ASUS Brings Ryzen and Geforce Together in their ROG Zephyrus G GA502

ASUS Brings Ryzen and Geforce Together in their ROG Zephyrus G GA502

ASUS Brings Ryzen and Geforce Together in their ROG Zephyrus G GA502

If you went back a few years and said that ASUS was pairing an AMD processor with an Nvidia Geforce GTX series GPU to create a high-end notebook, you probably would have been laughed out of the room, assuming that room was filled with PC hardware nuts. 

Why did AMD and Nvidia Gaming Grade graphics make for an odd pairing in the notebook market? Well, the answer is simple; before the release of Zen/Ryzen Mobile, AMD didn’t have any competitive offerings within the high-end of the notebook market, with Intel dominating them in terms of raw performance and performance per watt in the high-end. Now, Ryzen has changed that, making AMD a viable option for today’s gaming notebooks. 

AMD has worked hard to claw their way back into the notebook market, and with their second generation of Ryzen Mobile processors, the company is finally taking steps into the high-margin gaming segment, which has been dominated by Intel for quite some time. 

Meet the ROG Zephyrus G GA502, an ultra-slim gaming notebook which combines the powers of AMD’s Ryzen 7 3750H and Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti (60W) to offer plenty of gaming performance on the go. 

At this time we don’t have full UK pricing information on this notebook, but we know that it can ship with 60Hz and 120Hz IPS FHD screen options, between 8 and 32GB of DDR4 memory, 256GB of 512GB of M.2 NVMe storage and a backlit keyboard. The notebook also features ultra-thin screen bezels, which enable this 15-inch notebook to fit into a 14-inch chassis, making this notebook incredibly compact with its 20mm maximum thickness. 

Unfortunately, this system ships with 2400MHz SODIMM memory, which is the fault of AMD and not ASUS. Anyone familiar with Ryzen’s gaming performance will know that Ryzen loves faster DDR4 memory, which would have made 2666MHz memory preferable. AMD has rated their Ryzen 7 3750H for use with 2400MHz DDR4 memory, which we think is a bit of a missed opportunity for the company. 

ASUS’ ROG Zephyrus G GA502 is a big deal for the world of gaming notebooks, as it showcases that AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processors are ready for premium gaming applications, a segment of the market that has been dominated by Intel for most of the last decade. Moving forward we should expect to see more Ryzen products in gaming-oriented notebooks, especially as AMD brings their Zen 2 architecture to mobile platforms, which is expected in early 2020.

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