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ASUS ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop: Ryzen 9 5900HS, 1TB SSD, 15.6" 165Hz, RTX 3070 EXPIRED

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Best Buy has ASUS ROG Zephyrus 15.6" Gaming Laptop (GA503QR-211.ZG15; Eclipse Grey) for pre-order for $1799.99. Shipping is free.

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Note, this item is available for pre-order and will ships approx. on February 16, 2021 (dates may vary)

Specs/Key Features
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS Processor (4th Generation)
  • 15.6" 2560x1440 QHD w/ 165Hz Refresh Rate LED Backlit Display
  • 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM (3200MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 GPU
  • Wireless AX w/ Bluetooth
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • 2x Smart AMP 2.5W Speakers
  • Built-In Fingerprint Reader
  • Windows 10 OS
Warranty
  • Includes a standard 1-Year warranty w/ purchase (Parts + Labor)

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  • This unit is available for pre-order and is set to release on February 15, 2021
  • This ASUS laptop offers high grade specs including an RTX 3070 for high quality visuals at a fast 165Hz 15.6" display w/ 16GB RAM to handle heavy graphics game w/ Ryzen 9 to process it all; good form factor if you're looking for this type of resolution/specs to reduce load times while offering ample storage
  • Offer valid while promotion last
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  • The Slickdeals community has garner this deal as a good purchase in regards to the specs/form factor of this laptop, despite the initial listed price
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This seems like a great price considering it is the only laptop with this form factor and resolution at that price.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6448848

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CalCK asked this question on 01-28-2021 at 12:31 PM
01-28-2021 at 01:27 PM
They don’t brand them as MaxQ anymore. The GPU has a rated TGP from nVidia and the laptop maker is free to do whatever they want as far as performance/power levels. This is really going to confuse the market since the only way to know where the performance/power levels are for a given device is via benchmarking. In some cases a 3070 mobile will outperform a 3080 mobile, so don’t buy anything until you e seen the reviews and benchmarks on it.

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Thus begins the adventure of trying to find and compare RTX 3000 series mobile wattage.

Just so everyone knows if they don't already, NVIDIA removed any requirements for laptop makers to label lower powered mobile GPU's as "Max-Q" to indicate the design emphasis is on power efficiency and noise rather than straight performance. The only way we're going to be able to compare one 3000 series GPU to another is if the laptop makers grace us by telling us the wattage they're pumping thru the GPU. In extreme cases, you could end up with severely underpowered 3070 mobile GPU's being outperformed by high powered 3060's. Gonna be fun.
How is this a deal at asking price?
That, and the i7 CPU is 4 cores, 8 threads which is comparable to the Zen U series. The 5900HS uses 8 cores and 16 threads.

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Lots of horsepower in a smaller form factor but still no webcam or IR.
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Whats battery life? i was looking at the updated G14 model
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How is this a deal at asking price?
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Great deal. Shame it's an Asus. I love their Strix cards but every Asus laptop I've owned or known someone else who owned has been a dumpster fire. I have a Q535U and it's just been letdown after letdown. Light leaky screen, touchpad that works half of the time, poor battery life, the constant inability to wake properly from sleep mode... Looks like a million bucks but acts like a buck fifty.
I recently got a G14 and I must say the quality of this laptop is outstanding. It feels very solid, good keyboard and touch pad, and we all know the rest of the specs on these are good. My previous laptops were mostly Dell Latitudes.
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Also, why is this so much cheaper? Very similar specs. Is it just because it bulkier?

ASUS - TUF 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel 11th Gen i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB M.2 PCIEG3 SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey

$1,449.99

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus...Id=6448936
At a quick glance it is only a 1080p screen the OP posted a 165hz 1440 screen.
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At a quick glance it is only a 1080p screen the OP posted a 165hz 1440 screen.
That, and the i7 CPU is 4 cores, 8 threads which is comparable to the Zen U series. The 5900HS uses 8 cores and 16 threads.
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Great deal. Shame it's an Asus. I love their Strix cards but every Asus laptop I've owned or known someone else who owned has been a dumpster fire. I have a Q535U and it's just been letdown after letdown. Light leaky screen, touchpad that works half of the time, poor battery life, the constant inability to wake properly from sleep mode... Looks like a million bucks but acts like a buck fifty.
They have been very hit and miss, especially the mid-range laptops. I had one that was a complete piece of junk. Bad keyboard, touchpad, terrible screen with tons of light bleed around the edges, and upgrades were a real pain.

The 2021 Strix series laptops look really good so far though. I'm still going to research the hell out it before purchasing one though.
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They have been very hit and miss, especially the mid-range laptops. I had one that was a complete piece of junk. Bad keyboard, touchpad, terrible screen with tons of light bleed around the edges, and upgrades were a real pain.

The 2021 Strix series laptops look really good so far though. I'm still going to research the hell out it before purchasing one though.

Are the G14's considered higher end, and thus less likely to have issues?
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Are the G14's considered higher end, and thus less likely to have issues?
I'd say somewhere between the midrange and high-end.
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