Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) Review: Power and Personality

Gaming laptop computer manufacturers have been pumping out new and refreshed fashions fairly aggressively for the previous few months. It’s a busy time for the business since Intel, AMD and Nvidia have all just lately launched model new high-end {hardware}, beginning at the CES commerce present in January this 12 months. Laptops primarily based on all these new CPUs and GPUs are actually making their method to retail and we have been fortunate sufficient to get our palms on a number of them. Today, we will speak about our first expertise with AMD’s newest high-performance laptop computer CPUs, the Ryzen 6000 sequence. The firm despatched me an Asus demo unit primarily based on the top-end Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, and we will see the way it compares to Intel’s high-end 12th Gen choices.

The Asus ROG Strix G15 sequence is aimed at esports fans and avid gamers who need top-level efficiency but do not want a super-slim or mild system. It shares a whole lot of design and {hardware} parts with the remainder of the ROG Strix (2022) household, which you may or won’t like. If you are a pupil or house consumer in search of a laptop computer that may have the ability to deal with top-end video games for a number of years and additionally serve for on a regular basis productiveness, learn on.

Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) worth in India

Asus presents a number of fashions and variants with barely completely different specs. The unit I’ve for overview right now is bought because of the Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW). It will quickly go on sale in India priced at roughly Rs. 1,90,000. While this unit has a 1440p 165Hz show, sure configurations may have a choice for a 300Hz panel. The remainder of the {hardware} is all top-of-the-line – an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD.

The ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) might be bought through Asus’ authorized shops and companions together with Flipkart. An identical mannequin, the G15RC, with a Ryzen 7 6800H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 is at present listed at Rs. 1,12,990 whereas the G15RM with a GeForce RTX 3060 priced at Rs. 1,53,990.

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The mirrored, edge-illuminated ROG brand on the lid appears to be like putting

Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) design

Asus has not gone for a refined aesthetic for its 2022 ROG Strix fashions. We just lately had a primary take a look at the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, and so the ROG Strix G15 appears to be fairly acquainted. This mannequin has an easier sample on the lid however the identical RGB LED mild strip throughout the decreased entrance and sides, the identical raised hinge design with an angular half-cutout under the display screen, and the identical slender display screen borders leave no room for a webcam. The ROG brand on the lid has white border lighting more reasonable than RGB, however, this additionally appears to be like nice.

The ROG Strix G15 is comparatively compact contemplating its 15.6-inch display screen. It’s solely 27.2mm thick at its thickest level and weighs 2.3kg. Asus describes its aesthetic as “sporty” however there’s actually so much occurring, from a grid of triangles and squares on half the lid and keyboard deck to a random paint-speckle sample and rubbery texture on a part of the raised lip behind the hinge, to a shiny neon rubber patch on the underside.

The end of the unit I’ve is known as Eclipse Grey, and there are additionally Volt Green and Electro Punk choices, which have shiny neon inexperienced or pink accents, respectively. The latter additionally has pink lighting across the ROG brand on the lid and random textual content on the lid that is presupposed to enchantment to avid gamers and will include an identical mouse and mousepad.

The lid opens easily with only one finger. Asus determined to drop the webcam solely in favor of slender borders. My unit got here with a USB webcam within the field. This is not very handy but it surely’s higher than being caught with one under the display screen that captures awkward angles. The webcam has a neat foldaway clamp and ought to have the ability to sit on the prime of any laptop computer, however, sadly it blocks a little bit of the display screen.

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Having a column of media management keys is maybe not the very best use of house

You get per-key RGB backlighting with three brightness ranges, and the consequences are synced with the RGB mild bar that wraps across the entrance of this laptop computer’s base. Asus has gone with island-style keys and a constant structure. There’s no room for a quantity pad however oddly Asus has gone with a vertical column of devoted media keys down the proper facet – these aren’t paging keys, as you might need anticipating. As an author, this felt like wasted potential and it irritated me, however, perhaps the audience will admire it. The arrow keys are separated but nonetheless small. The trackpad is pretty generously sized and would not have bodily buttons.

There are two USB 3.2 Gen1 (5GBps) Type-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left, and the proper is surprisingly clean. You’ll have to achieve a round again to get to the 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps) Type-C ports –one in every of which helps ShowPort video output and 100W charging. AMD’s platforms do not work natively with Thunderbolt but it surely’s stunning that USB4, which largely subsumes that customary, hasn’t been carried out. You’ll additionally discover an HDMI 2.0b output, 2.5Gb Ethernet jack, and DC energy inlet on the again.

Speaking of energy, the ROG Strix G15 ships with an unlimited 280W energy adapter, and in case you’re considering portability you will issue on this weight. My overview unit got here with an influence twine with a 16A plug which appears pointless and may show to be inconvenient for a lot of customers.

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The ROG Strix G15’s higher half has a dramatic cutout under the show panel

Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) specs and software program

AMD has steadily gained floor towards Intel over the previous few years, ending its arch-rival’s efficient monopoly over high-end client CPUs. Both firms are at present in the prime of their video games. What now we have right here is AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HX, an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a 45W base TDP (which OEMs can tweak primarily based on their laptop computer chassis thermal designs) and 4.9GHz peak enhances pace. It’s primarily based on the Zen 3+ core structure and makes use of a 6nm node for the core chipsets. AMD claims vital efficiency and energy effectivity features with this era in comparison with the Ryzen 5000 sequence. This chip additionally has a built-in Radeon 680M GPU primarily based on the current-gen RDNA2 structure.

New with this era for AMD is DDR5 RAM assist, and you additionally get PCIe 4.0 connectivity for SSDs. Asus has gone with 16GB of DDR5-4800 RAM which is absolutely socketed and replaceable, and a 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD plus an empty M.2 slot for a second module.

Asus says it has used liquid steel interface materials between the CPU and cooler for an improved warmth switch, plus improved followers that may maximize airflow regardless of being slim. The followers can spin down utterly when not wanted, for silent operation.

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You may discover having these ports on the rear of the ROG Strix G15 inconvenient

This mannequin has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU which has a 125W TDP of its personnel, however, can benefit from an additional 25W which Asus says it supplies. Asus additionally says all 2022 ROG laptops have a Mux (multiplexer) change to permit the discrete and built-in GPUs to feed the show immediately, reasonably than being chained via each other, which may cut back latency. You can select between a full-HD 300Hz panel or a 2560×1440 165Hz panel, and I have the latter. There’s a 90Wh battery, stereo audio system with Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Asus’ personal Armoury Crate management panel helps you to tweak RGB color results and sync appropriate equipment, tweak some show settings, and arrange profiles for these settings primarily based on which video games or packages are working. You can even monitor system useful resource utilization and temperatures. The app does include some promotional content material however this did not really feel invasive in any respect. The Asus app hyperlinks you to buyer assistance, a guaranty extension choice, and a separate set of systemwide controls for issues like battery well-being and community visitors’ prioritization.

You can hyperlink to MyAsus which is claimed to allow you to switch records data to or from an Android telephone and handle its features out of your laptop computer. A brand new characteristic known as GlideX helps you to use a telephone or pill as an exterior monitor. Asus Switch is for importing settings and recording data from an older laptop computer. You additionally get a one-year McAfee LiveSafe subscription, a full license for Office 2021 Home & Student, and a one-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

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There are some USB ports and the audio jack on the left, however is no connectivity on the proper

Asus ROG Strix G15 (G513RW) efficiency

As far as on a regular basis efficiency goes, the ROG Strix G15 is nice to work with. The 2560×1440 show decision positively made a distinction to my work and gaming, particularly after I adjusted Windows’ default 150 % scaling all the way down to 125 %. At this display screen measurement, the density is nice for studying and productiveness. The display screen is fortunately non-reflective and whereas it is not probably the most vibrant for watching movies on, it is completely high-quality by way of viewing angles, brightness, sharpness, and color replica.

The audio system is surprisingly good, producing a deep, wealthy, spacious sound throughout varied media varieties. Sound results in fast-paced video games had been nice when fan noise wasn’t interfering with it.

Speaking of the followers, the ROG Strix G15 ran comparatively quietly. and I did not discover the followers spinning up except a recreation or heavy check was working. Under heavy load they did produce an uninteresting whoosh, however, additionally, they spun down fairly rapidly after getting again to the Windows desktop. The keyboard and house around it may possibly get a bit of heat with abnormal use and I did discover the WASD key space gets a bit of sizzling whereas gaming, although it wasn’t too uncomfortable. You’ll have the ability to really feel sizzling air jetting out the edges and rear of this laptop computer when it is pressured.

One tiny annoyance was that with USB Type-A ports solely on the left, I wanted to run my mouse twine all the best way around this laptop computer when enjoying video games. Type-C ports won’t be wanted that always however I did use a number of transportable SSDs and would have appreciated ports on the edges. An SD card slot would even have been good, contemplating that the {hardware} you get could possibly be helpful for inventive work in addition to video games.

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The ROG Strix G15 runs comparatively quietly except when processing heavy workloads

Benchmarks are the primary method to objectively see how a laptop computer performs. Starting with artificial assessments of efficiency on regular basis duties, PCMark 10’s customary and Extended run-throughs produced scores of 6,737 and 8,906 respectively. The extra intense UL Procyon Office Productivity and Photo Editing check runs managed 5,571 and 6,943 factors respectively. These numbers are behind what the MSI Raider GE76-12UHS, primarily based on Intel’s present top-end Core i9-12900HK, delivered however that may be a far dearer laptop computer with a way more highly effective discrete GPU. We can even examine these scores to these of the Asus ProArtwork StudioBook 16 OLED, primarily based on the previous-gen Ryzen 9 5900HX, to see that there’s vital uplift.

Cinebench R20’s single-core and multi-core render check produced 577 and 4,351 factors respectively and POV-Ray’s render benchmark took 1 minute, and 7 seconds to finish. The newer V-Ray check confirmed CPU and GPU render scores of 12,370 and 402 respectively and the Corona benchmark ran in 1 minute, and 58 seconds. Intel appears to have the benefit right here in multi-threaded workloads, due to its heterogeneous core structure pushing up the full thread depend.

As for widespread workloads, the ROG Strix G15 managed to compress a 3.24GB folder of varied records data in 1 minute, and 28 seconds utilizing 7zip, and transcoding a 1.3GB AVI file to H.265 took 41 seconds. CrystalDiskMark confirmed considerably middling SSD efficiency, with sequential reads of two,879.3MBps and write of 1,487.9MBps. Random reads and writes had been measured at 988.2MBps and 1,490.4MBps respectively.

We begin our graphics and gaming assessments with the trusty 3DMark artificial benchmark. The Port Royal scene assessed ray tracing and managed 6,204 factors whereas the extra general-purpose Time Spy Extreme check returned 4,903 factors. The DirectX Ray Tracing Feature Test ran at 27.28fps and the DLSS Feature Test confirmed 29.39fps with Nvidia’s upscaling tech disabled however jumped to 67.72fps with it on. Unigine’s Superposition ran at 49.46fps utilizing its 1080p Extreme high-quality preset, and that truly went as much as 63.74fps utilizing the 4K Optimised preset.

All gaming assessments had been carried out on the ROG Strix G15’s native panel decision of 2560×1440 utilizing the best doable high-quality presets, except specified in any other case. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is able to push this decision in most video games however turning on ray tracing does have unpredictable results.

Our previous favorite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider managed 88fps on common in its built-in benchmark on the Highest setting. With ray tracing enabled and set to Ultra, the common dipped fairly a bit to 56fps and visuals had been noticeably jittery in components. Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling helped convey the common again as much as 88fps when set to Balanced high-quality mode however you may understand some tradeoffs in picture high quality at this setting.

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The RGB LED mild strip working across the entrance of the ROG Strix G15 is synced with the keyboard backlighting

Similarly, Metro: Exodus pushed out 57.43fps on common at its Ultra preset without ray tracing, and that fell to 45.28fps with RTX results set to High. DLSS could be enabled however no high-quality setting is specified. The result of turning it on was a marginal enhancement to 51.37fps on common.

Far Cry 5 averaged a clean 86fps at its Ultra preset at 1440p, and Middle Earth: Shadow of War additionally comfortably averaged 89fps at Ultra high quality. Gears Tactics got here in at 87.8fps at Ultra high quality as effectively. On the opposite hand, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey managed about 58fps with a bit of tearing and inconsistent body supply utilizing its Ultra High preset.

AMD’s personal FidelityFX Super Resolution recreation upscaling tech works throughout its competitor’s GPUs and is one of many video games that helps its Anno 1800. Set to Ultra High high quality on the native 1440p panel decision, this recreation averaged 65.47 in its built-in benchmark. With FSR set on the Quality degree, that elevated to 93.62fps. Quality variations could be barely noticeable, however like with Nvidia’s DLSS tech, the advantages are magnified as a result of 1440p on a 15.6-inch display screen is sort of crisp anyway.

As for gameplay, Doom Eternal simply ran at its Ultra Nightmare high-quality setting and I stayed above 150fps even in heavy battle scenes. Surprisingly, enabling ray tracing completely tanked the body price to under 30fps. The expertise was extraordinarily uneven and badly affected gameplay. DLSS was in a position to push that again as much as 60fps in Balanced mode however the tradeoff did not appear to price it in any respect.

Control is one other recreation that may leverage RTX ray tracing effectively. At its High preset, this recreation averaged roughly 70fps in a piece that wasn’t too heavy on the motion. Setting RTX to High introduced that down drastically to simply around 35fps. With the DLSS goal decision set to 1485×835, that went again as much as around 60fps.

Compared to the Intel-powered MSI GE76-12UHS, these scores may appear low. However, that laptop computer has an extra highly effective GPU and lower-resolution show, plus different benefits contemplating its a lot greater worth. What’s fascinating is that when working on battery energy, the ROG Strix G15 managed 4,130 factors in 3DMark’s Time Spy check and 2,424 within the Port Royal check, which is fairly good in comparison with the scores we noticed when plugged in. You may have the ability to play some lighter video games in affordable settings while touring.

Speaking of the battery, I used to be pleasantly stunned that I might get via a full day’s work and wasn’t in peril of the ROG Strix G15 shutting down routinely. This is pretty uncommon for a gaming laptop computer and you must have the ability to get around 6-8 hours of informal use per cost. The graphics-heavy Battery Eater Pro check ran for two hours, and 33 minutes which can also be longer than anticipated.

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Asus has tried a number of completely different design parts, and the general impact is much from refined


The newest era of ROG Strix G15 laptops, and the G513RW particularly, aren’t aiming to be the best possible gaming laptops on the market, however, are extra about putting stability between value, options, and efficiency. This unit’s advantages from an environment-friendly processor and high-resolution show together with current-gen requirements for all the things from RAM to storage to communications. Gaming efficiency is fairly good at 2560×1440 so long as you don’t need ray-traced results turned as much as the best high quality. If you have the price range for it, there’s sufficient energy right here to maintain you cheerful for a number of years.

While not precisely mild, the ROG Strix G15 is compact and transportable sufficient to be your regular basis laptop computer and it may possibly fulfill a number of roles. The keyboard and trackpad are comfy, and the audio system is a pleasing shock. I’m not an enormous fan of the styling, and I’d have appreciated higher port placement in addition to higher use of the house taken up by media playback controls. The clip-on webcam shouldn’t be perfect however is best than having one under the display screen. It could be price ready sometime to see what different firms launch on this worth phase.

It is not doable to check the efficiency of Intel and AMD’s laptop computer CPU immediately, since laptop computer OEMs’ choices about different elements, thermal design, and after all worth are what decide general laptop computer efficiency. It appears as if Intel has the sting by way of absolute efficiency, and that is not even counting the just-announced 55W-class Alder Lake HX sequence. Still, not everybody has the price range for top-end components, so if this appears like the proper stability of energy and worth for you, the ROG Strix G15 is a stable choice.

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