ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A15 TUF506IV-AS76
Laptop announced date: 10th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - This GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card is a good option for modern 2021 gaming and can run a number of AAA games smoothly. The 6GB VRAM found in this laptop’s GPU is certainly a good quantity for modern games.
System Memory - The 16GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 15.6" screen is certainly a good size for 2021 gaming on the move. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
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. 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.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
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, Far Cry 6 or God of War 2018. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 491 at their minimum system requirements and then 295 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own TUF A15 range.
Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 10 for P2P out of 10. Today the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop sits at 2nd place compared to all the other permutations of the TUF A15 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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|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||$999.00||23%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||0%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,099.00||11%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$959.45||12%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||14%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999||25%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||37%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$885.00||45%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$949.00||60%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||103%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 23% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The TUF A15 laptop in this review is 8% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this TUF A15 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 4% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 497 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 Far Cry 6 our laptop is 2% better, and compared to God of War 2018 it is 54% better , where as against Forza Horizon 5 it delivers 54% better performance.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 59% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Interestingly we can see 295 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 491 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at 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 RTX 2060 Mobile against Far Cry 6. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 19% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have God of War 2018 and our laptop was 16% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Forza Horizon 5 which we saw our review laptop get 11% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
The ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
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? Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. You can find the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel with 144Hz refresh rate variants.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
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.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
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 $311.99. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $618 with a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.