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
(G513QY)
Component Strix G513QY
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
8-Core 16-Thread
3.3-4.6 GHz
Vega 8 / 2100MHz
45W TDP
Discrete GPU AMD Radeon RX 6800M
40 RDNA2 Compute Units
2300 MHz Game Clock
96 MB Infinity Cache
12GB GDDR6
Display 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS
300Hz Refresh
FreeSync
sRGB Gamut

Optional:
15.6-inch 2560x1440 IPS
165 Hz Refresh
FreeSync
P3-D65 Gamut
RAM 16GB DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel
Upgradable Memory
Storage 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
2 x M.2 (1 free)
Network MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6
2x2:2 802.11ax
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Left Side 2 x USB 3 Type A
Headset Jack
Right Side No Ports
Back Power Connector
HDMI 2.0b
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.

Design
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  • TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, June 3, 2021 - link

    Yeah good luck participating in group work sessions and doing homework on a phone LMFAO. Maybe if you’re a student who doesn’t GAFits work, but most schools require you to use something with a keyboard Reply
  • erotomania - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    It's a two device setup that's being discussed here. Work on the laptop (or desktop, or tablet with keyboard), and zooming/conferencing on the phone. Reply
  • iSeptimus - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Obviously not very important meetings. Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Seriously, have you guys never heard of the Your phone companion app? Reply
  • SL2 - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    Maybe some of them, but most of them don't. You know how I know that? They need to present their work by sharing the screen, usually on zoom. Yes, I have seen it lots of times.
    Now, are you going to tell me that students use pen and paper (only) for school work?
    Reply
  • Sushisamurai - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    I don't understand the issue of the webcam not being present. You know you could use multiple devices for teams and zoom right? I use my desktop to see my conference call slides and groups, while using my phone to record my video and audio - it's pretty seamless, and I would say quality is either equivalent or better than a super cheap pair of speakers connected to the desktop. Furthermore, you could just use headphones with integrated mics, connected either to the phone or computer... ... Reply
  • pattiobear - Friday, June 18, 2021 - link

    Phone for meeting? No thanks. I'd have to find a way to prop it up so it's stable.
    And most remote proctoring software requires a webcam on the computer you're using to take the test
    Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Odds are anybody streaming with this or in need of a webcam, an integrated webcam wouldn't be of sufficient quality anyway. Integrated webcams are generally garbage because the bezel and lid are so thin and there isn't space to fit a multi-lens arrangement. Though this laptop might be an exception I suspect the lid is quite thick. A lot of laptops that try to use this thin bezel approach put a webcam under the screen, but in practice its more appropriately a 'neck' cam. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Those below-screen cams are worse than no webcam at all. It's a ridiculous position and definitely not suitable for professional calls. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    More like a 'nose' cam.

    Really not a fan of seeing up people's noses.
    Reply

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