Is Intel Sabotaging Zephyrus G15 and GA502 to hurt AMD

Zephyrus G15 :

To most people the Zephyrus G15 is a pretty good laptop in terms of spec and design with a AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS Processor running at 2.9GHz – 4.2GHz, a 15.6″ 240Hz 1080p IPS Display with 3ms response time, up to 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Memory, up to 1TB NVMe SSD and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q (6GB) GDDR6 Graphics Card. Having dedicated heat pipes for the CPU and GPU is essential in a system this powerful and compact. If you want to know more about Nvidia’s upcoming cards check this out.

With a price tag of US$ 1,400 (around 1 lakh) you would expect it to run smoother than butter, and it does, but here is where the issue lied, when reviewers and customers started opening their brand new systems they found that there was a piece of black paper covering the vents, blocking the airflow to the system. This made people start asking question so as to what was its purpose.

Zephyrus G15
The Covered Intake Vents

Speculation :

Now there are some people who speculate that it might be Intel who bribed Asus to ‘make the AMD 4000 look hot and generally bad’, but this sounds a bit far fetched even though Intel has done some VERY shady (and even illegal) things in the past, there is not enough evidence to prove these claims. Although it is odd that only the G15 and the older GA502 have this ‘black paper’ while Asus’s other models have an open fan ventilation.

While some people also speculate that Asus wouldn’t just ‘shoot their own foot’ so the black paper might be some kind of noise dampener for the fan intake as there perhaps might have a lot of customer complaining about the noise.

Asus hasn’t been given any adequate explanation for why these cover exists as removing them would yield a temperature improvement of 5-10°C, now that wouldn’t seem like much of a difference but this temperature difference would mean your laptop running at lower clock speeds and effecting your productivity or gaming.

For now the general consensus is that if you have a G15 or a GA502 and are suffering from performance loss or high temperature in these laptops, it is recommended you remove this cover, although keep in mind doing this will VOID THE WARRANTY. So in the end it is up to you, the customer, will you void the warranty or risk overheating your laptop.

Robin Sunny

Robin is a AMD fanboy and a techie who studies programming for a living, in that order.

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