System Performance

The ASUS ROG Strix G513QY features the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, which is near the top of the Ryzen 5000 range. With eight cores, sixteen threads, and a 4.6 GHz peak frequency, this Zen 3 powered processor offers a rated 45-Watt TDP, compared to the 35-Watt in the 5900HS. It is also overclockable, if you want to tweak performance a bit more. For a full deep-dive into the latest Ryzen 5000 series, check out Ian’s article where he tested the 5900HS in-depth.

Compared to the outgoing Ryzen 4000 series “Renoir”, the Ryzen 5000 series “Cezanne” moves from Zen 2 to Zen 3 cores, and is still built on TSMC’s 7 nm process. Instructions-per-clock is up, and thanks to the process, the per-core efficiency is quite high. AMD chose to stick with the Vega 8 graphics, even on the 45-Watt chips, and while not ideal on the 15-Watt U-Series chips, the GPU is mostly irrelevant in this class, as most 45-Watt CPUs tend to be paired with dedicated graphics. That is the case here, with the AMD Radeon RX 6800M.

Thanks to the coupling of the AMD CPU and GPU, the ASUS Strix G513QY gets to take advantage of the shared power and AMD SmartShift. When the GPU is not active, the CPU can use up to 90 Watts of power, or up to 54 Watts sustained when the GPU is active. The GPU has a rated sustained power limit of 145-Watts, but can be increased up to 15% by leveraging some of the CPU’s power limit if it is not needed.

Memory on the unit is dual-channel DDR4-3200, with 16 GB in the review unit, but up to 32 GB available from ASUS. As this is a gaming laptop, the DDR4 will be in removable SODIMMs, allowing owners to upgrade their memory if they want.

To see how the system performs, it was run through our laptop suite. To compare the ASUS ROG Strix G513QY to any other system we have tested, please use our online bench tool.

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 - Essentials

PCMark 10 - Productivity

PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

PCMark 10 - Overall

UL’s PCMark suite is a comprehensive benchmark tool which stresses all aspects of a system. In the overall suite, there are three sub-categories each focusing on different aspects of the system. The Cezanne powered ASUS G513QY is slightly behind the Intel reference system with the latest Tiger Lake-H processor in the CPU-related tasks, but the grunt of the Radeon RX 6800M GPU pulls it up significantly in the Digital Content Creation subcategory, which bumps the ASUS up to the very top of the list on the overall combined score.

Cinebench

Cinebench R20 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R20 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

As a purely CPU test, Cinebench allows choosing between a single-thread workload, or multi-threaded, which is useful for many reasons. In terms of single-threaded performance, the Cezanne APU blows past the Skylake-based laptops, and the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 as well, but it is behind by just a hair compared to the latest Tiger Lake processor. But, thanks in part to TSMC’s 7 nm process, and the efficiency of the Zen 3 core, when all sixteen threads are active, the Ryzen 9 spreads its wings and takes off. It is a huge gap, even compared to the Clevo which is outfitted with a desktop-class 95-Watt processor. Part of the AMD advantage is that the system is able to dedicate more power to the CPU when the GPU is not active, and that clearly helps in this scenario.

Handbrake

Handbrake Transcoding (Software)

Handbrake Transcoding (Hardware)

Likely the most popular video transcoding tool around, Handbrake offers the choice to perform the transcode on the processor, or on the fixed-function hardware in the media block. Software encoding will give the best results, even at the same quality settings, but if you just need to transcode something quickly and are not as concerned about the end product, AMD offers VCE, Intel offers QuickSync, and NVIDIA offers NVENC options to accelerate the workload. In terms of software encoding, surprisingly the Tiger Lake H laptop was able to nudge out the ASUS G513QY, and the AMD’s VCE solution is not as quick as NVIDIA’s media block at this test.

7-Zip

7-Zip Compression

7-Zip Decompression

Another common tool is 7-Zip for file compression and decompression, and the utility includes a built-in benchmark which measures both. On the compression side, the Cezanne APU was edged out by the Core i9-11980HK, but on decompression, AMD’s processor is significantly quicker.

Web Tests

Web performance is not just a CPU test, but also a browser test, since web performance is predicated on the underlying browser scripting engine. For all tests, we leverage Microsoft Edge, although any benchmark result is a point in time, since browsers are constantly updated which may impact the results.

Speedometer 2.0

WebXPRT 3

Although Cezanne comes a long way here, it is still slightly behind Tiger Lake in terms of web performance. Much of this comes down to the single-thread performance of the processor, and AMD’s efficiency advantage does not come into play, as the system will not be anywhere near its TDP.

Storage Performance

One of the newer additions to the laptop testing suite is PCMark 10’s storage benchmark, which uses real-world traces in its workloads, simulating overall drive performance much more accurately than a simple bandwidth test. With Cezanne, AMD has stuck with PCIe 3.0, despite offering PCIe 4.0 on their desktop chips, whereas Intel has moved to PCIe 4.0 with Tiger Lake. The review unit of the ASUS Strix G513QY features the Samsung PM991, which is a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe drive. The system also has a free M.2 slot, for future expansion.

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Score

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Bandwidth

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Average Access Time

Although the drive can’t compete with the PCIe 4.0 drive in the Intel reference system, the Samsung PM991 does perform well in this benchmark. Compared to the other PCIe 3.0 systems we have tested, this one was at the top.

Design GPU Performance
POST A COMMENT

142 Comments

View All Comments

  • GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Twenty years ago, I was using 800x600 on my 15" monitor. DVDs, too, were "very high resolution" at 720x480/576. Reply
  • GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Using a 900p monitor at present. No complaints. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    Oh, so tell us why 1080p isn't perfectly acceptable for a display this size... Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    Your hyperbole reminds me of the commenter on another tech site who routinely calls 60% sRGB displays "Hitler". Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, June 25, 2021 - link

    60% sRGB should be banned. Reply
  • Nikijs89 - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I dreamed about all AMD setup remembering times from my old 2c athlon @2.2ghz + radeon x1950pro. I worked all summer to earn only 20% to buy this pc. All summer and even sold every possible thing and dumped my gf. Pc was a beast. On agp. When all my friends were on Intel and nvidia at a Time on pcie. My system was older but games run smoother. I sold my Last setup week ago for 530eur with i5 4570 + gtx1070. My offline gamer days ended that Day. I have like 1000eur in savings for next pc that will be a laptop, but all i can get is 10750+1660. In plastic shell with 8y old lcd Tech and realy old cpu + super low bin gpu. Like really. 8year old lcd panel and cpu only generation++ better than my old desktop. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    Have a look at the Dell G5 SE. You should be able to afford a model with at least a 6-core CPU and a 144Hz display. The chassis is plastic crap and you'll need to re-paste the cooler, but in return you'll get RTX 2060-level performance for less than your 1000 Euros. It's not going to be a lot faster than that GTX 1070, though. If you really want better than that, you'll need to either save up some more or wait for the RX 6600M models to arrive. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    I 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.
    Reply
  • 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. Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - link

    Spelling 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."
    Missing comma:
    "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."
    Reply

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now