Our review of the Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W
Designed to play and createAsus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W 15-inch IPS Full HD display that improves the fluidity of games with its 144Hz frequency, is a creator-oriented gamer laptop that runs on Windows 11 with an AMD Octo Core Ryzen 7 5800H Cezanne processor and 16 GB of RAM, which accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card capable of running the latest games. This versatile black laptop oriented gamers and creatives also has an RGB backlit keyboard and connectivity options with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C.
Features of Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W
|screen(s)||15.6” Full LED IPS 144Hz 45% NTSC (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Cezanne (3.2 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6GB dedicated GDDR6 (boost 1630MHz at 90W), processor-integrated Radeon Vega 8 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0) + 1 free M.2 slot|
|plug||3 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0b|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, RGB|
|Sound system||2 speakers (2x4W) + 2 tweeters (2x2W)|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 90Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.3 kg / 354 x 259 x 22.6-27.2|
Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W against the competition
Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W is currently displayed in promotion at Baker and is positioned as one of the few in its category to offer such a new and high-performance processor.
If this Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen of Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W
With its Graphite Black design with angular lines, it adopts gamer codes and is cooled by 2 fans connected with heat pipes and air outlets.
This creative gaming laptop is equipped with good connectivity options consisting of 1 USB-C, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Bluetooth 5.2 and wireless Wi-Fi modules. fi x (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, Ethernet and audio ports or 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit so that its keys can be easily distinguished in a dimly lit environment.
The screen will interest gamers with its 144Hz refresh rate, which is higher than the standard 60Hz, which has the effect of improving the fluidity of games. Thanks to its Full HD definition and 16:9 format, the screen is also very suitable for displaying High Definition content such as videos. In addition, its anti-reflective treatment makes it more readable than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g. outside). If its viewing angles both horizontally and vertically are important thanks to its IPS technology, this one is not advanced, but the colorimetry is classic.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W
The Asus TUF Gaming A15 TUF506QM-HN122W is for those looking for a versatile 15-inch laptop that performs well in gaming and creation.
The overall power it delivers is able to appeal to demanding users because it is built around an AMD Octo Core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Cezanne Ryzen 7 5800H processor and 16GB of RAM.
Creators will be happy to achieve much faster processing thanks to this core than with a Quad/Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4. We especially feel the difference during work that uses CPU and RAM resources by leveraging multicore, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
Creatives will be all the more interested, as the dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 integrated graphics card accelerates processing under software using GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
However, the advanced GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture is primarily aimed at gamers. Because it is capable of running the latest games.
It turns out that GeForce RTX 3060 is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology according to the tasks performed.
Optimus prefers Radeon Vega 8 as much as possible, graphics solution integrated in Ryzen 7 Octo Core, but much more modest in comparison, because its low energy promotes autonomy.
In this area, you can count on around 7 hours of battery life in light use for this creative gaming laptop thanks to its high-capacity battery.
Whether it’s with Radeon Vega 8 or GeForce RTX 3060, you can of course view pictures and videos on this computer.
Storage is entrusted to a silent SSD, while it is less energy demanding than a hard drive, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
In practice, the SSD ensures much faster processing, start/stop and launch of games/software than a simple hard drive, or even a faster arrival on the cards for e.g. online games.
More generally, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis.
It is a 512 GB SSD, which we find here integrated, capacity corresponding to what hard drives offer as standard.
But if you need more space, you can of course use an external storage unit. Favoring a USB-C / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting possibility to achieve fast transfers.
Finally, in case of heavy stress (e.g. games, treatments), remember that this versatile creator-oriented gaming laptop warms up and is heard.
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to limit temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).