Laptop announced date: 23rd April 2019
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Our ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB 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 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is dealt with well by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile. Not perfect but certainly this is a good gamer laptop choice of graphics card. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - This laptop comes with a good load of RAM (8GB) which is certainly capable of running lots of 2021 AAA titles and meeting their requirements.
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. Exploring for a suitable gaming laptop, we look at 17 inches for the better viewing size, 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 - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. You can grab this laptop with a screen that has a 120Hz refresh rate. This would be good as a gaming laptop panel.
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Battlefield 6. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 309 at recommended graphics requirements and then 489 games at their min specs.
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 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB 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 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 is getting a 10 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own TUF A15 lineup, is currently placed at 3rd once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||27%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||3%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$884.45||0%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,079.99||5%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||11%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$886.00||18%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||21%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$759.00||24%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$799.00||27%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||97%|
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 27% 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 $999.00. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $853.00. Our TUF A15 laptop is 20% worse on Price to Performance.
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it, which currently has 53% better performance than our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 443 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 499 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 3% better performance while against Battlefield 6 it’s 3% better and finally compared to Resident Evil 8 it has a performance difference : 9% worse.
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our TUF A15 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it that performs 73% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics hardware.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 309 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 489 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 28% worse, and compared to Battlefield 6 it is 18% worse , where as against Resident Evil 8 it delivers 18% worse performance.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB 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. A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. A higher refresh rate is better and this ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 variant is available with 120Hz versions.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K 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.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
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.
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 $307.73. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
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 $629.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $580, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the ASUS TUF A15 i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $37, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $39.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.