Are you currently torn between your choices of gaming laptops, the 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 that has Ryzen 7 CPU and GTX 1660 GPU and..? We can understand. Speaking of gaming laptops, there are tons of them on the market right now.
The prices vary from under 1000 to more than 2K USD. Here, we want to help you to finally be able to decide which one you really want to have and which one fits your budget to get a new gaming machine.
Consider this TUF model, because the price and value ratio is way too great to miss. We believe you have done your research everywhere too.
We will go to the pros and cons in a bit. Before that, let’s break down its feature estimated price (you can check them on Amazon on this date – when this review was posted). The 1660 Ti GPU is about $280, the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU is about $500, the 1TB SSD is about $160, the most affordable 17″ IPS display is about $300, the 16GB DDR4 RAM is about $107. The operating system, which is Windows Home is about $100.
All of these crucial features are approximately $1500 if not more. Then, you need to consider the portability, you can bring this everywhere to game on-the-go, plus it’s a VR ready device, RGB Backlit keyboard, HD webcam, the premium look chassis, in terms of value, it’s the best bang for your buck!
Let’s continue to the main technical features
ASUS 17.3″ TUF gaming laptop Specs
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Processor:||2.9GHz AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (8-Cores, 16-Threads)|
|Memory:||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
|Graphics:||6GB GDDR6 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti|
|Storage:||1TB PCIe SSD|
|Screen:||17.3″ IPS-Level Full HD Widescreen LED Display (1920x1080P) 120Hz|
Appearance-wise, the 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 gaming laptop comes with a plastic material cover that does not look cheap at all. The design is quite identical to the 15-inch lines. Check out our TUF 506 review about the 15″ model. It is actually an advantage because your laptop will weigh less when it is made of plastic. The plastic constructed chassis is not a con in our opinion, because the device itself is super sturdy.
On top of that, this laptop is lightweight for a 17-inch laptop since this weighs only about 5.73 lbs, more light than its predecessors. For the thickness, this machine is only 1.1 inches thin.
ASUS TUF With Ryzen 7 & GTX 1660 Ti
The Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is the most up-to-date AMD Ryzen 7 CPU line. With 2.9GHz base clock and can boost up to 4.2GHz with the 7nm Zen 2 architecture which is energy efficient yet delivering better performance than the predecessor the Zen architecture. This CPU is also an 8-cores and 16-threads processor chip which packs the Radeon Vega RX 7 GPU.
Paired with the dedicated 6GB NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti GPU, this 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 gaming laptop won’t have many bottlenecks when you are gaming. In terms of speed or performance, this AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is comparable to the 9th gen of the Intel i7 series.
Furthermore, you cannot find any laptops that have this new AMD processor in any other laptop brands. In short, the CPU is, without doubt, one of the top-of-the-line mobile processors on the market, if you want the better one, surely you need to pay for about 500 bucks more. For instance, the 2020 MSI with the same screen size 17.3.
|ASUS TUF 17.3||Dell G7 17 inch|
|CPU: 2.9GHz Octa-Core AMD Ryzen 7 4800H||CPU: 2.6GHz 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h|
|RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz||RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM|
|Storage: 1TB PCIE SSD||Storage: 512GB NVME SSD|
|Pros & Cons: VIEW||Pros & Cons: VIEW|
6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
This mobile graphics Turing-architecture based GPU is performing faster than the 1050 GPU. It is also about 40% more efficient on power consumption vs the Pascal GPUs. This said you can play modern games titles or VR games with medium and high settings smoothly. We recommend our guide to speed up an ASUS laptop in this page, including optimizing Windows 10 OS for your need.
ASUS TUF Ryzen 7 Screen
The screen is a 17.3-inch Widescreen LED Full-HD IPS-level display. It has a thin bezel, 120 Hz refresh rate, and it is a 17.3 inch! I like doing multitasking on a bigger screen since you can open more programs all at once than on a smaller screen.
As for gaming, to game in a 17″ screen is better than in 15″ or smaller screen because you won’t see your object in smaller sizes. If you are a gamer and doing a lot of multitasking jobs, a 17-inch screen is ideal.
Storage & Battery Life
The 1TB SSD storage is one of the highlight features from this 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 laptop as it is more than enough to store your big files such as photos, videos and many files that need more space in your PC. Note, most affordable gaming laptops come with much less storage than this one.
For the battery life, you will get about 5 hours which is actually better than the other 17 inch laptops category. There are even smaller screen gaming laptops that cannot have the battery life this laptop does.
ASUS TUF Gaming A17 Gaming Laptop, 17.3” 120Hz FHD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, 90WHr Battery, RGB Backlit KB, Windows 10 Home, TUF706IU-AS76
Keyboard & Ports
The keyboard deck has brush metal finish looks and the keys feel comfortable for both doing typing or gaming. The RGB backlit and highlighted WASD keys are quite helpful if you game or type in a darker room. The touchpad is a precision touchpad that supports swipe Windows 10’s feature. And the location of the touchpad is a bit to the left on your keyboard deck.
ASUS designed this model to enable you gaming without having cluttered cables if you game and connect your laptop to other devices via its port. That is because all of the ports are located on the left side of the laptop. There are charging port, LAN, full-size HDMI port, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, and an audio jack. Sadly, there isn’t an SD card slot, and USB C or Thunderbolt port.
Summarizing this 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 review, as described, this laptop can perform as expected at an amazing price point. Modern games like Red Dead redemption look great on the 17 inch large IPS screen with the stunning refresh rate.
If you don’t want to pay a lot more than 1.5K for a gaming laptop with a 17-inch screen that has powerful specs, especially the exclusive R7 4800H and that you don’t necessarily need to upgrade the RAM since it comes with 16GB of RAM, then this 2020 ASUS TUF 17.3 model is the gaming laptop that you have been waiting for.