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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  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    AMD only sampled the AMD system. They did not sample the NVIDIA systems. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    It matches a 3070 most closely in pricing, performance sits in the range of high-TDP 3070 models and low-to-medium-TDP 3080 models. Apparently it's held back a little by RAM that has slow timings - with that resolved, it's right up there with the 3080. Reply
  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Nice review, but I would have liked to see a bit more details on the GPU side of things, that is some 4k comparisons with rtx 3080, since that is the target competitor.
    I look forward to see how the 6600m fares. If that is similar or better than 3060, I could give it a shot.
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  • Alistair - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    actually the AMD laptop is cheaper than the 3070 version, it beats all in performance per dollar Reply
  • ET - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Nice to see AMD back in the game. For the keyboard, I have one of these ASUS laptops (with a 3080) for work, and the position of the F keys really annoys me. As a programmer I use them quite a bit, and because they're shifted by 1 for the first four (F1 is above 2, F2 above 3, etc.) and half for the next four, I keep hitting the wrong one.

    Anyway, I'm really looking forward to seeing what the 6600M brings to the table, and if it could provide reasonable gaming performance on battery with a bit of battery life. A smaller gaming laptop that's still reasonably capable would be very nice.
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  • ads295 - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I love this thing to bits.
    I wish there was a way to control the charge rate though, since pushing that crazy amount of power through the battery cannot be good for the long term. I guess you can limit the charge rate by using USB-PD but 100W means you can only slow down the discharge of the battery rather than actually charge it...
    Amazing product. ASUS' work on the cooling system is commendable too. Up till now I've seen that they do not compromise on size if they feel it will affect the cooling performance. Now they've delivered cooling performance even after downsizing.
    As an aside, my sisters' ASUS FX553VD suffered two major hardware issues during her ownership for which the authorised service outlet asked for INR50k+ to fix. I luckily found a guy who does low level repair and we managed to avoid buying a new laptop. Hopefully that was a solitary incident...
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  • supdawgwtfd - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Get a 65w charger.

    No more worries about "to faster charging"..

    You know that technology improves over time right?

    It might be strange but things get better over time...

    What used to be "oh my this is really bad" is now "it's fine".
    Reply
  • ads295 - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Using a 65W charger on a system that draws over 230W at the wall? Reply
  • isthisavailable - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Can you guys PLEASE review the recently announced Huawei Matebook 16? I think it is the first time that a 45w H series CPU (5800H) is used in a laptop without pairing it with a power hungry dGPU, which is exactly what I have been looking for.

    https://www.gsmarena.com/the_huawei_matebook_16_br...
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  • supdawgwtfd - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    But one. Send it in. Reply

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