This Tablet Beats Your Gaming Laptop!
. Ive got the highest specced configuration of Z13 here.. This small machine has a 14 core 20 thread: processor and Nvidia. Rtx 3050 Ti graphics, but there are also cheaper options like with no discrete graphics. If you just plan on using the XG Mobile eGPU. Now, the RTX 3050 Ti graphics always seemed to run at 40 watts whether or not were running a CPU, plus GPU workload or GPU only workload, and if we instead attach the XG Mobile with RTX 3080. It was always running at 150 watts, regardless of the workload., Its also worth mentioning that, with the XG Mobile connected the graphical workload moves externally from this machine. So all of the cooling and power budgets will be dedicated to the processor, as the RTX 3050 Ti wont need anything. The ASUS Armory Crate software can be used to control the performance. Modes. Ive done all testing here with manual mode and the fans maxed out, and this applies the following: GPU overclocks, based on the GPU thats in use. This year, ASUS have added a MUX switch to pretty much every model, even this 13 device. So we can disable optimus to get a speed boost in games. Ive done all of the 3050 Ti testing with optimus disabled for best results. However, optimus needs to be enabled when use the XG Mobile, so that might give us a little bit of a bottleneck when we use the XG Mobile with this laptop screen.. However, we could also use the XG Mobile and connect an external screen to one of the display, outputs which would bypass optimus.
. Now I will also test the XG Mobile with an external screen at resolutions like 1440p and 4K, as well as compare it to a desktop RTX 3080 in a Thunderbolt eGPU, because this machine has Thunderbolt 4. So we can use both a Thunderbolt eGPU and the XG Mobile. Anyway thats going to be in a future video so make sure youre subscribed for that.. The 13 120Hz 1610 touch screen has a 21.5ms average grey to grey response time., While this isnt particularly amazing, compared to a number of larger gaming laptops, its the fastest result, Ive recorded out of any 13 device so far, so theres that at least., 20ms or so Is where I personally start to notice a bit of blurriness in games, so 21.5? Definitely isnt ideal.. I guess there just arent a whole lot of panel options at this smaller 13 size for gamers. Just yet, as it is a pretty niche size., If youre actually using the XG Mobile at home, then I suspect it probably makes more sense just to connect a larger screen.. Not only will that probably have a better screen response time, but its probably just going to be better than staring at such a small screen.. A slower screen response time contributes to a higher total system latency, which is the total amount of time measured between a mouse click and gun shot fire in CSGO.. Still, though, the Z13 is faster than some others like last years, ASUS Zephyrus, G14.
. Alright lets start out by seeing how the Z13 actually compares against other laptops in games. Ive had to use standard 1080p and 1440p resolutions for the purpose of fair comparison, because thats just what Ive got data for. 1610 screens are still relatively new. So I just dont have a whole lot of game benchmark data to compare with, but dont worry. We will be checking out the native screen resolution after that, so dont go anywhere. Cyberpunk 2077 was tested the same on all laptops and Ive got the Z13 highlighted in red.. Weve got two results here. The lower one is just with the laptops RTX 3050 Ti, while the far higher one is with the XG Mobile attached. So a laptop 3080 GPU connected via PCIe. Were looking at a 175 boost to average FPS, simply by connecting the XG Mobile and its performing similarly to other larger top spec 3080 gaming laptops such as the Legion 7, slightly ahead of it., The 3050 Ti wasnt, even As good as a 1660 Ti here, granted the power limit difference is double there plus, of course, we could always enable DLSS on the 3050 Ti more on that in a moment.. There are fewer results at the higher 1440p resolution because we only test laptops that actually have a chance of running it.. The RTX 3080 XG Mobile is performing in between a number of other 3080 results that Ive got data for. Sure its not quite up there.
With the larger 17 models, but its still ahead of a number of 15 inch laptops, not bad at all. Red Dead, Redemption 2 was tested with the games benchmark and again, the XG Mobile result was towards the top near other RTX, 3080 machines.. The Z13 was just a little ahead of last years, Ryzen based X13 with the same eGPU, while the 3050 Ti wasnt, quite as far behind the 1660 TI this time. Plus again, as mentioned, we could still enable DLSS which Ill show you shortly. The Z13 wasnt. Quite doing as well compared to other 3080 laptops at the higher 1440p resolution in this game. Dont get me wrong. Its still an excellent result and absolutely playable, but other laptops with higher wattage 3080s were further ahead in this one, but hey. It is still ahead of other larger 3080 gaming. Laptops. Control was tested running through the same part of the game on all laptops. Again. The RTX 3050 Ti was ahead of other 1650 series laptops, while not quite matching a best case 1660. Ti, though again as mentioned, DLSS may change this., The RTX 3080 was one of the better results here too again only just a few FPS behind the Legion 7., At least in terms of average FPS as the gap in 1 lows was a bit bigger compared to The two machines above., The 1440p result was quite good here, just a couple of FPS ahead of the same eGPU connected to last years X13, but the 1 low from the newer Intel 12th gen machine was more than 20 ahead of that Ryzen one.
Great. So the Z13 does quite well with the RTX 3080 connected surprising, no one.. So far, weve only looked at higher setting levels for the sake of comparison, so now lets check out more games at all, setting presets and get some DLSS and FSR action. Going. Lets start out with God of War.. Ive got the Z13, with its RTX 3050 Ti shown in the red bars and the RTX 3080 XG Mobile in the purple bars.. This game has DLSS support, so it makes sense to test with this enabled. As honestly, it makes perfect sense for anyone with 3050 Ti tier graphics to make use of this. Even high settings with the Z13s slightly higher than standard 1080p resolution was able to hit 60 FPS in this test. Granted the XG mobile was able to more than double FPS here. Dying. Light 2 also features DLSS, so Ive tested with this enabled too.. This time, high settings was only a little behind the magic 60 FPS sweet spot on the 3050 Ti, while the XG Mobile was able to boost average FPS by more than 140. Thats a crazy gain and realistically the game would still run fine on the XG Mobile. Even without DLSS. Microsoft, Flight Simulator was tested in the Sydney landing challenge. Theres no DLSS here, just yet, unfortunately, but Ive heard theyre, adding it in future. So that will of course, change things up a bit. Anyway, right now, low settings were needed to surpass 60 FPS, while the XG Mobile was able to get above 60 FPS.
Even with all settings. Maxed out. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with the games benchmark, and this is where we start to see some of the limitations to the RTX 3050 Ti.. You cant run this test with 4 gigs of VRAM, so the 3050 Ti wasnt able to have a score at ultra settings.. Honestly, I dont think thats a big deal. Sure some games might have more issues with 4 gigs of VRAM at max settings, but like the 3050 Ti isnt designed for max setting gaming anyway, it could still surpass 60 FPS with DLSS at medium settings.. Cyberpunk 2077 was tested in Little China with the street kid life path.. This seems to be another example where higher settings really start to struggle on the 3050 Ti, even with DLSS enabled here, too. 60 FPS was still possible at medium settings, but the 1 lows with the ray tracing presets were super low and not playable.. The 3080 XG Mobile, on the other hand, was able to hit 260 higher average FPS. A massive difference., Far Cry 6 was tested with the games, benchmark and Ive tested with FSR enabled here which works on both AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce GPUs., The 3050 Ti didnt, see too much of a performance difference, regardless of the setting preset in use. 60 FPS Was still possible at normal settings, however, the XG Mobile was able to score higher than this. Even for its 1 low at max settings.
Assassins, Creed Valhalla was close to 60 FPS in the games benchmark at medium settings, but based on my personal experience playing this game for over 100 hours, you can absolutely still play it with lower frame rates. As long as there arent big dips in performance., That said, the 3080 is obviously offering a much better experience. Watch Dogs Legion was also tested with the games. Benchmark and DLSS was enabled in this one as its an option. Kind of like Far Cry 6 earlier, the 3050 Ti wasnt really seeing that much of a performance difference regardless of setting preset well until we get to ultra at least.. Ultra settings warns that 8 gigs of VRAM is suggested, so its not too surprising to see the 4 gigs in the 3050 Ti struggle there.. Meanwhile, the 16 gigs available to the XG Mobile were almost at 100 FPS at max. Settings. Control is extremely well optimized, with DLSS enabled plus the game looks great, in my opinion, even at low settings, so 84 FPS at medium with the 3050 Ti, is going to play very well.. Of course, the XG Mobile was far higher and given this game, doesnt really need 200 FPS to enjoy honestly, you might as well just enable ray tracing for even better visuals., Though thats, not something Id recommend on the 3050 TI. Ive also tested CSGO just for a Bit of fun, to give you an idea of what sort of a performance difference is possible in eSports titles.
Games like this, of course run on even potato grade hardware. However, the XG Mobile was still able to give us a fairly big gain, showing us that the GPU difference is definitely able to make a big difference.. I wont know until I do. My detailed thermal testing for the upcoming full review make sure youre subscribed by the way, but I suspect the processor probably gets a higher power limit with the XG Mobile.. The CPU can get power and cooling budget that would otherwise be dedicated to the built in 3050. Ti which gets disabled when the XG Mobile is connected., So the Z13 is definitely a very capable machine. Despite the smaller 13 size. Again, I will be comparing the RTX 3080 XG Mobile against a desktop RTX 3080 in a Thunderbolt eGPU in a future video so make sure youre subscribed for that upcoming content, as well as for my full review on the Z13.. Until then, you can come and check out how last years X13 performed in these tests in this video here so Ill.