Asus ROG and AMD

Asus ROG unveils AMD-powered Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition gaming laptops

Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) and AMD have announced the world’s first laptops first laptops in about a month to use AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPUs: the ROG Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition gaming laptops. They’re paired with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPUs.

Other features include ROG Intelligent Cooling technology which, “Uses liquid metal thermal compound on not only the CPU, but also the GPU. To further accelerate heat dissipation, ROG engineers developed a highly efficient vapor chamber that fully covers critical components, including the muscular 16-phase VRM.”

The Strix G Advantage Edition laptops allow gamers to choose between a competition-ready 300Hz/3ms Full HD display panel or a higher-resolution WQHD 165Hz/3ms screen, both of which, “Complete the AMD synergy” with FreeSync Premium technology to ensure smooth graphics output.

The, “Sporty” chassis is inspired by athletic gear, includes subtle references to the AMD DNA and has customisable ‘Armor Caps’ and ‘Aura Sync’ lighting that lets you personalise the look.

New AMD and ROG technologies

The new Radeon RX 6800M GPU are among the first to use the flagship chip from the Radeon RX 6000 Mobile Series which offers better performance and power efficiency to gaming laptops. They’re built on AMD RDNA 2 architecture which combines ray tracing, computational and traditional effects in order to enable more-lifelike visuals and deeper immersion. Performance is further enhanced by the ROG cooling upgrades and AMD SmartShift technology. Indeed, the Strix G Advantage Edition can supposedly sustain GPU clock speeds up to 2300MHz. 

Meanwhile, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, which is part of the latest Ryzen 5000 Series, is manufactured with 7nm technology and has been designed from the ground up. It sports eight cores and 16 threads to speed through heavy multitasking and multithreaded workloads. Advanced cooling helps the CPU run on up to 90W of sustained power on its own, and you can push the power limit further with the ROG Armoury Crate utility

AMD SmartShift and Smart Access Memory technologies enable the CPU and GPU to work more-closely together. SmartShift amps up performance on the fly by dynamically shifting power between the CPU and GPU depending on the demands of the workload. The hardware boosting interface and machine learning algorithms behind this technology can allegedly improve performance by up to 15 per cent. 

Smart Access Memory pumps up performance in many gaming scenarios by improving data transfer between the GPU and CPU. Conventional systems create a bottleneck by only allowing the CPU to access a small fraction of graphics memory at a time. Smart Access Memory removes this restriction to harness the full potential of PCI Express, allowing the CPU to access all the GPU memory at once.

The laptops support up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 1TB of superfast NVMe SSD storage. The Strix G Advantage Edition also comes with an additional M.2 slot.

Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition gaming laptops
Strix G15 Advantage Edition gaming laptop

ROG Intelligent Cooling innovations 

ROG Intelligent Cooling aims to lift peak performance while lowering noise levels. The Turbo Operating Mode increases the GPU wattage above stock. The cooling upgrades in the Strix G Advantage Edition gaming laptops start with, “Exotic liquid metal thermal compounds on both processors, improving heat transfer and lowering temperatures by as much as 14°C. The right amount must be applied meticulously for the best results, so we developed a patented process that works at scale. This patented process makes the Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition the first mass-produced laptops with liquid metal on both processors.

“Thermal efficiency is further improved by a massive vapor chamber that covers the CPU, GPU, VRAM and voltage regulation circuitry. Artfully laser-engraved to highlight the hardware underneath, this cooling feature was designed specifically for the Advantage Edition. Compared to conventional heat pipes that only transfer thermal energy along their axis, vapor chambers spread it across their entire area, which improves dissipation in small spaces. The comprehensive coverage and huge footprint maximise redistribution to the heatsinks, raising the thermal headroom by 25W compared to the standard Strix thermal module. 

“The Strix G Advantage Edition also adopts the latest Intelligent Cooling features found on other 2021 ROG gaming laptops. Like the rest of the Strix series, it radiates heat from four heatsinks and fan outlets in the flanks. Two Arc Flow fans improve airflow by up to 17% for the CPU and 20% for the GPU with no increase in noise. Each fan spins 84 blades capped by special tips that follow an aerodynamic wave pattern that reduces turbulence. The blades each taper down to just 0.1mm at the base to move more air, and they’re made of a liquid-crystal polymer strong enough to maintain its structure at high speeds.

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New cooling technology in the Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition gaming laptops.

“To further amplify airflow, Strix G Advantage Edition laptops use a new version of ROG’s signature self-cleaning cooling system. Dust accumulation on heatsinks and fans slowly compromises cooling over time, so Strix laptops channel particles out of the chassis to ensure reliable long-term performance. Shorter anti-dust tunnels in the latest models clear the way for 15% more airflow while still preventing harmful build-up.

“Advanced cooling technology extends to the keyboard, which takes player comfort into careful account. Many laptops can become uncomfortably warm to the touch during prolonged play, so we created a CoolZone design that strategically places vents under the keyboard to reduce surface temperatures. In the Advantage Edition, it’s paired with a new IR sensor that monitors those temperatures in real time, allowing the system to make adjustments to keep the keys below 40°C.”

Display options

Strix G Advantage Edition laptops are available in 15-inch and 17-inch sizes. Asus says, “Esports enthusiasts can choose a picture-perfect pairing with blazing fast 300Hz gaming panels. Tournament-level refresh rates combine with the high-powered Radeon GPU to let players catch every moment of the action and react as fast as their reflexes allow. The 3ms response time makes fast-paced motion super sharp, producing a cleaner view for accurate target tracking.

“Gamers who want fluidity with greater detail should look to new options that take WQHD resolutions up to a 165Hz refresh rate with a 3ms response time. The higher 2560×1440 resolution showcases more of your environment, and the experience is all the more immersive with full coverage of the cinematic DCI-P3 colour gamut.

“FreeSync Premium technology completes the AMD experience on all the display options. It synchronises the refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate to eliminate screen tearing, minimise stuttering, and reduce input lag. Combined with high refresh rates, this Adaptive-Sync implementation makes gameplay more fluid and immersive, no matter what you’re playing.”

Upgraded audio 

ROG Strix G15 and G17 Advantage Edition gaming laptops feature, “Twin Smart Amp speakers that fire sound directly at you from behind the keyboard. They’re tuned with Dolby Atmos technology for a multidimensional soundscape with incredible detail. Atmos can also create compelling virtual 5.1.2-channel surround sound for stereo headsets that puts players in the heart of the action and helps them pinpoint enemy movements with precision.

“To make team communication clearer, Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation eliminates up to 95% of background noise from both input and output audio. Developed using a deep neural network for super-high accuracy, this algorithm can be applied to any mic and configured on a per-app basis, so you can target chat software while preserving in-game sound. The two-way filtering is especially useful, processing output audio to help you hear teammates better. And because noise canceling runs on the CPU, the GPU is free to hit higher FPS.”

Portability and Style

The laptops have chassis footprints around 7 per cent smaller than the previous generation. Larger 90Wh batteries, “Enable long life on the road with up to 11.4 hours of video playback, while fast charging gets you back to 50% in just 33 minutes. Support for Type-C charging adds the flexibility to run everyday activities like web browsing and streaming videos off a smaller USB-C adapter up to 100W. You can also charge from USB power packs to break free from wall sockets.

“Subtle textural details add new dimensions to our classic Original Black colouring, visually distinguishing the all-AMD editions from other members of the 2021 ROG Strix family. The 360° chassis design has something to see from every angle. 

“Customisable Armor Caps let gamers show off their true colours with a new level of chassis personalisation. We created a unique design in Challenger Red just for the Advantage Edition. The laptop also comes with two additional styles in the box, and it’s easy to swap them to add a pop of personality or match your mood. For modders or players who think further outside the box, we also provide a template for making 3D-printed Armor Caps in any colour, style, and material you desire. 

“With Aura Sync lighting, you can take customisation out of the realm of static colours and into a whole new playing field of effects and visualisations. Tasteful RGB accents shine across the exterior, from the four-zone keyboard to the triple-edged light bar that illuminates your environment.”

Connectivity

The laptops, “Have a full assortment of ports strategically placed for a tidy setup. There are enough ports at the back to power a multi-monitor desktop with all the cables neatly out of the way, including the main power jack, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB Type-A, and DisplayPort-enabled USB Type-C. 

“Two more USB ports await peripherals on the left side along with an audio jack for your headset, keeping additional cables out of the way of right-handed mousing. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networking rounds out the package with support for peak wireless interface bandwidth up to 2.4Gbps on compatible networks, plus smarter traffic management that enables lower latency through higher efficiency. Wi-Fi coverage is strengthened by ROG RangeBoost technology that enhances reception by evaluating the signal strength of four internal antennas and then picking the best pair to use for your location, minimising dead spots and increasing range by up to 30%.”

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Is to be confirmed. We shall do a review at the first opportunity on High Performance Laptops. 

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