Battery Life

Although generally less of a hinderance for gaming systems, which are most often used on a desk and connected to power, AMD has stated that the Radeon RX 6800M is able to go into a “Near 0 Watt Idle” state, meaning despite having a massive 150-Watt TDP GPU inside, battery life should not be compromised as severely as it is on other gaming systems.

ASUS outfits the G513QY with a 90 Wh battery, which is near the limit of what is allowed in a laptop, so that, coupled with the 7 nm CPU, and a power-gated GPU, should provide good results.

Web Battery Life

Battery Life 2016 - Web

As much as the performance has been amazing on the AMD CPU and GPU combination, perhaps the battery life result is even more impressive. Typically, gaming systems are not very efficient, as even the systems that do allow the GPU to be disabled during light tasks still have a high base power draw, but AMD has really done amazing work to power gate the GPU when it is not needed. When coupled with the very large battery, the ASUS Strix G513QY dominates the battery life charts compared to other gaming-focused systems.

Battery Life 2016 - Web - Normalized

Looking at the platform efficiency with the battery size removed, the ASUS G513QY proves that the amazing battery life is not just down to the 90 Wh battery either. AMD has really done a fantastic job with system power with the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M combination.

PCMark 10 Modern Office Battery

PCMark 10 Modern Office Battery

One of the newer tests to our laptop suite is the PCMark 10 Modern Office battery test, which leverages the same workloads in the PCMark 10 benchmarking suite, and then runs them in 10-minute loops. If the system gets the work done quicker, it is able to idle for a larger portion of the 10-minute window, so that more performant systems are not disadvantaged. Once again, the battery life is really astounding for a system of this type.

Movie Playback

Battery Life Movie Playback

On thin and light laptops, movie playback is generally the most efficient task, since the media decode is offloaded to the media block. On the ASUS, the battery life was actually slightly less than the other tests, but still well ahead of most other gaming systems.

Battery Life Tesseract

The Tesseract score divides the movie playback runtime by the length of The Avengers movie, and the ASUS G513QY can almost get through four complete viewings before needing to be recharged.

Charge Time

Thanks to a 280-Watt AC adapter, there is plenty of power available to charge the battery quickly, even if the device is in use. Interestingly, the ASUS G513QY also includes a USB-C port on the rear which supports up to 100 Watts of power delivery, and that can go both directions. You can charge something from the port if needed, but the power delivery also allows the laptop to be recharged from external battery packs if needed, or from a USB Type-C charging cord. It will not be able to delivery the full power for when the system is under load, but still makes for a nice backup power source if needed.

Battery Charge Time

The charge rate is very quick on this system. Despite the large 90 Wh battery size, the system recharged the quickest of the sampled systems. ASUS claims 0-50% in less than 30 minutes and we measured 31 minutes to 50%.

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  • 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.
  • supdawgwtfd - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    But one. Send it in.
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Why would you hit a laptop with your face?
  • StuntFriar - Thursday, June 3, 2021 - link

    Comments like this are why we need a "like" button...
  • Spazosaurus - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    If you use games in your benchmark that do not require much gpu horse power then you'll conclude that running at 1080p creates a cpu bottleneck. If your were to use more gpu demanding titles, the gpu would get to stretch its legs. Some of the more demanding games I play on my 3080 laptop are barely above 60fps using the highest settings @ 1080p. Imagine what the situation would be like at 2k. I'd rather being cpu bottle necked @1080p (while still over 60fps) than having to push 2k or higher and experience sub 60 on more demanding titles. People say that games look fine when you run 2k displays at 1080p. To me that looks horrible.
  • nico_mach - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I can't believe there's a GPU shortage but these gaming laptops are still getting built?
  • meacupla - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    maybe it's because laptop GPUs use cut down dies and has more chips per wafer?
  • Alistair - Thursday, June 3, 2021 - link

    actually laptops are a great way to ensure your gaming GPU reaches a gamer instead of a miner, it's like an automatic "bundle"
  • Spunjji - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Why? The laptop market is huge. It would make just as much sense to ask the opposite question
  • eva02langley - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    Frigging ASUS... AMD said 1440p display for their high end CPU/GPU combos... BUNCH OF IDIOTS ASUS!

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