This is a Gamer laptop that emphasizes system responsiveness. Rich in 1TB SSD storage, the Asus ROG Strix G G531GU-AL257T has something for content collectors of all kinds and lovers of speed. Topped with a perennial borderless screen (120Hz), it summons a powerful heart with the game support of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB and the powerful Intel Core i7 9th gen processor supported by 16 GB of RAM. Complete connectivity, neat and colorful design, multicolored backlighting and advanced cooling technologies, everything is there to support you in the action, provided you bypass its limited autonomy, its audible ventilation and the absence of Thunderbolt 3.
Specifications Asus ROG Strix SCAR III G531GU-AL257T
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 120Hz 100% sRGB (1920×1080, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz, 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB dedicated GDDR6, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)|
|Connectors||3 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, SD / MMC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, RGB Aura Sync N-Key (1.8mm stroke)|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 4W) ROG Sonic Studio|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||3 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 66Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.39 Kg / 360 x 275 x 26|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus ROG Strix G G531GU-AL257T
The Asus ROG Strix G G531GU-AL257T carries a characteristic design with its diagonal which splits the brushed effects of the aluminum cover in two putting forward the ROG logo backlit on the side. The chassis is drawn in a beveled silhouette with aggressive edges and geometric shapes. Asus declares to have worked with BMW Designworks Group for the lines of its G531 to answer a main problem: ventilation. At first glance, the aesthetics are sober with a black color but wait to turn on the PC, the lower part of the base lights up, like the backlit keyboard with 1 multicolored zone and the logo on the back for an effect Christmas tree insured.
Small precision that is important, to preserve the balance of its borderless screen, Asus has simply removed the webcam . This is detrimental even if its impractical positioning on the GL504 had left us a little perplexed.
The PC measurements are well optimized for a 15 inch. It weighs only 2.35 kg with a thickness of 26 mm . Thanks to the tapered edges, you get a width of only 360 mm. Besides, this led to the removal of the physical numeric keypad. A NumPad (numeric keypad integrated in the touchpad) is announced on this series but optional on certain models and we have no indication of its presence here or not.
The screen catches the eye at first glance thanks to its fine frame, but not only. It sports specifications perfect for gamers: IPS panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz . The viewing angles are excellent thanks to the IPS panel , the Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for players and allows you to get the best from your High Definition content while the mat processing prevents the brightness ambient to be reflected on the screen, improving the playing comfort (especially in dark scenes).
The PC provides an adequate connection but not as diverse as expected, gathered on the left side and at the back. There is a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0 output, three USB 3.1 ports and a USB Type-C (Gen2) port (without Thunderbolt 3 support). The latest generations of Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0 modules are also on the menu. So we say goodbye to the MiniDisplay Port and the SD card reader.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ROG Strix G G531GU-AL257T
When you are interested in this type of model, it is first the graphics card and the capabilities of the PC in play that are important. Here, we are dealing with the Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card which places the PC on a high-end level. If the latter only supports Ray-Tracing in small proportions unlike its big sister RTX 2060, the GTX 1660 Ti follows the latter in most performance question scenarios. In fact, it is particularly capable of competing with intensive players and ensuring optimal frequencies in 1080p High on all AAA games with a total of FPS that exceeds 60. The support for creatives is also precious with its 6 Go VRAM GDDR6 .
Next comes the very heart of this PC and its 9th generation processor Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh . Thanks to the combined power of its 6 hearts, it makes it possible to envisage all types of work, in particular work on software greedy in multicore resources (3D modeling, parallelization, video editing, etc.). Indeed, this processor is ideal in versatility for creatives, publishers and other graphic design professionals, provided you are a fan of the PC Gamer look of course …
At the service also performance, the RAM is present in quantity. With 16 GB of RAM , you benefit from a large scale in multitasking and what to see coming the next years serenely.
But that’s not all, the Asus ROG Strix G G531GU-AL257T also contains an NVMe SSD storage with a large capacity of 1 TB. The system benefits directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous on and off phases, transfers calculated in seconds or instant software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is inherently quieter, more robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its storage capacity that is too low, it is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the installation of many heavy games and the storage of your entire toy library.
Finally, for a 15 inch laptop of this ilk, the 66Whr battery is not too much and manages to offer a decent autonomy exceeding 5 hours in web browsing with active Wifi. Thank you Optimus.