Significantly stronger than its predecessor: New Asus Zenbook Pro 16X is at gaming laptop performance level
The Zenbook Pro 16X is one of Asus' flagships. The slim laptop shines with an almost overloaded configuration of input devices, a sturdy metal chassis and extremely powerful hardware. Asus installs the Intel Core i9-13905H and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080. Anyone who assumes that both are throttled in the 18 mm slim 16-inch laptop is wrong. The GeForce RTX 4080 can consume up to 140 watts and the Intel processor up to 130 watts in boost and up to 90 watts permanently. Hence, the CPU is above the TDP specified by Intel while the GPU is just below Nvidia's maximum specification of 150 watts.
Unlike many gaming laptops, the Zenbook's temperatures do not cause us any discomfort whatsoever. Even in our stress test, the laptop remained cool. The AAS cooling is extremely effective and also remains at a pleasant volume level. Asus achieves this with a special twist: when the laptop is opened, the keyboard also props up slightly, allowing the Zenbook to blow air through the many cooling fins much more effectively.
In light of its powerful performance capabilities, the Zenbook has a wide range of possible applications. In addition to classic gaming, all kinds of content creator tasks are also conceivable. In our review, we test a wide range of tasks and list the corresponding benchmark results.
The Zenbook only fails to win us over in terms of purchase price, which Asus sets at just under US$2700 for the base configuration. This uses the Intel i9-13900H instead of the Intel Core i9-13905H in our test unit, as well as an RTX 4070 instead of the RTX 4080.