The Asus ROG Strix G15 G512 series comes in several SKUs with many different types of CPUs, displays, GPUs, RAM, and storage options to be chosen from. We recently had to chance it to check out the two SKUs the $1000 G512LI and $1500 G512LW equipped with the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti and GeForce RTX 2070 respectively.
G512LW and G512LI Features
The G512LW is obviously the faster configuration to nobody is surprise, but the G512LI is not a bad deal either given that it’s several hundred dollars cheaper. The main exception, however, is its terrible 144 Hz display when compared to the 240 Hz display on the G512LW. Users might look at the high 144 Hz refresh rate and automatically declare it to be a good display for gaming, but gaming monitors need both high refresh rates and response times. In this case, the black white and gray response times for the 144 Hz panel on the G512LI are about 16 ms and 18 ms, respectively, compared to under 3 ms or 5 ms on most other high refresh rate displays including for the G512LW. Ghosting is therefore much more noticeable on the G512LI especially when playing fast paced games.
Additionally, the colors and contrast ratio on the G512LW are meager at approximately 60 percent of sRGB and 500:1, respectively. Meanwhile, the 240 Hz panel on the G512LW covers sRGB completely while offering two times the contrast ratio for deeper and more vibrant colors when gaming.
We understand the reasoning for pairing the G512LI with a budget display in order to keep costs low. However, we would’ve preferred a 60 Hz display with faster refresh rates and deeper colors over a 144 Hz display with slower refresh rates and weaker colors if that were the case. Competing laptops with similar display options like the MSI GP65 are able to offer both fast 144 Hz refresh rates and fast 5 ms response times to give it a leg up against the Asus G512LI.
Asus G512LW laptop was released in March, 18, 2020 date. The Strix G15 I tested and the costs was $999 and comes with an Intel Core i7 and 10750H processor an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of RAM it has a 512GB SSD and also with a 1080p, 144Hz display. A step up from the base model of costs $1,299 and ups the RAM to 16GB and the GPU to an RTX 2060. The $1,499 model nets you an RTX 2070 GPU it has a 1TB SSD and a 1080p, 240Hz display.