The review of ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, TUF506IV-AS76.
The 2020 ASUS TUF506IV-AS76 gaming laptop is the next generation of the TUF 505 gaming notebook lines.
The predecessors were very popular due to their price and performance ratio for gaming.
ASUS TUF A15 Specs
The well-known laptop manufacturer improved so many features on this ASUS TUF A15 model. We can tear them down one by one in this TUF506IV-AS76 review.
The AMD R7 4800H CPU
Besides being the newest and the most powerful CPU from AMD, this CPU chip is one of the high-end processors. It is comparable to Intel’s high-end processors, like the Intel’s i9-9980HK (released in the mid of 2019) and the Intel’s i7-10750H (which was released this year in 2020). From these 3 mighty CPUs, only the i7-10750H still has the 6-cores while the other two have 8-cores.
Generally, Intel processors outperform the AMD processors. But in the multi-core test, this AMD’s R7 4800H CPU outperforms these both high-end Intel’s CPU with these point tables;
From this table and test, we can see how impressive the CPU of this gaming laptop is. This ASUS TUF A15 is the next bestseller gaming laptop with the newest processor. And most importantly because it is available at a very affordable price. If we compare it with the i-series powered gaming laptops.
3200MHz 16GB of RAM
Being powered by the AMD’s Renoir APU series, this TUF506IV-AS76 notebook also packs the 3200MHz 16GB of DDR4 RAM out of the box.
RTX 2060 Graphics
Furthermore, this ASUS TUF A15 packs dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics which is powerful for all of your games.
The benchmark comparison with the 1660 Ti proves the RTX 2060’s impressive performance;
For instance, for the CS: GO, it has 2% better EFps, and 26% better in PUBG with the M249 Training 1080o Max setting.
So without the upgrade, having the latest king of AMD’s CPU, the 16GB of RAM combined with the RTX 2060 Nvidia GPU, this ASUS TUF A15 is already a monster gaming device out of the box.
ASUS TUF A15 Appearance
Compared to the previous version of the TUF lines, appearance wise, the chassis of this ASUS TUF A15 looks cleaner with the less gaming-pattern elements.
If the predecessors used to have flex here and there, this newer line does not have flex at all, not that we have noticed at last.
On the top lid, you will see the 720p HD webcam and the microphone located on the slim 7mm bezels of the screen.
Being only 0.98 inches thin, and 5.07 lbs it is lightweight enough for a gaming laptop, surprisingly, you can use a single hand to open up your notebook.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The 2020 ASUS TUF A15’s keyboard deck is made from sturdy plastic material, with no smudges.
There isn’t a Fingerprint reader, but WASD keys are having special colors so you can easily locate them right away. Moreover, it’s an RGB keyboard.
To change the mode of your backlighting of the keyboard, you can press the FN key and the arrow key all at once.
There are 4 choices available for the keys lighting. The default lighting is set to Static, but you can also choose Breathing, Strobing, or Color Cycle.
All keys have good spaces and good key travel.
You will also have the Numpad on the right side of your keyboard.
The trackpad supports the Windows precision feature and includes the two mouse buttons.
On the back of your TUF506IV-AS76 device, you will find the honeycomb structure cover and the audio speakers.
The quality of the speakers seems to be improved compared with the speakers of previous models in the last years.
Ports of TUF506IV-AS76 model
Last year models of the TUF, you will have all of I/O ports on the left-hand side.
This new TUF506IV-AS76 model includes the USB 2.0 (Gen 1) port on the right-hand side, beside the Kensington lock.
On the left-hand side, you will find the power plug, the RJ45 ethernet port, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, and 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 DP 1.4 port. Lastly, you will also have the 3.5mm audio jack next to the USB C port that supports data transfer and display port 1.4 (which is also G-Sync enabled) but not USB-C charging.
ASUS TUF A15 Display
This 2020 ASUS TUF A15 Ryzen 7 4800H model has an even better display. It’s a Full-HD 1080p with the 144Hz refresh rate with adaptive sync.
Upgradable Storage and Memory
Despite having more than enough specs to run heavy games on a portable unit, this TUF506IV-AS76 notebook is upgradable. It’s always a big bonus when you can upgrade your device.
It even includes the upgrade kit (including the connectors) in the box.
There are 2 M.2 slots in this unit, one has the manufacturer’s 1TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD and one of them is empty. You can populate the empty SSD slot with your own.
The 2 slots of the memory are all populated (2x 8GB) but they are all upgradable since none of them are soldered to the motherboard.
ASUS TUF A15 Battery Life
This gaming portable device packs a 90Wh battery that will double the battery life compared to the previous models.
With lower screen’s brightness and heavy load usage, you will get about 5-6 hours and for light usage, you’ll get double, which is ~10 hours of battery life.
3 Heat sinks
Inside this ASUS TUF A15, there are 3 heat sinks that have self-cleaning technology which is great!
These heat sinks certainly help the device to stay cool.
We are currently reviewing the 15 inch model with the RTX 2060 GPU and 1TB SSD storage. You can find the difference between other models in this comparison table below.
|Screen size (inch)||15.6||15.6||17.3|
|Screen refresh rate (Hz)||144||144||120|
|Graphics (Nvidia GeForce||RTX 2060||1660 Ti||1660 Ti|
- ASUS TUF A15 technical specifications
- The R7 4800H processor benchmark
- RTX 2060 vs 1660 Ti comparison table
ASUS TUF A15 Review Summary
To sum up, this 2020 ASUS TUF A15 is an improved version of the predecessors. Both externally, and internally. The high-class newest beast R 7 4800H CPU combined with the power RTX 2060 dedicated GPU, the 16GB of RAM as well as the monster 1TB SSD, this notebook is a gamer’s and streamers dream.
So if you are searching for the “newest” gaming laptop that has the “latest” premium-class processor for 1k price range, look no further because this TUF506IV-AS76 will meet your expectations for gaming!