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The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a gaming laptop for folks looking for a reasonably thin, light, and portable machine with enough horsepower to handle most modern games. Asus has released a number of variations over the past few years, but the 2024 model of the Zephyrus G14 brings some of the biggest (and smallest) updates to date.

First unveiled during CES in January, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) is now available, with Best Buy selling a model with a 14 inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel 120 Hz OLED display, an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 graphics. 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for $1600.

There’s also a $2000 model with 32GB of RAM and RTX 4070 graphics, but it’s not in stock yet.

There are a few things setting the new model apart from previous versions of the ROG Zephyrus G14:

  • Older models had LCD screens, but now the laptop ships standard with an OLED screen.
  • The new Ryzen 9 8945HS processor is virtually identical to the Ryzen 9 7940HS chip used in some older G14 laptops when it comes to the CPU and iGPU, but the Ryzen AI neural processing unit has been improved to offer up to 16 TOPS of AI performance (up from 10 TOPS in the previous-gen)
  • The LED lights on the lid are now in a single 7-zone line that runs diagonally across the laptop’s cover. Previous models that had the so-called AniMe Matrix screen had LED lights covering half the lid.
  • The 2024 model has six speakers (two tweeters and four woofers), up from four.
  • Instead of user-upgradeable memory, the ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) has LPDDR5x memory that’s soldered to the mainboard.

All told, the new model will probably offer gaming performance that’s very similar to a 2023 model with a Ryzen 7040 series processor, which means that anyone with last year’s Rog Zephyrus G14 probably isn’t going to want to upgrade.

But the addition of an OLED display and two more woofers should bring audio and visual improvements. And the upgraded Ryzen AI NPU could enable some on-device AI features if that’s a thing you care about.

If not, keep an eye out for sales on previous-gen models, which will most likely get cheaper over time… while supplies last.

Here’s a run-down of key specs for the new Asus ROG Zephyrus G14:

ROG Zephyrus G14
Display14 inches
ROG Nebula OLED
2880 x 1800 pixels
120 Hz
0.2ms
100% DCI-P3
G-Sync
VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500
Pantone Validated, Delta E < 1
Dolby Vision
ProcessorUp to AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS Series
8 cores / 16 threads
Ryzen AI
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
65W TGP
90W Max TGP (with Dynamic Boost)
RAMUp to 32GB
LPDDR5x (onboard)
StorageUp to 1TB
1 x M.2 2280
PCIe 4.0
Keyboard1-zone RGB backlit
Audio6 speakers (4 woofers, 2 tweeters)
Ports1 x USB4
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 6E
BT 5.3
Battery73 Wh
Dimensions312 x 220 x 16mm
12.3″ x 8.7″ x 0.6″
Weight1.5 kg
3.3 pounds

 

The new Asus Rog Zephyrus G16 (2024) is also available now, with prices starting at $2000 for a model with a 16 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel 240 Hz OLED display, an Intel Core Ultra 9 185H processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics. Asus also offers configurations of this laptop with up RTX 4090 graphics.

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  1. I got my G14 today. I am extremely impressed; it’s the best built PC I have ever seen, particularly with the trackpad and machining. It’s nearly Macbook level build quality. The keyboard, trackpad, and chassis are the biggest upgrades when compared to the X16, 2023 G13, and Zenbook 14.

  2. The 8945hs has a significantly better iGPU than the previous green. The xx45 models from the previous gen has the 610M which only had 2 CU. Since those chips were specifically targeted at gaming machines and it was expected that they’d be paired with discrete GPUs they were given “crippled” graphics which were enough for running windows, playing videos and not much else
    The new ones have 12CUs so technically that’d be the biggest upgrade, even more than the AI capabilities (though no one’s likely to notice as they’ll still be paired with discrete graphics

    1. You’re comparing the 8945HS to the 7945HX, but it’s really more of a direct follow-up to the 7940HS, which is identical in every respect except the NPU. The HX series processors have more CPU cores, higher TDP and the lower tier iGPU that you mentioned.

      1. Actually, only the Ryzen 9 had more cores.
        Hasn’t the HX/HS/U part of the name always been more an indication of the TDP?
        Meanwhile xx45 vs xx40 was more of an indication of higher clock speeds (if you compare last generation models all the xx45 chips have the same number of cores as their xx40 iirc, only the frequencies (and iGPU) change, and the new lineup seems to be the same
        This would actually be more of a successor to the 7745HX in my opinion.
        I also think that AMD rethought their strategy with their “gaming” mobile CPUs. After all, it meant there was no “long battery life” mode available for mobile gaming since you had to either use just 2 CUs or you basically had to double your power draw (or more) by using diameter graphics

        1. We’re clearly just debating semantics at this point, but the way I see it:

          1. AMD doesn’t offer any HX chips in the 8000 series lineup.
          2. AMD separated out 8040HS and 8045HS chips with the former featuring 20-30W TDP and the latter featuring 35-54W

          3. The 8945HS is literally the same exact chip as the 7940HS in every way except the NPU (same CPU & GPU cores, threads, and frequencies).

          4. Asus used the 7940HS in some 2023 ROG Zephyrus G14 models and the 8945HS in 2024 models. There were never any models with 7745HX chips.

          Therefore, there is no real replacement (yet) for the 7040HX. This is a modest update to the 7040HS.

  3. I really like the new 2024 redesign for the G14 and G16. I’m having a hard time confirming whether both models have an all-aluminum build. I’ve read comments about this, but none of the reviews I’ve watched on Youtube have mentioned it.

    Asus’ website refers to it as an “aluminum chassis”, which might just refer to the inner structure?