The ASUS ROG Strix G15 (G513QY) Review: Embracing AMD's Advantageby Brett Howse on May 31, 2021 11:00 PM EST
The 1989 film Field of Dreams offers one of the most memorable quotes in movie history. “If you build it, he will come” was, of course, a reference to a baseball diamond in Iowa, but for AMD, this same quote (gender removed) also succeeds in defining AMD’s success over the last couple of generations. Once the realm of budget-conscious devices, AMD-based products are now the premium in the market and are sought after by consumers looking for the ultimate in performance. With the launch of the Zen 3 based Cezanne laptop processors, AMD now offers the most powerful laptop CPUs available. But that is only a single portion of a successful product. AMD is today announcing the launch of their latest graphics architecture, RDNA2, into the laptop market. AMD has built it. Now they must see who will come.
ASUS has partnered with AMD to launch a premium gaming laptop based on AMD’s Cezanne and RDNA2 solutions. The ASUS ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition (G513QY) offers the top-tier experience that AMD customers have been asking for, with a great design, and powerful internals. The ASUS Strix featured today is outfitted some with the very best that AMD has to offer, with the AMD Ryzen 5900HX processor, and AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics. Zen 3 with RDNA2 is a potent combination. The Ryzen 5900HX is an eight-core, sixteen thread processor with a maximum boost frequency of 4.6 GHz, and a 45-Watt TDP. The Raden RX 6800M is AMD’s latest GPU architecture with 40 Compute Units, 12 GB of GDDR6, and up to 145 Watts. With 16 GB of DDR4 and a 512 GB SSD, this 15.6-inch device packs a lot of punch.
|ASUS ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Vega 8 / 2100MHz
|Discrete GPU||AMD Radeon RX 6800M
40 RDNA2 Compute Units
2300 MHz Game Clock
96 MB Infinity Cache
|Display||15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS
15.6-inch 2560x1440 IPS
165 Hz Refresh
|RAM||16GB DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel
|Storage||512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
2 x M.2 (1 free)
|Network||MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
|Left Side||2 x USB 3 Type A
|Right Side||No Ports|
USB Type-C w/100W PD
USB 3 Type-A
|Battery||90Wh Lithium Ion
280W AC Adapter
|Dimensions||355 x 260 x 20.7 mm
14 x 10.2 x 0.81 inches
|MSRP||$1550 - $1700|
AMD has certainly struggled in the past to land design wins in the premium end of the market, but with new products come new opportunities, and it appears that those days are behind them. The tight product integration of processor and graphics is certainly a benefit that their competition does not yet enjoy. AMD has never really captured much of the gaming laptop segment but is clearly aiming to remedy that with this launch. AMD says that the Radeon RX 6800M should be able to compete with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080L, which will put them in a much better light than the previous mid-range market they targeted before. Coupling that with their Cezanne platform makes for a very strong combination. It also explains their effort to add Wi-Fi to the mix as Intel uses that as a key component of their platform.
As a proper gaming system, the 1920x1080 IPS display offers a refresh rate of 300 Hz, and is coupled with AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. There is Wi-Fi 6, courtesy of MediaTek, and for expansion, there are three USB Type-A ports, and a single Type-C on the rear, which can deliver up to 100 watts of power delivery. For video out, ASUS has gone with a single HDMI port as well as DisplayPort via USB-C, and of course there is a headset jack. What is missing though is a webcam of any sort, which is an odd omission in today’s remote world.
The ASUS ROG Strix G513QY packs into this 15.6-inch chassis, without the device seeming heavy or bulky, especially by gaming notebook standards. First up, let’s take look at the design.
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Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - linkI hope ASUS update their X13 Flow to have this as an option. I doubt it tough.
As for a built-in webcam being a must these days... why? People are hardly moving about a lot and external webcams offer better quality (and peace of mind privacy wise as you can just unplug them).
That's not to say that having a built-in webcam isn't preferred or handy. It is, but it really shouldn't be the issue so many make it out to be.
Gomez Addams - Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - link"If you build it they will come" is accurate for my situation. I searched and searched and could not find what I wanted so I had to settle for something else. What I wanted was a laptop that has a 5900HX, a 3080 with 16GB, and a 17-inch display. I found several candidates with two or three out of the four but none with all four. I ended up going with one that has an Intel 8-core CPU and the other three attributes. I work with CUDA so an Nvidia GPU is mandatory and lots of video memory is also needed. I definitely would have preferred the AMD CPU but I can't complain too much because it's a really nice machine. The GPU has more cores than any other in the building which is rather amusing since it's a laptop.
ballsystemlord - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkSpelling and grammar errors (I didn't check the conclusion):
"They key caps provide a slight bit of traction as well,...
"The" not "They":
"The key caps provide a slight bit of traction as well,..."
"Keyboard lighting, at least on this model is four zone RGB, which is always a bit odd."
"Keyboard lighting, at least on this model, is four zone RGB, which is always a bit odd."
"The surface is very smooth, although like the laptop finish, it is very susceptible to fingerprints as well, so quickly looks grimy."
Run on sentance:
"The surface is very smooth, although like the laptop finish, it is very susceptible to fingerprints as well. So it quickly looks grimy."
R3Z3N - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkThe stickers gotta go, especially when aligned by 3rd world mentality of do it but not well.
damianrobertjones - Saturday, July 31, 2021 - linkIs this the model that has rubbish ram that reduces performance across most tests? If so, did Anantech say anything about it?
ckrishnachaitanya - Friday, December 10, 2021 - linkReally disappointed with ASUS . I went ahead buying this laptop reading the above sort of Articles ROG Strix G513QC_G513QC laptop which is brand new and just a month old is giving a battery life of 2 to 2.5 hours with 6 to 7 chrome windows opened and no software's installed . Thats is really really pathetic from what is given in the article .