Monday, January 6th 2020

ASUS Announces A15/17 and F15/17 TUF Gaming Laptops

At this year's CES, ASUS announced the latest addition to their TUG gaming lineup of laptops - two 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and TUF Gaming F15, and two 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 and TUF Gaming F17. Being advertised as durable, high-performance gaming laptops, the TUF lineup is here to bring "unprecedented experience for the price" meaning that the pricing of these models will be more than adequate for what they offer. Inside these new machines are the latest mobile processors from both Intel and AMD. The "A" series, as it is called, is an AMD based solution that features Ryzen 4000 series of mobile processors, which can be configured to go up to 8 cores and 16 threads, while the so-called "F" series is based on Intel's 10th generation of Core processors, which can be configured to go up to 6 cores and 12 threads.
Specifications for both the A15 and A17 TUF Gaming laptops are similar. Only differentiators are sizes of their displays and of course the overall body size. Both of them are powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile CPUs, which can range up to 8 cores with 16 threads. To compliment a beefy CPU, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 is installed on the smaller A15 variant, while its bigger brother, the A17, has non-RTX enabled GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The A15 model features 15.6-inch non-glare 1080p IPS, AMD FreeSync enabled display with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. The bigger A17 model has a 17.3-inch non-glare IPS display that also supports FreeSync, however this time we are getting a bit lower refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

Storage configurations are the same across both models with one M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD that goes up to 1 TB, and one empty M.2 slot for future upgrades if needed. For RAM, there is a dual-slot, dual-channel configuration that supports up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory running at 3200 MHz. Connectivity solution include Intel Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0. Additionally, to power the PC there is a 90 Wh lithium-polymer battery to deliver up to 8.7 hours of web browsing and 12.3 hours of video playback, as per ASUS'es own testing.

When it comes to the "F" models of TUF Gaming laptops, there isn't much information regarding their configurations, except that they are based on Intel's 10th generation mobile processors instead of AMD's. According to ASUS, the F series will come later as well, with A series getting the priority. The A-series will launch in Q1 of this year, while the F series is meant for sometimes later in 2020.
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7 Comments on ASUS Announces A15/17 and F15/17 TUF Gaming Laptops

It is nice to see AMD getting priority in the laptop segment vs Intel offerings.
I smell a wind of change this year for the mobile segment!
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The 17" models look interesting. Good selection of ports as well as port location. Still prefer HDMI, LAN and USB ports locationed on the back of the system. Otherwise, damn nice.
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At last! Competition everywhere that will force performance up and prices down. Great news.
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Would love to get one of the 17 inch models, just hope they don't make it ridiculously expensive (wrt 15inch) or heavy like a lumber.
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So no support for WiFi 6? Figured we would see more laptops support it this year at CES but really have not seen anything that supports it yet.
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Still no Thunderbolt:( It's real shame, Amd is loosing customers to Intel due to this!
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JB_GamerStill no Thunderbolt:( It's real dhsne, Amd is loosing customers to Intel due to this!
No they're not. TB is a solid feature, but not a deal-breaker for most.
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