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Falling short: Asus TUF Dash F15

Asus TUF Dash F15: RTX 3070 Laptop auf Sparflamme
Asus TUF Dash F15: RTX 3070 Laptop auf Sparflamme
For its Ampere generation of GPUs, Nvidia was very generous when it came to TDP thresholds. In case of the TUF Dash F15, equipped with a GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop, Asus chose to configure it with the lowest possible TDP threshold.

Nvidia’s new nomenclature (Laptop suffix for mobile GPUs, no Max-Q moniker) and its wide spectrum of possible TDP configurations Nvidia not only ensured proper chaos but also allowed for rather strange situations where a more expensive and, at least by name, faster GPU actually performs slower than a more affordable sibling. While we do not yet know whether an RTX 3060 Laptop will be able to outperform an RTX 3070 Laptop we do know that the latter performs rather poorly when compared to its predecessors if the OEM chooses to opt for the lower end of the TDP spectrum, as Asus chose to do.

As our benchmarks showed the TUF Dash F15 has a very hard time distancing itself from the previous generation of gaming notebooks. The fact that Asus opted for a Core i7-11370H quad-core CPU for this $2,000 laptop surely did not help. At this price point we would have expected much more. And to add insult to injury, the laptop gut very load under load despite its meager CPU and low-TDP GPU.

This does not mean that the Dash F15 is without its strengths, which include its very long battery life of around 9 hours in our Wi-Fi test at medium brightness as well as its fast 240 Hz display panel, albeit the latter could have been a tad brighter.

Find out more in our extensive review.


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Florian Glaser, 2021-02- 3 (Update: 2021-02- 3)