ASUS’s all-AMD notebook crippled by subpar RAM modules

It’s certainly not the best way to get the message out there that “AMD is back in notebooks”. The collaborative ROG Strix G15 “Advantage Edition” laptop was meant to be the pinnacle of mobile gaming with AMD components, but review samples proved underwhelming. Over at Jarrod’sTech they found the culprit — slow stock RAM modules — as well as how to fix it with relative ease.

As the video review shows down below, the special edition of the ROG Strix G15 proves slower than expected. The integrated Ryzen 9 5900 HX processor and Radeon RX 6800 M graphics card will bite the dust against notebooks with slower components on paper. It barely outperforms ASUS’s own ROG Strix Scar 15 from last year, that featured an Intel Core i7-10875H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super in most games, which just feels like something went wrong.

That feeling came from the stock memory which ships in the powerhouse notebook, essentially crippling the performance. While they appears to be decent DDR4-3200 modules, it turns out their secondary timings were quite high. Especially when streaming high-resolution textures, these timings might throw off the otherwise high-end CPU and GPU in particular.

After the review went up, Jarrod’sTech experimented with other memory modules. They opted for an almost identical RAM kit from Crucial, boasting only improved secondary timings. And wouldn’t you know? This easy upgrade immediately put performance among the best of its class.

Additional benchmark results were posted to Twitter, showing increases of up to 19 frames per second in Battlefield V. Other games showed performance increases of up to 19% in other games, according to subsequent tweets.

It’s unclear whether the RAM was shipped in exclusively with these review samples, or that we were intended to ship to consumers as well. ASUS has yet to give any official response to the coverage from Jarrod’sTech.

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