Asus is going all in on AMD with its entry-level TUF Gaming lineup announced today. The 15-inch FX505DY and 17-inch FX705DY use AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 3550H mobile APU, Radeon Vega discrete graphics for gaming and offers a MIL-SPEC 810G tested chassis for short drops.
Update: Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. ET: The new TUF Gaming lineup appears to be available for a sort of pre-order on Amazon, where it is currently listed as "temporarily out of stock" but can be bought and shipped when it is delivered. It's unclear exactly when it will release.
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Asus TUF Gaming FX505DY||Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3550H||AMD Ryzen 5 3550H|
|GPU||AMD Radeon RX 560X||AMD Radeon RX 560X|
|RAM||Up to 32GB DDR4 2400 MHz||Up to 32GB DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Storage||Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, up to 1TB SSHD||Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, up to 1TB SSHD|
|Display||15.6-inch FHD up to 120 Hz, FreeSync||17.3-inch FHD, FreeSync|
|Ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 2.0, Ethernet, HDMI, Kensington lock slot, headphone jack||2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 2.0, Ethernet, HDMI, Kensington lock slot, headphone jack|
|Battery||48 Whr||64 Whr|
|Size||14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inches (36 x 26.2 x 2.5 cm)||15.7 x 11 x 1 inches (39.9 x 27.9 x 2.6 cm)|
|Weight||4.9 pounds / 2.2 kg||5.7 pounds / 2.6 kg|
Besides the size (both the body and the display), both laptops are otherwise quite similar. The big difference is that the 15-inch version offers a high-refresh option that goes to 120 Hz. Both screens use FreeSync technology to keep gaming smooth.
There are two different looks for the lineup: Red Matter, with a red backlight to match its trim, and Gold Steel, with RGB backlighting customizable in Asus' Armoury Crate program. Neither design is subtle—note the X design in the lid and the colored Asus logo—but in general I prefer the option to pick my own colors.
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