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ASUS ZenBook 3 (UX390UA) Ultrabook Review

First of all, I must report the ZenBook 3 comes with the usual ASUS bloatware. It is a great pain and I really wish they would stop throwing in all this unnecessary junk.

Here we get a look at the CPU and iGPU, courtesy of CPU-Z and GPU-Z, respectively.

The i5-7200U is a dual-core chip that does support HyperThreading. Interestingly, the main difference between the i5-7200U and i7-7500U chips is clockspeed – both are dual-cores, despite the latter having the i7 name. As such, it will be interesting to compare the performance of those CPUs today.

The integrated graphics is Intel’s HD Graphics 620 chip.

Comparison systems

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Nvidia GTX 960M
  • 16GB Dual-Channel 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

ECS LIVA X

  • Intel Bay Trail-M Celeron N2808 SoC
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 4GB DDR3L RAM
  • 64GB eMMc storage

ECS LIVA X2

  • Intel Braswell N3050 SoC
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • 32GB eMMC storage

PCSpecialist Lafité

  • Intel Core i3 i3-5010U
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • 8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
  • 240GB Kingston V300 SSD

Dell Latitude 13 7370

  • Intel Core™ m5-6Y57
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive M2 2280 PCIe

UK Gaming Computers Styx

  • Intel Core i5-6500
  • Asus Turbo GTX 960
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

ASUS ROG GX700

  • Intel Core i7-6820HK
  • Nvidia GTX 980 (desktop)
  • 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 2x 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe SSDs in RAID0

DinoPC Primal GT0

  • AMD FX-8320
  • AMD RX-480
  • 16GB DDR3 2133MHz RAM
  • 240GB Adata Premier SP550

PCSpecialist Defiance III 17.3

  • Intel i7-6700HQ
  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • 16GB HyperX DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 512GB SanDisk X400 M.2 SATA SSD

Gigabyte BRIX Gaming UHD

  • Intel i7-6700HQ
  • Nvidia GTX 950
  • 16GB Crucial DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 512GB Samsung Pro M.2 SSD

Gigabyte BRIX i7A-7500

  • Intel i7-7500U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 16GB G.Skill DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 256GB Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 SSD

AWD-IT Aura

  • Intel i7-6700K
  • Nvidia GTX 1070
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB Samsung 750 EVO SSD

Cyberpower Infinity X55 VX

  • Intel i5-6402P
  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LED 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD

Shuttle XPC Nano NC02U5

  • Intel i5-6200U
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 SSD

Overclockers UK Neuron

  • Intel i5-6600K
  • Nvidia GTX 1070
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD

Gladiator SuperNova

  • Intel i5-7600K
  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • 16GB HyperX 2133MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 250GB SK Hynix SL308 SSD

Dell XPS 13 9360

  • Intel i7-7500U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8GB 1866MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 256GB PCIe SSD

Mesh 7EVEN Gaming PC

  • Intel i5-7600K
  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 250GB WD Blue M.2 SSD

And lastly my personal desktop with a Core i3-4160, 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 and a GTX 960.

Test software

  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Cinebench R15
  • Handbrake
  • CrystalDiskMark
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • 3DMark
  • Prime 95 (version 26.6)
  • CPUID HWMonitor
  • AIDA64 Engineer

Lastly, I also benchmarked Tomb Raider (2013) to get an idea of the ZenBook 3’s graphical capabilities.

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