Asus TUF Gaming A15 overview (2022 FA507RM mannequin

This text gathers my impressions on the 2022 Asus TUF Gaming A15 sequence, Asus’s up to date lineup of finances efficiency/gaming laptops.

For the 2022 technology, Asus have totally revamped the TUF Gaming sequence, seeking to handle the quirks of the earlier fashions, which lacked a number of the options accessible with the competitors and took plenty of warmth for his or her cooling capabilities.

With these updates, Asus not simply bumped the specs to the newest AMD Rembrandt platforms accessible to this point (or Intel Alder Lake on the matching Intel TUF F15 variants), however in addition they made the 2022 TUFs smaller and lighter, improved the IO, up to date the inputs and display choices, elevated the facility of the GPUs, added a a lot wanted MUX for uncompromised gaming efficiency, and outsized the thermal module with the intention to higher address the brand new {hardware}.

Are these sufficient to make the TUF sequence aggressive within the mid-tier class? You’ll discover out from this detailed overview.

Specs sheet as reviewed – 2022 ASUS TUF Gaming A15

2022 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA507RM
Show15.6-inch, 16:9, non-touch, matte, Chi Mei CMN1540 panel
QHD 2560 x 1440 px IPS, 165 Hz with 100% DCI-P3
ProcessorAMD Rembrandt Ryzen 7 6800H, 8C/16T
VideoAMD Radeon 680M + Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer 6GB (as much as 140W with Dynamic Enhance)
with MUX and Adaptive Sync (no GSync on inside show)
Reminiscence16 GB DDR5-4800 RAM – as much as 64 GB (2x DIMMs)
Storage1 TB SSD (Samsung PM991A) – 2x M.2 PCIe gen4 slots
ConnectivityWiFi 6 (Mediatek MT7921) 2×2 with Bluetooth 5.2, Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168)
Ports2x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 1x USB-C gen2 with information, 1x USB-C gen2 with video, information and charging, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone&mic, Lock
Battery90Wh, 240 W energy adapter, USB-C charging as much as 100W
Measurement354 mm or 13.93” (w) x 251 mm or 10.19 (d) x 24.9 mm or .98” (h)
Weight2.07 kg (4.56 lbs), .99 kg (2.2 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model
Extrasrubber-dome single-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad, twin audio system, HD webcam

We’d observe up with critiques on different GPU configurations if there’s sufficient curiosity.

Design and development

The 2022 15-inch TUF lineup is about 5% extra compact than the earlier generations, and ~7% lighter, at lower than 2.1 kilos for this reviewed configuration with 2x RAM shares, a single SSD inside, and the 90 Wh battery.

Measurement apart, Asus have additionally barely up to date the supplies used for the development and the design strains.

The principle chassis and the armest and keyboard deck are nonetheless black plastic, however with a less complicated, extra delicate texture, whereas the underside and the perimeters are this rougher dark-gray grey ending. The construct high quality is general stable, with nearly no flex within the keyboard deck or within the lid, and no humorous noises when choosing this up and utilizing it on daily basis. The black plastic inside does present smudges simply, so that you’ll always have to wash it off.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 review

The lids have been redesigned as properly, with two aluminum choices to select from now: one with an embossed TUF brand, the one which now we have right here, and one other with a laser engraved TUF brand and a few vertical strains. Each are somewhat extra refined than the choices accessible earlier than, particularly in comparison with the black plastic variant used for the lower-tier 2021 configurations (the final of the photographs down beneath).

Asus have additionally redesigned the higher inside half on these 2022 TUF fashions. That is cleaner wanting now and the consumption air grill is smaller in dimension and has been moved to the best of the chassis.

Nonetheless, I don’t get these huge and brilliant standing LEDs carried out on this sequence. I really feel like the one that designed these by no means used the laptop computer at evening, in a darkish room. Vivid indicator LEDs proper beneath the display, within the line of sight, are an enormous NO-NO for me, and but somebody at Asus retains pondering in any other case and places them on the entire Asus lineups, together with these TUFs or the 2022 Scars and many of the Zephyrus fashions. Oh, and have I discussed that there’s nonetheless an always-on white mild within the energy button, in the best nook?

Anyway, so far as the opposite sensible features go, I admire the full-size inputs and the bigger clickpad on this TUF technology, and I additionally discovered the grip on the desk to be excellent, because of the up to date rubber toes, now greater and taller than earlier than. You’ll additionally discover unobstructed air intakes over the followers on the underside of the laptop computer, numerous different cuts over the parts, and the speaker cuts.

I’ll additionally point out that the hinges are robust and but clean sufficient on this design to permit straightforward one-handed changes. Nonetheless, the display solely goes again to about 145 levels, which is OK for desk use, however I might have most well-liked a 180 implementation.

Asus went with small bezels on the perimeters of the show, a reversed notch housing the digital camera and microphones on the high, and nonetheless a hefty chin beneath, with a minimize revealing what’s behind the laptop computer. You’re not going to see any cables again there, although, as a result of there aren’t any ports on the again of this design.

One different grievance value mentioning listed here are the moderately rugged inside lips and corners; I might have most well-liked one thing smoother and friendlier on the wrists, as on the earlier TUFs or the ROG fashions.

So far as the thermal module goes, Asus have transitioned the TUF sequence to a a lot anticipated 4-radiator design, at the very least for the 3060/3070Ti configurations, equivalent to this one which now we have right here. Which means there are actually radiators on the again edge and on each side of the laptop computer, which can assist with the general cooling capabilities. This modification does negatively affect the IO placement to some extent.

The vast majority of the IO is grouped on the left aspect of this laptop computer, all the way in which to the entrance, a design we’ve complained about on different Asus notebooks, such because the Zephyrus G15s/M16s, and that’s as a result of it’s not a really sensible strategy should you’re planning on hooking up a number of peripherals. Most different laptops on this class do a greater job spreading the IO across the chassis and particularly using that again edge for the DC-in, HDMI and LAN connectors, however not this TUF. As much as you if that is going to be acceptable or not.

On a optimistic word, there are actually two USB-C ports on this A15, and one in every of them helps video (dGPU connection) and charging. The HDMI ports hooks into the dGPU as properly, however is just a 2.0b variant, not 2.1 .

Total, the TUF Gaming 2022 sequence refines a few of my points with the earlier technology, however nonetheless leaves room for enchancment right here and there.

I admire the smaller and lighter chassis, the cleaner seems to be, the added IO performance, and the truth that they up to date the thermal module to a 4-radiator design, the identical sort provided by most different options on this section. On the identical time, although, I want they might have higher unfold the IO across the sides, they might have carried out a 180-degree hinge system and friendlier lips and corners. And don’t even get me began once more on these indicator LEDs beneath the display!

Keyboard and trackpad

Asus have barely up to date the inputs on this 2022 TUF Gaming sequence, revamping the format, including an additional set of media keys on the top-left which have been beforehand solely accessible on ROG laptops, in addition to a bigger clickpad.

They nonetheless went with a full format with a NumPad part, and principally the whole lot is in the best place. The NumPad keys are narrower than the primary deck of keys, and the arrows keys are wider than earlier than, however on the identical time shorter and extra cramped inside the whole lot else. Total, although, it is a honest format.

The keys are nonetheless clean to the contact and considerably smudgy, and the suggestions is firmer than on earlier TUFs, however nonetheless takes a while to get used to. I preffer the crisper response of the ROG Strix fashions, however I can see myself getting used to this implementation simply wonderful. I additionally discovered the actuations to be quiet, except the Area key.

The keys are RGB backlit, with single-zone management via the AURA software program, a part of the Armory Crate app. The illumination is uniform and brilliant sufficient on the most stage. Some mild creeps out from beneath the keycaps, although, particularly as a result of they’re designed with translucent sides meant to permit the sunshine to shine via.

Asus additionally permit the flexibility to reactivate the lighting with a swipe over the clickpad as soon as it instances off, and made certain to implement a devoted Caps-Lock indicator.

For mouse, they carried out a 25% bigger clickpad-style floor on this TUF technology, as a substitute of the immovable touchpad with devoted buttons used previously. This feels so much just like the clickpads on the higher-tier Asus merchandise, however is made out of clean plastic, not glass, and I discovered it snappy and constant throughout my time with the laptop computer. It’s additionally a sturdy implementation that doesn’t rattle with faucets, however the bodily clicks within the corners are moderately clunky and loud.

As for biometrics, there are nonetheless none on the TUFs.

Display

Asus presents a few display choices for this 2022 TUF Gaming A15 lineup, all 15.6-inch, 16:9, matte and non-touch:

  • FHD 144Hz with 300+ nits of brightness and 65% sRGB colours;
  • FHD 300Hz 3ms with 300+ nits of brightness and 100% sRGB colours;
  • QHD 165Hz 3ms with 350+ nits of brightness and 100% DCI-P3 colours.

Keep away from the base-level choice, that’s most certainly the uninteresting and gradual Panda panel accessible with previous entry-level TUFs. The FHD 300Hz is a balanced finances choice, whereas the QHD mannequin is definitely a stable alternative on this class of notebooks.

Now we have the QHD show on our take a look at unit, which is a stable panel by at this time’s requirements, apart from the truth that it doesn’t get very brilliant and it could require some additional calibrating for skilled use. I discovered it wonderful for every day and inventive use, because of the huge gamut protection and good colour accuracy. That is additionally a stable choice for gaming, with quick refresh charges and response instances; there’s no GSync carried out, solely Adaptive-Sync to forestall tearing.

Right here’s what we bought in our assessments, with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: Chi Mei CMN1540 (NE156KME-GNA);
  • Protection: 99.8% sRGB, 84.0% AdobeRGB, 97.4% DCI-P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.07;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 350.39 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 15.52 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1043:1;
  • White level: 6800 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.33 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

You’ll must calibrate this for color-accurate work, because the Gamma and White Level are skewed out of the field. As soon as calibrated, this ended up uniform in luminosity and colour, and I additionally haven’t seen any apparent screen-bleeding on black backgrounds.

{Hardware} and efficiency

Our take a look at mannequin is a mid-specced configuration of the ASUS TUF Gaming A15, code title GA507RM, constructed on an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processor, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of middling SSD storage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 3060 dGPU with 6 GB of vRAM and the Radeon 680M iGPU built-in throughout the AMD processor.

Disclaimer: Earlier than we proceed, take into account that our overview unit was despatched over by Asus and it runs on the software program accessible as of mid-April 2022 (BIOS 307, Armoury Crate 5.1.4, GeForce 511.69 drivers). It is a mature software program bundle, because the laptop computer has been stocked in shops for a number of months now, however some features would possibly nonetheless change with later updates.

Spec-wise, the 2022 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 sequence is constructed on the newest AMD and Nvidia {hardware} accessible to this point. The Ryzen 7 6800H is the mainstream supply within the AMD Rembrandt 6000 platform, with 8 Cores and 16 Threads. It’s a revision of the Ryzen 7 5800H from final 12 months, constructed on the up to date Zen3+ 6 nm expertise, with enhancements in design, IPC, and effectivity, in addition to an up to date Radeon iGPU.

The design of this TUF Gaming sequence permits the processor to run at 80+W of sustained energy in demanding hundreds, making certain the utmost multi-threaded efficiency that this AMD CPU is able to. We’ll get to that in a bit.

For the GPU, the 2022 TUF Gaming sequence is obtainable with RTX 3000 and RTX 3000 Ti graphics chips. What now we have on this pattern is the mid-range RTX 3060 dGPU operating at as much as 140W with Dynamic Enhance in supported video games and functions. As a novelty for this technology, Asus additionally carried out a MUX on the TUF Gaming lineup.

For the RAM and storage choices, the laptop computer presents two accessible reminiscence DIMMs and two M.2 SSD slots. Our unit shipped with 16 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM (2x sticks) and a middling Samsung PCIe gen3 SSD. That is nonetheless alright for on a regular basis use, and upgrades to quicker gen4 drives are doable, if wanted.

Accessing the parts requires eradicating the again panel, which is held in place by a few Philips screws. The screws are of various sizes, so cautious about placing them again. You’ll want a prying instrument, because the again panel is hooked up very snugly with robust plastic clips. I counsel ranging from the entrance nook the place the pop-out screw is positioned, after which work your manner across the edges.

Inside you’ll discover all of the parts, the large battery, and the thermal module. Every part is packed tightly on this compact 15-inch chassis, with none house left unused.

Specs apart, Asus supply their customary 4 energy profiles within the Armoury Crate management app for this laptop computer: Silent, Efficiency, Turbo, and Handbook, with numerous energy settings and fan profiles between them.

  • Silent – fairly fan-noise at beneath 35 dB, restricted CPU/GPU speeds and energy;
  • Efficiency – balanced profile with inventory CPU/GPU settings and ~40 dB fan noise;
  • Turbo – Excessive-Efficiency profile with elevated CPU energy allocation, faster-spinning followers at ~49-50 dB, and overclocked GPU (+50 MHz Core/+100 MHz Reminiscence, as much as 140W TGP).
  • Handbook – like Turbo, however with the flexibility to customized tweak the CPU’s PL1/PL2 energy ranges and GPU’s energy/clocks, plus create customized fan profiles primarily based on temperature limits.

Handbook mode has been added to the TUF Gaming lineup this technology, permitting for additional management over the followers and CPU/GPU energy settings, identical to on the Asus ROG units. This was not accessible for the TUFs in earlier years.

Turbo is just accessible with the laptop computer plugged into the wall and is supposed for gaming and different demanding hundreds. Efficiency is a jack-of-all-trades, whereas Silent is made for mild every day use. The system is ready to idle the followers on the Silent profile so long as the CPU/GPU keep beneath 60 levels C, resulting in a principally noiseless daily-use expertise.

Right here’s what to anticipate by way of efficiency and temperatures with on a regular basis multitasking, searching, and video.

Efficiency and benchmarks

On to extra demanding hundreds, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency by operating the Cinebench R15 take a look at for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds delay between every run.

The Ryzen 7 processor stabilizes at ~80W of sustained energy on the Turbo setting, which interprets in frequencies of 4.2+ GHz, temperatures of ~92 C, and scores of ~2250 factors. The followers spin at ~49 dB at head-level on this mode. The CPU runs at excessive temperatures, however just isn’t thermally restricted on this design and profile.

Choosing the Handbook mode with max rpm followers permits for marginally decrease temperatures with a slight improve in fan noise, however with no affect on the efficiency.

Switching over to the Efficiency profile interprets within the CPU stabilizing at ~65W and temperatures within the mid-90s, however with the followers spinning a lot quieter at solely ~35 dB at head-level. The CPU is energy and thermally restricted on this mode, however nonetheless returns scores of ~2150 factors, simply 5% decrease than on Turbo/Handbook.

The Silent profile limits the sustained energy at 30W, with barely audible followers (sub 30 dB) and middling temperatures (low-70s C). The Ryzen 7 scores ~1650 on this mode, roughly 70% of the Turbo efficiency, which is ok for this sort of a profile, and showcases the AMD platform’s effectivity and capabilities at decrease energy settings.

Lastly, the CPU runs at ~45 W on battery, on the Efficiency profile, with stabilized scores of round 2000 factors. That’s stable for battery use. Particulars beneath.

To place these in perspective, right here’s how this Ryzen 7 6800H implementation fares towards different fashionable laptops on this take a look at, each Intel and AMD. The 2022 Ryzen 9 6900HS is as much as 5% quicker, whereas the Intel i9-12900H and i7-12800H find yourself about 15-25% quicker. On the identical time, the 2022 Ryzen 600 {hardware} is a 5-10% step-up from the 2021 AMD platforms at related energy.

We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop take a look at and Blender – Classroom, which resulted in related findings to what we defined above, and solely a barely decrease sustained CPU energy within the Efficiency mode, because of warmth building-up with the slow-spinning followers on this case.

We additionally ran the 3DMark CPU take a look at on the Turbo profile.

Lastly, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book. 3DMark stress runs the identical take a look at for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it simply wonderful, which implies there’s no efficiency throttling with longer-duration sustained hundreds.

Subsequent, we ran the complete suite of assessments and benchmarks, on the inventory Turbo profile in Armoury Crate, the MUX set on Hybrid mode, and on FHD display decision for consistency with our different assessments.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 21302 (Graphics – 23003, Physics – 26992, Mixed – 11388);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 5156;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 9085 (Graphics – 8888, CPU – 10396);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 5312;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 16256;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 53.29 common fps;
  • PassMark 10: Ranking: 6037 (CPU: 26231, 3D Graphics: 17067, Reminiscence: 2832, Disk Mark: 15464);
  • PCMark 10: 7073 (Necessities – 10407, Productiveness – 9587, Digital Content material Creation – 9625);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Single-Core: 1598, Multi-core: 9847;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 2359 cb, CPU Single Core 247 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 5596 cb, CPU Single Core 599 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 14535 cb (finest single run), CPU 14396 cb (10 min run), CPU Single Core 1556 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 25.46 s.

And listed here are some workstation benchmarks, on the identical Turbo profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – CPU Compute: 2m 48s (Turbo);
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW scene – GPU Compute: 27s (CUDA), 15s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 6m 12s (Turbo);
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 55s (CUDA), 30s (Optix);
  • Pugetbench – DaVinvi Resolve: 1040;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Afert Results: 793;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Photoshop: 889;
  • Pugetbench – Adobe Premiere: 729;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 83.45 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 51.24 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 79.98 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Vitality: 19.25 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 288.25 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Medical: 27.9 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 16.36 (Turbo);
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 192.42 (Turbo).
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 10122 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 872 vpaths, GPU RTX – 1115;

In comparison with the R9 + RTX 3070Ti 150W configuration within the ROG Strix G15, this R7 + RTX 3060 140W TUF A15 finally ends up inside as much as 5% slower within the CPU assessments, and 20-25% slower within the GPU hundreds, which makes good sense contemplating the category distinction between the 2 carried out graphics chips. The RTX 3060 Strix G15 goes to carry out very equally to this A15 3060.

As for the Intel choices, we haven’t but reviewed the TUF Gaming F15 sequence constructed on the Core i7-11800H processor, however now we have reviewed a few different related merchandise. Anticipate 10-15% greater scores in CPU assessments at max energy, and 15-20% in single-core and burst hundreds. The AMD platform goes to have an edge within the lower-power profiles, although, one thing to contemplate should you’re aiming for a quiet fan expertise.

Lastly, in comparison with final 12 months’s TUF Gaming A15 with the Ryzen 7 5800H + RTX 3060 95W configuration, the 2022 replace is 10-25% quicker in CPU hundreds, and as a lot as 20% quicker in GPU hundreds, because of the elevated energy settings. Moreover, the implementation of a MUX makes a fair better distinction in video games.

All in all, the TUf A15 is a stable performer on the Turbo profile, nevertheless it additionally runs moderately loud, with the followers ramping as much as 48-50dB.

If you happen to choose sacrificing the efficiency to some extent for quieter fan noise, right here’s how this 2022 TUF A15 does on the Efficiency profile, which limits the followers to someplace between 35-42 dB at head stage.

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 19568 (Graphics – 21267, Physics – 2572, Mixed – 10275);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 8336 (Graphics – 8153, CPU – 9551);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 12524;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Single-Core: 1488, Multi-core: 8964;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 5139 cb, CPU Single Core 558 cb.

The general efficiency takes a ~10-20% hit on this mode, however the inside parts find yourself hotter than on the Turbo mode, because of nonetheless operating at excessive energy and with extra restricted fan airflow. Which means I wouldn’t suggest operating sustained demanding chores on this Efficiency mode every day.

You may go for the Silent profile, although, wherein case the followers gained’t go over 35 dB. Right here’s what we bought on this case:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 7592 (Graphics – 8267, Physics – 18875, Mixed – 3027);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 3025 (Graphics – 2700, CPU – 9553);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 8063;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: -Single-Core: 1167, Multi-core: 7416;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3978 cb, CPU Single Core 446 cb.

The CPU remains to be a aggressive performer on this profile, operating inside 15-30% of what it might do on Turbo. Nonetheless, the GPU is considerably restricted at about 40% of its capabilities on Turbo. Each parts run at satisfactory temperatures within the 70s, although, so the laptop computer is secure to make use of on this mode for longer sustained actions. As much as you if the efficiency/noise steadiness is justifiable on this Silent profile.

Gaming efficiency

Let’s see how this 2022 TUF Gaming A15 pocket book handles fashionable video games.

We examined a number of video games at QHD and FHD decision on Extremely settings, on the inventory Turbo and Efficiency profiles. I’ve additionally included Silent mode, for a quiet sub-35dB gaming expertise, and Handbook mode with maxed-out followers and some tweaks that I’ll clarify additional down.

Listed below are the uncooked numbers, all these with the MUX set on the Discrete GPU mode:

Ryzen 7 6800H
+ RTX 3060 Laptop computer 115-140W
QHD TurboQHD HandbookQHD EfficiencyFHD TurboFHD Silent
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
110 fps (62 fps – 1% low)106 fps (66 fps – 1% low)99 fps (56 fps – 1% low)137 fps (76 fps – 1% low)109 fps (62 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
41 fps (31 fps – 1% low)34 fps (28 fps – 1% low)59 fps (40 fps – 1% low)36 fps (24 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Extremely Preset)
182 fps (113 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
69 fps (51 fps – 1% low)69 fps (51 fps – 1% low)67 fps (50 fps – 1% low)81 fps (62 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
91 fps (76 fps – 1% low)91 fps (74 fps – 1% low)82 fps (62 fps – 1% low)108 fps (72 fps – 1% low)101 fps (68 fps – 1% low)
Metro Exodus
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX OFF)
53 fps (36 fps – 1% low)67 fps (45 fps – 1% low)
Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
70 fps (53 fps – 1% low)92 fps (66 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)
77 fps (61 fps – 1% low)76 fps (62 fps – 1% low)71 fps (56 fps – 1% low)105 fps (72 fps – 1% low)95 fps (67 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
84 fps (62 fps – 1% low)84 fps (65 fps – 1% low)73 fps (55 fps – 1% low)112 fps (74 fps – 1% low)42 fps (26 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, Cyberpunk, Doom, Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, 6, Metro, Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 Optimized profile primarily based on these settings.

These above are rasterization assessments, and listed here are some outcomes for RTX titles with and with out DLSS.

AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
+ RTX 3060 Laptop computer 115-140W
QHD TurboFHD Turbo
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)
61 fps (45 fps – 1% low)83 fps (63 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS ON)
71 fps (56 fps – 1% low)98 fps (77 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, no DLSS)
15 fps (11 fps – 1% low)30 fps (23 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + RTX, DLSS Balanced)
40 fps (32 fps – 1% low)58 fps (48 fps – 1% low)
Doom Everlasting
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, RTX ON, DLSS High quality)
N/AN/A
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset + DXR reflections / shadows)
51 fps (28 fps – 1% low)60 fps (40 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA, RTX Extremely)
40 fps (28 fps – 1% low)58 fps (39 fps – 1% low)

This configuration can deal with most fashionable video games at QHD decision and Extremely settings, with some exceptions, particularly when you energetic RT, as a result of restricted capabilities and the lesser quantity of VRAM on the RTX 3060 chip.

In comparison with the R9 + RTX 3070Ti 150W configuration within the ROG Strix G15, this R7 + RTX 3060 140W TUF A15 finally ends up 10-25% slower in video games between the examined titles.

Nonetheless, in comparison with final 12 months’s TUF Gaming A15 with the Ryzen 7 5800H + RTX 3060 95W configuration, the 2022 replace is a 10-20% quicker gamer, because of the carried out MUX and the a lot greater GPU energy on this technology.

I can’t correctly draw conclusions on how will this AMD-based mannequin evaluate towards an Intel twelfth gen implementation with the identical sort of reminiscence, storage, and GPU. I’d anticipate the 2 to be shut, however with a bonus for the Intel mannequin. We’ll know extra as soon as we get to overview the TUF Gaming F15 sequence.

With these out of the way in which, let’s go over some efficiency and temperatures logs, that are going to raised clarify a few of our findings above.

On Turbo and with the present BIOS settings, this laptop computer runs the CPU at ~20W within the titles that scale properly onto the GPU with Dynamic Enhance, equivalent to Witcher, Cyberpunk on Crimson Lifeless, and 30-40W in those who don’t, such because the Far Cry titles or Battlefiled V. Consequently, the CPU averages temperatures within the low 80s at 20W, however goes within the 90s at 40W.

Because the Turbo mode is designed to supply ~155W of sustained mixed CPU+GPU energy, meaning the GPU scales in energy between as much as 140W in Witcher and Crimson Lifeless, and all the way down to 115W of energy in Far Cry. We’re taking a look at temperatures between 80-86 levels Celsius on the greater energy settings, and round 80s within the different titles.

All in all, these are nonetheless moderately excessive inside temperatures, however they need to come as no shock contemplating the huge energy improve over the 2021 technology. On the identical time, we’re hardly taking a look at any thermal throttling right here. Try the logs for extra particulars.

Bumping up the again of the laptop computer from the desk with the intention to enhance the airflow helps shed 3-5 levels off the parts. That’s as a result of the low-profile rubber toes carried out on this laptop computer choke the intakes to some extent. Choosing an energetic cooling pad will assist much more.

As a novelty for the 2022 TUFs, there’s now the Handbook mode accessible in Armoury Crate, which permits customizing the fan profiles and CPU/GPU settings. I’ve set the followers at max 100% rpms, in addition to utilized these CPU and GPU settings:

  • CPU: SPL – 22W, FPPT – 35W (to encourage energy shifting to the GPU), followers set at 100% rpm for temperatures over 50C.
  • GPU: the identical +50MHz Core and +100 MHz reminiscence overclock (there’s room for additional tweaking right here), followers set at 100%  for temperatures over 50C.

Don’t anticipate extra than simply minor variations over the Turbo profile, and that’s as a result of the followers are already operating at 95% rpms in that case, and the system does a good job adjusting the CPU energy by itself. This mode would permit for greater GPU overclocks, however I’ll allow you to attempt that out for yourselves. One different side this Handbook mode permits is to set a GPU thermal restrict and the system will alter the GPU frequencies and energy to verify the chip doesn’t go above that.

Listed below are the logs for Handbook mode with the laptop computer on the desk.

And with the again bumped as much as enhance the airflow.

With all these high-performance profiles out of the way in which, should you’re on the lookout for quieter noise ranges when operating video games, your choices are both the Efficiency mode, the Silent mode, or an extra tweaked Handbook profile with customized fan profiles and a GPU thermal restrict setting.

On Efficiency, the followers spin a lot quieter at as much as 42 dB, and the framerates solely take a ~10% hit in comparison with the Turbo mode. Nonetheless, the inner parts find yourself operating at greater temperatures. You’ll have to simply accept CPU temperatures within the 90s, GPU temperatures within the 85-87 C, and GPU energy throttling in most titles, in addition to considerably greater floor temperatures than on the Turbo mode.

Bumping the again of the laptop computer from the desk helps on this Efficiency mode as properly.

The Silent mode aggressively limits the GPU on this laptop computer, resulting in CPU/GPU temperatures of 70-75 C and fan noise ranges of sub 35 dB. Most video games are nonetheless going to run OK with Whisper Mode activated, with or with no fps restrict, however you’ll need to change to FHD decision and medium settings for 60+ fps within the current titles.

Lastly, this laptop computer also can run video games on battery on the Efficiency profile, with a 60 fps restrict set within the settings. It performs a lot as on the Silent plugged-in mode detailed above. Don’t anticipate multiple hour of gameplay at full particulars, or maybe longer with a 30 fps cap and decrease settings.

All in all, this AMD-based 2022 Asus TUF Gaming A15 sequence is a succesful performer inside its class and a major step-up from the earlier technology. With the elevated energy settings, although, the parts are nonetheless going to run within the 80s and 90s in lengthy gaming and work periods, even when the thermal module has been barely revamped. We’re taking a look at moderately related thermal readings to the earlier technology, which isn’t unhealthy in any respect contemplating the 40+ additional wattage on the 2022 technology.

Consequently, I might suggest both bumping up the again of the laptop computer with the intention to improve the airflow into the followers, or shopping for your self a correct cooling pad to additional assist hold these temperatures at bay. Each are going to make a major distinction right here.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Asus have up to date the thermal design of the 2022 TUF Gaming A15 in comparison with the earlier technology, including an additional warmth pipe and radiators on the CPU aspect, however there’s nothing new on the GPU aspect, regardless of the a lot greater GPU energy settings. They’re additionally nonetheless utilizing common thermal paste for this sequence, and never liquid steel as on the ROG fashions.

On the identical time, Asus have additionally up to date the underside panel design and the way in which the airflow is channeled over the parts and into the followers.

As mentioned within the earlier part, the CPU and the GPU each run within the high-70s to mid-90s on this 2022 TUF Gaming sequence, primarily based on the quantity of energy allotted to every element and the way the system scales between the CPU and GPU with Dynamic Enhance.

Very similar to with the Strix and Scar sequence, the cooling module remains to be considerably choked right here by the slim rubber toes and their design that forces the followers to attract recent air from the center of the laptop computer, and never from the laterals the place it could be capable to entry cooler air. Consequently, lifting up the again of the laptop computer from the desk results in a noticeable lower within the inside temperatures, each on the CPU and on the GPU. Ramping up the followers to max rpms in Handbook mode doesn’t assist a lot right here, because the followers are already operating near their max potential on Turbo. Moreover, the Efficiency profile is hardly usable, because it results in even greater inside temperatures and thermal throttling on the GPU.

Now, so far as the outer case temperatures go, these are stable on Turbo, with solely a warmer spot in the course of the chassis and temperatures within the mid-30s on the keyboard deck. The laptop computer heats up somewhat extra on Efficiency, however to not the purpose the place something will get too scorching or any surfaces that you just’ll usually get involved with get disagreeable to the touch.

*Gaming – Efficiency – enjoying Far Cry 5 for half-hour, followers at ~40-42 dB
*Gaming – Turbo, on desk – enjoying Cyberpunk 2077 for half-hour, followers at ~49 dB

On the identical time, this laptop computer is a breeze with on a regular basis use, multitasking, searching, or video streaming. The 0dB Know-how permits the 2 followers to fully change off with mild use so long as the {hardware} stays beneath 60 C on the Silent profile, which is more often than not. And that’s each on battery or when plugged in.

*Each day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Silent profile,  followers at 0 dB

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 on this unit, in addition to Gigabit Lan, however not Wifi 6E or 2.5G Lan as on the 2022 ROG merchandise. Not an issue IMO, and I’ve nothing to fault with the included Mediatek chip, which proved quick and dependable for on a regular basis use.

The audio high quality right here is alright for this class of finances efficiency laptops, with two audio system firing on the underside and to the perimeters. The sound lacks loads within the lows, nevertheless it’s OK for every day use, particularly should you be certain that to tick the “Enhanced Optimus” choice within the Audio system menu in Home windows 11.  The volumes peak at about 75-76 dB at head stage, and I haven’t seen any annoying distortions or vibrations within the chassis at excessive volumes.

Lastly, the digital camera is positioned on high of the display, flanked by microphones. It’s the identical HD choices from final 12 months and is OK for infrequent calls in a well-lit room, however don’t anticipate a lot in high quality.

Battery life

There’s both a 56Wh or a 90Wh battery contained in the 2022 TUF Gaming fashions, and our unit is the 90Wh model.

The system mechanically switches the display’s refresh to 60 Hz when utilizing the laptop computer on battery, to extend effectivity, and that’s the fast display flicker that you just’ll discover when disconnecting the laptop computer from the wall. Additionally, should you’re seeking to maximize runtimes, be certain that to make use of the laptop computer within the Hybrid MUX mode.

Right here’s what we bought on our overview unit by way of battery life, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness) and on Hybrid mode.

  • 14 W (~5-7 h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Silent  Mode, display at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 12 W (~7-8 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 11.5 W (~8-9 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Silent Mode, display at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 18 W (~4-6 h of use) – searching in Edge, Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, WiFi ON;
  • 85 W (~1 h of use) – Gaming – Witcher 3, Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, WiFi ON, no fps restrict.

These are honest runtimes, however not likely what I used to be anticipating from a Ryzen construct. The 2021 A15s ran way more effectively with mild use and streaming, and I’d anticipate the identical on this 2022 technology with later software program tweaks. Whilst they’re, these runtimes are higher than what you will get with the Intel TUF fashions.

This A15 FA507RM configuration comes with a reasonably compact 240W energy brick, the model with two lengthy thick cables. The battery fills up in about 2 hours, with quick charging for the primary half an hour.

USB-C charging is supported as properly, as a novelty for the 2022 technology, as much as 100W. You gained’t be capable to use the laptop computer on Turbo whereas hooked over USB-C, however that’s sufficient for on a regular basis multitasking and occasional heavy workloads on Efficiency, in case you don’t need to carry alongside the heavier principal brick when on the go.

Worth and availability- 2022 ASUS TUF Gaming A15

The 2022 Asus TUF Gaming lineup is listed in a number of areas on the time of this text.

The A15 FA507RM configuration examined right here, with the Ryzen 7 + RTX 3060 + QHD show, is obtainable for 1700 EUR in Germany/France, 1500 GBP within the UK, and about 1450 EUR over right here in Japanese Europe.

I couldn’t discover the sequence within the US or North America for now.

We’ll replace you after we know extra. Within the meantime, follow this link for updated configurations and prices in your region on the time you’re studying this text.

Ultimate thoughts- 2022 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 overview

There’s little doubt the 2022 TUF Gaming sequence is a significant step-up from the earlier technology, each by way of efficiency and general capabilities in demanding hundreds and video games, but in addition in the case of the design, ergonomics, and the options accessible with this sequence. Amongst these, the 2022 technology will get higher display inputs, up to date inputs and ports, and USB-C charging help.

Throw within the up to date {hardware} with elevated energy settings, the up to date thermal module, and the addition of a MUX for the un-limited gaming expertise, alongside the effectivity of the Ryzen 6000 {hardware} platform paired with a 90Wh battery inside, and the 2022 A15 goes to be an attention-grabbing choice within the decrease and mid-budget section of all-purpose computer systems with a powerful gaming pedigree.

On the identical time, although, I nonetheless have some nits with the ergonomics of this sequence, and with the moderately excessive inside temperatures in demanding hundreds with the laptop computer sitting on a desk.

Moreover, the competitors has additionally been up to date for this 12 months, and the 2022 Legion 5 or Nitro 5 are actually higher than ever earlier than, and in a position to at the very least match the TUF on many of the necessary angles. Add in what seems to be like the next price ticket for the TUF Gaming pocket book now, with all of the updates, in comparison with previous TUFs, in addition to the inner competitors from the superior ROG Strix G15 design, and the TUF A15 won’t be an apparent suggestion in its class. It’s an choice value shortlisting and contemplating, however pricing must play an necessary position if that is going to win you over the whole lot else on the market.

This gorgeous a lot wraps up our overview of the 2022 Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA507RM pocket book. I’d love to listen to your ideas and suggestions down beneath, so don’t hesitate to get in contact for any suggestions or questions.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been protecting cellular computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you will principally discover critiques and thorough guides written by me right here on the location.