ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A17 (2021)
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's gaming laptop review, for the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
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Is the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - With the Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2022 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop comes with a good choice of graphics card capable of running lots of 2022 AAA games. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB 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’s 17.3" is an excellent screen size for modern gaming in 2022. While it is not essential to have a big laptop for gaming, having this size of physical screen space, to see your games and the in-game menus, will become quickly apparent.
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 So refresh rates are pretty important.This laptop has an excellent screen for gaming with its 144Hz refresh rate. But look for a panel that is over 60Hz for a gaming laptop and that should be ok too.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 491 at their minimum system requirements and then 316 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the TUF A17 (2021) laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
A 0 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Looking at how this configuration of the TUF A17 (2021) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 3rd spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
Lets now see how our ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has % rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our TUF A17 (2021) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets % rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our TUF A17 (2021) laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. 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 1% worse performance than our laptop’s Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 499 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 500 games.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Star Citizen which shows our laptop CPU has 26% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our CPU is 29% better. Then there is 36% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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 A17 (2021) 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. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 45% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 316, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 491.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Star Citizen and our laptop GPU delivers 44% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in which we see our laptop graphics has 10% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 10% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
The ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. This review laptop has 144Hz 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. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
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
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $311.99. 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
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. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $618 during recent weeks. 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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Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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 Priced Mouse and Headset for ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral 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|
|**||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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.