Laptop announced date: 10th March 2020
Last reviewed: 25th August 2020
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
Is the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2020 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. This CPU comes with 6 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution will struggle to run 2020 game releases making it a poor laptop GPU choice for gamers today. Some AAA games can use a lot of VRAM. This laptop GPU comes with 4GB of VRAM, which isnt a lot by today’s standards. And while it is OK, the VRAM may start to cause a bit of a problem in future AAA games.
System Memory - Today’s 2020 games are well catered for by the 8GB system memory found in this laptop. While you could find a machine with more RAM, this is a good gamer laptop choice.
Screen Size - This screen size, which is 15.6", is a good amount for a laptop panel for modern 2020 games. Often 17inches is ideal for dedicated gaming laptops, but this is the more popular size for portability versus in-game screen viewability. We would probably prefer the larger 17 inch size laptop for an ideal gamers laptop, but perhaps this smaller size would tick your requirement for smaller and more portable.
Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 144Hz gaming laptop refresh rate. But otherwise for peace of mind, try and find a laptop panel that is more than 60Hz and that will still be ok.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Cyberpunk 2077, Assassins Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. We find a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 347 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile is also capable of running 0 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
P2P rating of 9.4 today the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Looking at how this configuration of the TUF A15 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 5th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$985.33||56%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,199.99||30%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,015.00||22%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$949.00||13%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||0%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,248.99||1%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$769.99||4%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$795.00||5%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,088.00||19%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,820.00||45%|
It's good to see how this TUF A15 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 56% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $985.33. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $858.54 and our laptop gets 45% worse against its price to performance rating.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 33% better compared to our laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Currently 487 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 48% better in performance. Compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop processor is 27% better.
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our TUF A15 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 118% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 347 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile against Cyberpunk 2077. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 18% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla and our laptop was 18% worse in graphics performance and another popular title today is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which we saw our review laptop get 27% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15.6" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. We can see 144Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Incidentally our research shows the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS as our best priced 1440p monitor today. This monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and a price tag at the moment of $294.99. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 5th Aug 2020, which was priced at $272.99.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $829.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $780 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 11th Aug 2020, where it was priced up as $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $11.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $38, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the ASUS TUF A15 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 is, HyperX Cloud Stinger with a price of $30.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.