Dual Screen Gaming? ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo Laptop Benchmarks

Dual Screen Gaming? ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo Laptop Benchmarks


The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo is an interesting
laptop, it’s got two screens rather than your usual one. Although this isn’t exactly
advertised as a gaming laptop, as it’s got such good specs it’s definitely capable
of playing games, and to be fair, I could see a lot of people using something like this
to play a game while having other content on the second screen, so let’s find out
how well it performs and compare it against some other laptops to see the differences. Just quickly before we jump into the benchmark
results I’ll cover off the specs in my unit. I’ve got the highest specced option, so
there’s an Intel i9-9980HK CPU, Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, and 32gb of memory running
in dual channel. The ZenBook Pro Duo is also available with different specs, so expect
different results with different configurations. You can find examples and updated prices linked
in the description. There’s a button directly above the touchpad
that allows you to swap between auto and turbo mode. I’ve tested all games in turbo mode
which should give better performance. We’ll only be covering gaming performance
in this video, so if you’re new to the channel, you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for
the upcoming full review, this is where I’ll be testing out the dual screens in depth.
Let’s start out by going through all 20 games at all setting levels, then afterwards
we’ll see how the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo compares with some other laptops and see if having
something running on the second screen affects game performance. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode,
and I’ve got the results with RTX on shown by the green bars, and RTX off shown by the
purple bars. With RTX off it was still quite playable at ultra settings, no problems there.
With RTX on it was fine at medium settings, however as usual, in my opinion it both looks
and performs better with RTX off and ultra settings. Battlefield 1 was also tested in campaign
mode, and like always it’s running well and performing better than the newer Battlefield
5 just shown, over 100 FPS averages at max settings, though as usual with this game I
found the 1% low results a little inconsistent. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings
at maximum, or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesn’t have predefined
setting presets. A recent Nvidia driver update boosted performance of this game, so the results
may be hard to compare against my previous numbers. In any case it was running just fine
at max settings. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, normally at lower settings most laptops with a modern i7 CPU
with minimal throttling will reach above 110 FPS, but we’ll see how this game compares
against some other laptops soon. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built
in benchmark, and the results here were quite poor considering the specs. This tends to
be a CPU heavy game, and the frame rates were 10 to 20 FPS lower than lowered specced machines
I’ve recently tested, the Nitro 5 with 1660 Ti in this instance. Far Cry 5 was also tested with the built in
benchmark, and the results were ahead of the newer Far Cry New Dawn just covered, and again
we’ll see how this one compares to some other laptops later. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature,
and even maxed out at epic settings we’re still able to average above 100 FPS while
even the 1% low is above the refresh rate of the display, so it should play just fine
on this machine without any problems, as you’d expect with this level of hardware. Overwatch is another well optimized game and
was tested in the practice range, once more the performance was quite good as this game
runs well enough on basically any modern machine with basic gaming chops. Although it was again
performing behind other lower specced machines I’ve recently covered, there are still absolutely
no issues playing at max settings. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and as is pretty much always the case high FPS from this test, however despite this,
once more the frame rates were lower compared against lower specced machines. For instance
even the thermally throttled Nitro 5 with i7 and 1660 Ti scored 22% higher FPS at max
settings. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark. Even with maximum ultra settings we’re still above 100 FPS, however like
other games mentioned the results are still a little behind some other lower specced machines. Metro Exodus was tested using the built in
benchmark, most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this, so don’t take
these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game, it’s
more of a worst case but does let you perform the same test to compare against. The Division 2 was also tested with the built
in benchmark. This test was just a little behind 60 FPS even with ultra settings, with
up to 100 hit with low settings, and this is after a recent Nvidia update allegedly
improved performance for this title. PUBG was tested using the replay feature,
and despite the average FPS looking quite good, the 1% lows were around 20 FPS lower
compared to other lower specced machines tested due to some CPU throttling issues which I’ll
detail in the upcoming full review. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark, and as a test that typically smashes the CPU we’re seeing some
pretty poor results here. Just for comparison, at low settings where we’re more CPU bound
the 1% low from the Nitro 5 with i7 CPU is ahead of even the average we’re getting
here on the Pro Duo. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane
with an average amount of action going on, and was another game where the average frame
rates were still good but the 1% lows were notably down, however when it comes down to
it, we’ve only got a 60Hz screen and these results are realistically still plenty for
this game. Watch Dogs 2 is a game that loves smashing
CPU resources, so you’d think the 8 cores we have would be a great match for it. While
it was still playable at ultra settings, the frame rates were noticeably lower at higher
settings, but hey it does still run ok. Ghost Recon Wildlands is another resource
heavy game and was tested with the built in benchmark, so once more the results are down
compared to lower specced machines, though 60 FPS averages were still hit at very high
settings. The Witcher 3 didn’t see too much performance
loss as this game seems to be more GPU heavy, and I found it would still play well enough
even with ultra settings, so no issues here. DOOM was tested using Vulkan, and is a game
that usually produces very high frame rates. There did seem to be something wrong here
though, the 1% low results were about half the amount I’d expect from this game on
similar hardware. Despite this, the 1% low results were still technically above the refresh
rate of the display and it did still play smoothly. Strange Brigade was another game that was
tested with Vulkan but was tested with the built in benchmark, and for once the results
are actually a little better here, well at least in terms of average FPS, probably due
to a recent Nvidia driver update where they announced an increase in this title. Let’s also take a look at how this config
of the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo compares with other laptops, use these results as a rough
guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield 5 I’ve got the ASUS ZenBook
Pro Duo highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. In this case it’s performing
similarly to most of the other 2060 laptops covered, with the exception being the Triton
500 just ahead of it, however that does undervolt the CPU by default and also boost up the wattage
of the 2060, giving it an advantage. This game does seem to favour more cores, which
I think is why the 1% low is higher than the other stock i7s. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with
ultra settings in the built in benchmark and is more of a CPU demanding test. In this test
we’re seeing the lowest results from a 2060 based laptop, and this seems to be due to
the CPU throttling that was taking place, and this is mirrored by the 1% low performance
that’s placing behind the last gen i7-8750H. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb
raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Again the results were on the lower
side out of the 2060 machines tested, matching the throttled Dell G5 with lower tier CPU
in this test. Next let’s take a look and see how much
of a performance loss we can expect by using the second screen with some different workloads.
For all of the previously tested games I just left the secondary screen empty. I’ll be
comparing these results with two more workloads, watching a YouTube video in Chrome and using
OBS to stream the game on the second screen. Battlefield 5 was tested with ultra settings.
The bottom bar is just the results we saw before with nothing on the second screen,
then with a YouTube video playing on the second screen there was no real difference. While
streaming there was a performance hit as expected, as the encoding process does use system resources,
however the game still performed well enough considering this is max settings and it was
very nice to be able to watch OBS while playing full screen. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark using highest settings. Again there were no differences in the game
FPS between nothing on the bottom screen and just watching a YouTube video, so although
the Intel GPU is doing more work to display this image it’s not negatively affecting
the game, while again streaming lowered the performance as expected. Far Cry 5 was also tested using the built
in benchmark with ultra settings. This time there was actually a difference in performance
by having a simple YouTube video playing on the second screen. I triple checked this and
the results were consistent, so it just goes to show that performance will vary by game
as well based on what you’ve got on the bottom screen. Overall the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo is performing
well enough, it’s a little lower than what you’d typically expect from these specs
due to some throttling, however it’s still more than capable of running any modern game
with higher setting levels no problem. To be fair, again this isn’t advertised as
a gaming laptop, I just thought it would be interesting to see what it’s capable of
as many people are interested in a machine where they can play games on one screen and
have something else on the second screen. When it comes down to it, it is still able
to play all of these games without issue, just don’t expect the absolute best performance
compared to other options with similar specs. If you’re not interested in the second screen
then it would make more sense to look elsewhere, that really is the key feature here. If you
are interested in seeing what the second screen can do, then look out for the upcoming full
review video, as I’ll have a lot more testing of it covered there. This is only my second time testing the i9-9980HK
CPU, so far I haven’t found it to make too much of a difference in games, however we’ll
see how it helps in more creator focussed workloads in the upcoming full review. Let me know what you thought of the gaming
performance from the new ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo laptop down in the comments, and if you’re
new to the channel you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for the full review to see
everything this machine has to offer.

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