ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 with AMD Zen+ CPUs & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU

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Earlier this year at CES 2019, ASUS unveiled its TUF Gaming line-up with the RX 560. ASUS today refreshed the same product stack with the Ryzen Zen+ CPUs and the NVIDIA 1660Ti, making the FX505 and the FX705 compelling offers amidst the highly saturated mid-range gaming laptop market. The TUF Gaming lineup comprises of entry-to-mid range gaming laptops designed with durability and a light(er) form factor.

FX505 Specifications:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H/AMD Ryzen 7 3750H with Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics
  • RAM: DDR4 at 2666 Mhz up to 32GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti
  • Storage: M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 up to 256 GB and 1TB HDD
  • Display: 17.6-inch IPS 1080p 120Hz Panel with anti-glare
  • Battery: 46 WHr
  • Weight: 2.2 Kg/ 4.9 Pounds

FX705 Specifications:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H with Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics
  • RAM: DDR4 at 2666 Mhz up to 32GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti
  • Storage: M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 up to 512 GB and 1TB HDD
  • Display: 15.6-inch IPS 1080p 120Hz Panel with anti-glare
  • Battery: 46 WHr
  • Weight: 2.7 Kg/6 Pounds

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The Zen+ processors are a much-needed refresh and offer better performance than the Intel i5-8300H at a lower price point. One downside is the higher temperature on the AMD chips but the FX505 and FX705 have a better than average thermal performance thanks to the large heatsink and the power dissipation system. Moreover, the GTX 1660Ti offers a substantial performance boost over the last-gen RX 560. On the storage front, both come with M.2 NVMe SSDs up to 512MB.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 with AMD Zen+ andGTX 1660Ti
The FX505 and FX 705 offer great thermals. Image Source: xfastest
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The FX505 and FX705 have a 1080p IPS 120Hz panel which probably is their best feature. Even if you don’t have much use of the higher refresh rate for a competitive edge, just watching the cursor move across the screen is satisfying enough. Once you start using a 120Hz panel, its hard to go back to 60Hz, even if it is in 4K. With even high-end sub-$2000 laptops releasing with 60Hz panels, the 120Hz NanoEdge display is a huge plus. Furthermore, a full-sized RGB keyboard with 1.7 mm of key-travel should satisfy most gamers.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705 with AMD Zen+ andGTX 1660Ti

According to XFASTEST, the FX505 scored 79.35 FPS on Cinebench R15(OpenGL), 4286 on PCMark 10 and 11,794 on Fire Strike. This puts the performance on par with a GTX 1070 and a better score than an Intel i5-8400. Initial testing points to around 4.5 hours of use under casual workloads on battery power.

The FX505 and FX705 start at $700, which is a great deal for the new Zen+ chip, GTX 1660Ti and a 120Hz panel. The laptops are aimed at entry-level gamers but should be a compelling buy for business professionals who need that extra bit of performance.

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Ambarish Sengupta
There’s nothing better than chilling on a discord server with friends, each of you talking about random things while playing different games. I also love reading books and would occasionally binge on the odd TV Show.

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  1. You say RYZEN 2000 in headline, but in specification table you mentioned RYZEN 3000, and you write Zen + refresh was much needed which refers to RYZEN 2000. Please check which is correct.

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