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Review of Asus TUF Dash F15 Laptop : Fastest Processor Gaming Laptop at Cheap Price

The new Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop, Asus’ best quality / price series is completely renewed with the latest hardware and the best design inspired by the Zephyrus and company.

Under the new 20mm aluminum chassis we have a 240Hz 3ms IPS panel that will be perfect for the dedicated Nvidia RTX 3070 Laptop graphics card and the new generation 10nm Intel Core i7-11370H CPU . Its peripherals, sound and autonomy section will surprise you. Without further ado, let’s start with the review!

Design

In addition to its internal characteristics, one of the aspects that has changed the most in this new TUF generation is the design. And it is that the aesthetics that Asus has used for its different series of laptops starts from the same base that was initially adopted in the ROG Zephyrus . A design with modern and minimalist lines, without sharp edges and a very original upper area. In addition, it comes in two colors, Moonlight White (White) and Eclipse Gray (Very dark gray).

The Asus TUF Dash F15 chassis is made entirely of aluminum except for the bottom cover, which continues to be plastic for better hardware accessibility. A great job of thinning out has been done, as this device is only 19.9mm thick , with a tight 360mm width and 252mm depth to accommodate its 15.6-inch screen . It does not lose a distinctive feature such as reliability, as it will also have TUF MIL-STD certification , after having passed a series of resistance tests.

It has been decorated in a rather original way with the huge “TUF” badge on one side and the logo in the corner. It does not have lighting .

The rear area is very distinctive from Asus and its new laptops, and like the higher models, the Asus TUF Dash F15 has a cutout that reveals part of the base and with it the activity indicator LEDs even when closed. This dynamic rear features two tight vents on the sides, while the display’s hinge system sits in the corners, doing a good exercise in design and implementation. This system allows you to keep the edge of the screen completely close to the body and thus gain compactness.

Both the sides and the front area do not have inward sharp edges , which means that the occupied area will be maximum. This brings a very characteristic effect to Asus designs, and being so slim laptops it looks spectacular. On both sides there will be two other vents to improve solvency , and on the front the typical slit that improves the opening of the screen.

We briefly go to the bottom of the equipment to see a fairly basic cover design with six non-slip rubber feet for perfect support. We say basic because the ventilation grille system is somewhat scarce and with common aesthetics. At least the detail has been had to open the central heatpipe area and the DDR4 module region. The speaker openings are in the front corners, maximizing the measurements of the device.

Now is the time to open the Asus TUF Dash F15 and see that excellent interior design, using a keyboard without a Numpad and a touchpad with integrated buttons and located in the central area. We believe that the decision to eliminate the numeric keypad is totally correct, giving a lot of free space on the sides and improving the handling of the equipment by having the hands in a more centralized position. The WASD package stands out with transparent keys and the quick access area, as well as some direction keys separated from the rest for better handling. The upper rack will improve cooling performance.

As for the screen, we can already see that the central cut is barely noticeable once it is opened, ensuring free exit of hot air through the rear area . We can say that its resistance to torsion is rather low, and a not too strong lid is noticeable as it is very thin . Perhaps it is the only downside that we can make by not offering great resistance, but it is the same as what happens in most gaming laptops. The frames are well worked, made of good quality plastic and with very tight measurements. More specifically, we have 7 mm on the sides and on the top, with 25 mm on the bottom , eliminating the presence of a webcam this time.

Ports and connectivity

The port configuration has also raised a level in this Asus TUF Dash F15 , and now we even have Thunderbolt 4 presence. All ports occupy the side areas, leaving the rear free.

In the right area we find:

  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • Kensington slot for universal locks

And on the left the rest:

  • USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Power jack and battery charging
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
  • 1x 3.5mm jack audio and microphone combo
  • RJ-45 for 1 Gbps LAN

A fairly complete configuration that culminates in a Thunderbolt 4 port at 40 Gbps . Which you already know that allows you to get connections of type USB, DisplayPort 1.4 and even LAN . In addition, it will support battery charging and power to other devices connected to it. The thickness has also made it possible to integrate a 1 Gbps LAN link, but we expected the presence of an SD card reader and an HDMI 2.1 to conform to the new standard supported by Nvidia RTX 3070 cards.

As for wireless connectivity, we have the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 card, which is connected to an M.2 slot as almost always. Remember that it is Dual Band, supporting theoretical transfers of up to 2.4 Gbps in 5 GHz and more than 500 Mbps in 2.4 GHz in 2 × 2 mode. It has OFDMA, MU-MIMO and BSS Color as key technologies, although currently the most advanced AX210 model supports Wi-Fi 6E.

Display

In this new generation, the Asus TUF Dash F15 also notably updates its screen to provide it with eSport features. We are talking about a Sharp panel model LQ156M1JW26 with IPS technology and Full HD native resolution (1920x1080p).

Its main features focused on gaming will be its high refresh rate of 240 Hz and its minimum response of 3 ms . It incorporates Adaptive-Sync technologies , synchronizing with the GPU frame rate to improve latency and avoid tearing. Ghosting should also be kept to a minimum thanks to an Overdrive function implemented in Armory Crate that lowers the response frequency to that 3 ms, being 5 ms for off mode.

Along with these reduced screen frames, we add an excellent anti-glare finish , which improves the visual quality of the image while we play and reduces fatigue after long hours of use. The new generation of Sharp panels has already proven its power and quality in the 300 Hz versions, so in this case we will have maximum brightness of 300 nits , contrast of 1000: 1 and a color coverage of 100% sRGB.

DTS Sound: X Ultra

The Asus TUF Dash F15 has a configuration of two 2W speakers in a rectangular format oriented towards the base of the computer. The main novelty in them is that they will have DTS: X Ultra technology , which we will take advantage of when we connect a headset to the available 3.5 mm Jack port .

This year’s Asus laptops are packed with excellent integrated audio systems, and this case will be no exception. The experience we get is practically the same as that of the ROG Strix Scar or Zephyrus, although it does not reach the excellence seen in the ZenBooks with Harman kardon speakers.

The volume is high enough to give us a satisfactory experience both near and far from the equipment, making it very good for listening to music or videos. As always, we do not have too strong a punch of bass, but enough to notice a clear, balanced and warm audio . The little soundboards it is built into do a good job, and we get practically no distortion at full volume.

As for the webcam section , this time it has not been included , and the trend of other gaming laptops of the brand continues. Yes, we will have a double microphone integrated on the lower frame of the Asus TUF Dash F15 , a system that is integrated into Asus’ AI-assisted bidirectional noise cancellation technology. With it, we can raise the clarity of the sound in speakers or headphones by capturing and eliminating ambient noise through these microphones. The option will be available in the Armory Crate software as usual.

New generation keyboard

The other peripheral elements of the Asus TUF Dash F15 such as keyboard and touchpad have also been updated in an outstanding way. Perhaps the one that stands out the most will be the keyboard, which is quite focused for gaming use.

The first thing to highlight in the form of an advantage will be having chosen not to incorporate NumPad , reducing the number of keys and greatly increasing the space on the sides. This has two good things: the first is that the position of the hands to write is more centralized and comfortable, and the second, that the touchpad is centralized and improves aesthetics and comfort.

The key format will be island type, with a standard 15 × 15 mm area and rounded edges. The font is thick and clear, with a light blue LED backlight and two levels of intensity. It has a chiclet-type membrane with a displacement of 1.7 mm and a sound of less than 30 dB, with excellent handling sensations. When setting a compact keyboard there is hardly any sag in the central area.

As for other distinctive features, we highlight the WASD package, whose keys have a transparent design and will be fully illuminated . For use in games it is a great advantage in dark situations, identifying well where they are. For those who write looking at the keyboard, it may be somewhat more uncomfortable as it distracts the view a bit. A handy row of shortcuts has also been placed for audio control, mic mute, and access to Armory Crate. These join the accesses available in the row of F keys.

As for the touchpad of the Asus TUF Dash F15 , we have no complaints whatsoever, integrating the main buttons on a trackpad of standard format and measurements . It presents an excellent glide on the surface with an accurate grip and without play. The click of its buttons will have little travel and a soft but loud click.

Management Software

The Armory Crate software will be available with all the functionalities in this Asus TUF Dash F15, which means that, in terms of management, it is the same as for example a Strix Scar. Asus is taking great advantage of the new design of this program, with better integration on all the manufacturer’s products and a fairly detailed control of the laptop .

From the main panel we can practically manage everything, or at least the most important. Along with real-time telemetry, also available in a specific section, we will have a panel with multiple buttons to modify screen Hz, Overdrive, touchpad or the important iGPU button . With it we will make the team turn off the dedicated GPU while we use the battery, greatly improving the autonomy.

In addition to this, we will have specific sections for ANC by AI , screen and color configuration, ventilation, energy profile and others. The program will come pre-installed from the factory, so there will be maximum comfort of use. The only thing we don’t like about Asus is that it always integrates McCafee , as an antivirus, which is quite annoying as bloatware.

Processor

One of the most notable novelties of this Asus TUF Dash F15 is the fact that it integrates the 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake H from Intel . These are the new high-performance processors from the Azul brand with a 10 nm SuperFin manufacturing process for laptops. It was about time Intel was encouraged to release non-14nm gaming-oriented CPUs, although it seems that it is taking a long time to complete this family.

The highest performance model currently available will be the Intel Core i7-11370H , equipped in this notebook with its 4 physical and 8 logical cores . We can consider a step back to name a 4-core CPU as i7, since this badge belonged to CPUs with at least 6 cores. This model is capable of running at 4.8 GHz turbo boost with 12 MB of L3 cache and only 28W of configurable TDP . In this way, it is no more than a mid-range CPU in terms of gaming performance, with the great advantage of consuming very little power. Supports Dynamic Boost 2.0 and up to 32 GB of native 3200 MHz RAM.

A section that if it rises in level with regard to the use of the equipment in battery mode are its integrated graphics, nothing less than the Intel Iris Xe. In the absence of a dedicated GPU, those graphics are capable of moving games with dignity , so they are ideal to use when we want to save battery life. This G7 specification features 96 execution units at 1.35 GHz, with a count of 768 shader units, 48 TMUs, and 24 ROPs. Its TDP will be only 15W, so we will have a really tight consumption.

Along with this new CPU we have a total of 16 GB of effective 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM . Of course, this time 8 GB will be integrated on the board as it only has one SO-DIMM slot occupied by another 8 GB module. It is not the most favorable for a possible future update, but this ensures Dual Channel operation.

The third key element will be an Nvidia RTX 3070 Laptop version card , the configuration cut in benefits compared to the desktop 3070. This variant uses a Samsung 7nm GA104 chipset and the powerful Ampere architecture. It has 40 multiprocessing units totaling 5120 CUDA cores, 160 3rd generation Tensor cores and 40 2nd generation RT cores, making 160 units TMUs and 80 ROPs.

In it, the performance per watt consumed has practically doubled compared to the Turing architecture. This allows the TGP to be set to just 85W on this model, while the core clock frequency starts at 880 MHz base and 1390 MHz in boost mode . On the memory side, we have 8 GB GDDR6 operating with a 1500 MHz clock in boost mode , that is, at 12.2 Gbps of transfer, raising its bandwidth to 391.7 GB / s. The bus width will be 256 bits, same as the desktop model. In this way, the pure performance at high performance should be somewhat superior to the rivals, although in this case we have a native Full HD resolution where the CPU will have a lot of influence.

Finally, the storage configuration will consist of a 1TB capacity SK Hynix NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD . The capacity will be expandable thanks to a second M.2 slot with the same interface characteristics. Although it is not a unit as well known as for example the SN730 from WD or PM981 from Samsung, this SSD has a high performance with 3500 MB / s in reading and 3100 MB / s in sequential writing as we will see later in the benchmark .

Cooling System

The Asus TUF Dash F15 has a strong cooling system, especially if we think that a priori the CPU has a fairly low TDP. Nothing could be further from the truth, we will see later that its warm up when we simultaneously stress CPU and GPU.

For this, two 83-blade n-Blade fans have been used capable of generating a high air flow through the four available grilles. We only miss a more forceful opening at the bottom, which would further improve this flow, but also the noise generated.

The thickness of just 15mm has been taken full advantage of by incorporating up to 5 copper heatpipes. Two of them in shared mode between GPU (on the left of the image) and CPU (on the right) along with two separate ones and one exclusively dedicated to the GDDR6 and VRM memory chips of the motherboard. In this case, it seems that liquid metal thermal paste is not being used to collect heat from the components, which is still exclusive to high-end Asus laptops.

To take care of everything in maximum detail, the SSD incorporates a passive dissipation element in contact with the outer casing, and the same happens with the SO-DIMM memory module. In terms of loudness, the truth is that it is a noisy system , although not more than the competition. Another different thing is that it tends to remain at high RPM when we have the equipment connected to the power and we use the performance profile.

Battery

The battery that has been used in the Asus TUF Dash F15 will be a 4-cell Lithium Polymer block, a power of 76 Wh and 4940 mAh of maximum capacity . The external power supply offers a maximum power of 200W, and a fast charge capable of obtaining 50% capacity in 30 minutes.

Be very careful with the autonomy figures that it has left us, of no less than 11.5 hours with a Balanced profile , in silent mode and with the iGPU switch activated . Additionally, we’ve used 50% panel brightness, responsive refresh, and performed basic tasks like document browsing and editing.

Obviously there are many factors that intervene in the capacity obtained by each user depending on what they do, but there is no doubt that it is great news for a gaming laptop to overcome a work or university day . Using the dedicated GPU, the consumption will be greatly reduced especially if we get to play. An important detail is that even by disconnecting the laptop from the current we can fluently play games as demanding as Cyberpunk 2077 with 76 Wh. If something stands out about CPU and GPU, it is the great work of optimization in consumption carried out.

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