That is my detailed evaluation of the 2023 Asus ROG Circulate Z13 sequence.

The Circulate Z13 is a somewhat distinctive product, a conveyable pill+ keyboard folio format with a 13-inch show, however on the similar time a tool with highly effective specs that may rival the capabilities of many full-size laptops. In reality, the ROG Circulate Z13 remains to be on of essentially the most highly effective 13-inch compact laptop at present available in shops, alongside the marginally higher-specced 2023 era of the ROG Circulate X13.

On a primary look, the 2023 replace of the Zephyrus Z13 is usually a {hardware} refresh of the 2022 Circulate Z13 era reviewed right here, as it’s constructed on the identical chassis and provides related traits and performance.

Nonetheless, Asus not solely included the most recent specs from Intel and Nvidia on this mannequin (i9-13900H + RTX 4060 on this evaluation unit), but in addition up to date the charger and the facility profiles as a way to permit these elements to run at increased energy and efficiency than earlier than. Moreover, additionally they included an attractive QHD+ show choice that makes much more sense on this format than the FHD/UHD panels provided earlier than.

With that in thoughts, down under I’ve gathered my ideas and impressions on this 2023 ROG Circulate Z13 sequence, with an in depth take a look at all the small print that you have to be conscious of as a possible purchaser.

Specs as reviewed – Asus ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VV

2023 ASUS ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VV
Show 13.4-inch, 16:10 format, contact, shiny with Gorilla Glass,
QHD+ 2560 x 1600 px IPS 165 Hz, 100% DCI-P3, 500-nits, Pantone validated
Processor Intel Thirteenth gen Raptor Lake, as much as Core i9-13900H, 6C+8c/20T
Video Intel Iris Xe + Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6 65W,
with MUX, Superior Optimus, Adaptive Sync
Reminiscence 16 GB LPDDR5-5200 (soldered)
Storage 1x 1 TB SSD (Micro 2400) – M.2 2230 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot
Connectivity Wi-fi 6E (Intel AX211) 2×2, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 1x USB-C gen2 with Thunderbolt 4, 1x ROG XG Cellular Interface with USB-C 3.2 gen2, 1x USB-A 2.0, microSD UHS-II card reader, headphone/mic
Battery 56 Wh, 130 W USB-C energy adapter
Dimension 302 mm or 11.91” (w) x 204 mm or 8.03” (d) x 12.9 – 14.26 mm or .5″ – .56″ (h)
+ keyboard folio
Weight 1.19 kg (2.62 lbs) for the pill alone, 1.54 kg (3.39 lbs) for pill + folio,
+ .49 (1.08 lbs) for the charger and cables, EU model
Extras single-zone RGB backlit removable keyboard folio, 5MPx+IR entrance digicam and 13MPx again digicam, stereo mics, stereo audio system on the perimeters,
dual-fan vapor chamber cooling module with liquid-metal compound

Our evaluation unit is the top-specced 2023 Circulate Z13 configuration accessible at this level.

Listed below are the opposite variants provided for the Asus ROG Circulate Z13 (2023) era:

  • Asus ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VV – Intel Core i9-13900H + RTX 4060 65W + QHD+ show;
  • Asus ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VU – Intel Core i9-13900H + RTX 4050 65W + QHD+ show;
  • Asus ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VF – Intel Core i9-13900H + RTX 2050 65W + QHD+ show.

Replace: An ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VI mannequin can also be talked about on Asus’s web site right here, with an i9 + RTX 4070 65W. This was additionally listed in just a few outlets, with 32 GB of RAM, however most listings had been taken down within the meantime. I’ll have an replace as soon as I discover out extra about this.

Design and building

The general design and performance of this 2023 ROG Circulate Z13 sequence haven’t modified in any approach from the gen1 mannequin launched final yr, and mentioned in depth on this detailed evaluation.

I’m not going to go over each little facet once more on this article, so take a look at that earlier evaluation for all my ideas on this design.

In just a few phrases, this Circulate Z13 is a pill format with a keyboard folio, just about like a Floor Professional, however barely thicker and heavier, and incomparably extra highly effective.

For what’s value, this 2023 era weighs 1.2 kilos for the pill, and an additional .35 for the keyboard, for a complete of 1.55 mixed. That’s fairly heavy for a 13-inch machine. However the {hardware} inside compensates for it.

interior 1

Now, as a pill PC, this makes essentially the most sense on a desk, because the ergonomics in every other situation are considerably questionable.

I suppose you can even use this as a pill, for searching and studying and taking notes, however it’s somewhat clunky and heavy, and it’s additionally a Home windows machine, so it doesn’t come near the expertise supplied by a devoted pill, like an iPad. At the least for me – you may really feel in any other case.


In PC mode, this sits up due to an adjustable kickstand positioned on the again, with a large number of potential angles. It could solely be positioned in panorama mode, although, and never in portrait.

Plus, that kickstand isn’t fairly excellent, because it’s a pointy end with none rubber lip the place it is available in contact together with your desk, and likewise doesn’t permit the display screen to be set vertically, at a 90-100 diploma angle, however solely somewhat additional to the again. This won’t seem to be a lot, however I observed this facet on the gen1 mannequin, and it hasn’t modified right here.

That apart, this pill appears to be like stunning, with an industrial attraction and an RGB window peaking inside at a number of the elements on the again, whereas the entrance is usually the display screen, with some cameras and microphones above and a few bezels throughout. It’s additionally constructed very well, and doesn’t squeak or flex in any approach that may hassle you with every day use.


One main promoting level of this pill format is the truth that the elements are positioned behind the display screen, and that implies that the keyboard folio all the time stays cool and cozy to the contact, it doesn’t matter what you’re working on the machine. Plus, the thermal module isn’t obstructed, not like on common laptops, the place the followers are positioned beneath the primary chassis and with little house for correct airflow.

Moreover, the outputs are on the highest edge, pushing the new air away from the chassis and never into the display screen, as with many different ultraportables. Paired with the superior vapor-chamber cooling module inside this machine, the design permits Asus to squeeze highly effective {hardware} on this Circulate Z13, and even run it at considerably increased energy than on the earlier mannequin.

cooling 2

One last facet to say right here is the IO.

Asus put two USB-C ports on this unit, each on the left aspect, a USB-A and a headphone jack on the correct, in addition to a microSD card reader on the again, beneath the kickstand.

Not like the earlier gen, the USB-A slot is 3.2 gen1 on this era, and the 2 USB-C slots each help information, video (one by means of the iGPU, one by means of the dGPU), and charging.

There’s additionally the proprietary XG cell connection on the left edge, lined by a protecting rubber cap. Asus have additionally up to date their XG Cellular eGPUs for this era, bumping them to RTX 4080/4090 specs, and we’ll cowl its efficiency in a future article.

xg mobile

All in all, this ROG Circulate Z13 2023 replace is just about the identical design as the unique mannequin launched in 2022, with some slight refinements within the IO and biometrics. Many of the modified are on the within, although, as you’ll see in a bit.

Keyboard folio, keyboard, and touchpad

The ROG Flox Z13 ships with an included keyboard folio that provides an RGB backlit keyboard and a clickpad.

The folio attaches to the pill by means of a bodily connector, and magnets are well positioned on the folio and the underside of the pill as a way to help the docking course of and make it as clean as potential. Meaning the keyboard response is instantaneous, with none of the lag of Bluetooth peripherals, however on the similar time, means you can not use the keyboard when not bodily linked to the pill.

keyboard connector

This keyboard can be utilized in two positions, one being flat on the desk and one other being barely angled, for a extra comfy typing place. These two modes are normal for this type of machine. Within the bumped-up mode, the deck of this folio flexes a bit beneath the load of your arms, however not in a approach that may intervene with the typing expertise.

keyboard modes

The folio feels fairly good to the contact as effectively, with a faux-leather end for the within and a canvas-like materials on the again. I’ve no complaints about any of those, and I’m glad they appear to be fairly smudge resistant, which issues drastically on this type of darker colours.  Hopefully, they’ll additionally age effectively, particularly the leather-based on the palm relaxation. Time will inform…

So far as the precise keyboard goes, it’s a fairly normal Asus ROG structure and really feel, with largely full-size keys and smaller arrows.

This can be a 13-inch keyboard format, although, so considerably extra cramped than on bigger ROG laptops. Plus, not like on the opposite ROG gadgets, there’s not sufficient room on this one for the additional set of media keys on the top-left aspect.

General, although, these keys supply good suggestions and deep journey for this class, with a 1.7 mm stroke. They’re additionally quiet, so actually, no actual complaints.

Asus additionally applied single-zone RGB lighting right here, with vivid and evenly-lit LEDs. The lighting is uniform, but some gentle nonetheless creeps from beneath a number of the keycaps with the slim profile of the folio.

keyboard clickpad 1

The clickpad is simply alright by immediately’s requirements. There’s little house beneath the keyboard and this implies the touchpad is somewhat small. It’s additionally made out of plastic, and whereas it tracks effectively and interprets gestures and faucets as anticipated, the bodily clinks are somewhat clunky and loud. However a minimum of the floor doesn’t rattle with firmer faucets.

As for biometrics, there’s not a finger sensor within the energy button on this era, as on the 2022 mannequin, however the digicam contains IR performance with help for Home windows Hey. I wouldn’t thoughts having each a finger sensor and an IR digicam, although.


There’s a 13.4-inch 16:10 contact show on the ROG Circulate Z13 sequence, with a single panel choice for this era: IPS QHD+ 165Hz.

This can be a good and balanced display screen by immediately’s requirements, with glorious sharpness at this measurement, 500+ nits of brightness, and 100% DCI-P3 shade protection. That is additionally a shiny contact implementation with a layer of Gorilla glass over the panel, however it’s largely vivid sufficient to be usable in most situations, together with open air or in vivid workplace areas, regardless of the related glare.

This panel can also be 165Hz high-refresh with middling response instances, each must-have options on a contemporary gaming laptop. Moreover, as a novelty for this yr, GSync is supported on the primary show, to stop tearing in video games.

The place this panel comes somewhat brief are blacks and distinction, particularly on the upper brightness ranges. It additionally doesn’t get very dim on the bottom brightness setting, however it needs to be effective as it’s even for darkroom use.

Right here’s what we received in our assessments of this panel, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: TL134ADXP01-0;
  • Protection: 99.8% sRGB, 84.8% AdobeRGB, 98.0% DCI-P3;
  • Kind: 10-bit HDR, with Dolby Imaginative and prescient help;
  • Measured gamma: 2.17;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 523.22 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the midst of the display screen: 29.11 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1122:1;
  • White level: 6900 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.46 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

The panel comes effectively pre-calibrated out of the field, with solely a slight skewness in Gamma and the White Level that may very well be improved. As soon as calibrated, we measured good luminosity and shade uniformity ranges on our pattern, and observed nearly no gentle bleeding on darkish backgrounds.

General, this is a wonderful panel for this type of laptop, and simply higher balanced for every day use, artistic work, or gaming than the FHD/UHD choices provided with the 2022 Circulate Z13 era.

{Hardware} and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a top-specced configuration of the Asus ROG Circulate Z13, code title GV301VV, constructed on an Intel Core i9-13900H processor, 16 GB of DDR5-4800 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of mid-tier SSD storage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 4060 8GB dGPU and the Iris UHD iGPU built-in inside the Intel processor.

Earlier than we proceed, needless to say our evaluation unit was despatched over by Asus and it runs on the early software program accessible as of early-March 2023 (BIOS 301, Armoury Crate 5.4.10, GeForce 528.69 drivers). Some points may change with later software program.

Spec-wise, this 2023 Asus ROG Circulate Z13 is constructed on the most recent mid-tier Intel and Nvidia {hardware} accessible so far.

The Core i9-13900H is a mid-tier i9 in Intel’s Raptor Lake Thirteenth-gen platform, with 14 Cores and 20 Threads. It’s a hybrid design with 6 Excessive-Efficiency and dual-threaded Cores, and eight Effectivity cores, which work collectively or individually within the varied actions.

The design and thermal module of this ROG Circulate pill permit the processor to run at ~65W of sustained energy in demanding CPU masses, on the Turbo or Handbook profiles. That’s decrease than on the full-size Zephyrus laptops,  as anticipated on this type issue, however remains to be a bump from the earlier 2022 Circulate Z13 that ran at ~50W sustained.

For the GPU, the 2023 ROG Circulate Z13 is out there with low and mid-tier RTX chips. What we’ve got on this pattern is the RTX 4060 Laptop computer dGPU working at as much as 65W with Dynamic Enhance. This can be a Max-Q environment friendly variant, and never the full-power chip applied on bigger laptops.

A better TGP is applied on this era. Moreover, one other novelty is the MUX with help for Nvidia’s Superior Optimus know-how and GSync on the primary show.

For RAM, this comes with soldered reminiscence and both 8 or 16 GB DDR5 configurations. In the interim, there’s nonetheless no choice for 32 GB of reminiscence on this sequence, which might have been appreciated.

For storage, there’s a single M.2 SSD slot on this machine, however in a miniaturized 2230 format. The included Micron 2400 1TB SSD is just not as quick because the SSDs provided with different ROG fashions.

Getting inside to the elements is troublesome on this ROG Circulate Z13, however the SSD is the one upgradeable half anyway, and you may simply get to it by means of the devoted entry tray positioned on the again of the machine, beneath the kickstand. Understand that this laptop computer makes use of an M.2 2230 SSD format, so potential upgrades are potential, however extra restricted and costlier than with common M.2 2280 drives.


Specs apart, Asus supply their normal energy profiles within the Armoury Crate management app: Silent, Efficiency, Turbo, and Handbook, with varied energy settings and fan profiles between them, summarized within the following desk.

Silent Efficiency Turbo Handbook
CPU solely, PL1/PL2 TDP 20/36W 55/95W 65/105W 65/95W
GPU solely, max TGP 25W 50W 65W 65W
45W,  20 + 25W 60W, 15-25 + 35-45W 80W, 20-30 + 50-60W 80W, 20-30 + 50-60W
Noise at head-level, examined ~30 dBA ~39 dBA ~43 dBA ~44 dBA, max followers

Other than these major energy profiles, there are additionally some GPU choices to select from: Final (dGPU solely, requires a restart when chosen), Normal (permits Superior Optimus), Optimized (permits common Optimus), and Eco (common Optimus, however disables the dGPU). I largely stored the laptop computer on Normal for every day use and assessments, and opted for Final for gaming.

Earlier than we bounce to the efficiency part, right here’s how this laptop computer handles on a regular basis use and multitasking on the Silent profile, unplugged from the wall. The odB know-how is applied on the Silent profile, conserving the followers idle so long as the elements don’t recover from 50 levels Celsius. Nonetheless, that’s solely potential with video streaming and really gentle use, because the followers get energetic with multitasking; they spin slowly, at sub 30 dBA, however you’ll nonetheless hear them in quiet environments.

Efficiency and benchmarks

On to extra demanding masses, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency by working the Cinebench R15 check for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds delay between every run.

The Core i9 processor stabilizes at ~65W of sustained energy on the Turbo setting, with temperatures of round 80-85 C and scores of ~2550 factors. The followers spin at ~43 dB at head degree on this mode.

The CPU runs at excessive energy over 100W for just a few loops, however then the system limits the facility as a way to hold temperatures at bay. Regardless, even at 65W, this i9-13900H is inside 15-20% of the sustained efficiency of different bigger and higher-power implementations.

Choosing the Handbook profile with the followers set at 100% rpms pushes the noise ranges to ~44 dBA, however doesn’t impression the efficiency or temperatures in any notable approach.

Switching over to the Efficiency profile interprets within the CPU stabilizing at ~55W and temperatures within the excessive 70s, with the followers spinning somewhat quieter at ~39 dB at head-level. As soon as extra, the system power-limits the CPU, and the efficiency takes a ten% drop from the Turbo profile.

On the Silent profile, the CPU runs at round 40W for just a few loops, after which stabilizes at 20W, with barely audible followers (sub 30 dB) and temperatures within the high-50s C.

Lastly, the CPU runs a 45W for just a few runs on battery energy, on the Efficiency profile, and ultimately stabilizes at ~30W. Particulars under.

cinebench1 asus rog flowz13 updated

General, these are some glorious outcomes for a 13-inch laptop, inside much less 15-20% of what it is best to count on in a higher-power implementation of the identical i9-13900H chip, provided in bigger gadgets.

Moreover, this 2023 ROG Circulate Z13 is 30+% quicker than the earlier era on this similar check, and quicker than every other sub-14-inch ultraportable accessible on the market. It’s additionally somewhat louder than the earlier Z13, at 43 dBA on Turbo vs 40 dBA on the earlier mannequin.

cinebench2 asus rog flowz13 updated

We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and Blender – Classroom, which resulted in related findings to what we defined above.

We additionally ran the 3DMark CPU check on the Turbo profile.

Lastly, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book. 3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time. This evaluation unit simply handed the check, which implies the elements by no means overheat in any approach that may impression the sustained mixed efficiency.

Subsequent, we ran your complete suite of assessments and benchmarks, on the Turbo profile with the GPU set on the Normal mode (MUX on Superior Optimus), and with the display screen set on the native QHD+ decision.

Right here’s what we received:

  • 3DMark 13 –CPU profile: max – 8841, 16 – 8082, 8 – 6364, 4 – 4089, 2 – 2199, 1 – 1115;
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike (DX11): 19841 (Graphics – 22072, Physics – 30334, Mixed – 8715);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX): 4979;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy (DX12): 9290 (Graphics – 8816, CPU – 13363);
  • 3DMark 13 – Pace Means (DX12 Final): 2156;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5089;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 13940;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 64.15 common fps;
  • Handbrake 1.6.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 80.42 common fps;
  • PassMark 10: Score: 6775 (CPU: 34257, 3D Graphics: 18078, Reminiscence: 3461, Disk Mark: 24376);
  • PCMark 10: 8006 (Necessities – 11440, Productiveness – 11059, Digital Content material Creation – 11009);
  • GeekBench 5.5.1 64-bit: Multi-core: 13971, Single-Core: 2034;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 2950 cb, CPU Single Core 297 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 7249 cb, CPU Single Core 792 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 18670 cb (finest single run), CPU 16958 cb (10 min run), CPU Single Core 2031 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 23.67 s.

And listed below are some workstation benchmarks, on the identical Turbo profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 21s ;
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 24.90s (CUDA), 10.68s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 5m 40s;
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 50.51s (CUDA), 27.24s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.41 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 18s;
  • Blender 3.41 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 26.15s (CUDA), 10.93 (Optix);
  • Blender 3.41 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 5m 49s;
  • Blender 3.41 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 51.57s (CUDA), 24.46s (Optix);
  • PugetBench – DaVinci Resolve: 1300 factors;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 81.96;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 51.88;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 94.48;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Vitality: 29.71;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 297.55;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Medical: 29.10;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 19.09;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 191.99.
  • V-Ray Benchmark: 12069 – CPU, 985 – CUDA, 1465 – RTX.

This Circulate Z13 is a wonderful performer in its class of ultra-compact gadgets.

In comparison with the 2022 i9 + RTX 3050Ti prime configuration, this era is 20-30% quicker in CPU masses and 50-100% quicker in GPU-heavy actions.

In comparison with the top-tier 2022 Zephyrus G14 Ryzen 9 + RX 6800S configuration, this Circulate is 15-30% quicker in CPU efficiency, and 15-25% slower in GPU capabilities.

Moreover, in comparison with the 2023 Zephyrus G16 higher-power i9 + RTX 4060 implementation, the identical specs within the Circulate Z13 translate in a 5-15% drop in CPU efficiency, and 15-25% drop in GPU capabilities.

At this level, the one different compact laptop computer that ought to outperform this one is the up to date Asus ROG Circulate X13, accessible this yr in a Ryzen 9 7940HS + RTX 4070 60W configuration. And even this one will solely win in GPU-heavy masses, however probably not in CPU-heavy duties. We’ll know extra as soon as we get to evaluation the Circulate X13, within the close to future.

Replace: A 4070 65W variant of the Circulate Z13 can also be talked about right here and there (on Asus’s web site and a few shops in Europe), so that may even be accessible in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future.

Turbo Mode vs. Efficiency, Silent

Earlier than we proceed, let’s contact on the Efficiency and Silent profiles provided in Armoury Crate.

These Turbo-mode outcomes are glorious for this type issue, however the laptop computer runs at ~43 dBA on this Turbo profile, which isn’t very loud, however nonetheless audible in most environments. Thus, if you happen to’re keen to sacrifice the efficiency to some extent as a way to hold the followers quieter, the Efficiency and Silent profiles needs to be of curiosity.

Right here’s how this 2023 ROG Circulate Z13 performs on the Efficiency profile, which limits the followers to round 39 dBA at head degree.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike (DX11): 17411 (Graphics – 19913, Physics – 27296, Mixed – 7005);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy (DX12): 7849 (Graphics – 7438, CPU – 11429);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4702;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 6412 cb, CPU Single Core 773 cb;
  • Blender 3.41 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 6m 23s.

The CPU and GPU run at barely decrease energy on this profile, therefore the scores take a slight hit of 10-15% in our assessments.

You can even go for the Silent profile, by which case the followers are a lot quieter and received’t go over 30 dBA. Right here’s what we received on this case:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike (DX11): 15470 (Graphics – 17922, Physics – 17691, Mixed – 6986);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy (DX12): 6268 (Graphics – 6514, CPU – 5164);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4021;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3669 cb, CPU Single Core 647 cb;
  • Blender 3.41 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 13m 04s.

For informal use and short-duration intensive duties, the Silent profile remains to be aggressive, as proven in these outcomes above. With longer sustained masses, although, the CPU stabilizes at 20W sustained and the GPU runs at solely 25W of energy, so the efficiency in these situations takes a extra notable hit than on the opposite profiles, so for essentially the most half, I wouldn’t advocate Silent mode for any severe masses. I might absolutely go for this mode for normal use and multitasking, although.

Efficiency with the XG Cellular eGPU (RTX 4090)

As with all different ROG Circulate gadgets, this Z13 era is appropriate with the XG Cellular eGPU enclosure, which Asus have up to date with as much as RTX 4090 175W dGPUs for this yr.

I received to spend time with an engineering pattern of the 4090 XG Cellular, and it carried out very effectively. This was not a last unit, so I can’t share all of the efficiency findings but, however I can share a really temporary early spoiler:

  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy (DX12): 18535 (Graphics – 19857, Physics – 13458);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX): 12491;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 12600.

With video games, the system allocates 50-60W of energy to the CPU on this setup, and the GPU runs at as much as 175W TGP. These early GPU scores are inside 3-7% of scores on the ultimate ROG Scar 18 reviewed right here. However take them with a lump of salt, as they’re on an early pattern with early software program, and I’d count on them to match the Scar 18 efficiency within the retail variations.

We’ll have a separate article on the RTX 4090 XG cell efficiency on ROG Circulate gadgets in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future.

xg mobile

Gaming efficiency

Let’s see how this ROG Circulate Z13 GV301 (2023 era) handles fashionable video games, since that is, in any case, a part of the ROG household.

We examined a few various kinds of video games on the varied accessible profiles at QHD+ and FHD+ decision, all with the MUX set on the Final GPU mode.

Listed below are the outcomes:

Core i9-13900H
+ RTX 4060 Laptop computer 50-65W
QHD+ Turbo,
dGPU, on desk
QHD+ Efficiency,
dGPU, on desk
FHD+ Turbo,
dGPU, on desk
FHD+ Silent,
dGPU, on desk
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
42 fps (31 fps – 1% low) 36 fps (21 fps – 1% low) 61 fps (42 fps – 1% low) 42 fps (27 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
158 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 115 fps (27 fps – 1% low) 216 fps (33 fps – 1% low) 136 fps (30 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
61 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 52 fps (40 fps – 1% low) 81 fps (48 fps – 1% low) 64 fps (42 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
76 fps (52 fps – 1% low) 65 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 94 fps (60 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (44 fps – 1% low)
Metro Exodus
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
49 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 62 fps (32 fps – 1% low)
Purple Useless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
61 fps (43 fps – 1% low) 52 fps (38 fps – 1% low) 82 fps (57 fps – 1% low) 64 fps (41 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)
69 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 57 fps (41 fps – 1% low) 101 fps (72 fps – 1% low) 69 fps (50 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (v4.01)
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAAU)
67 fps (25 fps – 1% low) 56 fps (19 fps – 1% low) 85 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 62 fps (24 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, Cyberpunk, Doom, Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, 6, Metro, Purple Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Purple Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile based mostly on these settings.

These above are rasterization assessments, and listed below are some outcomes for RTX – Ray Tracing efficiency, with and with out DLSS.

Core i9-13900H + RTX 4060 Laptop computer 50-65W QHD+ Turbo, dGPU, on desk FHD+ Turbo, dGPU, on desk
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Off)
36 fps (21 fps – 1% low) 45 fps (32 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Balanced)
52 fps (26 fps – 1% low) 80 fps (49 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX On, DLSS Off)
56 fps (21 fps – 1% low) 69 fps (22 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX On, DLSS High quality)
67 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 81 fps (21 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + DXR reflections / shadows)
53 fps (41 fps – 1% low) 67 fps (45 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely, DLSS Off)
42 fps (24 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (37 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely, DLSS On)
50 fps (29 fps – 1% low) 72 fps (34 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (v4.01 replace)
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAAU, RT Extremely, DLSS Off)
24 fps (15 fps – 1% low) 39 fps (21 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (v4.01 replace)
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAAU, RT Extremely, DLSS On)
27 fps (16 fps – 1% low) 43 fps (23 fps – 1% low)

This configuration is a power-capped implementation of the Cor ei9 + RTX 4060 {hardware}, however can nonetheless deal with most fashionable video games at QHD+ decision and Extremely settings.

Regardless, that is solely a MaxQ 4060, so certain, with some titles you’ll have to chop down the small print to Excessive/Medium for 60+ fps, and the efficiency struggles with Ray Tracing. For that, you’ll wish to activate DLSS, however even within the titles that help DLSS3, the impression on this mid-tier RTX 4060 chip is just not as important as on the higher-tier RTX 4080/4090 configurations.

So far as the gaming efficiency goes compared to the previous-gen i9 + RTX 3050Ti Circulate Z13, this era is 2 instances quicker at FHD+ decision, give or take. Plus, with the higher-tier GPU and the additional vRAM, it may possibly run video games that the earlier mannequin merely couldn’t.

I’ll additionally add that this 4060 65W implementation is about 15-25% slower in video games than the RTX 3060 120W configuration examined within the Zephyrus G16, each on the identical Core i9-13900H platform. That’s a good distinction contemplating the Circulate Z13 is half the facility of the 16-inch Zephyrus G16.

With that out of the best way, let’s go over some efficiency and temperature logs.

The Turbo mode ramps up the followers to ranges of ~43 dBA on this machine, which isn’t unhealthy in any respect for a prime profile, even if you happen to’ll nonetheless hear these followers in most environments.

The internals runs between 70-80 levels C on the CPU and 70-73 C on the GPU. These are good temperatures, even supposing the whole crossload energy of this era has been bumped to 80W mixed, a notable enhance from the 57W mixed energy on the earlier Z13 2022 mannequin. In all equity, although, the elements run at barely increased temperatures on this replace, and the followers run barely louder as effectively.

You could possibly additionally go for the Handbook profile and push the followers to 100% rpms, which can push the noise at 44 dBA, however this mode received’t have an effect on the efficiency or the temperatures in any notable approach.

Therefore, this type of max-fan Handbook profile doesn’t make a lot sense right here. However different kinds of tweaks may. I’ll allow you to mess around with the settings.

Nonetheless, if you happen to’re keen to sacrifice the framerates to some extent and get a quieter gaming expertise, the Efficiency and Silent profiles are value pursuing.

The Efficiency profile drops the followers’ noise to ~39 dBA at head degree and limits the crossload energy to 60W, with as much as 45W going to the GPU. This interprets right into a roughly 20% drop in framerates, but in addition a drop in inner temperatures, particularly on the GPU aspect, which now averages round 65-67 C.

The Silent profile limits the GPU at 25W of sustained energy, with a crossload setting of beneath 40W. It additionally retains the followers very quiet, at just about 30 dBA at head degree.

The gaming efficiency takes a success, at about 60% of what this machine is able to in Turbo, however if you happen to’re keen to drop to FHD+ decision, many of the examined titles are nonetheless completely playable on this Silent profile even on Extremely graphics settings. Not unhealthy in any respect!

Lastly, I’ll point out the gaming efficiency on battery energy, on the Efficiency profile.

This pattern limits the GPU to round 35W of energy on this profile, which interprets in good efficiency, however lower than one hour of battery life.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The cooling module on this 2023 Circulate Z13 hasn’t modified from the earlier era. It’s nonetheless the identical dual-fan dual-radiator vapor-chamber design, with liquid steel thermal compound utilized on each the CPU and the dGPU.

cooling vapor chamber

Moreover, the pill format permits for unrestrained airflow into the followers and for the new air to be simply pushed up and away from the consumer, all these elements including as much as the general glorious thermal findings documented within the earlier part.

After all, because of the pill format, Asus should set somewhat low thermal limits for the inner elements. At low to mid 70s on the CPU/GPU, these are somewhat increased than on the earlier Circulate Z13 era, and the followers run somewhat louder as effectively, at 43 dBA at head-level on Turbo (vs 40 dBA on the 2022 mannequin). General, although, inner temperatures and noise ranges are effective on this machine.

As a abstract, so far as noise ranges go whereas working demanding masses, count on 44+ dBA on Handbook with max-fans, ~43 dBA on Turbo, ~39 dBA of Efficiency, and sub-30 dBA on the Silent profile.

So far as the exterior temperatures go, the Circulate Z13 retains solely heat with demanding masses, however with hotspots across the prime exhausts and on the again of the chassis. Issues needs to be effective so long as you’re conserving this on the desk, however the steel surfaces will get uncomfortable if you happen to’re planning on working video games handheld, in pill mode.

On the similar time, as a result of the elements are behind the display screen, the pill folio retains completely comfy it doesn’t matter what you’re working on the machine, at excessive 20s and low 30s Celsius. The thermal readings present how the center of the folio, round the place the House key’s positioned, will get a bit hotter than all the things else.

temps rogflowz13 gaming silent temps rogflowz13 gaming turbo

*Gaming – Silent – enjoying Witcher 3 for half-hour, Silent profile, followers at ~30 dBA
*Gaming – Turbo – enjoying Witcher 3 for half-hour, followers at ~43 dBA

Gaming apart, this laptop computer is a breeze to make use of with every day use, with gentle multitasking, searching, or video streaming.

The 0dB Expertise permits the followers to utterly swap off with gentle use on the Silent profile, so long as the {hardware} stays beneath 50 C. That solely occurs with very gentle use and video streaming, although, because the elements cross the temperatures restrict with multitasking, and thus the followers change into energetic.

They spin quietly on Silent, at sub 30 dBA, however these smaller followers nonetheless have a high-pitched roar that you simply’ll absolutely hear in quiet environments. For this type of product, a mode that may simply drive the followers idle at a better CPU temperature restrict would have been helpful.

On the similar time, I haven’t observed any digital noises or coil whining on this unit.

temps rogflowz13 daily

*Every day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Silent profile,  followers at 0-30 dBA

For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5 by means of an Intel module on this machine. It carried out effectively with our setup. I didn’t discover any points or disconnects throughout our assessments, nor a big drop in efficiency at longer distances away from the router.

Audio is dealt with by a set of stereo audio system that fireside by means of grills positioned on the perimeters of the pill. The audio high quality is common at finest, even form of weak I’d say, with first rate mids and highs, however little bass, and max volumes of solely round 75 dB.

Lastly, I’ll additionally point out that there’s a digicam positioned on the prime of the display screen, flanked by microphones. The principle digicam on this unit is 5 Mpx, with IR help. Nonetheless, 5 MPx is for a 4:3 format, whereas 16:9 is simply as much as 2 MPx, and by default the digicam app in Home windows selects the two MPx mode. General, the digicam is OK in good gentle and usable in dimmer gentle.

For what’s value, there’s an additional 13 MPx (on 4:3 format) digicam on the backs, if that issues to you in any approach. I for one can’t be bothered taking photos with a pill, so…

Battery life

There’s a 56 Wh battery inside this ROG Circulate Z13, which is alright for a 13-inch pill with this type of {hardware} and cooling.

The system can also be set to mechanically swap the display screen’s refresh to 60 Hz when utilizing the laptop computer on battery energy, so if you happen to’ll discover a fast display screen flicker while you disconnect the laptop computer from the wall, that’s a side-effect of this tweak. I’ll additionally add that if you happen to’re trying to maximize runtimes, it’s vital to make use of the laptop computer on any choice however the Final dGPU mode in Armory Crate – ideally on the Silent Profile and on Normal/Eco dGPU mode.

Right here’s what we received on our evaluation unit when it comes to battery life, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~40 brightness) and on Normal dGPU mode.

  • 10.5 W (~5 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Silent  Mode, display screen at 50%, WiFi ON;
  • 8 W (~6-7 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, WiFi ON;
  • 10 W (~5 h of use) – Netflix 4K HDR fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, WiFi ON;
  • 17 W (~3-4 h of use) – searching in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, WiFi ON;
  • 65 W (sub 1 h of use) – Gaming – Witcher 3, Efficiency Mode, display screen at 50%, WiFi ON, no fps restrict.

Not unhealthy, not nice. This runs extra effectively than different Thirteenth-gen Core i9 gadgets we’ve examined, largely due to the smaller show. However the smaller battery results in solely common runtimes, at finest.

As compared, right here’s what we received on final yr’s ROG Circulate Z13 with a FHD+ IPS show.

  • 11 W (~5-6 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 8.5 W (~6-7 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.7 W (~7-8 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~4-5 h of use) – searching in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 60 W (<1 h of use) – Gaming on Efficiency mode, Witcher 3, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.

Kind of the identical.

This Z13 era ships with a 130W USB-C charger, increased capability and somewhat bigger and heavier than the 100W charger within the earlier mannequin. It’s a regular dual-piece design with two lengthy cables and plugs in through USB-C in both of the 2 ports on the left edge.

It’s vital to say that this machine will solely run in Turbo/Handbook energy modes so long as you’re plugging on this included ROG charger, as different USB-C chargers could be deemed non-compliant and solely permit for the Efficiency and Silent profiles. One thing to bear in mind if you happen to plan to maybe use your personal GaN charger or a Macbook charger or the rest. And ensure to not unfastened this included charger!

charger 2

Value and availability- 2023 Asus ROG Circulate Z13

The 2023 Asus ROG Circulate Z13 is listed in some markets on the time of this text, however not all of the configurations can be found in every single place.

I discovered this top-tier ROG Circulate Z13 GZ301VV mannequin reviewed right here, with the i9 + RTX 4060 specs, listed at 2300 EUR on Asus’s retailer in France. It’s additionally accessible right here in Romania for round 2600 EUR, however I can hardly discover it wherever else.

Judging by that value on the Asus retailer, I’d reckon this could promote for round $2000-$2200 within the US, in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future. That’s not unhealthy, contemplating the previous-gen i9+3050Ti mannequin nonetheless sells for $1800 at Finest Purchase.

I’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra.

Within the meantime, observe this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs in your area on the time you’re studying this text.

Ultimate thoughts- 2023 Asus ROG Circulate Z13 evaluation

The ROG Circulate Z13 remains to be a novel machine, a strong all-purpose laptop in a compact 13-inch pill type issue. In reality, it’s considerably extra highly effective on this 2023 replace than the earlier era, and provides a show that’s higher fitted to on a regular basis use, artistic work, and gaming.

Personally, I’m nonetheless not totally offered on the pill type issue, as I nonetheless preffer the ergonomics of 2-in-1 convertibles for lap/sofa use. However for desk use, this format has a minimum of two main benefits over the opposite choices: higher cooling and a extra comfy daily-use expertise, because the keyboard folio retains cool to the contact, because the elements are tucked away behind the show. It’s additionally a extra comfy pill, for what’s value, though nonetheless chunky and never practically as handy as a devoted pill like an iPad.

Nonetheless, if you happen to recognize this format and wish the form of efficiency in work functions and video games that this Circulate Z13 provides, you’ll hardly discover something higher on the market.

Identical to previously, this one’s potential nemesis is the up to date ROG Circulate X13, now accessible in a majorly refreshed variant for 2023, with quicker specs, up to date ergonomics, and an even bigger battery. This latter element is very vital, because the battery lifetime of the Z13 is one among its weaker factors, and I’d count on most of you interested by this type of machine to wish to apply it to battery energy very often. However we’ll know extra as soon as we get to spend time with the up to date X13 as effectively.

Anyway, this wraps up our evaluation of the Asus ROG Circulate Z13 2023-generation, and I’d love to listen to your ideas, questions, and suggestions down under.

asus rog flow z13 fin

Disclaimer: Our content material is reader-supported. When you purchase by means of a number of the hyperlinks on our website, we might earn a fee. Phrases.

Andrei Girbea, author at

Assessment by: Andrei Girbea
Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief. I’ve a Bachelor’s in Laptop Engineering and I have been protecting cell know-how because the 2000s. You may largely discover evaluations and thorough guides written by me right here on the location, in addition to some occasional first-impression articles.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *