We finally got our hands on Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513 which is a laptop that online communities have tended to rave about. So, what’s all the fuss about? Is this laptop as good as they say it is?
Key specs of the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513
15.6-inch, matte, 1920 x 1080, 300Hz display; 3.3-4.6GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Mobile CPU; 16GB RAM; 512GB NVMe HDD; AMD Radeon RX 6800M 12GB GDDR6; 90Wh battery; 2.5KG. SKU: G513QY-HF001W, Full specs here.
Design and Handling
The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513’s chassis is a very solid matte, black plastic with some interesting design flourishes. The embossed ROG-logo on the lid looks stylish enough to turn heads at a LAN and blend into an office. Meanwhile a special, sliding colour panel allows you to swap between translucent, red and silver panels in the rear-left corner. To be frank, we felt it looked a bit tacky but each to their own. On the right of the palm wrest appears some interesting detailing which, on close inspection is the term, ‘ROG’ repeated over and over. However, the real scene stealer is the RGB integration. Not only are the black keys’ letters and sides illuminated in a four-zoned lighting effect, the WSAD keys are totally translucent (and therefore standout more). Most notably, a wraparound, RGB strip runs from one side, across the front, to another. Ultimately it looks great for gaming but, without the lights tuned on, it could fit into most computational environments.
It’s solid and well built. The 15.6-inch screen only flexes a little when a twisting force is applied. It feels like it will easily survive life on the road.
The keyboard is firm, accurate and comfortable to type upon for extended periods. There are some good shortcut keys at the top (for volume, fan power and launching the Armory Crate overclocking software) and media keys at the side but there’s no number pad. While the directional keys aren’t full sized, they’re not half-height or fiddly to use. The trackpad is smooth and accurate and doesn’t require much pressure to perform a click. Our only real gripe is the lack of webcam… in this day and age… what on Earth is Asus thinking?
Our review model of the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513 had a Full HD 300Hz screen with a 3ms response time. We can certainly attest to the fact that it’s very fast and smooth. Colours unsurprisingly aren’t as vibrant as Creator-oriented screens and there’s some noticeable banding in colour gradients but monochromatic gradients were smoother. Contrast range is good with detail remaining in bright and dark areas – so enemies can’t easily jump out of dark or bright places without you seeing them.
One thing to note is that the Radeon 6800M GPU is incredibly powerful AND it has a massive 12GB of GDDR6 RAM. If that seems unnecessarily large, fans of Far Cry 6 will note that the special, high resolution texture pack needs this much GPU RAM to function properly. While we’ll cover performance in the next section, we noted that this would play Far Cry 6 at full quality settings at 4K – but only with an external monitor as the built-in screen is only 1080 x 1920. To this end we were a little disappointed that and HDMI 2.0b port is included, not HDMI 2.1 which could handle 120Hz at 4K. However, we spent many hours playing at UHD resolutions on a UHD gaming monitors with HDR and full texture settings turned on over the DisplayPort-compatible USB-C port at the back. And we were delighted to say it looked fabulous. It means this laptop is well worth considering as a desktop replacement for extreme gaming.
The speakers are surprisingly (for a laptop) impressive. While they don’t get particularly loud there’s a punchy bass and good audio fidelity that ranges from the bottom end to treble. We were impressed!
Performance of the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513
We used Asus’ Armory Crate app to switch to Performance Mode and ran our default tests. In PCMark 10 the beefy, octa-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX combined with 16GB RAM and a (stingy) 512GB NVMe hard drive to score 7408, which is the fastest score we’ve seen on a laptop! It was a similar story in the rendering tests where it scored 2288 in Cinebench R15 and 13,283 in Cinebench R23. Again, these are the highest 2D scores we’ve yet seen.
As mentioned above, the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513 also uses a titanic, AMD GPU – the massive Radeon 6800M with 12GB of GDDR6 RAM. In 3DMark Time Spy it scored 10,809 (an average of 68fps) while in Fire Strike Extreme it scored 15,534 (average 74fps). Both of these are incredibly fast with the latter being the best score we’ve seen. However, it fell down badly in the ray-tracing-based Port Royal test where it scored only an above-average 5398 (25fps) which is comparable to Nvidia’s second-tier RTX 3070 chip.
It’s worth noting that this latter test is skewed to Nvidia GPUs and, as such, we will soon be modifying our 3D benchmarks to reflect the benefit of the Radeon’s huge amounts of GDDR RAM. In the meantime, we ran the Far Cry 6 benchmark at Ultra Settings with the high resolution texture pack on and it averaged 86fps. With the texture pack turned off it ran at an average of 92fps. Thus far we’ve only the Lenovo Legion 5i 6th Gen to compare to but that only has an Nvidia RTX 3060 and the scores were better! We suspect the texture pack didn’t load properly as it wasn’t able to but will come up with a consistent test here if possible.
We also found it very stable and well cooled. Even when being forced to run at max load, the fans didn’t get overly loud and performance didn’t degrade.
Connectivity of the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513
The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513 is very sturdy and well-built and will survive life on the road. At 2.5KG it’s not overly heavy considering the performance inside. However, note that the power supply (and cables) add a full kilogram to the weight.
The 90WHr battery lasted just 4hrs 19mins in our tests which is mediocre – don’t keep it away from the mains too long.
Should you buy the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513?
We’ve struggled to get accurate pricing for this laptop. The combination of screen, processor and GPU on our review sample is rather rare in the wild. The best we could do is find it for a wallet-busting $5472 on Amazon. However, you can more-easily buy one with a 165Hz UHD screen for a very reasonable impressive $2899. While we can’t vouch for that screen’s prowess, how bad can it be for well over two-grand less? Update 4th April 22: Despite all the current supply-chain issues, this exact laptop is now available in Australia with the SKU: G513QY-HF001W for $2,799.
While we are still annoyed by the lack of webcam, the fact is this is an incredibly fast, high performance laptop – the fastest actually – and well worth anyone’s consideration. The main rival, to our mind is its sibling, the Asus Zephyrus G15 which costs $3899. However, at (potentially) over a grand less, this isn’t just the fastest laptop we’ve tested, it’s one of the best value too. A great buy.
Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513 Results
- 2D Performance
- 3D Performance
The fastest laptop we’ve tested.