Don’t Recommend this! ROG Zephyrus M16 I9-11900H

So today, we are sharing the experience with the New Asus Rog Zephyrus M16 GU603HM. We are already sharing the details about the ROG Strix Scar G15 S533QS model. If you are going to buy this laptop then some things to consider while buying the laptop.

Zephyrus M16 is looking stunning and visually perfect but there are some loops that we as discuss side by the good stuff. While budget is not your problem then you make sure to think about the perfect laptop for gamers and creators Gigabyte Aero 15. This is an all-in-one type of laptop. As this price is but higher. But every single dollar is worth the price and performance.

If you have a limited budget then we have another option to go with this Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 RTX 3060 for under $1000.

We show most of the complaints about this laptop and these are the genuine complaints against the Zephyrus M16. Where they have to stunt Zephyrus G15 series, alongside the launched Zephyrus M16 with a higher price. We can’t think Asus is doing that. But?

Zephyrus M16 intel i9-11900H

The Good (Zephyrus M16)

Intel i9-11900H, RTX 3060
Six vents and a superior cooling system
16” screen size.
Fingerprint
16” 165Hz refresh rate display with 2560 x 1600pixels

The Bad (Zephyrus M16)

Too much noise.
One RAM slot.
No option for RTX 3080
Average battery backup
LED indicators reflect on the screen

ROG ZEPHYRUS M16 GU603HM

Screen: 16”, 2560 x 1600 QHD, 16:10 anti-glare screen, DCI-P3 100%, 165Hz, 3ms response rate with IPS level and Pantone validated.

Processor: Intel Core i9-11900H, 8Cores, and 16Threads, base speed 2.5GHz up to 4.9GHz.

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GDDR6 6GB, with ROG boost up to 1525MHz at 80W, 95W with dynamic boost.

Memory: 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM 8GB soldered on the board and 8GB on the slot, max upgrade 48GB.

Storage: 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD, dual SSD slot.

Keyboard & Touchpad: Backlit chiclet keyboard per-key RGB, and precession finish touchpad.

Speakers: 4x 2W woofer with smart AMP technology, 2x 2W tweeter, supports Dolby Atmos and AI-noise cancellation.

Network: Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax or Bluetooth 5.2 dual-band 2*2.

Battery & Adaptor: 90WHrs4-cell Li-ion, or 240W AC power adapter.

Camera & Fingerprint: 720p HD camera, and Fingerprint reader in the power button.

IO Ports: 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort/Power delivery, 1x Ethernet port, 1x MicroSD card slot, and 1x Thunderbolt 4 support DisplayPort/Power Delivery.

Weight & Dimensions: 35.5 x 24.3 x 1.99, weight is just 1.90Kg (4.19lbs).

Price: $1850 (When we review).

ROG Zephyrus M16 Design

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 i9 RTX 3070

The Rog Zephyrus M16 has comes with a super solid design and attractiveness. The M16 has a dark finish and the build quality feels nice. Also, M16 has a clean, simple, and minimalistic design. You have seen the metal chassis on the top with the drilled holes and reflective piece, and reflective paper underneath. The dot-matrix design on the lid is made with a precision CNC milling process that creates 8279 tightly spaced perforations. Prismatic film gleam beneath, adding shimmering effect against the stark “Off-Black”.

Depending on the angle the laptop is in, you get different color effects. The model is available in off-black color. And you see the Republic of Gamers’ nameplate on the right side of the bottom.

Zephyrus M16 has a 16” laptop but they come with a 15” ultra-slim chassis. Lighter and smaller than predecessors by up to 5%, the Zephyrus M16 blends full-sized convenience and portability.

Soft-touch paint covers the palm rest area. But there has a problem with this coting because this catches the fingerprint and this looks so bad on this laptop. Especially this is in a black so they attack more. While we clean with the microfiber cloth.

The back bottom side has two vents and LEDs. And left and right sides also have one vent to cool the laptop and perform better. Otherwise, the build quality isn’t nice as that. We aspect more cause we pay for premium. The body is made with plastic and flexes when we press hard. Screen flex when we tilt.

So Zephyrus M16 opens up more viewing angles with the 180 degrees ergo lift hinges. Typical laptops have a limited range of motion, but the Zephyrus M16 lets you flip back at 180 degrees. But I don’t think gamers and creators need that screen. Why will they do with the 180 degrees?

ROG Zephyrus M16 vents

ROG Zephyrus M16 QHD Screen

Zephyrus M16 Screen

In reality, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has a more impressive display and reduces the four-sided frame. The M16 display looks so stunting and great with the reduced frame near-rimless at a 94% scree-to-body ratio, the QHD display is impressive and deep. Hight-FPS and richer with a balanced of high-resolution details, a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 3ms response time. See full-spectrum color accuracy thanks to Pantone validated and 100% DCI-P3 and 16” wide display that also includes the adaptive-sync, 16:10 aspect ratio, Here we talk about the color accuracy than this having with QHD sharp resolution2560 x 1600px, sRGB100%, Adobe RGB 87%.

Scene to scene, frame to frame, Dolby Vision makes media look better. The technology improves on standard high dynamic range(HDR) 4K video, dynamically adjusting visuals to make every image in front of you richer, brighter, and livelier. The creator can film and edit their stream, video, and other content in a format commonly used by industries professionals.

Even the display is correct for the gamers and creators, cause they want actual color accuracy and color gamut. The M16 also has a 165Hz refresh rate and with QHD display, that’s insane for this Zephyrus M16. This makes the better experience of your laptop.

I see the improvement in the Zephyrus M16 screen, it’s bright, bold, and vivid with beautiful colors. Where do I even start? The M16 registers about 550 nits in brightness. And G14 and G15 only have 350nits. So where do we see the difference? Actually when we are reading and studying in cafes by the windows. With the G15 and G14 on the max brightness, I still had a less-than-pleasant time reading the screen. The M16 at 70% brightness reaches the max brightness of the G15. In M16 on max brightness, we see everything, even in the face of sunlight.

Lastly, the M16 has much more accurate colors than the G14/G15. The G15 seems to have a slight green tint to every color, and I didn’t notice this until I started using the Zephyrus M16.

Slightly Better Performance in Zephyrus M16

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

When we test the notice about the performance in the Zephyrus M16 this is slightly better than the G15 in most of the cases and in some cases, they are not performing over the top. But Yes, we can say that this is a more improved model.

It is an Intel Base Intel Core i9-11900H model, this is fast CPU and the temp are lower than the Asus G15 AMD Ryzen5900HS AMD has max temp-91º C and Intel has 87º C max temp.

Also, there are Intel i7-11800H and Nvidia GeForce 3050Ti options are available as well. Again the Intel i9-11900H with RTX 3050Ti is available.

It’s a great performer, and if you do stuff like video editing, and you can take advantage of hardware-based coding in Intel products is going to be better. It also has under-vaulting settings on the BIOS. It helps to maintain the temp that if you don’t like your laptop heat up more. On the other hand, If your brother using your laptop for gaming then you can consider this under the vaulting option then can’t cross the voltage, while gaming.

On this laptop, you can use the CPU at 2.5GHz base speed, and max speed at 4.9GHz with 8 cores, 24M cache. Its Tiger Lake processor obsessively is faster than the other Intel Base old generation CPUs.

The SoC also included the improved Xe graphics card called UHD graphics with all 32 EUs.

The Chip is produced in the improved 10nm process (called 10nm SuperFin) at Intel, which should be comparable to the 7nm process at TSMC The default TDp is rated at 45W at 2.5GHz base speed.

M16 has the latest generation laptop then, and this is the second top series of M16 cause over the top is M16 with RTX 3070.

The Zephyrus M16 comes with the only Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 model, but somewhere that’s are available and somewhere are not available. And here are no options for the RTX 3080 graphics. As we know the M16 RTX 3070 is good but, although the RTX 3080 has its self-respect 😋.

Here Asus is doing a great job with the GPU of M16, the GPU of Zephyrus M16 is more powerful than the G15 or G14. However, where are they added inside the RTX 3070 graphic or RTX 3080? But this side they added the RTX 3050, 3060, or 3070.

But the Zephyrus M16 RTX 3060 is more powerful than the G15 RTX 3070 in most of the stuff like:

1440p Performance

                                                       G15(3070)                 M16(3060)

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Higher is better

Here you must see the difference in the numbers higher is better but somewhere the M16 beat the G15 or somewhere they more or less similar.

So we can easily say that is similar to the RTX 3070. But Zephyrus M16 inside the RTX 3060 means Asus more work on the performance. Cause this is very difficult to improve the actual performance with the rich range graphics. In that case, M16 is more improved graphics and better management.

You’ll get it with the RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 dedicated graphics card. For an ultrafast, and advanced GPU to fuel your games.

In my opinion, this is perfect who’s looking for a great laptop under then budget this $1500 with the 165Hz refresh rate. Also when you connect it with the external display that will give you better results on the graphics.

Sorry for that cause the Zephyrus M16 has no option for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. Only the G15 has the RTX 3080 option.

M16 Thermal

Zephyrus M16 inside view

The M16 has improved thermals as we feel the fan noise louder on the high-performing task. As compared to the Asus G15 the M16 has louder fan noise because the M16 has improved the performance on higher settings. Obsessively, the M16 has a reason to fast-performing laptop with the RTX 3060, compete with the Asus G15 RTX 3070.

Only the reason they have an immersive fan system, and management. Why will the RTX 3060 beat the RTX 3070 in the performance? The numbers are quite the same and somewhere they are a little bit different, but it’s noticeable.

With the help of intelligent cooling to enable quiet power, ROG’s intelligent cooling philosophy mixes the right features and settings to ensure the best experience for each chassis. For the Zephyrus M16, the liquid metal compound cools the CPU. A customized self-cleaning 2.0 thermal module clears dust to improve long-term stability, while Arc Flow fans are designed to generate impressive airflow with reduced turbulence, ensuring powerful-yet-quiet cooling.

Even the self-cleaning fan system is quite beneficial for the daily user. Fans are automatically clean themselves. The M16 has compressive 6 heat pipes coverage.

The fans’ designs are different, it’s looking completely different. Each one features 84 blades that vary in thickness from base to tip to maximize airflow, and the blades are capped by a special aerodynamic wave pattern that minimizes turbulence and noise. The fans are made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to spin at high RPMs even at ultrathin sizes, enabling our highest blade density and improving airflow by up to 5%. With 0db technology, this is the best part of this M16 machine the fans are completely when CPU and GPU temperatures are drop below 50º C in the silent operating mode.

There you get various types of scenario profiles according to the user. Imagine if your only us as like the MS word, EXCEL, PPT and other office work the silent profile word great for you, cause you don’t need so much power to perform the task.

If you slightly push to gaming or editing then you can choose the Performance and Turbo mode that enhance your experience in games or editing. On the other hand, they produce more noise and heat. So it’s just normal if you’re new. But if you are moving on to the Asus G15 to M16 then you feel the majority of issues with the M16 noise and a little bit of downgrade performance. Seems normal for the ideal user.

No doubt the thermals are improved, but also improved the fan noise. I just hope for them they reduce the fan noise in the next series. As we think the noise is increasing as time gone. So I think Asus work on it and reduce the fan noise. At this time you couldn’t feel much loud but at the time gone then it might more headache for you. Let’s hope Asus will figure it out and fix the problem.

Personally, the fan noise is low if before you can’t use any gaming laptop. We accept the gaming laptop has more fan noise, but this is ridiculous.

Asus Please keep working on the fan Noise.

Storage and Memory

By the way, the model comes with the 1TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD, here also have 2TB of SSD option the PCIe 3.0 generation is faster performing SSD in the laptop. As well they might use the PCIe 4.0 Gen for better performance.

Where you can save multiple games and files on the space. If you upgrade more then here are the options for upgradation. There is a dual PCIe NVMe slot to extend with another 1TB or 2TB of NVMe PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 the 1TB of NMVe SSD comes with the Gen 3.0 and 2TB of SSD comes with the Gen 4.0.

M16 comes with the 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM SO-DIMM, but there is one slot for the RAM the 8GB is soldered on the motherboard, and another 8GB is placed on the slot. You can max upgrade it to 48GB 3200MHz. So you put the 16GB single or 32GB of single RAM on the Slot to extend the RAM.

They added one on the motherboard to keep the machine thin and slight. As this is great and not be great.

If Asus offers 48GB of the model onboard then makes sense. But eventually, the cost is just increased if they soldered on 48GB of RAM on the motherboard. At least minimum offers 16GB of onboard RAM and the dedicated slot keeps empty for upgradation. If they have an option they whey they offer they 16GB, 8GB onboard, and 8GB on the slot. This does not make sense in my opinion. If a user wants to upgrade the RAM to 32GB or add one more 16GB of RAM then the 8GB of memory is a waste for the user.

This part is good that’s upgradable, but on the same side, what they have onboard RAM and others are added to the slot.

Keyboard & Touchpad

Zephyrus M16 keyboard

Zephyrus M16 has a fingerprint scanner in the power button and the keyboard has decent, with the Stealth type, 1.7mm travel distance. Maintain a low power with a new Stealth Type keyboard that keeps keystrokes under 30dB. Input complex commands at speed with N-Key rollover that ensure every press is registered, and overstrike technology that lowers each key’s actuation point for effortless input.

The keyboard has per-key RGB that looks cool in the darkroom. The key responsibilities are so great, there is a decrease in the typing noise as from the previous variant G15.

Navigation is also smoother and easier with a touchpad 20% larger and more accurate to put precision navigation at your fingertips.

Asus says the touchpad is 20% larger and comfortable to work with that. If we see on the keyboard top then we will see the multimedia keys volume increase, decrease, and mic and ROG button to change the light of the Zephyrus M16.

Meanwhile, the touchpad is larger and settled middle of the keyboard some have left side then we can not use the touchpad perfectly. But in that case, we might use easy and more comfortably.

Battery & Power Efficiency

This is a very important part of any laptop, another side all office laptops have 8-9hours of battery life. In M16 we get the 4-5hours of battery life it depending on our usage. If we are paying the games on it then this will give up to around 2hours of battery life. While someone browsing on the internet then it will give up to 4-5hours of battery life.

Even this is the 16” gaming laptop than, no reason to avoid it. More power and less battery as well, but sufficient.

In other examples, we will get up to 5hours of battery life depending on our usages.

Typically, Zephyrus M16 has a 90W battery 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion. We don’t expect too much battery backup to a gaming laptop, because they have heavy CPU and GPU. Those consume a lot more power, so in general, in gaming laptops, we can’t expect more battery life.

On battery more they run on 60Hz, when we plug in the charge then this will give a 165Hz refresh rate.

The Zephyrus M16 has a 240W charging adaptor and we can charge it with the thunderbolt 4 port.

On the games, you want extra performance then plugin the charger and play the game. On battery life, you see the 60Hz frame per second, but if you connect with the adaptor then you must see the 165Hz actual frame rate.

So my suggestion is that when you play the game then connect it with the adaptor and you feel the differences.

Audio and Connectivity

Streaming, recording, and gaming are streaming with the Zephyrus M16’s multi-faceted audio system. Boasting Dolby Atmos technology, twin tweeters, and dual force-canceling woofers, the acoustics are beautifully balanced, with Hi-Res certificated that supports media at the highest fidelity. A customizable 3D mic array capture audio in a variety of scenarios, while Two-Way AI noise cancelation clarifies sounds from your feed and incoming feeds as well.

M16 has a great 6 speakers setup, also gamers want crystal clear sound. As the sound department Asus doing very well.

Connectivity-wise there are a lot of IO ports, every port they already added. 1x audio jack, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C supported display port / Power delivery, 1x Ethernet port, 1x Card reader(MicroSD), 1x Thunderbolt 4 supported Displayport / Power delivery.

So as I don’t think a user wants any other ports. There are also have 2 type-c ports, if you require more then use the type-c converter.  

Asus Armoury Crate

Armoury Crate

Asus Armory Crate has done a very well job until we played the game or even we did not play the game. Armory crate to manage your profile, for example, you want extra performance and battery backup is not an issue. You can select the Turbo mode. And you are a student and you want more battery life and your work only PPT, Excel, and browsing then you select the silent profile to save more battery and machine runs silently.

You can also define the application-specific preference for other vital settings, like the lighting configuration, whether the Windows key or touchpad are enabled. Armory crate makes adjustments in an instant to best fit the task at hand, and you can configure each profile exactly how you want. Automatically switching between Silent, Performance, and Turbo modes is just the beginning for Scenario Profile.

In this software, you can manage the power efficiency like how much power you allow to run CPU and GPU you can choose it wisely. And reduce the CPU power and get more battery life and less performance. Also, this is available within the GPU you set the power efficiency.

Weight and Dimension

The Zephyrus M16 has been 35.5 x 24.3 x 1.99cm and it is just 1.90 Kg (4.19lbs). As we think this weight is good as a gaming laptop that can beat the Asus G15 with the RTX 3060 graphics card. This sounds funny but it is. Overall the screen is 16” but the frame is built with 13.98”, it’s just ridiculous, and great job.

Final Thought About Asus Zephyrus M16

Zephyrus M16 doing a great job until the Asus G15 is available in the market. M16 comes with the Intel i9-11900H CPU and RTX 3060 graphics card. With the 1TB of SSD PCIe NVMe Gen 3.0 storage, and 16GB of RAM.

The G15 comes with the Ryzen 9 processor and RTX 3070 or 3080 variants. This cost is similar to the Intel i9 RTX 3060 and G15 R9, RTX 3070. Latterly, you want better performance and good graphics then the G15 is the better option they have a new generation CPU and RTX 3070. G15 has all the latest performances.

If you choose the M16 then definitely the fan noise is too much louder and that is uncomfortable. Everyone wants less fan noise, obsessively they generate more heat to cool the laptop and touch the RTX 3070 benchmark. We all know that the RTX 3070 is more powerful and capable than the RTX 3060, so why do we go with the RTX 3060 older generation graphics card.

The G15 and M16 prices are the same $1850, for both variants. So the decision is yours we have already explained about the Asus G15. The main difference is the AMD and Intel processor and the RTX graphics card. But the Zephyrus M16 has one RAM slot 8GB is onboard RAM. In the future, you want to upgrade the RAM to 32GB then the 8GB RAM is a waste.

G15 has a dual-channel RAM slot there is no problem at all. Most of the time the G15 is more capable and powerful, they have Ryzen 9 CPU. If you’re an Intel fanboy then choose the M16 RTX 3060 or you have no problem with the Ryzen 9 then the G15 is the best option.

If you agree with our thoughts then leave the comments, and share your opinions.

FAQ

Is M16 a good laptop?

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is a great laptop, this has been Intel Core i9-11900H RTX 3070 and 1TB of NVMe SSD and 16GB RAM. Performance wise this can beat the Asus G15 RTX 3070.

Is Zephyrus M15 worth buying?

Here if you have a doubt we discuss this topic in every details in our post, so get the full info form our website.

Which is better Zephyrus G15 or M15?

The Zephyrus M16 not having RTX 3080 model, or Asus G15 comes with the RTX 3080 and Ryzen 9 models. But in G15 there are no fingerprint and no camera support. Still you compromise with camera and fingerprint. No doubt the performance is great in G15 as compare to M16 also the price barrier is same than why we go for M16 that’s have RTX 3060.

How much is Asus Zephyrus M16?

There are two different models Intel Core i9, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage cost around $1850. And Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB, 2TB Gold P31 RTX 3050Ti cost is $2050.

Is Zephyrus M16 is available in India?

In India, The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 listed on the official site with Intel Core i9-11900H, and Intel Core i7-11800H, both of which have eight core and hyper-threading. On graphics side there are RTX 3050Ti, RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 are listed.

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