Graphics Performance

The ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 is not a dedicated gaming system, but ASUS does fit it with a reasonably powerful graphics card in the NVIDIA RTX 3050L. Many content creation applications are able to leverage the graphics processor to accelerate workloads so providing a more powerful GPU than is integrated with the processor makes a lot of sense. NVIDIA has also been working hard with the software developers of these applications to make use of the RT cores for further performance improvements.

ASUS runs the RTX 3050L with Max-Q at a normal 35-Watt TDP configuration, although there is a 50-Watt dynamic boost available. The graphics card features 4 GB of GDDR6 with a 128-bit memory bus to feed the 2048 CUDA cores. Performance-wise it is the lowest-tier RTX card available for laptops, but still offers a significant uplift over integrated graphics.

ASUS also ships the Vivobook Pro 15 with NVIDIA’s Studio driver suite which is more focused on performance with creative applications and system stability than the game-ready driver setup.

To see how the ASUS Vivobook performs we ran it through our laptop gaming test suite. Although this device is more focused on other tasks, the GPU performance in games which are the most demanding test for a GPU will still give a good look at how the system is able to perform. We have added some new games to the suite and because devices are sent back to the manufacturer after they are reviewed, only some of the latest laptops have results for those games. Please be patient as the results are added to over time.

As usual, we will start with some synthetics, then move on to gaming performance.

3DMark

Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

For 3DMark we have started moving to using the newer Time Spy test which utilizes DirectX 12 APIs over the older Fire Strike, and as such, have limited results available. The RTX 3050 in the Vivobook Pro 15 fits in where expected, behind the more powerful RTX 3050 Ti in the Surface Laptop Studio, but well ahead of the integrated graphics of the other systems.

GFXBench

GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal 1080p Offscreen

GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High 1440p Offscreen

GFXBench version 5.0 added new DirectX 12 versions of the Aztec Ruins test. This benchmark is well-suited to lower-power devices like smart phones and integrated CPU graphics, so anything with a discrete GPU does very well.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider - Value

Tomb Raider - Enthusiast

Tomb Raider is an older game but can still be demanding on devices with low-power GPUs or integrated graphics. Thankfully the Vivobook Pro’s RTX 3050 can easily handle the first game in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider - Value

Rise of the Tomb Raider - Enthusiast

The second game in the rebooted series added a lot more graphical fidelity, as well as DirectX 12 support. The RTX 3050 still does well in both our value and enthusiast settings.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Value

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Enthusiast

The most recent game in the franchise is by far the most demanding graphically. Here the Vivobook Pro 15 pulls ahead of the Surface Laptop Studio’s RTX 3050 Ti thanks to the more powerful Ryzen 7 5800H processor.

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade - Enthusiast

As one of our titles that is targeted towards integrated graphics, the Vivobook does very well in Strange Brigade at 1920x1080. It is just behind the Surface devices which have more powerful GPUs, but the gap is not very large thanks to the increased CPU performance on tap with the Vivobook.

Shadow of War

Shadow of War - Value

Shadow of War - Enthusiast

The RTX 3050 has no issues with Shadow of War at lower resolutions, but with everything set at max at 1920x1080 it is not able to provide enough performance for smooth gameplay.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 - Value

Far Cry 5 - Enthusiast

Far Cry 5 is a game that is heavily CPU dependent, so the Vivobook Pro 15 is able to pull to the top of the charts despite a less-powerful graphics processor.

Godfall

Godfall - Value

Godfall - Enthusiast

One of the newer games in our suite, we have very little data on this game for this class of device, but the game is certainly playable on the Vivobook if you turn the settings down.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 - Value

Borderlands 3 - Enthusiast

 

Much like Godfall, the demands of Borderlands 3 at maximum is just too much for the RTX 3050 but the game is very much playable with the settings turned down.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Value

Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Enthusiast

 

Although the Vivobook does outperform the Surface Laptop Studio here, it is still unplayable our enthusiast level of testing.

F1 2021

F1 2021 - Value

F1 2021 - Enthusiast

Another game that is heavily CPU bound, F1 2021 does very well on the Vivobook Pro 15, although some tweaks from maximum would be needed to game at 1920x1080.

GPU Conclusion

The RTX 3050 is a moderately powerful graphics card, and for ASUS to fit it into this lightweight notebook makes for a welcome addition. It is not a 1080p gaming card by any means, but does offer a significant performance uplift from the integrated graphics, as well as the extra hardware capabilities of the RT Cores for software that can leverage it. For a device targeting the market segment the Vivobook does, it fits in very well.

System Performance Display Analysis
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  • eek2121 - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    Seems they didn't really try with higher end configurations. My Razer Blade 14 is slightly heavier at 3.94lbs, but beats this thing in everything except the OLED screen (though the refresh rate and resolution on the Razer Blade is much higher). Reply
  • matagyula - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    I think it is worth pointing out that that Razer Blade 14 costs twice as much as the unit reviewed. Reply
  • Alistair - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    so your laptop costs twice as much, is missing the main feature, the OLED screren, and it is miraculously faster? amazing stuff... /s Reply
  • brucethemoose - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    This isn't really a high performance gaming laptop. Asus has a compact ROG lineup to compete with the Blade more directly. Reply
  • relux - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    While OLED screens are a boon for content consumption on mobile devices like phones, these smaller panels have advantages in high color accuracy, high brightness, high quality, etc. The review outright uses the word “terrible” to describe the accuracy of the display on this laptop. Windows has more static user interface elements than Android or iOS, creating greater risk of burn-in. OLED screens also tend to “smear” when pixels need to change from dark to light quickly, and this would surely be unpleasant in games or movies, and more noticeable on a larger screen. I’m left wondering, if the display is merely less accurate, more prone to degradation, and has unimpressive brightness to boot, why wouldn’t consumers prefer a quality LCD which will at the very least have better longevity? Reply
  • Doug_S - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    Where do you get this idea that OLED pixels have problems changing brightness quickly? That's an LCD problem, OLED has no issue at all in that respect. Reply
  • itsAdamS - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - link

    Often the pixels on an OLED are turned off entirely when displaying black, and there's a delay to switch them back on again, greater than LCD response time, that leads to black smearing. I certainly notice this on my phone when scrolling something black but I haven't noticed this at all on my Asus OLED laptop -- they obviously chose response time over battery life and don't turn the pixels off completely. Reply
  • Doug_S - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - link

    That's not true at all. What you observe has nothing to do with response time, but a mismatch of screen updates and refresh rate. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Sunday, March 13, 2022 - link

    There is no laptop LCD with this much static contrast. So, define ‘quality’.

    If VA panels begin to appear then OLED might have some competition.
    Reply
  • pjcamp - Monday, March 7, 2022 - link

    You could do us a solid favor if you added two things to all your laptop reviews.

    1. Does it use proprietary peripherals? I never would have purchased a Dell XPS 13 had I known in advance that if you forget your Genuine Dell Charger, you're screwed. It refuses to charge without one.

    2. See if Linux will install on it.
    Reply

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