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ASUS ROG Zephyrus Laptop: 16" 165Hz, i7-12700H, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, RTX 3060 EXPIRED

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BestBuy via eBay has ASUS ROG Zephyrus 16" Gaming Laptop (GU603ZM-M16.I73060, Off Black) on sale for $1199.99. Shipping is free.

Best Buy also has ASUS ROG Zephyrus 16" Gaming Laptop (GU603ZM-M16.I73060, Off Black) on sale for $1199.99. Shipping is free or select free curbside pickup if stock permits.

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  • Intel 12th gen Core i7-12700H 2.30 GHz, (6P+8E)/20T Processor
  • 16" 165Hz 3ms IPS-Level WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Anti-Glare Display
  • 16GB (8GB + 8GB Dual Channel) DDR5 4800MHz
  • 512GB PCIe Gen4 SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Graphics Card w/ ROG Boost
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Ports:
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery
    • 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt4 support
    • 1 x HDMI 2.0b
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN
    • 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • 4-Cell 240Wh Battery
  • Weight: ‎4.41 lbs

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I pulled the trigger on this after missing the $1000 (2021) version a week ago. This is the 2022 version and has a webcam! Smilie

This is very similar to the G15 AMD variant, and the other main difference is in the screen. QHD 1440p 16:9 15.6inch vs FHD 1080p 16:10 16inch. However, the 16 inch was brighter and that's what made my decision after staring and playing around with both models in store.

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For raw performance, yes, it is. You're paying for a higher end GPU. However, this one has a 165 Hz screen and the build of the laptop is higher, as well as thinner and more portable - and this one has higher quality with the muted and less "gamer" look that most people shy away from.
I have this one. It has terrible battery life even in battery saver mode. 2 hours max.
The ROG screen is 2560x 1600 and 500 nits and 165hz and 16" — so that seems to beat the screen on the Walmart model by a significant margin

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I think MSI deal from Walmart is better - 1299$

MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Notebook, FHD 144Hz 1920 x 1080, Intel Core 12th Gen i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Black, Windows 11, 12UGSK-831
https://www.walmart.com/ip/1118880621

Edit: Price down to 1249$
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I think MSI deal from Walmart is better - 1299$

MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Notebook, FHD 144Hz 1920 x 1080, Intel Core 12th Gen i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Black, Windows 11, 12UGSK-831
For raw performance, yes, it is. You're paying for a higher end GPU. However, this one has a 165 Hz screen and the build of the laptop is higher, as well as thinner and more portable - and this one has higher quality with the muted and less "gamer" look that most people shy away from.
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the 12700h is one of the best mobile cpus out at the moment. it beats anything amd has right now, albeit using a high wattage. shouldnt be a problem unless u r gaming on the go
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I have this one. It has terrible battery life even in battery saver mode. 2 hours max.
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Zephyrus only has 1 upgradable memory slot, right?
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Heat box.
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I bought this yesterday.

Battery life is about 6-7 hours on silent mode. Pretty good considering the Intel CPU inside.

Good quality FHD screen that seems just as bright as my XPS 15.

On the screen there is some backlight bleed which is frustrating if you're pedantic. That said the bleed is nowhere near as bad as the G14 I tested.

Keyboard is great.

Webcam is serviceable but doesn't compare to the FHD camera in the Legion Slim 7 which is miles ahead.

I was worried about heat but haven't seen it yet. Granted I've only played Skyrim so far - I'll try Cyberpunk tomorrow.

Last thing to note is that this is a striking laptop. Really beautiful design.
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Heat box.
Nah, this actually has good thermals for a 16-inch laptop. Should be able to push the 3060 without too much thermal throttling. Only real cause of concern is the airflow, because fan exhaust blows through the screen when lid is open (not sure if there will be adverse effects to the screen in the long run when exposed to high air temps).
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Quote from Witcher_Geralt :
I think MSI deal from Walmart is better - 1299$

MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Notebook, FHD 144Hz 1920 x 1080, Intel Core 12th Gen i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Black, Windows 11, 12UGSK-831
https://www.walmart.com/ip/1118880621
I don't love the ROG logo but at least I can live with it. The Katana logo and MSI text on screen I probably cannot stand looking at for 5 minutes.
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Great deal! I bought this exact model for $1230 in open box excellent just 2 weeks ago . I'm not sure if I should return it to get this new . It is a great laptop and this is an amazing deal. You can add a 1TB SSD if the 512 GB SSD is too small
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Quote from Witcher_Geralt :
I think MSI deal from Walmart is better - 1299$

MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Notebook, FHD 144Hz 1920 x 1080, Intel Core 12th Gen i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Black, Windows 11, 12UGSK-831
https://www.walmart.com/ip/1118880621
The ROG screen is 2560x 1600 and 500 nits and 165hz and 16" — so that seems to beat the screen on the Walmart model by a significant margin
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I bought this yesterday.

Battery life is about 6-7 hours on silent mode. Pretty good considering the Intel CPU inside.

Good quality FHD screen that seems just as bright as my XPS 15.

On the screen there is some backlight bleed which is frustrating if you're pedantic. That said the bleed is nowhere near as bad as the G14 I tested.

Keyboard is great.

Webcam is serviceable but doesn't compare to the FHD camera in the Legion Slim 7 which is miles ahead.

I was worried about heat but haven't seen it yet. Granted I've only played Skyrim so far - I'll try Cyberpunk tomorrow.

Last thing to note is that this is a striking laptop. Really beautiful design.
Did you play Skyrim on silent mode? Or how long did battery last while playing games?
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Quote from Witcher_Geralt :
I think MSI deal from Walmart is better - 1299$

MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Notebook, FHD 144Hz 1920 x 1080, Intel Core 12th Gen i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Black, Windows 11, 12UGSK-831
https://www.walmart.com/ip/1118880621
I think the MSI 3070ti is only 105w which is only 4% better than a 140w 3060 and screen is only 230-255 nits.(not as good 3070ti 140w versions in Lenovo, &other models).

But the 3060 in this Asus is probably also something lower like 105w or a little higher. I couldn't find a wattage spec on this Asus. This asus deal is slightly better for the lightweight overall build.better screen, and features for $50 less..though there is no number pad.... So in the end $1200+ is a lot of $$$$ and either laptop better be worth it for whoever is buying this.......

(Note: there is also a MSI $100 lower 3070ti model for $1150)
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