Laptop announced date: 10th March 2020
Last reviewed: 25th August 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2020 gaming. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile card is considered good for modern 2020 AAA gaming. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - The system memory (16GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2020 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2020, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. We will go for a 17 inch screen size when choosing a laptop for gaming. And while the larger the screen the less portable the machine, the bigger screen balances out with better in-game viewability. And that is more important when wondering whether to go with a 1.5 Kg laptop or a 3.5Kg laptop for gaming for us.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. So refresh rates are pretty important.This laptop has an excellent screen for gaming with its 144Hz refresh rate. But look for a panel that is over 60Hz for a gaming laptop and that should be ok too.
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 493 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 364 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the TUF A15 comes with. What we have done in this ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
With a P2P rating of 10 today the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB 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 2nd 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 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$986.99||18%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,185.63||0%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,010.00||7%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$933.99||15%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,199.00||26%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||32%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,248.99||34%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$795.99||38%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$799.99||42%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,088.00||57%|
How about we compare our ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($986.99) and our laptop is 18% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $858.54. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 10% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 4% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz processor.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 500, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
Let's take a look and see how well our Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 59% better, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 43% better , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 43% better performance.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 59% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile from our review laptop.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 364 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 493 games.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Cyberpunk 2077 and our laptop graphics gets 16% better performance rating. Next we have Watch Dogs Legion where our graphics card gets 16% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which has a performance difference of : 16% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
The ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. The ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 144Hz refresh rate versions.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $294.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $272.99, which we tracked on 5th Aug 2020.
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $829.99. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $799, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 11th Aug 2020, it reached the lower price of $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $19, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $47.14 it should work well with this ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.