RTX30 series notebook GPU blessing ASUS Tianxuan 2 evaluation
Although CES was held online this year, many new products have been released. Among them, AMD’s new generation Ryzen 5000 series mobile standard pressure processors and NVIDIA’s new generation RTX30 series notebook GPUs have joined forces to create a large number of better products. Gaming notebook.
The protagonist of this article, ASUS Sky Selection 2 is the latest work of A and N. It is equipped with Ryzen 7 5800H octa-core mobile standard pressure processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU. The strength is already among today’s game books. At the forefront.
At the same time, ASUS also matched this new generation of gaming notebooks with a 15.6-inch gaming display with a 240Hz refresh rate and high color gamut. This high-end gaming screen used to be only used on high-end gaming notebooks worth tens of thousands of yuan, but now Asus has put it on top of the flagship cost-effective model of Tianxuan 2, sincerity is possible.
In 2021, this high-performance game may be the game equipment you want! If you want to know more about its real performance, let’s look down.
New generation RTX3070 notebook GPU
Since this evaluation is the first evaluation of the GeForce RTX 3070 notebook GPU on the notebook platform, I need to briefly introduce the new generation of NVIDIA Ampere architecture adopted by the RTX 3070 notebook GPU and some advanced technologies of the RTX30 series.
Next-generation NVIDIA Ampere architecture
In terms of hardware specifications, the new generation of RTX3070 notebook GPUs are quite different from desktop RTX3070 GPUs.
The new generation RTX3070 notebook GPU is based on the GA104 display core, with 5120 sets of CUDA cores, 96 sets of raster units and 426 sets of texture units, with 256bit wide and 8GB capacity GDDR6 video memory.
The default GPU frequency of this RTX3070 notebook GPU is 930MHz, Boost frequency is 1410MHz, and memory frequency is 1500MHz (equivalent to 12000MHz).
After ASUS Sky Choice 2 switches to the enhanced operating mode, this RTX3070 notebook GPU will automatically overclock. At this time, the GPU frequency is 1030MHz, the Boost frequency is 1510MHz, and the memory frequency is 1530MHz (equivalent to 12240MHz).
The new generation RTX3070 notebook GPU of ASUS Tianxuan 2 is equipped with PCIe3.0 x8 mode instead of a direct connection.
According to the official NVIDIA statement, the NVIDIA Ampere architecture has the second generation RT Core (ray tracing core), the third generation Tensor Core (tensor core) and the new SM multi-unit stream processor). It runs faster and more efficient, and the throughput of FP32 in SM is doubled. With the second generation of RT Cores, the throughput of light and triangle intersection calculation is doubled, and the dynamic blur performance is greatly improved. The third generation of Tensor Cores optimizes sparse network performance and greatly improves AI computing performance. It can be said that the progress of this generation of architecture is very obvious.
RTX graphics card with DLSS technology, two swords can be combined to play light pursuit games
Seeing the three letters of RTX, I believe that most players will think of light chase games, and DLSS is an indispensable key technology for playing light chase games today.
In the spring of 2020 (last year), NVIDIA released the DLSS 2.0 technology, which can more fully release the performance of the GeForce RTX series graphics cards, thereby making the new era of light pursuit games run smoothly and with more superb picture quality.
In what areas has DLSS 2.0 improved? The first is efficiency and processing speed. According to NVIDIA, DLSS 2.0 is twice as fast as DLSS 1.0 and supports all GeForce RTX series graphics cards and resolutions. In actual games, more frames can be increased under the same settings to make the game run more smoothly.
The second is better image super-sampling quality. DLSS 2.0 supports 4 times the super-resolution technology and adopts higher continuous frame timing feedback. Intuitively speaking, at 1080p resolution, you can get 4K resolution by turning on DLSS 2.0 performance mode, which not only saves GPU resources significantly, but also brings more vivid and clear image quality compared to DLSS 1.0.
The third is that DLSS 2.0 uses the same AI model to adapt to all game rendering, while the original DLSS 1.0 requires a separate training AI model for each new game. This has greatly reduced the threshold for game developers to use DLSS technology and speeded up the game integration process.
The above three points are major improvements in DLSS 2.0. NVIDIA also recently released DLSS 2.1, which is a further improvement to DLSS 2.0, mainly adding support for 8K resolution and dynamic resolution, and compatible with VR virtual reality games.
NVIDIA Reflex technology
The NVIDIA Reflex technology released at the same time as the RTX30 series of notebook GPUs can optimize and measure system latency. It is an important measure for NVIDIA to improve the gaming experience.
For competitive games, PC performance refers to responsiveness—that is, how fast the display can update the screen after the mouse moves or clicks. The Reflex delay analyzer can detect mouse clicks and measure the time required for the corresponding pixel changes on the screen (such as gun flame flash). Previously, it was difficult for players to measure system delays, as this required a dedicated high-speed camera and supporting equipment worth more than $7,000. The Reflex delay analyzer has a more complete and accurate understanding of the performance of the mouse, PC and monitor. Now that the Reflex delay analyzer is in hand, players can know that the system is operating in the state it should be in, so they can enter the game with confidence.
NVIDIA Broadcast: A new weapon for live broadcasting
The NVIDIA Broadcast tool can take advantage of the AI capabilities of GeForce RTX GPUs to make live broadcast content and formats more diverse.
The software has practical functions such as live background replacement, portrait tracking, and noise elimination. Before using the software, users need to equip a computer camera and go to the official NVIDIA website to download the NVIDIA Broadcast software.
Background replacement, as the name suggests, is based on deleting the background, you can replace the background surface with the picture or video you want. It fits well in some live broadcasts of themes, allowing fans to interact with the anchor more atmosphere. Even if it’s just for weirdness, it can create unsatisfactory live broadcast effects. This function can be implemented in the “Camera” page of the NVIDIA Broadcast software, select “Background Replacement” in the “Effects” box, and then select the picture or video you have prepared in the following path. You should know that this kind of function can only be realized by arranging a real-life green screen in the past, and now only need to have a GeForce RTX 2060 or higher graphics card can easily get it.
Portrait tracking, the live broadcast screen will lock the host himself, and always keep the host in the center of the screen. This function actually uses AI to track the head movement of the host, crop and enlarge the image of the host’s own area. Even if the anchor often shakes left and right, this feature is simply a free photography assistant. This function can be achieved by selecting “Portrait Tracking” in the “Effect” box on the “Camera” page of NVIDIA Broadcast software, or you can determine the zoom level of the live broadcast screen according to your own preferences!
I believe everyone is familiar with the noise cancellation function, and many professional gaming headsets can do it. But now as long as you own a GeForce RTX 2060 or higher graphics card, you can get this feature for free. It can eliminate background noise and ambient noise in the microphone input. Whether it is the sound of a fan in summer, the sound of a cold wind in winter, or the sound of home decoration, it can be eliminated and isolated. Even the percussive sound of the mechanical keyboard is also in the category of AI noise elimination. This function can be realized by selecting “Noise Cancellation” in the “Effect” box on the “Microphone” page of NVIDIA Broadcast software. The host can also choose the intensity of noise cancellation according to his own preferences!
Dynamic Boost 2.0 dynamic acceleration technology
Dynamic Boost 2.0 dynamic acceleration technology can dynamically allocate power to the CPU and GPU, the power consumption of the two is dynamically changing, and the total power consumption tends to be stable. With the total power consumption unchanged, Dynamic Boost 2.0 maximizes the utilization of power consumption through dynamic power allocation, thereby achieving the improvement of game performance.
By default, ASUS Tianxuan 2 directly turns on Dynamic Boost 2.0 dynamic acceleration technology
At present, most games are dissatisfied with high-level processors such as Ryzen 9 or Core i9, and many games can’t even use 50% of the CPU usage. Based on this, the Dynamic Boost 2.0 dynamic acceleration technology puts it bluntly on the one hand to properly optimize and reduce the power consumption of the CPU, on the other hand, to increase the power consumption of the graphics card, thereby achieving better game performance.
Okay, then we should test the game performance of ASUS Sky Selection 2. In order to compare the performance of the RTX3070 notebook GPU, I specially added the performance of the RTX3060Ti desktop graphics card.
Note: All the following performance tests are carried out in enhanced mode. Enhanced mode is also the strongest performance mode of this game.
According to the results of 3DMark, the performance of RTX3070 notebook computer GPU is somewhat different than that of RTX3060Ti desktop graphics card. But on the gaming notebook, the RTX3070 notebook GPU is already very strong, and there is no problem in meeting the needs of players for enjoyable games.
DLSS game effect test-“Cyberpunk 2077”
“Cyberpunk 2077” currently supports DLSS 2.0.
DLSS game effect test-“Control”
“Control” currently supports DLSS 2.0.
It can be said that DLSS technology has greatly promoted the popularization of light pursuit games. With the addition of a new generation of DLSS technology, the ASUS Tianxuan 2 game with RTX3070 notebook GPU can already play “Cyberpunk 2077” and other new era light chasing game masterpieces at 1080p resolution and top quality. .
Appearance and disassembly appreciation
ASUS Chosen 2 provides two appearance colors: Magic Blue and Eclipse Gray. This time, I will take everyone to admire the eclipse gray model, which uses a metal top cover, eclipse gray color matching, and the four corners of the top cover are also designed with decorative rivets.
The TX logo on the top cover of the first generation Tianxuan game is designed in the center area of the A side. In the new ASUS Sky Selection 2, the TX logo on the A side is designed in the upper area of the A side, and the size of the TX logo is reduced, and the overall appearance is more in line with the two-dimensional style.
ASUS Sky Selection 2 is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS gaming display with 240Hz refresh rate, high color gamut, fast response, Adaptive Sync anti-tear technology, and DC dimming technology. 240Hz has a refresh rate of 4 times the 60Hz display, and can display up to 240 frames per second, which can present players with silky smooth game screens. Especially because of the powerful hardcore combination of Ryzen 7 5800H processor and GeForce RTX 3070 notebook GPU, this gamebook can provide an average frame rate of more than hundreds of frames in many games, at this time 240Hz The value of refresh rate can be more reflected. In e-sports games, the higher the screen refresh rate, the higher the detail performance in dynamic scenes. Especially in FPS shooting games, the gun can be kept stable in the bullet burst mode, and the trajectory will not drift, which is for the player. Provide a smooth and fast decisive blow.
The high-definition camera and microphone pickup holes are designed in the center of the frame on the screen. Live online classes are free and support two-way AI noise reduction, which can reduce background noise by up to 95%.
The introduction of AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor is posted on the right side of the bottom frame of the screen.
This game book uses RGB colorful shadow blade keyboard, equipped with a numeric keypad, supports single-zone RGB backlight, and has a variety of backlight modes to choose from. At the same time, the keyboard also has the blessing of Overstroke technology, which can bring comfortable key travel and sensitive response to players.
The WSAD buttons all use a transparent keycap design, highlighting the gaming attributes of this game.
The F5 key has its own computer operating mode switching function, which can be operated by FN+F5. The computer can quickly switch between the three preset modes of enhanced, performance, and mute. Among them, the enhanced mode is the strongest performance mode of this game.
The power button is located at the right front of the keyboard surface, and a red indicator light will light up when the machine is running.
The conventional touchpad has a strong sense of paragraph between the left and right keys, and the hand feels very good.
The surface of the palm rest of this game notebook is designed with hair texture. At the same time, the right palm rest is affixed with AMD processors, NVIDIA graphics cards, WiFi6 and HDMI brand stickers.
The left side of the fuselage is designed with a power interface, a network cable interface, an HDMI interface, two USB3.2 interfaces, a Type-C interface, and a headset/headset combo interface.
There is a USB3.2 interface on the right side of the fuselage, and the rich interface also gives this gamebook stronger expandability. At the same time, a cooling air outlet is also designed on the right side of the fuselage to ensure that the heat inside the fuselage can be dissipated more quickly.
There are some honeycomb mesh cooling air inlets on the bottom of the machine, which are very helpful for heat dissipation.
Next, I will remove the bottom cover of the machine and continue to take a look at the internal materials of this game book.
The internal memory of the machine and the M.2 solid state drive are equipped with insulating paper to prevent dust intrusion, which is very intimate.
This game book uses a dual dust-free fan cooling design, equipped with four flat heat pipes, and up to three air outlets.
Two DDR4 memories form a dual channel with a total capacity of 16GB, which can be expanded up to a maximum of 64GB, which is enough to meet the needs of all current mainstream games, eliminating the cumbersome upgrade of players. At the same time, a heat sink is installed on the memory to help increase the memory performance.
The M.2 SSD is covered by black insulating paper.
This game book also reserves an M.2 solid-state hard drive installation location, 2280 size, players can expand the hard drive capacity.
The battery capacity is 90Wh, which can provide good battery life for this game. At the same time, this gamebook supports fast charging technology, charging about 60% in 39 minutes. Video playback is up to about 12.3 hours, and web browsing time is up to about 8.7 hours. With integrated display mode, it can be switched to 60Hz when using battery to further improve battery life.
Alchuang Game Intelligence Control Center and Tianxuan Table Pet
ASUS Tianxuan 2 is pre-installed with ASUS classic Ultron Game Control Center. Players can use this software to set up all aspects of the computer system.
The system operation mode can be switched by using the Fn+F5 function shortcut keys, and can also be switched in the Alchuang Game Control Center.
Using Altron Game Intelligence Control Center, users can also set various lighting effects on the machine to make your game book look more personalized.
Alchuang Game Intelligence Control Center has built-in AI microphone noise reduction function, which can reduce the noise of voice conversations with any type of headphones or microphones such as 3.5mm audio jack, USB or Bluetooth, and then help you to communicate with teammates in the dark clearer.
Players can also use the Alchuang Game Intelligent Control Center to perform driver upgrades, computer BIOS upgrades and other operations.
Taking advantage of the release of the Tianxuan 2 game, ASUS also released the Tianxuan table pet, which is fun and provides some small functions such as alarm clocks.
Performance continues to show
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H standard mobile processor is based on the Zen 3 architecture and a more mature 7nm process. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, a base frequency of 3.2GHz, (Tian Xuan 2 this machine), the maximum acceleration frequency can reach 4.45GHz. The 16MB three-level cache can achieve a 19% increase in instructions per clock cycle (IPC) and a 24% increase in energy efficiency.
Compared with the desktop Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 7 5800H halves the three-level cache on the one hand, and reduces power consumption and frequency on the other. In general, the specifications of the Ryzen 7 5800H are still very strong.
Through the three software tests of CPU-Z, Geekbench 5, and Cinebench R23, it can be seen that the single-core performance and multi-core performance of the Ryzen 7 5800H are very strong, and it has great potential in gaming and productivity.
The memory latency is 78.7ns, and the performance is also good.
The transfer mode of the 512GB M.2 solid-state hard drive used in this gaming notebook is PCIe3.0 x4.
Judging from the results of the CrystalDiskMark test software, this SSD is very good, with a sequential read speed exceeding 3500MB/s and a sequential writing speed exceeding 3000MB/s.
Thermal performance measured
The author used AIDA64’s built-in stress test to continue the dual-bake machine test on the CPU and GPU of this gaming notebook.
(Note: The room temperature when the author was testing was 26℃)
Grill status (enhanced mode)
After 10 minutes of double baking, the CPU temperature of this game book stabilized at 90°C, and the GPU temperature stabilized at 79°C. At this time, the power consumption of the CPU is 45W, and the CPU frequency is stabilized at about 3.044GHz. Obviously, the cooling system of ASUS Sky Selection 2 is very reliable.
Starscream color calibration instrument test
Using the Starscream color calibration instrument, the author also conducted a professional performance test on the display screen of this gaming notebook.
The first item: color gamut test
(Introduction to test items) Color gamut refers to the range of colors that a certain device can express, that is, the range of colors that can be expressed by various screen display devices, printers or printing devices. The larger the color gamut value, the more colors the device can display.
The screen of this game book has 99% sRGB, 73% NTSC, 78% AdobeRGB color gamut coverage. For gaming laptops, such screen color gamut performance is very good.
Item 2: Color accuracy test
(Introduction to test items) The colors displayed on the screen often deviate from the colors seen by the human eye in real life. The smaller the color difference, the better the display of course.
When △E≤1, the human eye can hardly distinguish the difference between the two colors;
When 1<△E<3, the human eye can carefully compare and distinguish subtle color differences;
When △E≥3, the human eye can distinguish the color difference and consider it as two similar colors.
When △E≥5, most human eyes can see the color difference and consider it as a completely different color.
The average △E is 1.33, and there are two colors with △E≥3, which is acceptable for a gaming notebook.
Through a series of actual tests, ASUS Tianxuan 2 can be regarded as a good equipment for playing games. It is no longer a problem to play “Cyberpunk 2077”, which is a new era of light pursuit. Relying on its excellent heat dissipation effect, ASUS Tianxuan 2 not only has excellent game performance, but also allows players to play games for a long time. And this year, ASUS has also placed the 240Hz gaming screen on top of the flagship cost-effective model of Sky Selection 2, further enhancing the visual effects of the game. At the same time, this game book has passed MIL-STD-810H military certification, and the quality is trustworthy.
ASUS Tianxuan 2 has excellent performance in terms of performance and gaming experience, but it also faces more intense competition. As the flagship product of the gaming notebook, the player has higher requirements for the product. In addition to the configuration performance, the design and appearance of the product also have higher requirements. We also hope that the ASUS Tianxuan series will be in the future. The product can gradually become an all-round high-end flagship recognized by more users.
In general, ASUS Sky Selection 2 has powerful configuration and excellent performance, which is very worth recommending. Currently in the official flagship store of Asus JD.com, this game is already on the shelves. Now you can enjoy multiple gifts by making an appointment. Players who like it should not miss it.