Top 9 ASUS G14 Improvements in 2022 And Problems

Top 9 ASUS G14 Improvements in 2022 And Problems

 


These are the top 9 improvements that ASUS
have made to their Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop this year, and I’ll also cover what I didn’t
like about it afterward. Let’s start out with what I think is the
best addition to the G14 this year, the MUX switch. This gives us the option to disable the integrated
graphics and run games with just the more powerful discrete graphics. I’ve got a whole video you can check after
this one where I show the performance difference that this can make in games, but basically,
it just means we get better FPS, so it’s great to see it finally included this year. Next up is the screen, which also gets a nice
improvement this year. We’ve got a 16:10 screen now, so slightly
more vertical space compared to previous versions

Of the G14 which were 16:9. The screen also now has a resolution higher
than standard 1440p and gets much brighter at over 500 nits compared to the 340 or so
that we had with older models. The screen also gives us a much faster response
time compared to previous G14s, making it much better for competitive gamers. We’re also getting thermal improvements
this year. The new 2022 G14 introduces a vapor chamber
cooler that covers the heat-generating components. Additionally, both the CPU and GPU have liquid
metal, last year only the CPU had liquid metal, but not the GPU. This year it’s both. Yeah, the actual temperatures can still get
relatively high in a heavy load, but more thermal headroom contributes to our next point

Which is number 4, more CPU and GPU power
than ever before. It of course depends on the specific game,
but the Radeon RX 6800S graphics were outperforming the RTX 3060 that was available in last year’s
G14. Sometimes the difference was small in games
like Control that seem to favor Nvidia, while others like Red Dead Redemption 2 that seem
to favor Radeon were able to get a nice boost compared to last year’s version. AMD’s new Ryzen 9 6900HS processor also
gives us a performance uplift compared to the last generation. Granted the boosts aren’t as high as what
we’re seeing compared to Intel’s new 12th gen processors because those go right up to
14 cores and 20 threads now, but hey it’s still an improvement. Not only that but Ryzen 6000 also improves
performance on battery power.

This is the same selection of laptops as the
previous graph, but now the G14 is second best. You’re actually able to still get good performance
when you’re not plugged in, especially compared to most Intel options. AMD’s Ryzen 6000 mobile processors also
offer us a number of extra features. Including the addition of faster PCIe Gen
4 storage, something Intel options already had last year with 11th gen. But now new AMD based laptops like the Zephyrus
G14 is also able to benefit from faster storage. Well, at least in theory, because I didn’t
actually find the SSD in my G14 to be any faster than what’s available with PCIe 3.0,
but technically you could upgrade to a faster drive. There are also other changes like the move
to DDR5 memory this year, and despite using

MediaTek Wi-Fi, it’s one of the fastest
I’ve tested so far and close to other Intel-based options. Next up is the addition of a 720p camera. It sounds like such a small simple change,
but previous versions of the G14 didn’t have a camera built-in, not exactly ideal
in the age of zoom calls. I didn’t find the camera super amazing or
anything, but it does the job, and it’s got IR for Windows Hello face unlock. The touchpad also gets larger this year. I already thought last year’s G14 had one
of the best touchpads around, but it was a little small. This year’s touchpad is 50% larger and I
found it just as nice and accurate to use. It’s definitely one of the better options
in this regard.

The speakers also just sound better this year. Although we do still have front-facing speakers
like last year, they’ve been moved up to the back rather than down the front so that
when you’re actually using the laptop your hands don’t cover them. There’s some bass, and although I found
it to start sounding a bit muffled after about 70% volume with a lot of palm rest vibration,
it sounded pretty good with more reasonable volume levels. Number 9, and last before we get into the
bad parts of the G14, we’ve got improved I/O. The port layout is basically the same as previous
G14 versions, though the USB Type-A ports are now the faster 3.2 Gen 2 compared to last
year’s slower Gen 1. We also now get a MicroSD card slot on the
right-hand side, so a nice little bonus for

Content creators. So then, what’s worse with this year’s
G14? Honestly, not too much. There are some cases where Radeon graphics
may not be ideal, particularly if you’re a content creator as generally, Nvidia graphics
do better in that regard in Adobe Premiere. That said, things can go the other way in
applications like Adobe Photoshop due to the increase in CPU performance, as graphics matter
less there. Purely in terms of gaming though, I did find
the 6800S graphics quite capable,

but there’s no denying that Nvidia still has the edge
in both ray tracing and DLSS does exist in more games right now compared to FSR. The battery life while actually gaming wasn’t
as good as previous generations of G14, however battery life outside of gaming in my video
playback test was definitely a leap forward

compared to older versions of the G14, most
likely thanks to Ryzen 6000. Sometimes even with fairly light workloads
running, I did notice that the sides of the laptop could feel a little hot. Right now it’s just idling and not doing
anything so it’s cool. You don’t really need to touch that spot
so it’s probably not that big of a deal. Under heavy stress test, the actual palm rest
and WASD areas were notably cooler, so it’s fine where you actually touch, but yeah it’s
something I noticed. Hot air does blow out onto the bottom of the
screen, but given this is something ASUS have tested for extended periods of time I can
only assume that they don’t have any problems with it – or at least that there’s not going
to be any problems within the warranty period. Unfortunately without actually using this
laptop long-term like for a period of years, I’m just not able to comment on how a design
like this is actually going to hold up.

Unfortunately, all of these nice improvements
aren’t for nothing, this year’s G14 does cost more money, but that’s also just the
market that we find ourselves in right now with both part shortages and higher inflation
levels. Prices will of course change over time and
you can check updates with the links below the video. Now although I do think that this year’s
G14 has a lot to offer compared to last year’s version, if you’ve already got last year’s
version unless there’s something specific here that you absolutely must have, I don’t
think there’s any point in upgrading. I pretty much always say that there’s no
point upgrading between single generations. Generally, the improvements just aren’t worth
it. But hey, it’s your money so you do whatever you like. Check out my full review of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus
G14 over here next if you want all of the

Finer details, I go into way more depth in
that one, or this one if you just want to see how well it performs in different games,

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