Asus updates FX503 to the TUF FX504 with Intel 8th Core CPUs
Outside of Asus' vaunted Republic of Gamers series is the more affordable gaming lineup catered to mainstream gamers on a budget. Part of this lineup is the Asus FX series that borrows sparingly from its pricier siblings with its cheaper plastic materials, slower specifications, and more limited features to reach that attractive price point.
The latest model in the FX series is the TUF FX504 to succeed last year's FX503. It's largely the same design as the FX503 save for some new red trims and accent marks on the outer lid that appear to be purely for aesthetic reasons. Internally, however, users are treated to new 8th gen Core i5-8300H and i7-8750H CPUs and 1.7 Gbps WLAN options for faster multi-threaded performance and WiFi speeds, respectively. The 120 Hz 1080p panel also makes a return but with a wider color gamut than before (94 percent NTSC vs. 72 percent NTSC).
Another noteworthy difference between the FX503 and FX504 is that the the latter is slightly thicker (25 mm vs. 24 mm) than the former despite being identical in length and width. We can only hope that the extra millimeter means improved cooling, better keyboard keys, or increased rigidity over the previous incarnation.
The base TUF FX504 SKU with the i5-8300H and GTX 1050 is now available for pre-order on Amazon with an expected ship date of late April or early May. The Asus U.S. site is not displaying the core specifications for the model correctly at the time of writing, but the Asus Malaysian product page is loading normally for those who want to check out the specs.