Asus seems to be working on what could be the ultimate AMD console laptop. According to a CPU-Z post, the latest ROG Strix G15 will be equipped with a lethal combination of AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX (Cezanne) processor and Radeon RX 6800M graphics cards.
The unreleased laptop (via Tum Apisak) appears to have the G513QY model number. Unless Asus is working on a new gaming laptop, the G513 is the same as the ROG Strix G15 G513, which was previously only available with Nvidia discrete graphics options.
The G513QY will be powered by the flagship Ryzen 9 5900HX chip. However, Asus already sells the ROG Strix G15 with the aforementioned chip. The octa-core Zen 3 chip has a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz. However, the Ryzen 9 5900HX allows overclocking and has a cTDP of up to 54W, so there is space for experimentation.
The G513QY will focus on the upcoming Radeon RX 6800M, which is the handheld version of the Radeon RX 6800, for discrete graphics. Since AMD has not yet officially released the handheld RDNA 2 (Big Navi) graphics cards, the requirements are unclear. However, according to the CPU-Z submission, the Radeon RX 6800M has up to 12GB of GDDR6 ram, which is just 4GB less than the desktop equivalent.
Using an AMD processor and graphics card with the same system has evident advantages. The fusion will enable the G513QY to take advantage of AMD’s SmartShift technology, which balances power between the processor and graphics card based on workload. With SmartShift available, AMD claims a performance boost of up to 14%. The technology made its debut with Dell’s G5 15 SE, so it’s encouraging to see other vendors go all-in with AMD.
The Radeon RX 6800M would undoubtedly be the workhorse of the mobile RDNA 2 force. Assuming AMD replaces any mobile RDNA 1 component with an RDNA 2 equivalent, we might see up to three more SKUs, such as the Radeon RX 6700M, RX 6600M, and possibly an RX 6500M. AMD hasn’t said when its mobile RDNA 2 offers will be available, so there’s nothing to do but wait.