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ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 vs ASUS Zephyrus S GX502 – what’s new?

A short while ago, ASUS revealed its latest models from the ROG Zephyrus family – one of which is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502. The fresh device has a magnesium-alloy body and thin bezels, just like its predecessor – the ASUS Zephyrus S GX502. The latter is a great piece of hardware but we can hope that ASUS has fixed the thermal issues with the 2020 version because we were not entirely happy with the temperatures of the 2019 laptop. This year’s notebook comes with newer and faster CPUs and GPUs, as well as some other goodies.

You can check the prices and configurations of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-rog-zephyrus-s15-gx502/

You can check the prices and configurations of the ASUS Zephyrus S GX502 devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-zephyrus-s-gx502/

Contents

Design: almost unchanged

Nothing new in terms of design. The refreshed device looks almost the same as its predecessor – magnesium-alloy body, thin bezels, low weight, and thin profile. Ok, the newer one is just a little bit thicker and heavier but we are talking about minimal differences – 18.9 mm vs 18.8 mm and 2.04 kg vs 2.0 kg, respectively.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 | ASUS Zephyrus S GX502

 

Display: 300Hz panel with 3ms response time

Last year’s device comes with 144Hz and 240Hz panel options but the updated ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 is configured with a superb 300Hz panel that supposedly has a 3 ms response time. It’s an IPS display so we can expect good viewing angles, plus, there is G-Sync certification, while the colors are Pantone Validated. According to ASUS, it can cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut which sounds nice but we still have to test it.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 | ASUS Zephyrus S GX502

 

Hardware: Comet Lake-H and NVIDIA RTX Super

With the newer version of the laptop, you can choose between an interesting selection of processors and graphics cards. For those who need more computing power, there is the Core i7-10875H, which is equipped with 8 cores and 16 threads. However, if you want to shave off some money from the final price, you can get the 6-core Intel Core i7-10750H. It will provide enough headroom for a powerful GPU, and perhaps would be more battery-friendly than its 8-core brother.

As for the GPUs, you can configure the notebook with the refreshed NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super or 2070 Super, both of which offer more CUDA cores than their non-Super siblings.

Connectivity and ports: Thunderbolt support and more

One of the drawbacks of the 2019 device was that it lacks a Thunderbolt connection. ASUS has fixed that in the 2020 machine. Let’s check the ports – one USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) with Thunderbolt 3 support, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A) port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A) ports, an HDMI 2.0b connector, an audio jack (ESS Hi-Fi DAC), a mic-in jack, and an Ethernet port.

Storage and other specs: NVMe and Wi-Fi 6

As you may expect, the NVMe support is on board so you can take advantage of high write and read speeds. With Wi-Fi 6 you can download files faster in comparison to the older standard and there is Bluetooth 5.0, as well. The per-key RGB keyboard is here again. It’s AURA compatible, and let’s hope that this one will be more comfortable for gaming because the older version wasn’t that good in this criteria. The battery capacity remains the same – 76Wh.

Specs Comparison

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502ASUS Zephyrus S GX502
Display15.6″, Full HD, IPS 300Hz15.6″, Full HD, IPS 144Hz / 240Hz
GPUup to NVIDIA RTX 2080 SuperNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
CPUIntel Core i7-10875H, Intel Core i7-10750HIntel Core i7-9750H
MemoryDDR4 3200MhzDDR4 2666Mhz
StorageM.2 NVMe SSDM.2 NVMe SSD
Gigabit WiFi802.11ax802.11ac
Battery76Wh76Wh
Thickness18.9 mm18.8 mm
Weight2.04kg2.0kg
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Prices and Configurations

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502 configurations:

ASUS Zephyrus S GX502 configurations: