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This is a story about how ended up buying Asus Tuf FX505DT.

Hello, I’m “dreamer” and this is my first post in Gzimr.com. I hope you like it. In this post I’m going to explain my thought process behind choosing my gaming laptop and why I ended up buying Asus Tuf FX505DT. Hopefully, if you also think like me, you can also choose this laptop and it will never disappoint you.

First, let’s talk about myself. I’m a gizmo addict and have a lot of interest in trying various gizmos. Being a gizmo addict I also have enough interest in playing games casually. I do not say that I’m a hardcore gamer, but I do play occasionally.

Being a corporate employee, I do not spend hours and hours playing games, but when I play I demand flawless performance. I’m a highly skillful gamer as well and look to finish games with the utmost perfection.

Since my old laptop has given up, I have been in the market for a good gaming laptop. Being an Indian, I seek value for money and would like to get as much value as can from my hard-earned money. So, I literally spent a whole month researching various options and dissecting what I want and what I can get in the market for the budget I have of Rs.50,000.

First, let’s start with the basics. When I say I wanted to buy a gaming laptop, the laptop should have a very good graphic card or GPU.

When I say I wanted to buy a gaming laptop, the laptop should have a very good GPU.

GPU (Nvidia GTX 1650):

The challenge is to find the laptop with a capable of GPU that can play all the latest games at full resolution with at least at 30FPS. There are quite a few choices to choose from and here is the list.

  • Nvidia GTX 1050 & GTX 1050Ti
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.49,999
    • Older generation
    • Can play most of the AAA titles at full resolution
  • AMD RX560X
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.46,999
    • Less powerful than the GTX 1050
    • Power-hungry GPU
  • Nvidia GTX 1650
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.49,999
    • Latest generation and upgrade to older GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti
    • Thinner and more power-efficient
  • Nvidia GTX 1660Ti
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.74,999
    • Super powerful and can handle almost any game at Ultra settings
    • Future proof
  • Nvidia RTX 2060
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.79,999
    • Ultra-powerful GPU
    • We don’t have to know more about this as it is already out of the budget and I definitely don’t do justice for all the power it has

You could see from the above list that, it doesn’t make any sense to buy laptops with older generation GPUs, so laptops with GTX 1050 and AMD RX560X have been removed from the shortlist. Now the choice is between the laptops which have GTX 1650 and GTX 1660Ti. Even though I crave for more power, GTX 1660Ti is clearly out of my budget.

GTX 1650 actually fits my bill rather perfectly well. It is the latest generation and has enough power to push any game to its limits. Finally I decided that my laptop is going to have GTX 1650 GPU.

GTX 1650 actually fits the bill rather perfectly well. It is the latest generation and has enough power to push any game to its limits.

CPU (Ryzen 5):

A capable GPU along with capable CPU makes experience rather wonderful. As I have already finalized the GPU, the list of laptops has drastically come down along with list of CPUs.

Now I have two options.

  • Intel Core i5 9th Gen
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.59,999
    • Very Good Battery Life
    • Sustained performance under continuous load
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    • Prices of Laptops with this GPU starts at Rs.49,999
    • Mediocre Battery Life
    • Performance is equivalent to Core i5 8th generation

These two CPUs are powerful and the difference is visible only when pushed hard. For day to day tasks, they offer similar performance and hard to distinguish what is what. As I only use this laptop at home, battery life is not a big concern for me.

So, I couldn’t justify Rs.10,000 extra for Intel Core i5 over AMD Ryzen 5 variant and I decided I will stick to AMD Ryzen version with GTX 1650 GPU.

I couldn’t justify Rs.10,000 extra for Intel Core i5 over AMD Ryzen 5 variant

Storage:

This is one important aspect everybody should pay attention to. SSD storage is almost 10X faster than HDD storage. As was my previous laptop has an HDD and Apple Macbook Air which I use it officially has an SSD, every time I could feel the difference. After this experience, I decided that my next laptop is going to have an SSD for sure and HDD no longer cut it for me.

SSD storage is almost 10X faster than HDD storage

Shortlist of Laptops

As I have decided on my CPU, GPU, and Storage combo, I wanted to see which laptop actually fits my needs. Here are the laptops finally featured in my shortlist.

  • Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43 – Rs.57,990
    • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    • 4 GB – GTX 1650
    • 256GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
    • 15.6 inch, 120Hz Refresh Rate IPS Display
    • 55 WHr Battery
    • 2.3 kg

 

  • Asus Tuf FX705DT – Rs. 54,990
    • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    • 4 GB – GTX 1650
    • 512GB SSD
    • 17.6 inch, 120Hz Refresh Rate IPS Display
    • 64 WHr Battery
    • 2.7 kg

 

  • Asus Tuf FX505DT – Rs.58,990
    • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    • 4 GB – GTX 1650
    • 256GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
    • 17.6 inch, 120Hz Refresh Rate IPS Display
    • 48 WHr Battery
    • 2.2 kg

Final Words

Being a 17-inch screen, Asus Tuf FX705DT is too big to handle and is bulky at almost 2.7KG and is ruled out immediately. So, I left to chose between two Taiwanese brands, Asus and Acer.

So, I left to chose between two Taiwanese brands, Asus and Acer. 

Here is why I chose Asus Tuf FX505DT over Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43.

Why I did not chose Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43?

  • Looks bulky
  • Uninspiring design
  • Slightly heavier at 2.3kg
  • Bitter past experience with Acer laptops

Why I chose Asus Tuf FX505DT?

  • Looks sleek and edgy
  • Lighter than it’s counterpart at just 2.2kg
  • Military Grade MIL-STD810G, means more durable for general use
  • Asus experience of making gaming laptops with its ROG series

It’s been over 6 months since I got my Asus Tuf FX505DT now and I’ perfectly happy with my purchase. That 120Hz refresh rate display is just fantastic, battery life is livable and performs rather flawlessly.

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