ASUS TUF Gaming A15 – The Real Gaming Beast
While the Republic of Gamers (RoG) series of products targets those who want only the best. The TUF Gaming series is aimed at people who want a quality gaming device, but at the same time hold both feet firmly on the ground. In practice, this means a much more rational purchase. So even the most avid gamers can hardly ignore the great value for money, performance, features, and design that Asus offers by this series. And we tested one of the most interesting computers lately. ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506.
PCPress.rs Image A top laptop does not necessarily consist of the best components. It is often an ideally balanced computer that is versatile, high quality, well combined, and offers excellent capabilities in various modes of use. These are exactly ASUS TUF Gaming laptops. We received an exclusive model of the TUF Gaming A15 series, suffix FA506. With new AMD hardware, had the opportunity to be the first in this area to test the new platform for 2020 and others. Enchanted! Here’s why.
The heir is always expected to take things to the next level. But here virtually every item is taken to the next level. No detail has not been improved over the FX505 predecessor. Which we also tested in detail. The exterior in Fortress Gray attire exudes industrial design and leaves the impression of robust quality. While at the same time discreetly suggesting that this is not an intrusive and over-aggressive design.
But can fit into any ambiance. ASUS managed to reduce the volume by as much as 7% compared to last year’s model. Which are a respectable figure and the result is a more compact and likable computer. At the same time, there is still support for MIL-STD-810H military endurance standards. Which guarantees resistance to complex working conditions, high temperatures, impact resistance, accidental discharge, or humidity.
In every detail, in addition to the design, there is a noticeable and functional note. For example, the folds in the shape of a honeycomb on the lower part of the laptop are not only an aesthetic detail. But also support the airflow, ie cooling, which is extremely important on a high-performance laptop. Clean and clear surfaces are accompanied by easy access to internal components for possible improvement.
The metal cover contains a laser engraved TUF logo. The keyboard not only has a backlight and a numeric part but also uses Overstroke technology. To improve, the feel of the work and faster activation. On top of all that, it is certified at 20 million clicks, so endurance is out of the question. Attention to detail is also seen in the little things. Such as the labels that come in the package and that help you personalize your computer.
The laptop is slightly thicker and heavier than average (24.7 mm, 2.3 kg). But that is expected in this category. It is a 15.6-inch computer, with a Full HD screen (1920 × 1080 pixels). A refresh rate of 144 Hz, which is a fantastic thing for both fluid gaming. And working in a desktop environment that is visibly more pleasant than a typical 60 Hz. The resolution is not too high. And this will help preserve the longevity and relevance of the computer when it comes to running hardware-intensive titles.
The model we had the opportunity to test is the very top of the range in the TUF Gaming A15 series. The performances thrilled us, but at the same time. They are a good sign of what you can get in the TUF series and where it ends. And where the ROG family begins. The processor is Ryzen 7 4800H, with eight cores and 16 threads, and 12 MB of cache. Its operating frequencies range from 2.9 GHz to 4.2 GHz. And seven graphics cores are running at 1600 MHz.
But for gaming purposes, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. With 6 GB of its GDDR6 memory will be used. Allowing G-Sync adaptive refresh for this gaming laptop. It is perfectly suited to launching games in 1080p resolution. And also supports Ray Tracing effects and, the new DLSS 2.0, which represent a huge shift in modern games. At the same time, TUF Gaming A15 laptops will not get faster graphics. So this is the maximum variant.
As much as 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory is a remarkable luxury. And we assume that most sales models will still offer 16 GB of RAM. But on the tested model we enjoyed all the possibilities that so much memory brings. The same goes for the ultra-fast M.2 NVMe SSD of 1 TB. Thanks to which the system is extremely responsive. There is also another M.2 slot for a possible upgrade.
What does all this mean for performance? Virtually all games run at more than 60 frames per second (many over 100). And it is equally important that it has plenty of power reserves in all conditions. Thanks to which the TUF Gaming A15 can be easily transformed from a toy machine into a versatile workstation.
That will is easy to tackle with any challenge and vice versa. That is why the TUF Gaming A15 is one of the computers, that is very easy to recommend to anyone who needs a high level of performance. And we are very pleasantly surprised by AMD’s huge progress and offer of high-performance mobile processors. Which de facto puts such computers’ insight. philosophy of using desktop computers.
Connectivity and Battery Autonomy
After the success in the desktop market. AMD has severely “pressed” its rival with 7-nanometer Ryzen 4000 series processors. It is a Zen 2 architecture (let’s ignore for a moment the potential confusion that Zen 2 architecture on the desktop arrives as Ryzen 3000. And on laptops now as Ryzen 4000), which arrives with quality integrated graphics and excellent performance. Both in absolute terms and in terms of consumption. From quad-core processors to octa-core models with 16 threads. They all range from 35 W to 45 W and have up to 12 MB of cache. When it comes to the more powerful X series.
There is also the U series, intended for thin and light laptops. With very economical 15 W dissipation processors. But also in the ultramobile segment. At the moment, AMD is taking the lead in the laptop market. Just as it has been dictating the pace in the desktop market for some time.
Has mobility been sacrificed? The new 90 Wh battery allows more than eight hours of operation. We recorded almost six and a half hours without any problems in light desktop work. Of course, this will vary depending on how you use it. Cooling is a great solution, with several cooler operation profiles that you can also adjust manually. In terms of ports and connectors, the list includes HDMI 2.0b. Two USB 3.2 Gen 1, and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port. It is compatible with the DP 1.4 standard. One USB 2.0, audio combo connector. LAN is also there. Speakers with DTS: X Ultra support and ASUS Sonic Master audio technology further enhance the enjoyment of everyday work.
It is very difficult to offer anything more than what ASUS presented in the TUF Gaming A15 package. It’s all their performance and attractive design, various specific features, completeness of products. And the versatility of use. If you need a high-performance computer. ASUS has delivered a great solution, to which AMD, Nvidia, and other component manufacturers have contributed. But it is ASUS that has successfully combined them into a fantastic whole. Which is a very smart and rational choice. If you are wondering, we would also like a laptop like this in front of us. That’s exactly gaming laptop what we need!