ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A15 FX505GT-US52
Laptop announced date: 18th May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This portable Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz cpu, is OK and can play some 2021 games. Obviously you can make some graphics setting adjustments here and there to improve game performances. But over the coming months the processor will start to struggle against the higher game requirements that come around. CPU cores in modern gaming are being utilised more and more by the AAA releases. This CPU has 4 cores, which is certainly a good number of cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop has a weak graphics solution in it with the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile. There are lots of better gaming graphics card choices and this is not a good gamers laptop choice. Modern AAA games can make use of more than the 4GB VRAM available in this graphics solution. It has an OK amount of VRAM but could struggle moving into the coming year..
System Memory - The RAM in this laptop is absolutely a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2021, but there is room for better, should your budget allow.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2021 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. We would normally be aiming for 17 inch panels for a good gaming laptop dimension. However, they are heavier and bigger, so it really depends on how portable you want your laptop.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop You can grab this laptop with a screen that has a 120Hz refresh rate. This would be good as a gaming laptop panel.
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Back 4 Blood, Battlefield 2042 and Grand Theft Auto VI to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. We find a GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 268 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile is also capable of running 0 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB 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 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB 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.
The ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 is getting a 8.2 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. Today the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop sits at 9th 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||Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||97%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||60%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,099.00||44%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$959.45||43%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||40%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999||28%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||16%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$885.00||10%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$949.00||0%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||27%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the TUF A15 range. It currently offers 97% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. The next best model is MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $1049. Our TUF A15 review laptop is 72% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 131% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Currently 0 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz. Or it is 397 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
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 CPU Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz against Back 4 Blood. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 16% worse performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 2042 and our laptop was 22% worse in processor performance and another popular title today is Grand Theft Auto VI which we saw our review laptop get 56% worse compared to our laptop cpu.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our TUF A15 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 157% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
Today there are 0 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 268 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Back 4 Blood our laptop is 19% worse, and compared to Battlefield 2042 it is 49% worse , where as against Grand Theft Auto VI it delivers 49% worse performance.
The ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15.6" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? 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. You can find the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel with 120Hz refresh rate variants.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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
Today’s well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $311.99. 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 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
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. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $618 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
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However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
|**||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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS TUF A15 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.