Asus ROG Strix G16 G614JV-AS73 Review

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8.4 Total Score
EXCELLENT

The Asus ROG Strix G16 G614JV-AS73 shines as a gaming laptop and a productivity workhorse, offering stellar battery life and solid performance, but it couldn’t get the display aspect ratio right.

PROS
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Good build quality
CONS
  • 720p webcam
  • Competing laptops often have 1440p resolution standard

In the Asus Strix esports-branded laptops lineup, the ROG Strix G16 G614JV-AS73 is the ideal model for those who prefer something smaller. There is the Strix G17 in the middle, and the Strix G18 sit at the top in size. The Strix G614JV-AS73 model we’re reviewing features a top-of-the-line Intel Core i7-13650HX Raptor Lake processor and Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 4060.

This marks the second laptop from ASUS we’ve reviewed with Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace-based mainstream GPU, the other model is the Asus ROG Strix G16 (G614JI-AS94), with Nvidia’s RTX 4070 GPU.

The ROG Strix G16 (2023) represents the latest transition from a 16:9 to 16:10 aspect ratio, featuring a 16-inch 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) 165 Hz IPS display. This laptop has the chops to compete with some of the best gaming laptops on the market and includes 16GB of DDR-4800 memory, a 512GB SSD, and a well-built chassis that we’ve come to expect from Asus ROG.

With a sub-$1500 as configured, the ROG Strix G16 offers a lot of competent hardware, but how does it stack up against the competition?

Asus ROG Strix G16 G614JV-AS73 Review screen

Design and Features

Asus did a complete redesign of the ROG Strix G16 chassis to accommodate the bigger screen, and it looks gorgeous. The lid is made from aluminum while the rest of the body is set in plastic. However, the plastic used here isn’t the “cheap” one found in budget laptops, the ROG Strix G16 goes for quality throughout, along with a satin-like sheen on the body.

The ROG Strix often comes with lots of RGB lights, but with the newer models, the lighting is a bit modest; just a thin “peeping-glow” LED strip runs along the laptop’s front edge and wraps around to the sides and per-key lighting on the keyboard. You can configure each key using the Aura Sync in the Asus Armoury Crate software.

Asus uses the same keyboard we’ve seen in other ROG Strix models, but they just added five programable hotkeys at the top of the keyboard, with labels M1 through M5. These keys handle functions like volume, microphone on/off, and a shortcut to the Armoury Crate by default. Surprisingly, the ROG G614JV-AS73 doesn’t include a number pad despite the large size to accommodate it.

Port selection is decent; with two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports on the right side. All the other ports are located on the left side: one Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, a GbE port, HDMI 2.1 port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a barrel-style charging port. Along both sides and rear of the laptop, there are large vents to exhaust the heat generated by the Core i9-13980HX and GeForce RTX 4070.

The ROG Strix G16 measures 13.94 x 0.89 x 10.39 inches and weighs 5.51 pounds. Compared, the ROG Strix is lighter than the Gigabyte Aorus 15X which weighs 5.73 pounds, while the HP Omen 16 weighs 5.2 pounds, but the Razer Blade 15 is the most portable in this category at 4.4 pounds.

Asus ROG Strix G16 Review keyboard

Gaming Performance

Under the hood, the Asus ROG Strix G16 (2023) packs solid hardware, with an Intel Core i7-13650HX (8 performance cores, 16 efficiency cores, 5.6 GHz max turbo boost), an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. The laptop arrives with a perplexing 1920 x 1200 resolution, which, while pixel-dense than the common 1920. X 1080 display is still well below the 2560 x 1440 panels we see mostly under $2,000 gaming laptops.

Of course, the 16:10 aspect ratio is becoming common among gaming and high-end productivity laptops, but most competitors in this category feature 2560 x 1440 panels since that’s what you’ll typically find in gaming laptops with RTX 3070/4070-class GPUs these days. Competitors in this group include the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (RTX 4080, 240Hz) and the MSI Katana 15 (RTX 4070, 144Hz).

The Nvidia RTX 4060 is a leap above the RTX 3060 and 3070, capable of great 1080p performance with some decent 1440p there too, particularly with the help of DLSS. It is a midrange option, so it doesn’t compete with the likes of the RTX 4070 or RTX 4080, but with 3072 CUDA cores and 8GB VRAM, this GPU is powerful enough to drive most modern titles at high settings.

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In benchmark tests, the Asus ROG Strix G16 runs Forza Horizon 5 at 125 fps, matching the screen’s 165Hz refresh rate, and all details maxed out at 1920 x 1200. It maintains the 125 fps figure across all gaming scenarios while gaming online, even when a lot of action is taking place on the screen.

The same impressive performance is replicated in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark tests, whereby the Asus G614JV-AS73 maintains a lead over its closest rivals at 1080p with 146 fps, edging out the Gigabyte Aorus 15X (Core i9-13900HX, GeForce RTX 4070), while the HP Omen 16 (Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070) came at a distance with 90 fps at 1080p.

However, on Cyberpunk 2077 1.5, both the Razer Blade 15 and HP Omen 15 both with previous-gen GPUs take the lead, hitting 103fps and 108 fps at 1080p, respectively. Surprisingly, the GeForce RTX 4060-equipped ROG G16 and Aorus 15X fail to shine here. As you might notice, all competing laptops lag in performance at 1440p, which is understandable against the ROG Strix’s slight drop from 1080p to 1200p.

When playing games with DLSS support such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Metro Exodus, quality mode upscaling can generally improve performance by 30-50 percent, and even more, and the resulting image quality can compete well against native rendering. Where DLSS 3 Frame Generation is supported, frame rates sent to your display can be boosted by 50-100 percent, but it causes additional latency.

Asus ROG Strix G16 Review lid

Productivity Performance

For productivity tasks, the Asus ROG Strix G16’s Intel Core i7-13650HX processor paired with 512GB SSD storage is a powerful combination to get all your demanding chores sorted. The Core i7-13650HX is part of Intel’s newest Raptor Lake mobile processor, with 14 cores and 20 total threads. The processor performance cores max out at a turbo clock of 4.90 GHz, while the efficiency cores top out at 3.60 GHz. This CPU is then paired with 16GB of DDR5-4800 memory in two 8GB SO-DIMMs.

The Asus ROG Strix G16 features a 16-inch 165Hz IPS panel with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. Most laptops with this CPU and GPU typically feature a 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 resolution display. Our review unit features a 1920 x 1200 panel, Asus still produces versions of this laptop with a 2560 x 1600 panel, which I assume should be the standard here.

Finally, the battery life on the Asus ROG Strix G16 is better compared to most gaming laptops such as the Razer Blade 14. The Strix lasts around eight hours on a single charge, which is excellent for a gaming machine, and that’s at least three hours longer than both the HP Omen 16 and the Gigabyte Aorus 15X.

Bottom Line

The Asus ROG Strix G16 is an excellent sub-$2000 gaming laptop. Its closest competitor is the Gigabyte Aorus 15X, which cost a little more but gives you a higher resolution display at 2560 x 1600, but the ROG Strix makes up with an additional three hours of battery life.

In addition to impressive gaming performance, thanks to Nvidia’s latest RTX 4060 GPU, the Asus ROG Strix G16 emphasizes the power packed into Intel’s new Raptor Lake mobile processors, particularly when paired with Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 40 GPUs. To the impressive performance, the laptop rocks a solid build quality, modest RGB lighting, and a comfortable keyboard.

Granted the 1920 x 1200 resolution is a bit awkward given the kind of hardware that this laptop is packing, but you have the option to upgrade to 2560 x 1600 for a little more money. Asus also misses a few marks on the speakers and webcam, but they don’t affect gaming performance at all.

Even with these tradeoffs, the Asus ROG Strix G16(2023) deserves a top spot on your shopping list as a capable, 16-inch gaming laptop with a stellar design and lots of gaming firepower at a reasonable price.

Last update on 2024-06-13 at 08:37 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

ASUS ROG Strix G16 (2023) Gaming Laptop, 16” 16:10 FHD 165Hz, GeForce RTX 4060, Intel Core i7-13650HX, 16GB DDR5, 512GB PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 6E, Windows 11, G614JV-AS73, Eclipse Gray

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