ASUS ROG Strix Hero III Review: A Svelte RTX Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III: PCMark And 3DMark Performance

Futuremark benchmarks have been popular go-to system level tests since the late ‘90s. We ran the ASUS ROG Strix Hero III through PCMark 10, which is designed to gauge the system's performance in everyday use case scenarios with GPU acceleration-enabled, while the 3DMark tests further down the page assess its gaming chops.

PCMark 10 
Productivity and System-Level Benchmarking

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III PCMark 10

After performing so well in the CPU-bound benchmarks, the ROG Strix Hero III took a step back in PCMark 10, though bear in mind these are all relatively strong scores from top to bottom. Why the discrepancy, though? PCMark 10 relies heavily on the storage subsystem, which could help explain things. For example, the Alienware Area-51m at the top of the chart is running a pair of SSDs in RAID 0 with double the throughput as the Intel 660p SSD inside the ROG Strix Hero III.

The other reason is the GPU. If we look at the individual scores, the ROG Strix Hero III was competitive in each category except for the Digital Content Creation assessment, which evaluates photo editing, video editing, and rendering and visualization performance. The GeForce RTX 2060 inside the ROG Strix Hero just isn't as powerful as several of the GPUs in some of the systems that scored higher.

3DMark Benchmarks
3D Benchmarking
ASUS ROG Strix Hero III 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III 3DMark Time Spy

Switching our attention over to graphics reveals the same thing. This is the only laptop we have tested with a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, so in that a respect, these graphs can be misleading at a passing glance. Looking closer, however, we see the ROG Strix Hero III positioning itself right where we would expect.

In the Fire Strike Extreme benchmark, the ROG Strix Hero III comes out ahead of every laptop with a previous generation GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and predictably trails current generation GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 laptops. Same goes for the Time Spy benchmark.

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III 3DMark Port Royal

We continue to add scores to our collection of Port Royal benchmark runs, though at the moment, it's not as fleshed out as some of the other benchmarks we run. The GeForce RTX 2060 is the lowest end GPU with dedicated hardware for real-time ray tracing, and so the ROG Strix Hero III brings up the rear, trailing behind laptops and desktops with higher end RTX GPUs.

This is not concerning, because the score of 2,952 is not far behind the Lenovo Legion 740 15, which scored 3,490 with its GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU.

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