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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  • pSupaNova - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    I thought companies issue laptops are locked down and would not let you install games in the first place. And this heavy power hungry machine is not really a good fit for students. Webcam is definitely not needed on this. Don't even see a reason for trackpads. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I agree that a "shitty integrated webcam" doesn't have much appeal. However, I would like a decent webcam in my laptop. If you have to or want to host a video call or conference, doing so from your smartphone can suck quite badly; most platforms won't let you use a virtual background, or, even worse, what if you want to screen share? I know some people use an app to use their smartphone's cameras as their webcam. But, this is a "hard core" gaming laptop, so I might not be the customer they are thinking of. Well, some of us do things besides gaming on our machines. Reply
  • pSupaNova - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    Do it on another machine or get a webcam this is optimised for gaming. Get over it Reply
  • vlad42 - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    People don't like to waste their money buying separate machines for work and play. Get over it. Reply
  • Manch - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I still prefer a dedicated webcam I can keep in my bag. Where I work, webcams and mics arent allowed except for in specific areas. We have to ensure theyre dosabled and put those thin strip lens covers on. If Im on the go, ie airport. Phone/zoom/earbuds. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I agree that, for integrated webcams, a slider or (better) an actual hardware disconnect, also for the microphones, would be preferable. Neither works without electric contacts. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    And how many of those employees are moving their laptops around much?

    Very few, I'd imagine. So they could easily get by with a better quality external webcam.

    Not that many businesses are going to be buying laptops like this for their employees.
    Reply
  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    12GB of VRAM in a 1080P machine with 16GB of DRAM... Reply
  • WaltC - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I'm almost positive I read the laptop offers an HDMI and DP (USB-C) output, for external monitors/TVs one would presume--too bad the reviewer here forgot to test a 1440P external monitor--which is likely considering the target market for this monitor. The reviewer kept talking about the absence of a web cam and a limit of 1080P (which doesn't exist) as if either was an insurmountable design flaw--oh, gee, I guess thinking just a little bit out of the box is difficult for people these days. He could have tested with an external monitor at > 1080P--and if he looked hard enough he might even have found one with a built-in web cam. Do tell. But that would have prevented the negative observations, I guess--so we can't have that, eh? BTW, 1080P is nice indeed when you are running on batteries--but I guess that was a bit too obvious to get his attention. Many, many people with laptops plug them into the wall at home and attach monitors/TVs/ whatever else they might want. No sense in writing a review which pretends otherwise. Reply
  • bejito81 - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    why is this not compared with a RTX G15 (3070 or 3080 (the one matching the price the closet)) ? Reply

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