Designed for gamers looking for a little mobility, the Asus Dash F15 TUF516PM-HN023T is a 15-inch ultrabook that does not forget more versatile users thanks to a rather discreet look. However, the powerful components are there with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ampere, a high-end graphics card presented in early 2021 to launch all AAA titles, but also an 11th gen Core i7 Quad Core supported by a good amount of RAM ( 16 GB) and good capacity SSD storage (512 GB) for system responsiveness, all accompanied by a 144Hz screen for fast gaming action. You can also count on full connectivity with TB4, 8 hours of battery life, a blue backlit keyboard and an efficient (but noisy) cooling system. On the other hand, keep in mind that
Specifications of the Asus Dash F15 TUF516PM-HN023T
|Screen (s)||15.6 “IPS Full HD LED 144Hz 45% NTSC 250nits thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-11370H Tiger Lake-H (3.3 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (8 GB soldered 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz, 1 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free M.2 combo SATA / NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0b|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (Intel Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, 1.7mm stroke|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W) DTS: X Ultra|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||9 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 76Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.0 Kg / 360 x 252 x 19.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus Dash F15 TUF516PM-HN023T
The Asus TUF Dash F15 is a newcomer to the TUF series and fits into a fairly slim chassis. It can best be described as a cross between last year’s TUF A15 (FA506 / FA566) and the ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502. Its profile is 19.9 mm while its weight does not exceed 2 kilos for an assumed mobile destination, despite the powerful components it carries.
On the look side, the TUF Dash is not flashy, preferring a dark gray “Eclipse Gray” mat and smooth. A TUF logo decorates a good part of the cover. If the writing is not polarizing, some may find the result unprofessional. Moreover, professional use can lead to the use of the webcam for videoconferencing. There simply aren’t any on board the TUF Dash. The frame is made from polycarbonate with the localized use of metallic finish metal on the back of the cover.
In this regard, Asus has developed its TUF line by taking robustness and durability as a common thread. The Asus Gaming TUF566IV-AL141T thus meets the military standard MIL-STD-810H for foolproof strength (extreme heat, shock, fall, humidity, altitude, exposure to the sun). The keyboard has been reworked in this same perspective with an estimated lifespan of 20 million keystrokes for each key and silence in use. It sports a blue backlight with the ZQSD keys underlined but no numeric keypad.
The screen is applied to a 15.6-inch bright Full HD IPS matte panel with 144Hz refresh, enough to enjoy a lively rendering in action. Following the trend, he opts for an immersive edge-to-edge side design, a feeling amplified by the IPS panel and its wide viewing angles. In addition, the Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the best out of your High Definition content while the anti-reflective treatment prevents ambient light from being reflected on the screen, improving playing comfort (especially in dark scenes).
The selection of ports of the TUF Dash F15 is welcome thanks to the presence of the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 port on its left side. You can use this versatile port to connect a docking station to it or to charge the laptop, although Asus’ proprietary AC adapter should be connected for optimal performance. For the rest, everything you need is present except the card reader, namely an HDMI 2.0 output and three full-size USB 3.2 ports. The connectivity modules are of the latest generation (Wifi AX and Bluetooth 5.1) but the absence of a biometric authentication system (Windows Hello) should be noted.
Performance, battery life of the Asus Dash F15 TUF516PM-HN023T
To give all its graphics power to the PC, we find a GeForce RTX 3060 generation Ampere (2021). This is a high-end GPU capable of meeting the needs of demanding gamers, exceeding the capabilities of a GeForce RTX 2070 (Super) Turing. It is able to ensure a smooth quality rendering on all of the user’s favorite games, by taking advantage of Ray-Tracing on compatible games with advanced details and a respectable number of FPS. The RTX 3060 is also valuable for software that harnesses GPU computing power to speed up processing. This is for example the case in multimedia under Sony Vegas or Adobe Première / Photoshop, which will interest creators, especially with 6 GB GDDR6 of dedicated memory.
Opposite, it is an 11th generation Intel Core processor (Tiger Lake) which officiates, the Core i7-11370H . This has “only” four cores and eight threads. It might seem like an odd choice for a gaming laptop as six-core CPUs like the Core i7-10750H (10th Gen Comet Lake-H) are common in its price range. But 11th gen “Tiger Lake” is a new page for Intel with an improved architecture built on a smaller 10nm process.
The Core i7-11370H has a high base frequency of 3.3 GHz (compared to 2.6 GHz for the Core i7-10750H) and a high Turbo Boost speed of 4.8 GHz, which makes it perfectly capable of high tasks. performance. Its thermal design (TDP) is only 35 watts, 10 watts less than the old chip, so it should stay cooler. Finally, the processor contains the integrated graphics chip Iris Xe, the most powerful Intel at this time, far from the UHD 630. Overall, this translates into a complete management of the versatile use consisting of video editing, rendering 3D, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations.
In support, the 16 GB RAM provides everything you need in fluidity for multitasking. It is of course possible to upgrade the RAM subsequently, the chassis opens without difficulty.
For its part, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD which will significantly enhance the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short load times and a performance without latencies. What is more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library even if some will not find it sufficient. In this case, you can perfectly open the PC and upgrade the components, a second M.2 port is free.
Equipped with a high capacity battery (76Whr), the TUF Dash F15 TUF516PM-HN023T does better when it is unplugged with more than 8 hours of battery life in web browsing. A generous total that allows you to work a full day without going near a power outlet. In addition, Asus pairs the laptop with a compact 200W power supply. The battery fills in about 2 hours and USB-C charging of up to 100W is possible.