Asus TUF Gaming Laptops series is one of those gaming laptops that gamers have been getting really interested in. One reason being, they are much cheaper, affordable and offer good performance for the price they come with.
Last year in 2020, one of the Asus TUF gaming laptops came up with the brand new RTX 2060 for just under $1000 which was remarkable. I think the Asus TUF guys are playing those Xiaomi phones type pricing strategies where they offer a lot of features for a very affordable price. Of course cutting corners on build quality and other areas.
However, in 2021, I am absolutely blown away by the Asus TUF Series, this time with the brand new Asus TUF Dash F15 2021. This time, they’ve not only managed to nail the pricing, as the laptop is just priced at $1099, which is just crazy, but they have been able to equip the laptop with the latest RTX Graphics card.
Yes, I am serious, the Asus TUF Dash F15 comes with the latest RTX 3060 GPU and the base RAM starts with 16GB which is just incredible. This is just the base model specs and you also get an Intel Core i7-11370H processor and 512 GB of SSD storage and a 144Hz display. All of these specs for only $1099 !, this is insane. Add an extra $200 to $300 more and you get 48GB of RAM, RTX 3070, 240Hz Display and more SSD storage.
I am seeing a lot of value here for the price point and you will not find any other gaming laptops giving such high value features for the price.
But what I am really grateful to Asus TUF series for is about the design and the build quality of the laptop.
Yes this time, they have absolutely made the Asus TUF Dash F15 look like no less than any other premium gaming laptops you will find on the market. It doesn’t look cheap at all.
|Asus TUF Dash F15|
|CPU||Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-11370H, 35W|
|GPU||RTX 3070 8GB + Intel Iris Xe|
|RAM||16GB – 64GB|
|SSD||1 TB NVMe SSD, 2x M.2 PCI x4 slots|
|PORTS||3x USB-A 3.2 gen1, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone jack, 1x USB-C/ Thunderbolt 4|
|DISPLAY||15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080, 240 Hz|
|BATTERY||Upto 16 hours, Above 7 hours when tested|
|CONNECTIVITY||Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 5.1, Wireless 6 2×2|
Although, Asus really buffed their specs for the TUF Dash F15, when I first just heard about the new laptop coming in 2021, I really doubted that they are definitely going to downgrade somethings, one of which I though was the design and build quality.
To my surprise, the TUF Dash F15 does not look cheap at all. In fact, it shares a similar design like the Asus Zephyrus G14 in its white form. It’s looks very premium and feels very premium.
The base is made of plastic and it feels to be pretty thick, however, when you actually hold the laptop from the base, it feels very strong.
The lid this time is made from metal and it makes the laptop feel very rigid and sturdy. Unlike the last years Asus TUF laptops which when you just look at it feels like they have been brought up from some kind of second hand computer market.
And although, we as gamers don’t really care about the design as long as the laptop’s performance is great and it runs all the games. However, sometimes, it’s just good to have a really nice looking laptop just to make us feel that the money we’ve spend was worth it.
The lid of the laptop is decorated with a big logo of Asus TUF logo symbol which looks great. It’s not like last year’s which honestly looked horrible. This years logo really compliments with the overall design of the laptop.
The laptop unfortunately doesn’t have any external lighting however, the laptop still looks great even without any external lighting. The white version specifically looks amazing.
The Asus TUF Dash F15 just weights around 4.4 pounds and the display comes with small thin bezels. Although, the bottom one is pretty thick. But we don’t get a webcam and a fingerprint reader. I think both of these features are basically useless for gamers. Unless, if gamers are going to use the laptop professionally, if it’s purely for gaming, these features are pretty much unnecessary.
The keyboard of course is oddly satisfying with it’s island style form factor and although gamers with only get the choice of having the colour of turquoise as the backlighting colour of the keyboard. If you don’t mind having no options for changing the colours of the keyboard, then there should no problem with the keyboard.
The touchpad on the other hand is still not that bad. It’s got great feedback, smooth and while it’s not the biggest touchpad, it still medium sized and it’s satisfying to click on it. You can also disable the clickable function from the Asus software “Armoury Crate control panel”.
Overall, yes, we are missing on many things regarding the design of the laptop. Like finger print reader, a webcam, no colour changing RGB backlit Keyboard and no RGB lighting all around the laptop. However, If you really think about it, these are some of the design features that 90% of time is rarely used by gamers. So, I think it’s not a big deal at all because at least we are not compensated with gaming performance.
The Asus TUF Dash F15 this time comes with a 240Hz display which is at Full HD 1080p resolution and comes with adaptive sync technology to eliminate frame tearing.
If you get the base model, you only get 144Hz display. However, I think for most gamers 144Hz screen refresh rate is just more than enough for gaming. Because in most of the games, you will not be getting more than 100 fps frame rates so, having 240Hz refresh rate is still pointless.
However, if you are going to play competitive matches, and you play games like Counter-Strike GO, League of Legends or Dota 2 then by adding an extra few hundred dollars, you can get the 240Hz display and you can make the best use of those display. As in these games, you can possibly get frame rates over 200 fps.
Speaking about the quality of the display, the IPS panel looks great in any body’s eyes. There’s nothing that’s compensated here and the matte texture on the display surface makes it look amazing and non-reflective. The colour quality of the display is also great with 100 percent coverage of the sRGB gamut.
The Asus TUF Dash F15 comes with a fair amount of ports that are just more than enough for most of your gaming needs.
However, the placements of ports is rather just weird and not properly organised. As on the left side you have a power connector, eThernet port, a full-size HDMI 2.0b port, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, and a USB Type C port ending with a headphone jack.
On the right side, you just have an extra two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
The Thunderbolt 4/ USB-C port on the left is a great addition as you can also use the same port to charge your notebook.
On both the sides of the laptop, you have fans or cooling vents.
I think the ports placements and choices for Asus TUF Dash F15 is above average and it’s not like you need lots of ports but they could have included the Micro SD card slots.
The Asus TUF this time, has really taken performance seriously and kept it at the top priority over everything. This time, their TUF Dash F15 comes with some of the latest hardware choices that I think is a really wise move.
The CPU, Core i7-11375H Tiger Lake, quad-core, eight-thread is an odd choice for Asus but the Tiger Lake family of Intel Chips are some of the latest and newly built architecture built on a smaller 10nm processors.
With the base clock speed of 3.3GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 5.0 Ghz, the laptop is definitely built for high performance and you will have no problem with multi-tasking. The Thermal Design Power is only 35 Watts which makes it possible for the laptop to run much much cooler. Moreover, it also comes with a different kind of integrated graphics called Iris Xe which much better than previous generation Intel HD graphics.
Speaking about RTX, yes honestly, it’s not the fastest RTX 3060, RTX 3070 machines here in the market. Definitely, there will be other companies like Razer Blade and MSI, who can pull better performance.
However, this does not mean that the RTX 3070 on the TUF Dash F15 is a second hand market one. It can definitely run serious high-end Title AAA games.
When we tested Metro Exodus on this machine, it ran at 59 fps at ultra settings which is not bad at all.
Considering the fact, that last year, Asus Zephyrus G14 was only able to get 38 fps at ultra settings with the RTX 2070 GPU.
While the Last year’s Razer Blade 15 was only able to pull 20 – 30 fps on Metro Exodus with the RTX 2080 GPU.
So, the RTX 3070 is certainly very powerful and when we turned on the Ray-Tracing mode, the frame rates only dropped to 48 fps.
Now let’s compete the Asus TUF Dash F15 with other real world high end gaming laptops.
|Gaming Laptops||CPU/Memory RAM||GPU/Storage|
|1. Asus TUF Dash F15||Core-i7 -11375H/ 16 GB||RTX 3070/ 1TB SSD|
|2. Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edtion||Core-i7 – 10875H/16GB||RTX 2080 SUPER/ 1TB SSD|
|3. Acer Predator Helios 300 (2020)||Core-i7 -10750H/16GB||RTX 2070/512 GB SSD|
|4. MSI Alpha 15||AMD Ryzen 7 – 4800H/16 GB||AMD RAEDON RX 5600X /512 GB SSD|
The first test we ran on the TUF Dash F15 was PCMark 10 where TUF Dash F15 outscored all the big players of the gaming industry with a staggering score of 6218. While the Razer Blade 15 Advance and other gaming laptops all scored below 6000 points. With Acer Helios 300 scoring the lowest at 5000 points.
Next up was graphics and we ran the 3D Mark tests for TUF Dash F15. It was able to score about 35,586 points on the Sky Driver Test being just 2000 points below Lenovo and Razer Blade 15 which both scored 37,533 and 37,834 points respectively which is not a lot of difference at all. Surprisingly, Acer Helios Predator was able to score the highest with 40,595 points.
However, the TUF Dash F15 nailed the Fire Strike test leading with 17,392 points, while other laptops all got a score below 17,000. With Lenovo scoring the lowest at 14,245 points which is just a big shame. Considering the fact that it is at the same price point as the TUF Dash F15.
Playing Far Cry 5 at Ultra settings, the TUF Dash F15 was able to nail 85 fps compared to Razer Blade which scored 95 fps, just 10 fps ahead. While, again the Acer Helios 300 surprised us with a staggering 97 fps thereby leading all of them.
Playing Tomb Raider was a different story here and the TUF Dash F15 was able to score 102 fps which is not at all bad. While MSI and Lenovo got frame rates below 99 fps and Razer Blade scoring the highest with 112 fps. All of these scores were on Ultra settings.
Overall, for $1099, if you can playing high end games like Tomb Raider at Ultra settings and still get frame rates above 100 fps is already too good enough for a gaming laptop. Considering the fact that TUF Dash F15 comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 Chip and a RTX 3070 GPU just means that here were are definitely seeing the performance difference.
With the TUF Dash F15, you will definitely be able to play most of the high end Title AAA games that come out in 2021 and 2022 for sure. And you will have no problems with performance either as the frame rates that we are seeing is already too good to be true for a $1099 dollars!.
While, in today’s standards, the Official MacBook Pro M1 is getting you around over 20 hours of battery life. And for a gaming laptop to get over 15 hours of battery is a joke.
When I actually tested the Asus TUF Dash F15, unfortunately, I was right as I only got around 7 hours and 45 minutes of battery life. That also when my laptop was on power saving mode and the screen brightness was only 50%.
Therefore, here it is concluded that there’s no way to get better battery life in a gaming laptop. It is almost like a dream come true to get over 10 to 15 hours of battery life in a gaming laptop.
Regardless of how long the Asus TUF Dash F15, I think battery life will not be an issue at all because most of the time when we are playing games, our laptop has to be plugged in into the power.
However, if you are just running lightweight tasks like chrome, word and other apps, you can definitely expect to get over 7 to 8 hours of battery life here.
Speaking about is it worth buying the Asus TUF Dash F15 in 2021?, and the answer is definitely yes if you are looking for a budget friendly high performance gaming laptop. Because there are no laptops in the market that can deliver such high value performance features for the price that it comes with.
However, if you are looking for a much higher end gaming laptop and you wish to see what other companies can pull out with the latest RTX 3000 series graphics card, then it will be very wise to just wait. However, even if Razer blade, Acer and other gaming companies do come up with their new machines equipped with the latest RTX 3000 cards, they are definitely going to be pricey.
I think Asus here being one of the first companies to pull out a cheap RTX 3000 machine is just so that they get a head start for the year. And I think this is a very smart business move by Asus because they know that RTX 3000 series machines aren’t going to be cheap at all.
Therefore, being one of the first one to start the race is a great move by Asus!.
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