The Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming A15 and A17 laptops deliver next-level gaming built to last

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ASUS TUF Gaming laptops have long delivered high performance and dependability to gamers looking for solid, attainable machines that can survive the rigors of life on the go. At CES 2020, we’re introducing an all-new family with more performance and versatility than ever before. The 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 and F15, along with their 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 and F17 siblings, deliver an unprecedented experience for the price.

Potent processing power lives inside thanks to a choice between 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs and upcoming 10th Gen Intel Core processors. NVIDIA Turing-based GPUs up to the GeForce RTX 2060 feed frames into fast displays that refresh at up to 144Hz and use Adaptive Sync technology to ensure smoother, tear-free gaming across a wide range of titles. Armed with bigger battery options ranging up to 90Wh, the latest TUF Gaming notebooks give you the flexibility for long hours away from an outlet. Their more compact chassis are easy to carry, and updated military-grade durability testing demonstrates their ability to survive in the field.

Ryzen brings more cores to mobile

AMD brought its latest Zen 2 CPU architecture to desktops last year in a new family of Ryzen processors boasting impressive single-threaded performance and high gaming frame rates, plus multithreaded muscle for highly parallel workloads and heavy-duty multitasking. The combination of architectural enhancements and fabrication on a leading-edge 7nm process node resulted in exceptional power efficiency, as well.

Now, Zen 2 is coming to laptops in a new lineup of 4th Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processors. The TUF Gaming A15 and A17 offer CPU options ranging up to a Ryzen 9 with eight cores and 16 threads. The top-of-the-line chip doubles the power available in the previous generation, allowing you to do much more than just play games. We pair it with especially swift DDR4-3200 RAM that can further improve performance for both productivity and gaming.

Later this year, the TUF Gaming F15 and F17 will be available with upcoming 10th Generation Intel Core processors.

GeForce and Adaptive Sync power high-refresh-rate displays

Regardless of the CPU inside, graphics firepower comes from discrete GeForce GPUs based on the latest NVIDIA Turing architecture. The A15 and A17 can be configured with up to a GeForce RTX 2060 that uses a combination of CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores to enable hybrid rendering with real-time ray tracing and AI acceleration. Turing also has an updated video encoder capable of capturing high-quality footage with minimal CPU usage, so you can easily game and stream smoothly from the same machine.

 

Display refresh rates up to 144Hz on 15-inch models and 120Hz on 17-inch versions take full advantage of the higher frame rates possible with the new TUF Gaming laptops. The Radeon integrated graphics in the new Ryzen Mobile processors allow Adaptive Sync variable refresh-rate technology to work with discrete GeForce GPUs. Synchronizing the refresh rate of the display with the frame rate of the system delivers smoother, tear-free gaming even as the FPS varies naturally over time. Try variable refresh rate tech even once, and it’s easy to see how it’s a better way to play than traditional displays with fixed refresh rates.

Take your game anywhere

The IPS-level displays come in 15” or 17” sizes with wide viewing angles. Hair-thin NanoEdge bezels surround the screens on three sides, a design that not only increases immersion, but also makes the chassis more portable. We reduced the overall volume of the 15” models by 7% compared to their predecessors and shrank the 17” versions by 8%. If you need a webcam for game streaming or video conferencing, you’ll find it positioned at the top edge of the display for a flattering rendition of your face. A subtle bump in the bezel creates enough space for the camera inside the slim frame and also provides a convenient lip for lifting the lid.

Despite shrinking the proportions, we added a bigger 90Wh battery option. You won’t have to worry about longevity when classes, work, or life take you away from a power outlet. The combination of efficient AMD and NVIDIA hardware inside the TUF Gaming A15 and A17 delivers up to 8.7 hours of web browsing and 12.3 hours of video playback, so you can stay productive and entertained without range anxiety.

Choose your tough exterior

Our designers understand that gamers with great power at their disposal don’t always want to broadcast that fact to the world, so we’re offering two finishes on the next generation of TUF laptops. Fortress Gray features a metal lid that’s sandblasted to bring out a fine texture in the material before it’s finished in its namesake gray. Exposed concentric screws anchor the four corners and echo the rugged DNA of the TUF Gaming family. The smooth surface of the laser-engraved TUF logo subtly contrasts with the textured expanse of metal around it, creating visibility without straying into vulgarity.

Bonfire Black brings multiple textures to a more aggressive look designed for extroverted gamers. Large trapezoidal cuts in the center of the lid evoke the hexagonal pattern used throughout the chassis, and they draw your eye to the inlaid TUF Gaming logo. This central region gets a brushed finish, while the flanks are embossed with a mesh-like pattern that has more grip for those times when you need to sprint to class with the laptop under your arm. A smoldering red band runs around the edges, offering a bold indication of the power inside.

Both designs are tough enough for everyday life. They’re certified to meet MIL-STD-810H standards for vibration, short drops, and extreme temperatures and humidity. We also subject them to a punishing array of additional internal tests, including a 30cm drop onto every side and corner.

Clean cooling and easy upgrades inside

Gaming laptops need copious airflow to help internal components perform at their best for hours on end, so our tailored cooling design works hand-in-hand with the new chassis to chill the upgraded hardware inside. A honeycomb pattern on the bottom doubles as an expansive array of intake vents for the fans and heatsinks inside. The grippy texture is easy to hold, and it wraps around the rear exhaust outlets to protect the heatsink fins without obstructing airflow.

Our self-cleaning cooling system directs debris into anti-dust tunnels before it can build up on fan blades and heatsink fins and reduce their effectiveness. Airflow moving through these channels naturally clears dust from the system, keeping your laptop performing at its best for the long haul.

Upgrades can help you get the most out of your investment over time, so the latest TUF Gaming laptops are ready to grow with your needs. For easy access, the bottom is secured with standard Phillips screws, along with one special pop-open screw that helps separate the panel without a prying tool. Inside, two SO-DIMM slots can accommodate up to 32GB of RAM, which is plenty for heavy multitasking and even content creation. Dual M.2 slots provide an upgrade path for your ever-expanding game library and digital archives. Configurations are available with up to a 1TB NVMe SSD with lightning-fast load times and responsive all-around performance. The second slot stands ready for more solid-state storage tied to the same speedy PCI Express interface.

Customize the battle-tested keyboard

The keyboard is an essential part of any gaming laptop’s arsenal, and mushy switches or a crowded layout are the last things gamers want to deal with in the heat of battle. That’s why we used a full-sized desktop design as the template when laying down the deck for our latest deployments. The function key row is spaced out just as it would be on a desktop keyboard, a full numpad sits at the right edge to accelerate number crunching, and the offset arrow key block uses a comfortable and traditional inverted-T layout. We also extend the space bar slightly to provide a bigger target for your thumb.

Each key uses Overstroke technology to improve responsiveness and overall feel. The underlying switches trigger higher in the stroke for quicker actuation, which also leaves more travel before rebounding off the base. They’re rated to withstand 20 million presses, ensuring along life befitting the TUF name.

Translucent WASD keys offer an unmistakable visual cue as your fingers fly across the keyboard during intense combat. Global RGB backlighting makes them especially easy to spot and also lets you customize colors and effects to match your tastes. Personalization extends to Scenario Profiles, which can automatically change the lighting based on your preferences for individual games and applications. Scenario Profiles also include other system settings, like Silent, Performance, and Turbo operating modes that affect both noise levels and performance.

Connect anything, anywhere

The new TUF Gaming laptops have ample connectivity for gaming peripherals and more. On the left side of the laptop, you’ll find two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A ports and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C. The latter supports G-SYNC monitors through its DisplayPort 1.4 alternate mode, and a dedicated HDMI 2.0b port lets you plug in a projector, additional monitor, or big-screen TV. Another USB port provides additional connectivity on the right.

Gigabit Ethernet powers a high-speed LAN port with low latency for serious multiplayer gaming. The TUF Gaming A15 and A17 can also connect wirelessly with a Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) adapter that includes Bluetooth support. The F15 and F17 upgrade to Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), which pushes peak wireless interface bandwidth up to 2.4Gbps when connected to compatible routers. Otherwise known as 802.11ax, the next-gen standard also improves efficiency for crowded networks, lowers lag for latency-sensitive multiplayer gaming, and increases upstream bandwidth for live-streaming.

The combo audio jack offers virtual surround sound for stereo headsets via DTS:X Ultra. There are multiple audio presets tuned for different kinds of games and media, plus an equalizer for fine-tuning your settings. Upgraded speakers with more breathing room pump out sound with louder volume and deeper bass than previous generations.

 TUF Gaming A15TUF Gaming A17
CPUUp to AMD R9
GPUUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display15.6-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920 x 1080)17.3" Non-glare Full HD (1920 x 1080)
PanelIPS-level panel
up to 144Hz, AMD FreeSync™
IPS-level panel
up to 120Hz, AMD FreeSync™
MemoryUp to 32GB 3200MHz DDR4
StorageM.2 NVMe PCIe SSD up to 1TB
NetworkingIntel Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth V5.0
1 x RJ45 LAN
Connectivity1 Audio Jack Combo
1 x HDMI 2.0b
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C Display Port 1.4
1 x USB 2.0
Battery90Wh lithium-polymer battery90Wh lithium-polymer battery
Dimensions359.8 x 256 x 24.9 mm (Bonfire Black)
359.8 x 256 x 24.7 mm (Fortress Gray)
399.2 x 269.4 x 26 mm (Bonfire Black)
399.2 x 269.4 x 25.2 mm (Fortress Gray)
Weight2.3kg2.6kg
OSWindows 10

The next generation of TUF

The latest TUF Gaming laptops elevate the performance and experience available in affordable gaming machines. The TUF Gaming A15 and TUF Gaming A17 will be available starting XXX, while the TUF Gaming F15 and F17 are coming later this year. If you’re at CES 2020, you can see the A15 and A17 for yourself at the ASUS product showcase, located at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Contact your local ASUS representative to set up a tour, or for more details about availability, specifications, and pricing in your region.