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ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop Ryzen 9 4900H FA506IV-AL011T 15.6" Notebook Win 10 $2159.10 + Delivery @ Computer Alliance

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I bought this 10 days ago from Computer Alliance for $2399 as a work computer. It has the latest gen Ryzen 9 chip (4900H) and runs my excel spreadsheets amazingly well. Apparently also good for gaming but I wouldn't know as my company won't let me install Steam. The Ryzen 9 chip competes with the Intel 10th gen i9 chips, and generally far better than the i7 chips.

It was very hard to find a laptop in stock with this chip so I doubt there will alot of stock available. I had a look on staticice and the next best advertised price is $2299 at Umart, Scorptech and PCCG but all are sold out anyway (https://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=asus+tuf+r...).

I don't know when the code will expire. Still works as of 9:41am on 2 July 2020.

Edit: Free pickup, $10 delivery to Brisbane, delivery to Sydney/Melb/Perth/Coffs Harbour was $15 but check your own location on the site.

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  • Specifications
    Processor: AMD® Ryzen™ 9 4900H Processor,
    Operating System: Windows 10 Home
    Memory: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM,
    Display: 15.6" (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel with 45% NTSC
    With Adaptive Sync
    Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060
    Storage Solid state drive: 512GB PCIe® Gen3 SSD
    Keyboard: Chiclet keyboard with isolated numpad key
    WebCam: HD 720p CMOS module
    Networking: Wi-Fi Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 ac (2x2))
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 5.0
    Interface: 1 x COMBO audio jack
    2 x Type-A USB 3.2 (Gen 1)
    1 x Type-C USB 3.2 (Gen 2) with display supportDP1.4
    1 x Type-A USB2.0
    1 x RJ45 LAN jack for LAN insert
    1 x HDMI, HDMI support 2.0b
    1 x AC adapter plug
    Audio: DTS:X® Ultra
    Battery: 48 Wh lithium-polymer battery
    Power Adapter: Plug type :ø6.0 (mm)
    Output : 20 V DC, 7.5 A, 150 W / 9 A , 180 W< 19.5 V DC, 11.8 A, 230 W
    Input : 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    Dimensions NB: 359.8 x 256 x 22.8 ~24.7 mm (WxDxH)
    359.8 x 256 x 22.8 ~24.9 cm (WxDxH)
    Weight NB: 2.3 kg
    Security Kensington lock
    fTPM (Firmware-based Trusted Platform Module)
    Gaming Series FA Series

    • The screen is sad.

      • Also I feel like if you're spending over $2k on a gaming laptop you should be getting a 2070.

        • I believe in this case the GPU isn't actually that bad as (correct me if I'm wrong) but this is a non MAXQ RTX 2060 which has a higher TDP and performs better than a normal low power 2060.

        • Not with a current generation Ryzen 9 you won't.
          A 15" "gaming" laptop with a 2070 for $2k will be using a previous gen 9000's i7 at best with the current discounts and limited stock on components and hardware from COVID lockdowns.

          • @bchliu: I mean, this Dell with the 10th gen i7 and a 2070 for $2100 was pretty good and it being Dell will come back around. Obviously if you need/want the Ryzen 9 for work or whatever then cool, but for gaming I figure having the 2070 is more important.

      • Its an excellent price but significantly let down by the screen. The Panda display is like a Panda slow moving.

        https://www.ultrabookreview.com/36108-asus-tuf-gaming-fa506i...

    • No thunderbolt? Ah? Of course - it's an Asus.

      At least the USB-C is DP so that's something you don't get on other Asus notebooks I guess.

      • Isn't Thunderbolt part of Intel brand? So that's why this AMD powered laptop has none.

  • Assuming the display on this is the same as the Ryzen 7 4800H, which mean the response time and colour accuracy is awful, not to mention poor thermal.

    • They have noted this and the new batch is coming with a screen with better accuracy, make be a bit of luck if you get one though

  • Any other Ultrabook available with 4900h or 4800u apart from Lenovo?

  • Hardware unboxed reviewed the TUF gaming laptops, The screens aren't great and can get VERY hot and may throttle because of it

    • First, thanks for posting, I got some education. Secondly, I watched the first review which compares the A15 Ryzen 7 version to the GL65 MSI laptop with an i7 10750 ($2599 on sale at PCCG). Looks like the A156 has issues with heat, but on a value perspective, you would have to pay an extra $450 to get the GL65 MSI laptop, AND you would only get an i7 that is comparably 'better' than the A16 Ryzen 7 version. The one I posted is a Ryzen 9 so you get a significantly better processor, and pay $450 less, than the MSI. I'd say its a good deal at this price.

  • Dell Precision or Latitude are proper work laptops and this one is a gaming rubbish. ASUS warranty claim is also a waste of time process.

    • Latitude does not come with graphics cards so if your work requires one, you need a Precision. The precision I was quoted from Dell (which is far slower on processing for my purposes, and has a lower spec graphics card) is below. Note I was quoted $3500:

      Model: Dell Precision M7530
      Processor: i7-8850H Processor (6 Cores, up to 4.30GHz)
      RAM: 16GB
      Storage: 1TB SSD
      OS: Windows 10 Pro
      Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P1000 with 4GB GDDR5
      Warranty: 3 year PRO NBD warranty
      Other: Backlit
      Price: $3,500 ex GST

  • If this was a 17" laptop, I'd buy it in a heartbeat..

  • People joke about high end CPUs and spreadsheets, but I regularly have spreadsheets that bring Excel to it's knees, if not crash, on a Ryzen 3600 system with 16GB DDR4 (complex formulas updating against 100,000 cells, etc).

    I suspect the issues are more with the architecture of the software rather than hardware limitations though.

    • Like I say to my clients a lot: when you are calculating 100,000 rows, then it really shouldn't be in Excel and should be done in a proper tool or database. Excel isn't really made for that sort of stuff - more of a quick and dirty desktop tool as opposed to proper enterprise tool that will be able to manage data much better.

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