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Asus ROG Flow X16 laptop in review: 1,100 nits mini-LED display in gaming convertible with Ryzen 9 6900HS

Asus ROG Flow X16: 1,100 nits mini-LED in a 2-in-1 gamer with RTX 3070 Ti and AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS.
Asus ROG Flow X16: 1,100 nits mini-LED in a 2-in-1 gamer with RTX 3070 Ti and AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS.
Mini-LED makes its debut in the form of 1,100 nits that ensure a true HDR gaming experience: Asus' ROG Flow X16 is a compact 16-inch and 2-in-1 convertible that keeps 125 watts of RTX 3070 Ti permanently cool, outperforming other multimedia notebooks while remaining quieter than gaming laptops.

A mini-LED display in a gaming laptop that is also a convertible: The Asus ROG Flow X16 combines an RTX 3070 Ti from Nvidia with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS, 32 GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1 terabyte SSD.

How good is the display with DisplayHDR 1000 certification, which is also Pantone-certified (factory-calibrated)? This may bring about a small revolution for gaming, since HDR content has never really made it onto a notebook screen until now. HDR 400 was certainly unable to do so.

In fact, our review shows that there is hardly a better screen for HDR gaming that offers both quick response times and a 165 Hz refresh rate. It is equally well suited to creative tasks with its touchscreen and stylus. The black is similarly rich as in OLED panels, and the contrast ratio is already very high in SDR mode. The resolution of 2560x1600 offers high levels of sharpness on the 16-inch screen in 16:10 format. 

Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
Dell XPS 15 9520 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
Display
-18%
-2%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
99.82
68.53
-31%
97.8
-2%
99.1
-1%
sRGB Coverage
99.99
98.38
-2%
99.9
0%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
90.21
70.45
-22%
86
-5%
88
-2%
Response Times
9%
22%
-307%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
11 ?(1, 10)
14 ?(6, 8)
-27%
1.9 ?(1.1, 0.8)
83%
42.8 ?(19.6, 23.2)
-289%
Response Time Black / White *
11 ?(1, 10)
6 ?(2, 4)
45%
1.9 ?(1.1, 0.8)
83%
91.6 ?(76, 15.6)
-733%
PWM Frequency
7400 ?(100)
59.52 ?(100)
-99%
14880
101%
Screen
-37%
-32%
82%
Brightness middle
498
515
3%
381.4
-23%
514
3%
Brightness
502
475
-5%
384
-24%
497
-1%
Brightness Distribution
94
85
-10%
95
1%
95
1%
Black Level *
0.11
0.45
-309%
0.02
82%
Contrast
4527
1144
-75%
25700
468%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.87
2.38
-27%
4.34
-132%
1.4
25%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.15
4.37
29%
9.24
-50%
2.8
54%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.94
1.1
43%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.15
2.71
14%
2
37%
2.3
27%
Gamma
330.95 1%
2.49 88%
2.13 103%
2.27 97%
CCT
7294 89%
6117 106%
6210 105%
6792 96%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -27%
-4% / -11%
-75% / -19%

* ... smaller is better

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is able to utilize up to 125 W of TGP, which is also permanently sustained thanks to a sophisticated cooling system consisting of three fans and foam elements that direct the airflow. Hence, the compact 2-in-1 gamer even outperforms several other classic gaming laptops and most multimedia notebooks. The existing MUX switch also contributes to this. At the same time, the convertible operates more quietly than traditional gaming behemoths, especially in the Balanced mode of Asus' Armoury Crate software, which also allows for overclocking the GPU. 

Cooling system: 3 fans (for GPU, CPU and for the system), 5 heat pipes, liquid metal & directed airflow.
Cooling system: 3 fans (for GPU, CPU and for the system), 5 heat pipes, liquid metal & directed airflow.
Cyberpunk 2077 1.5
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
94 fps ∼100% +24%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
76 (31min - 106.9max) fps ∼81% +1%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
75.6 fps ∼80%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
73.2 (55.1min - 100.5max) fps ∼78% -3%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
48.9 (32.7min - 71.6max) fps ∼52% -35%
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
24.6 (16.9min - 34.4max) fps ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
19.6 (13min - 28.7max) fps ∼80%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
11.6 (8.2min - 16.1max) fps ∼47%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
219 fps ∼100% +16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
209 (173min, 174.1P1 - 228max) fps ∼95% +11%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
189 fps ∼86%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
166 (146min) fps ∼76% -12%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
144 (33.3min, 39.8P0.1, 65P1 - 353max) fps ∼66% -24%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
133.9 (124min - 147max) fps ∼61% -29%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
111 (95min, 95P1 - 122max) fps ∼100% +13%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
103 (89min, 97P1 - 111max) fps ∼93% +5%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
97.8 fps ∼88%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
92.2 (19.1min, 45.8P0.1, 67.7P1 - 266max) fps ∼83% -6%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
90.4 (78min) fps ∼81% -8%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
67.8 (61min - 74max) fps ∼61% -31%
GTA V - 2560x1440 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
101.9 (4.88min, 66.7P1 - 139.9max) fps ∼100% +22%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
100 (7.88min, 55.6P1 - 197max) fps ∼98% +19%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
83.7 fps ∼82%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
82.7 (20.6min, 55.6P1 - 155max) fps ∼81% -1%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
63.4 (7.71min, 41.7P1 - 123.3max) fps ∼62% -24%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
107 fps ∼100% +13%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
95.7 fps ∼89% +1%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
94.9 fps ∼89%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
87 (53min) fps ∼81% -8%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
85.8 fps ∼80% -10%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
69.3 fps ∼65% -27%
2560x1440 High Quality
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
82.3 fps ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
75.5 fps ∼92%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.2 fps ∼88% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
64.8 fps ∼79% -14%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
49.1 fps ∼60% -35%
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla
1920x1080 High Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
94 (41min - 162max) fps ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
88 fps ∼94%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
85 (26min) fps ∼90% -3%
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
80 (38min - 167max) fps ∼100% +1%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
79 fps ∼99%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
73 (10min) fps ∼91% -8%
2560x1440 Ultra High Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
62 (35min - 132max) fps ∼100% +2%
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HS, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
61 fps ∼98%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
56 (25min) fps ∼90% -8%

A stable case with elements from the ROG Flow 13 and Zephyrus M16, 100-watt Power Delivery, good upgradeability (2x SO-DIMM + 2x M.2 slots for SSDs), an RGB-backlit keyboard with 1.7 mm travel, and good speakers all result in a balanced package overall. Only the battery life of under 6 hours is rather mediocre, but is typical for this laptop class. USB 4.0 is not (yet) available, but Asus' own xGM port has twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3/4, namely 64 GBit/s @PCIe 3.0 8x, which is intended for the Asus graphics dock.

Our review model is a pre-production model that is not yet widely available. Depending on your location, identical (i.e. identical hardware with a region-specific keyboard layout) or slightly different configurations may be available at varying prices, usually starting around US$2500.00. For example, a near-identical configuration (with 16GB RAM instead of 32) is available in the USA for US$2,699.99 via Asus' ROG website (price as of 06.08.2022).

Many more details and in-depth benchmark results can be found in our full review of the Asus ROG Flow X16.

 

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Marvin Gollor, 2022-08- 6 (Update: 2022-08- 6)