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ASUS TUF A15 Gaming Laptop Review

 

 

  • So the last AMD notebook that I remember checking out was the Asus rog g14 it was a spectacular machine that had excellent performance because it was one of the first laptops to hit the market with an eight-course 16 third processor from AMD the Ryzen 9 CPU had a really unique design excellent battery life the performance really did put some of the intel notebooks to shame and the price was also a steal considering what you were getting it honestly was an awesome laptop by the way if you’re interested in my full review you can check it out right over here.
  • Asus TUF A15 it’s a slightly more affordable option than theG 14 but what’s really interesting is the specs between the two are prettysimilar but this laptop does cut corners and build quality i/o and a few otherthings on paper when you compare this to the G14 really the only difference is aCPU and GPU well sorta so you’re getting an 8 core 16 threadRyzen 7 4800H that has a higher TDP than the Ryzen 9 4900HS on the G14also the base and boost frequencies are lower on the rise in seven CPU the GPUon the top notebook is in RTX 2060 on max Q versus max Q variant on the G14the rest the specs are basically the same however the price difference ispretty significant this top laptop is 250 dollars cheaper than the G14 whichis actually a lot the starting price of this laptop is $700 and for that you geta Ryzen 5 CPU a gigabytes of RAM and a gtx 1650 you can configure it up to thespecs that I have on my sample right over here but watch out for a few SKUsthat asus is offering some of them have a smaller battery along with a dedicated two and a half inch hard drive.
  • Let’s get into the physical aspects of this laptop then get into performance compared to the G14 and find out if it’s worth getting over some of the other options that arecurrently in the market starting with exterior impressions andI’m just going to say that I’m in love with this sleek sandstone matte greyfinish asus is calling it fortress grey it’s anLumina lid with plastic bits on the inside so it doesn’t feel as premium asa g14 but it is a day and night difference compared to the GFI what didto you that I checked out last year from Asus which was also an AMD basednotebook they’re also offering a bonfire black design which also looks cool but Ipersonally like the gray you just get this utilitarian vibe but when you lookat this thing especially with that tough logo engraved on the center along withsome other design cues that just complete that stealth look I really likeit the webcam is located at the top with a small bump on the lid the nice thingabout this is that allows you to easily open the laptop with just one handnice touch racers the hinge unfortunately wobbles a lot sodefinitely watch out for that when you have this on your lap typing upsomething it does get quite distracting I was also surprised by the fact thatthis hardly showed any fingerprints so that’s definitely a bonus there is a bitof flex on the lid particularly in the center and I expected that because thisain’t a unibody design that would cost you more money things do take aninteresting turn around when you open that lid because this interior spacejust does not reflect the low profile look from the outside it just screamsgamer II and I’m not a fan of it I think Asus was trying too hard tocompensate for the plastic materials being used here by going with a brushedtexture I actually prefer these sandstone finishon the rog gfld you in fact the interior looks way better onthat versus the stuff laptop you’re getting a full-size keyboard with our Gfonts on the key caps the arrow keys are miniscule compared to the rest so itmight be a problem for people with larger hands the keys themselves feelgood they do have a bit of travel distance but feel a bit mushy I’m notsure if it’s due to the plastic body but it’s certainly not as good as a g14 theOise keys are translucent which is kind of unique because you can see theswitches underneath but it just kills the consistency I assume gamersappreciate this set Federation RGB lighting has made its way into thekeyboard the elimination. 
  • Oise keys do look a bit weird especially whencompared to the rest of the keyboard it’s bright enough to get you throughthose night gaming sessions honestly I just wished if they were all the samebut let me know in the comments down below do you guys prefer having aseparated wast key layout versus the other way around I’m curious to know thetrackpad is surprisingly really good for the price point it is a smooth plasticfinish which really helps navigating through Windows easily it’s actuallybetter than the arrow series on gigabyte laptops which was surprising to me it’snot a glass surface like what you’ll find on more expensive premium notebooksout there but it gets a job done it also has support for Windowsprecision drivers which is nice and something that this notebook reminded meof is just how amazing dedicated primary left and right buttons where we’re slowhe’s trying to see integrated ones but this has dedicated buttons and they’reawesome I mean just take a listen for yourself I can just do this all day Iwould totally do this all day if that was my job I would do it though thatwould be pretty boring but I would still do it so this is the webcam test on thetop 15 the video quality is obviously not the greatest but the microphonesounds pretty good you will notice a lot of compression with my voice but it doesa pretty good job isolating the background noise so that’s nice thespeakers are bottom facing.
  • Asus pulled a really smart move by addingcutouts on the side resulting in twice the sound output compared to previousgenerations and I’ve got to say these sound pretty amazingthe bass is deep because the sound bounces back to the chassisespecially when you have it laid out flat on a desk the highs are nice anddetailed but they do tend to become harsh sometimesbut for casual or general listening purposes this thing will exceed yourexpectations it’s actually better than my played 15 port selection is decentbut there are a few questionable choices most of them are on the left-hand sidestarting with power in LAN port HDMI 2.0 to USB 3.0 chin one type a ports a typec 3.2 gen 2 that also supports DisplayPort 1.4 with g-sync and an audiojack switching over to the right you get a single USB 2 port that’s right I don’tknow why I’m not sure if it’s even legal to ship notebooks in 2020 with a USB 2port also keep in mind that those two type-a ports on the left-hand side arefive gigabits per second versus tingler’s per second which is theupdated spec I mean I guess this is an area where Asus had to cut corners so itis what it is we ought to display it’s a 15.6 inch IPSlevel with 144 Hertz that also supports adaptive sync unfortunately it isn’t themost color accurate screen because it only covers 64% srgb 48 percent AdobeRGB and 47 percent DCI p3 
  • If you’re a content creator or a photographer youshould probably stay away from this notebook the viewing angles are nice andthere is good contrast I didn’t experience any back beat on my sampleand the screen only gets his brightest 300 nits so other visibility will be abit challenging but with that being said the gaming experience on the TUF A15was absolutely amazing and that’s thanks to the 144 Hertz refresh rate if you’rea hardcore gamer you wouldn’t necessarily prioritize color accuracywhat really matters is that you get a smooth stutter free experience and thisthing delivers upgrading is super easy on this laptop all you have to do to getinside is use a Phillips head screwdriver to undo the custom pop openscrews and bam you’ve got easy access to two RAM slots supported maximum capacityis 32 gigabytes the nvme SSD is right over here and there is an additional m2slot for expansion which is very thoughtful of Asus to include the SSDthat comes with this notebook is not the fastest that I’ve seen but interestinglyenough it edges of the G14 perhaps the most exciting feature of this toughnotebook is the battery life because it just blew all of our minds awayit is absolutely insane Mike dmitri and myself we were just in awe looking atthe numbers because it just it’s magical you see ASUS crammed a 90 watt hourbattery inside this thing and as we all know the power efficiency that comeswith AMD Zen 2 architecture is an engineering marvel so on our light loadtest this laptop last should be longest among our other gaming laptops includingthe G14 I mean more than 10 hours of light use is ultra low category which isjust nuts switching over to our heavy load test running real bench on a loopthis just surpassed our expectations 
  • Finally let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this video performance and I think you’re in here for surprise nowjust like every of the notebook we did test the TUF A15 with its built-inperformance enabled and as we ran our synthetictests to set a baseline we noticed that the Ryzenn 7 4800H was noticeablyfaster than the Ryzen 9 4900HS on the g 4 it was pretty clear on amulti-core test like Cinebench r15 and r20 it also goes to show how far behindintel is even with their eight cores sixteen thread offerings meanwhilesingle core saw both AMD based systems tied and as usual this is an area whereIntel takes the edge but before again to real-world tests I do wanna explainsomething really quickly like we saw in our temperature and frequencies overtime along with Cinebench results the a 15s thicker body basically allowed us tocram in a really really good cooling solution that means the Ryzen 7 4800His able to consistently hit higher frequencies in multi-core loads than the4900 HS in these efforts g14 basically that should mean it’ll gain aperformance advantage by sacrificing weight and size versus g14 in mostcases but not every time now in order to see how this noble behaves when it comesto clock speeds let’s look at Maya render using every core at 100% over thecourse of 10 minutes as you can see temperatures climb up to around 88degrees Celsius before falling off a cliff and stabilizing over 70 degreeswhy is this happening well you can see some hints as we add clock speeds tothis so basically it looks like this 4800H boosts high for the first twominutes and 30 seconds of the test at 3.6 gigahertz but then aim thesealgorithms step things down to 3.1 gigahertz that’s still a reallyrespectable clock speed but it didn’t change no matter how much cooling wethrow at it this is probably because it reached a power threshold moving on togaming and here’s where things get really interestingsince do maternal puts in multi-core but not full core load on the CPU the powerlimit gets avoided so temperatures are able to remain pretty high this is alsobecause the GPU is working at full load so every internal components getimpacted unlike the Maya test this situation means a gradual decrease inclock speeds rather than them falling off a cliff for this game ittranslates to about three point three five gigahertz has a constant after 10minutes or so which is pretty respectable as for GPU temperatures wellthey were really kept below invidious throttling thresholds throughout thetest this also goes to show how good 
  • Asus is cooling assembly is and movingon to the actual clock speeds those leveled out at about fifteen fiftymegahertz which is actually well above invidious stated boost clock of twelvehundred megahertz for this graphics card what that means is that there’s thermalHeadroom that’s being taken advantage of allowing the RTX 2060 to hit higherthan these spec frequencies so let’s jump into the real-world tests and yeahman this rise in seven CPU just loves to flex its muscles it’s honestly not funnyat this point Zen’s capabilities with its increased IPC and blistering fastmulti-core performance ace this blender test in record time the same story goeswith DaVinci Resolve the higher TDP on this price and seven CPU does allow tomaintain higher clock speeds for longer which results in faster exports versusG14 I also want to mention that this is a very GPU focused render so the rtx2060 is at a disadvantage versus the rtx 20 70’s and the 2080’s the Intelmachines we have come with it’s also why the a 15s non max-q version takes theedge in the AMD vs. AMD comparison switching over to premiere with the newupdate leveraging Nvidia and AMD GPUs export times have become faster so nowthe AMD systems are really competitive but Intel takes the edge here and thereason for that is pretty interesting even though the new premier updateleverages GPU horsepower it doesn’t use both the discrete invideo card and Indies integrated graphics alongside one another meanwhileon the Intel system it still uses Quick Sync and the discrete card to boostperformance even further if you use handbrake for transcoding this Ryzen CPUis fast will certainly faster than Intel by a longshot and wrapping things upwith our compression test using WinRAR it lines up with our expectationsbasically the CPU is super impressive guys and it can keep up with anythingand everything you throw at it whether if it’s compiling code rendering youname it gaming also favored be tough No when compared to the g14 as you can seewith 
  • Tomb Raider Far Cry 5 Rainbow six siege and overwatch be sustained highclock speeds on the CPU along with the non max-q rtx 2060 pushed out framerates that were much higher than the g14 at 1080p set to the high settings butlet’s also not forget the g14 is significantly smaller than a toughnotebook and is thinner too so the frame rates that it yields are alsorespectable it’ll be certainly interesting to see where things fall ifor when amy notebooks are even paired with higher end GPUs but for now theydeliver an awesome combination of 1080p performance with really good pricing nowmoving on a bit I decided to also test the performance with Asus turbo modeenabled and the increase was very minimal over the standard performancemode versus the epic amount of noise it produced honestly I just stick to thestandard mode and not even venture into turbo because it just sounds like a jetfan surface temps are okay under heavy gaming sessions the only area you needto watch out for is the top right hand side because it does become a hot spotand that might be an issue if you’re gaming for longer sessions with anexternal mouse so I think it’s time to conclude my thoughts on the TUF a15gaming laptop and guys I’ve got to give it to Asus for delivering a really fastmachine for $1200 the performance is absolutely amazing it just puts some ofthe most expensive offerings from Intel to shame when it comes to 
  • CPU intensiveworkloads that Ryzen 7 CPU it’s a loss to flex man is fast it’s that’s theonly thing I can say it actually is faster than the Ryzen 9 4900HS on theG14 but that’s also because Asus was able to cram in a really good coolingsolution and also you are of course sacrificing on the weight and sizecompared to that laptop now when it comes to gaming it’s certainly not thefastest machine out there especially when it compared to notebooks withhigher-end GPUs that RTX 2060 does come at a disadvantage but it still gets jobdone at 1080p for the most part I just really wish to see higher-end GPU ispaired with AMD CPUs I’m not even sure if that’s gonna happen anytime soon butif it does that would make history I really like the exterior design of thea15 as I mentioned earlierit looks utilitarian which obviously goes along with tough branding but theinterior design man it just kills me it looks gamery it doesn’t really itdoesn’t really align with the exterior design of this laptop and if you’rewilling to get over that that’s okay you can definitely pick this up it’s a greatoption you are compromising a few things like build quality because for the mostpart it is a plastic chassis except for the lid the hinge is not quite strong itdoes wobble a lot and the display is not color accurate so if that’s somethingthat you value you should probably look elsewhere though given that this isgeared towards gamers if you look it from that perspective this thingdelivers because of that 144 Hertz refresh rate finally the i/o it’s not upto spec you’re not getting the fastest USB 3.0 gen to the fact that it has aUSB 2 port these are certainly some things to keep in mind and finally I should mention that this does not have a Wi-Fi 6 modules so it really depends onhow you value that as well but overall for the price I’m impressed. 
  • I’m seriously impressed I think the performance is what is the most exciting thing about the TUF a15 it’s the fastest machine that we’ve ever encountered compared to the Intel offerings that we have which are kind of awesome so on that note thank you so much for watching let us know what you think of the a15from Asus and if you’re shopping around for a laptop within this price range would you consider this let me know in the comments down below I’m your bear with hurricane ax that gets much-watching stay safe my friends and spend responsibly because that’s more important right I’ll see you guys in the next one 
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