Asus ROG Flow X16 review (2022 GV601RM model- AMD Ryzen 9, RTX 3060)

That is my detailed evaluation of the Asus ROG Float X16 2-in-1 convertible gaming laptop.

There’s no different equivalent tool available in the market as of mid-2022, a convertible laptop ready to marry beneath the similar hood a rather transportable 16-inch layout with fashionable and strong specifications, a very good thermal module, and a large battery.

Upload in a fantastic mini LED contact show possibility, just right IO and inputs, and a few punchy speakers, and this Float X16 goes to be a well-liked selection to the clamshell functionality ultraportables to be had within the area at this level, such because the ROG Zephyrus M16, Razer Blade 15, or the Lenovo Legion Slender 7.

So far as the {hardware} is going, this Float X16 sequence is constructed on an AMD processor and Nvidia graphics. Our evaluation unit is the mid-tier possibility with the Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, 32 GB of DDR5 reminiscence, and an RTX 3060 dGPU from Nvidia, whilst our evaluation of the 3070Ti Float X16 configuration may be to be had right here now. Plus, as a member of the ROG Float sequence, that is comfpatible with the XG Cell exterior enclosure, in case you’re aiming for even higher gaming/graphics functionality, which may be an issue for a long run article.

On this evaluation, we’ll focal point at the Float X16 as a multi-purpose all-around laptop, with the positives and the quirks that you simply will have to take note of and settle for if making a decision to move with one of those.

Specifications sheet- Asus ROG Float X16 GV601RM

2022 ASUS ROG Float X16 GV601RM
Show16-inch, 16:10, contact, shiny,
IPS with one hundred percentDCI-P3 protection and 500-nits brightness or
mini LED with 100% DCI-P3 protection, 1100-nits top HDR brightness, HDR1000, with unmarried or multi-zone panel backlighting
ProcessorAMD Rembrandt, as much as Ryzen 9 6900HS, 8C/16T, as much as 90W TDP sustained
VideoRadeon + Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Computer 6GB (as much as 125W TGP with Dynamic Spice up)
with MUX and Adaptive Sync (no GSync on inner show)
Reminiscence32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM – as much as 64 GB (2x DIMMs)
Garage1 TB SSD (Micron 3400 force) – 2x M.2 PCI 4.0 x4 slots
ConnectivityWiFi 6E (Mediatek 7922) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x USB-C 3.2 (4.0 replace later within the yr) with information, video and charging, 1x ROG xGM port with USB-C, HDMI 2.0b, micro SD card reader, headphone&mic
Battery90Wh, 240 W persistent adapter, USB-C charging as much as 100W
Measurement355 mm or 13.98” (w) x 243 mm or 9.57 (d) x 19.4 mm or .76” (h)
Weight2.08 kg (4.58 lbs), + .74 kg (1.63 lbs) for the 240W charger and cables, EU model
Extras2-in-1 convertible layout, rubber-dome single-zone RGB backlit keyboard, HD IR webcam, 4x speakers and 3x mic array, XG cellular reinforce, tri-fan cooling module with liquid steel

Right here’s a listing of the precise Float X16 configurations that can be to be had in retail outlets this yr (some could be unique to choose markets).

  • ROG Float X16 GV601RW – Ryzen 9 6900HS, RTX 3070Ti 8GB (as much as 125W), 240W charger – reviewed right here;
  • ROG Float X16 GV601RM – Ryzen 9 6900HS, RTX 3060 6GB (as much as 125W), 240W charger – indexed at BestBuy right here;
  • ROG Float X16 GV601RE – Ryzen 9 6900HS, RTX 3050Ti 4GB (as much as 125W ??), smaller 200W charger;

Reminiscence and garage would possibly vary between SKUs, however all of them include the similar QHD+ mini LED contact show and 90W battery. A ROG backpack, headset and mouse also are bundled with maximum configurations, and the sequence is appropriate with the ROG XG Cell dGPU unit.

Design and building

The ROG Float X16 is just about a grown-up Float X13, as Asus opted for a similar design traces, fabrics, and completing main points at the two, for consistency throughout the Float sequence.

Black items of aluminum are used for the outside chassis, with a grooved texture that gives just right grip, whilst the principle chassis and the inner are magnesium alloy, with a easy completing across the keyboard and a textured completing at the palm relaxation.

These types of fabrics are black, and can display smudges and fingerprints in consequence, however they’re fairly simple to scrub and the more than a few textures lend a hand disguise the smudges to some degree. For what’s value, that is how the laptop sorted a couple of days of use, which is in reality higher than I anticipated from an all-black design.

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This Float X16 may be constructed really well, with virtually no flex in each the lid or the keyboard deck, and no squeaky humorous noises when grabbing and the usage of it. Apart from for a slight nit with the left hinge, which we’ll talk about in slightly.

Moreover, whilst it is a full-size 16-inch laptop, it’s additionally fairly slender and light-weight for what it’s, at about 2.1 pounds and sub 20 mm in thickness. The clamshell ROG laptops of this technology are moderately lighter, however don’t overlook this comes with a touchscreen that provides as much as the full weight.

On peak of that, in comparison to the compact Float X13, the X16’s 16-inch layout permits for a extra plentiful arm-rest, a spacious clickpad, and a focused keyboard flanked through speakers. Over again, this inner format is just about similar to what Asus be offering on their widespread Zephyrus G15 and Zephyrus M16 clamshell fashions.

One of the most main promoting issues of this Float X16 is the convertible type component. The display screen rotates 360-degrees at the again, permitting you to make use of this tool as a pocket book, pill, or the rest in between. I suppose this layout will attraction to a couple possible customers, particularly because the show helps pen enter, even though I for one would rarely use this in pill mode. If I had been to desire a pill, I’d just select up my iPad, this is simply too large and fortunate for relaxed pill use.

I do respect the power to simply lean the display screen again to any desired perspective, or even the truth that this comes with a touchscreen, which isn’t to be had on different ROG units.

mode tablet

So far as the hinges move, I did realize a minor quirk on my unit. The two hinges are smartly made and do a high quality process at retaining the show as arrange, with out it shifting with day by day use. Then again, while you raise up the display screen or modify the perspective, it nonetheless wobbles in position for a 2d or two ahead of stabilizing in position, and the left-side hinge produces a slight ticking noise right through those seconds. I spotted this noise the primary few days after taking the laptop out of the field, however within the interim, it has most commonly worn off and is not noticeable until you in particular put the ear just about that left hinge. I’d be expecting this may increasingly ultimately put on off solely, and with a bit of luck, it gained’t impact the retail devices.

That apart, no proceedings. The entrance lips and corners of this design are pleasant at the arms and wrists and there are not any aggravating lighting positioned within the line of sight. Is fairly, there’s an needless always-on mild within the persistent button positioned at the proper edge, which btw, lacks an built-in fingerprint reader. This is to be had with the X13’s persistent button.

That apart, the laptop sits ceaselessly anchored at the table, in spite of it imposing some slim-profile rubber toes at the underside. Those are a end result of the convertible layout, as thicker toes would have avoided the display screen’s skill to fold down flat in pill mode. Then again, the low-profile toes additionally impact the laptop’s cooling to some degree, as we’ll talk about in an extra segment.

rubber feet back

One ultimate side I will be able to cover here’s the IO. The ports are unfold out at the proper and left aspect, so there’s not anything at the again, as that’s reserved for cooling.

The Float X16 provides HDMI 2.0b, 2x USB-A and USB-C ports, an audio jack, and a micro SD card reader, maximum of them with ease situated at the left. Even the ability plug is at the left and in opposition to the again, no longer within the center as at the ROG fashions, on account of the made over thermal module and not using a radiator on that aspect.

The HDMI port is handiest HDMI 2.0b and hooked into the iGPU, however you’ll be able to output video throughout the USB-C ports to an exterior track. The USB-C port that’s a part of the XG Cell connector is hooked into the Nvidia GPU, whilst the opposite one is going throughout the iGPU.

That apart, I’ll additionally upload that I used to be instructed that USB 4.0 reinforce is coming later within the yr, as soon as AMD and the USB boards determine their licensing. It’s no longer to be had but. Moreover, a full-size SD card reader would had been great in this 16-inch chassis, and a few type of Lock, however Asus didn’t come with any. There’s additionally no LAN port, however you’ll be able to get stressed out connectivity with a USB adapter.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard in this Float X16 is similar in format and comments to what Asus presented with the ROG Float X13 mode during the last yr.

The format is okay, with correct sized and spaced keys, moderately spaced arrows, and the additional set of multimedia keys on the peak left, function of ROG laptops.

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I’ve little to bitch concerning the typing revel in right here, with just right comments, 1.7 mm of key commute, and great feeling comfortable keycaps. I additionally in finding the keystrokes to be at the quieter aspect, even for the House key. The loss of noticeable flex within the keyboard deck is helping the revel in as smartly.

Not like at the X13, RGB backlighting is to be had with the Float X16, however handiest single-zone RGB as at the ROG Zephyrus fashions, so no per-key keep watch over or fancy results. The lighting fixtures is uniform and vibrant sufficient, nevertheless it additionally creeps from beneath the keycaps with the slender profile design, all over again, identical to at the Zephyrus fashions.

Alternatively, the lighting fixtures can also be reactivated with a swipe over the clickpad as soon as it fades out, and Asus put in force a bodily Caps Lock indicator.

The clickpad is glass and spacious. The design would possibly counsel that that is textured, however that’s only a decoy: the skin is easy, however Asus went with clear glass that presentations the textured trend hidden beneath, as a way to combine with the design of the arm-rest. Great contact.

This clickpad handles the whole thing easily, or even the bodily clicks at the corners are easy and quiet. The outside does rattle slightly with less attackable faucets, even though.

As for biometrics, there’s no finger sensor within the persistent button with this mannequin, however there’s IR Home windows Hi reinforce constructed into the webcam.

Display screen

The ROG Float X16 is to be had with a 16-inch 16:10 contact show and two-panel choices:

  • QHD+ 16:10 IPS panel with 500-nits brightness and 100% DCI-P3 protection;
  • QHD+ 16:10 mini LED Nabula HDR panel with 1100-nits top HDR brightness and 100% DCI-P3 protection.

The primary panel is similar to the one presented with the 2022 Zephyrus M16, whilst the second one possibility may be to be had within the 2022 Zephyrus DUO 16. For the Float X16, even though, we’re having a look at shiny implementations with a dash layer, digitizer, and protecting Gorilla Glass on peak, whilst the Zephyrus fashions are all anti-glare and non-touch.

Our pattern is the lower-tier IPS panel. It’s a high quality possibility for day by day use and artistic paintings, however inferior against this, blacks, and brightness to the miniLED possibility with zone-dimming functions. We’ll talk about the mini led panel additional down, however for now, right here’s what we were given in our assessments at the IPS panel, with HDR switched OFF:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUOC199 (B160QAN02.Q);
  • Protection: 99.8% sRGB, 85.1% AdobeRGB, 98.9% DCI-P3;
  • Sort: 8-bit HDR 400;
  • Measured gamma: 2.17;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 486.40 cd/m2 on persistent;
  • min brightness in the course of the display screen: 22.93 cd/m2 on persistent;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1118:1;
  • White level: 6700 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.43 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

It is a high quality multi-purpose panel, even though the distinction or the blacks aren’t wonderful. It additionally comes smartly calibrated out of the field.

The miniLED panel possibility, which Derek has on his Float X16 model examined on this article, is one thing else, even though, because of the 512 dimming zones and the power to choose between multi-zone and single-zone backlighting. On multi-zone mode and on HDR, blacks and the distinction get just about as just right as on an OLED panel, whilst the sustained measured SDR brightness is 900+ nits, with top HDR brightness nearer to 1100 nits. This multi-zone mode isn’t made for color-accurate paintings, even though, as zone-dimming interferes with the colour and gamma accuracy. Plus, on an LCD panel that will get as vibrant as this one, blooming and shadowing on the border between darkish and vibrant parts is noticeable, and one thing that you simply’ll must get used to and settle for right here.

We’ve already reviewed this panel at the Zephyrus Duo, and I’ll refer you to that article for extra main points, in addition to Derek’s newer Float X16 evaluation, with the miniLED panel.

In right here, I’ll simply reiterate this set of images that display the black ranges imaginable with this miniLED panel. At the left aspect within the subsequent three pics, there’s the mini LED show at the Zeph Duo, and at the proper, there’s an OLED panel at the ZenBook Professional 16X, for comparability. In all photographs, the OLED is ready at max brightness. Within the first symbol, the miniLED display screen is ready on single-zone backlighting, SDR, and most brightness. In the second one symbol, I switched to multi-zone lighting fixtures, nonetheless SDR, and most brightness. The closing symbol is multi-zone lighting fixtures, HDR, and max brightness.

You’ll want to watch those on a vibrant show to inform the diversities. The blacks are incomparably higher with zone dimming switched ON at the miniLED, and going between SDR and HDR with multi-zone lighting fixtures makes an extra distinction as smartly. You’ll additionally spot the blooming across the Ultrabookreview brand at the miniLED panel, discussed previous.

{Hardware} and function

Our evaluation mannequin is a higher-specced configuration of the ASUS ROG Float X16, code identify GV601RM, constructed on an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of rapid SSD garage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 3060 dGPU with 6 GB of vRAM and the Radeon 680M iGPU built-in throughout the AMD processor.

Disclaimer: Sooner than we continue, take into account that our evaluation unit is a pre-retail check pattern despatched over through Asus, and runs at the early instrument to be had as of late-June 2022 (BIOS 307, Armoury Crate 5.1.8, GeForce 512.78 drivers). Some sides would possibly alternate with later BIOS/instrument updates.

Replace: Within the interim, as of late-July 2022, I’ve rested the laptop with the more recent BIOS 310. Not anything vital has modified with regards to functionality beneath load, however I’m seeing a slight building up in potency on battery use in some rather a lot, with this BIOS. I’ve up to date the thing the place important in response to the up to date check effects.

Spec-wise, the 2022 ASUS ROG Float X16 sequence is constructed on the newest AMD Ryzen HS and Nvidia RTX {hardware} to be had up to now. The Ryzen 9 6900HS is an AMD Rembrandt 6000 processor, with 8 Cores and 16 Threads. It’s the extra environment friendly bin of the usual Ryzen 9 6900HX discovered on full-size laptops, with virtually the similar functions so long as supplied with sufficient persistent. It’s additionally a revision of the Ryzen 9 5900HS from closing yr, constructed at the up to date Zen3+ 6 nm generation, with enhancements in design, IPC, and potency.

The thermal/persistent design of this Float X16 permits the processor to run at as much as 80W of sustained persistent in hard CPU rather a lot, making sure the utmost multi-threaded functionality that this AMD platform is able to. That’s handiest imaginable on Guide mode with maxed-out fanatics, even though. We’ll get to that during slightly.

For the GPU, this sequence is to be had with RTX 3000 Ti graphics chips. What now we have in this pattern is the mid-tier RTX 3060 working at as much as 125W in supported video games and programs, with Dynamic Spice up. RTX 3050Ti and 3070Ti variants also are to be had.

For the RAM and garage choices, the laptop provides two obtainable reminiscence DIMMs and two M.2 SSD slots. Our unit shipped with 32 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM in dual-channel and a unmarried mid-level PCIe gen4 Micron 3400 SSD. That is gen4, however just a mid-level performer and no longer one of the quickest gen4 choices to be had available in the market.

Having access to the parts calls for taking away the again panel, which is held in position through a few Torx screws (cautious they’re of three other sizes, so remember to put them again the fitting approach). Inside of you’ll in finding all of the {hardware}, the massive battery, and the thermal module. The whole lot is packed tightly in this compact 16-inch chassis, with none area left unused.

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Specifications apart, Asus be offering the usual four persistent profiles within the Armoury Crate keep watch over app for this laptop: Silent, Efficiency, Turbo, and Guide, with more than a few persistent settings and fan profiles between them:

  • Silent – fairly fan-noise at beneath 35 dB, restricted CPU/GPU speeds and gear;
  • Balanced – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings and as much as 42 dB max fan noise;
  • Turbo – Prime-Efficiency profile with higher CPU persistent allocation, faster-spinning fanatics at as much as 45-46 dB, and overclocked GPU (+50 MHz Core/+100 MHz Reminiscence, as much as 125W TGP).
  • Guide – like Turbo, however having the ability to customized tweak the CPU’s PL1/PL2 persistent ranges and GPU’s persistent/clocks, plus create customized fan profiles in response to temperature limits. The fanatics ramp as much as 52 dB on this mode.
Working ModeSilentBalancedTurboGuide
CPU sustained TDP45W~60W~70W80W
GPU sustained TGP~50-70W (Whisper M, 60 fps)80W + 35W DBoost100W + 25W DBoost100W + 25W DBoost
TDP + TGP sustained (Crossload)~80-100W~115W~140W~145W
Noise at head pointsub 35dbAmax 42 dbAmax 45 dbAmax 52 dbA

Turbo is handiest to be had with the laptop plugged into the wall and is supposed for gaming and different hard rather a lot. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trades, whilst Silent is made for mild day by day use. The gadget is in a position to idle the fanatics at the Silent profile so long as the CPU/GPU keep beneath 60 levels C, resulting in a most commonly noiseless daily-use revel in.

Efficiency and benchmarks

Directly to extra hard rather a lot, we begin through trying out the CPU’s functionality through working the Cinebench R15 check for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds lengthen between each and every run.

First off, with the laptop sitting at the table, the Ryzen 9 processor stabilizes at ~67W of sustained persistent at the Turbo surroundings, which interprets in frequencies of ~4.1 GHz, temperatures of ~95 C, and ratings of ~2230 issues. The fanatics spin at ~40 dB at head-level on this mode, on this check. The CPU runs scorching and moderately thermally throttles, however nonetheless plays at just about its most functions, as you’ll see within the subsequent trying out situations.

Subsequent, I bumped the laptop off the table as a way to make stronger the airflow of cool air into the fanatics. This raised the sustained persistent to round ~74W and permits frequencies of 4.2+ GHz, however the CPU nonetheless finally ends up thermally throttled. This mode would additionally equate to the usage of the laptop in Tent mode or another mode that permits unobstructed airflow into the fanatics.

To take away the thermal limitation, I converted the Guide mode and maxed out the fanatics. This bumps the noise to 50+ dB at head point, however permits the CPU to run at 80W sustained, 4.3+ GHz, and temperatures within the low 90s.

Factor is, the functionality distinction between those three situations is inside of a couple of p.c, so the one noticeable good thing about the Guide mode is the truth that it permits a lower in temperatures, one thing value making an allowance for should you’re going to run hard CPU rather a lot for lengthy sessions of time in this tool.

Alternatively, switching over to the Balanced profile interprets within the CPU stabilizing at simply sub 60W, with temperatures within the low 90s, and quieter fanatics at sub-35 dB at head point. The CPU finally ends up scoring round 2150 issues on this mode, which is lower than 5% less than on Turbo, thus this Balanced mode is in all probability the perfect profile for this type of rather a lot at the Float X16.

Then there’s additionally the Silent profile, which limits the sustained persistent at ~45W, with the fanatics working at sub 30 dB, and temperatures within the low-80s C. The Ryzen 9 nonetheless ratings 2000+ issues in this profile, more or less 90% of the Turbo/Guide functionality, which is no doubt spectacular for a Silent profile and showcases the AMD platform’s potency and functions at mid-power settings.

In the end, the CPU runs at ~35 W on battery, at the Efficiency profile, with stabilized ratings of round 1900+ issues and fanatics at sub-35 dB. Main points under.

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To position those in point of view, right here’s how this Ryzen 9 6900HS implementation fares in opposition to different cellular platforms on this check, each Intel and AMD.

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The 2022 Intel i9-12900H to be had in one thing just like the ROG Zephyrus M16 can run as much as 20% quicker on this benchmark if provided with sufficient persistent. Then again, maximum ultraportable designs are moderately persistent restricted.

The 2022 Ryzen 9 6900HS continues to be aggressive at greater persistent, and moreover, a very good possibility at mid to low persistent at the Balanced and Silent profiles. To additional illustrate that, right here’s a comparability of this Float X16 vs the Zeph M16 (i9) and Zeph G14 (R9) on their Balanced and Silent modes.

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We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and Blender – School room, which led to equivalent findings to what we defined above.

We additionally ran the 3DMark CPU check at the Turbo and Balanced profiles.

In the end, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU pressure assessments in this pocket book. 3DMark pressure runs the similar check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for functionality variation and degradation through the years, and this unit (slightly) handed it, which means that there’s no functionality throttling with longer-duration sustained rather a lot, even though the parts heat-up through the years.

Subsequent, we ran all of the suite of assessments and benchmarks, at the inventory Turbo profile in Armoury Crate, the MUX set on Hybrid mode, and on FHD display screen solution for consistency with our different assessments.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 20371 (Graphics – 22064, Physics – 26286, Blended – 10651);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4996;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Secret agent: 8513 (Graphics – 8350, CPU – 9579);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5160;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 15479;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 54.84 reasonable fps;
  • PassMark 10: Score: 6003 (CPU: 25412, 3-D Graphics: 17036, Reminiscence: 2415, Disk Mark: 42594);
  • PCMark 10: 6873 (Necessities – 9970, Productiveness – 9238, Virtual Content material Introduction – 9569);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1462, Multi-core: 9261;
  • CineBench R15 (splendid run): CPU 2405 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 250 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (splendid run): CPU 5600 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 614 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 14441 cb (splendid unmarried run), CPU 14282 cb (10 min run), CPU Unmarried Core 1575 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 27.49 s.

And listed below are some workstation benchmarks, at the identical Turbo profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 48s (Turbo);
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 27s (CUDA), 15s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – CPU Compute: 6m 15s (Turbo);
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – GPU Compute: 55s (CUDA), 30.5s (Optix);
  • Pugetbench – DaVinci Unravel: 943;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Afert Results: 728;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Photoshop: 985;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Premiere: 690;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 139.98 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 70.63 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 88.82 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Power: 27.91 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 362.08 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Clinical: 35.62 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 21.76 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 263.73 (Turbo).
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 10335 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 868 vpaths, GPU RTX – 827;

Those are some superb effects for a thin-and-light pocket book.

For reference, one thing like a ROG Zephyrus M16 goes to accomplish as much as 20% quicker within the CPU rather a lot, with reasonably equivalent GPU effects. I haven’t reviewed the RTX 3060 model of the M16, even though, for a correct comparability.

Every other attention-grabbing comparability is with the 2021 AMD Ryzen 7 + RTX 3060 130W implementation within the full-size Lenovo Legion 5 Professional, one of the preferred full-size laptops of its technology, which this Float X16 outmatches in maximum assessments.

After which there’s additionally the extra transportable and extra reasonably priced ROG Zephyrus G14, which in reality outmatches this mid-tier Float X16, particularly in GPU functionality, however at a moderately greater worth. This Float X16 will have to even be a detailed fit for the AMD-based ROG Zephyrus G15, however we haven’t correctly examined that one within the 2022 version.

Total, even though, one of the numerous benefits of the Float X16 is the decrease noise ranges presented through its extra complex thermal module compared to the clamshell ROG Zephyrus designs, which we’ll talk about additional down.

Every other is the superb Balanced mode, which delivers cast all-around functionality at sub 42 dBA noise ranges and OK temperatures. Listed below are some benchmark effects in this Balanced mode:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 19069 (Graphics – 20742, Physics – 26161, Blended – 9481);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Secret agent: 8089 (Graphics – 7854, CPU – 9747);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4670;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1403, Multi-core: 8956;
  • CineBench R20 (splendid run): CPU 5252 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 577 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 28.55 s.
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – CPU Compute: 6m 49s (Turbo);
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Photoshop: 983;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Premiere: 667.

We’re handiest having a look at a 5-10% loss over the Turbo mode. That’s greater than spectacular, and the Silent mode is superb as smartly in this laptop, particularly for informal use and light-weight gaming with a 60 fps cap, as you’ll see additional down.

Listed below are some benchmark effects on Silent mode, with sub 35 dB fan ranges.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 13568 (Graphics – 13732, Physics – 18900, Blended – 8972);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Secret agent: 7149 (Graphics – 6880, CPU – 9193);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4189;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Unmarried-Core: 1356, Multi-core: 8800;
  • CineBench R20 (splendid run): CPU 4871 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 571 CB;
  • Blender 3.01 – School room scene – CPU Compute: 7m 40s (Turbo).

The CPU functionality continues to be alright, at 80-85% of Turbo mode, whilst the GPU is at about 70-75% of what this configuration can do on Turbo.

Gaming functionality

Let’s see how this 2022 ROG Float X16 pocket book handles fashionable video games.

We examined a number of video games at QHD+, and FHD+ solution on Extremely settings, at the inventory Turbo and Balanced profiles, in addition to on a Turbo mode with the laptop got rid of the table as a way to make stronger cooling. We’ll additionally talk about Silent and Guide modes down under.

For those main points, the MUX is ready on Discrete mode.

AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
+ RTX 3060 Computer 100-125W
QHD+ TurboQHD+ Turbo raisedQHD+ BalancedFHD+ TurboFHD+ BalancedFHD+ Silent
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
94 fps (73 fps – 1% low)97 fps (70 fps – 1% low)87 fps (64 fps – 1% low)130 fps (61 fps – 1% low)117 fps (59 fps – 1% low)60 fps (54 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
33 fps (26 fps – 1% low)50 fps (41 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
inadequate reminiscence184 fps (117 fps – 1% low)171 fps (114 fps – 1% low)60 fps (56 fps – 1% low)
A long way Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
62 fps (45 fps – 1% low)57 fps (45 fps – 1% low)78 fps (62 fps – 1% low)72 fps (55 fps – 1% low)
A long way Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
79 fps (54 fps – 1% low)75 fps (53 fps – 1% low)103 fps (64 fps – 1% low)97 fps (60 fps – 1% low)
Purple Useless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
65 fps (46 fps – 1% low)53 fps (38 fps – 1% low)89 fps (64 fps – 1% low)82 fps (58 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Best Preset, TAA)
70 fps (44 fps – 1% low)70 fps (46 fps – 1% low)64 fps (42 fps – 1% low)102 fps (64 fps – 1% low)95 fps (60 fps – 1% low)60 fps (57 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
79 fps (62 fps – 1% low)80 fps (64 fps – 1% low)75 fps (60 fps – 1% low)108 fps (78 fps – 1% low)100 fps (74 fps – 1% low)60 fps (58 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, Cyberpunk, Doom, Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • A long way Cry 5, 6, Metro, Purple Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the incorporated Benchmark utilities;
  • Purple Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile in response to those settings.

The ones above are rasterization assessments, and listed below are some effects for RTX titles with and with out DLSS.

AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
+ RTX 3060 Computer 100-125W
QHD+ TurboFHD+ Turbo
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)51 fps (38 fps – 1% low)78 fps (58 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS ON)56 fps (41 fps – 1% low)87 fps (62 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077 (DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Balanced)29 fps (18 fps – 1% low)47 fps (20 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting (DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS High quality)inadequate reminiscenceinadequate reminiscence
A long way Cry 6 (DX 12, Extremely Preset + DXR reflections / shadows)46 fps (23 fps – 1% low)52 fps (25 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Best Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely)38 fps (26 fps – 1% low)63 fps (32 fps – 1% low)

This configuration can deal with lots of the fashionable video games at FHD+ and QHD+ solution and Extremely settings. Nonetheless, one thing like Cyberpunk is a harder nut to crack, and RT functionality isn’t a lot in this RTX 3060-level configuration both. For that, the RTX 3070Ti variant will have to be learn how to move, which we’ve reviewed right here within the ROG Float X16 GV601RW mannequin.

For comparability, the i7 + RTX 3060 140W configuration in one of the finest full-size laptops within the yr, the Lenovo Legion 5i Professional, finally ends up inside of 3-10% quicker within the examined video games than this Float X16, whilst additionally working considerably noisier on its peak profile.

With those out of the way in which, let’s move over some functionality and temperature logs, which might be going to raised give an explanation for a few of our findings above.

On Turbo, the design permits as much as 140W of mixed CPU+GPU persistent in video games and significant rather a lot. The GPU takes as much as 125W with Dynamic Spice up, and the reminding 15W move to the CPU.

With the laptop sitting at the table and within the video games that scale smartly with Dynamic Spice up, we’re having a look at temperatures within the low-80s C at the CPU aspect, however 85+ at the GPU aspect, with a slight GPU thermal throttling. That is minor, and doesn’t impact the functionality in a noticeable approach. The fanatics ramp as much as about 45-46 dB at head-level in this Turbo mode.

Then again, take into account that some titles comparable to A long way Cry 5 or Battlefield V (or different older CPU-heavy ones) would possibly no longer scale correctly with Dynamic Spice up, particularly at decrease resolutions. In some distance Cry 5, the CPU goggles up 40W in our check and heats as much as 95 C, whilst handiest 100W are allotted to the GPU, which nonetheless finally ends up overheating at 85+ C. So no longer handiest you’re no longer getting the anticipated functionality in those titles, however the parts also are working extremely popular.

The cooling design in this X16 attracts recent air from the bottom, the place the three consumption fanatics are situated, with open-air grills over them. Factor is, the slim-profile rubber toes carried out in this laptop go away little room for correct airflow beneath the chassis, and thus the intakes finally end up being choked. That’s no wonder and one thing I used to be anticipating ever since Asus introduced the Float X16, because the slender toes had been required as a way to permit for the pill mode convertible layout.

Nevertheless, bumping the again of this laptop off the table considerably affects the inner temperatures, which finally end up losing through 5-8 levels on each parts. This additionally definitely affects the functionality, however handiest through a small quantity.

For what’s value, the readings on this mode would additionally equate to the usage of the laptop in Tent mode or another mode that permits unobstructed airflow into the fanatics.

With that out of the way in which, let’s discover the opposite to be had modes in Armoury Crate. We’ll get started with the Guide mode, the place I’ve set the fanatics at 100% rpms as a way to check the utmost cooling functions of this design, whilst retaining the CPU/GPU settings as they’re through default.

Those settings push up the laptop to run a lot noisier, at ~52 dB at head-level with all three fanatics ramped to 100% speeds.

With the laptop sitting at the table, this guide mode interprets to equivalent functionality as on Turbo with the again raised, in addition to moderately equivalent temperatures, within the mid-70s at the CPU and coffee 80s at the GPU. The crossload CPU+GPU persistent continues to be round 140W.

Bumping the again of the laptop off the table to make stronger airflow on this mode pushes temperatures all the way down to high-60s at the CPU and coffee to mid-70s at the GPU. Those are superb temperatures for a Guide mode, however total this profile may be loud, and just about needless making an allowance for the Turbo raised profile is already greater than ok. Nonetheless, should you’re having a look to reduce the inner temperatures and plan to make use of headphones to cover up that noise, then, through all approach, opt for this maxed-out Guide mode.

The Guide mode permits for a couple of different tweaks as smartly, comparable to additional overclocking choices, quieter customized fan profiles, or the power to set a most GPU temperature, with the gadget ready to regulate its habits in response to that cap. As much as you in finding the fitting settings to your necessities.

With these kind of high-performance profiles out of the way in which, should you’re on the lookout for even quieter noise ranges when working video games with out mingling with the guide settings, your choices are both the Balanced or the Silent default modes.

On Balanced, the fanatics spin at round 42 dB, the GPU is restricted to as much as 100W of persistent with Dynamic Spice up, and the framerates take a 10-20% hit in comparison to the Turbo mode.

Interior temperatures are alright even though, within the high-70s at the CPU and low-80s at the GPU with the laptop sitting at the table, and 5-7 levels decrease should you bump up the again. In reality, this raised-up Balanced mode is what I’d finally end up the usage of more often than not in this laptop, it’s simply a very good middle-grounder profile, simply as its identify suggests.

The Silent mode may be an way to believe should you’re aiming for a sub-35 dB gaming revel in with cool inner temperatures within the 60s to low-70s, however this profile limits the GPU persistent. You’ll almost definitely need to go for FHD+ solution on this case, or even trim down the main points in the latest titles.

Finally, this laptop too can run video games on battery persistent at the Balanced profile. The GPU stabilizes at 55W on this mode, with 70W crossload persistent, which guarantees 60++ fps in maximum video games at FHD+ solution and Extremely settings. Don’t be expecting greater than one hour of gameplay at complete main points, or in all probability longer with a 30 fps cap and decrease settings.

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Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, speakers, and others

Asus implements a fancy thermal module in this laptop, other in a couple of techniques from what they put in force on their different transportable designs.

This cooling module makes use of a mess of heatpipes and three fanatics. Two of them are positioned as you’d be expecting, flanking the parts, with a unmarried radiator at the CPU aspect and a dual-radiator at the GPU aspect.

cooling 1

Then again, there’s an additional radiator that spreads along all of the rear edge, with a heatpipe hooked up to that radiator. And right here’s the place that additional center fan is available in, designed to drag in recent air over the parts and heatpipes and push it out via that again center radiator.

Moreover, Asus carried out a handful of froth parts designed to channel the go with the flow of air from the center fan, over the center of the heatpipes, and onto the again exhaust. Foam parts are extensively utilized on peak of the principle fanatics, as a way to isolate them from the reminding of the parts and be sure that the recent air is going into the fanatics and out to the again throughout the radiators – this manner, mud is moderately avoided from getting over to the motherboard and parts, even supposing the picture above presentations that mud will nonetheless ultimately accumulate inside of.

These types of mixed permit Asus to chill the parts on this chassis with decrease noise ranges than on different designs. For comparability, the in a similar way powered Zephyrus M16 runs a lot louder on each Balanced (46dB – M16 vs 42 dB – X16) and Turbo (51dB – M16 vs 46 dB – X16), with decrease temperatures at the M16 when the two laptops each sit down at the table, however with greater temperatures at the M16 when each laptops are bumped up from the table. That’s as a result of the ones slender rubber toes at the X16 choke the fanatics, as discussed already within the earlier segment, whilst the taller toes of the M16 and its Ergolift hinge design don’t.

rubber feet back 1

In conclusion, this thermal design works, simply don’t stay the Float X16 on a table, put it on a cooling pad, or a minimum of bump up its again from the table as a way to permit correct airflow into the fanatics.

That apart, the fanatics relaxation idly with elementary use at the Silent profile. They do every so often kick on with multitasking, however are most commonly inaudible even on this case. Regardless of the reasonably passive implementation, the laptop handiest runs heat with day by day use, with the warmest spaces attaining high-30s across the middle-top section on each the inner and at the again.

I’ll additionally upload that I haven’t spotted any digital noises or coil profitable right through my time with this pattern. Have in mind this unit isn’t the miniLED show possibility, so there’s no profitable coming from the display screen both.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Silent profile,  fanatics at 0 dB

The outside temperatures stand up with hard rather a lot and video games. With the laptop sitting at the table, the freshest portions succeed in low-50s on Turbo and high-40s on Balanced, in the course of the laptop, above the keyboard, and in the similar spot at the again. That’s simply on peak of the CPU and GPU. Bumping the again of the laptop off the table lowers the inner temperatures and is helping shed 1-3 levels of the chassis temperatures as smartly. Putting the laptop in tent mode whilst gaming with exterior peripherals or a gamepad would do the similar factor.

Regardless, the arm-rest, WASD and arrows keys stay inside of relaxed ranges at sub-40s in all stipulations, so this laptop is rarely going to really feel too scorching to touch, in spite of imposing a heat-conductive steel chassis.

It’s additionally necessary to say that this design blows the new air clear of the person throughout the exhausts situated at the back of the display screen, thus scorching air by no means blows into the show, in contrast to at the clamshell ROG Zephyrus designs of the previous years.

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*Gaming – Efficiency – taking part in Cyberpunk 2077 for half-hour, fanatics at ~42 dB
*Gaming – Turbo, on table – taking part in Cyberpunk 2077 for half-hour, fanatics at ~45dB

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 via a Mediatek chip in this unit, the similar presented on different AMD 6000 ROG laptops. It carried out smartly in this unit, and I see no explanation why I’d need to trade that for one thing else – that’s however imaginable if you wish to, the M.2 layout wifi module is hidden beneath the principle SSD force.

The audio gadget in this laptop comprises 4 speakers, the dual-side audio answers borrowed from the Zephyrus G15/M16 . The additional tweeters to be had on the ones ones are lacking right here, however total the audio high quality continues to be above reasonable for the category, with volumes above 80 dB at head point, just right mids, or even some first rate bass. The chassis doesn’t vibrate in a noticeable approach at excessive volumes, however I’d nonetheless stay those speakers at round 50-60% quantity for the best-balanced audio high quality. And I’d nonetheless test the Enhanced Audio possibility beneath Audio system, in Home windows 11.

One ultimate side to say here’s the digital camera, which is positioned on the peak of the principle show, the place it will have to be, flanked through a collection of microphones. The picture high quality isn’t a lot, as that is simply an HD shooter. IR capability is baked in, with reinforce for Hi for briefly logging into Home windows.

Battery lifestyles

There’s a 90Wh battery inside of this Float X16, identical to on all different 2022 ROG Strix and Zephyrus fashions, which is excellently sized for a conveyable design.

The gadget robotically switches the display screen’s refresh to 60 Hz when the usage of the laptop on battery, to extend potency, and is the reason the fast display screen flicker while you disconnect the laptop from the wall. Additionally, should you’re having a look to maximise runtimes, remember to’re the usage of the laptop with the MUX set within the Hybrid mode and no longer on discrete GPU.

Right here’s what we were given on our evaluation unit with regards to battery lifestyles, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness) and on Hybrid mode. Don’t overlook that is the IPS display screen possibility and no longer the miniLED mannequin.

Replace: I’ve up to date those findings as in keeping with BIOS 310 to be had as of July 2022. I’d nonetheless counsel taking the outcome with a slight grain of salt, however now the X16 faired nearer to the opposite Ryzen 9 6900HS fashions we’ve examined to this point.

  • 14 W (~6-7 h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Power, Silent  Mode, display screen at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~7+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 11.5 W (~8+ h of use) – Netflix 4K fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 17 W (~6-7 h of use) – surfing in Edge, Balanced Mode, display screen at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 85 W (~1+ h of use) – Gaming – Witcher 3, Balanced Mode, display screen at 60%, WiFi ON, no fps restrict.

I’ll nonetheless additional replace this segment if/when I am getting to retest a retail unit.

I’ll additionally upload that the laptop ships with a 240W persistent brick, rather compact for what it’s. The battery fills up in 2+ hours, with rapid charging for the primary part an hour, and USB-C charging is supported, as much as 100W.

You gained’t be capable to use the laptop on Turbo/Guide whilst hooked over USB-C, however that’s sufficient for on a regular basis multitasking and coffee heavy workloads on Balanced, in case you don’t need to deliver alongside the heavier primary brick when at the move. This text higher explains USB-C functionality and behaviour on AMD-based ROG laptops. The 100W ROG USB-C charger isn’t incorporated within the field with this mannequin, however Asus says it is possible for you to to seek out it in retail outlets sooner or later.

charger 1

Value and availability- 2022 ASUS ROG Float X16

On the time of this text, the 2022 Asus ROG Float X16 is indexed in some retail outlets around the globe, however no longer but delivery.

This RTX 3060 mannequin reviewed here’s indexed at BestBuy for $1999, whilst the RTX 3070Ti variations are indexed at round $2500 in a couple of puts. EU costs are even greater at 2600 EUR for the 3060 mannequin and 3000 EUR for the 3070Ti configuration in Germany, each with the miniLED panel.

That’s pricey in comparison to the Zephyrus G15 and M16, which might be each a number of loads of USD/EUR much less for equivalent specifications. Take those with a grain of salt, even though, as costs would possibly move down as soon as the Float X16 in reality turns into to be had in retail outlets.

We’ll replace when we know extra, and in interim, observe this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs for your area on the time you’re studying this text.

Ultimate thoughts- 2022 ASUS ROG Float X16 evaluation

Seems like the Float X16 goes to call for a top rate over the present clamshell ROG Zephyrus designs of this technology, and that’s getting you the convertible form-factor with a touch-enabled mini LED show, paired with a sturdily made chassis, uncompromised inputs and ports, and the superb stability of functionality, cooling and noise ranges for a thin-and-light functionality ultraportable.

In fact, as defined all over this text, I counsel you to position this laptop on a cooling pad or use i in tent mode or a minimum of bump it up from the table as a way to prefer correct airflow into the fanatics, as differently the cooling is choked up through the slender rubber toes carried out at the backside of this design, required as a way to permit the display screen to fold again right into a pill mode. That is the one vital compromise that you simply’ll have to just accept with the Float X16, and I feel it’s one thing maximum will have to be high quality with, making an allowance for the entire bundle presented right here.

Factor is, there’s no different such laptop available in the market. On one aspect, the convertible type component is a significant promoting level of the Float X16, even supposing a 16-inch pill isn’t essentially that helpful, and I’d be expecting maximum possible consumers to finally end up the usage of this in laptop mode anyway. For me, extra interesting is the stability of functionality, superb temperatures for this elegance, and quiet fan noise ranges that you simply’re getting with this sequence at the Balanced mode, with the chassis got rid of the table. That tri-fan thermal module with the additional again radiator simply works as marketed and permits this Float X16 to outmatch each and every different ultraportable we’ve examined to this point, and I am hoping different OEMs will observe in this trail and pursue a equivalent and even awesome stability on their merchandise.

For now, even though, so long as you’re OK with the particularities of this sequence and also you’re keen to pay the type of cash Asus are going to call for for it, this Float X16 is the multi-purpose laptop to get in its phase and earns my complete advice.

Only a heads-up, I haven’t regarded as the runtimes on battery in my ultimate determination, as a result of I be expecting the retail variations to last more than this early pattern. I’ve additionally accounted for the miniLED show, in response to my revel in with that panel from the Zephyrus Duo. I’ll replace the thing if required as soon as I am getting to retest a retail X16 with the finalized instrument and the miniLED contact show.

That’s just about my evaluation of the 2022 Asus ROG Float X16 mannequin. In search of your mind, comments, and questions at the sequence within the feedback segment down under.

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