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The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage G513QY is a gaming notebook that sports the latest AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU and a 15.6″ 16:9 Full HD display with a matte finish.

Just added a new product to our review section, the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage G513QY. This is a gaming laptop that has a 15.6″ 1080p display, a GTX 1060 graphics card, a quad core processor, and a 128GB SSD. The thing is, it’s an older GPU, released back in 2015, and it’s not a very powerful one. So, let’s see if it can be used for gaming, or if it’s just a waste of money and space. (Review starts at the end of the post.). Read more about asus rog strix g15 advantage edition price and let us know what you think.

It took a while, but I finally got my hands on a fully AMD-powered Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage laptop, one of the most affordable gaming and performance laptops currently on sale. It will retail in the US for a price between $1600 and $1700 and is based entirely on AMD hardware, with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics chip housed in a Strix G15 chassis and paired with display options without compromise. AMD promises RTX 3080 performance in this laptop for a much more affordable price, so I was eager to verify their claims and see how it would perform in the real world. We’ll go into more detail in the review below, but in a nutshell we can say that this is an excellent mid-range laptop. The 6800M is not an alternative to the 3080, especially at higher resolutions, but it is very competitive in FHD and is certainly a contender for the 3070 variants, which are also more expensive in most products. Moreover, this laptop is not limited to performance. But it’s also a demonstration of the AMD Advantage platform and what AMD CPUs and GPUs offer in terms of efficiency and versatility when combined.

Technical data under test – ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage G513QY

2021 ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Screen 15.6-inch, 16:9, non-touch, matt, FHD 1920 x 1080 px IPS, 300Hz 3ms at 100% sRGB, with FreeSync or QHD 2560 x 1440 px IPS, 165Hz 3ms at 100% DCI-P3, with FreeSync
Processor AMD Cezanne, up to Ryzen 7 5900HX, 8C/16T (up to 90W)
Video AMD Radeon Vega + to Radeon RX 6800M 12GB (145W, up to 160W with Smartshift)
Memory 2x DIMM modules, up to 32 GB DDR4-3200
Storage 2 x M.2 PCI slots x4
Link WiFi 6 (Intel AX201) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111)
Ports 3x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x USB-C gen2 with support for video, data and charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone and microphone
Battery Power 90Wh, 280W + USB-C charging up to 100W
Size 354 mm or 13.94 (W) x 259 mm or 10.2 (D) x 27.2 mm or 1.07 (H)
Weight 2.28 kg (5.05 lbs), .73 kg (1.6 lbs) Power brick and cable, EU version
Extras Rubberized keyboard with 4-zone RGB backlight, two speakers, webcam not included.

Our test model was supplied by Asus and featured 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage and a 300Hz FHD display. Retail models come with pretty slow single-tank RAM chips (Jarrod explains it perfectly here on another laptop), and that seems to be the case on mine as well. I tested the laptop with the included RAM memory and replaced it with a faster RAM memory so we could see the significant differences. See the Performance section for more information.

Design and construction

Externally, they are identical to the standard Strix G15 2021 released earlier this year, about which many articles and videos can be found on the Internet. I didn’t test the G15, but I did test the G17, and you can read about that here. The Strix G15 is a more affordable full-size ROG laptop. So don’t expect an ultra-light body, stylish materials or luxury features. At the same time, it is a well-built, well-finished and very practical device. For my taste, the front bezel is a bit high, as this is a thicker laptop than I’m used to, and the screen can only be lowered to 140 degrees. Asus also places the status lights just below the screen and puts a permanently lit red light in the power button, which is annoying at night, but otherwise there are no major complaints. What makes this Advantage variant special is that the cover is matte black and the ROG cover is bright red, a color scheme that I love and is perfect for a device that is all AMD. The cap can be replaced with another color if you like red too much. I don’t really like how easily the matte black cover smears, but that shouldn’t be a surprise on a black laptop, and the interior materials are actually nicer than you’d think. Asus has also implemented RGB backlighting in this series, configurable in the settings, and an RGB keyboard, but for some reason not per key, only 4 zones. The standard Strix G15 offers control over every button, so there’s a bit of skimpiness here. The backlit ROG logo on the lid is still present, but it’s pretty dim and you’ll only see it in a dark room. The input/output is conveniently placed on the back bezel, behind the screen and on the left side, but there is no card reader, which would make a lot of sense with this product. There’s no biometric system or camera like most other ROG laptops of recent years.

Keyboard and touch pad

The inputs to this laptop are excellent. Again, nothing fancy, but it works well. The keyboard is a standard version with a rubber dome and a standard layout, without the NumPad section, but with a set of multimedia keys on the top right and left. I’d rather see Home/End/PgUp/PgDn instead of those multimedia keys in the column and at the far right corner, but you can replace them with a program if you wish. Otherwise, it’s a solid keyboard with decent feedback and movement, as well as smooth overlays. The backlight is RGB, with three intensity levels. As mentioned earlier, it deviates from the keyboard implemented in the standard Strix-G models with a 4-zone control instead of a per-key RGB control. However, the secondary features also have a backlit keyboard, and the keycaps have translucent sides that nicely accentuate the backlighting. The WASD keys are also transparent, just like on the older Asus ROG models. The touchpad is crystal clear, spacious and almost perfect. It works well, doesn’t make any noise when you tap it, and the built-in clicks are pretty smooth and quiet, so I doubt you’ll not like it. As for biometrics, there’s none on this 2021 ROG Strix G15 Advantage model yet.

Screen

The G15 Advantage is available with a choice of two panels: FHD 300 Hz with 100% sRGB colours or QHD 165 Hz with 100% DCI-P3 colours. Our machine comes with the FHD option, but if I had the choice, I would definitely recommend going for the QHD option, which I have tested on several laptops, including the ROG Scar 15. It’s a brighter, richer and more colorful display, not to mention a better match for AMD’s 6800M mobile chipset, which proves narrow in FHD in some games. But the FHD option isn’t bad either; this is what you can expect according to our X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor:

  • The material designation of the panel : Sharp SHP152C (LQ156M1JW25);
  • Coverage: 96.8% sRGB, 68.0% AdobeRGB, 71.0% DCI-P3 ;
  • Measured Gamma : 1.89 ;
  • Maximum luminance at the center of the screen: 284.29 cd/m2 when turned on ;
  • Minimum brightness in the center of the screen: 12.89 cd/m2 at startup;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness : 965:1 ;
  • Period: 8800 K ;
  • Maximum black luminance: 0.29 cd/m2 ;
  • PWM: No.
  • Answer: 3 msec announced.

The calibration was very poor on this sample, with a severely distorted gamma and white point. The calibration does a good job, but reduces the maximum brightness even more, and even with the calibration you can’t help but notice that the contrast is less than 1000:1, so the blacks on this panel are not impressive. At least there is no noticeable light fading or distortion of homogeneity. By comparison, the QHD screen is much nicer at 165 Hz :

  • The material designation of the panel : Chi Mei CMN152A (N156KME-GNA);
  • Coverage: 99.8% sRGB, 85.5% AdobeRGB, 97.8% DCI-P3 ;
  • Measured Gamma : 2.02 ;
  • Maximum luminance at the center of the screen: 379.42 cd/m2 when turned on ;
  • Minimum brightness in the center of the screen: 18.35 cd/m2 at startup;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness : 1127:1 ;
  • Period: 6700 K ;
  • Black at maximum brightness: 0.33 cd/m2 ;
  • PWM: No.
  • Response: 10 ms GTG (via NBC).

It’s not yet available in standard configurations, but I’d definitely pay more for that screen option if I had the choice.

Equipment and power

My test unit is a configuration that is usually on sale today, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage G513, codenamed G513QY, built around an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8C/16T processor, 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4 3200 memory, 512 GB of fast SSD storage, and two graphics: a Radeon RX 6800M chip with 12 GB of vRAM and a Radeon Vega integrated into the AMD CPU. Before we go any further, remember that our test unit was sent by AMD and should be identical to the units in the store. We tested it with software available in early June 2021 (BIOS 303, Armoury Crate 4.1.6.0, GeForce 466.63 driver). Some aspects may change due to future software improvements. In terms of specifications, the Strix G15 Advantage Series is a full-fledged AMD notebook and the first to feature Ryzen 9 5000 processors paired with RX 6000M graphics chips, as well as an AMD software suite. SmartShift is a more interesting piece of software and is an alternative to AMD’s Dynamic Boost technology for Nvidia, but it works across a wider performance range. From my observations, the 6800M in this laptop runs between 110 and 160 watts at various games and resolutions, and the combined CPU+GPU power of this platform is around 180 watts, with the technology distributing the power evenly between the CPU and GPU. The GPU sometimes seems to be a bottleneck at FHD resolutions in some games, which is another reason why I think the QHD screen is better for this setup. I will also mention that this laptop has no MUX switch or similar technology and the internal display signal is routed through the Vega iGPU, which in some cases causes a slight performance degradation. If some of you prefer MUX, Asus has taken this more seamless approach that swaps the iGPU/GPU on the fly and will likely make life with this laptop easier for most users, even if it means losing a few frames per second. I can see both points of view, and having experienced laptops with and without MUX in the past, I agree with Asus’ decision, especially for a mid-range product like this. For memory and storage, 2 RAM slots and 2 M.2 SSD slots are available. To access the interior, remove the rear panel and be careful not to cut the straps connected to the light bar. Don’t worry if this is the case, as they fit together and are easily reattached (you may need to remove the corner pieces to make it easier). Our device came with a fast 512GB SSD, and these days you probably need more space on your gaming laptop. It also has 16GB of RAM in dual-channel mode, but the single-channel type hurts performance in some workloads and games, according to the documents. Here’s a statement from Asus on the subject: ” Does the StrixG Advantage Edition use slow memory? The ROG Strix G Advantage Edition uses the fastest 8GB memory cards on the market and offers very good performance, especially considering the aggressive price of $1,649 in the US. DRAM chip manufacturers have changed their production so that only 8GB x16 peer-to-peer memory cards will be available now and in the future. This is a transition in the PC industry that is not limited to one model or one brand. Older memory cards can offer 5-10% better performance, depending on the chips used and their configuration (x8). The difference in performance depends on the game and graphics settings, but it is generally less for newer games that use more efficient memory management mechanisms. The memory of the StrixG Advantage Edition is fully scalable. So anyone who wants to get the most out of their ROG StrixG Advantage Edition and has access to an older set of 8+8GB or 16+16GB memory can get some extra FPS by swapping out the memory. ” To clarify, we’ll upgrade the RAM to a 32GB dual-channel set later in the article and see how that affects performance. But let’s talk about the software first. Asus offers four performance profiles for the ROG Strix G15 Advantage:

  • Quiet – fairly loud fan and limited CPU/GPU speed and performance;
  • Performance – balanced profile with default CPU/GPU settings, fans with medium power – GPU running at 110-135W and default clock speeds ;
  • Turbo – High performance profile with increased CPU/GPU power distribution, faster spinning fans and standard GPU clock speeds (110-160W).
  • Manual – allows you to set CPU power and GPU power/frequency and create manual fan profiles based on temperature limits.

Turbo/Manual is only available when the laptop is connected to the network and is intended for gaming and other demanding workloads. Performance is theoretically versatile, while silence is suitable for light everyday use and can handle demanding workloads if you want to keep fan noise at bay. You can also power your laptop via USB-C. In this case, it can be used in performance mode without draining the battery, but with a loss of power under demanding combined loads. This is what you can expect in terms of performance and temperature for everyday multitasking, web browsing and video.

Performance tests and benchmarks

To move on to more demanding loads, we begin testing CPU performance by running the Cinebench R15 test over 15 times per cycle, with a 1-2 second delay between each run. The Ryzen 9 5900HX processor stabilizes at 80+ watts of constant power in Turbo configuration, which equates to 4.2+ GHz, 95+ C temperature, ~2250 points, with fans running at 45-47 dB at the head. The processor operates at increased continuous power for a few starts, after which it stabilizes at about 80W. Switching to the performance profile, the processor stabilizes at about 73W, the temperature is about 90 degrees and the fan noise is about 40dB. In quiet mode, the CPU quickly drops to ~50W with barely audible fans (below 35dB) and temperatures around 80 degrees C. It scores well with ~2000 points, only ~10% lower than the Turbo profile. I don’t know of any other laptop that can offer this kind of processor performance with such a quiet profile. Finally, in the power profile from 28 W to 73 W, the processor operates on battery power, with significant variations between the two power levels. Details below. To put these results in perspective, the Ryzen 9 5900HX in this laptop is the fastest CPU in this cyclic test, ahead of the various other 5900HX implementations we tested, as well as various 11th generation Intel variants. Older devices are obviously not suitable for such a load. We then tested our results with the more complex Cinebench R23 grind test and the dreaded Prime 95 on the Turbo profile. We also ran combined CPU+GPU stress tests with this laptop. 3DMark Stress runs the same test 20 times per cycle, looking for changes and performance degradation over time, and this machine failed by a small margin, indicating a slight performance degradation as heat builds up in the system. We will examine this aspect below. Then we ran the full set of tests and benchmarks, with the base Turbo profile in Armoury Crate and FHD resolution.

  • 3DMark 13 – Firestrike: 26492 (Graphics – 32617, Physics – 24832, Combined – 11478);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal : 5496 ;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 10646 (Graphics – 11000, CPU – 9004) ;
  • Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Extreme: 6589 ;
  • Uniengine Overlay – Medium 1080p : 18303 ;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (encoding 4K to 1080p): average 37.82 frames per second;
  • PassMark 10 : Rating: 4518 (CPU rating: 23772, 3D graphics rating: 4083, disk rating: 16822);
  • PCMark 10 : 7231 (Fundamentals – 10426, Productivity – 9094, Digital content creation – 10824) ;
  • GeekBench 5.33.1 64-bit : Mononuclear: 1439, multi-core: 7388 ;
  • CineBench R15 (best execution): CPU 2336 cb, single-core CPU 233 cb ;
  • CineBench R20 (best execution): CPU 5397 cb, Single Core CPU 560 cb ;
  • CineBench R23 (best execution): CPU 13890 cb, Single Core CPU 1433 cb ;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 27.27 sec.

These are very good results. Few other laptops can beat it in multi-threaded CPU tests, but the Zephyrus M16 i9-11900H is one of the fastest options tested so far. As for the GPU, it matches the Scar 17’s RTX 3080 chips and is 10-20% better than the Raider GE76’s 155W RTX 3080 in grid tests, but Nvidia’s chips maintain a clear advantage in RTX, where the 6800M is on par with the less powerful 3070. We also did some tests with the upgraded memory to see how it affected the results, and it wasn’t much:

FHD – Standard RAM FHD – Improved RAM QHD – enhanced RAM, external monitor
3DMark 13 – Firestorm 26492 (G – 32617, P – 24832, C – 11478) 27069 (D – 32969, P – 25196, Combined – 12135) 27588 (G – 33357, Ps – 25357, Combination – 12744)
3DMark 13 – Port Royal 5496 5482 5467
3DMark 13 – The Time Spy 10589 (Graphics – 10934, Processor – 8986) 10886 (Graphics – 10981, Processor – 10381) 10982 (Graphic – 11062, Processor – 10555)
The overlay is extreme. 6589 6603 6530
Pasmark 10 4518 (CPU: 23772, 3D: 4083, HD: 16822) 4905 (CPU: 26261, 3D: 4620, HDD: 16815)
PCMark 10 7231 (E – 10426, P – 9094, DCC – 10824)  7258 (E – 10486, P – 8984, DCC – 11014)

But that’s not all, as you will see when we get to the results of the match. Meanwhile, we also ran a few workstation loads on this Ryzen 9 + RX 6800M configuration in Turbo profile :

  • Blender 2.90 – BMW car scene – CPU calculation: 3m 3s (Turbo) ;
  • Blender 2.90 – BMW car scene – GPU calculation : 58 s (OpenGL) ;
  • Blender 2.90 – Classroom scene – CPU calculation: 8m 4s (Turbo) ;
  • Blender 2.90 – Classroom scene – GPU calculation : 1m 56s (OpenGL) ;
  • Luxmark 3.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs score: – ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax : 227.19 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia : 258.42 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo : 176.54 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Energy : 2.74 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 226.72 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medicine : 82.62 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase : 148.29 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX : 82.86 (Turbo) ;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW : 141.57 (Turbo).

And the new SPECviewperf 2020 test:

  • SPECviewerf 2020 – 3DSMax: 126.62 (turbo), 127.43 (turbo – RAM enhanced); ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – Catia : 16.2 (Turbo), 19.93 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – Creo : 63.14 (Turbo), 62.65 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – Energy: 2.75 (Turbo), 2.72 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – Maya: 221.74 (Turbo), 229.48 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – Medicine: 47.88 (Turbo), 36.81 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – SNX: 63.47 (Turbo), 65.67 (Turbo – enhanced RAM) ;
  • SPECviewerf 2020 – SW : 145.79 (Turbo), 143.89 (Turbo – enhanced RAM).

Good results in Blender, although Nvidia chips still have the upper hand in Optix accelerated tasks. In specperf, the pure AMD Strix G15 is faster than the Strix G17’s R9+ RTX 3070 in most tests, even beating the GE76 Raider’s i9+RTX 3080 in some workloads, only lagging far behind in Energy workloads. Upgrading RAM makes no significant difference in most tests, except for Catia.

Game performance

That’s right, let’s watch some games. We ran several DX11, DX12 and Vulkan games with the default Turbo, Performance and Silent profiles in FHD resolution on the laptop’s internal monitor and on an external monitor connected via DP (in FHD and WHD resolution). Here’s what we got:

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX + Radeon RX 6800M FHD Turbo FHD Turbo, external FHD performance FHD Mute QHD Turbo, external
Battlefield V (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF) 111 frames per second (55 frames per second, 1% less) 118 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less) 107 frames per second (54 frames per second – 1% low) 104 fps (55 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077 (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF) 66 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less) 66 frames per second (48 frames per second, 1% less) 64 fps (48 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (43 fps – 1% low) 45 frames per second (35 frames per second is 1% too low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA) 94 frames per second (69 frames per second – 1% low) 99 frames per second (76 frames per second – 1% low) 93 fps (69 fps – 1% low) 91 fps (68 fps – 1% low) 102 fps (77 fps – 1% low)
Metro Exodus (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX AUS) 60 frames per second (42 frames per second – 1% low) 58 frames per second (39 frames per second – 1% low) 54 fps (37 fps – 1% low) 49 frames per second (32 frames per second – 1% low) 56 frames per second (36 frames per second, 1% less)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Ultra-preset) 202 fps (128 fps – 1% low) 192 frames per second (125 frames per second, 1% less) 172 fps (108 fps – 1% low) 127 frames per second (91 frames per second – 1% low)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (DX 12, Ultra-optimized, TAA) 98 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less) 104 fps (64 fps – 1% low) 95 fps (60 fps is 1% less) 68 frames per second (44 frames per second – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, maximum preset, TAA) 98 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less) 112 frames per second (66 frames per second – 1% low) 94 fps (58 fps – 1% low) 88 frames per second (53 frames per second – 1% low) 95 frames per second (63 frames per second – 1% low)
Alien Brigade (Vulcan, Ultra preset) 178 frames per second (132 frames per second – 1% low) 179 frames per second (133 frames per second – 1% low) 172 fps (134 fps – 1% low) 142 fps (111 fps – 1% low) 154 fps (114 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Ultra preset, Hair Work On 4) 122 fps (90 fps – 1% low) 112 fps (85 fps is 1% low) 115 frames per second (87 frames per second – 1% low) 98 frames per second (72 frames per second – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher 3 – recorded with fraps/in-game FPS meter in campaign mode ;
  • Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Strange Brigade, Red Dead Redemption 2, Tomb Raider – registered with benchmark programs included;
  • Optimized profile of Red Dead Redemption 2 based on these settings.

The above tests are for rasterization only, but here are some results for RTX games.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX + Radeon RX 6800M FHD Turbo FHD Turbo, external FHD performance QHD Turbo, external
Battlefield V (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF) 66 frames per second (36 frames per second, 1% less) 75 frames per second (44 frames per second – 1% low) 64 fps (36 fps – 1% low) 52 fps (39 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, max preset, TAA, RTX Ultra) 64 fps (38 fps – 1% low) 71 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (26 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (22 fps – 1% low)

There are a lot of numbers here, so let’s put them in context.

Playing on turbo, power and rest

Let’s look at the performance logs with CPU and GPU speed and temperature in different games on different profiles. This laptop heats up internally in most games, except for the ones that can’t fully load the 6800M in FHD. In Turbo mode, we see CPU temperatures around 95 C and GPU temperatures around 85 C in Cyberpunk, Witcher 3, Red Dead 2 or Battlefield V, which actually pushes the CPU to an average continuous power output of around 150 W. A toast! Raising the back of the laptop to allow more air to flow to the fans had a small effect on the GPU temperature, which dropped to around 82°C, but not so much on the CPU temperature, which still averages 95°C. When you switch to performance mode, fans are limited to 40-41dB at head height, resulting in higher temperatures and thermal GPU throttling. The Silent profile further limits the fans, which are barely audible at 34-35dB, and limits CPU and GPU performance. Surprisingly, they are cooler in this mode than in any other mode, averaging 85-90 C for the CPU and 80-85 C for the GPU in the various games tested. Finally, I’d like to mention that this laptop can play reasonably well on its battery even without power, but don’t expect great battery life for demanding games. We’ve only been in Cyberpunk an hour.

Manual setting

Disabling CPU Boost is one way to combat temperatures on AMD laptops, but I haven’t had time to test it here yet. Another option is to set the fans to higher speeds in the manual armory profile. I only used 100% CPU/GPU fans, resulting in a noise level of 50-52 dB, which requires a very good pair of headphones to hide. So the CPU still heats up to 90-95 C, but the GPU temperature drops to 77-80 degrees without any throttling. Lifting the back of the laptop is also useful in this case and relieves the components a few degrees. The combination of manual fan speed at about 80% and disabling boost should work fine for gaming on this laptop, but I’ll leave it to you to try on your machines.

MUX No. – Switch on internal/external monitor

The Strix G15 Advantage still does not have a MUX switch, which means that the AMD dGPU signal is redirected through the Vega iGPU for display on the internal screen, which negatively impacts gaming performance in some games, as described above. This is less than 5% in FHD resolution and less in QHD in most games, but Witcher 3 and SOTTR are the exceptions to this standard. You can connect an internal monitor via the USB-C port on the back of your laptop to bypass the lack of MUX, as this port connects directly to the Radeon RX 6800M chip. I also have some logs that light up when I play games on an external monitor with QHD resolution when the laptop is on the table and the main screen is off. In this mode, the 6800M chip is fully utilized and can work with more power than the FHD resolution of the main display. And here are a few magazines with closed laptop covers mounted on a vertical stand that might interest some of you as well. We’re especially looking forward to solid performance and good temperatures in vertical mode, where the rear fans have free access to cool air. Keep in mind that you will probably have to put the laptop in the stand on one side, since the DP port is on the back.

RAM upgrade

The Strix G15 Advantage comes standard with peer-to-peer RAM. Thanks to Jarrod’s article on the Legion 5 Pro, we know that this type of memory has some impact on the performance of AMD laptops. Knowing this, I increased the RAM provided with this laptop to 32GB of dual channel DDR4-3200 memory to document the differences. Here is a picture of the two RAM slots and their timings in the ZenTiming program. These differences may seem insignificant, but in practice they are real. First I will add the results of the above benchmark at FHD resolution on the internal laptop screen and QHD on an external monitor connected via DP :

FHD – Standard RAM FHD – Improved RAM QHD – enhanced RAM, external monitor
3DMark 13 – Firestorm 26492 (G – 32617, P – 24832, C – 11478) 27069 (D – 32969, P – 25196, Combined – 12135) 27588 (G – 33357, Ps – 25357, Combination – 12744)
3DMark 13 – Port Royal 5496 5482 5467
3DMark 13 – The Time Spy 10589 (Graphics – 10934, Processor – 8986) 10886 (Graphics – 10981, Processor – 10381) 10982 (Graphic – 11062, Processor – 10555)
The overlay is extreme. 6589 6603 6530
Pasmark 10 4518 (CPU: 23772, 3D: 4083, HD: 16822) 4905 (CPU: 26261, 3D: 4620, HDD: 16815)
PCMark 10 7231 (E – 10426, P – 9094, DCC – 10824)  7258 (E – 10486, P – 8984, DCC – 11014)

Then we tested some games again, as well as FHD and QHD resolutions:

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX + Radeon RX 6800M FHD Turbo, RAM as standard FHD Turbo, Enhanced RAM FHD Turbo, External, Standard RAM FHD Turbo, enhanced external RAM QHD Turbo, external. Standard RAM QHD Turbo, enhanced external RAM
Cyberpunk 2077 (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF) 66 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less) 69 frames per second (54 frames per second – 1% low) 66 frames per second (48 frames per second, 1% less) 69 frames per second (53 frames per second – 1% low) 45 frames per second (35 frames per second is 1% too low) 48 frames per second (38 frames per second is 1% too low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA) 94 frames per second (69 frames per second – 1% low) 111 images per second (83 images per second – 1% low) 99 frames per second (76 frames per second – 1% low) 112 frames per second (83 frames per second – 1% low) 102 fps (77 fps – 1% low) 108 frames per second (81 frames per second, 1% less)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, maximum preset, TAA) 98 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less) 118 frames per second (77 frames per second – 1% low) 112 frames per second (66 frames per second – 1% low) 125 frames per second (82 frames per second – 1% low) 95 frames per second (63 frames per second – 1% low) 100 frames per second (68 frames per second – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, max preset, TAA, RTX Ultra) 64 fps (38 fps – 1% low) 72 fps (41 fps – 1% low) 71 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 72 fps (29 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 54 fps (22 fps – 1% low)
Alien Brigade (Vulcan, Ultra preset) 178 frames per second (132 frames per second – 1% low) 215 frames per second (149 frames per second, down 1%) 179 frames per second (133 frames per second – 1% low) 221 fps (151 fps – 1% low) 154 fps (114 fps – 1% low) 159 frames per second (118 frames per second, 1% less)

Most games show a 10-15% performance difference in FHD on an internal laptop screen, with the exception of Cyberpunk where the difference is only about 5%. There is also an additional performance difference when an external display is connected, which is more noticeable at FHD resolution and smaller at QHD resolution. This is another indication of the platform’s performance potential in a design with dual-channel RAM and a MUX switch that connects the internal display directly to the RX 6800M dGPU. Such a model does not currently exist, but it may appear one day. Asus mentions in a statement that the performance difference depends on the game and graphics settings, but is generally less for newer games that use more efficient memory management mechanisms. It would be interesting to test some of the later games more and look for differences, but I don’t have the time to do that properly.

Theoretical performance of the 6800M compared to the RTX 3080

Still, based on the tests above, we can make a decent comparison of the 6800M’s performance with a powerful RTX 3080 configuration, such as the MSI GE76 Raider, which offers a 155W RTX 3080 and a MUX switch.

6800M – FHD Turbo, external, enhanced RAM RTX 3080 – FHD 6800M QHD Turbo, external RAM upgrade RTX 3080 – QHD, external
Cyberpunk 2077 (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF) 69 frames per second (53 frames per second – 1% low) 88 frames per second (67 frames per second, 1% lower) 48 frames per second (38 frames per second is 1% too low) 58 frames per second (46 frames per second – 1% low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA) 112 frames per second (83 frames per second – 1% low) 125 frames per second (93 frames per second – 1% low) 108 frames per second (81 frames per second, 1% less) 112 fps (87 fps is 1% less)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, maximum preset, TAA) 125 frames per second (82 frames per second – 1% low) 122 fps (78 fps – 1% low) 100 frames per second (68 frames per second – 1% low) 101 fps (38 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, max preset, TAA, RTX Ultra) 72 fps (29 fps – 1% low) 95 frames per second (49 frames per second – 1% low) 54 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 70 frames per second (28 frames per second, 1% less)
Alien Brigade (Vulcan, Ultra preset) 221 fps (151 fps – 1% low) 248 frames per second (164 frames per second – 1% low) 159 frames per second (118 frames per second, 1% less) 188 frames per second (163 frames per second – 1% low)

The RTX 3080 has an edge in all games and wins especially in RTX. But the 6800M is competitive and is certainly a potential competitor to the less powerful 3080 and most 3070 implementations. However, the ideal 6800M laptop does not yet exist, despite having MUX and suitable RAM. The same can’t be said for the Strix G15 Advantage, but the lack of MUX is still something to consider.

Actual performance of the 6800M compared to the RTX 3070

Let’s go back to the existing models that you can actually buy. Here’s a more realistic comparison between the Strix G15 Advantage and the Strix G17, with the G17 being based on the same Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia RTX 3070 115-130W GPU. Both devices have peer-to-peer RAM and do not offer a MUX switch. The signal for the internal monitor is therefore routed via the VEGA iGPU.

6800M – FHD Turbo, Standard RAM 3070 – FHD Turbo,Standard RAM 6800M – QHD Turbo, external, standard RAM 3070 – QHD Turbo, external, standard RAM
Cyberpunk 2077 (DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF) 66 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less) 64 fps (52 fps – 1% low) 45 frames per second (35 frames per second is 1% too low) 46 frames per second (34 frames per second – 1% low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA) 94 frames per second (69 frames per second – 1% low) 101 fps (75 fps – 1% low) 102 fps (77 fps – 1% low) 97 frames per second (54 frames per second – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, maximum preset, TAA) 98 frames per second (60 frames per second is 1% less) 94 fps (38 fps – 1% low) 95 frames per second (63 frames per second – 1% low) 90 frames per second (35 frames per second, 1% less)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, max preset, TAA, RTX Ultra) 64 fps (38 fps – 1% low) 73 fps (28 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 56 frames per second (27 frames per second – 1% low)
Alien Brigade (Vulcan, Ultra preset) 178 frames per second (132 frames per second – 1% low) 176 frames per second (138 frames per second, 1% less) 154 fps (114 fps – 1% low) 146 frames per second (122 frames per second – 1% low)

The results are much closer, with the 3070 having the advantage in FHD resolution, but the 6800M winning in QHD on the external display. We now know that peer-to-peer memory affects the all-AMD model. However, we have not yet documented the effects of the same type of RAM on an AMD + Nvidia configuration, which I will do in a future article. Overall, although Asus has made some decisions that hurt the gaming performance of the Radeon RX 6800M chip in the Strix G15 Advantage, I still think it’s a very capable performance laptop that can successfully handle workloads and games, as well as quietly and efficiently handle everyday activities like streaming, web browsing or word processing. AMD has never really been competitive in this segment in the past, and I’m glad it is now, because the competition between AMD, Nvidia, and Intel can lead to better products that we’ll be buying in the coming years.

Noise, heat, communication, loudspeakers and other

Asus has updated the thermal design of the Strix G15 Advantage over the regular Strig G series to handle the more powerful hardware inside. They used a cooling module with four jets, two fans and a huge vapor chamber in between, as well as improved VRMs and Thermal Grizzly liquid metal on AMD’s CPU and GPU. Fan profiles are also quite conservative on this product, with speeds of 45-47 dB in turbo mode, around 40 dB in performance mode, and less than 35 dB in silent profile. They affect performance and internal temperatures, as explained in the previous section, and the components become very hot at maximum load. Boosting the fans in manual mode can solve this problem to some extent, but with a drastic increase in noise level of 50+ dB. However, the outer case temperature is kept within comfortable limits, ranging from 30 degrees around the WASD button and hands, and up to 40 degrees in a few small areas on the inside and back. This laptop will be very comfortable during long gaming sessions, as the thermal module does a good job of isolating hot components from the areas you come in contact with.   *Game – silent – Far Cry 5 is played for 30 minutes, quiet profile, fan at 34-35dB Game – power – Far Cry 5 is played for 30 minutes, quiet profile, fan at 40-41dB Game – turbo, desktop – Far Cry 5 is played for 30 minutes, fan at 45-47dB Outside of gaming, this laptop is quiet for everyday multitasking, web browsing or video streaming, even though there is no 0dB technology and the fans are on most of the time. I also noticed some occasional electronic noise when the Specviewperf was on, but it’s usually masked by the fans and didn’t occur in daily use. * Daily use – EDGE Netflix streaming for 30 minutes, quiet profile, 0-35 dB fan. In terms of connectivity, the device features Wireless 6 and Bluetooth 5 via the Intel AX201 chip, and still only Gigabit Lan. Our sample worked well with WiFi both close to the router and over 30 feet away with obstacles in between. The Strix G15 inherits the dual 4W audio system from the regular Strix models and does not have the four speakers of the Scar-15 series. The sound quality isn’t as loud and rich as the Scars, but it’s punchy enough (at ~80dB) and pleasant enough for laptop speakers. If you want better sound quality, you can plug in a good pair of headphones that also block out the sound of the fan. Finally, the camera… Well, it’s still not in this series.

Battery life

All ROG Strix 2021 models, whether they are 15 or 17 inches, come with a 90 Wh battery, which is a nice upgrade from the 66 Wh of previous generations. This is what we got on our test sample in terms of battery life at a screen brightness of around 120 nits (~60 brightness).

  • 10W (~7-8 hours of use)– Google Drive word processor, sleep mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi enabled ;
  • 11W (~8+ hours of use)– Full screen 1080p video on Youtube in Edge, silent mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi enabled ;
  • 9.5W (~9+ hours of use)– Netflix in full screen in Edge, sleep mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi enabled ;
  • 15W (~5-6 hours of use)– Edge display, performance mode, 60% display, Wi-Fi facility ;
  • 80W (~1+ hour usage) – Games – Cyberpunk, performance mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi enabled, no fps limit.

That’s a good runtime, and it’s only slightly lower than the previously tested 2021 Scar 17 and Strix 17. On battery and with the iGPU, the system keeps automatically switching the display to 60Hz, and the AMD Ryzen 5000 H platform performs well under light loads. This ROG Strix G15 G513QY configuration comes with a 280-watt power supply, an older design that Asus offered with some of its earlier ROG models, and one that isn’t as compact and light as the other Strix 2021 models. The battery is full in about 1.5 hours, with the first half hour spent on fast charging, supported by USB-C charging up to 100W. You won’t be able to use the laptop in Turbo mode if it’s connected via USB-C, but that 100W is still more than enough for everyday multitasking and even some occasional workloads if you don’t want to take the heavier main brick on the road. A USB-C charger isn’t included with this model, but Asus says you’ll find 100W chargers branded ROG PD in most stores this year.

Price and availability

The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage 2021 is already available in the US, but not yet in most other regions. Prices start at $1,649 for the Ryzen 9 + 6800M + 300Hz FHD display variant reviewed here, which is a very competitive price. It’s $100-150 cheaper than the Ryzen 7 + RTX 3070 variant of the regular Strix G15 and hundreds of dollars cheaper than the RTX 3070/3080 variant of the Strix SCAR 15, which it outperforms in some workloads. There should be more configurations, and I would especially look at the option with QHD screen if it becomes available. Follow this link to find the current configurations and prices in your area at the time you read this article.

Final thoughts

Having used the G15 Advantage for the past few weeks, I’m convinced it’s one of the most capable laptops you can buy for under $2,000, despite a somewhat limited demonstration of what the Radeon RX 6800M platform can really do, especially in games. For two reasons. First, it has peer-to-peer RAM, which adversely affects the performance of some games. Asus says that this amount of RAM is the norm for 2×8GB kits, and that the impact should diminish with newer, lighter games. However, I would recommend replacing the RAM with a faster one, and while you’re at it, even consider upgrading to a 32GB 2×16 set, all of which are dual-range (for now). The other thing is that this laptop does not have MUX like all other ROG 2021 models. Asus opted for a seamless switching solution between the iGPU and dGPU, believing that this would be more convenient for mixed-use users and significantly increase battery life on the go. I partially agree with their decision, mainly because in most games on this configuration, which is all AMD as our tests have shown, the impact is not significant. However, for maximum gaming performance on this laptop, you’ll need to increase the amount of RAM and connect an external monitor, which together can result in a 10-25% higher frame rate compared to playing the same games on the internal monitor with the default configuration. Still, this all AMD laptop is a beast. We already know how attractive the Ryzen 9 mobile processor is, and the Radeon RX 6800M has proven more powerful than any of AMD’s previous mobile GPUs and able to compete with the more expensive RTX 3070/3080 configurations. With the exception of RTX, Nvidia has no equal to date. However, there is a catch: The AMD hardware is very capable in this laptop, and although Asus has significantly improved the thermal design over the standard versions of the Strix G, the components still get very hot in most profiles. However, only a very small part of this heat is transferred to the outside. So unless you’re very careful, you won’t even notice the high CPU/GPU temperatures. Which, to be fair, can be solved by increasing the number of fans and possibly limiting the CPU. Performance aside, the Strix G15 is an excellent mid-range laptop: well made, nice to look at, with good inputs and outputs, and good screens. If you can, buy a QHD screen, it’s brighter, more saturated, and fits the 6800M chip better. On the other hand, you shouldn’t expect other products to use the kind of advanced materials or ultra-light form factor, or even the basic features you’d expect from a full-size laptop these days, such as. For example, a camera, a memory card reader or some kind of biometrics. Overall, I think this laptop is very worthwhile and should be on your shortlist for this year. You may need to save up a bit for better RAM, and if you do, this model will outperform all other options in its segment. So much for our review of the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage G513QY, and I’d love to hear what you think. Denial: Our content is supported by our readers. If you make a purchase through certain links on our site, we may receive an affiliate commission. Read more. Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I’ve been involved in mobile computing since the 2000s, and you’ll find detailed reviews and tutorials written by me on the site.The GTX 1050 is a wonderful graphics card for the price, but the G513QY is a much better choice if you want to play virtual reality games. It has the same 1440p display as the GTX 1050, but with VR-ready graphics, and plenty of RAM for high-quality virtual reality games.. Read more about asus strix g15 advantage edition price philippines and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Asus ROG Strix G15 good?

The Asus ROG Strix G15 is a laptop that is designed for gaming. It features slim bezels, a backlit keyboard, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 17.3-inch display. The laptop is available in a range of configurations, and is available in a wide range of color options such as gold, platinum, silver, and black. The chassis is made of an aluminum alloy, and the interior is made of plastic. It comes with AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU, which is a high-end, high-performance graphics. It can play all the latest games and do things that higher-end gaming laptops cannot. It also comes with a 16 GB of RAM, which is a lot of RAM for your money. On top of that, it also comes with a 256 GB of SSD which is also a lot for the money. The laptop comes with the latest Windows 10, which is a good thing for you.

Is Rog Strix worth it?

The Asus Rog Strix G15 Advantage is a 15-inch gaming laptop with a high-end GTX 960M GPU, a Full HD IPS display, and a 4-cell battery. It’s also got a couple of interesting design touches: first, the laptop is ASUS’s first gaming laptop with a backlit keyboard, and second, it’s the first gaming laptop to include a system fan that runs when the laptop is on and continually blows air across the GPU. The Asus ROG Strix 15 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that features a powerful AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU. It is powered by a 2.1GHz AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor and ships with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a 6GB AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU with discrete graphics. The laptop has a light, thin chassis that measures at only 1.9kg and weighs just 1.8kg.

Is Asus ROG Strix G15 good for video editing?

The Asus ROG Strix G15 is a slim and sleek notebook with an attractive design that will appeal to gamers. Weighing only 2.8kg, it is light enough for you to carry it around without any problems. Its silver design is also attractive and will appeal to many. The first thing you’ll notice about the Asus ROG Strix G15 is that it’s a pretty big laptop. While most gaming laptops are designed to be portable, this one is far from it – it’s a bulky beast with an industrial look, and weighs a ton. However, it should be noted that this laptop makes up for its size with a solid build quality and decent features. Plus, it’s one of the most stylish gaming laptops out there. The Good: The Asus ROG Strix G15 has a very good build quality, which is typical for Asus products. The laptop is made from metal, has a metal lid and bottom cover, and has a nice finish, which give

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