Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74
Average of 2 scores (from 11 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74
Source: Good Gear Guide Archive.org version
The ASUS TUF FX505 might try to pass its bulky shape and dated design off as rugged but the reality is that this is an old school gaming laptop in ways both good and bad. That being said, for those looking to save money, that’s not necessarily going to be a dealbreaker.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World Australia Archive.org version
If you’re looking to nab yourself a gaming laptop on a budget and have room on your desk to spare, the ASUS TUF FX505 makes a compelling enough case for itself.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Lowyat.net Archive.org version
From my time with it, the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505D is clearly no slouch in the gaming department. It’s also unique in its own way, being one of the only gaming notebooks on the market to be powered by AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen mobile CPUs. As well as having game-centric accoutrements such as a 120Hz refresh rate Full HD display, all-zone RGB lighting, and the option to have an NVIDIA GeForce RTX series GPU fitted into the system.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/08/2019
Source: Unbox Archive.org version
ASUS’ TUF FX505DU is miles ahead of its plastic-clad brethren. The notebook feels tougher, more premium and feels better put together than its cheaper sibling. And thanks to a better processor and GPU, it’s more capable of taking advantage of its 120Hz panel, though you’ll have to lower graphical settings a little bit to go past 60 frames reliably. The tradeoff here is that the TUF FX505DU is significantly more expensive, coming in at Php 71,995 for the configuration that we reviewed.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2019
Source: Yugatech Archive.org version
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DU is an excellent gaming laptop with decent performance and great display. It also has connectivity sporting two USB Type-A 3.0 ports; however, I expected more like putting at least one USB 3.1 or a USB Type-C port. It is also worth noting that the audio quality is terrible as it lacks bass and the sound gets distorted when putting it at maximum volume. You should also watch out for its thermals given that it has three exhaust vents installed. Despite that, I like how it has a premium look and feel, as well as a little screen and keyboard flex, indicating that this device is very durable and well-built.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/24/2019
Source: Unbox Archive.org version
As part of its second-quarter 2019 refresh, ASUS recently unveiled its updated TUF Gaming FX505 laptops. But aside from the new Ryzen 7 processors and NVIDIA’s new GTX GPUs, the FX505DU looks virtually identical to the FX505DY we reviewed last month. What exactly has changed? Let’s check out its key differences from the FX505DY:
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/06/2019
Source: Hitech Century Archive.org version
The larger FX705 comes with only a 17.3-inch FHD 60Hz display, an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with Radeon Vega Mobile graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and permutations of various combinations of up to a 1TB FireCuda hard disk, a 1TB 5400rpm hard disk and up to a 512GB PCie SSD. The notebook also sports up to GTX 1660 Ti graphics like the FX505.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/25/2019
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: High gaming performance; nice display; comfortable keyboard; fast system; compact size; light weight; good price. Negative: Weak processor; short battery life; overheats while using; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/13/2019
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; excellent display; fast SSD; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Noisy under loads; overheats while using; no memory card slot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/19/2020
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; attractive price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2020
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Attractive price; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; great display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/03/2019
Model: The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 family has been developed to deliver immersive, high-performance gaming at an affordable price. The FX505 family comprises the FX505DD, FX505DT, and FX505DU. The FX505DU models are tested and certified to meet military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, which ensures that they are tough and durable. This article covers the Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74 model with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) - 6144 MB, GDDR6 graphics card, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, and 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM.
Design and Connectivity
Asus lists three color variants called GOLD STEEL, STEALTH BLACK, RED MATTER (only available in China). It depends on the FX505 variant and region, which color variants are available. A metallic body makes the FX505DU sturdier. In www.unbox.ph’s opinion that simple material change (compared to cheaper FX505 models) makes the FX505DU feel so much better in daily use, as the notebook’s lid and chassis no longer flex when you apply small amounts of pressure. The lid shows the signature “X” pattern of the series. www.yugatech.com liked how the cover can be opened with only one hand as this indicates a strong and sturdy hinge. www.unbox.ph agrees that the hinge opens easily and doesn’t move at all when in place, indicating a sturdier design.
The laptop measures at 360 x 262 x 25.8 mm and weighs at 2.2 kg. Top and side bezels of the 15.6-inch display are slim, while the bottom bezel is thick.
The laptop features a webcam for video conferences above its display. The right side only houses the exhaust vent, Kensington Lock, and speaker. All of the ports, are on the left side. There are two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, one USB Type-A 2.0 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a RJ-45 port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Unfortunately, the laptops lacks an SD card slot and USB-C. While one-sided ports might feel very cramped, it makes mouse usage easier for right-handed users. As for connectivity, the laptop supports Wifi 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5.01.
The FX505DU features a full-sized chiclet keyboard with transparent WASD keys and RGB AURA Sync lighting. www.yugatech.com thinks that the keys are clicky, have good tactility and there is a little keyboard flex. techcyn.com says that each keycap has a 0.25 mm curved surface for better precision when fingers press onto the center of the keys and 1.8 mm key travel and the keys can withstand up to 20 million presses and only requires 62 g for activation. In www.unbox.ph’ opinion the keys feel great, responsive and have plenty of travel, which made typing on the notebook a breeze.
This laptop has a Clickpad, which means that there are no dedicated mouse buttons. www.yugatech.com noticed that it’s not so smooth and the encountered resistance could affect any user’s navigation experience. www.unbox.ph writes, “It’s the most horrendous touchpad we’ve tested thus far, is often unresponsive and overall very difficult to use.”.
The Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74’s matte 15.6-inch screen has slim top and side bezels. It features an aspect ratio of 16:9, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and a pixel density of 141 PPI. Thanks to IPS technology, the viewing angles are excellent. It’s a regular 60 Hz IPS panel. www.yugatech.com had a test sample with 120 Hz refresh rate and comment that the higher refresh rate would help users significantly when playing shooter games.
Hardware and Performance
The system runs Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit and Asus’s Armoury Crate software is preloaded, which allows you to switch between given profiles depending on your performance needs. As for mass storage, there are a couple of options, up to hybrid storage consisting of a fast SSD for the operating system and an HDD for additional storage. Our Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (laptop) graphics card with 6 GB VRAM, and 16 GB DDR4-2666 RAM. RAM is expandable up to 32 GB. Yugatech had a model with 1 TB HDD and 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM under review. They have tested the laptop in different benchmarking apps and games, and it didn’t disappoint. Yugatech summarizes, “Overall, the FX505DU is a competent gaming machine, offering excellent viewing experience and above average gaming performance.”The Asus TUF FX505DU-MB74's higher RAM capacity helps the laptop avoid bottlenecking effects when trying to run a lot of high-memory programs.
Temperature and System Noise
Thermals is an essential aspect for a gaming laptop. This model has two exhaust vents on the back and one at the right side. It comes with dual-fan with Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system and a trapezoid-cut design avoids blocking the exhaust vents when the lid is opened.
www.yugatech.com subjected the laptop to CPU and GPU stress tests via Furmark and Prime 95. With both apps running, both, the GTX 1660Ti and the Ryzen CPU reached a maximum temperature of 91 °C. When playing games, the tester from Yugatech Both felt slightly uncomfortable due to the right exhaust vent breezing through his hands from time to time.
As for system noise, www.unbox.ph says, “The fans are terribly loud [...] on the FX505DU, especially once they kick in when you’re gaming. It’s certainly noticeable over the output of the speakers.”
The FX505DU has two stereo speakers on both sides. It lacks Dolby technology, but DTS Studio Sound amplifies the quality. www.yugatech.com writes that the bass remains weak with active DTS and while DTS makes a louder volume possible, the audio becomes distorted at maximum volume. techcyn.com thinks the performance of the stock built-in speaker of the laptop is average.
The TUF FX505DU-MB74 comes with a lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 48 Wh and 4 cells. techcyn.com says that the battery is non-removable.
In www.yugatech.com’s video loop test (1080p movie, 50 % brightness, 50 % sound, airplane mode, with earphones), the device lasted for 5 Hours and 18 Minutes.
In www.unbox.ph’s WiFi connected YouTube test where they just autoplay YouTube with screen brightness at 50 % and sound at 50 %, the FX505DU ran for 5 hours before it completely tapped out.
The Asus TUF FX505DU belongs to the few gaming notebooks with AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen mobile CPUs. The press praises the light and portable laptop’s good build quality, price-performance ratio, decent cooling system. Disadvantages are average battery life, lack of SD card slot, USB-C, and Thunderbolt. In addition, the press criticizes the touchpad quality. The laptop is suitable for entry-level gaming as it can run many games smoothly at above 60 fps.
Press Review by Martina Osztovits
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile: Mid range dedicated graphics card for laptops based on the desktop GTX 1660 Ti and therefore the Turing architecture without raytracing and Tensor cores. The performance of the Max-P variant should be similar to an older GTX 1070.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
R7 3750H: Mobile Quad-Core APU using Zen+ cores clocked at 2.3 to 4 GHz and a Vega graphics card with 10 CUs clocked at up to 1400 MHz. The 3750H is the 35 Watt version of the 3700U with the same specs but a higher TDP for better performance under long periods of load.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually, old laptops with 14-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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