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ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Jul 04, 2024 at 11:53 am
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 Picture
7.9
School
8.6
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
9.1
Workstation
8.3
Business

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) is a high-end 16-inch gaming laptop. It replaces the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (model GU603) from 2023. This 2024 GU605 model is available with Intel Meteor Lake CPUs and NVIDIA 40-series discrete GPUs, up to a Core Ultra 9 185H and RTX 4090, respectively. You can get up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage—only the latter is user-replaceable. There's an IPS and OLED panel option; both are QHD+ displays with a 240Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC support. Ports include two USB-As, two USB-Cs (one Thunderbolt 4), an HDMI 2.1, a full-size SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

7.9 School

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is good for school use. It's fairly portable for a 16-inch device, and it provides a great user experience with its sharp display, comfortable keyboard, and large touchpad. Available with Intel Meteor Lake CPUs and NVIDIA 40-series discrete GPUs, it has plenty of processing power to handle demanding tasks, making it suitable for students in fields like programming, game development, and 3D graphics. The main downside is its short six-hour battery life in light uses.

Pros
  • Fairly portable for a 16-inch laptop.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
  • CPU and GPU can handle demanding tasks.
  • Wide port selection.
Cons
  • Battery doesn't last through a typical eight-hour day of light use.
  • OLED susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.6 Gaming

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is an excellent gaming laptop. You can get this laptop with an IPS or OLED display; both have a 240Hz refresh rate, a fast response time, and G-SYNC support, giving you an amazing visual experience with clear images in fast-moving scenes. This laptop is available with powerful Intel Meteor Lake CPUs and NVIDIA 40-series discrete GPUs. Its overall performance is great; however, there are a few bugs causing lower-than-expected frame rates in some games (at the time of writing). RAM and storage max out at 32GB and 2TB, respectively; the former isn't user-replaceable, but the latter is.

Pros
  • Delivers smooth gameplay in most games at 1080p or 1440p.
  • 240Hz display with fast response time.
  • VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
  • Wide port selection.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
Cons
  • Inconsistent performance.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • OLED susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.0 Multimedia

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is great for media consumption. It's fairly portable, and its battery lasts over six hours of video playback. Its 16-inch display looks sharp and has a fast response time to deliver a clear image in fast-moving content. You can choose between an IPS or OLED panel; the latter is better suited for dark rooms, as it produces much deeper blacks. Both displays get bright enough for use in most indoor settings. The speakers sound clear and full, with a good amount of bass. They get very loud, though there are noticeable compression artifacts at higher volume levels.

Pros
  • Fairly portable for a 16-inch laptop.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Battery lasts over six hours of video playback.
  • Loud speakers.
  • Speakers sound clear and full, with a good amount of bass.
Cons
  • Speakers exhibit noticeable compression at high volume levels.
  • OLED susceptible to permanent burn-in.
9.1 Workstation

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is outstanding for use as a workstation. It's available with high-performance Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs that can easily handle demanding tasks like video editing and 3D graphics. Its 16-inch display gives you plenty of screen real estate for multitasking, and it's suitable for color work, sporting full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage. Its wide port selection includes plenty of USB ports, an HDMI 2.1, and a full-size SD card reader, allowing you to easily connect peripherals and external displays. The SSD is user-replaceable, and there's even a second slot if you want to add more. Unfortunately, you can only get up to 32GB of soldered RAM, which might not be enough for highly demanding workloads.

Pros
  • CPU and GPU can handle demanding tasks.
  • Display is suitable for content creation.
  • Wide port selection.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
Cons
  • Inconsistent performance.
  • Can only support up to 32GB of soldered RAM.
  • OLED susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.3 Business

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is great for business use. It feels very well-built and provides a great user experience with its large display, comfortable keyboard, and large touchpad. Its Intel CPU and discrete NVIDIA GPU can easily handle productivity tasks like web browsing, text formatting, and spreadsheets. You can even edit photos and videos, which is great for small business owners needing to do a little bit of everything. It has a wide port selection for peripherals and external displays and a facial recognition IR camera for quick logins. It isn't overly bulky or heavy for a 16-inch device, though you'll need to carry a charger, as the battery lasts only around six hours of light use.

Pros
  • Fairly portable for a 16-inch laptop.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
  • Wide port selection.
  • Decent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • Battery doesn't last through a typical eight-hour day of light use.
  • OLED susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • 7.9 School
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 8.0 Multimedia
  • 9.1 Workstation
  • 8.3 Business
  1. Updated Jul 04, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 27, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 05, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 14, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 07, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  6. Updated May 07, 2024: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we'll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (model GU605MI-DS91-CA) with a 240Hz QHD+ OLED display, an Intel Core Ultra 9 185H CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 discrete GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The display, CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 16" IPS 2560 x 1600 240Hz (Glossy, G-SYNC, 100% DCI P3)
  • 16" OLED 2560 x 1600 240Hz (Glossy, G-SYNC, 100% DCI P3)
CPU
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores/22 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 9 185H (16 cores/22 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 24MB cache)
GPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 (100W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (100W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (105W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU 12GB GDDR6 (115W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU 16GB GDDR6 (115W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
Memory
  • 16GB LP-DDR5X 7467MHz
  • 32GB LP-DDR5X 7467MHz
Storage
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Platinum White
  • Eclipse Gray 

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is an excellent gaming laptop overall. It stands out for its sturdy build, nice OLED display, comfortable keyboard, and wide port selection. However, its performance is inconsistent due likely to software issues (at the time of writing). Also, it's only available with up to 32GB of soldered RAM, which might not be enough if you want to use it as a workstation for highly demanding tasks.

See our recommendations for the best gaming laptops, the best budget and cheap gaming laptops, and the best laptops for video editing.

Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 16 (2023)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 16 (2023) are both great gaming laptops that provide a similar user experience overall. The ASUS feels more premium, as it has a sturdier build and more compact design. It's available with more powerful Intel Meteor Lake CPUs and higher-end NVIDIA GPUs (RTX 4080 and 4090). That said, the ASUS has some bugs (at the time of writing), limiting its performance in some games.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 and the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) are both great gaming laptops. The main difference is that the G16 is a larger model available with more powerful GPUs (up to an RTX 4090) and a higher-refresh 240Hz display, while the G14 is a more compact and portable model configurable with up to an RTX 4070 GPU and a 120Hz display. As for performance, although the G16 is better overall (higher wattage GPUs, superior cooling system), there are a few bugs at the time of writing, causing lower-than-expected frame rates in some games.

Apple MacBook Air 15 (2024)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 and the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2024) are very different. The ASUS is a 16-inch Windows gaming laptop, while the MacBook is a 15-inch ultraportable running macOS. Both laptops provide a good user experience overall. However, there are some major differences between them, like the size of the device, the port selection, and the display's size, technology, and refresh rate. You can get significantly more processing power on the ASUS; however, this comes at the cost of battery life, as the ASUS struggles to last through a typical 8-hour workday, while the MacBook lasts nearly 13 hours in light uses.

Dell Alienware m16 R2 (2024)

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 and the Dell Alienware m16 R2 (2024) are both great 16-inch gaming laptops that provide a good user experience. The ASUS is slightly better build-wise, sporting a sturdier all-aluminum build and a more compact design. Although both are available with 240Hz displays, the ASUS has an OLED option that's much better suited for dark room viewing, whereas the Dell is limited to an IPS panel. As for performance, the ASUS has higher-end configuration options (RTX 4080 and 4090); however, it has a few bugs at the time of writing, limiting its performance in some titles.

Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024)

While the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 (2024) GU605 is a more compact model better suited for on-the-go use, the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024) is a better gaming laptop overall. With matching configurations, the Dell can push higher frame rates, as its Intel 14th Gen (Raptor Lake) CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs are faster, and unlike the ASUS, it doesn't suffer from issues limiting the performance (at the time of writing). The Dell is also a better option if you want to use the laptop as a workstation for demanding tasks, as it supports up to 64GB of user-replaceable RAM, whereas the ASUS is limited to 32GB of soldered memory.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The ASUS Zephyrus G16 is available in a Platinum White or Eclipse Gray color. The diagonal bar on the lid called 'Slash Lighting,' contains LED lights. You can customize the lighting via the ASUS Armoury Crate app. See the bottom of the laptop here.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16's build quality is outstanding. Its aluminum chassis feels very sturdy, exhibiting little to no flex on the lid or keyboard deck. There's also very little twist when manipulating the display. The finish is fairly scratch-resistant and doesn't pick up too many fingerprints or smudges. The feet feel solid and stick firmly to the bottom.

9.1
Design
Hinge
Range
135°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The hinge is outstanding. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and while it has a fair amount of resistance, you can still lift the lid with one hand. There's very little screen wobble when moving the laptop or typing heavily.

7.3
Design
Portability
Size
16"
Thickness
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width
14.1" (35.7 cm)
Depth
9.8" (24.8 cm)
Volume
108.1 in³ (1,770.7 cm³)
Weight
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Charger Size
16.6 in³ (271.7 cm³)
Charger Weight
1.2 lbs (0.6 kg)
6.8
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.5
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
2
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

Accessing the internals is relatively straightforward; you only need to remove nine screws and two spacers (not glued on). The bottom panel comes off pretty easily—a prying tool isn't necessary. Both storage slots support M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs.

Get the user manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • 200W power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Note: Models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 or RTX 4090 GPU come with a 240W power adapter.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
188 PPI
Panel Type
OLED
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
85%

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 2024 is available with the following displays:

  • 16" IPS 2560 x 1600 240Hz (Glossy, 100% DCI P3)
  • 16" OLED 2560 x 1600 240Hz (Glossy, 100% DCI P3)

Both displays look very sharp—not quite as sharp as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024)'s 2.8k (241 PPI) panel, but still more than adequate for gaming, general productivity, and content creation. The 16:10 aspect ratio is great for productivity, as it gives you slightly more vertical space than a standard 16:9 screen, allowing you to see more information at once when reading a document or website. The main difference between the two displays is the panel type—the OLED panel produces deeper blacks, making it a better option for dark room viewing, but unlike the IPS panel, it's susceptible to permanent burn-in, especially with static elements like Windows' taskbar. That said, it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

9.6
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 2024's OLED display has a high refresh rate and a fast response time, resulting in a clear image in fast-moving scenes and exceptional input responsiveness. The IPS panel is likely identical in performance, as it has the same refresh rate and advertised response time.

10
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
99,750 : 1

The OLED display's contrast ratio is effectively infinite since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The IPS panel has a much lower contrast ratio, as it's a backlit display with no local dimming capability. This means blacks will look more like gray in dim settings.

7.7
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
368 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
18 cd/m²

The OLED display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not outdoors in broad daylight. It's very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing as it causes less eye strain. The IPS panel has the same advertised brightness.

9.1
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.73%
Indirect Reflections
1.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.23%

The display's glossy finish handles reflections remarkably well. Reflections are only problematic when viewing dark-color content. Bright reflections, like a lamp, are visible when viewing light-color content with the screen at max brightness, but they aren't overly distracting.

10
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
0.023%

The OLED panel's black uniformity is perfect since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels. As for the IPS panel, while backlight bleed is possible, it's unlikely to be a common issue, especially on a high-end device such as this. That said, blacks will look more like gray since the IPS panel has a backlight with no local dimming capability.

7.2
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
37°
Color Washout From Right
36°
Color Shift From Left
20°
Color Shift From Right
20°
Brightness Loss From Left
42°
Brightness Loss From Right
42°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
42°
Gamma Shift From Right
42°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is decent. Like most OLED panels, colors shift fairly quickly as you move to the side. The IPS panel is likely better regarding color shift but worse when it comes to color washout and brightness loss.

7.2
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
37°
Color Washout From Above
36°
Color Shift From Below
20°
Color Shift From Above
20°
Brightness Loss From Below
41°
Brightness Loss From Above
41°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
42°
Gamma Shift From Above
41°

The display's vertical viewing angle is decent. Again, color shift is the main issue when viewing from above or below, which is typical for most OLED panels. It isn't too bad if you're only viewing documents, but you'll have to look at the screen more or less straight on if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work.

7.8
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.05
Avg. Gamma
2.14
Avg. Color dE
4.43
Avg. Color Temperature
6,481 K

The display's accuracy is good out of the box. The white balance inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot, but many colors are visibly off due to oversaturation. Some people may like this punchy, oversaturated look; just know it isn't accurate. The gamma follows the curve well at mid-brightness; however, dark scenes are a tad too dark, and bright scenes are too bright.

9.7
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
152.82%
sRGB uv
141.35%
Adobe RGB xy
96.88%
Adobe RGB uv
99.07%
DCI P3 xy
99.99%
DCI P3 uv
99.99%
Rec. 2020 xy
80.78%
Rec. 2020 uv
81.96%

The display's color gamut is superb. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI P3 color spaces and near-full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, making it suitable for a wide range of uses, including media consumption, professional photo editing, and HDR video production. The IPS panel has the same advertised color gamut.

9.0
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
960 Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The OLED display flickers; however, as the flicker frequency is very high, it's unlikely to be an issue for most people. The IPS panel is likely flicker-free.

Interface
8.6
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
RGB Zones
Operating Force
63 gf
Actuation Force
41 gf
Pre-Travel
1.15 mm
Total Travel
1.43 mm

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 has an excellent keyboard. Its layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The keys have a good amount of travel, require little force to actuate, and provide clear tactile feedback. Some keys wobble, but in general, most are relatively stable. Unfortunately, although this keyboard has RGB backlighting, there's only one lighting zone, so customization is limited. You can change the lighting in the ASUS Armoury Crate software.

8.9
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.5
Size
23.3 in² (150.0 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The ASUS Zephyrus G16 2024 has an excellent touchpad. It's large, and its surface feels smooth, allowing fingers to slide easily across it. Tracking is excellent, except around the left and right edges, where it feels a tad less responsive. Palm rejection works as intended, and there are no issues performing gestures like dragging and dropping. You can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad; the buttons feel tactile.

8.8
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
84 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.5 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
0.3
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
141 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
4.7 dB

The speakers sound clear and full, with a good amount of bass and treble. They get very loud, though there's a fair amount of compression at higher volume levels.

7.4
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
7.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
Yes

The ASUS Zephyrus G16 has a decent webcam. The image looks detailed; however, the colors are a tad oversaturated and overly warm. There's also noise in some areas. As for the microphone, although voices come across clearly, there's static noise in the background.

Connectivity
9.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.1
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
SD UHS 2
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
Asus DC Power Input Port
Security Lock
No

The ASUS Zephyrus G16 2024 has an outstanding port selection. Both USB-As support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed of up to 10Gbps. The two USB-Cs are different in specifications; the one on the left (next to the HDMI port) supports Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed), while the right one supports USB 3.2 Gen 2. Both USB-Cs support DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery. You can charge the laptop via USB-C, but only up to 100W, so the battery will discharge if you use the laptop for intensive tasks while charging.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The wireless adapter is an Intel AX211NGW. Wi-Fi 6E gives you access to the 6GHz band, providing faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous wireless standards; however, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core Ultra 9 185H
Core Count
16
Thread Count
22

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores/22 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 9 185H (16 cores/22 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 24MB cache)

Both are high-performance CPUs from Intel's Meteor Lake family. Unlike Intel's 14th Gen processors (13th Gen Raptor Lake refreshes), these CPUs have two additional low-power E-cores (LP-E) to further improve efficiency and an NPU (Neural Processing Units) to handle AI-based tasks, like background-blurring on video calls. They can easily handle general productivity tasks, as well as more demanding workloads like gaming, programming, and video editing. The Core Ultra 7 and Core Ultra 9 have the same core composition, meaning they both have six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficiency cores (6P+8E+2LP-E). The only difference is that the Core Ultra 9 has faster clock speeds, which typically results in only a small performance boost. Both CPUs have the same Neural Processing Units (NPU).

Configuration
GPU
Brand
NVIDIA
Model
Geforce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Dedicated/Integrated
Dedicated
VRAM Size
8 GB

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is available with the following CPUs:

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 (100W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (100W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 (105W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU 12GB GDDR6 (115W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU 16GB GDDR6 (115W TGP /w Dynamic Boost)

The available GPUs range from entry-level (RTX 4050) to the top-end RTX 4090. All five have the same features, meaning they all support DLSS 3 (including frame generation), ray tracing, and NVIDIA Reflex, so you aren't losing any features if you get a lower-end model. If you plan on gaming at the display's native QHD+ resolution, getting an RTX 4080 or 4090 is best, as the RTX 4060 and 4070's 8GB VRAM is limiting at the QHD resolution. You can even experience performance issues like stutters and graphical pop-ins with 8GB of VRAM at 1080p, depending on the game. This isn't to say that you should avoid the RTX 4060 and 4070; just know that you'll run into issues sooner as newer games become increasingly demanding. As for the RTX 4050, this GPU is mainly for 1080p gaming, though it can handle some well-optimized or lighter titles (like platformers) at 1440p. See more details about NVIDIA's 40-series laptop GPUs here.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
8 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5x
Speed
7,467 MHz

You can get this laptop with 16GB or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
1,000 GB
Usable Capacity
909 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00-1102
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can get the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 2024 with 1TB or 2TB of storage. Some RTX 4080 and 4090 models include a Western Digital 'Performance' SSD, which is presumably faster than the SSD in other configurations; however, ASUS doesn't specify the exact model of the 'Performance' SSD. You can get this laptop with 1TB or 2TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable. There are two storage slots; both support M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs.

Performance
9.9
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,834 points
CPU Multi-Thread
12,824 points
GPU Compute
126,773 points

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16's overall score in Geekbench 5 is outstanding. Its Intel Core Ultra 9 185H CPU can handle a variety of productivity tasks and heavy multitasking. That said, there are significantly faster CPUs on the market, like the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024)'s Intel Core i9-14900HX. The posted results are averages obtained in the default Performance mode. Switching to the Turbo mode boosts the multi-thread score to 14,482, about a 13% performance increase. The Core Ultra 7 155H CPU is only slightly slower.

As for the GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 (mobile) performs well, scoring within the expected range. The Ultimate GPU mode boosts performance by about 6%, increasing the score to 134,191. All available discrete GPUs can handle demanding computing tasks, so it's just a matter of how smooth an experience you expect and how fast you want to complete tasks.

10
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,803 points
Multi-Thread
17,452 points

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 scores remarkably well in the Cinebench R23 benchmark. Its Intel Core Ultra 9 185H CPU can easily handle intensive, multi-threaded applications and heavy multitasking. Switching to the Turbo mode raises the multi-thread score to 18,766, roughly a 7-8% performance increase. The Core Ultra 7 155H is only slightly slower due to its lower clock speeds.

9.4
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
2.4 min
GPU Render Time
0.3 min
GPU Render Time (Optix)
9 s

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 is outstanding for Blender work. Every available NVIDIA GPU can handle 3D rendering, so the choice of GPU depends on the complexity of your work and the speed at which you expect to complete tasks.

9.8
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
125,055

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU scores remarkably well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Again, the posted result is the average obtained in the default mode. Switching to the Ultimate GPU mode increases the score to 137,527, a 10% performance increase. As mentioned in the GPU section, the RTX 4060, 4070, 4080, and 4090 can handle gaming at 1080p and 1440p; however, you'll have to dial down the graphical settings a bit when playing at 1440p on the RTX 4060 and 4070 models to get high, consistent frame rates. The entry-level RTX 4050 is mainly for 1080p gaming.

9.3
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,521.1 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
3,550.5 MB/s
Random Write Speed
88.5 MB/s
Random Read Speed
48.5 MB/s
6.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
90 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
6.5 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
6.4 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.9 hrs

The web browsing and video playback results are numbers obtained by forcing the laptop to use only the CPU's integrated graphics. Setting the laptop in its default 'Hybrid' mode, which automatically switches between the integrated and discrete GPUs depending on the task, shortens the battery life to 4.1 hours in light uses (web browsing) and 4.5 hours for video playback.

7.0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
95 fps
1% Low
46 fps
0.1% Low
24 fps
1% Low Delta
11 ms
0.1% Low Delta
31 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
118 fps

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16's performance in Borderlands 3 is okay. The Intel Core Ultra 9 185H/NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 system can reach good frame rates at 1080p with high settings, but there are noticeable stutters due to frame drops. Unlike the productivity benchmarks, switching the GPU to the Ultimate mode doesn't seem to affect the performance noticeably in games, boosting the average frame rate by only 1 fps with high settings. There isn't much performance difference in the other modes either, an issue many online users have reported. It's also worth noting that the numbers are low for this RTX 4070 configuration. This is because the GPU rarely reaches 100% utilization even though the system isn't CPU-bound, instead sitting around 80% utilization or less. Thankfully, this issue doesn't affect all games. We'll update the review if anything changes.

Here are some additional benchmarks to give you a better idea of the performance:

  • Borderlands 3
    • QHD+, high settings, Ultimate (GPU): 70 fps
    • QHD+, very low settings, Ultimate (GPU): 118 fps
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • FHD+, Quality preset (favor quality), Ultimate (GPU): 64 fps
    • FHD+, Lowest preset (favor performance), Ultimate (GPU): 117 fps
    • QHD+, Quality preset (favor quality), Ultimate (GPU): 49 fps
    • QHD+, Lowest preset (favor performance), Ultimate (GPU): 93 fps

8.9
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
170 fps
1% Low
106 fps
0.1% Low
97 fps
1% Low Delta
4 ms
0.1% Low Delta
4 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
298 fps
Avg. Turn Time
6.3 s

Every configuration of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 can run Civilization VI and other similar games smoothly at 1080p or 1440p. That said, the average frame rates are lower than expected, as there are software bugs limiting the GPU utilization.

8.2
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
157fps
1% Low
61fps
0.1% Low
45fps
1% Low Delta
10 ms
0.1% Low Delta
16 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
231fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs well on the ASUS Zephyrus G16. While there are some noticeable stutters caused by frame drops, they don't happen all that often. Every configuration can run this game smoothly at 1080p or 1440p, but again, the average frame rate is lower than expected for this Core Ultra 9/RTX 4070 configuration.

7.9
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
110 fps
1% Low
66 fps
0.1% Low
35 fps
1% Low Delta
6 ms
0.1% Low Delta
19 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
117 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs well. However, the numbers are, again, lower than expected for this Core Ultra 9/RTX 4070 configuration. The large frame spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the performance. Here are the average frame rates at the display's native QHD+ resolution with the GPU set to the Ultimate mode:

  • Avg. FPS, high preset: 90 fps
  • Avg. FPS, low preset: 108 fps

6.5
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
31 °C (88 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
53 °C (128 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
45.5 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The keyboard deck gets pretty hot under load; however, the hot spot is closer to the top, away from where most people rest their hands. The fans are relatively quiet at full speed and aren't overly bothersome. Models with an RTX 4080 and 4090 have a vapor chamber instead of a third fan, so they'll likely produce less noise.

8.8
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
89 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
7% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
79 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss
Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G16 2024 has a few pre-installed applications, including:

  • ASUS Armory Crate: Lets you monitor the system status, change performance settings, create macros/hotkeys, customize the lighting (lid and keyboard), as well as access gaming news and the ASUS online shop.
  • GlideX: Lets you mirror your screen's content to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • McAfee: Antivirus software. Requires subscription.
  • MyASUS: Lets you connect your smartphone for file transfers, customer support, and power settings.
  • Solitaire & Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
Yes
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition

The ASUS Zephyrus G16 2024 has a Windows Hello facial recognition camera. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize purchases on the Windows Store, or auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.