert myself but it clearly shows a big difference between the low and high wattage cards even if they are both an rtx 3070. Even the temps were the same.

Begs the question why companies would ruin perfectly decent laptops by putting a low wattage card in, can't see the benefits myself unless I am missing something.

Fingers crossed with the G15 they put a high wattage card in but won't hold my breath.

Yea it makes me wonder what Asus do with their laptops. I did consider the 3080 variant on OCUK the 2599 one, but if they don't utilize the full Watts I'd be so not buying it. Look at the MSI GE66 Leopard, it's intel sadly but the CPU handles the 125w 3070 with ease, as the video shows.
 
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Not sure if anyone can recommend without citing competitors but I have asked ocuk if they shop to Qatar and sadly they don't, if anyone knows of a supplier who can get one of these out to me please let me know!
 
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Not sure if anyone can recommend without citing competitors but I have asked ocuk if they shop to Qatar and sadly they don't, if anyone knows of a supplier who can get one of these out to me please let me know!
Couldn't you find a Logistics firm that'll do the shipping? Sure they exist.
 
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Probably, but most likely will go through amazon as the tax relief plus shipping works out around the same as rrp.

Also Asus has announced how much they have gimped each laptop by. The G15 looks pretty bad with the 3080 bested by a full power laptop 3070.

Ill probably stick with the G14 in this instance.
 
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I've pre-ordered the RTX 3070 version of the Zephyrus G15; I hummed and hawed over getting the RTX 3080 one but couldn't justify spending £700 more for a slightly faster GPU, despite feeling somewhat loyal to Asus as I've had my current beast of a Asus ROG laptop for six years now and am only taking the plunge on a new one because it's starting to feel slow.
 
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I've pre-ordered the RTX 3070 version of the Zephyrus G15; I hummed and hawed over getting the RTX 3080 one but couldn't justify spending £700 more for a slightly faster GPU, despite feeling somewhat loyal to Asus as I've had my current beast of a Asus ROG laptop for six years now and am only taking the plunge on a new one because it's starting to feel slow.

I am tempted to get the 3080 one but not sure yet. I know its got the lower GPU watt power etc but its lightweight, sleek, 1440p and fits my requirements perfectly. (I would have to get an NVME 2TB upgrade though for storage)

I don't like the look of the strix its looks very gimmicky/ disco (Personal opinion and I know some will like it) and has a bigger footprint.

The other laptops from what I can see use old intel chips or don't have 1440p which puts me off. I would have like to see what the Legion 5/7 would be like but with a release date of June 2021, I just cant wait that long.
 
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