ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti gaming laptop stands out from the competitors, read this TUF506IU-ES74 review to find out why.
Do you want to have a gaming laptop that is really built to play games and has durability under 1k? This ASUS TUF Gaming A15 gaming laptop is a Windows 10 gaming notebook that you need to win all of your games.
With the dedicated GPU, your games will run smooth and fast on the IPS-level screen with 144Hz screen refresh rate.
Compared to predecessors, this gaming notebook appears to be more compact and more portable. Furthermore, it also comes with a better wattage 90Wh battery, which will give you better battery life.
The military-grade famous signature from the ASUS TUF lines, combined with the effective CPU cooling that has self-cleaning function makes this device a durable, portable, and reliable gaming laptop.
This ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti unit is designed to be an affordable gaming notebook, so you won’t get the best gaming laptop in the world. But at this price range, which is under 1K who can expect a perfect device for gaming?
The whole laptop does not look cheap at all. In fact, compared with a few gaming notebooks, this unit looks slimmer and more compact.
From the outside, you will see quite nicely designed chassis with the simple ASUS TUF logo on it.
TUF506IU-ES74 Specs Break Down
Let’s break down the specifications and features on this laptop.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
This TUF506IU has the new AMD’s CPU 4000 series, which is the 4800H which was released January this year (2020). This CPU based on Zen 2 impressive microarchitecture. This 7nm processor has 8-cores and 16-threads, which also outperform the 9th generation of Intel i7 CPU by 46% in terms of speed in multithreaded tests.
When you compare with its competitors, having the extra 4 cores, better clock speeds, and the Zen 2 microarchitecture, the CPU will be able to perform all your demanding games and computer tasks fluidly.
The Ryzen 7 4800H CPU has the integrated Radeon RX Vega 7 Graphics, however, ASUS adds the dedicated GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics in this TUF506IU-ES74 unit. This means that your laptop actually has the Graphics which has better RAM benchmark and the newer “Turing” architecture. Graphics like 2060, 2070, and 2080 also use this identical architecture.
On top of that, this GPU has 6GB GDDR6 which will enable your laptop to thrive on the game titles that require high memory bandwidth. (most budget gaming laptop has GDDR5 or GDDR4).
16GB of RAM
The recommended minimum memory for a gaming laptop is 8GB of RAM. This ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti notebook has double the memory, which 16GB, more is better. That said, your laptop will perform well on multitasking.
Furthermore, rather than the common 2400MHz memory, this laptop has 3200MHz memory speed, which will result in a performance boost.
RAM alone can’t make a device to be a gaming device. But when it’s combined with the good Graphics, like the 1660 Ti that we have here, you will be able to do more on multitasking, like gaming and running other programs at the same time, or streaming.
Plus the dual-channel of the memory system gives you an advantage as a dual-channel memory system will increase the memory’s maximum bandwidth (double them). This will result in a more powerful memory frequency. Compared to a laptop that has a single-channel system, with the same amount of RAM and RAM’s speed, this laptop will have approximately 20 until 30% better performance.
ASUS also enables the upgrading option by enabling you to upgrade the memory total up to 32GB.
Having a Solid-State Drive (SSD) as storage in a new laptop is always a big plus. It will make your laptop boots faster, launch programs at lightning speed, and more response time as well.
The 512GB pre-installed storage is more than enough to be your laptop’s default storage.
Also, this TUF506IU-ES74 has the storage upgrade option, which means, you can always add more SSD in the provided empty storage slot if you want to.
TUF506IU-ES74 Other Features
Apart from the main specifications we mentioned above, this gaming notebook has many other features. Let’s take a look at them.
The 15.6-inch IPS-level display with the 144Hz refresh rate is a nice feature that will allow you to have a rock-solid motion of any object on your screen. The contrast, brightness, and colors are pleasant to the eye.
It’s also a LED-Backlit Full HD screen with 1920×1080 resolution and 16:9 screen ratio, with an anti-glare display system. As long as you don’t have sunlight that shines directly on your screen, you can see perfectly what is on your screen when you are outdoor.
The keys on this TUF506IU-ES74 has reasonable spaces, and quiet when typed on. It also has the RGB and backlit keyboard feature which not only looks great, but it also will help you typing or locate the keys in the dark.
There is also an isolated number pad which is a nice addition.
Webcam and Connectivity
This ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti laptop packs a 720p webcam that will work in reasonably low light condition, but as with laptop’s webcams, the picture quality won’t be the best.
For the peripherals and connectivity, you will have the Wi-Fi 5 802.11 ac (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, 1x AC adapter plug, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 2, 1x USB-C with Display support (DP 1.4), 2x USB 3, 1x Audio combo jack, and 1x RJ45 ethernet port.
A nice collection of connectivity and ports we have here.
These laptop models have other similar spec-ed laptops. Check the difference in the following table.
|Screen size (inch)||15.6||15.6||17.3|
|Screen refresh rate (Hz)||144||144||120|
|Graphics (Nvidia GeForce||1660 Ti||RTX 2060||1660 Ti|
|Pros and Cons||VIEW||VIEW||VIEW|
TUF506IU-ES74 Review Summary
With this horsepower processor and 16GB of RAM, you can do everything with this laptop out of the box. Without doing the upgrade, you will be able to play games, edit your videos and so much more.
For this price, this ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti is possibly one of the best gaming laptops you’ll ever find. It’s more than capable to play games on the same degree of your desktop.
At this price, this TUF506IU-ES74 is great. So if you want a gaming laptop under 1k that has the latest processor with more cores and threads, this ASUS TUF 506 1660 Ti model is highly recommended.