This ASUS TUF 506 vs Acer Helios 300 post compares the 2019 Helios PH315-52-78VL with 256GB storage (not the one with 512GB SSD) and the TUF506IV-AS76 configuration model.
The Acer Helios 300 and the 2020 ASUS TUF A15 are both great gaming laptops with a great performance-price ratio (around 1K).
However, in terms of appearance and internal hardware, they both have unique designs and different features.
In this post, we will point out examples of the differences between the two.
And additionally, in case you are in doubt choosing one of them, we hope we can help you choose the more ideal device for you.
First of all, there are differences between Acer Helios 300 and the 2020 ASUS TUF A15 in terms of specifications. Let’s address them first.
ASUS TUF 506 vs Acer Helios 300 Specs
These two gaming laptops are quite similar. They weigh about the same, which is 5.07lbs or 2.29 kg. Both have a brush aluminum look and black lids, which look and felt good. Overall, pretty lightweight for a 15″ gaming laptop.
ASUS TUF A15 has a brushed aluminum look on the surface along with the ASUS logo in the middle.
For the Helios, it has blue accents around the predator logo in the middle on the cover.
For the interior design, there is a matte black look combined with teal accents on the Acer Helios, while the ASUS TUF A15 is matte black with two noticeable physical buttons on the trackpad.
ASUS TUF 506 vs Acer Helios 300 – Which One?
Since both are almost similar and cost almost the same, let’s tear down the advantages of each device respectively according to their specs and features.
From the main specs, the ASUS TUF A15 comes with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and the RTX 2060 GPU. The Helios 300 in the other hand comes with the Intel i7-9750H and GTX 1660 Ti. Both costs more and less $1k, almost the same price.
The main specs difference between the two;
|Product||ASUS TUF506IV-AS76||Acer PH315-52-78VL|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H||Intel i7-9750H|
|CPU release date||Q1/2020||Q2/2019|
|CPU base clock speed (GHz)||2.9||2.6|
|CPU Max boost frequency (GHz)||4.2||4.5|
|CPU Cores & Threads||8-Cores & 16-Threads||6-Cores & 12-Threads|
|Graphics (Nvidia)||RTX 2060||1660 Ti|
|Pros & Cons||VIEW||VIEW|
ASUS TUF 506 RTX 2060 Pros
The ASUS TUF A15 506 model has these plus points;
The TUF 506 comes with a far better processor which the R7 47800H, see this CPU mark comparison.
Apart from being the newest CPU that is released this year, this R7 processor chipset outperforms other processors as well at the moment.
TUF 506’s GPU
Compared with the GTX 1660 Ti the RTX 2060 is considerably better.
As we can see, the RTX 2060 GPU performs faster by approximately 14% in terms of speed performance. Furthermore, the RTX packs the RT cores, which means it supports the Raytracing feature. Meanwhile, the 1660ti comes with the CUDA only.
1TB SSD Out Of The Box
The TUF 506 2020 model has pre-installed 1TB SSD out of the box, this is HUGE! Here and there you often heard about upgrading your computer. The upgrading option is good, but not everyone feels comfortable doing this. So having huge SSD storage without upgrading is the better option if you are not that techie.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Pros
We have discussed the advantages and plus points of the TUF 15″ 2020 model above. Now it is time we point out the advantages of the Helios 300;
For about the same price, the Helios seemed to have the better screen with its IPS panel, but it comes with pre-installed 256GB SSD storage only.
If you know how to upgrade your laptop, I would go with the Helios because of its better display.
But if you are not ready to do the upgrade the storage yourself, the TUF 506 is a better choice, as ASUS already provides you with enough storage.
Other than storage, for gaming, the TUF has the advantage as it is configured with the newer power CPU and better GPU as we saw in both CPU and GPU benchmark results. These better CPU and GPU alone crushes the Helios.