No-compromises laptops are here, thanks to AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

View of Asus' new ROG Zephyrus G14 14 inch gaming laptops

AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS that’s been teased and hyped for months is finally available. The first device sporting it is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 14 inch gaming laptop. Are you ready for Team Red to dominate laptops?

If you’re not a gamer or a computer enthusiast, you’d be forgiven for not knowing about it. Here’s the gist:

The Ryzen 9 4900HS is an 8 core, 16 thread mobile processor. What’s special about it is that it runs at only 35 watts. This means it won’t face heating issues in thin and light laptops.

The low-wattage of the 49000HS also means it’s very efficient, thanks to its new 7nm Renoir architecture. The G14 can give you 10 hours of regular use, which is unheard of for a laptop with a dedicated GPU.

But, can AMD laptops run Crisis?

And not just any dedicated GPU. This ultrabook packs an RTX 2060 GPU, making it extremely capable in terms of gaming and highly demanding workloads like video editing and 3D rendering. It absolutely crushes better specced gaming laptops running Intel processors that are much larger with more elaborate cooling.

For added uniqueness, the G14 brings a one-of-a-kind matrix display on the back featuring 1,215 individually lit and fully customizable mini-LEDs.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and its customizable Matrix display on the back.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and its customizable Matrix display on the back. Photo: Asus.

Port selection is also pretty healthy with four USB 3.2 ports (two of which are type C), HDMI 2.0b, a 3.5mm audio jack, DC in and a Kensington lock.

It does come with one sacrifice though. It doesn’t have a webcam of any sort, meaning you’ll need an external one if you find yourself needing to make a video call.

If you can overlook that minor setback, here’s a full list of the specs:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS octa-core processor
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz dual channel memory
  • 14 inch 1080p 120Hz non-glossy IPS FreeSync display
  • 1TB M.2 NVME SSD
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q with 6GB GDDR6
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5
  • 65W USB C charging
  • 180W AC adaptor

All that goodness for only $1449 US. Practically a steal.

Even if this particular laptop doesn’t suit your fancy, what’s important is that AMD is revolutionizing the world of laptops with their new architecture that brings incredible performance to thin and lights without compromising battery.

Intel’s new 10th generation processors still don’t offer anything comparable, especially when accounting for TDP. It looks like Intel is going to continue playing catch-up for the foreseeable future; as it has been in the desktop and server markets.

The only potential concern is OEMs actually producing AMD-based products. So far this has been terrible, either due to already be bound to agreements with Intel for the time being, or be facing corporate pressure from them to keep using their objectively inferior processors. But we should still see far more AMD options popping up in laptops starting next year, hopefully.

Watch the product video: