If you don’t want to spend a lot more than two grand on a gaming laptop that has an RTX 3070 GPU, a 1TB SSD, and 32GB of 3200MHz RAM, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513QR-AS98 is worth checking out. Well, unless you have extra cash, of course.
It sounds dramatic, but it is insane. You spend less money on a gaming laptop with better specifications than a 2K+ gaming laptop. It has a better screen (300Hz vs 144Hz IPS), a top CPU for gaming, 32GB of RAM instead of 16GB, and a massive 1TB SSD instead of just 512GB.
What is more, it has the newer RTX GPU, the 3070, rather than the RTX 2070.
To see whether or not this hardware can deliver, this review will reveal a lot of information about this laptop.
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513QR-AS98 has an insanely powerful combination of specifications out of the box. This combo makes this laptop “very” capable of running any modern game on ultra and high settings without overclocking, including the most demanding game, Cyberpunk 2077.
Specs Index For G513QR-AS98
|Product||ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 300Hz IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, AMD Ryzen R9-5900HX, 32GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, Per-Key RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, G513QR-AS98|
|Screen||15.6″ Full-HD IPS screen with 300Hz refresh rate and 1920×1080 screen resolution|
|CPU||New generation 8-Core/16-Threads AMD Ryzen R9-5900HX with 4.60GHz Turbo Boost|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070|
|RAM (2x memory slots)||32GB (2x16GB, dual-channel) at 3200MHz|
|Other Features||3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (10Gbps), 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (20Gbps, Power Delivery 3.0 (100w, 20v/5A), and DisplayPort version 1.4), HDMI 2.0b, 1x 3.5mm Audio jack, ROG RangeBoost wireless, RJ-45 Network port, Bluetooth, a Backlit per-key RGB Keyboard|
|Pros & Cons||VIEW|
G513QR-AS98 vs G513QR-ES96
Got a few bucks extra cash? See this G513QR-AS98 VS G513QR-ES96 specs differences, so you get an idea about which unit will fit your budget.
In short, the G513QR-ES96 model has double the RAM and storage capacity, the rest is all the same.
|RAM (2x memory slots)||32GB (2x16GB, dual-channel) at 3200MHz||64GB (2x32GB, dual-channel) at 3200MHz|
|Storage||1TB SSD||2TB SSD|
The 5900HX Ryzen 9
The G513QR-AS98 unit roars with the Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, the latest AMD processor that is specifically designed for powerful gaming laptops. This 8-Core 3.3 GHz Zen-3 based chip belongs to the top-tier gamers’ laptop processors.
In our benchmarks, the 5900HX was one of the fastest laptop processors in 2021Notebookcheck.net
The PassMark CPU benchmark shows that this chip is the 2nd fastest AMD CPU for mobile computers, it even outperforms the 11th Generation (the newest) Intel i9-11950H. How insane!
So, in other words, your new gaming laptop will have a CPU and GPU that are at the top of any benchmark charts. We’ll talk about the GPU below.
Solid Graphics Card
The GPU in this G15 G513QR-AS98 is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. It’s a high-class GPU, a few levels up from the RTX 2070, 3050 Ti, or even RTX 3060 seen in most laptops in this price category. On top of that, this Ray-Tracing GPU can compete with the roughly double-priced RTX 3080 GPU in terms of performance.
This dedicated graphics card stands out as the second fastest Ampere chip available, thanks to its 8GB of GDDR6 video memory and its 256-bit memory interface. Combined with the good cooling system of this ASUS ROG model, it is capable of performing fast, making it an excellent choice for 4K or QHD gaming.
This GPU is in the top 10 high-end GPUs, blowing the common GPU RTX 3060 out of the water. As a result, you will be able to play modern AAA games, including the 2022 God of War, in full resolution with high to ultra settings without issues.
The G513QR-AS98 can overclock its CPU and GPU by default. Notice the letter “X” in the CPU’s name, 5900HX. It refers to the CPU’s ability to automatically overclock when needed.
And there are a variety of performance profiles that you can choose from by pressing the “fan” button on your keyboard. Specific profiles will also activate the overclocking of your CPU. This feature will also be able to detect your power source while your laptop is running, whether or not you are using the battery, the power DC, or even the USB-C PD.
For example, when using the performance profile, you can choose “Silent” whenever you are at work or school. This will prevent the fan from running.
RAM & Storage Capacity: Massive!
Now we get right to the point where most gamers and advanced PC users care about the most: the memory and storage capacity.
The ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513QR-AS98 comes with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD! This is insane, since everywhere the RTX 3070 GPUs are out of stock, and this laptop still comes with these monstrous specs at this competitive price. With its dual-channel 2x16GB of memory (3200MHz rather than 2999MHz) and fast SSD, you won’t need to worry about multitasking and other demanding PC tasks, including playing games.
The mix of these strong specifications makes this laptop ready to handle a wide variety of computing work.
Other Points to Note
Other than the power and attractive look, this G513QR-AS98 also has other selling points that we cannot ignore. Let’s take a look at them now.
300Hz IPS panel
This ASUS ROG Strix G15 R9-5900HX model features a 15.6″ IPS display with a 300Hz screen refresh rate. Compared to a 60Hz or 144Hz screen, this screen offers smoother gameplay.
This video demonstrates that games will run more smoothly on a higher refresh rate screen than on a lower one.
You are receiving a new gaming laptop with a screen worth hundreds of dollars.
Configurable Per-Key RGB Keys
ASUS includes a per-key RGB keyboard with this machine, and you can configure them individually. This said, if you want to have different colors for your keys, no problem, you can do that easily. This feature alone is worth the extra cost when compared to other laptops with similar specs, as it shows how pleasing and mesmerizing the per-key backlighting feature is.
Even better, you can choose one color for all of your keys in case you bring this machine to your working place.
The touchpad of the G513QR-AS98 is top-notch. It is made from glass and responds very well. It also supports Windows precision drivers. However, for gaming, it is always more fun to use an external mouse for me.
Reliable Cooling System
The next question when we speak about playing AAA games is how this G513QR-AS98 handles the temperature. Thanks to its advanced cooling management, ASUS calls it the ROG’s Intelligent Cooling System. This system features up to four fan outlets, which can lower the CPU’s temperature by up to 12 °C. This also means it reduces the noise by up to 4%.
What does it all mean? Well, it just means that you won’t have to worry about burning your lap or your table during your long gaming session since the CPU temperatures will remain comfortably low. For gamers, this lower temperature makes a big impact.
Broad I/Os & Connectivity
In terms of ports and connectivity, I love this laptop. It has more USB ports than most. There are 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (10Gbps), and 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 with 20Gbps fast transfer rate, Power Delivery 3.0 (100w, 20v/5A), and DisplayPort version 1.4 Type-C port.
Then there are also a Gigabit Ethernet port and HDMI 2.0b, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. The HDMI 2.0b port allows you to connect to an HDTV or 4K monitor at up to 60Hz to install two screens next to each other.
The ethernet port is a huge plus for anyone who wants consistent internet speed while gaming.
There is one thing that we don’t want to cover up: this laptop has no built-in webcam. But in reality, I don’t think you are going to miss it since all laptop webcams have so so quality. So, getting a better webcam is more fun for your video chats because the picture quality is just another level.
Whenever appropriate connections are accessible, this unit allows you to game reliably at LAN speeds, thanks to the ROG Rangeboost.
This feature analyzes the 4 internal antenna signal strengths and intelligently selects the most effective pair to use to increase the wireless range, and also reduce dead spots. All this gives Wi-Fi performance a boost of up to 30%.
Could it be better?
Of course. Is it a solid laptop? Absolutely, it offers a great system with a lot of great features, terrific aesthetics, and solid build quality. So if you are looking for a gaming laptop with the new Ryzen 9 generation, reliable RTX 3070, 32GB of RAM rather than 16GB, and 1TB SSD rather than 512GB without having to worry about upgrading RAM or storage, look no further.
For what the processor and GPU give you combined with a full-HD 300Hz IPS screen and those nifty features like per-Key RGB keyboard will make your gaming experience much more fun and smooth.
All in all, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513QR-AS98 is a beast of a gaming laptop that can easily play your library of AAA games on ultra settings.