ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 review (GA402RK – Ryzen 9, RX 6800S)


  1. Cruiz

    February 22, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Many are puzzled about brightness, nits varying across reviews. Please get to the bottom of it with Asus. Pirchase decisions depend on it for me. Thank you for detailed analysis.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 22, 2022 at 9:32 am

      I haven't yet figured this out either. Will update once I do. I'm in contact with Asus and AMD about it

      • Nick

        February 22, 2022 at 5:23 pm

        Could it be AMD drivers, the cause ?

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

        could be, or the latest BIOS.

      • Nick

        February 22, 2022 at 11:23 pm

        Is vari-bright off in the driver panel ?

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 23, 2022 at 9:52 am


      • lbobo

        February 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

        Have you checked the Vari-Bright option in AMD Radeon Software?
        This option was checked by default on my 2021 model.

        I believe there is a mistake when you mention the previous model with a 3080 instead of 3060: "Compared to the R9 + RTX 3080 60-80W configuration of the 2021 Zephyrus G14".

        Great work!

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 23, 2022 at 9:53 am

        Yes, Vari Bright is off. Thanks for the heads-up on that mistake. updated.

    • jonas

      February 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

      Can you try blender benchmarks in blender 3.0 with the new AMD Hip, and compare to nvidia? 3.0 is the latest version that is optimised for amd rdna2 cards. That would very interesting to me, and probably alot of other people who are considering this for a mobile 3d workstation. Thanks!

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm

        Hi. I've given it a try but at this point, I'm getting this error: "HIP binary kernel for this graphics card compute capability (10.3) no found". I'm not skilled with Blender so if you have any suggestions on how to address this and run the test, please get in touch.

        Update: I tried installing the beta driver that should enable HIP for Blender, but it's not supported for this hardware.

  2. Veronika

    February 22, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for the in depth review! I'll be following all your updates, once again best review on the internet .

    I'm still torn between Asus G14 2022 and Alienware X14 as build quality & uniqueness is an important factor to me. Razer is not a choice anymore, had really bad experiences with several faulty Blades and Razers customer servic). Do you think you will review the X14 as well?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 22, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Most likely not. The X14 is difficult to get over here

  3. LorryM

    February 22, 2022 at 4:20 am

    I know people get excited for big powerful gaming laptops, but the Zephyrus G14 is the pinnacle IMO. Outdoor-shade/near-window visible screen and 7 hour runtime is exactly what people look for in a productivity device. It's a shame the rest of the Asus ROG lineup gave up on what I consider as "minimum battery standard", pushing Intel CPUs this year.

    In the battery review section when you say "Hybrid Mode" is that Standard Optimus or MUX iGPU-only mode? My understanding is that iGPU-only mode in MUX/Advanced Optimus/Smartshift Max gets an hour or so longer than Standard Optimus.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 22, 2022 at 9:34 am

      It's in Hybrid mode, Normal setting, which acts much like regular Optimus. There's no option for iGPU only if you set the MUX on the dGPU mode.

  4. Nick

    February 22, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Ahh finally USB4 !
    I was afraid ASUS wouldn't implement it this year as it isn't shown in official specs.
    How do you know it will come through a driver update ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      That's what I was communicated by Asus.

      • Nick

        February 22, 2022 at 9:16 pm

        That is great news ! Thanks.

      • Jake

        February 23, 2022 at 1:34 am

        Regarding the screen brightness, Is Vari-Bright disabled in the AMD software? This has been known to negatively effect brightness levels.

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 23, 2022 at 9:53 am

        it is, yes

  5. Cho

    February 22, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Yes test the APU that's what the world wants to know.

  6. Roni

    February 23, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Are you going to review the 6700S gpu version

  7. Bobzdar

    February 23, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Do you know if they have any plans to also offer nvidia dgpus later? If love to upgrade from my 2020 g14 with 2060, but need cuda for photogrammetry (and do play rtx enabled games). Not sure I want to move up to the g15 as I love the g14 form factor.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 23, 2022 at 9:55 am

      No, the 2022 G14 is an AMD exclusive.

      • Bobzdar

        March 22, 2022 at 3:09 pm

        Bummer, thanks for replying.

  8. Nick

    February 23, 2022 at 11:08 am

    We all know that no DLSS for 2022 because of AMD.
    Can you try FSR (quality or ultra quality) especially with RTX titles to see if they are playable ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 23, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Hi. I've added some FSR tests in the RTX table.

  9. Archie

    February 23, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    That is some impressive thorough review !

    Apart from a better design and the microsd, this new model is, in my opinion, disappointing. Thermals are horrible and the extra performance you may get from it, not worth melting down a 2.000€ device.

    It looks more refined but feels like an urge for a new take without the necessary time to achieve it. Will that really be a good "partnership" for AMD, especially their GPU, I doubt it. Instead of a perfected evolution that would have make it THE 14" laptop to get for anyone, it could end up being a niche choice for those willing to go on reddit forums to find tweaks and implementing them by themselves even more so than on the previous model. They'll probably figure out the screen issue as well…

    No hdmi 2.1, mediatek wifi, cheap ssd… I guess benchmarks scores (carefully pick which ones) and more leds are enough of a selling point.

    Thanks again for your great work Andrei

  10. Chris

    February 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the detailed review.

    According to the article the left USB-C DisplayPort is hooked directly into the iGPU. With an external monitor connected to the left USB-C DisplayPort, is Hybrid Mode/Optimus for dGPU/iGPU working? Can you choose if iGPU or dGPU is to be used?

    When browsing internet or streaming movies is the use of the external monitor on the left USB-C with only iGPU noticeably quieter/cooler than through dGPU-dedicated outputs (HDMI, right USB-C DisplayPort)?

    Reason for my question: It's the first laptop I hear of where despite an existing dGPU the video output can be routed through iGPU to an external monitor. Are there other laptops with dGPU where you can use the iGPU
    for video output?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 23, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      Most 2022 ROG laptops that have two USB-C ports offer one with iGPU and one with dGPU connection. As far as I understand, the reason is so the dGPU would be disabled when connecting an external monitor into the iGPU USB-C port. I'll double-check and update, either in this post or in a separate article.

      • Andrei Girbea

        March 1, 2022 at 6:34 pm

        For those interested, I've put up a follow-up article that explains the two USB-C connections available for this laptop, as well as goes over the performance this is capable of when plugged-in via an USB-C charger :

      • Chris

        March 1, 2022 at 10:07 pm

        Thanks for the update.
        So between the two USB-C Ports not that big performance difference but some wattage benefits for the left USB-C with iGPU…

  11. GB

    February 24, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Great review as usual Andrei except for 1 misleading comment. You wrote: "At 50W, the Ryzen 9 does end up outmatching the 12900H in this test by about 5%. However, at 70+ W the Intel chip ends up faster." As written, this suggests to the reader the 12900H is *really outmatching* the 6900HS at 70 W when it really is not. A more accurate statement would be: "However, at 70+ W the Intel chips is faster by about 1% or less." This difference value is based upon the last 8 CBR15 scores for each notebook. But the larger picture is that over the power ranges of 50-70 W, these computers are essentially equal with the AMD chip being the stronger performer as the power limit decreases.

    You do such a great job of being objective throughout the rest of the article. But it is unclear why you would mislead the reader there.

    P.S. I agree completely about the typing experience on the Asus ROG keyboards compared to XPS and Lenovo Legion Pro's/Slims.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 24, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks for the heads-up. I don't agree with your interpretation of what I was trying to say, but nonetheless I've rephrased that part of the article to be more clear.

      • GB

        February 25, 2022 at 12:54 am

        Thank you for the clarification in the article. Leaves no doubt to the reader as to the gains or losses by each computing platform and by how much.

  12. Eivind

    February 24, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Good review! My dream setup would be this machine with a 3060 instead due to dlss. Also 3060 can be undervolted while mobile rdna2 is locked down last I checked.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 24, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      OR even better, with a 100W 3070Ti in it.

  13. Andrew Morris

    February 24, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I had that Micron 2450 NVMe drive in my MSI Vector GP66 but it technically is a PCIe Gen4 drive at Read 3600MB/s.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 24, 2022 at 8:26 pm

      Interesting. I ran the tests multiple times but the results came the same. Are you getting better in your Vector with AS SSD and CrystalDisk mark?

      Update: So yeah, the Micron 2450 is a gen4 SSD, but not one of the faster options. I've updated in the article.

      • Andrew Morris

        February 25, 2022 at 5:41 am

        Yeah, I got the same speeds as you. Awesome! Sounds good.

  14. CL

    February 24, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Hello Blender gpu rendering not working is slightly concerning it should work since it's RDNA 2. Can you try contacting amd to see if it's just a driver issue I was hoping to see how well gpu rendering works on the rx 6800s. Thank you for the awesome review.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 25, 2022 at 9:41 am

      I'll try, no promise. at this point I have to send back this sample, so will follow-up once I get a retail model

  15. AnonDarrk

    February 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    The 6800S version costs $1849. This is cheaper than the Blade 14 2022 edition with the 3060, which is priced at $1999.

  16. Kjerjk

    February 25, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Is it actually missing the fingerprint reader or did you just not look for a on switch in the BIOS?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 28, 2022 at 9:31 am

      As far as I understand, they replaced the button and there's no longer a finger sensor

  17. Lakshay Kakkar

    February 26, 2022 at 7:45 am

    I see that the Ryzen chip on the G14 is hitting 96+ c in games, but isn't 95C the TjMax for Ryzen 6000?

    As per AMD's official website, the max operating temp for ryzen 6000 is 95C, and therefore anything more is clearly not good. Can you please check with Asus to see what's going on here?

  18. JJ

    February 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Its a pity that you did not test the new iGPU

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 28, 2022 at 9:32 am

      you haven't read all the article, have you? the iGPU tests are coming in a separate post, this week

      • JJ

        February 28, 2022 at 10:33 am

        I did and check your articles daily since then.

  19. Jake

    March 1, 2022 at 12:37 am

    BIOS 308 is officially out. Have you installed it? And has the screen brightness or performance improved?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 1, 2022 at 9:56 am

      I have. it didn't fix the brightness. At this point, I'm sending this sample back so I cannot rerun the tests. We'll have a follow-up article on the GA402RJ configuration. What exactly would you expect it to improve about the performance, though?

      • Jake

        March 1, 2022 at 9:39 pm

        A YouTuber by the name Cbutters Tech was having instability/crashed when benchmarking the GPU. I brought up that there was a new BIOS and he claims his hardware hasn't crashed since and seems to be fine. Was just curious if you had tried it.

      • Andrei Girbea

        March 2, 2022 at 10:03 am

        I haven't had any stability issues with BIOS 306. There's a note about my experience with BIOS 308 in the review.

  20. Dave

    March 1, 2022 at 9:20 am

    If you are compare 16:9 vs 16:10 on a 14 inch, does 16:9 feel outdated or too cramped on a 14 inch?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 1, 2022 at 9:58 am

      there's a picture in the article of the two formats. Up to you to decide. For productivity, I prefer 16:10, but for video, 16:9 is arguably better.

  21. Andrei Girbea

    March 1, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    For anyone following, our analysis of the RDNA2 Radeon 680M iGPU performance is available in this article:

  22. Bo Ziffer

    March 2, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Love your content. Always look forward to your reviews. 👍

  23. Cezary

    March 5, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Andrei, great review as always, will you be reviewing the G15/M16 2022 anytime soon? thanks!

    • Cezary

      March 5, 2022 at 12:49 pm

      really wondering how the new AMD chip works with Nvidia gpu, as Im basically considering one of the G15 R9-6900HS/32GB/1TB/RTX3070Ti or the ge76 raider i7-12700/32GB/1TB/RTX3070Ti since just realized M16 doesn't have 32gb of ram out of the box :(

      • Andrei Girbea

        March 6, 2022 at 2:03 pm

        there are M16 configs with 32 GB RAM. My i9+3070Ti comes with 32 GB

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 6, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      M16 is coming next week. For the G15, I haven't yet started the tests, so it will be a little while

  24. 焦点guy

    March 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I'd really love to see this head-to-head against the 2021 Razer Blade 14 with the 3070. They're really similar in price these days.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 10, 2022 at 11:20 am

      me too, but we don't have a Blade 14 review unit yet

  25. Michael

    March 16, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    How are the temperatures in clamshell mode? Does ist run hotter?

  26. aaiio

    March 16, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    "something is killing the brightness on this review unit, and instead of measuring levels of around 500-nits (as on the preview sample)"

    Isn't that suggesting that review and preview models have different lcd screens or controller ?

    "causing the screen’s brightness to be limited at around 250-nits"

    Can You publish result of this 250-nits screen (as this is the result people will get if they buy laptop now) ?

  27. Pedro

    March 19, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Turbo: +70W CineBench R20: 5649
    Manual + the back of the laptop raised up from the desk: +80W CineBench R20: C4814

  28. Zane Peterkin

    March 24, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    I’m in the USA and honestly just want to know where I can purchase the full spec version with the 32GB of Ram.
    Or if anyone could tell me when it will be available in the USA.

  29. Jarek Beksa

    April 3, 2022 at 9:10 pm


    A great review (among others). If you were to buy one of: M16 G15 or G14 which one would it be and why?


  30. Zoran

    April 7, 2022 at 11:38 am


    First of all, amazing review.

    I am looking to buy one of these, but I am not sure about the configuration.

    I will not use it for gaming, but for video editing (close to raw footage but in 4k 60fps), software development… work in general.

    I want to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

    Which one is running cooler, the 6800S or 6700S (I'm mostly worried about the vents that blast the screen)?

    Which one is making less fan noise?

    And I assume both will easily handle 4k 60fps with some color grading?


    • Andrei Girbea

      April 7, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      you'll find reviews for all versions here on the site. The 6700S is more affordable and runs a little cooler. You're not going to notice any significant difference with video editing between the two. However, if you're using Premiere and fast rendering is important,you might want to at least consider something Intel for the Quick Sync support.

      • Zoran

        April 7, 2022 at 2:45 pm


        Yes, I've seen both separate reviews and comparison review. And yes, I use Premiere and might try DaVinci in the future.

        To me, the most important is the flawless workflow: so no playback issues. I wasn't sure if NVidia graphic cards are better for this, that's why I also consider 2021 G15.

        But in terms of rendering at the end, that's like "ok, time to take a break", so it's even better if it's not super fast. :)

        One more question: would you say that G15 2021 with 16GB RAM and 3070 would be better in performance for the working process I mentioned above than G14 2022 16GB RAM with 6700S?

        (but if both are flawless here, then other factors such as screen brightness, temperature, vents noise, etc. would be a deciding factor for me)

      • Andrei Girbea

        April 7, 2022 at 7:31 pm

        I don't have enough experience to properly comment about it. I'd expect the two to be similar, but you might want to ask others who use the software on a daily basis. hard to say about the 2021 G15 vs the 2022 G14. I incline towards the 2022 G14

  31. Cruiz

    April 16, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Thx again, one of the most thorough reviews.

    Please amend your review to inform consumers that they can only update display drivers for this laptop thru Asus or via Windows update. Amd does not provide drivers directly to users. No Amd direct driver will work. Hence, users overly dependent on Asus +Amd +Microsoft to keep drivers updated, thats a lot of coordination required and is unfortunate the laptop could not use a more universal driver.

  32. shirobo

    April 21, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I've been considering either the 2022 models of the G14 or the X13, but the thermal situation of the G14 with the vents blowing into the screen has me wondering about the longevity of it.

    I want to buy one of the two laptops with a dedicated GPU (either 6700S/6800S on G14 or 3050Ti on the X13) as a backup for when I'm needing VRAM for tasks (light photo editing, streaming), but I'd be primarily using the laptop with integrated graphics as I don't game much on PC and when I do, the new iGPU of the Ryzen 6000 series will be quite enough for that. So I'm rather looking for a light-weight "desktop replacement" which should last me a few years.

    With the X13 I noticed that the biggest problem of it is the air intake being blocked due to the small stubby feet, which could be countered by raising it a bit through some means. As mentioned, my biggest fear with the G14 is the possibility of some kind of damage in the screen due to the thermal design. Would using it primarily with the iGPU and in silent mode be less of a risk for the screen of the G14?

    Another question I had is the performance difference of Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 6000 CPUs. Most models available in Germany tend to have a R7 configured, but I was preferably aiming for a R9. From the specs the only difference seem to be 100 to 200 MHz in core clock. I don't have much experience with CPU performance, but it probably wouldn't be right to dismiss Ryzen 7 CPUs for a small difference in core clock, right?

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 21, 2022 at 12:09 pm

      1. Yes, the laptop runs much cooler with the dGPU disabled, as the system only needs to cope with the CPU package power. I didn't take any FLIR readings, but temps on the bottom part of the panel should not be a concern at all in that case.
      2. Yes, the R7 and R9 are almost identical, with only slightly higher clocks for the R9. I would go with the R7 if that comes with a discount.

      • shirobo

        April 21, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        Thanks for your very quick response! I'll probably look into getting a 2022 G14.
        I had a test run of a 2021 X13 in January and thought it to be quite a nice product, but wanted to go for a 2022 refresh due to the updated iGPU. Though with the 2022 models being a very similar price here, I think I'll be more content with the G14 as a whole package for my usecase despite the weight increase.

  33. Raleigh

    May 3, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Which one did you like more personally? Razer Blade 15 Mid 2021 oder this one? :)

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 4, 2022 at 8:43 am

      tough call. both are solid options, but I incline towards the G14 for the more portable format, higher efficiency and better inputs.

  34. Levy

    May 18, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Andrei Girbea,

    it would be great if you could specifically describe if this model ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402 2022 has TPM(Trusted Platform Module) security, i.e. is bitlocker suited.

    There is often contradicting reports on such notebooks, specifically if these are deemed "gaming" laptops.
    Moreover, most consumers do not check it since the rely on the pre-installed OS, such as the Windows 11 Home Edition, which does not offer full bitlocker features.

    Thank you for considering this input.

    Kind regards from Germany


    • Andrei Girbea

      May 18, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      It does, according to the specs on Asus's website. I haven't personally looked into it, though

  35. Vlad

    May 25, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Anyone has brightness flicker? It is quite noticeable on gray\dark backgrounds. It is like there is some kind of "heartbeat" of brightness – it kind of bumps itself up every other second. Not sure if it is software or if it is defective. Adaptive brightness and all related settings are off.

  36. Simon

    July 23, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Can you share the source for the supposed USB4 support? I can't find anything in Asus's documentation. I purchased the laptop partially on consideration of this future support, so I hope it doesn't turn out to be an empty rumour!

  37. Dave

    August 12, 2022 at 3:31 am

    I've had a G14 2022 for about two weeks and have had issues with it since almost day 1. The screen goes black indefinitely when the refresh rate is changed and requires a restart, bluetooth will be fine then suddenly start disconnecting and connecting my devices in rapid fire, it intermittently will not wake from sleep, every shut down is logged as unexpected/dirty, and there are daily windows "critical" errors in the event log. Have gone as far as reinstalling windows and carefully updating drivers. Was stable for almost a day, then the issues came back.

    I'm approved for a RMA, but now I'm questioning reliability of this model year; I've read cases where others have had to RMA multiple times to get their issues resolved. But have also read posts from people who are perfectly happy with theirs.

    Not sure if I should go through the process, or just return for a refund and find something else.

    Is the G14 2022 reliable on balance? Did I just have bad luck getting a defective one?

  38. Alex T

    January 16, 2023 at 12:58 am

    What would you choose between blade 14 and this g14, if we were to ignore the price difference?

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 16, 2023 at 9:17 am

      the blade hasn't been updated to 2023 specs yet, so I'd probably go with the latest G14. For the 2022 models, I'd get the Blade 14

      • AlexT

        January 16, 2023 at 10:43 am

        Unfortunately we do not know when g14 2023 will actually be available in stores. Thank you!

  39. Stefan

    July 4, 2023 at 2:51 pm


    as flightsimmer I would like to know (as I could not find any tests) if the G14 can handle the M$ Flightsim (maybe at maxed out) conditions. Can you help there?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 5, 2023 at 8:19 am

      Should work fine, but I havben't tested it. You might find some results on Youtube, I think someome must have tested the game on the G14

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