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Further exploring the downsides of stock RAM kits: Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition with RX 6800M tested in 13 games

AMD-based laptops with MUX switches are coming soon with considerable price hikes. (Image Source: Asus)
AMD-based laptops with MUX switches are coming soon with considerable price hikes. (Image Source: Asus)
Games could see up to 28% fps improvements with faster RAM kits, but the average is around 10% at 1080p max settings or 15% for 1080p low settings. The absence of a MUX switch raises the performance gap to 33% in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, so we might want to wait for the more expensive versions that allow us to disable the iGPU.
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AMD launched the RX 6000M mobile GPUs, and one of the first gaming laptops to feature the high-end RX 6800M model is the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition. Now, as we were reporting last week, Jarrod’s Tech discovered that this particular version features a sub-par RAM kit that slows down the GPU quite a bit. Jarrod initially tested it in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and noticed that the FPS could be increased by 20% with a faster RAM kit from Crucial. Meanwhile, Jarrod managed to perform more elaborate tests in 13 game titles, some of which are seeing  FPS improvements of over 20%.

There is barely any difference at the 1080p highest settings in ray tracing games that rely almost exclusively on the GPU like Cyberpunk 2077 and Control. Red Dead Redemption 2 is also the least affected at the highest settings. At the polar opposite we find games like Call of Duty: Warfare that sees 24% FPS improvements at max settings, Shadow of the Tomb Raider again with up to 28% FPS improvements for lowest settings, plus Watch Dogs: Legion with 25% FPS boost at low settings.

The average FPS gain at max settings for all 13 titles is around 9%, but it ramps up to 15% for lowest settings. Jarrod again shows that the absence of a MUX switch leads to further gimped performance, as the RX 6800M was able to pump up to 33% more FPS with the Crucial kit and an external screen HDMI 2.1 connection in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Apparently, the MUX switch will be offered on more expensive AMD-based models, but the RAM problem could still persist even on those models as Asus is now invoking some supply issues caused by the ongoing shortages.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1630 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-06-11 (Update: 2021-06-12)