ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A15 TUF505DU-EB74
Laptop announced date: 23rd April 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - The Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz is considered OK as a processor for a gaming laptop. It starts to strain with upcoming games, but is an ok 2021 laptop processor solution for now. This CPU has 4 cores, which is a good number for avoiding bottlenecked processes in modern AAA games.
Graphics Card - The graphics card we find in this laptop is a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2021. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. Look for 17 inch laptops, if you want a gaming laptop with a suitable viewing area. But the larger laptop means you compromise on portability.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. With the 120Hz laptop screen available on this laptop this would make for a good refresh rate and a good gaming laptop screen.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, God of War 2018 and Far Cry 6. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card that's powering the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 489 at min system specs and will run 277 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the TUF A15 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
This laptop gets a 6.8 for P2P. With a number of TUF A15 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 10th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||150%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||103%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,099.00||84%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$959.45||82%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||77%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999||62%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||48%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$885.00||40%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$949.00||27%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||0%|
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 150% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed 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 118% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our TUF A15 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 108% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz processor.
Our laptop CPU beats 0 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 457 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop CPU is 43% worse in performance. Compared to God of War 2018 our laptop processor is 8% better.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 67% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Today there are 277 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 489 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition delivers 25% better performance while against God of War 2018 it’s 10% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 23% worse.
The ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 variant is available with 120Hz versions.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
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.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $311.99 and would work well with our ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 9th Mar 2021, where we saw it was costing $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Why not grab a monitor like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. 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 $618, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment 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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Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked 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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the ASUS TUF A15 R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.