ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV evaluate (Ryzen 7 4800H, RTX 2060 90W)
A number of years in the past Asus launched the TUF Gaming pocket book collection, as a extra budget-friendly different of their premium ROG Gaming lineup.
This text is an in depth evaluate of their newest TUF Gaming A15 FA506 replace, primarily based on an AMD Ryzen 4000 platform and Nvidia RTX graphics. Launched within the first half of 2020, this mannequin follows up on the extremely common Asus TUF FX505 fashions of 2019, they usually’re greater than only a bump.
In fact, AMD’s Ryzen 4000 H is a significant step-up from the Ryzen 3000 H within the earlier technology, with an affect on each efficiency and effectivity, as you’ll see down beneath. Nonetheless, the FA506 technology additionally improves on exterior design and ergonomics, in addition to provides options and configuration choices not obtainable earlier than on TUFs.
We’ve spent the previous couple of weeks with a pre-production model of the Asus TUF Gaming FA506IV variant, constructed on an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, and gathered all our ideas down beneath, with the stable elements and the quirks. Nonetheless, primarily based on our expectations and the rules supplied for us by AMD and Asus, we’re assured that our findings are principally according to what you’re going to get on the ultimate fashions stocked in shops.
Specs as reviewed – ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV
|ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IV|
|Show||15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px IPS 144 Hz, 16:9, non-touch, matte, Panda LM156LF-2F01 panel|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8C/16T|
|Video||AMD Radeon Vega 7 + Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 90W 6 GB GDDR6 (with Nvidia 442.23)|
|Reminiscence||32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||2x M.2 PCI x4 slots (1 TB Micron 2200 MTFDHBA1T0TCK), 2.5″ HDD bay on 48Wh battery mannequin|
|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||90 Wh, 230 W energy adapter|
|Dimension||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 256 mm or 10.079” (d) x 24.9 mm or .98” (h)|
|Weight||2.22 kg (four.9 lbs), .80 kg (1.76 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model|
|Extras||single-zone RGB backlit keyboard, webcam, stereo audio system|
It is a highly-specced configuration of the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506, however Asus affords the collection in a number of totally different variations. Base fashions begin with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor, eight GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics and a 48 Wh battery (TUF Gaming FA506II), whereas mid-range models get extra RAM and GTX 1660 TI graphics (TUF Gaming FA506IU).
Moreover, the TUF Gaming lineup additionally contains 17-inch fashions with related specs and options, because the TUF Gaming FA706 collection.
We’ll be overlaying all these in separate articles within the weeks to come back.
Design and building
This 2020 replace of the 15-inch TUF Gaming line is millimetrically smaller and thicker than the FX505s from 2018/19, in addition to about the identical weight. The one facet hinting this lowered footprint is the narrower high display screen bezel, which now will get a reversed notch, just like the Asus ZenBook S.
There’s nonetheless a hefty chin beneath the display screen, with a cut-out between the hinges, meant to assist with cooling and go away the standing LEDs seen with the lid closed. And sure, the standing LEDs are nonetheless positioned beneath the display screen, however they’re now very bight and will be ignored when watching a film in a darkish room. The peskier always-lit energy button, however, not a lot.
Anyway, the extra seen exterior modifications are within the design and selection of supplies. Plastic remains to be used for the inside, bezels, and underbelly, with a barely totally different texture although, and fewer branding parts. The primary-deck will get a textured ending that does a good job at keeping off smudges and scratches, however nonetheless feels relatively low-cost to the contact and reminds you that you simply’re purchasing within the price range phase.
The lid is the key novelty right here, and it’s obtainable in two variations: a less complicated fully-metallic Fortress Grey variant, the one we now have right here, in addition to a extra complicated Bonfire Black different; each get a easy, non-backlit TUF brand within the center and no Asus branding.
The Grey possibility is good to the contact and really properly made for a laptop computer on this cheaper price bracket. The truth is, your entire display screen feels sturdy and doesn’t bend even when abused, and nor does the plastic inner-body. So far as I keep in mind, the earlier FX505s didn’t really feel as properly crafted. Moreover, your entire building nonetheless meets MIL-STD-810H reliability requirements, simply as with the earlier TUF variations.
The Black variant is plastic although and doesn’t really feel as high-quality. So far as I can inform, that’s principally reserved for the decrease tier variants of the TUF Gaming FA506 lineup. We’re engaged on an replace of the TUF FA506II as properly, and we’ll replace as soon as it’s printed.
Flipping the laptop computer the wrong way up you’ll additionally discover a redesigned backside plate, with a honeycomb construction and redesigned air-intake cuts, a lot bigger rubber toes and elevated speaker cuts. The honeycomb construction is supposed to supply improved grip and reinforce the primary chassis, alongside a handful of inside reinforcements seen when eradicating this again panel.
The recent air remains to be pushed out by cuts on the again edge, but additionally by a vent on the best facet on this RTX 2060 configuration. This facet hasn’t modified from the TFU FX505VD. Nonetheless, I discovered it annoying that scorching air was pushed into my mouse when enjoying video games, which prompted my hand to get sweaty. That’s going to be an issue on a small desk.
Talking of the best facet, I gladly observed that Asus have positioned a full-size USB port right here this time round. A lot of the IO stays on the left although, with the PSU on the again, adopted by LAN, HDMI, 2x USB-A and a USB-C port, one other novelty for this replace. Nonetheless no card-reader, although. The USB-C port helps knowledge and DP, however not Thunderbolt Three or charging.
So far as practicality goes, some facets have been modified between generations, and a few have remained the identical. The front-lip and corners are nonetheless blunt and comfy with each day use, and the display screen nonetheless solely opens to about 145 levels and doesn’t fall flat on the again.
Alternatively, the hinges are smoother and now permit to simply open and alter the lid with a single hand, with out feeling too weak, and that notch on the high of the show helps selecting up the display screen extra comfortably. That apart, the FA506 additionally feels a lot stronger anchored on the desk with the bigger and grippier rubber toes.
Total, Asus did properly right here. The plastic inside and the IO nonetheless reminds this can be a lower-tier gaming pocket book, and I personally would have appreciated a 180-screen and maybe having these standing LEDs pushed onto the facet, however the whole lot else is properly made and ergonomic. On a primary look, the TUF Gaming FA506 may not seem to be a significant replace over the FX505s, nevertheless it really improves on a number of smaller facets and particulars that add up for an general higher product.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard hasn’t modified a lot between generations, apart from the redesigned arrows, which are actually smaller, but additionally higher spaced from all of the keys round. The format nonetheless features a NumPad, with narrower keys than the primary deck, however in any other case, the design is sensible and easy.
That is nonetheless RGB backlit, with management over your entire format by the AURA software program embedded throughout the Armory Crate management app. The illumination is single-zone and solely affords 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 in addition they really feel somewhat spongy and shallow, so the suggestions takes a while to get used to. Total, this felt somewhat gradual and imprecise in our exams, however ultimately, a number of hundreds of phrases in, I used to be in a position to get alongside high-quality with it. That’s why I really feel this a good keyboard for this phase and one that the majority of it is best to discover ok, however there are nicer typers on the market.
For mouse, Asus went with an immovable plastic touchpad and devoted click on buttons, as an alternative of the clunky clickpad of the previous. It’s relatively small for this point in time, nevertheless it works high-quality. It’s an Elan implementation with Precision drivers and I discovered it high-quality 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.
The TUF FA506 is the primary TUF Gaming collection to get a 144 Hz FHD IPS show, much like what Asus has been utilizing on their ROG lineups prior to now.
The Panda LM156LF-2F01 model we received on our pattern remains to be solely a middling panel when it comes to brightness and colours, nevertheless it’s one other incremental improve from the 120 Hz panel on the TUF Gaming FX505VD.
Right here’s what we received in our exams, with a Sypder4 sensor:
- Panel ID: Panda LM156LF-2F01;
- Protection: 62.1% sRGB, 43.2% AdobeRGB, 44.Three% DCI P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.14;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 253 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 811:1;
- White level: 7100 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: zero.20 cd/m2;
- PWM: tbu
- Response time: tbu
Calibration addresses the Gamma and White Level skews, but additionally additional drops the general brightness. The panel can also be pretty uniform and doesn’t endure from noticeable light-bleeding, however our sensor did discover a colour variation within the top-right nook. Nonetheless, you’re not going to make use of this panel for color-accurate work within the first place.
The truth is, this display screen caters alright for what the TUF Gaming FA506IV is: a budget-friendly gaming laptop computer, the place the elevated refresh fee, sooner response time and applied Adaptive Sync turn out to be useful. On high of those, this 144 Hz panel can also be 20% brighter than the earlier 120 Hz model applied on the FX505s.
I’m seeing some individuals complaining about ghosting on this display screen. I don’t have the best instruments to check for enter lag and response time, and so far as I can inform the gaming expertise was OK within the titles that I’ve examined. Nonetheless, that is one thing to additional look into, particularly in case you’re keen on enjoying quick motion video games.
Remember that lower-tier TUF Gaming FA506 configurations may solely ship with a 60 Hz panel, more than likely a variation of the 60 Hz Panda LM156LF within the base FX505 fashions. That’s dimmer, slower and extra washed out, so I’d steer clear of it.
Our check mannequin is the top-tier Asus TUF Gaming FA506IV configuration within the FA506 lineup, with the Ryzen 7 4800H processor, 32 GB of RAM in dual-channel, an M.2 PCIe x4 SSD for storage, and twin graphics, with the overclocked, 90W model of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB chip, alongside the up to date Radeon Vega eight iGPU throughout the AMD APU.
Be mindful this can be a pre-production mannequin with the software program obtainable as of late-March 2020 (BIOS 302, Armoury Crate 2.6.10, GeForce 442.23 drivers – newer variations weren’t supported), thus sure facets may change with future software program updates. Nonetheless, our outcomes are according to the supplied AMD/ASUS tips, so they need to be principally what you’ll get with retail fashions, maybe with some modifications in thermal habits and battery effectivity. Moreover, we’ll replace if vital as soon as/if we get to check a ultimate variant.
The Ryzen 4000 platform is the key replace of this technology. The Ryzen 7 4800H on this mannequin is an 8C/16T processor with improved IPC over the earlier Ryzen 7 3750H and numerous different enhancements throughout the board, with an affect on efficiency and effectivity with each day duties. On high of that, the laptop computer will get help for sooner DDR4 3200 MHz RAM and two M.2 storage slots.
Our configuration got here with 32 GB of RAM in dual-channel and a 1 TB Micro 2200 PCIe x4 SSD. That’s a TLC drive and is supposedly related by way of a PCIe x4 connection as reported by CristalDiskInfo, however returned pretty low scores in our exams, corroborated with abnormally excessive temperatures even at idle. I’d reckon there’s a problem with this explicit pre-production unit, as we haven’t’ skilled the identical drawback on the reviewed TUF Gaming FA706 or the older TUFs, so I don’t anticipate this to be a problem on the retail fashions. On high of that, the built-in SSD differs between areas, so there’s no solution to inform for certain what you’ll get within the configurations delivery the place you’re dwelling, aside from maybe ask the provider for particulars.
Now, so far as I perceive, the 2 M.2 slots share a PCIe x4 connection, so including a second M.2 SSD within the spare slot would break up the assets between the 2. Moreover, it’s vital to say that Asus affords the FX506 collection with two storage configurations: 2x M.2 slots and a 90W Battery, the one we now have right here, in addition to 1xM.2 slot, 1×2.5″ bay and 48 Wh. The latter may solely be reserved for the decrease tier FA506II variants, however be certain to double-check.
Lastly, I’ll point out that single-channel reminiscence takes a toll on the gaming outcomes, on account of a recognized Home windows quirk, so be sure to’re all the time getting dual-channel RAM (two DIMMs, one in every slot) with this gaming laptop computer (and another, for that matter).
Oh, and so far as the GPU goes, not a lot has modified, it’s the identical overclocked 90W model of the RTX 2060 6GB chip beforehand reviewed within the TUF Gaming FX505DV. Nonetheless, as you’ll see down beneath, benchmarks’ scores and particularly the gaming expertise are considerably totally different because of the up to date AMD platform.
However let’s take issues one after the other.
First off, Asus affords three energy profiles for the FA506IV:
- 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 obtainable with the laptop computer plugged-in, and is supposed for gaming and different demanding masses. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trade and what I’d advocate 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 (Looking).
On to extra demanding duties, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing masses, and we do this by working Cinebench R15 for 10+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, with the laptop computer on Turbo. Proper now there’s no solution to undervolt or tweak this CPU, so the Turbo Inventory profile is the perfect you’re going to get right here.
The Ryzen 7 4800H processor settles for clock speeds of three.6+ GHz, temperatures of round 83-85 levels Celsius and scores of 1800+ factors, with a TDP of above 54W.
Switching over to Efficiency drops the ability to round 35W in sustained masses, with a lower in scores, temperatures, and noise ranges. Additional switching to Silent lowers the TDP much more, to round 20W. Lastly, on battery, the ability is restricted at solely 12W within the Efficiency mode (Turbo is disabled on this case), which is abnormally low and may hopefully be elevated with a future BIOS replace. Particulars beneath.
We’re evaluating the Ryzen 7 4800H with the Ryzen 7 3750H and the Intel Core i7-9750H in a separate devoted article, however we now have to say that the 4800H just about smokes them on this check even on Silent. I’ve added a number of comparability charts beneath.
That apart, on account of how briskly this APU finishes the R15 stress check, 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 exams on this pocket book. 3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it with flying colours. Luxmark Three.1, however, totally masses each the CPU and GPU on the similar time. The GPU continually runs at 90W, nevertheless, the CPU is just not correctly acknowledged by this check.
Subsequent, we’ve run your entire suite of exams and benchmarks, to start with on the Efficiency profile in Armoury Crate.
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 15242 (Graphics – 16536, Physics – 20977);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6412 (Graphics – 6128, CPU – 8707);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3489;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3728;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 42.85 common fps;
- GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5222, Multi-core: 31104;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1192, Multi-core: 8291;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1742 cb, CPU Single Core 188 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3899 cb, CPU Single Core 460 cb; ;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 218.14 fps, Go 2 – 98.37 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 35.26 s.
Then we reran them on the Turbo profile.
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 15757 (Graphics – 17019, Physics – 22207);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6639 (Graphics – 6335, CPU – 9126);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3608;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3879;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 12358;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 43.48 common fps;
- PassMark: Ranking: 5583, CPU mark: 20835, 3D Graphics Mark: N/A;
- PCMark 10: 5771 (Necessities – 9620 , Productiveness – 7443 , Digital Content material Creation – 6598);
- GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5219, Multi-core: 30945;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1195, Multi-core: 8294;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1846 cb, CPU Single Core 188 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 4236 cb, CPU Single Core 468 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 217.84 fps, Go 2 – 104.22 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 33.48 s.
Lastly, we overclocked the GPU with MSI Afterburner (+180 MHz Core, + 1000 MHz Reminiscence) and reran among the graphics exams:
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 16356 (Graphics – 17618, Physics – 21856);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6847 (Graphics – 6610, CPU – 8594);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3817;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4066.
The variations are small as a result of the GPU is already overclocked (at +100 MHz Core/Reminiscence) on the default Turbo profile, they usually get even smaller in video games.
Lastly, we additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the default Turbo profile:
- Blender 2.82 – BMW Automotive scene- CPU Compute: 3m 35s (Turbo);
- Blender 2.82 – BMW Automotive scene- GPU Compute: 1m 23 s (CUDA), 43 s (OPTIX);
- Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 11m 15s (Turbo);
- Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 5m 12s (CUDA), 2m 51s (OPTIX);
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU Not Supported;
- SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 147.67 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 99.43 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 140.98 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 15.49 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 170.74 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 44.02 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 78.08 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 15.32 (Turbo);
- SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 74.17 (Turbo).
As soon as extra, the Ryzen 7 4800H processor smokes the prevailing Intel mainstream competitors in Blender and the CPU intensive elements of Specviepwerf, even outmatching the dearer Core i9s. Nonetheless, updates are coming for the Intel i7s as properly with their 10th gen platform.
With these out of the best way, let’s take a look at some video games. We ran a few DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles on the default Turbo/Silent and the Turbo + Overclocked GPU profiles. Right here’s what we received:
|FHD Turbo||FHD Turbo OC||FHD Silent|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)||91 fps||92 fps||46 fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset)||147 fps||152 fps||82 fps|
|Crimson Useless Redemption 2 (DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)||69 fps||70 fps||48 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA)||91 fps||92 fps||55 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)||78 fps||78 fps||54 fps|
|Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Extremely Preset)||119 fps||122 fps||91 fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On four)||64-98 fps||66-100 fps||38-62 fps|
- The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
- Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Crimson Useless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
- Crimson Useless Redemption 2 Optimized profile primarily based on these settings.
Whereas the OC profile confirmed a slight enhance within the GPU benchmarks outcomes, the real-life leads to video games are merely equivalent between the Turbo and Turbo OC profiles.
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 50-51 dB at head degree on our evaluate unit (47 dB displayed in Armour Crate).
Overclocking the GPU has nearly no affect on the GPU’s common clock velocity or temperatures, therefore the outcomes above.
Nonetheless, barely elevating the laptop computer from the desk to enhance air-intake beneath has a slight affect on the CPU/GPU temperatures, so this laptop computer might be a major candidate for a cooling pad.
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/GPU frequencies take a small dip, on account of greater thermals. Total, the gaming expertise is just not considerably impacted, however I’d nonetheless advocate switching for Turbo (with a pair of headphones) for the perfect efficiency and thermals.
Gaming on Silent additional quiets down the followers to barely audible ranges of about 33-35 dB at head-level (33 dB in Armory Crate), but additionally limits the efficiency of each the CPU (restricted to 12W) and the GPU (restricted to 45W). The GPU runs high-quality for the primary 2-Three minutes, after which drops to 45W as soon as it heats up and stays there on this unit. Most video games are nonetheless working OK, however at lowered framerates. Nonetheless, CPU heavy titles take a much bigger hit.
Lastly, gaming on battery (on Efficiency) can also be potential. On this case, the CPU remains to be restricted and the GPU runs at 50W. I’d advocate disabling Battery Increase within the GeForce Expertise app, or at the least up the default 30 fps restrict.
Drawing the road, this TUF Gaming FA506IV is a superb performer throughout the board, each in each day use and CPU/GPU demanding masses. The Ryzen 4000 APU is a beast, and the overclocked RTX 2060 matches up properly in video games. In comparison with the earlier TUF Gaming FX505VD, this 2020 iteration vastly improves on each efficiency and thermal habits, even when the CPU nonetheless runs scorching with video games and different taxing chores.
We’ll pitch the FA506 towards the FX505 and an Intel-based i7/RTX 2060 configuration in a separate article.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
The TUF FA506IV will get a reasonably complicated thermal module, with two massive followers (with mud exhaust channels) and a number of other heatpipes. It is a slight redesign of the thermal module on the FX505VD with the identical form of GPU, however consider the consumption has been revamped as properly, and the Zen2 structure is extra environment friendly than the earlier AMD platform.
The CPU runs particularly scorching with video games on this pocket book, averaging 90-95 levels on Turbo within the extra demanding titles. The GPU, however, averaged about 75-80 levels on Turbo within the numerous titles we’ve examined, that are OK temperatures for an overclocked RTX 2060. Nonetheless, among the obtainable Intel/Nvidia fashions with related specs nonetheless run cooler, however this time across the AMD variant has the efficiency to again up these temperatures, not like the earlier technology.
These inner temperatures solely partially unfold onto the outer shell, particularly on the underbelly, the place sure elements across the exhaust attain temperatures within the excessive 40s, or low 50s in case you decide to play video games on Silent. The inside and keyboard deck, however, solely go as much as low and mid-40s, which is completely snug for lengthy gaming classes.
So far as fan-noise goes, I already talked about above our findings:
- Turbo – 50-51 dB with video games, 49-50 dB with Cinebench loop check;
- Efficiency – 45-46 dB with video games, 38-39 dB with Cinebench loop check;
- Silent – 35-38 dB with video games, 30-32 dB with Cinebench loop check.
*Each day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 30-35 dB (26 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming – Turbo– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, followers at 47-48 dB (47 dB in Armoury Crate)
*Gaming – Silent– enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Silent Profile, followers at 37-38 dB (33 dB in Armoury Crate)
For connectivity, there’s Gigabit Lan and Wi-fi AC by Realtek chips on this unit, however I can’t inform for certain whether or not the ultimate variations will ship with the identical wi-fi chip. We’ve principally used our pattern on wi-fi, and it carried out properly each close to the router and at 30+ toes away with obstacles in between, with out drops or different points. For what’s value, although, upper-tier WiFi 6 notebooks have been in a position to attain greater 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 exams. 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 more than likely need to hook up a pair of headphones when enjoying video games anyway. The audio jack appears fairly good, however I’m in no way an skilled on this facet. All I can say is that my pair of Legion G500s by some means sounded somewhat richer when hooked to the Zephyrus G14 we’re reviewing on the facet. Be sure to look into different evaluations as properly if this explicit facet is essential for you.
Lastly, the digicam is positioned on high of the display screen, flanked by microphones. It’s OK for infrequent calls, however laggy and grainy, so don’t anticipate a lot.
There’s a 90Wh battery inside this TUF Gaming FA506 model. Asus affords the collection with both a 48 Wh (and HDD cage) or a 90 Wh battery, and I’d advocate choosing the latter.
Be mindful our unit is pre-production and later drivers might additional enhance on effectivity.
With that in thoughts, although, right here’s what we received on our evaluate unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~70 brightness).
- 11 W (~eight+ h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Silent Mode, display screen at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 9.5 W (~9+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 9.eight W (~9+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display screen at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 26 W (~3h 30 min of use) – looking in Edge, Efficiency Mode, display screen at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 70 W (~1+ h of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Efficiency Mode, display screen at 70%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.
This TUF FA506IV configuration comes with a 230W power-brick, pretty chunky and heavy. Decrease tier variations get a smaller 180W charger. The battery fills up in about 2 hours and USB-C charging is just not supported.
Worth and availability
The TUF Gaming A15 FA506 is just not but extensively obtainable on the time of this text, and we’ll replace the part as soon as that modifications.
Within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for the newest up to date costs and configurations.
Nonetheless, the configuration reviewed right here is listed at 1300 kilos within the UK, which is about on par with a Core i5/ 1660Ti model of Asus Strix G or Acer Predator Helios over there, or an i7/2060 configuration of the Lenovo Legion Y540. That’s extremely aggressive for what this laptop computer is and hopefully, the identical sort of aggressive pricing may even carry onto the US and different nations.
And don’t overlook that is the higher-end configuration, however lower-tier variations with Ryzen 5 processors and GTX graphics may supply even better worth for his or her value.
All in all, Asus did a very good job with this laptop computer and I’m assured it’s going to be extremely common all through 2020.
Sure, it nonetheless reveals its price range positioning right here and there, like within the plastic inside deck and the typical panel and considerably spongy keyboard, and it lacks sure options that you simply’ll discover on a extra premium product, reminiscent of biometrics or Thunderbolt Three or quad-speakers, and so forth.
However then once more, this prices much less, performs spectacularly properly for its class and value, and doesn’t majorly compromise on any vital facet that might maybe kill it for a few of you.
In conclusion, in case you’re searching for a gaming pocket book and don’t have hundreds to spend for, this Asus TUF Gaming FA506 might properly be the perfect bang in your buck within the months to come back.
Alternatively, in case you’re prepared to spend extra, then sure, you’ve received different choices. Moreover, in case you’re solely within the gaming expertise and the 8Core CPU inside this factor received’t do a lot for you, current best-buys such because the Predator Helios and the Legion Y540 ought to nonetheless be in your listing, every with their execs and quirks.