- Armed with the power to tackle any situation, the TUF Gaming A15 delivers reliable performance for gaming, streaming and everything.
Full Performance Review ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FX506VI. Do you like playing games? There is good news. Asus presents its newest low-cost gaming laptop variant, the TUF Gaming A15 FX506 series. That’s right, if you think they’re expensive, hold on. Asus TUF Gaming A15 FX506 has been strengthened by the most powerful AMD processors today, namely from the Ryzen 4000 series line. The processor is the world’s first PC processor made with 7-nanometer technology.
With the new manufacturing technology, besides making processors more energy-efficient, their performance has also greatly improved compared to previous versions. Even the AMD processors in this series have finally managed to beat the performance of the best Intel processors on the market. Amazing right?
Okay, let’s take a brief look at what this latest Asus TUF Gaming laptop is like.
Full Performance Review ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FX506VI
In terms of design, finally, TUF Gaming is starting to be confident. On the front cover of the laptop, it no longer uses the Asus logo but instead uses its own logo, namely TUF Gaming. This marks the start of a new era in this product line.
The logo of the Asus TUF Gaming currently has no backlight. But if you look at Asus’s behavior, it is not impossible in the future, the logo will have light and even in RGB color.
Incidentally, the product we got came in Fortress Gray color, which is designed with four screws on the corners to add a military feel there. This model also uses a metal chassis, so that it is structurally stronger so that it passes military-grade certification.
This laptop keyboard comes with WASD keys with transparent colors, like the ROG Strix series. It also has backlit and the color is already RGB. Everything can be arranged through a typical Asus software namely Armoury Crate. Exactly what ROG has.
In the touchpad area, Asus does not provide fingerprint sensors like VivoBook, ZenBook or ExpertBook that prioritizes security. However, it uses the physical left and right click buttons which are steady when pressed. This is more important for a gaming laptop.
From the keyboard too, you can adjust the cooling fan rotation speed. The choice is Performance for those of you who are working productively. Turbo is for those of you who are playing games intensely, or Silence if you are not playing games and want to enjoy Netflix without being disturbed by fan noise.
Just like other Asus gaming laptops, the placement of the power button is separated from the row of keyboard keys. This is important. Imagine if you are seriously playing and then you press the power button, isn’t is bad, right?
From the aspect of completeness of the connectivity features, on the right and left of this laptop, there are many ports like ROG. Starting from USB 3.2, USB Type-C which supports Display Port, full-size HDMI, and of course the audio combo jack.
This laptop hangout is cool too. It’s not as strong as ROG, because its segment is for entry gaming, but it already has a strong gamers aura. The design of the hot air honeycomb design that is behind the laptop is also equipped with a fan of anti-dust technology for optimal cooling.
At the bottom of the Asus laptop, it also provides hexagonal textured vents to further improve cooling. Exhausting hot air towards the back also makes the gamers more comfortable even though playing for a long duration. For the temperature itself, you can listen through the Armoury Crate software.
From the screen side, this laptop uses a 15-inch screen with Full HD resolution. Interestingly, the screen supports a 144Hz refresh rate and supports Adaptive Sync, so playing games feels more comfortable. However, it does only offer a color detail level of 60% SRGB, still very far behind compared to the ROG Zephyrus series for example. But this is of course very natural.
On the side of the screen, the bezel of this laptop is thin on the left and right. The top is a bit thicker but it houses an HD resolution web camera that can be used for streaming or casting.
Even though it is more compact than the previous TUF Gaming, Asus has managed to install a bigger battery in it. Yes, the TUF Gaming FX506 now has a powerful 90Wh battery. In our tests, it could last up to 1 hour in the PCMark 10 Gaming test or up to 7 hours 14 minutes in the modern office test. This is very unusual for a gaming laptop.
How about the audio? Compared to the FX505 TUF Gaming version, Asus has upgraded this laptop speaker to be more realistic with DTS: X Ultra support. The upgraded speaker now lets us enjoy a sound that is 1.8 times louder and a bass that is 2.7 times deeper. The DTS: X Ultra feature also allows for a more realistic surround sound. It is important when we are playing FPS games, for example.
In terms of performance, the laptop we are testing this time uses an AMD Ryzen 4800H processor which has 8 cores with 16 threads. Speeds vary from 2.9GHz and can work up to 4.2GHz if needed. This processor, in testing especially in multi-core conditions, was able to outperform the latest Intel Core i7-10750H processors.
To support performance, this fast CPU is also tagged with high-speed RAM, namely DDR4 3200MHz. Unfortunately, for this laptop, Asus only provides one 8GB RAM module so it still runs in a single-channel configuration.
Performance is not optimal, but Asus also provides an extra slot to upgrade RAM capacity and also activates the dual-channel memory system mode. Here are the results of our performance tests:
For graphics, the laptop we chose is reinforced by the Nvidia GeForce RTX2060 which has 6GB GDDR6 VRAM. The performance is no joke. From benchmark testing, the results obtained are quite high.
Any game can be devoured without a problem, although of course in certain games, you cannot use the right alignment setting. But in a short experiment, we did use several games, everything was smooth.
The processor is fast, the RAM is fast, the VGA is fast, then what about storage?
Well, on this laptop, Asus provides 512GB of SSD-based storage. The storage used is of course fast too, especially when compared to a hard drive. SSDs installed inside are not the fastest on the market. However, considering that this laptop is an affordable gaming laptop, it is understandable.
The truth is, for gamers, the current 512GB capacity may not be enough, considering that one game title can be 20-30 or even 40GB more. But don’t worry. Asus provides two SSD slots if later you will increase the internal storage capacity of this laptop.
Even though we have only tried this gaming laptop for a few moments, our impression of the Asus TUF Gaming A15 FX506 is extraordinary. For a gaming laptop, it has everything. Moreover, the price is also friendly in your pocket.
The screen is not as good as the Zephyrus or Strix series, for example, but it is normal considering the segment it is intended for and the price difference. RAM that is still single channel or storage that feels “cramped” can still be tricked by upgrading. We dare to say, this laptop can be a minimum standard for gaming laptops in 2020.
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