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AMD TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU review (GTX 1660Ti 80W, Ryzen 5)

AMD TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU assessment (GTX 1660Ti 80W, Ryzen 5)

That is our second assessment of a 2020 Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506 pocket book, this time in a lower-tier FA506IU configuration, after rigorously analyzing the top-tier FA506IV mannequin in a earlier article.

This FA506IU variant is extra inexpensive than the IV mannequin, because it’s powered by an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics chip, with varied choices for CPUs, storage, RAM and screens. On the similar time, it additionally runs cooler and barely quieter, whereas considerably sacrificing the multi-threaded and gaming efficiency in comparison with the Ryzen 7/RTX 2060 FA506IV model. Nonetheless, that is nonetheless a succesful multitasker and FHD gamer, and with a less expensive beginning value of round $1000 or much less on the time of this put up.

Our take a look at unit runs on the mid-tier Ryzen 5 4600H 6/C/12T processor, a wonderful price range different for the i7-9750H accessible in most different gaming laptops, complemented by 32 GB of RAM, twin storage and a 60 Hz IPS-like display. Nonetheless, Asus provides this laptop computer primarily with a 144 Hz display, the identical one accessible on the IV configuration, and the one you must undoubtedly get on a gaming laptop computer.

We’ve gathered our impressions of the TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU down beneath, with the positives and the quirks you have to be conscious of should you plan to get one in every of these for yourselves.

Specs as reviewed – ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU
Show 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px IPS 60 Hz, 16:9, non-touch, matte, LG LP156WFC-SPD1 panel (144 Hz display possibility accessible)
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 6C/12T
Video AMD Radeon Vega 6 + Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 80W OC 6GB GDDR6 (with Nvidia 442.23)
Reminiscence 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs)
Storage 1x M.2 PCI x4 slot (512 GB Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB SSD) + 2.5″ HDD bay on this 48Wh battery model
Connectivity Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111), Wi-fi 6 (Realtek 8822CE) 2×2, Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 2x USB-A Three.2, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP and charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic, Kensington Lock
Battery 48 Wh, 180 W energy adapter
Measurement 360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 256 mm or 10.079” (d) x 24.9 mm or .98” (h)
Weight 2.21 kg (four.9 lbs), .60 kg (1.32 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model
Extras single-zone RGB backlit keyboard, webcam, stereo audio system

This can be a mid-specced configuration of the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506, within the FA506IU variant that comes with Nvidia GTX 1660Ti graphics and a Ryzen 5 4600H processor. Asus provides the collection in a number of totally different variations, with varied quantities of RAM and storage, a properly as both Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 processors, or GTX 1650 Ti to RTX 2060 graphics.

In case you’re involved in different variants, we’ve additionally reviewed the Ryzen 7 4800H/RTX 2060 OC variant right here, in addition to the Ryzen 7/GTX 1650 Ti mannequin over right here, within the bigger 17-inch TUF A17.

Design and building

We’ve already lined this half in our earlier A15 FA506IV assessment, so I’ll hyperlink to that article for our in-depth impressions.

In only a few phrases, the A15 collection improves over the earlier FX505 fashions in a few methods. The inside continues to be plastic and MIL-STD-810H compliant, however feels barely sturdier and nicer made than on the earlier FX505s.

The outside is offered in a premium metallic Fortress Grey model, or a extra primary Bonfire Black plastic variant, reserved for the decrease tier configurations, and the one we now have on this pattern. If potential, go along with the Grey mannequin, it feels and appears higher and does a means higher job at hiding smudges and fingerprints. I purposely haven’t cleaned this Black model earlier than taking photos, and right here’s how the lid takes care of utilizing it for the final week.

So far as practicality goes, bigger rubber ft hold this laptop computer properly anchored on a desk, there are not any sharp edges or corners, and the display may be simply opened and adjusted with a single hand. The standing LEDs are nonetheless positioned beneath the display, although, and the display solely goes again to about 145 levels, and never all the way in which flat.

The IO is usually positioned on the left aspect, however there’s additionally a USB-A slot on the left aspect on this technology. The novelty is the addition of a USB-C port, however there are nonetheless no card-reader, Thunderbolt Three or biometrics, options reserved for higher-class notebooks.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard hasn’t modified a lot between generations, apart from the redesigned arrows, which at the moment are smaller, but additionally higher spaced from all of the keys round. The format nonetheless features a NumPad, with narrower keys than the principle deck, however in any other case, the design is sensible and easy.

That is nonetheless RGB backlit. The illumination is single-zone and solely provides a handful of results, not like the higher-tier ROG fashions.

So far as the typing expertise goes, that additionally hasn’t modified a lot from the older TUFs.

The keys are clean to the contact and journey roughly 1.eight mm into the body, however additionally they really feel slightly spongy and shallow, so the suggestions takes a while to get used to. Total, this felt slightly sluggish and imprecise, however a number of 1000’s of phrases later, I used to be capable of get alongside effective with it. Total, I really feel this can be a honest keyboard for this phase and one that the majority of you must discover ok, even when there are undoubtedly nicer typers on the market.

For mouse, Asus went with an immovable plastic touchpad and devoted click on buttons, as a substitute of the clunky clickpad of the previous. It’s moderately small for this point in time and it’s an Elan implementation with Precision drivers, which I discovered effective for on a regular basis use, faucets, and gestures. The press buttons are very good, clean and quiet, however the floor nonetheless rattles when tapped firmer. Not as loudly as on the FX505s, although.

As for biometrics, there are nonetheless none on this laptop computer.

Display

Asus provides two display variants for the TUF FA506 lineup, both 60 Hz IPS-like FHD or 144 HZ IPS-like FHD. We have now the previous on this take a look at unit, the 60 Hz possibility that can make its means into among the base-level configurations within the collection.

Nonetheless, should you’re within the 144 Hz panel possibility, you may learn all about it in our assessment of the TUF A15 FA506 configuration.

Again to our 60 Hz panel, it’s the mediocre LG LGD0563 that we’ve seen carried out in base-level configurations of different notebooks prior to now, such because the Acer Nitro 5 and Asus VivoBook S532. It doesn’t supply a lot when it comes to brightness or colours, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an IPS-like panel with respectable distinction, uniformity and viewing angles.

Right here’s what we bought in our assessments, with a Sypder4 sensor:

  • Panel ID: LG Philips LGD0563 (LP156WFC-SPD1);
  • Protection: 60.1% sRGB, 41.6% AdobeRGB, 42.7% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.26;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 210 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 772:1;
  • White level: 7100 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.27 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No;
  • Response time: ~42 GTG.

Calibration addresses the Gamma and White Level skews, but additionally additional drops the general brightness. The panel is in any other case pretty uniform and doesn’t undergo from noticeable light-bleeding or coloration shifting.

Nonetheless, on prime of all these features talked about earlier, that is additionally not a fantastic selection for gaming, resulting from its sluggish response occasions and refresh price.

In conclusion, I’d keep away from this display selection if potential, particularly should you’re planning to run video games in your pocket book. A lot of the TUF A15 configuration appear to get the 144 Hz display as a substitute, which isn’t considerably richer or brighter, however continues to be an total improve throughout the board. And if a TUF A15 base-level mannequin with this 60Hz panel in the one one you may squeeze inside your price range, I nonetheless wouldn’t go this route and moderately have a look at a earlier technology laptop computer with a greater display. There needs to be loads of these on sale.

and efficiency

Our take a look at mannequin is the mid-specced Asus TUF Gaming FA506IU configuration within the FA506 lineup, with the Ryzen 5 4600H processor, 32 GB of RAM in dual-channel, an M.2 PCIe x4 SSD and a 2.5″ HDD for storage, as properly twin graphics, with the overclocked 80W model of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB chip, alongside the up to date Radeon Vega 6 iGPU throughout the AMD APU.

This can be a pre-production mannequin with the software program accessible as of early-April 2020 (BIOS 302, Armoury Crate 2.6.10, GeForce 442.23 drivers – more moderen variations weren’t supported), thus sure features may change with future software program updates. Nonetheless, our outcomes are in keeping with the offered AMD/ASUS pointers, so they need to be largely what you’ll get with retail fashions, maybe with some slight modifications in thermal conduct and battery effectivity. We’ll replace if essential as soon as/if we get to check a closing variant.

The Ryzen 5 4600 processor is the massive promoting level of this configuration, an inexpensive 6C/12T different for the Ryzen 7 4800H and a stable competitor for the 6C/12T Intel choices on the market. It’s backed up by dual-channel DDR 3200 MHz RAM on this pocket book, in addition to assist for SSD and HDD storage. Our unit comes with a Kingston PCIe x4 SSD that returned middling efficiency numbers in our assessments. Nonetheless, we bumped into the identical concern with it getting sizzling that we additionally seen on the earlier A15 assessment unit, and from what I can inform, that’s resulting from the truth that this SSD is positioned proper subsequent to one of many inner GPU heatpipes, and when that will get sizzling it causes the SSD to run sizzling as properly. This impacts the efficiency, and may additionally take a toll on the drive’s long-term reliability. Nonetheless, there’s nothing to do about it right here, since this variant will get a single M.2 slot, alongside the two.5″ HDD bay and 48 Wh battery.

So far as the GPU goes, it’s the identical overclocked 80W model of the GTX 1660Ti 6GB chip beforehand reviewed within the TUF Gaming FX505DU. It does means higher in benchmarks and video games although on this new Ryzen platform, as you’ll see down beneath. Nonetheless, single-channel reminiscence takes a toll on the gaming outcomes on current Home windows 10 variations, so be sure you’re at all times getting dual-channel RAM (two DIMMs, one in every slot) with this laptop computer.

However let’s take issues separately. First off, Asus provides three energy profiles for the FA506IU:

  • Silent – prioritizes decrease fan-noise and reduces CPU/GPU speeds and energy;
  • Efficiency – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings;
  • Turbo – Excessive-Efficiency profile with elevated CPU energy allocation and overclocked GPU.

Turbo is simply accessible whereas the laptop computer is plugged-in, and is supposed for gaming and different demanding hundreds. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trade and what I’d suggest for each day multitasking, whereas Silent is nice for video and light-use on battery, however makes the laptop computer uneven with multitasking.

With that in thoughts, right here’s what to anticipate from this laptop computer with each day use on Silent (Youtube, Netflix, Typing) and Efficiency (Searching).

On to extra demanding duties, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing hundreds, and we try this by working Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, with the laptop computer on Turbo. There’s no strategy to undervolt or tweak this CPU, so the Turbo Inventory profile is the very best you’re going to get right here.

The Ryzen 5 4600H processor settles for clock speeds of three.eight+ GHz, temperatures of round 85-86 levels Celsius and scores of round 1400 factors, with a TDP that fluctuates between 40 and 58W.

Switching over to Efficiency drops the facility to round 35W in sustained hundreds after a few runs, with fluctuations between 35-55W, in addition to a lower in scores, temperatures, and noise ranges. Additional switching to Silent lowers the TDP much more, to as little as 20W, after hitting 28W through the first runs. Lastly, on battery, the facility is proscribed at solely 12W within the Efficiency mode (Turbo is disabled on this case). Particulars beneath.

That apart, resulting from how briskly this APU finishes the R15 stress take a look at, we’ve additionally run the longer R20 in a loop to confirm our findings.

Subsequent, we ran a few of our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book. 3DMark stress runs the identical take a look at for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit barely handed it with a 97% rating. Luxmark Three.1, alternatively, absolutely hundreds each the CPU and GPU on the similar time. The GPU always runs at 80W, nevertheless, the CPU is just not correctly acknowledged by this take a look at. Lastly, Prime95 absolutely hundreds to CPU; the Ryzen 5 4600H kicks in exhausting at round 54W for the primary minutes, after which fluctuates between 40 and 50W.

Subsequent, we ran the complete suite of assessments and benchmarks, to begin with on the Efficiency profile in Armoury Crate.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13172 (Graphics – 14699, Physics – 17562);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5658 (Graphics – 5548, CPU – 6380);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3187;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 10739;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 39.32 common fps;
  • GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 4890, Multi-core: 25703;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1112, Multi-core: 6552;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1446 cb, CPU Single Core 177 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3228 cb, CPU Single Core 449 cb; ;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 208.86 fps, Go 2 – 81.83 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 43.48 s.

Then we reran them on the Turbo profile.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13817 (Graphics – 15387 Physics – 18378);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5919 (Graphics – 5788, CPU – 6792);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3076;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 11179;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 40.18 common fps;
  • PassMark: Score: 5249, CPU mark: 17170, 3D Graphics Mark: 8819;
  • PCMark 10: 5198 (Necessities – 9286 , Productiveness – 6999 , Digital Content material Creation – 5866);
  • GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 4914, Multi-core: 25955;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1117, Multi-core: 6763;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1467 cb, CPU Single Core 178 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3245 cb, CPU Single Core 449 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 208.33 fps, Go 2 – 82.65 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 41.02 s.

The GPU is already overclocked on the Turbo profile (+100 MHz Core/+30 MHz Reminiscence) and runs pretty sizzling in most video games and titles, so we didn’t push it any additional with MSI Afterburner on this case. There is likely to be some features there although, for the reason that thermals aren’t as excessive as on the RTX 2060 90W variant, so this is likely to be value pursuing.

Moreover, we additionally ran some Workstation associated hundreds, on the default Efficiency and Turbo profiles:

  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 4m 22s (Efficiency), 4m 18s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- GPU Compute: 1m 28s (CUDA);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 14m 32s (Efficiency), 13m 16s (Turbo);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 5m 14s (CUDA);
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU Not Supported;
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 129.13 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 90.91 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 117.51 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Vitality: 11.05 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 154.42 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 39.98 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 73.68 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 14.eight (Turbo);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 68.03 (Turbo).

As soon as extra, these are some glorious outcomes, largely inside 10-15% of the full-power Ryzen 7 4800H processor and means forward of lots of the present Intel mainstream competitors in Blender and the CPU intensive components of Specviepwerf. Nonetheless, Intel laptops win total in mixed CPU/GPU hundreds resulting from the truth that they get larger tier graphics. Moreover, 8Core Intel i7s are additionally an possibility now with Comet Lake H, and that will likely be carried out in many of the premium ultraportables with latest-gen Nvidia Tremendous graphics, the type you’re not getting with AMD configurations anytime quickly.

With these out of the way in which, let’s have a look at some video games. We ran a few DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles on the default Turbo/Silent modes, on FHD and QHD resolutions. We’ve additionally added our gaming outcomes on a 16GB RAM variant of this laptop computer working in single-channel, so that you’ll higher perceive how that impacts the gaming expertise and why you must get dual-RAM on this laptop computer. Right here’s what we bought:

FHD Turbo FHD Turbo Single FHD Silent
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 78-90 fps 76-90 fps 56-62 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 83 fps 76 fps 47 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 140 fps 103 fps 83 fps
Pink Useless Redemption 2 (DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA) 59 fps 56 fps 47 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 85 fps 66 fps 63 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 73 fps 71 fps 54 fps
Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Extremely Preset) 106 fps 70 fps 96 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On four) 58-82 fps 56-78 fps 32-56 fps
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Pink Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Pink Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile based mostly on these settings.

The HWinfo logs beneath present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Shadow of Mordor and Witcher Three on the inventory Turbo profile, which ramps up the followers to about 49-50 dB at head degree on our assessment unit (47 dB displayed in Armour Crate).

Barely elevating the laptop computer from the desk to enhance air-intake beneath has a slight impression on the CPU/GPU temperatures.

Gaming on the Efficiency profile tames down the followers to about 45-46 dB at head degree (44 dB in Armoury Crate), however the CPU and GPU frequencies take a small dip, resulting from larger thermals. Whereas the gaming expertise is just not considerably impacted on Efficiency, I like to recommend gaming on Turbo (with a pair of headphones) for the very best fps and CPU/GPU thermals.

Gaming on Silent additional quiets down the followers to barely audible ranges of about 34-35 dB at head-level (33 dB in Armory Crate), but additionally limits the efficiency of each the CPU (restricted to 9W) and the GPU (restricted to 45W). The GPU drops to 45W inside seconds of switching over to the Silent profile. Most video games are nonetheless working OK, however at lowered framerates. CPU heavy titles take a much bigger hit than others.

Lastly, gaming on battery (on Efficiency) is simply potential with older titles or at lowered particulars. On this case, the CPU was restricted at round 6W, and the GPU fluctuates between 30-45W.

Drawing the road on this TUF A15 FA506IV configuration, I really feel it’s nonetheless a wonderful performer and perhaps even higher worth on your cash than the A15 FA506IV configuration we’re reviewed a number of days in the past. Sure, the Ryzen 7 goes to attain larger in multi-threaded CPU benchmarks and hundreds, however in relation to real-life hundreds and gaming, this 1660Ti variant is inside 10-15% of the RTX 2060 90W mannequin within the titles we’ve examined. Nonetheless, it additionally runs at barely decrease inner temperatures, and whereas the variations are inside Three-5 levels Celsius for each the CPU and GPU, these really make an enormous distinction at these excessive ranges.

In different phrases, whereas the FA506IU averages round 85-90 C (CPU) and 73-78 C (GPU) in demanding titles, the FA506IV averaged round 90-95 C (CPU) and 75-82 C (GPU), each at comparable followers speeds and noise ranges of round 49-50 dB, on the Turbo modes. We’ll additional examine these two variants of the TUF A15 in a separate article, and we’ll additionally pitch them in opposition to the Intel-based i7 + GTX 1660Ti/RTX 2060 configuration.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The TUF Gaming FA506IV will get the identical pretty complicated thermal module additionally carried out within the FA506IV, with two followers and an array of a number of heatpipes masking the CPU/GPU and VRMs.

As talked about earlier, the CPU nonetheless runs sizzling and at excessive TDP on this pocket book, averaging 85-90 levels on Turbo within the extra demanding titles. The GPU averaged 73-78 levels on Turbo within the varied titles we’ve examined, that are pretty OK temperatures for an overclocked GTX 1660Ti. Nonetheless, lots of the accessible Intel/Nvidia fashions with comparable specs run cooler in complicated CPU/GPU hundreds.

So far as fan-noise goes, I already talked about our findings above, however I’ll reiterate right here:

  • Turbo – 49-50 dB with video games (47 dB in Armoury Crate), 49-50 dB with Cinebench loop take a look at;
  • Efficiency – 45-46 dB with video games (44 dB in Armoury Crate), 42-43 dB with Cinebench loop take a look at;
  • Silent – 34-35 dB with video games (33 dB in Armoury Crate), – dB with Cinebench loop take a look at.

The inner temperatures hardly unfold onto the outer shell on this configuration. The underbelly and inside solely attain low to mid-40s with video games, and even switching over to Silent doesn’t push these readings a lot larger, because of the TDP limitations.

*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 30-35 dB (26 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Turbo– taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 49-50 dB (47 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming  – Silent– taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 34-35 dB (33 dB in Armoury Crate)

For connectivity, there’s Gigabit Lan and Wi-fi AC via Realtek chips on this unit. We’ve used our pattern on wi-fi, and it carried out properly each close to the router and at 30+ ft away with obstacles in between, with out drops or different points. For what’s value, although, upper-tier WiFi 6 notebooks have been capable of attain larger speeds with our setup.

The audio system are an upgraded model of what Asus used on the earlier TUF collection. The documentation point out 1.8x louder and a couple of.6x deeper bass. Based mostly on this pattern with the prevailing software program, I can attest to the marginally richer sound with improved bass, lows being noticeable from round 100 Hz in our assessments. Nonetheless, the amount nonetheless topped at round 75-77 dB, which is certainly barely louder than earlier than, however nonetheless not very loud or punchy.

Nonetheless, given the noisy followers on Turbo, you’ll probably need to hook up a pair of headphones when taking part in video games anyway.

Lastly, the digital camera is positioned on the prime of the display, flanked by microphones. It’s OK for infrequent calls, however laggy and grainy.

Battery life

There’s a 48Wh battery inside this TUF Gaming FA506 model. Asus provides the collection with both a 48 Wh (and HDD cage) or a 90 Wh battery, and we bought the previous on this variant. Nonetheless, if potential, I’d suggest choosing the latter, which we reviewed on the FA506IV variant.

Right here’s what we bought when it comes to battery life on our assessment unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~80 brightness).

  • 9.5 W (~5 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Silent  Mode, display at 80%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.7 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 80%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight W (~6 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 80%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16 W (~3h of use) – looking in Edge, Efficiency Mode, display at 80%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 50 W (~1- h of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Efficiency Mode, display at 80%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.

This ran extra effectively than the Ryzen 7/RTX 2060 configuration beforehand reviewed.

This TUF FA506IU configuration additionally comes with a 180W power-brick, barely smaller than the 230W one on the IV variant. The battery fills up in about 2 hours and USB-C charging is just not supported.

Value and availability

The TUF Gaming A15 FA506 is just not but extensively accessible on the time of this text, and we’ll replace the part as soon as that modifications.

Some variations are listed all over the world, although, with a Ryzen 7 4800H / GTX 1660Ti configuration beginning at $999 on the time of this replace within the US, whereas the higher-tier RTX 2060 mannequin begins at $1199, each with the 144Hz show. I’m additionally seeing the identical 4800H/GTX 1660Ti variant listed at 1199 GBP within the UK and 1099 EUR in Europe.

Observe this hyperlink for the most recent up to date costs and configurations accessible in your area.

Last ideas

I mentioned it within the conclusion of the A15 FA506IV assessment and I’m going to say it once more: Asus did very properly with this TUF Gaming A15 Collection and I’m assured it’s going to be extremely fashionable all through 2020.

Moreover, this mid-range FA506IU model, with the GTX 1660Ti GPU and the smaller 48 Wh battery + HDD cage for 200 USD/GBP lower than the highest model with the RTX 2060/90Wh battery, is likely to be the one a lot of you’ll favor. Its efficiency in video games is inside 10-15% of the top-tier variant, based mostly on our findings on this Ryzen 5 configuration, with barely decrease CPU/GPU temperatures. Sure, this looses among the multi-threaded efficiency, however you may at all times go for a Ryzen 7 mannequin of that’s a requirement.

Personally, I’m having a tough time letting that 90W battery go, and I feel that’s the principle cause to improve to the higher-tier model right here. Additionally, make certain to keep away from the 60 Hz display, it’s actually dangerous and I wouldn’t even contemplate it an possibility of the low-tier FA505II fashions with GTX 1650TI graphics. Simply go along with an older product with a greater display as a substitute should you’re on that form of a price range.

Then again, sizzling inner elements appear to be a standard floor for the complete A15 collection. The FA506IV runs at 85+ for the CPU and 73+ for the GPU, and that’s 2-7 levels decrease than on the RTX 2060 mannequin, which matter at this degree. Nonetheless, Intel-based choices with comparable specs run cooler, and permit for undervolting, which Ryzen fashions don’t presently. Nonetheless, you may need a tough time discovering an identical configuration with an Intel i7, and this Ryzen 5 platform demolishes the i5 throughout the board.

In conclusion, there’s undoubtedly good worth on this TUF Gaming A15 FA506IU at round $1000, and I’d have it one my shortlist on this phase, however not with out disregarding different choices such because the Acer Nitros or the Lenovo Legion Y540/Y550s.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been masking cell computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you will largely discover critiques and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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