If you’re looking to buy the best gaming laptop, you can’t go wrong with one of the Asus TUF Series or Asus ROG Series laptops. Both of these lines are among the best high-end gaming machines on the market, and they each have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. The key question you need to ask yourself before buying one of these machines is whether you want something portable that offers solid gaming performance or if you want something heavy-duty with the latest processors and graphics cards.
*Note that most of these specifications are on par with similarly priced laptops from other brands, so I didn’t list them here*
|Display resolution||1920×1080 pixels||–|
|Processor||Ryzen 5000 Series||Core i7|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060|
|Weight||2.30 kg||2.00 kg|
|Model||ROG Strix G15||TUF Dash F15|
|Release date||March 15, 2021||January 1, 2021|
|Model Name||ROG Strix G15||TUF Dash F15|
|Dimensions (mm)||24.20 x 354.90 x 259.90||252.00 x 360.00 x 19.90|
|Colours||Original Black, Eclipse Gray, Electro Punk||Eclipse Grey, Moonlight White|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Battery Capacity (WHR)||90||76|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Ryzen 7 5800H||Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11370H|
|Expandable RAM up to (GB)||32GB||32GB|
|Graphics Processor||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060|
|Dedicated Graphic Memory||6GB||6GB|
|Dedicated Graphic Memory Type||GDDR6||–|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 Yes||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
|Speakers||2 Speakers||2 Speakers|
|Ports And Slots|
|Number of USB Ports||4||4|
|USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type A)||3||3|
|USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type C)||1||–|
|Headphone and Mic Combo Jack||Yes||–|
|Thunderbolt 4 (Type C)||–||1|
|Lock Slot||–||Kensington Lock Port|
What are the benefits of each laptop?
Just looking at features and specs can be confusing, especially if you’re not an avid gamer or don’t follow high-end gaming laptops closely enough to know what a Gigabyte GTX 1060 overclock means for performance. To help us sort through what makes these two different gaming laptops tick, we took a deep dive into their specs and how each performed in our tests. Here’s what we found out about these two powerful 15-inch gaming laptops.
Both of these laptops feature display sizes of 15.6 inches, so you’ll never have to squint to see your game. But their resolutions are quite different and can make a big difference in your overall gaming experience—especially if you’re looking for an affordable gaming laptop for less than $1,000 (and still want good graphics). The Asus Rog Strix’s 1080p display is crisp, bright and colorful with deep blacks, but it will cost you about $1,400 (as of May 2018). To save money on your next notebook, take a look at our best budget gaming laptops guide to find one with a similar sized screen at half that price or less.
Processor and performance
Intel i7 Processor Benchmarks.
Both laptops are packing solid quad-core processors from AMD’s current generation of Ryzen chips. Both sport a 2GHz base clock, with a 3.7GHz boost speed, and both boast a total of 16 threads for handling all your gaming needs. That’s impressive by any standard—but how do they compare in real-world performance? Let’s find out! We’ll be comparing these two systems on a variety of benchmarks to see which comes out on top. First up is Cinebench, where we’ll look at multi-threaded performance.
The results were pretty close here, but ultimately it was no contest—the ASUS TUF DASH F15 came out ahead with a score of 835 points. Next up is Geekbench 4, which also focuses on multi-threaded performance. Again, it was very close here but once again the ASUS TUF DASH F15 came out on top (5358). Finally we have PCMark 10 Extended Test 1.0 – Home Test – Creative Accelerated v2 where once again there’s not much between them – just over 50 points separates them here. Overall though it’s clear that both offer some great performance across various tests – you won’t go wrong whichever you choose!
Storage & Memory
As far as I can tell, there’s no difference between these two models when it comes to keyboard, trackpad, and touchpad—all are responsive, accurate, and give you a good sense of feedback when pressing down on them. That said, I did prefer typing on the F15 thanks to its more shallow key travel and slightly larger keys; however, both are perfectly fine options for those who just want a keyboard that gets out of their way. For example, if you just need something with a few quick media keys—for volume control or screen brightness adjustments—then either laptop should work well enough for that purpose.
Ports, battery life, and weight
What really sets these two notebooks apart is their different approaches to ports, battery life, and weight—and while one might be better than another in certain areas, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better overall.
Design, quality, customer support
If a company is willing to take a little bit of time to help you get your new computer running, that says something about how much they care about you as a customer. If someone at your local store is readily available to answer questions and show you how to use some of its most popular features, it’s worth it for convenience’s sake alone. This point cannot be emphasized enough; support from companies like ASUS are what make me more likely to recommend them in general. When you can get everything from service upgrades and online manuals direct from manufacturers through their website, there’s less reason for me (or anyone) to refer you elsewhere for support issues—and that’s a good thing for both of us!
Competitive comparisons against other laptops in its class
While we made an effort to test laptops of different screen sizes, operating systems, and price points (both higher and lower), we ultimately decided that it was too hard to recommend one of these laptops over another since they’re all fairly similar—and new models are released often enough that buying any one of them is a matter of judging how much you value portability and weight versus performance at any given time. In our review above, we called out specific competitors and why each failed to earn our recommendation; some had slow components or dull screens; others simply cost too much for what you get, especially when more affordable options exist in other size classes like 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops.