With just a few days to go for CES, the excitement of fresh product launches and new, innovative tech is at a fever pitch. Tech companies worldwide congregate to show off their latest and greatest in terms of technological prowess, and often, artistic brilliance. Today’s leak has to deal with a laptop from one such Taiwanese company. Owning an Asus ROG Zephyrus laptop is many a gamer’s dreams, and a model from its G15 Series has just leaked! We are here to tell you about it.
The information comes from a listing on Amazon China’s site, which has since been updated to hide the sticker price. The laptop now includes a new Ryzen 5000 series processor, the Ryzen 7 5800HS, to be specific, and features a shiny new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 to handle graphics processing.
Why should you care?
Following the launch of their Ryzen lineup of processors back in 2017, AMD found great success in narrowing the wide performance gap between their and Intel’s parts pre-2017. On the other hand, offering their processors at almost 50% of competing Intel chips’ price, AMD ensured that the silicon industry was all but disrupted forever. AMD had made an enormous splash and got the break they, the silicon industry and the consumers in general, so desperately needed.
Today, with the 4000 series chips, AMD has brought more cost-effective and power-efficient chips to the market, with better multi-threaded performance than team Blue. Intel, however, still had the lead in single-core performance, albeit not by a considerable margin. The single-core performance or IPC is an essential factor for determining the overall gaming performance of a CPU. Early leaks suggest that the updated 5000 series chips featured in the G15 are upto 40% faster for the same power-consumption at a slight price premium. This beats Intel’s current offerings, setting the AMD 5000 series processors on their path to becoming the fastest laptop chips in the market when they finally launch.
Previously, laptop manufacturers had not taken AMD chips seriously in the performance gaming and productivity sector. This was abundantly clear since even after being plenty capable, none of the major players in the laptop market paired the Ryzen 4000 chips with an RTX 2070 or 2080. This dynamic is set to topple over its head soon. A prime example would be the G15 itself, featuring an RTX 3080 along with the Ryzen 7 5800HS. That’s a win not only for maintaining intense competition in the laptop market but one for us, the consumers, who can enjoy the best of every world in terms of the performance our money can buy.
Digging a little deeper (Possible Tech Specs)
We see that AMD’s new Ryzen 7 5800HS processor is a 35 Watt part, the successor to the Ryzen 7 4800HS. It is rumored that the 5800HS is an 8-core/16-thread SKU with a base clock of 3.0GHz and a boost clock of 4.3GHz. The laptop has 8 GB of memory soldered to the board on the memory front, while another 8 GB is freely replaceable via an accessible SO-DIMM slot. Thus, the G15 would be sporting a total RAM capacity of 16GB rated at 3200 MHz; however, the expected maximum RAM capacity would be limited to 24GB. Storage in the G15 includes a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD.
As already mentioned, the graphics card integrated into this system is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. It is very capable of 4k ray-traced gaming and is available in two flavors, one with a graphics memory of 8GBs and 16GBs of the same. The exact configuration the G15 would ship with is currently unclear, but rumors suggest that customers would be free to choose one to their liking. The GA104 chip powers the Ampere part, which supports PCIe Gen 4, and is available in various power packages, ranging from 115 to 150 Watt. However, we are unsure of the power configuration of the 3080 in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15. The GA104 chip is manufactured using Samsung’s 8nm manufacturing process and offers 6,144 FP32 ALUs, of which half are also capable of executing INT32 instructions.
The G15 will be including a 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz panel, which is a perfect match for the RTX 3080 GPU. The 3080 included with the system is more than capable of making full use of the panel’s potential, giving you a decisive leg up in FPS games. The 1920×1080 resolution also ensures that the screen is relatively easy-going on the battery while being adequately sharp. However, speculations are rife that Asus might decide to include an option for a 4k panel in the future. The G15 would also be featuring a 90 Wh battery and a very respectable weight of 1.9 kilograms or 4.19 pounds.