ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games

ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games
10 min read
30 November 2020

I’ve tested the ASUS Zephyrus M15 gaming laptop  in 20 different games at all setting levels to   show you how well it performs. I’ve also  compared it against other laptops so that   you can see the differences and decide if the  M15 is a laptop you should consider buying.ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games

Software settings / drivers

 All testing was done with manual mode enabled,   which basically maxes out the fan speed  and applies the following GPU overclock.   I haven’t tested with undervolting as it’s not a  default option available through Windows and is   locked to software like Intel XTU or Throttlestop,  however you can undervolt in the BIOS. I’ll test   that out in the upcoming full review.

Gaming benchmarks

We’ll start out by testing  the Zephyrus M15 in 20 games,   then afterwards I’ll compare it with other  laptops and check out screen response time.

Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge.  ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games Even the lowest setting preset wasn’t  able to deliver 60 FPS in this one,   but that’s not required here to play the  game fine, I thought it was running well   enough with high settings, ultra was  a bit choppy as seen in the 1% low. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesRed Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the game’s  built in benchmark tool, and as another resource   heavy game we’re not seeing high frame rates at  ultra settings, which is fine. High settings were   still able to hit 60 FPS which is great, and we  could improve this a little with lower levels. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesWatch Dogs Legion was also tested with the games  benchmark. I was getting low VRAM warnings at   ultra settings which explains why the frame rate  was half the amount seen just one setting level   lower, granted it still looks great at very  high settings anyway so 60 FPS will be decent. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesThis is my first time testing the new  Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and I’ve done   it using the games provided benchmark tool.  The M15 was still able to hit 60 FPS with the   highest ultra high setting preset, while just  over 100 FPS was possible with low settings. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesDeath Stranding wasn’t running all that  differently between the different setting levels,   the 1% lows in particular  were quite close together too,   so it’s probably not really going to matter  all that much which preset level you go with. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesBattlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode,  and the highest ultra setting preset was   playing fine at around 80 FPS, while medium  was needed to surpass 100 FPS. I’ll use this   game to compare the M15 performance  against some other laptops shortly. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesControl was tested without any ray tracing  as we’ve got GTX graphics here. I thought   high settings were still playable as I think  this game still plays well without necessarily   hitting 60 FPS, granted medium and even low  settings look alright to me in this one anyway.ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the  built in benchmark, and the Zephyrus M15 was   able to give me a new record for best result  from laptop GTX 1660 Ti graphics in this test,   we’ll check out how other laptops  compare in this title soon. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesApex Legends was tested in Season 7 with the  new Olympus map, so results are unfortunately   not directly comparable to any of my previous  Apex testing due to the map change. In any case,   it was still above 100 FPS with big gains possible  at lower setting levels meaning it played well. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesCall of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in campaign  mode with either max or min settings for the same   reason. It was playing fine at max settings,  which was still easily above 60 FPS in my test,   though there were less gains using minimum  settings compared to Apex before it. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesFortnite was tested with the replay feature,  it doesn’t need much to run so above 100 FPS   even with the highest epic setting preset isn’t  too surprising. High settings may offer a better   option for the 144Hz screen, while lower levels  could be good if you get it with the 240Hz option. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesCS:GO was tested with the ulletical FPS benchmark,  there’s hardly much difference at all between the   different presets here, and it’s unfortunate that  the M15 doesn’t give us the option of disabling   optimus, as that probably would have boosted us  above 300 FPS, but I guess high 200s is fine too.ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle  lane with bots, it’s performing similarly   to laptops with higher specs as this one runs  fine on basically anything, so let’s continue. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesOverwatch was tested running  through the practice range,   the 300 FPS frame cap wasn’t  being hit at low settings,   but regardless even maxed out the 1% low is  still above 100 FPS, so it’s going to play well. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesRainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in  benchmark using Vulkan, as is typically the case,   there’s no real difference between  most of the higher setting presets.   Even worst case we’re on about 100  FPS for the 1% low, so no issues here. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesMetro Exodus was tested using the built in  benchmark, most parts of the game perform a   fair bit better than this, so don’t take these  results as a good indication of what to expect   throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst  case that can be compared against my other data. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesBorderlands 3 was tested using the game’s built  in benchmark, this is a resource heavy test   too which is why we’re not quite  able to hit 60 FPS at max settings,   though the high preset was still capable of  this, then the frame rate rises significantly   comparatively going down another level to medium.ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games The Witcher 3 was playing fine even with ultra   settings, still above 60 for the 1% low, though  it was possible to boost average FPS by around 40%   simply by stepping down to high settings without  too much loss to visual quality in my opinion. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesF1 2020 was tested with the games benchmark  tool, and the outcome is similar in that max   settings was just below 100 FPS, but that  there was also a larger performance boost   simply by lowering one setting preset which moves  us closer to 120 FPS, while ultra low was at 140. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesFar Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games  benchmark, not quite 100 FPS at the lowest setting   level, but still reasonable results and above  the 60 FPS sweet spot even with ultra settings.

Compared to other laptops

Now let’s take a look at how the Zephyrus M15  compares against other laptops, use these results   as a rough guide only, as they were tested  at different times with different drivers.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in  campaign mode at ultra settings,   and the M15 is highlighted in red. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesThe results  here are looking good, the highest average FPS   I’ve ever had from a GTX 1660 Ti laptop,  though the 1% lows were behind many of the   alternatives with the same GPU just below it  on the graph, but a decent result regardless.

These are the results from Far Cry 5 with  ultra settings in the built-in benchmark.  ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games The M15 moves up a couple of positions now. This  test depends more on CPU power, and as you’ll see   in the upcoming full review it’s certainly  able to deliver some nice processor performance,   so this makes sense. It’s not quite doing as  well as the 9th gen Helios 300 just above it,   probably due to the default undervolt  out of the box that applies,   but we could always undervolt  the M15 to close the gap.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with  the games benchmark tool with the highest setting   preset.ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games The M15 is doing great here, same average  FPS as the higher 90 watt RTX 2060 in the TUF A15,   even better than the 110 watt 2060 in the  RP-15, though it can’t quite catch the 115   watt 2060 in the MSI GL65 one spot above it.  Still though, an excellent result from a GTX   1660 Ti based machine, and my new best  1660 Ti result recorded in this game.

Screen response time

Although I’ve run all game benchmarks at  1080p, my M15 actually has a 4K panel,   but it’s available with both. The 1080p config  is probably a much more common pick for gamers,   and it’s available with 144Hz and 240Hz options. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In Games Although unfortunate that I’ve got the 4K model,   I’ve still tested the screen response time, and I  got just under 17ms average grey-to-grey response   time. ASUS Zephyrus M15 (GU502) + Liquid Metal Tested In GamesWhen compared to others it’s not too terrible,   there are definitely worse gaming laptop  panels out there, but yeah I would hope   the 1080p panel is better than this, but  I can’t say without having it to test.

Gaming performance with the  Zephyrus M15 is looking great,   probably in part due to the GPU overclock  applied automatically in turbo and manual modes,   but also due to the good CPU performance,  which may in part be due to the liquid   metal ASUS are using, but again I’ll have  more on that in the upcoming review .

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