ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H 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
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
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Is the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2022 gaming. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is certainly solid and capable of running a number of AAA titles that are released during 2022, making it a good gamer’s laptop choice. 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" panel size is excellent for 2022 gaming. It helps you see in game detail and feel like you have room to move your mouse about. This amount of physical space is certainly not essential but it will make this a viable laptop for gaming on the move.
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. With that in mind, we see that this laptop comes with an excellent 144Hz refresh rate for gaming. Of course, anything over 60Hz is good for gaming focused laptops.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
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 Star Citizen. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 491 games at their min specs and then 316 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
P2P rating of 0 today the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of TUF A17 (2021) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 7th 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 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H 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|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs % on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our TUF A17 (2021) laptop currently has % Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H 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?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 22% better compared to our review laptop’s Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 471 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 21% better performance rating. Next we have Star Citizen where our CPU gets 9% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), which has a performance difference of : 13% better, when put against our laptop’s Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H 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 key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our TUF A17 (2021) laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 45% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 316 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 491 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 44% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our GPU is 10% worse. Then there is 10% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
The ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H 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) R5 5600H 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. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. The ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 144Hz refresh rate versions.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its 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 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $311.99. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has 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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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?
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 A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 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|
|**||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|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.