The ASUS ROG Strix G15 (G513QY) Review: Embracing AMD's Advantageby Brett Howse on May 31, 2021 11:00 PM EST
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Spunjji - Friday, June 4, 2021 - linkMan, wait 'til you see how much Intel / Nvidia laptops with the same performance cost!
Oxford Guy - Friday, June 25, 2021 - linkQLC, too, I’ll bet.
inperfectdarkness - Thursday, June 3, 2021 - linkThis is 2021. It should be illegal to put a 1080p screen in anything other than a smartphone. That resolution was surpassed 20 years ago.
GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - linkTwenty years ago, I was using 800x600 on my 15" monitor. DVDs, too, were "very high resolution" at 720x480/576.
GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - linkUsing a 900p monitor at present. No complaints.
Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - linkOh, so tell us why 1080p isn't perfectly acceptable for a display this size...
Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - linkYour hyperbole reminds me of the commenter on another tech site who routinely calls 60% sRGB displays "Hitler".
Oxford Guy - Friday, June 25, 2021 - link60% sRGB should be banned.
Nikijs89 - Friday, June 4, 2021 - linkI dreamed about all AMD setup remembering times from my old 2c athlon @2.2ghz + radeon x1950pro. I worked all summer to earn only 20% to buy this pc. All summer and even sold every possible thing and dumped my gf. Pc was a beast. On agp. When all my friends were on Intel and nvidia at a Time on pcie. My system was older but games run smoother. I sold my Last setup week ago for 530eur with i5 4570 + gtx1070. My offline gamer days ended that Day. I have like 1000eur in savings for next pc that will be a laptop, but all i can get is 10750+1660. In plastic shell with 8y old lcd Tech and realy old cpu + super low bin gpu. Like really. 8year old lcd panel and cpu only generation++ better than my old desktop.
Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - linkHave a look at the Dell G5 SE. You should be able to afford a model with at least a 6-core CPU and a 144Hz display. The chassis is plastic crap and you'll need to re-paste the cooler, but in return you'll get RTX 2060-level performance for less than your 1000 Euros. It's not going to be a lot faster than that GTX 1070, though. If you really want better than that, you'll need to either save up some more or wait for the RX 6600M models to arrive.