Finally broke down and pulled the trigger

Broke my will. $1099 for “ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 14” WQXGA 120Hz Gaming Laptop – AMD Ryzen 9– 16GB DDR5 Memory – AMD Radeon RX 6700S – 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD”

Can be upgraded to 40GB DDR5 for just over $100, and I have a 2TB SSD I can slip into it too… Very well reviewed little machine, in a price range I can live with, and AMD’s latest and greatest CPU and dGPU for mobile.

I was considering waiting for the Zen 4 laptops but I hear those are >6 months away.


Pretty nice. I’ll be REAL interested in how hot the CPU runs doing normal stuff like idling while running a browser, and at what point the fans kick in to cool it when it starts doing more. My Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5 fans STILL kick in at 40 degrees C and don’t stop until the temp goes down to about 32 degrees C. I like the “Core Temp” app to keep a CPU temp icon in the system tray. Also curious to know what SSD speeds you get with CrystalDiskMark. For me it records great sequential read and write speed but what I think is lousy random access speeds, at least compared to others I’ve seen reported on line for this same or last generation IdeaPad Pro 5.

My results:

Looks like a really nice laptop. It should be pretty efficient with that AMD cpu and last you for years…doc

My disk speed is nowhere in that league?!?

At least, that top line sequential reads with Queue depth 8 isn’t. Some metrics are otherwise good, I guess.


Device name XXXXX
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS with Radeon Graphics 3.30 GHz
Installed RAM 16.0 GB (15.2 GB usable)
Device ID CF4E76E8-B852-422A-9E20-A1D3F29C9E05
Product ID 00342-20937-74489-AAOEM
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Pen and touch No pen or touch input is available for this display

Thanks for the comparison. Yeah, some of the speed metrics are better and some are worse. I have no clear idea as to why that is. Is it merely due to differences in the fundamental SSD performance of the manufacturer of the device? Are things running the background that are affecting the results? One thing I tweaked in CrystalDiskMark is to force “NVMe SSD” instead of “Default” under the Settings menu. I don’t think it had much of an affect in my case.