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ASUS ROG Strix G15 Gaming Laptop: Ryzen 9 5900HX, 512GB PCIe SSD, RX 6800M GPU

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Specs/Key Features
  • AMD Ryzen R9-5900HX Processor (5000 Series)
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 FHD sRGB 300Hz 3ms Display
  • 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800M GPU
  • RGB Light Bar/Backlit Keyboard
  • WiFi 6 (802.11 ax) w/ Bluetooth
  • 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
  • Windows 10 OS
    • Inputs
      • USB 3.2 Type C
      • DisplayPort 1.4
      • USB
      • HDMI
Warranty
  • Includes a 1-year manufacturer's warranty w/ purchase (parts + labor)

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  • Despite being at MSRP price, this is a popular offer among our SD community
  • This laptop features the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPU w/ 8-cores/16 threads to handle demanding work w/ the powerful RX 6800M GPU and 512GB PCIe for major gaming applications, servers, backups and more
  • This laptop also weighs 5.29 lbs. w/ a 1" thin light design
  • You'll receive 15 days to return or exchange this item if you're unhappy w/ the purchase
  • Offer valid while promotion/supplies last
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  • As noted by OP, this laptop is often on par w/ RTX 3080 gaming laptops
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One of the best gaming laptop as of now.
AMD Smart Access Memory. AMD Smart Shift.
300hz Freesync Premium display
Liquid metal, vapor chamber cooling, 280W PSU, 150W GPU.
Dual NVME slots, Upgradable RAM.

This laptop is on par with RTX 3080 laptop.
Also I would expect 6700xt level of mining capability.

My first post. Godspeed guys. Thanks!

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Peerless_Warrior asked this question on 06-10-2021 at 09:54 AM
06-10-2021 at 09:54 AM
This GPU is much faster than the PS5 and XSX lol, those are 2060 super levels of performance. Yes can OC
06-10-2021 at 11:46 AM
I had a much longer answer, but yes a quick search shows this is more powerful than XSX/PS5. With good settings you should get similar performance to consoles, this has a 300 fps screen so it should be a very good gaming laptop.
ajamils asked this question on 06-10-2021 at 10:57 AM
06-10-2021 at 03:05 PM
Depend, if it is as is, then legion pro win by far. If you change the RAM then this one win by far. If you change RAM and use an external screen, then this one win very far. Although, I heard Legion Pro had slow RAM also.
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06-12-2021 at 06:30 AM
Legion 5 Pro has a QHD 165 Hz Screen which is better than the 1080P screen on this Laptop. Also, it has MUX switch to bypass the integrated Graphics and directly connects the laptop display with the nVidia RTX 3070 GPU and increase performance which this laptop lacks.
Also, lot of people are saying RX 6800M beats RTX 3070 in all titles which is entirely wrong. Any titles which supports Raytracing and DLSS, nVidia card always win and I think when you are buying such a powerful Laptop, you want all the eye candy settings to be turned on
zzdealzz asked this question on 06-11-2021 at 10:08 AM
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06-12-2021 at 06:31 AM
In Laptop's internal display, no that is not possible as it lacks a MUX switch. What Asus said is that they're going to release a costlier version of this laptop with MUX switch.
07-15-2021 at 11:44 PM
If you connect the laptop to a monitor, it bypasses the Igpu. (gives you more fps)
AzureOceanSkies asked this question on 06-09-2021 at 02:24 PM
06-09-2021 at 02:24 PM
You can, but might be very limited to 4k@60hz or 4k@120hz with chromasample 4:2:0.
There basically are two issues: The hdmi port wires to iGPU, so there is a performance penalty about 10-15% like those without mux switch drive internal panel.
The second issue is it's HDMI 2.0 so no support for 4k@120hz 4:4:4.

So the best choice might be use Type-C adapter to convert HDMI 2.0 then output to TV, this bypass the need of mux switch, but still, only output 4k@60 4:4:4 or 4k@120 4:2:0.

Either way, it's not optimal. (bad performance + bad quality vs bad quality)
TwinPrime asked this question on 06-11-2021 at 10:16 AM
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06-12-2021 at 06:32 AM
two 8GB stick
johnnytrendy asked this question on 06-14-2021 at 11:08 AM
06-14-2021 at 11:08 AM
It is not as good as Nvidia options for wireless streaming from PC to quest 2. Due to lack of encoder support amd bit rate is capped at 100mbps vs Nvidia 200mbps. It would have some impact on image quality due to compression.

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You have to act fast, this will sell out soon. AMD chipset laptops are in a shortage anyway, so cant image this being in stock much longer.

Although few things to keep in mind:

1. The battery life is AMAZING according to reviews, it cant get any better for a gaming machine.

2. The thermals are amazing and impressive given the form factor

3. NO WEBCAM (huge for me), no numpad (the trackpad also doesnt have a digital numpad like other ROG Strix Scar laptops)

4. The HDMI port is connected to iGPU rather than dGPU so you have a limited HDMI 2.0 connection instead of HDMI 2.1

Where this laptop really shines is QHD resolution. At FHD it is kinda limited in performance. So any kind of gaming where you are connecting it to an external monitor with QHD or higher resolution, this is A BEAST for the price.

Checkout the Anandtech review:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/16...-advantage
Exactly, so if Jarrod's Tech is serious about this comment, RX 6800M should outperform RTX 3080 laptop easily in my use case: with an external monitor.

Honestly speaking, upgrading ram with good sub timing alone would increase the performance easily by 5 to 10% according to Jarrod. And according to my own experience, MUX switch is about 5%! (Intel iGPU is about 10-15% deficit if no MUX)

These numbers are so huge that I can't believe it is true. But logic tells me yes it is true. Not sure why Asus does this.
Bummer no MUX but decided to go for it anyway since I had a 10% Birthday Coupon which worked making it $1,484.99 and $1607.72 out the door with $70 in rewards incoming. Thx for the post.

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The Asus ROG STRIX G15 laptop with Radeon RX 6800M cannot reach its true gaming potential due to slower stock RAM and missing MUX switch
RAM can't be changed?
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The Asus ROG STRIX G15 laptop with Radeon RX 6800M cannot reach its true gaming potential due to slower stock RAM and missing MUX switch
Exactly, so if Jarrod's Tech is serious about this comment, RX 6800M should outperform RTX 3080 laptop easily in my use case: with an external monitor.

Honestly speaking, upgrading ram with good sub timing alone would increase the performance easily by 5 to 10% according to Jarrod. And according to my own experience, MUX switch is about 5%! (Intel iGPU is about 10-15% deficit if no MUX)

These numbers are so huge that I can't believe it is true. But logic tells me yes it is true. Not sure why Asus does this.
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RAM can't be changed?
It can be changed.
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Non starter with no Mux switch. Also going to have spend a good deal to get decent RAM so closer to $2k with tax.

I dont like the idea of buying a "pre gimped" laptop. Also, for $1650, id fully expect a 1 TB SSD.
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Bummer no MUX but decided to go for it anyway since I had a 10% Birthday Coupon which worked making it $1,484.99 and $1607.72 out the door with $70 in rewards incoming. Thx for the post.
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I just got an ROG STRIX G17 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3060, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM
Total cost was around $1800 after taxes + shipping
I'm wondering whether I should cancel my order and go for this instead, though…
Any suggestions?
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I really am so close to pulling the trigger but I really would prefer to see if a 6800m comes out with a MUX switch. Even with bday coupon, it's still gone be close to $1600 after tax, plus the cost to replace ram.
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Pulled the trigger, wish had a bestbuy coupon
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I just got an ROG STRIX G17 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3060, 1TB SSD, and 16GB RAM
Total cost was around $1800 after taxes + shipping
I'm wondering whether I should cancel my order and go for this instead, though…
Any suggestions?
Replace the ram in this with some with better timings and you're buying 3080 laptop performance + 12gb VRAM instead of 8gb for the cost of a 3060 laptop.
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The Asus ROG STRIX G15 laptop with Radeon RX 6800M cannot reach its true gaming potential due to slower stock RAM and missing MUX switchThe slower RAM gimps the gaming performance by up to 20% on the Asus model, while the missing MUX switch is further limiting the potential that should match models equipped with RTX 3080 mobile dGPUs. Similar RAM problems can also be encountered on the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. However, the Lenovo Legion 7 AMD features faster RAMsome AMD-based laptops could come with RAM kits that slow down the gaming as well as the productivity performance. The slower RAM kits were spotted on the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and more recently on the Asus ROG STRIX G15 with the new RX 6800M dGPUs. the stock RAM kits coming with the aforementioned laptops appear to be produced by Samsung, while the replacement RAM kits come from Crucial and integrate Micron chips. Both are single rank 2x 8GB kits with DDR4-3200 speeds and CL22 timings. However, the Crucial kit is 1RX8 (single rank 8 bank), whereas the Samsung stock kit is 1RX16 (single rank 16 bank), plus there is a difference with the secondary timings that is not mentioned in any public specstRRDS, tRRDL, tFAW, tRFC ns latency and value plus the tRFC2, tRFC4 and tSTAG timings are all significantly lower on the Crucial kit. Apparently, all the tRFC timings can make a huge difference to Ryzen CPU performance. the difference is actually around 10% in games and around 5% in content creation apps on the Lenovo laptop, but the gaming performance on the Asus model is taking a bigger hit of around 20% in select titles.It is still unclear what prompts laptop OEMs to use the slower kits on certain models. Could be to reduce production costs and keep MSRP within certain limits. The secondary timings don't seem to be tunable via BIOS or third party software on the AMD systems (most Intel laptops allow this though), so in order to maximize the potential, users are pretty much forced to replace the RAM kitsthe Asus ROG STRIX with RX 6800M dGPU does not have a MUX switch and the dGPU is further gimped by the iGPU that is directly connected to the internal display.Ironically, this Asus model is sporting the Advantage Edition standard of quality for gaming laptops issued by AMD .from jerrods tech on you tube
what ram kit you would recommend to replace the existing ram?
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Non starter with no Mux switch. Also going to have spend a good deal to get decent RAM so closer to $2k with tax.

I dont like the idea of buying a "pre gimped" laptop. Also, for $1650, id fully expect a 1 TB SSD.
Any laptop that you recommend???
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