ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A15 FX505DV-EH54
Laptop announced date: 23rd April 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Is the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - The processor found inside this laptop is just OK. It can run some of today’s 2022 AAA game releases, but time will quickly catch up with its CPU performance and stop it meeting AAA game requirements. AAA games are increasing the number of cores that they can use during the running of a game. This laptop processor has 4 cores, which is a good number of cores for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2022 and is a good gaming laptop GPU choice. AAA games will use a fair amount of VRAM that is on the laptop graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 6GB of VRAM, which isnt the most amount of VRAM but it is still good enough for modern gaming.
System Memory - The 16GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2022 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 15.6" screen is certainly a good size for 2022 gaming on the move. Our target size for a gaming laptop is 17 inches, 15 inches is always a good size if portability is more your focus, but in our minds we want the largest screen size while still being portable, so we can more clearly see the games.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. The top refresh rate we can see currently for this laptop is 120Hz which is pretty good as gaming will often benefit from a better than 60Hz screen.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB 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 VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements and 281 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $1099 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
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. There look to be a number of TUF A15 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 3rd in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||36%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||11%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,099.00||0%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$959.45||1%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||3%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999||13%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||24%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$885.00||32%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$949.00||44%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||84%|
How about we compare our ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB 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 ($999) and our laptop is 36% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our TUF A15 laptop is 19% worse on Price to Performance.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this TUF A15 laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 117% better performance than our laptop’s Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 0, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 434.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is Star Citizen and our laptop CPU delivers 61% worse performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in which we see our laptop processor has 54% worse performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 40% worse performance when we put our laptop cpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
How does the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 59% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Currently 281 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. Or 491 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Star Citizen which shows our laptop video card has 31% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our GPU is 18% worse. Then there is 18% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
The ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 15.6" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. 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. This review laptop has 120Hz refresh rate versions available.
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. 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 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.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
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 today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
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 $618 and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. 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. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $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 R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB 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. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.