The new Radeon RX 6800M that incorporates the Asus ROG Strix G15 notebook seems to suffer severe performance problems due to the RAM memory installed factory, as well as when using the integrated display on the team itself. Both can be fixed with relative ease (changing the RAM and using an external display), but it certainly doesn’t seem like a good start for the hardware-focused AMD Advantage initiative.
The problems of the first AMD Advantage laptop
Gaming laptop buyers are already used to buying lower and less powerful versions of the graphics cards sold under the same name but for desktop, with lower TDP and fewer cores. But in addition to these two factors, the Radeon RX 6800M from AMD seems to be being affected by the rest of the hardware in the computer, and very negatively.
This has been shown by the first analyzes of the Asus ROG Strix G15 laptop, the first of this AMD Advantage initiative, in which serious performance problems were discovered when using the RAM included in the laptop and the screen of the equipment itself. This Asus laptop, like many other gaming laptops, uses hybrid graphics that allow you to switch between the dedicated and integrated GPU as more or less power is needed to reduce consumption; This saves battery life, but limits bandwidth and limits CPU consumption.
NVIDIA’s Advanced Optimus technology can force a mode to only use the dedicated GPU, but AMD does not provide this option on the Asus G15, which means that maximum performance can only be achieved when using an external display. Additionally, memory timings appear to substantially detract from gaming performance, something that has previously been seen in other notebooks equipped with AMD Ryzen processors… now, combining both factors means performance losses of up to 25%.
Check out what the RX 6800M could have offered in the Strix G15 Advantage Edition if ASUS could get better RAM + allowed us to disable the iGPU 😱 pic.twitter.com/Lgb8LuNLyb
– Jarrod’sTech (@JarrodsTech) June 4, 2021
Replacing the factory installed RAM and installing an external monitor made the Asus G15 go from 102 to 135 FPS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and this is just one of the many examples we can find. In relative terms, the Radeon RX 6800M gets on par with the RTX 3060 when you could be trading blows with the far more powerful RTX 3080.
AMD shoots himself in the foot again for not doing his homework well
This presents a serious problem for potential buyers, since although these laptops perform excellently, in order to obtain it users would be forced to change RAM that comes standard now use an external monitor, something that could make users decide to buy a desktop computer instead of a laptop to begin with.
Of course the publicity that the AMD Advantage initiative is being totally contrary to what AMD had in mind, since seeing the analyzes of the first totally AMD equipment that have been launched on the market, what gives the impression is that these equipment have lower performance when compared to Intel + NVIDIA alternatives. Of course, “advantages” what is said advantages do not seem to have.
Seeing the Asus ROG Strix G15 with these issues is a particularly bad aspect for AMD, as it is supposed to be the debut of the AMD Advantage initiative, a set of goals set by AMD for laptops when working with manufacturers similar to those of. NVIDIA Max-Q I heardntel Evo. Asus’ recent partnership with AMD to bring Ryzen CPUs to the ROG Zephyrus G14 and Flow X13 ultraportables and even go through the engineering effort to use liquid metal thermal paste in them, it makes these design errors even more puzzling.
Although none of the Advantage requirements explicitly cover RAM, graphics switching or even performance as a whole is supposed to be something that should be validated by AMD for this initiative, as poor implementation as is the case what achieves is the opposite effect, as we have explained, and all because AMD seems to have not validated these first teams launched under the initiative.