It’s the cheapest gaming laptop ASUS TUF FX504GD from the new budget series TUF Gaming. This laptop I bought in the Amazon. It cost $700 and I got a 15 inch laptop with the top mobile 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, discrete graphics GTX 1050 and other minimal characteristics for the ability to call it gaming laptop. Links on the store, where you can buy this laptop I left in the description.
Shot about bundling. It includes a laptop, an AC adapter and instruction.
My revision of the Asus FX504GD is considered as initial, it is based on quad-core i5-8300H meanwhile a more expensive revision is based on a six-core i7-8750H.
The same goes for the GPU, in my revision this is the initial GTX 1050 with 2Gb of video memory and in more expensive versions of this laptop there may be GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB or even GTX 1060 with 3Gb or 6Gb.
The case of ASUS FX504 is not ultra-thin, but as for a gaming laptop, it is quite compact and the thickness is 2.5cm.
Plastic lcd cover designed quite expressive, I would even say catchy. The Asus logo made with a metallic red insert and it looks nice.
I want to note that the quality of plastic is not the best, it is not difficult to scratch the cover and it bends well enough.
As for modern laptop the screen frame is very wide, but I think this is quite expected for a budget gaming laptop.
Inner surface repeats the design of the top cover in general it looks quite harmonious, all in a gaming style. Despite the fact that the case is plastic, when you strongly press the case of the laptop, it practically does not bend.
The keyboard is full-sized that is good enough and it has a red backlight that fits well with the overall style of the laptop. As befits a gaming style, the WASD key group is highlighted with a red edging.
At night, the backlight does not shine brightly and my eyes don’t get tired of it.
The touchpad is quite comfortable, left and right buttons are built-in.
ASUS FX504 has not the best speakers, in many tracks the bass is hard to hear. To watch the movie it’s still going, but for music they are frankly weak.
All ports are located on the left side: ethernet, HDMI 1.4, 1 port USB 2, 2 port USB 3 and mini-jack.
The location of the ports is very convenient. All on the one side, under the left hand all successfully connects and will not stick out a lot of wires from all sides of the laptop. But I was very surprised by the lack of a card reader and USB Type-C. For a gaming laptop, this is at least not convenient in nowadays.
In the FX504 series, used 15-inch LCD with a Full HD resolution , but in cheaper revisions installed 60 hertz screen with only 45% of the NTSC (65% sRGB) color space coverage, but in a more expensive revision of this laptop, the LCD refresh rate is 120 hertz and already covering 94% of the NTSC space (130% sRGB).
Also naturally that this screen is not suitable for photo processing, of course you can connect an external display, but in this case you lose mobility.
Now let’s take a look inside of this laptop.
The disassembly process of the ASUS FX504 is quite simple and I left a link to the step by step disassembly of this laptop.
As you can see can be upgraded memory modules, hard drive, wireless module and m.2 ssd. Let’s take a look closer to each of the ones. There are two slots DDR4 memory, one slot might be used for manufacture-installed memory and one might be empty. Maximum amount that can reached is 32Gb.
In the laptop is installed a 1TB hybrid Seagate FireCuda hard drive. More expensive revisions, in an additional has m.2 ssd. Even if your laptop has only hard disk, you can install m.2 SSD to empty slot.
Wireless module also can be replaced. Basic module might be Intel 9560NGW that is supports MU-MIMO technology.
ASUS FX504 has a 48 Watt-Hours battery that is a very small capacity for a gaming laptop. For Internet surfing, this battery is hardly enough for 4 hours. But in game it will be long not more than an hour.
The cooling system in the ASUS FX504 laptop looks impressive and has two coolers. In my tests, I got these results…
Under the stress test, the temperature of the CPU was not rised above (sixty three degrees) 63 °C, and the temperature of the graphic core kept at (sixty eight degrees) 68 °C – which is a good result for a gaming laptop.
The positive aspect that cooling system can be simply removed. After removing the bottom cover you only need to unscrew 6 screws, after that you can clean the fans from dust and apply new thermal paste on CPU and GPU.
The CPU and GPU cannot be replaced, because they are soldered on the motherboard, and you should consider this when choosing a configuration.
By the way, about the dust – the manufacturer claims that the cooling system in the ASUS TUF FX504 series has a special design that blows dust out of the fan casing, and thus the grid is not polluted by the dust.
Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD Benchmarks
Ok guys, now let’s see some game tests. The results of the test will be recorded using a special video capture card, so the results of the FPS will be lossless.
- Doom – 65 FPS
- Fortnite – 40 FPS
- WoT – 55 FPS
- Witcher – 30 FPS
- Battlefield 1 – 42 FPS
Also I left a link for the full playlist with tests in the games of this laptop.
In Doom on high graphics preset, it show sixty-five and more frames per second.
Fortnite on very high preset shows between thirty-seven and forty-two frames. But on high preset this result twice.
Battlefield one on ultra-settings and with DirectX 12 it shows about forty frames, in moment of huge explodes result decreased to thirty frames. On high preset frames rate increases to fifty-five.
The Witcher on high preset showed decent thirty fps. On medium preset result is forty-five frames.
I can even say that the GTX 1050 with 2Gb video memory can be called conditionally gaming , because for games it’s better to take a bundle with GTX 1050Ti 4GB.