With the new ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY the company launches a Gaming laptop to be able to play the latest on the market. For this reason, it includes numerous performance functions through its software and RGB lighting as we are used to.
The brute force is provided by its AMD Ryzen 5900HX together with the 12 GB Radeon RX 6800M and as icing on the cake, its 15.6-inch 165 Hz screen with FreeSync. A fairly complete laptop from the hand of ASUS that we have gotten our hands on to check how well it performs.
We thank ASUS for providing the product to make the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY review possible.
Asus presents the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY laptop in a thick cardboard box similar to a briefcase like It has been common in their laptops. The black color predominates on the entire surface, with the exception of the front with the brand's slogan in English: "For those who dare" and the logo in red. Both screen printed. In the same way, in the lower left corner, there is a series of screen-printed dots that hide the letters ROG. A wink not very visible from up close and for which it is necessary to be far away and have a sharp vision.
Opening the briefcase/box again we are greeted by the slogan on the top cover and the laptop below, which lies protected by a thin plastic cover. On the right side we find an insert with a lid where the power cable is located. Upon removal of the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY, a box houses the power adapter and brochures. Under this box there are two customization pieces.
The box contains the following items:
The customization pieces included are two removable elements with which we can modify the appearance of the upper left edge of the laptop.
This ROG Strix G15 laptop draws a lot from the aesthetics of the previous Scar and Zephyrus models, and has a color in which black predominates, although in the photos it seems more greyish. In it, a flat design aluminum cover is being used in which a large Asus logo equipped with AURA Sync lighting is integrated.
This time we did find a really fine cover. On the one hand it is appreciated but on the other it may be more prone to blows or damage. The edges have a straight design that feels quite good and gives it that Gaming air. The lower front area leans inwards and in this area is the AURA RGB lighting LED that goes from the front to the sides.
Unfortunately, the entire surface of the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY leaves heavy fingerprints. Both on the outside, which is where it is most noticeable, and on the inside.
With the lid closed, the rear area is where the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY is thickest at 27.2 mm. Here we find a ventilation grill and the customizable piece. Just below are the different connectors and ports as we will see below
Next to the ventilation grill on the upper right edge, a large number of letters that form the word ROG are silkscreened, both on the case and on the interior. On the left edge, as we said, is where you can swap the default piece in red, for the other two pieces. One has a metallic gray finish and the other is transparent and allows a glimpse of the interior.
The lower area of the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY has two large mesh areas for equipment ventilation. In each corner there is a rectangular non-slip rubber foot. The funny thing is that each leg has a different shape and color. It's always good to give things a touch of spark.
We find in the central part the typical labels of always with certificates and the serial and model number. At both ends of the sides there are small grilles that are not used for cooling but are where the speakers are located through which the sound comes out.
It must be recognized that the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY comes well served as far as ports are concerned. Although no USB Gen2x2 port is still included.
We start on the left side where we find from left to right: a ventilation grill, two USB A 3.2 gen1 ports and a 3.5 mm jack connector for headphones and microphones. In the right area we only find another ventilation grill and no more ports. At least one SD card reader or some extra connector is missing to take advantage of that area.
Finally, in the back we find two other ventilation grilles at the ends, and between them: a USB A 3.2 gen1 port, a USB C 3.2 gen2 with 100W Power Delivery and DisplayPort, an HDMI 2.0b port, a RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet and power connector. It is curious how the HDMI port is not of a higher standard to take advantage of version 2.1.
Opening the screen, we can see not only the small thickness of this cover but also the large area that the screen occupies. It leaves some really small frames around 5mm on the sides and top. This means that no webcam or microphones are yet included to be able to make video calls or use it during a game.
This ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY moves a bit away from the most extreme Gaming models and mounts a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Instead of the 300 Hz of other company models, this one settles for 165 Hz. A less surprising refresh rate but with more possibilities to take advantage of it.
This equipment is less focused on competitive Gaming but still maintains some features such as a low screen response time of only 3 ms and FreeSync technology. Regarding the screen, the company announces a brightness of 300 nits, good contrast and anti-glare. Not much mention is made of the supported color spaces, but it is something that we will later measure with the colorimeter.
We have carried out the calibration tests of the IPS panel of the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY with the X-Rite Colormunki i1Display Studio colorimeter, and with the DisplayCAL 3 and HCFR programs. With them we have been able to calibrate and make some measurements of the screen.
To measure the refresh rate of the screen, we have accessed the Testufo website. In the following image we can see a frame rate at 165 fps in the top UFO, 83 fps in the middle one and 41 fps in the bottom one. It can be clearly seen how the ghosting in the upper image is much less than in the lower one where even the image is almost doubled.
This allows us to play many titles with great fluidity while less ghosting is generated and it is easier to play and enjoy first-person games.
The given maximum brightness is 315 nits, with a contrast ratio of 1021:1, a gamma value of 2.27, and a black level of 0.322 cd/m2.
Really good data for this panel that, being IPS, perfectly meets the requirements and specifications. The brightness is somewhat higher than expected and the uniformity seems to be good across the screen. The color temperature is somewhat high, around 7500K, something that makes it somewhat cold and therefore turns towards the blue tone. It is not a bad factory calibration but it can be improved a little
In the sRGB space, this panel is giving us a coverage of practically 99.8%, thus fulfilling what was promised. The calibration is quite good and we can see how its average delta is really low, while the maximum does not even exceed 1.
For the harder-to-get DCI-P3 clearance, the display manages to surpass 98%, which is pretty amazing. On the other hand, the Adobe RGB space is just over 80% of the space. As always, the color graphics offer a good adjustment to the reference and the technical demands of an IPS panel.
The sound of ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY seemed quite good to us. And it is that it has 4W on each lower side, which is capable of offering great sound and power with high volume. Its good work is noticeable since we have not perceived obvious distortion.
The mids and highs are well balanced and don't sound too harsh like other systems. The basses are achieved although they are not excellent. This section will allow us to play and enjoy multimedia content without problems.
If you use headphones or headphones, you can take advantage of the Dolby Atmos technology offered by this laptop. Microphones for calls are not included, but it does have two microphones designed to actively cancel noise when we have the headphones on.
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY sets aside the optical-mechanical switches to make use of membrane or chiclet type ones. The keyboard layout is Spanish from Spain and does not have a numeric keypad. The keys have a black top and transparent edges for RGB lighting. However, the WASD keys are completely transparent.
In the upper left corner and with better access while we are playing, we have key buttons such as audio control, microphone mute, ventilation profile and access to Armory Crate. The entire row of keys F1 to F12 has double function, for keyboard lighting, AURA Sync. It is curious how the key to activate the fan is repeated.
Overall the keys have a good height and are good for typing and also even gaming as long as it's not competitive.
The RGB lighting has a good level of brightness and can be seen without problems, the only downside is that it is zoned instead of individual. Something that is usually understood in mid-range products but not high.
Regarding the touchpad, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY has a slightly larger one. The trackpad responds effectively and you can see the quality in its good work when sliding your fingers.
The software to drive the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY is the well-known Armory Crate. Likewise, AURA Creator and MyAsus are included again.
On the main screen we can customize the entire system as we wish and we will have very interesting options. In the face of whether we use the system with battery or without battery, we can make some adjustments or even switch to the internal GPU. The possibility of configuring it with OneDrive is interesting.
In the rest of the options we can adjust other sections of the system such as lighting, GPU energy saving, audio and a resource monitor. Below we will find a fairly complete management of the screen, being able to modify its color temperature and image mode.
We are going to focus on the hardware and for that we have taken a look inside this ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY. Luckily, changing components to this equipment is easy because it is only necessary to unscrew the Phillips screws at the bottom to be able to lift the cover.
The network card that is mounted is the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 that has 2×2 antennas and data rates of up to 2.4 Gbps in the 5 GHz band The version of Bluetooth that is included is 5.2. The LAN network card is provided by the Realtek RTL8168/8111 chip with speeds up to one Gigabit.
With this ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY, the company continues with the generation of AMD Ryzen 5000 processors. More specifically, we will have the powerful AMD Ryzen 5900HX model.
The 5900HX has no less than 8 cores and 16 threads working at a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a boost of 4.6 GHz. Its TDP can go up to 54W with Smartshift technology, but the base is at 45W.
Accompanying this CPU we have a 16 GB RAM configuration using two 8 GB DDR4-3200 modules connected in Dual Channel in the available SO-DIMM slots.
Inside we will find the two GPUs, the integrated one and the dedicated one. In this case, the chip integrates the AMD Radeon Vega, something that can come in handy in other laptops but here it has a negative influence. Inexplicably, it is not possible to use only the dedicated GPU and that causes the game performance to drop a bit.
Luckily, the graphics card mounted on this ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY is the Radeon RX 6800M with 12 GB of 192-bit GDDR6 RAM. Like the CPU, this graphics card has a TDP of 145W that can be increased by an extra 15% with Smartshift technology.
The storage section consists of a single utility NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD from Intel with a capacity of 1 TB. This unit has given very good reading and writing performance, being at the level of high-end SSDs as we will see later. The most powerful version will have two of these drives in a RAID 0 configuration.
As far as heat dissipation is concerned, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY does not do badly at all. It manages to absorb air through the rear vents and expel it through the sides. Inside, two fans are in charge of sending the air to the monobloc and directing it towards the sides of the equipment through the heatpipes.
The power of each fan in the system is around 4000 RPM and they are usually very quiet under normal conditions. Sometimes they even turn off. Reaching only 21 dB at rest and up to 37 dB at times of heaviest workload.
But perhaps the most important thing or difference from the competition is that Asus is using liquid metal thermal paste for the chips. This allows for better heat transfer and cooling of the components. It is something that is noticeable when measuring the temperatures, since it is possible to keep the CPU a few degrees cooler compared to other conventional pastes. And that is already saying a lot.
Even at maximum performance, the CPU SoC temperature never goes above 80º in general. Reviewing the nuclei separately, you can see some that exceed 90º but they do not reach critical levels. This proves that dissipation
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY has a 90 Wh power, 4-cell, 5845 mAh Lithium battery. A capacity that, according to ASUS, can give us 12 hours of autonomy.
In our case, with a standard performance profile, screen at 60% brightness, we have reached about 8 hours of autonomy with editing in Word, web browsing with video playback and social networks. They are excellent results with such a CPU. It is true that the GPU has been idle during those uses. When we have been playing or testing a game, the autonomy was reduced to 3 or 4 hours.
We can load the equipment in two ways. By default we have the 240W power supply which is the way to get the most out of the games. But the rear USB-C also supports charging up to 100W, which isn't bad if you're on the go or have such a charger handy.
We come to the tests section where we will check the performance offered by this ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY. We have carried out synthetic tests and tests in games with the configuration that we will mark in the different sections. The tests have been carried out with the performance on high and the equipment plugged in.
We start with the benchmark of this 1 TB Intel SSD, for this we have used the CristalDiskMark 7.0.0 software. This unit has given a very good performance around 3500 MB/s in sequential reading and more than 2500 MB/s in writing. That will ensure smooth performance when moving around the system or running games and applications.
Let's see how the CPU and GPU perform together by performing the following synthetic tests:
The truth is that these benchmarks have shown that the new generation of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6800M GPUs raise the level compared to the previous generation.
As for the Radeon RX 6800M, the results are very high as expected, although it does not always manage to be in the top position, since NVIDIA GPUs continue to give battle.
We move on to see the performance obtained with the ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY and its Radeon RX 6800M GPU. For this we have used the same titles as in other tests in high quality settings.
This dedicated graphics card from AMD shows that it is capable of quite a good level and a fairly high fps rate. We have been surprised by the good performance given by her.
Since the screen is 2K, we have also done the pertinent tests with higher resolutions, at 2K and 4K to see what the result was. At 2K the performance is still quite good, and in 4K it is where it collapses the most, something normal within what fits. But still, we must remember that we are still talking about a mobile GPU and it does not show bad fps at all either.
In games with RayTracing we have noticed a drop in fps compared to Nvidia graphics, because this technology is a pending point that AMD still has.
ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY has turned out to be a really good laptop, both for work and to play. It is true that it is not in itself a top-of-the-range laptop to be able to play everything to the fullest, but it does not cost a lot either. The design is really nice but it's a shame about the footprints and the zoned lighting.
What we liked the most is that combination of AMD CPU and GPU that have such a good synergy between them. But not only power is lived, and it is appreciated that the company has also made an effort to minimize temperatures and noise, it is one of the best aspects of this ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY.
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The included software together with the good quality of the touchpad and the powerful sound make one leave happy after a while using this laptop. To work and even create content, it is really worth it, we have seen it in its good calibration. If you want to game, it's worth thinking about, but it has become clear that the 165 Hz screen and the AMD GPU go together very well.
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY will be available for a price of 2,099 euros in the model with Ryzen 9 5900HX together with the Radeon RX 6800M GPU according to what we can already see in some online stores.
+ Great performance.
|– RGB lighting by zones.
|+ 165 Hz screen with FreeSync.
|– Highly visible traces on the chassis.< /td>
+ Low temperature and noise.
|– It does not mount a webcam or microphones.
+ Good value for money.
|– Minor ren
The Professional Review team awards it the platinum medal:
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition G513QY performs well in any situation thanks to its pack of: power, good screen and keyboard.