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

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ASUS ROG Strix Hero III: Gaming Benchmarks

With all of our synthetic testing out of the way, this is where the rubber meets the road for gaming laptops—actual games. The ASUS ROG Strix Hero III is built for this very thing, with the combination of a Core i7-9750H processor and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Here's how things shook out...

Middle Earth: Shadow Of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance
We’ve recently switched to using Middle Earth: Shadow of War on gaming notebook reviews, so we don’t have too many notebooks to serve as reference points. However, the Lenovo Legion Y740 provides a reference point for GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q performance while the Alienware m15 R2 provides previous generation gaming notebook performance.

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III Middle Earth: Shadow of War

We also sprinkled in some desktop GPU averages, just to flesh things out. These scores are also relevant because the GeForce RTX 2060 inside the ROG Strix Hero III is not a Max-Q variant, but a full 2060. At 1920x1080 with the settings at High, the ROG Strix Hero III averaged 89 frames per second. That puts it towards the lower end of the graph, though only because most of the other systems we have tested have been armed with higher end GPUs. The performance we saw here is on par with our expectations.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 performance

The finale in the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is easily the best-looking of the bunch. It's also brimming with Tobii eye-tracking hardware support, which we discussed earlier. To test this game out, we again turned the visuals up to High and tested at the full-HD resolution of 1920x1080.

ASUS ROG Strix Hero III Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the ROG Strix Hero III averaged 76 fps. That put its just a few negligible fps behind the Legion Y740 15 with its GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, and dead even with an overclocked Alienware m15 R2, also with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. In other words, this is another good showing for the ROG Strix Hero III.

Far Cry 5
The Dunia Engine lives on

Far Cry 5 takes the franchise to Montana with lush environments and incredible graphics fidelity. We ran the Omen 17 through the built-in benchmarks with Ultra Quality settings.

Far Cry 5

The same story played out in Far Cry 5, with the ROG Strix Hero III landing about where we would expect it to, based on the CPU and GPU combination. That also means another lower placement on our graph, simple because the majority of systems we have tested were equipped with higher tier GPUs.

Averaging 78 fps at 1080p with the graphics settings on Ultra means the action is smooth. At the same time, these benchmarks indicate that a GeForce RTX 2060 is not quite stout enough to really push a 144Hz display in more demanding games with the graphics settings cranked up. That is even true for a GeForce RTX 2080, though, as seen by the averages obtained on an HP Omen X 2S (100 fps) and Alienware Area-51m (122 fps).


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