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AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX vs Ryzen 7 4800H Review: Is It Worth Upgrading to the New Ryzen Laptops?

AMD’s Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” processors are often praised for their performance and efficiency, doubly more so at or under 45W. Leveraging the Zen 3 core and RDNA 2 graphics on TSMC’s 6nm process, these chips are tailored for high boost clocks and low power consumption. In addition, they’re the first AMD CPUs to feature DDR5/LPDDR5 memory which helps feed the 12 RDNA 2 Compute Units. In this post, we have a look at the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2022) featuring the Ryzen 9 6900HX (APU) and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (dGPU) along with 16GB of DDR5-4800 memory.

  • Strix G17 (2022) Price: $2,100-2,500
  • Strix G15 (2021) Price: $1,109

As usual, gaming is one of the key highlights of the ROG family. In this case, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti delivers well over 60 FPS in every title we tested, including ray-traced heavy-weights Control and Cyberpunk 2077. The Strix 17 nets an average of 107.6 FPS in Control at the High preset (1080p) with ray-tracing set to medium and DLSS at Balanced. In Cyberpunk 2077, we get an average of 59 FPS at the Medium Ray Tracing Preset at 1080p. Hitman 3 and Crysis Remastered also see the Ryzen 9 6900HX/3070 Ti combo push over 90 FPS.

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For comparison purposes, we tested the ROG Strix G15 featuring the Ryzen 7 4800H and the RTX 3050 and 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. The GPUs of the two notebooks are in completely different leagues but that’s the only SKU we had on hand. Obviously, it gets obliterated by the RTX 3070 Ti but that’s not what we’re focusing on here.

The Radeon 680M iGPU on the 6900HX actually manages to offer comparable performance to lower-end dGPUs. We got an average of 52 FPS in Hitman 3 (1080p, low preset) and lows of 22-26 FPS. In comparison, the RTX 3050 scores 52 FPS at 1080p High, with lows of 24-28 FPS. In Crysis Remastered (a game with ray-traced shadows and reflections), the Radeon 680M once gain performs similar to the RTX 3050 with an average FPS of 44 FPS at 1080p Low. The RTX 3050, on the other hand, nets an average of 55 FPS at the High preset. Granted, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, but for an iGPU to perform in the same ballpark as a dGPU is quite remarkable.

Moving on to content creation, we’ll use a compact but effective suite consisting of Blender, Cinebench R20, and R23. Sorry, but we got a limited window to test the notebook.

In Cinebench R20, the Ryzen 9 6900HX is 25% faster than the 4800H in both the single-threaded and multi-threaded benchmarks. Cinebench R23 sees the 6900HX beating the 4800H by over 30%, quite impressive considering the two were launched just two years apart.

In Blender, the two notebooks show similar performance with a delta of 25% in the three scenes.

Last but not the least, we have PCMark 10, a handy application for tracking the CPU and GPU stats across different workloads.

As expected, the 6900HX is 15-30% faster than the 4800H with the largest gains coming from content creation.

On battery power (High Performace preset), the performance deltas between the two drop to under 15% in all but content creation (rendering/editing). In the latter though, the 6900HX is a whole 50% faster than the 4800H.

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Areej

Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.
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