ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The Intel i7 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics produce high-quality visuals on the fast 15.6-inch 240hz FHD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 1TB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.
Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below)
Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
15.6" FHD display with 240Hz refresh rate
The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 100% sRGB boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
1TB M.2 PCIEG3 Solid State Drive
Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics
Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
Virtual Reality Ready
This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
Weighs 4.41 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin
Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 15.6" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
HDMI output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax)
Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
Chiclet Backlight Keyboard
Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
Basic software package included
30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives
This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - plus Power over Cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game
1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC
¹Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
Asus has a new laptop out, the TUF DASH F15, and I wanted to see how it stacks up against my desktop system.
Unboxing and first impressions:
The TUF DASH F15 “referred to as F15 from now on”, came in a basic brown box with a logo printed on it, nothing really fancy and no foam cradling it, just cardboard. It’s more than enough protection though and this laptop is advertised as being military tough anyway. Inside the box are the laptop, power adapter, power cord, and a quick start guide, that’s it.
The laptop itself looks really nice and feels very sturdy there isn’t any type of flex to it like I’ve felt with other laptops in this range and the aluminum lid looks a lot better than most plastic ones I’ve seen, and with it having a metal lid the screen seems to have little flex to it. It’s hard to believe they can put this much power into a laptop that when closed is just over ¾ of an inch thick and weighs only 4.4lbs.
The keyboard is centered as there isn’t a keypad “something I’m not used to seeing or using” and the keys all are full sized except for the direction/arrow keys, they are so tiny. There are also 4 dedicated control buttons above and to the left of the keyboard for mute, volume up/down and one to launch the Armory Crate software. The palm rest area is all plastic and there’s a nice sized touchpad also centered in the middle.
Around the left side is a heat vent, power port, “about in the middle”, an Ethernet port, HDMI, USB, USB C/Thunderbolt port and a single audio jack that combines audio and microphone. On the right side there are two USB ports and a security lock port along with a heat vent. There’s nothing on the front and two heat vents on the back.
After going through the windows setup and Asus registration process the built in Asus maintenance software advised me that there were updates to the system. I let it go ahead and update what was on its list and ended up with two BIOS updates and one for VBIOS. There were also a bunch of Windows updates, so I let everything finish before doing much else. This also took a few reboots to get done so you can’t just walk away and think it will do it all on its own, you have to confirm the reboot a few times.
After all that was finished it was time to install Steam and download a few games to give this new laptop a good workout. I also installed Geekbench 5 and Crystal Diskmark to give the system a good workout before gaming.
The keyboard is nice to type on but it’s taking me a bit to get used to the centered keyboard. Since there isn’t a dedicated keypad “which I do prefer having” the whole keyboard and touch pad are centered in the middle of the palm rest. This reminds me of some of my older IBM Thinkpad laptops and I actually had a hard time getting used to my first laptop that had a keypad since the keyboard was off centered; now I’m having to relearn the other direction. I really don’t have any complaints with typing on the keyboard, the keys for me feel fine, and I’ve used so many different keyboards over the years I can pretty much type on anything without any difficulty. The keyboard is also backlit, and only has one single color a lite blue teal shade to it. The color is pleasant and very easy on the eyes. Luckily you can adjust brightness by three levels or just turn it off. The WASD keys are clear and stand out against the black keys for the rest of the keyboard.
My only real complaints with this unit is the location of the power port, in the middle on the left side is a little inconvenient but I’ve seen this type of location on a few other competing brands. At least the power jack is at a 90 degree angle so the cord can be kept out of the way. My other complaint is the location of the right hand heat vent. If you are using a mouse to game with “which I do as well as everyone else I know that games with a laptop” the heat blows right on your hand if you don’t keep the laptop far enough away so you can place the mouse away from it, you end up with a very warm mouse and right hand, “not very comfortable gaming with a hot sweaty hand :| “.
Gaming performance is surprisingly good even though the processor is only a quad core it’s plenty fast and my Geekbench 5 results were amazingly good. My desktop system is a I7 9700 with 32gb of DDR4 memory, and a Nvidia RTX 2070 OC, it’s Geekbench 5 results were 1239 single core, 7138 multicore, and 90934 compute score. The F15 scored a 1575 single core, 5167 multi core, and an 112527 compute score, “very impressive results”. This thin light laptop is actually quite fast comparing it to my desktop that’s not that old.
I ran Crystal Diskmark on the F15 and compared it to my Samsung EVO 970 in my desktop and surprisingly the F15 came out on top most of the time, “you can see those results in my attached images”.
Now for gaming, I’ve been running Borderlands 3, and The Witcher 3, the frame rates are right up there with my RTX2070 OC that’s in my desktop. And at times it’s actually faster depending on the settings. In BL3 at set at 1080 and high graphic settings I was getting 110fps, with my desktop at the same settings it gets 115fps average. Changing both to Ultra high settings the F15 was getting 96fps and the desktop was 106, both are pretty close, and on a 15” screen there’s really no need to have the graphic settings set on ultra anyway, it is noticeable on my desktop system as I have a 32” gaming monitor for it.
I also wanted to try the laptop on an external monitor so I hooked it up to the one connected to my desktop. It’s a 32” curved 165hz screen and it worked perfectly with the F15 hooked up to it and set at the full 1440P resolution of the external monitor. Comparing the two with a high graphic setting at 1440p the F15 was getting 91fps with the desktop hitting 65fps and then setting the graphics to ultra the F15 was hitting 77fps and the desktop averaged 60fps. That’s pretty amazing that the F15 was pretty much beating my desktop system with the 2070 with the external monitor hooked up and higher / ultra graphics settings, it looks like it’s faster running 1440p resolution on an external monitor “I’ll have to do a lot of gaming to test this out :) .
I didn’t do any comparison benchmarking with Witcher 3 but I was getting around 120fps with graphics set on high “1080 internal monitor” and about 80fps on ultra. That’s excellent for a thin light gaming laptop. I also found that if you tweak the settings just a little in BL3 under ultra and turned down Atrophic filtering from 16 to 4 and turned down a couple of the ultra detail settings “like shadow” to high I could get 82fps on the 1440 monitor set at 1440p.
I also used the Armory Crate software, “access this by pressing the last button of the dedicated keys above the keyboard. The software is pretty nice as you can easily tweak your performance settings from heavy gaming to basic web browsing and watching movies. For gaming I always had it set on “Turbo” mode, otherwise I would set it to silent.
As far as heat goes this laptop does get warm, very warm, but fortunately the way the fans are located “you can actually feel air moving around the WASD keys” the WASD keys stay quite cool. You can see in my thermal images where the heat is located. And I sure wouldn’t be gaming with this on my laps without a solid tray underneath it. A cooling pad would help out the heat quite a bit; I just don’t have one to try that out.
The fans themselves do crank up a good bit while gaming but they aren’t that bad, and it’s not a high pitched annoying whine. I have a professional sound meter and with the sensor placed within an inch of the loudest exhaust port, during a good gaming session, it was reading about 60db, but once you moved away the sound dropped considerably off.
The 240hz screen is really nice, for me it’s plenty bright as I rarely use any of my systems in a bright environment. And during gaming even though I never maxed out “or came close” to 240fps the screen was always smooth and clear. Color “for me” is great, and seems very accurate, with colors not being dull like I’ve seen on so many other laptops I’ve owned. Viewing angles are also excellent with very little fading from side to side or up and down.
This Asus TUF Dash F15 laptop is great for gaming, it’s thin, light and easily portable. I only put the battery to short tests but it held up much better than my other gaming laptops, and if you use the Armory Crate settings to tweak the system for what you are using it for then you can get quite a few hours out of it just watching movies or web surfing.
All the components can be accessed by removing the bottom panel, and one nice touch is a single captive screw “lower right corner” that when you loosen it “removing all other screws first” helps pop the corner of the cover up so you can get underneath it to remove. The only thing you have to be careful of is Asus used two different screw lengths on the bottom, just be careful where those go. Once the cover is removed you can add another M.2 drive, there’s one open slot, or upgrade the memory. There’s only one 8gb stick that’s removable so you’ll only be able to add more by replacing that one module.
My only negatives are minimal, they are the location of the power port, and the right hand vent, “and maybe missing the keypad” but that’s about it. It’s also odd that Asus eliminated the web camera, but maybe they couldn’t fit it in the lid being it’s as thin as it is. I can live without it as I have dedicated webcams but it’s something you’ll have to keep in mind when buying this one. If you are looking for a pretty powerful, fast and light laptop for gaming on the go this would be a great one to get.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Mid-Range Notebook
Asus makes really great laptops, and they make some pretty awesome gaming laptops as well. But this , right here, is something else. It's a gaming notebook. This thing is super slim. Attractive is an understatement. The form factor is the of their ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops of recent, but it's under an inch thick. And for real, this thing is packing some serious power for its size. The specs read off like a desktop system. With the NVYDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and an 11 Gen INTEL CORE i7. Two very new pieces of CPU & GPU on the market. The 15.6 inch full HD screen is plenty bright and crisp for my liking. And I use headphones, so I hardly even hear the fan when playing the more graphic intense titles. And as that stands, this system can run what you want to run with nary a sweat. You may need to adjust things to get games like Call Of Duty to run smoothly at a decent frame rate. As far as ports, you're getting 3 USB A ports, 1 Full HDMI port, a Thunderbolt port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, port for the standard power supply and even a USB C port, for charging and/or accessories. I personally use mine for my webcam since this unit doesn't come with one on board. I guess that's one of the things they saved on to make it so small and affordable. Some people may tell you that they aren't crazy about the teal as a back-lit keyboard choice(and no other option), but as for me, I happen to think that's one of the things that give that extra flare. Again, for what you'll be paying, you're getting amazing mid to high range unit in the form of a notebook. But you won't be doing much video editing with this one without some additional accessories. No camera, but small bezels. Bottom firing 2.5 watt speakers, but most gamers use headphones. No ten-key, but it's also a gaming rig 1st. No SD or Micro SD card slot, so you'll need to go USB card reader route or flash drive. That's also fine, because you're paying pennies for a monster.16 gigs or RAM( expandable) 1 TB of SSD memory and it's designed to easily upgrade with the ability to remove the bottom panel with only a flathead screwdriver. At under 5lbs, and under an inch thick, this little beast can go wherever the game takes you. I chose the rating, because of the obvious absences, but rest assured, I'm definitely recommending this to everyone that doesn't plan on doing much more than gaming and pretty minimal computing tasks. Basically as long as you're doing any video editing, you'll get hecka' mileage out of this notebook. The Asus Tuf Dash F15 is ready for liftoff baby!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Amazing machine in compact size!
This laptop is outstanding! All the things that matter to me are present. There are a few shortcuts take but they are easily forgivable. Read below for a detailed review.
- Good looking
- Decent speakers
- AMAZING keyboard
- Color accurate screen
- Long battery life
- Loud fans
- Plastic trackpad
- Plastic build
- Fingerprint magnet
- No camera or fingerprint reader
- Only 1 USB-C port
The box does not have much inside. You will find the laptop nicely packed, the power adaptor (200W), power cord and that is pretty much it. There is a lot of wasted space in the packaging, but it does keep the laptop safe if you ship it.
Upon first inspection, I was surprised by how compact it is. It is heftier than an Ultrabook but not too much thicker. The screen has minimal bezels. The screen feels sturdy when bent with minor flex. The “gamer” aesthetic is minimal as well, I would not feel strange using this in a coffee shop to get some work done. The body is mostly plastic build but feels high quality on the top keyboard section. There is minimal flex when pushing on the keyboard hard. The bottom of the laptop is secured with small Philips head screws and does feel very plasticky. The trackpad is plastic but feels nice and is a usable size.
Setup is simple with your usual Windows 10 setup process. The only bloatware preinstalled is the MyAsus software to better connect your laptop to your phone, Armoury Crate software for power and lighting settings, and that is pretty much it other than the standard software that comes with windows.
The keyboard looks cool! It is only a single color, something of cyan color. The boot times are extremely quick! Only a few seconds long. I was a bit sad there is no fingerprint sensor, but a simple PIN is not too hard to use to login. The screen is only 1080p, but it is noticeably clear and bright with accurate colors and viewing angles. I tried some music with the 2.5w speakers and was surprised that the bottom-firing speakers put out clean and loud audio. It is lacking in clarity and bass but is not bad at all.
I attached a few screenshots of benchmarks but overall, this laptop impresses! The 3070 is an 80w version so it is not going to be top-tier performance, but it is not bad by any measure.
-Playing Borderlands 3, I consistently saw 80-100 FPS in Ultra settings at 1080P.
-The built-in hard drive provides 3468 MB/s read speed and 2906 MB/s write speed in Crystalbenchmark.
-Geekbench 5 was run in the three different power modes: Turbo, Performance, and Silent. I assumed turbo would provide the best performance as it puts all parts into high power and the fan to max. I was surprised to see that performance mode provided the best scores. I am curious if there is some thermal throttling going on. So, for all benchmarks after I kept the laptop in performance mode.
-3D Mark: 7259 in Time spy, 9570 in Fire strike Extreme, 40624 in Wildlife, and 29311 in Night Raid.
-Cinebench: 6425 pts in multi-core, 1486 single-core
WOW! For a gaming laptop battery life is phenomenal. Ensure you keep your laptop on auto in “iGPU” mode within the Armoury crate app to get the best battery performance. This will properly utilize the Xe graphics card when on battery. I do not recommend gaming on battery but the Xe is good for simple games if you wish. Depending on what I am doing I could easily get 4-8 hours of battery life on this beast. This is assuming you do not have any apps which require the video card in the background. For example, running the Epic Game store in minimized mode or in your tray will keep the 3070 running and give you 1-2 hours only.
As previously mentioned, it worked like a champ in Borderlands 3 hovering around 80-100 FPS. COD MW with RTX on 1080p would be upwards of 100 FPS and as low as 70 FPS when the action starts. Overwatch provided me with around 160 FPS average. In short, gaming is amazing! The fan gets loud when gaming, so I highly recommend you use a headset and keep a clear area around the sides of the laptop due to heat. The keyboard is a dream for gaming as the WSAD keys are brightly colored and the keys just feel right.
Opening the device is simple. Take off the screws, one of the corner screws is a captive screw that pops the shell out slightly to assist with the removal of the cover. I recommend you take a plastic tool to pry the rest of the edges which comes off with ease. Photos attached of the interior. There are two NVME hard drive slots PCI Express 3, one is open. The RAM is 16GB with 8GB soldered on and 8GB installed. I wouldn’t recommend upgrading the RAM since it might affect the dual-channel setup, but you can expand if you wish.
I plan to also use this laptop for photography and typing as the screen is top-notch with color accuracy RGB. Using some P3 color images there is some additional color, but I am not fully sure what percentage of that color gamut it covers. The keyboard is perfect for typing and you should net some high accuracy. Power can be provided by the included 200W power supply or you can use up to a 100W USB-C adaptor if you wish, this might not fully power your laptop in games though. The plastic on the palm rests is a fingerprint/grease magnet so I recommend having a microfiber cloth nearby.
This laptop is outstanding and worth the buy. The only complaints I really have are I wish there were some sort of Windows Hello integration as well as an additional USB-C port. Other than that, this thing is gold!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Good Mobile Gaming
The ASUS TUF boasts a fairly simple style, outside of a couple bold accents. However, the internals are well equipped to run the games you through at it.
The packaging design is simple, yet bold TUF logo, included in the packaging you have the TUF laptop itself, the charger and some manuals and pamphlets. The laptop itself carries over the simple design, on the top side you have the TUF logo across the gray lid, which has more of a metallic feel while the rest is a solid black plastic You have no RGB, but the keyboard is backlit with more of a 'G'. This stands out more on the transparent WASD keys.
I have been playing a bunch of State of Decay 2 lately and thanks to the cloud save I was able to pick up where I left off. This laptop was capable of handling the game on the highest settings, the built in display is wonderful, I have exclusively used this display but an external monitor can be used. I was able to jump into Gears 5, Hades and Warzone which they were all able to be pushed to high on the internal display. The WiFi was also good enough to play warzone without having to hardwire the machine. The touchpad works well, however I would recommend an external mouse.
There is a 30 day trial of Office 365 included, as well as MyASUS software which checks for updates (Such as the BIOS which had an update), Optimization settings, solutions, promotions, plus customer service support. This application is your one stop shop to help keep your machine running.
Across the F keys, there is a range of function key shortcuts, above this off to the left hand side there is proprietary keys for Volume Up/Down, Mute/Unmute, finally Armoury Crate. Armoury Crate allows you to monitor your system, change game visuals and Aura effect and sync for compatible devices, plus news and deals. There is also a mobile app which allows your iOS or Android device connect to monitor your system plus a couple of utilities you can adjust.
Overall I am very pleased with the laptop, the internals are great enough to handle the games I'm currently playing without and major drops. Plus you got decent battery life to use the machine on the go thanks to the laptops ability to throttle back to a silent setting while not using any CPU/GPU heavy tasks. The lack of touchscreen doesn't bother me too much for the price, but a webcam would have been a nice inclusion, but is not a deal breaker. The laptop can support 32GB of RAM plus has an extra spot for an additional M.2 PCIE SSD. Anyone looking for a gaming capable laptop I would highly suggest you look into this machine.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Ultra Cool Portable Monster Notebook
My first impression out of the box is how thin the TUF Dash F15 is. I’m so used to my 2018 HP Omen 15 weight and thickness. I was taken by surprise by how light and thin it was when I took it out of the box.
Summary of the Specs:
11th Gen i7 4 Core 8 Threads CPU.
RTX 3070 GPU w/ 8GB of VRAM running at 80w (up to 85w boost).
1TB SSD in addition to an empty m2 slot for additional storage.
16GB of Dual Channel DDR4 3200mhz RAM. 8GB are soldered.
240hz refresh rate, 3ms response display with 100% sRBG color
USB Type C charging (requires 100w PD charger)
200w charger up to 50% charged under 30mins
WiFi 6 Support
Design and Build Quality:
For 2021 Asus made some slight design changes to the TUF lineup. Overall size and weight have been reduced resulting in a much cleaner looking laptop with flat sharp edges. The laptop lid is made out of metal but the rest of the build is made of solid plastic. I did not experience any creaks even when carrying it around single handily. It’s a nice-looking laptop without the over-the-top gaming laptop aesthetics that gaming laptops are known for. You can definitely take it with you to work and not have to worry about drawing too much attention.
So far I have no complaints. I was a little worry going from a 6 core CPU to a 4 core CPU. But the performance has been awesome so far. As far as gaming goes I would say that games are at least 35-40% better performance in higher quality settings. Having much better performance with a thinner chassis is a win in my book. Some of the games I tested were Fortnite (avg 120fps epic settings, Forza 4 (max settings @1080p 94fps). As for the temps they stay around 80°C only one time I notice it went above 90°C. For the most part, it does run cool compared to my Omen gaming laptop that would constantly stay around 90°C. Even though it runs cooler I highly suggest getting a laptop cooler to help keep it running cooler during your gaming sessions. Not only does it run cooler due to the lower wattage CPU, but you also gain some battery life. With my previous Omen 15 2018, I would average around 5hrs of battery usage. With the TUF Dash F15, I get right around 8-10hrs of battery life on mixed usage like web browsing, YouTube, and streaming Netflix. Keep in mind since Nvidia no longer uses the Max Q to differentiate their GPUs is now about the max wattage. The Asus TUF-F15 RTX 3070 GPU operates at 80watt but can boost up to 85watt. Another laptop with the same GPU but running at a much higher wattage will have better performance compared to this one. The higher the wattage the higher the thermal load is, and in order for the cooling system to be able to keep things from overheating the thickness of the laptop chassis is usually thicker. Overall it depends if you’re looking for a thin laptop that can game the Asus TUF-F15 is a solid choice. But if you’re looking for the best performance I suggest considering a model that can run their GPU at a much higher wattage.
It’s bright, colorful, and smooth as butter. It’s a joy each time I get to use this display for gaming or consuming video content. With 100% sRGB colors it’s a good display for content creators. Going from my previous 60hz screen to this is a night and day difference. Backlight bleed is minimal is pretty much evenly lit.
As for the keyboard I have no complaints. It has a good amount of travel depth and feedback. The keys are backlit with a teal-like color. There no other options to change the color but you can change the light animation from static to breathing or strobing. I also like how the WASD keys stand out with the clear see-through keys cover. It’s a good keyboard to type on and game on too if you wanted. As for the touchpad, it has a smooth surface to easily slide your finger on. It’s also a clickable touchpad so no individual left or right buttons. Gestures worked fine like using two fingers to scroll and 3 fingers to go back to the home screen or return back to the previous open app.
I think Asus nailed it with how much performance you can get out of this thin chassis. It has a strong battery life that I feel comfortable enough to leave the charger behind. It’s not the top-performing RTX 3070 laptop out there but still provided a good gaming experience. If you’re someone in need of a portable light gaming machine considered the Asus TUF-F15 to fulfill that role.
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Stealthy Speed contender from Asus
Asus has recently released their new line of 11th gen Intel laptops paired with RTX3000 series graphics of which this is a fairly decent showing with only a few drawbacks.
To start, the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. Having come from a previous Asus ROG level laptop to this TUF line and seeing the plain brown box it arrived in with TUF printed on top was a bit of a disappointment. The box also barely protects the top of the laptop (there is zero padding between the lid of the box and the lid of the laptop save for a thin sleeve that the laptop is shrouded in), so beware if a company ships it to you without another form of packaging around it.
Upon removal of the laptop from the box I immediately noted that the chassis was identical to my almost 2 year old Asus ROG laptop (appears to use the same cooling as well). In fact I'd almost argue it was a slight step down from the ROG chassis as it only has TUF printed on the metal lid, whereas the ROG laptop had a glowing ROG insignia embedded in the lid. One thing to note about the lid also is that despite the matte finish, it picks up fingerprints very easily. I've only opened it 3 or 4 times as well as moved it around my table only twice and you can easily see in the image where I've touched the lid. This is actually a surprise for me as I traditionally have very dry hands and almost never leave fingerprints on hardware.
When booted up you're greeted first by an interesting teal-colored keyboard backlight. This got my hopes up initially as I thought with such an interesting color, surely the backlight must be RGB so I can change it. Unfortunately I was wrong. As with the previous generation of this chassis design, the backlight is fixed. You can only change whether it is solid, strobing, breathing or off.
The initial setup and configuration of Windows is very straightforward, with only simple additions for Asus terms and warranty and a single spot to fill in your email address to be used in the MyAsus support app. I appreciate this very direct means of setup and lack of overall bloat that Asus has leaned towards in all of their recent laptops. In fact, the only real bloat on the laptop is that it has Helium Backup installed (in addition to the MyAsus update/warranty app, and ArmoryCrate for performance/power management).
The MyAsus app is relatively unobtrusive presenting you with a clean interface for updates and warranty management. There's an interesting thing I found about the warranty. It states that the warranty will be from the date of manufacture of the laptop if a proof of purchase is unavailable. This feels very forward-thinking of Asus as the constant need to find receipts for potential repairs down the road is always a struggle for people (myself included). That said, I've rarely ever needed an Asus product repaired, and this may be a vote of confidence in their own manufacturing, which I would argue is true.
Now for the hardware.
This is one of the first entries into the Intel 11th gen + RTX 3k series of notebooks.
The display is a 240hz 1080p display which according to the Asus website boasts of 100% sRGB color gamut with 75.25% Adobe coverage. This is superb for a laptop display to have all of these features. I can tell you firsthand that it's a beautiful display and a very welcome experience.
As for the hardware, it, of course, has the new Intel i7-11370H processor with on-die Intel Xe graphics which is dynamically switches between for battery life or performance. The Intel chip is still only a 4-core 8-thread options, but it boosts all the way up to 4.8GHz which, I think, is quite insane for a laptop.
The Geforce RTX 3070 included in the machine is definitely of the 'Max-Q' variety. It appears before NVidia gave the manufacturers the option to say whether or not the graphics in their laptops were 'Max-Q' or 'Max-P' options, this specific SKU from Asus was previously reported as 'Max-Q'. This means it has a lower power draw and lower cooling requirement (albeit also lower performance) than the Max-P version. This could be helpful if you're attempting to be somewhat mobile with a laptop of these specs.
The laptop ships with an SK Hynix 1TB nVME PCIE 3.0 SSD which, as tested myself with ATTO Diskbench came in at a respectable 3.3GBps Read/2.8GBps Write. I do have to wonder if the board supports PCIE 4.0 in the nVME slot though as the graphics reports itself as connected at PCIE 4.0. Unfortunately I do not have a drive readily available to swap in to validate this.
The laptop ships with 16GB of RAM installed running at 3200MHz. According to the Asus site 8GB of the RAM is soldered to the board and the board has 1 additional SODIMM slot and supports a total amount of memory of 32GB (although where you're going to find a 24GB SODIMM is beyond me).
To round out the specs, it has a WiFi 6 (AX) capable wireless card which connected without issue to my WiFi 6 access point and posted superb scores through my gigabit fiber internet (808 mbps down/561 mbps up). The laptop also has a thunderbolt 4 port for highspeed external devices, it also supports power delivery (pd) for power hungry devices as well.
The performance is definitely what you'd expect of a laptop of this calibre.
I spun up 3DMark Timespy and after a series of tests came to a result of 7478 3DMarks in Performance mode and 7698 in Turbo mode (as selected from the ArmoryCrate application). Adding a fan cooling pad under the machine did not seem to modify these numbers much at all. When comparing these results with all other i7-11370H/RTX 3070 Notebook mixes on the 3DMark website, it appears they are almost all from Asus and specifically this series of notebooks as almost every single one of them reported the Asus FX516 motherboard as the board inside the machines. The results placed this laptop well above average for the configuration. With the right tools and knowledge, this could likely be tuned a bit better, however I feel it is important to report on the shipped results as not everyone will have the knowledge or desire to do this.
It's fortunate to know that with performance such as this on a screen with this refresh and resolution, you could easily run all current and many upcoming games at maximum settings without any concern at all. In addition, with the HDMI 2.0b capable port, you could choose to drive a 4k monitor from this machine and still run most games at High or Very High settings. I have loaded up Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and World of Warcraft Shadowlands, and have not experienced any issues at all.
In fact, while running the aforementioned games, I was easily able to experience the delight of the high refresh rate screen and all the beauty it is able to deliver. Really, this screen is an absolute delight and is a solid reason why this laptop should be considered by anyone in the market.
Overally this is a worthy entry from Asus. I'm disappointed they did not improve on the chassis, cooling or design from almost 2 years ago despite the significant improvement in CPU and graphics from that generation, however it still delivers on performance when needed and that's really what is important. I've chosen not to reduce my score on it for this, as it gets the job done and many people prefer this 'stealth' appearance.
If you're in the market for a thin gaming laptop with current gen hardware and a beautiful screen, this is a definite contender.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Awesome on the go power and performance.
ASUS TUF F15 Review
Initial setup went quick. There's not a much of anything inside the box outside of a few pamphlets and the Charger/Power Cord.
The system boots quite quick due to the NVME Drive which makes everything snappy. I will likely consider installing a secondary drive though.
There were some updates that had to process and some BIOS/Firmware updates for the Notebook itself. Some reviews on this I had noticed that a couple encountered issues where the Notebook was bricked and rendered useless, I did not experience this. I don't know the scenario of the users experience with this problem nor if the unit was connected to external power. Most won't allow a BIOS/Firmware update if it's not plugged in. I didn't test this as I'm adamant of keeping something like this connected to external power for something as critical as a BIOS or even minor/major Windows update.
So far the notebook has been running well. That said, it runs fast, but the fans are noisy. Idling on the desktop you can hear a whine coming from them. When a load is applied via an update or a program installing it get's quite a bit louder. Given I typically use a headset, it's a non-issue for me, but when I don't have my headset on it's very noticable and invasive. It actually hurts my ears a little given the very high frequency of the whine.
One thing I noticed off the bat was the display. It wasn't very responsive and I could tell it wasn't running at the native refresh rate. Checking the display settings reveals from the factory it's defaulted to 60hz. You have to manually change it from the Advanced Display Settings Monitor tab to the 240Hz setting. Once done, you can then change it to 240hz in the Display Settings and then it's a night and day difference.
Performance, to test this I ran a couple game benchmarks.
The first test I ran was Borderlands 3's Benchmark. I tested it at the 1080p on 3 different visual presets. High, Ultra and the Bad@ss preset. Of the Averages, High obviously had the best at 85 FPS. Ultra it 73 FPS and the highest Bad@ss it averaged 58 FPS.
I'll be honest that this was underwhelming. The 3070 in this particular model is definitely a cut down variant compared with the other mobile variant's. I also assumed that the performance in particular would be higher than an older previous generation GPU even though it's a mobile version. To give some perspective, the Desktop I built last year with a Ryzen 3800X, 32GB RAM, EVGA 2080 FTW3 Ultra (not a super or Ti) I tested the game out on it and at 1080p on the same presets I got over 85 FPS on the highest setting and anything below I averaged over 90-110 FPS. I tested at 3440x1440p and I was still able to get over 60 FPS on the highest.
I'm a bit thrown though in regards to temps and noise levels. Unless mine has an issue, Running anything 3D intesive the system's fans ramp up quickly and are quite load, enough to the point where I can hear them through some Closed back headphones. The temps are quite high as well. Using HWMonitor I was seeing CPU temps as high as 87C and 75C on the GPU. From some other reviews I had seen, most were not seeing temps this high. It could be that my unit may have an issue.
The 2nd Game I tested briefly was Cyberpunk 2077. The game defaulted the settings to RTX Ultra with DLSS set to Auto. I will say that the game appeared to run smoother than the 2080 in my PC. This could be due to the better Tensor/RTX cores in the 3070. Temps while testing were a little higher. The peak on the CPU was 90C, though the GPU was 73C. The FPS seemed to hover around 45 on the default settings. I think it possible there may be a Hardware issue with the unit. I've reached out to ASUS to see what advice they can offer.
I also tested out Forza Horizon 4. I did so connected up to my TV in my Living room to play it at 4k as anything short of this you're really robbing yourself of fidelity with this title. 1080p on the laptop display did return an average 94 with Ultra Preset. It had defaulted to Dynamic but I set it over to Ultra with no issue. On the TV at 4k however, I could not get the game to run at anything over 48 FPS. I don't know if this is do to throttling of the CPU and GPU, but even dropping to high, the performance in the graphs was identical. Dynamic High and Ultra also made no difference. The game does appear to run smoothish, I noticed a little hitching here and there.
I also ran some older benchmarks too. Unigene Heaven and Valley. Using the Performance Preset in ASUS Armory Crate my average in Valley at 1080p Extreme Detail and 4x AA was at 122 for an average. Changing the preset to Turbo my average was only 120.6. This is a bit surprising. From what I could see in HWMonitor CPU only topped out at 84C in both runs and the GPU was surprisingly only hitting 69C which is a fair bit lower than in Cyberpunk and Borderlands.
Heaven, the averages were lower but I expect this as it despite Valley being a newer benchmark it was not as intensive. The averages clocked in right around 108 FPS at 67C. Testing using Performance and the average was 96.4. The slower performance in Valley looks like it was due to the CPU getting throttled as its temps hit 91C. Quite a bit higher than in Performance. Tessellation was enabled as well.
Just for a comparison, my Desktop at 1080p with the same settings for Valley scored 155.9 average. Heaven was 135.6. So on average going from these numbers, the TUF is roughly 20% slower than my desktop. Admittedly, this is impressive given the TUF only draws 200W compared to my Desktop drawing roughly 480W.
The last benchmark I ran was Superposition. I tested with both Armory Crate presets.
1080p Extreme score was 5075. Turbo was 5249, so a decent extra boost. My Desktop clocked in at a score of 6683, just over 27% faster.
Bear in mind that simply changing your power plan to best performance will not change the Armory Crates performance. It was sitting at Performance preset even at Best/High Performance in Windows power options. It seems that Performance will lock the GPU to 80W. Changing this to Turbo will allow the CPU to clock higher and will allow the GPU to run at 85W.
Overall it's great laptop but it has some quirks. Again some of these could be due to my unit as others are reporting higher FPS in identical games, nearly 20%, and others were showing temps significantly lower than mine, up to 30C while gaming.
- 1TB NVME and it's fast. Looks to be sourced from Hynix.
- 16GB RAM, plenty of it for multitasking and gaming.
- 11th Gen i7, plenty of oomf for your gaming and productivity.
Both the RAM and the NVME's can be upgraded. There's 2 Gen3 M.2 slots so you can always add another NVME drive.
- Display is colorful and has that crazy 240hz refresh rate which is very welcome for competitive gaming.
- It's got a type C port that's PD rated plus two more USB 3 Type A ports.
Backlit keyboard, and it can get fairly bright.
- It's got a gigabit ethernet port. Something nice to see since so many are shucking these now.
- Weight. For what you're getting in such a small package, I'm genuinely surprised this is only just over 4lbs.
- Noise, it gets very loud when under load. Armory reports that it's 40-50db, I don't have a way to test, but I'd reckon it's closer to 55+db.
Heat, again this could be an issue with mine, but it gets well hot enough to cause the CPU and GPU to throttle.
- HDMI port. This is only a 2.0 and it's controlled by the iGPU. So if you were hoping to get more refresh rate you will be disappointed. I was able to get it to output at 1080p120 on to my main ultrawide display but it stretched across the entire monitor so it looked awful, but it did register as 120hz. It would have been a lot better to source the HDMI to the RTX 3070 but I assume this was due to keep power usage in check.
- Battery. Well this will be hit or miss depending on your workload. With the computer running on the Performance preset in Armory I got around 90 minutes run time while gaming. Idle on the desktop was only around 2 hours on the same preset. Setting it to silent, I was seeing around 2.5-3.5 hours with light usage like browsing the internet. I don't really expect much with a Gaming Laptop so this is more or less a like it or love it for most.
- Power adapter location. This boggles my mind why it's in the dead center of the left side. I think it would have been better to place it towards the rear of the right or left side. I just find it gets in the way.
Not really pro's/con's.
- Keyboard and track pad are serviceable. You'll ideally want something external. I'm surprised that there's no RGB on the keyboard, it's merely a light white blue hue. It does as I mentioned above get fairly bright. I also find it odd there's no border lighting around the touchpad. It's generous in size, but it would still be nice.
- Warranty is a standard 1 year which is fine. I put this here cause I'm not certain if this is normal procedure, but when I registered the unit with ASUS it provided me with a 1yr Warranty with ADP. I don't want to give out false hope with your purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Solid performance - 4.3/5
Overall, my impression of the ASUS - TUF DASH 15.6" gaming laptop has been very positive. The RTX3070 graphics card is a beast of a GPU and has been worth the wait. The overall aesthetic of the laptop is classy with a touch of gamer flare inside. If I could give it a fractional score, it would be somewhere around 4.3 stars.
Here's what I really like:
I've been looking forward to the RTX 30 graphics cards since NVIDIA announced them last year. Coming from a GTX 1070 (~3 year old "same" graphics card), there is a noticeable improvement in what the computer can handle without dropping frames.
ASUS has pre-loaded software referred to as Armoury Crate, which is accessible via a physical button above the keyboard. This brings up current computer specs, including how much of the CPU, GPU, and memory is in use, as well as fan speed and other configurable options. I'm not normally a fan of pre-loaded software, but Armoury Crate provides a nice overview of the machine's performance at a given time in an informational and "fun" way.
Fans: There are 3 preset configurations for fan speed, Silent, Performance, and Turbo. Silent is great for every day non-gaming use, but once I load up a game, I switch the settings to Performance generally. Armoury Crate also gives you the options to configure different profiles for different apps and games that you launch, so if you want to play Candy Crush on Silent, load up League of Legends and have it switch to Performance, and then swap over to ARK on max graphics, that can all be setup to happen automatically as you change your activity. I've only configured a single profile to test out the feature, but if I find myself swapping between settings, I may explore this more. These performance settings can also be easily toggled using the function+F5 key on the keyboard, so I generally just use that when I'm switching between games that are more graphics intensive. One thing I did run into that's worth noting is when charging the computer via USB-C instead of the supplied ASUS power cable, I was not able to select "Turbo", only Performance and Silent. This is the same behavior I run into when running on battery power, and isn't surprising or concerning given the added power draw expected when using the "Turbo" setting.
There were three games I was particularly excited about taking for a spin with the new RTX3070 graphics card, ARK, League of Legends, and Minecraft with ray tracing.
I'll start with Minecraft because it's traditionally a "low budget friendly" game, and not typically something hugely reliant on graphics cards, but I previously wasn't able to experience the previously experimental ray tracing features as they just weren't supported on older graphics cards, and for good reason. NVIDIA actually has Minecraft worlds that can be downloaded to test out the new ray-tracing features, so I took one of those worlds for a spin. I'm attaching an in-game image, because it's hard to describe just how artistic ray tracing causes the game to feel. When loading one of these worlds, the fans kicked on loudly in order to compensate for the increased graphics activity, but flying around the very detailed world, I never experienced any sort of lag or frame drops. As of now, I've only had the opportunity to play around in one of NVIDIA's ray-tracing worlds, but I'm excited to see how else the Minecraft community has made use of this feature.
ARK: Ark is such a beast of a game, and I'm so glad that it is. On my previous gaming laptop, with a GTX1070 card, I had occasionally turned up the graphics to "Epic" settings, just to get a taste of what the developers intended the game to feel like. The problem is that as soon as I started moving, I'd experience horrible frame drops to the point where the game was effectively unplayable. Not so with the RTX3070 graphics card in this ASUS TUF gaming laptop. I turned on FPS monitoring and experienced between 60-80fps when running through various parts of the world. I imagine loading up a crowded world rendering dozens of dinosaurs at the same time that could potentially dip lower, but in my gameplay experience, everything ran smoothly. I ran the fans on Turbo to keep up with epic graphics settings, which ran quite loud, but all I really care about is performance. The GPU in Armoury Crate showed it was using 99% GPU (screenshot attached) during this time, at around 71C after ~15 minutes of play, so I may end up dialing the graphics down a step for prolonged play depending how that temperature looks over time.
On to League of Legends:
While not the most graphically intensive game, cranking the settings up to medium-high on my GTX1070 laptop caused intermittent lag spikes during team fights that forced me to play with medium or worse graphics settings. With the RTX3070 card in this ASUS laptop, I haven't experienced any lag at full settings, maintaining ~110 FPS, and I'm looking forward to climbing the ranked ladder with that added advantage. This ASUS gaming laptop boasts a 240Hz display with a 3ms latency for optimal gaming. It might be coincidental, but I've been winning more ranked games since getting the new laptop, and I can't help but wonder if that slight reduction in latency is a factor.
I just want to give a nod to the USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 support. The port is usable as a secondary charging option, which I found to be awesome when switching rooms as I have a plethora of USB-C charging cables and otherwise only 1 ASUS power adapter.
The other ports are fairly standard, two USB-A ports, an ethernet port, and an HDMI port, and provide sufficient port coverage for any typical laptop use.
- No camera: For a gaming laptop, it's not a big deal. I don't really use video while gaming, but what I miss is Windows Hello, which my old laptop camera provided. It's a minor inconvenience, but definitely not a deal breaker.
- Keyboard light changing software isn't great. There are only 3 built in profiles for changing the keyboard backlight, Static, Strobe, and Breathing, of which only the Static isn't terrible. I found adding new profiles unintuitive and clumsy compared to other backlight keyboards I've used, both for standalone keyboards and gaming laptop keyboards.
Overall, the ASUS TUF gaming laptop with the RTX 3070 graphics card is a solid gaming laptop. I don't expect to see any significant performance differences in other laptop GPUs, and the form factor of this laptop is overall solid and seems to be providing sufficient cooling to support the outstanding graphics card.
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The VergeRating, 3.5 out of 53.5Cameron Faulkner on February 10, 2021
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A:AnswerIn gaming environments it is extremely unlikely; this laptop has an i7-11370H which is a 4 core 8 thread processor 3.3GHz with boost up to 4.8GHz. The single core processing of this CPU going to be the fastest on the market, besting the 5900HX flagship of AMD. For any games made 2019 and prior you are extremely likely to see no bottle necking and likely best in class performance on this laptop. For the small but admittedly growing list of games that actually use more than 4 cores you will likely see a slight improvement on an AMD. For strictly gaming purposes I honestly think the 11370H is not only a good choice it will likely be the best benchmarking CPU aside from the 11370H and amazingly it pulls off that incredibly single core speed using only 35W. PCI-Express 4.0 will also play a role in increasing performance and the 11370H and possibly limiting any bottleneck concerns. Not only will it be ideal for most gaming scenarios but it will run much cooler and ASUS is boasting a 13 hours video playback battery on this laptop, likely thanks largely in part to the lower power consumption of the 11370H. I would caution this laptop if productivity is a goal as I think quad core is going to suffer but I am seeing lots of folks upset that the 11th gen I7 is a "rip off its just an i5" and thats just not true. the 11370H is over 30% faster than the 10300H.
It does not appear that this laptop will have the Max-Q variety. the RTX 3070 Mobile is "max-q" when it is the 80W variety at 1290 MHz out of a possible 120W, 1620MHz (max-p). This laptop keeps the 80W lower power variety but boosted the clock to 1390MHz. It is much closer to the max-q side of the spectrum but might be a pretty good compromise since it will clock 100MHz higher without any tweaking and still run at the cooler temps.
From everything I can tell this laptop really has the potential to be the true price to performance chamption of the RX30 lineup.
I found most of the specifics for this laptop by looking up 2021 ASUS TUF Dash F15 which seems to be the new branding name for this TUF series.
A:AnswerUnfortunately the above answer has been proven wrong with reviews now available. In actual gameplay, this laptop scores slightly under the last gen 2070 max-q laptops (which are available at around the same price). This is because this model uses the bare minimum voltage allotted for a mobile 3070 as well as sub par cooling. Though the single core performance of this CPU is more efficient, the multi core is well less than the i7-10750H and considerably less than the Ryzen 9 5900h. And games over the past few years are becoming very reliant on multi-core workloads. Here is the link where I base these statements: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/44196-asus-tuf-dash-f15-fp516qr-review/
I compared the results of several laptops while trying to decide what to get.