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Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q review: Alan Walker Special Edition 14-inch gaming laptop

Zen 3 Cezanne and Nvidia Ampere with a special design. The Zephyrus G14 is a compact gaming device that was unrivaled for a long time. In order to distance itself from the competition, Asus takes a different approach with the Zephyrus G14 by presenting the device as an "Alan Walker Special Edition" with nice design features that make the device visually eye-catching.
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The compact Zephyrus G14 was introduced last year, and it managed to impress us with the amount of power it packs into a small space. This year' new edition also offers even more power thanks to AMD and the new Zen 3 processors. The new Ryzen 9 5900HS was already impressive in the Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM in combination with the GeForce RTX 3060 laptop. The Special Edition with the Alan Walker design that has now been released is based on the same platform, although a small downgrade has been made in terms of the GPU with the implementation of the RTX 3050 Ti laptop model.

The Special Edition's design decorates the device, and with the matrix display on the display lid, it offers a very unique way to draw attention. In addition, there's a WQHD panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate; the resulting combination of the display and the unique design justifies the purchase price of about 1,850 Euros (~$2,145). At the moment, the Zephyrus G14 with the RTX 3060 costs around 1,800 Euros (~$2,088).

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Zephyrus G14 GA401Q - Alan Walker Special Edition (ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401 Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS 8 x 3.3 - 4.6 GHz, 80 W PL2 / Short Burst, 80 W PL1 / Sustained, Cezanne H (Zen 3)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU - 4096 MB, Core: 1585 MHz, Memory: 1530 MHz, 60 W TDP ( including 75 W Dynamic Boost), GDDR6, Nvidia 462.13
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 22-22-22-52, dual-channel
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 210 PPI, TL140BDXP01-0, IPS, Adaptive Sync, glossy: no, 120 Hz
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB, 1024 GB 
, 900 GB free
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 324 x 222 ( = 0.78 x 12.76 x 8.74 in)
Battery
76 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Armoury Crate, Radeon software, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.741 kg ( = 61.41 oz / 3.84 pounds), Power Supply: 578 g ( = 20.39 oz / 1.27 pounds)
Price
1,999 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82.7 %
10/2021
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
1.7 kg19.9 mm14.00"2560x1440
83.5 %
06/2021
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
1.7 kg19.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
83.6 %
03/2020
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
R9 4900HS, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
1.6 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
87.5 %
06/2021
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
1.8 kg16.8 mm14.00"2560x1440
83.2 %
09/2021
Schenker XMG Focus 15
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
1.9 kg22 mm15.60"1920x1080
79.2 %
09/2021
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg25 mm15.60"1920x1080
82.2 %
08/2021
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg23.9 mm15.60"2560x1440

Case

The case of the Zephyrus G14 in the Alan Walker Special Edition is based on the Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM, which we were able to review thoroughly. Please refer to that review for more details.

The modifications of the Special Edition are strictly visual, and they are clearly noticeable at first glance. Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) and music producer Alan Walker have released the Asus Zephyrus G14 in this Special Edition as part of a collaboration. You can tell that the device is the Alan Walker Edition even when it's turned off, which is thanks to all the letters and signatures. Even the keyboard wasn't overlooked, since it has been decorated with the corresponding accents.

Asus has incorporated a great gimmick into the display lid: A matrix panel consisting of 1,215 LEDs that can be configured to show customized information in the form of scrolling text. But logos and system information can also be displayed there, but it makes little sense because the user can't see this information during normal use. As a result, the matrix panel is purely a nice-to-have feature.

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Size comparison

363.4 mm / 14.3 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.97 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 1.9 kg4.28 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.7 kg3.84 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.7 kg3.7 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs319.7 mm / 12.6 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.8 kg3.9 lbs

Connectivity


Right: Power supply, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 (with DP, PD, and G-Sync), combined 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: Power supply, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 (with DP, PD, and G-Sync), combined 3.5 mm audio jack
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 (no DP, PD, or G-Sync), 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, Kensington lock
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 (no DP, PD, or G-Sync), 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, Kensington lock
Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Back: No ports
Back: No ports

Display - WQHD and 120 Hz

No backlight bleeding at the edges or corners
No backlight bleeding at the edges or corners
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Our review sample is equipped with a 120 Hz WQHD display. In combination with the diagonal size of 14 inches, this results in a pixel density of 210 ppi. Compared with the Full HD panel of the identically built Zephyrus G14, the WQHD display performs slightly better overall. In terms of brightness and its distribution, both displays achieve similarly good results, although the Schenker XMG Focus 15 has a much brighter display.

At 120 Hz, the WQHD panel is a little slower than the Full HD display with its 144 Hz, but this doesn't really matter in normal use. When it comes to backlight bleeding, our review sample impresses with a very good result in complete darkness - no bright spots are visible. Similarly, PWM is not an issue in our Zephyrus G14, nor in any of the other comparison devices in this review.

314
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
TL140BDXP01-0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 333 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 316.7 cd/m² Minimum: 15.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 196 cd/m²
Contrast: 925:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.58 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 2.88
ΔE Greyscale 7.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
84.52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.91% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
94.24% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.28
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
TL140BDXP01-0, IPS, 2560x1440, 14.00
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
LM140LF-1F02, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
CEC PA LM140LF-1F01, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
TL140BDXP02-2, IPS, 2560x1440, 14.00
Schenker XMG Focus 15
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB5, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
BOE BOE09B8, IPS, 2560x1440, 15.60
Display
-19%
-19%
1%
-19%
-20%
-18%
Display P3 Coverage
94.24
68.1
-28%
66.54
-29%
97.2
3%
64.6
-31%
65.4
-31%
66.2
-30%
sRGB Coverage
99.91
92.4
-8%
92.04
-8%
99.9
0%
95.3
-5%
91.3
-9%
96.3
-4%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
84.52
67.7
-20%
67.22
-20%
85.4
1%
66.5
-21%
66.7
-21%
67.1
-21%
Response Times
-216%
-299%
-31%
-19%
-12%
-2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
20 ?(11, 9)
34.4 ?(15.6, 18.8)
-72%
43.6 ?(21.2, 22.4)
-118%
16.4 ?(8, 8.4)
18%
18 ?(9.2, 8.8)
10%
7.4 ?(3.8, 3.6)
63%
14 ?(7, 7)
30%
Response Time Black / White *
6 ?(2, 4)
27.6 ?(16.4, 11.2)
-360%
34.8 ?(20.4, 14.4)
-480%
10.8 ?(5.6, 5.2)
-80%
8.8 ?(3.6, 5.2)
-47%
11.2 ?(6, 5.2)
-87%
8 ?(4, 4)
-33%
PWM Frequency
Screen
6%
26%
24%
33%
15%
-0%
Brightness middle
333
329.4
-1%
322.2
-3%
331.1
-1%
418
26%
307
-8%
349
5%
Brightness
317
311
-2%
302
-5%
318
0%
376
19%
321
1%
304
-4%
Brightness Distribution
89
90
1%
87
-2%
91
2%
83
-7%
83
-7%
79
-11%
Black Level *
0.36
0.39
-8%
0.26
28%
0.36
-0%
0.41
-14%
0.27
25%
0.535
-49%
Contrast
925
845
-9%
1239
34%
920
-1%
1020
10%
1137
23%
652
-30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.58
4.01
28%
2.43
56%
2.25
60%
1.67
70%
4.67
16%
3.11
44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.62
8.21
23%
5.07
52%
4.62
56%
3.88
63%
7.53
29%
9.57
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.88
3.89
-35%
2.29
20%
0.98
66%
2.41
16%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.5
3.2
57%
3.3
56%
1.7
77%
2.9
61%
4.5
40%
5
33%
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.2 100%
2.22 99%
2.3 96%
2.26 97%
2.276 97%
2.36 93%
CCT
7220 90%
7070 92%
6902 94%
6751 96%
6209 105%
6824 95%
6976 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-76% / -31%
-97% / -30%
-2% / 10%
-2% / 14%
-6% / 4%
-7% / -5%

* ... smaller is better

Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q vs. sRGB (99.9%)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q vs. sRGB (99.9%)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q vs. AdobeRGB (84.5%)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q vs. AdobeRGB (84.5%)

Out of the box, the DeltaE 2000 color deviations measured are clearly too high compared to the sRGB color space. This suggests that Asus is shipping the Zephyrus G14 with an uncalibrated display. Following our calibration, the DeltaE 2000 color deviations were significantly reduced both in grayscales as well as in colors. Our review sample scores well in terms of color-space coverage, meaning that it can be used for professional purposes without any issues. 

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 9 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

As expected, the Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q performs well in the viewing-angle test. This is a typical IPS panel with its strengths and weaknesses. The latter refer to the four corner images, which show slight fogging. Users who want to work with the Zephyrus G14 outdoors should preferably choose a place in the shade. In direct sunlight, the display reaches its limits due to insufficient brightness.

The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the viewing-angle test
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the viewing-angle test
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in sunlight
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in sunlight
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the shade
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the shade

Performance - Ryzen 9 meets RTX 3050 Ti

A gaming device needs a good deal of performance. Asus has opted for AMD's latest processors with the Ryzen 9 5900HS, which is the right way to go. The octa-core CPU delivers a solid multi-core performance, and the single-core performance has also been increased significantly with Zen 3. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is used as the graphics card in our review sample. The overall package is rounded off well with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD.

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Processor

The Asus gaming laptop is powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS. With its eight cores and 16 threads, the device is also well-equipped for the future. The base clock speed is 3.3 GHz, and it can be increased up to 4.6 GHz depending on the workload. Therefore, the 35-watt SoC can consume up to 64 watts for a short time when the circumstances allow it. In comparison, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS in our review unit shows a very good performance in both the single-core tests as well as the multithread benchmarks.

The performance of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS is very stable in the Cinebench R15 Multi loop. The result settles at an average of 2,116 points.

For more comparisons and benchmarks, please refer to our CPU Benchmarks article.

Cinebench R15 Multi endurance test

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Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS: Ø2116 (2070.39-2126.64)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS: Ø2088 (2079.33-2098.42)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS: Ø1655 (1591.98-1850.91)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2052 (2009.65-2060.79)
Schenker XMG Focus 15 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1723 (1688.33-1770.15)
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220 Intel Core i7-11800H; fan in full speed: Ø1900 (1799.78-2120.55)
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220 Intel Core i7-11800H; Factory settings: Ø1316 (1300.31-1341.52)
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø1958 (1935.55-1986)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
13214 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
13158 (12786.6min - 13158max) Points ∼100% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (12333 - 13214, n=3)
12902 Points ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
12652 (12516min - 12651.7max) Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
11942 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (4621 - 14363, n=94, last 2 years)
10885 Points ∼82% -18%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
10816 Points ∼82% -18%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
8447 Points ∼64% -36%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
1517 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1488 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (1457 - 1488, n=3)
1476 Points ∼97% -1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1457 Points ∼96% -2%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1433 Points ∼94% -4%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
1390 Points ∼92% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (1095 - 1619, n=93, last 2 years)
1373 Points ∼91% -8%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1218 Points ∼80% -18%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5167 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5058 Points ∼98% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (4733 - 5167, n=3)
4986 Points ∼96% -4%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
4876 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
4685 Points ∼91% -9%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
4307 Points ∼83% -17%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
4288 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=189, last 2 years)
3810 Points ∼74% -26%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
3306 Points ∼64% -36%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
584 Points ∼100%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
583 Points ∼100% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (560 - 584, n=3)
571 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
568 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
558 Points ∼96% -4%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
536 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=188, last 2 years)
504 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
495 Points ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
471 Points ∼81% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
2180 Points ∼100%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
2121 (1799.78min - 2120.55max) Points ∼97% -3%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
1342 (1300.31min - 1341.52max) Points ∼62% -38%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (2020 - 2180, n=3)
2099 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
2098 (2079.33min - 2098.42max) Points ∼96% -4%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2061 (2009.65min - 2060.79max) Points ∼95% -5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1986 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
1863 Points ∼85% -15%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
1770 (1688.33min - 1770.15max) Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=205, last 2 years)
1616 Points ∼74% -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
240 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
235 Points ∼98% -2%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
231 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
229 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
228 Points ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (211 - 240, n=3)
229 Points ∼95% -5%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
210 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=194, last 2 years)
204 Points ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
197 Points ∼82% -18%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
193 Points ∼80% -20%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
342 Seconds * ∼100% -48%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 555, n=178, last 2 years)
314 Seconds * ∼92% -36%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
297 Seconds * ∼87% -29%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
278 Seconds * ∼81% -20%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
257 Seconds * ∼75% -11%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
251 Seconds * ∼73% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (231 - 249, n=3)
238 Seconds * ∼70% -3%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
233 Seconds * ∼68% -1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
230.9 Seconds * ∼68%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
58875 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (55697 - 59680, n=3)
58084 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
55697 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
54052 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
52370 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
48577 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
47642 MIPS ∼81% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=179, last 2 years)
44994 MIPS ∼76% -24%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
38156 MIPS ∼65% -35%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5804 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (5637 - 5804, n=3)
5703 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5637 MIPS ∼97% -3%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
5567 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
5531 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=179, last 2 years)
5243 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
5164 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
4791 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
4634 MIPS ∼80% -20%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
9073 Points ∼100% +17%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (7767 - 7910, n=2)
7839 Points ∼86% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7767 Points ∼86%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
7675 Points ∼85% -1%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
7480 Points ∼82% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=178, last 2 years)
7190 Points ∼79% -7%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
6758 Points ∼74% -13%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
1585 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1547 Points ∼98%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
1480 Points ∼93% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (1410 - 1547, n=2)
1479 Points ∼93% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1458 Points ∼92% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=178, last 2 years)
1317 Points ∼83% -15%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
1218 Points ∼77% -21%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
15.4 fps ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
15.3 fps ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
15.3 fps ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (13.8 - 15.4, n=3)
14.8 fps ∼96% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
14.6 fps ∼95% -5%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
13.7 fps ∼89% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (6.13 - 19.8, n=178, last 2 years)
12.4 fps ∼81% -19%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
12.193 fps ∼79% -21%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
11 fps ∼71% -29%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
77.4 s * ∼100% -45%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
58.9 s * ∼76% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 113, n=172, last 2 years)
54.5 s * ∼70% -2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
53.5 s * ∼69%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (51.9 - 54.9, n=3)
53.4 s * ∼69% -0%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
51.9 s * ∼67% +3%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
49.5 s * ∼64% +7%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
47.3 s * ∼61% +12%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.601 sec * ∼100% -17%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
0.599 sec * ∼100% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=174, last 2 years)
0.58 sec * ∼97% -13%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.548 sec * ∼91% -7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
0.522 sec * ∼87% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (0.51 - 0.538, n=3)
0.52 sec * ∼87% -2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
0.512 sec * ∼85%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
0.51 sec * ∼85% -0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6380
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
13444 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
71832 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
12016 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
13319
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
41235
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
22.3 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
96.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.83 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
24.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
95.58 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
2.45 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
240 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
170.48 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2180 Points
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System performance

The PCMark 10 results place our Asus laptop in the midfield, although significantly better rankings were achieved in individual categories. The gap to the Razer Blade 14 is relatively small at only 5% and consequently not noticeable in everyday use.

PCMark 10 / Score
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6967 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6773 Points ∼97% +2%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
6738 Points ∼97% +2%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
6666 Points ∼96% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
6617 Points ∼95%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
 
6617 Points ∼95% 0%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
6478 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=171, last 2 years)
6152 Points ∼88% -7%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5751 Points ∼83% -13%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
10418 Points ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
10413 Points ∼100% +3%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
10171 Points ∼98% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
10094 Points ∼97%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
 
10094 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
10016 Points ∼96% -1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
9920 Points ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11064, n=170, last 2 years)
9652 Points ∼93% -4%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9248 Points ∼89% -8%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9458 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
 
9458 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9394 Points ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9381 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
9228 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9217 Points ∼97% -3%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8639 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (5813 - 10066, n=170, last 2 years)
8341 Points ∼88% -12%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
7606 Points ∼80% -20%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9431 Points ∼100% +15%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9395 Points ∼100% +14%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
8982 Points ∼95% +9%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
8615 Points ∼91% +5%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8399 Points ∼89% +2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
8236 Points ∼87%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
 
8236 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=170, last 2 years)
7974 Points ∼85% -3%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6843 Points ∼73% -17%
PCMark 10 Score
6617 points
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DPC latencies

LatencyMon shows slightly elevated latencies when opening multiple browser tabs in Edge and playing our 4K YouTube video, but they didn't increase any further when Prime95 was started. Playing our 4K test video results in an average load of 20% for the iGPU. Nevertheless, load peaks of up to 30% are briefly possible.

Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video content
Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video content
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
5541.7 μs * ∼100% -429%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
2840.6 μs * ∼51% -171%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
1048 μs * ∼19%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
952.9 μs * ∼17% +9%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
563.9 μs * ∼10% +46%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
415.3 μs * ∼7% +60%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
392.6 μs * ∼7% +63%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

A fast NVMe SSD (M.2-2280) from Samsung serves as system drive. The SSD's 1 TB of storage space is a solid capacity, which is to be expected from a gaming laptop. Unfortunately, the Zephyrus G14 can't be equipped with a second mass storage device.

For more comparisons and benchmarks, take a look at our HDD/SDD Benchmarks article.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
CDI
CDI
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
Average Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
27%
13%
36%
60%
-32%
12%
-2%
Write 4K
118.4
131.9
11%
189.5
60%


146.3
24%
238.3
101%
138.2
17%
161.3
36%
133 ?(98.9 - 168, n=5)
12%
Read 4K
43.51
54.38
25%
62.7
44%


48.16
11%
55.6
28%
31.31
-28%
49.49
14%
42.4 ?(32.4 - 55, n=5)
-3%
Write Seq
1475
2412
64%
1735
18%


2975
102%
3013
104%
459.3
-69%
1970
34%
1419 ?(1283 - 1582, n=4)
-4%
Read Seq
1887
2154
14%
1608
-15%


2456
30%
2879
53%
1283
-32%
2007
6%
1571 ?(1349 - 1887, n=4)
-17%
Write 4K Q32T1
504.2
519.5
3%
475.5
-6%


476
-6%
568.5
13%
321
-36%
416.8
-17%
427 ?(375 - 504, n=5)
-15%
Read 4K Q32T1
409.3
458.1
12%
554.7
36%


574.3
40%
714.8
75%
394.5
-4%
554.3
35%
452 ?(398 - 506, n=5)
10%
Write Seq Q32T1
1706.4
2998
76%
1802
6%


3018
77%
3287
93%
436
-74%
1965
15%
1615 ?(1492 - 1706, n=5)
-5%
Read Seq Q32T1
3152.9
3601
14%
1929
-39%


3567
13%
3561
13%
2222
-30%
2369
-25%
2523 ?(2329 - 3153, n=5)
-20%
Write 4K Q8T8
518.3
724 ?(518 - 930, n=2)
40%
Read 4K Q8T8
1452.9
1208 ?(963 - 1453, n=2)
-17%
AS SSD
42%
-8%
55%
62%
-105%
-22%
-1%
Seq Read
2618
2922.68
12%
1278.25
-51%
3066.19
17%
2988.43
14%
1977.56
-24%
2217.16
-15%
2128 ?(1960 - 2618, n=5)
-19%
Seq Write
1157
1801.06
56%
1624.46
40%
2805.31
142%
2541.48
120%
308.3
-73%
1929.43
67%
1225 ?(954 - 1547, n=5)
6%
4K Read
38.32
50.01
31%
57.77
51%
49.8
30%
42.82
12%
24.04
-37%
28.71
-25%
43 ?(31.6 - 49.8, n=5)
12%
4K Write
96.36
109.03
13%
163.01
69%
119.68
24%
87.02
-10%
113.73
18%
146.32
52%
130 ?(96.4 - 164, n=5)
35%
4K-64 Read
1297.66
1400.02
8%
581.92
-55%
2092.8
61%
2095.65
61%
256.46
-80%
215.86
-83%
948 ?(455 - 1298, n=5)
-27%
4K-64 Write
908.98
2216.14
144%
849.01
-7%
2009.36
121%
2455.47
170%
242.76
-73%
1474.69
62%
735 ?(262 - 909, n=5)
-19%
Access Time Read *
0.112
0.04
64%
0.036
68%
0.046
59%
0.068
39%
0.15
-34%
0.0765 ?(0.053 - 0.112, n=4)
32%
Access Time Write *
0.04
0.102
-155%
0.112
-180%
0.086
-115%
0.043
-8%
0.353
-783%
0.105
-163%
0.0386 ?(0.028 - 0.062, n=5)
3%
Score Read
1598
1742
9%
768
-52%
2449
53%
2437
53%
478
-70%
466
-71%
1204 ?(682 - 1598, n=5)
-25%
Score Write
1121
2505
123%
1174
5%
2410
115%
2797
150%
387
-65%
814
-27%
987 ?(533 - 1155, n=5)
-12%
Score Total
3464
5088
47%
2372
-32%
6095
76%
6452
86%
1033
-70%
2513
-27%
2769 ?(1552 - 3464, n=5)
-20%
Copy ISO MB/s
1852.84
2076.16
12%
1660.01
-10%
1799.37
-3%
278.08
-85%
1697.79
-8%
1496 ?(974 - 1853, n=4)
-19%
Copy Program MB/s
377.87
878.5
132%
443.52
17%
750.12
99%
282.32
-25%
284.74
-25%
492 ?(357 - 682, n=4)
30%
Copy Game MB/s
948.47
1854.56
96%
1162.09
23%
1829.84
93%
284.18
-70%
786.48
-17%
998 ?(621 - 1428, n=4)
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
35% / 37%
3% / -0%
46% / 48%
61% / 61%
-69% / -79%
-5% / -9%
-2% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Sequential Read: 1945 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1638 MB/s
512K Read: 1418 MB/s
512K Write: 1455 MB/s
4K Read: 44.2 MB/s
4K Write: 114.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 447.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 486.8 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

Besides the iGPU, the Asus Zephyrus G14 also offers an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU. The latter has its own VRAM of 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, and it provides roughly the same performance as the older Asus Zephyrus G14 did with the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card. A head-to-head comparison of the two latest Zephyrus G14 laptops shows that the RTX 3050 Ti variant is about 20% slower than the model with the RTX 3060.

For more comparisons and benchmarks, please refer to our GPU Benchmarks article.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
33833 Points ∼100% +70%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
30339 Points ∼90% +53%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
29247 Points ∼86% +47%
Average of class Gaming
  (1925 - 43077, n=185, last 2 years)
26968 Points ∼80% +36%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
22063 Points ∼65% +11%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
21105 Points ∼62% +6%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
19866 Points ∼59%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
19746 Points ∼58% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (15387 - 20905, n=9)
18792 Points ∼56% -5%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=157, last 2 years)
104792 Points ∼100% +60%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
91295 Points ∼87% +40%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
77108 Points ∼74% +18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (39886 - 91513, n=8)
69843 Points ∼67% +7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
66445 Points ∼63% +2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
65354 Points ∼62%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
64056 Points ∼61% -2%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
62748 Points ∼60% -4%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
23373 Points ∼100% +64%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
20966 Points ∼90% +47%
Average of class Gaming
  (1360 - 34993, n=195, last 2 years)
20298 Points ∼87% +42%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
18436 Points ∼79% +29%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
15650 Points ∼67% +10%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
14696 Points ∼63% +3%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
14262 Points ∼61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (10288 - 14815, n=9)
13660 Points ∼58% -4%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
9768 Points ∼100% +70%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
8513 Points ∼87% +48%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
8286 Points ∼85% +44%
Average of class Gaming
  (429 - 13210, n=199, last 2 years)
7766 Points ∼80% +35%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7234 Points ∼74% +26%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
5850 Points ∼60% +2%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5748 Points ∼59%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
5594 Points ∼57% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (4591 - 6122, n=10)
5424 Points ∼56% -6%
3DMark 11 Performance
18119 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
89363 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
40627 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13132 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
6767 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6074 points
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Gaming performance

The gaming performance of our Zephyrus G14 corresponds to the performance class of the built-in GPU. As expected, the comparison devices equipped with stronger GPUs like the RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 are faster. Nevertheless, our review sample doesn't need to shy away from the competition because most games can be played smoothly at maximum details. However, users will have to sacrifice the native WQHD resolution in newer games if they don't want to compromise on details.

The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
381.1 (53.1min, 150P0.1, 271P1 - 599.4max) fps ∼100% +49%
Average of class Gaming
  (118 - 672, n=116, last 2 years)
301 fps ∼79% +18%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
288.3 (261min - 335max) fps ∼76% +13%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
267 (242min - 295max) fps ∼70% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
262 (13.6min, 55.8P0.1, 173P1 - 396max) fps ∼69% +3%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
255 (55min, 90.1P0.1, 167P1 - 510max) fps ∼67%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (191 - 262, n=6)
237 fps ∼62% -7%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
232.2 fps ∼61% -9%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
164.2 (155min - 176max) fps ∼100% +63%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
141 (52min, 64.6P0.1, 93.3P1 - 280max) fps ∼86% +40%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=150, last 2 years)
140 fps ∼85% +39%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
127.9 (117min - 136max) fps ∼78% +27%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
122.1 (44.1min, 61P0.1, 101.2P1 - 279.5max) fps ∼74% +21%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
102 (87min) fps ∼62% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
101 (20.4min, 59.3P0.1, 77.6P1 - 264max) fps ∼62%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
100.6 fps ∼61% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (70 - 104, n=9)
96.5 fps ∼59% -4%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
88.6 (79min - 96max) fps ∼100% +67%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R1JH
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
81.5 (41.7min, 44.8P0.1, 58.7P1 - 177max) fps ∼92% +54%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
80.9 (70min) fps ∼91% +53%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=192, last 2 years)
78 fps ∼88% +47%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
68.3 (63min - 72max) fps ∼77% +29%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
58.4 fps ∼66% +10%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
56 (46min) fps ∼63% +6%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
53 (48.6min, 56.6P0.1, 76P1 - 221max) fps ∼60%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (34.3 - 58.4, n=12)
48.9 fps ∼55% -8%

The frame rates in The Witcher 3 show no irregularities and remain stable for the entire period. This means that longer gaming sessions are no problem for the Zephyrus G14.

The Witcher 3 FPS diagram

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Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU: Ø52.9 (51-55)
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 176 169 124 71.6 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 255 101 53 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 144.8 139.4 121.4 116 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 127 74.2 53.1 53.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 97.8 85.1 71.5 fps
Strange Brigade (2018) 226 133 112 97.5 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 201 121 115 112 80.9 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 236 144 123 92 68.9 fps
F1 2021 (2021) 230 145 122 62.3 43.1 fps
New World (2021) 84.3 66.2 62.6 45.1 31.3 fps
FIFA 22 (2021) 192 177 171 163 130 fps

Emissions

Noise emissions

The registered noise emissions show that our Asus laptop is relatively quiet in idle usage and under low load with 33.3 dB(A). Silent operation is even possible when using the device on battery power. Under load, however, the two fans turn up considerably, and we measured the highest value in the stress test with 46.8 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
33.3 / 33.3 / 33.3 dB(A)
Load
36.1 / 48.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.935.336.340.934.22530.727.129.130.627.33125.424.724.724.325.14023.824.422.522.721.75024.926.222.32121.56331.832.320.621.524.78035.335.235.435.53710026.52625.725.72712525.423.423.822.924.616024.118.115.715.223.620024.419.314.815.124.525029.62014.415.629.731529.619.714.714.82940032.421.315.416.531.450033.620.913.313.733.163032.319.112.712.432.680033.720.51212.333.6100036.622.311.511.236.2125038.923.911.311.137.4160042.225.311.711.640.4200044.826.41211.743.5250045.525.31212.848.4315041.123.112.21240.7400039.925.21212.339.5500038.922.211.71238.2630039.621.614.21239.1800036.718.115.111.9361000030.217.514.311.929.61250027.317.515.41226.51600023.219.815.711.921.9SPL49.735.425.424.843N7.82.20.70.67.5median 33.6median 21.3median 14.2median 12.3median 33.1Delta5.62.31.726hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus Zephyrus G14 GA401QEC

Temperature

Overall, the compact design of the Zephyrus G14 results in high case temperatures under load. We measured over 50 °C (~122 °F) at two points during the stress test. Therefore, you shouldn't make intensive use of the device when it's placed on your lap; instead, you should choose a solid surface so that the laptop can draw in enough fresh air at the bottom. This is also facilitated by the base's construction, which slightly raises the device's rear side when the display is open. The surface temperatures are slightly better in idle usage, although they're still higher than average at over 40 °C (~104 °F) at several points.

The SoC heated up to just under 88 °C (~190 °F) in the load test, which is still acceptable. In our test, we measured a maximum GPU hot spot temperature of 93 °C (~199 °F), which is also within reasonable limits. We weren't able to determine throttling caused by the temperatures in our review sample.

The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (FurMark + Prime95)
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (FurMark + Prime95)
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (only Prime95)
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (only Prime95)
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (only FurMark)
The Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401Q in the stress test (only FurMark)
Max. Load
 44.9 °C
113 F
53.3 °C
128 F
44.9 °C
113 F
 
 42.5 °C
109 F
53.6 °C
128 F
44.3 °C
112 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
30.8 °C
87 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 53.6 °C = 128 F
Average: 42.4 °C = 108 F
36 °C
97 F
49.9 °C
122 F
37 °C
99 F
44.4 °C
112 F
49.1 °C
120 F
36 °C
97 F
32.4 °C
90 F
32.8 °C
91 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 49.9 °C = 122 F
Average: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.4 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.4 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 53.6 °C / 128 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49.9 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 43 °C / 109 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.9 °C / 100 F, compared to the device average of 33.7 °C / 93 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.4 °C / 93.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-5.4 °C / -9.7 F).
Top (idle)
Top (idle)
Bottom (idle)
Bottom (idle)
Top (load)
Top (load)
Bottom (load)
Bottom (load)

Speakers

Speakers at the bottom
Speakers at the bottom
Speakers at the bottom

The speakers of the Zephyrus G14 deliver a good result that is better than expected. The reason for this can be found quickly: besides the two 2.5-watt speakers, there are also two 0.7-watt tweeters. This makes high and low frequencies sound much better balanced. At the same time, the maximum volume is a minor point of criticism.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.136.338.12535.829.135.83127.524.727.54024.622.524.65026.622.326.66331.220.631.2803935.43910047.525.747.512554.123.854.116058.615.758.620057.414.857.425060.114.460.13156314.76340065.915.465.950066.713.366.763062.912.762.980068.21268.210007011.570125066.411.366.4160063.611.763.62000661266250062.11262.1315064.212.264.2400064.71264.7500063.811.763.8630065.514.265.5800061.415.161.41000056.914.356.91250052.615.452.61600047.915.7