Laptop announced date: 31st October 2019
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
Is the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This portable Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz 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. This CPU has 4 cores, which is a good number for avoiding bottlenecked processes in modern AAA games.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution contained in this laptop is not for gaming in 2021. It will struggle with most of the AAA titles that are released. This GPU has 4GB VRAM in it. This is considered OK at the moment for gaming but some games will struggle and it will certainly cause an issue for running games smoothly during the coming months.
System Memory - The 8GB system memory in this machine is a good gaming amount of RAM for a 2021 laptop.
Screen Size - This is a good screen size for gamers. This laptop has a 15.6" and is suitable for running new release titles during the 2021 gaming year. We normally choose a 17 inch laptop for gamer screen size. This larger sort of panel would help show menus in-game and game text more clearly.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. Keeping that in mind, this laptop can come with a good 120Hz refresh rate panel.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Battlefield 6 and Resident Evil 8 which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 0 at recommended graphics requirements and then 288 games at their min specs.
We really want to see how the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB 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.
We currently give the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop a 9.1 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. With a number of TUF A15 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 9th 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||62%|
|R7 4800H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,249.99||31%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$884.45||27%|
|R5 3550H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,079.99||21%|
|R7 3750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,149.00||15%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$886.00||8%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$999.00||5%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$759.00||3%|
|R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$799.00||0%|
|R7 3750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,999.99||55%|
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 62% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999.00. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $853.00. The TUF A15 laptop in this review is 53% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
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. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor. That processor performs 131% better compared to our review laptop’s Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 451 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Battlefield 6 which currently our Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz is 19% worse next let's see how well it runs against Resident Evil 8. We can see it is 100% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 40% worse.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile. It delivers 166% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
Our laptop GPU beats 0 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 288 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop video card is 97% worse and then looking at Battlefield 6 our laptop GPU is 82% worse and finally compared to Resident Evil 8 it has a performance difference : 82% worse.
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? 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. This review laptop has 120Hz refresh rate versions available.
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 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.
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.
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $307.73 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $629.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $580. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $37 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the ASUS TUF A15 R5 3550H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.