Asus is back in the world of affordable gaming with its TUF705, a PC that has the distinction of combining a Ryzen 7 processor with a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. Good or bad pick?
In terms of gaming PCs, Asus relies heavily on its Republic of Gamers (ROG) range, which combines top performance with the latest chassis innovations. Nevertheless, the Taiwanese company also sells PC gaming in its own name through its TUF range, often more affordable, like the model 705 spent in our labs.
The TUF range is simpler than the ROG range and does not benefit from the brand’s latest innovations. Thus, Asus goes to the basics with its TUF PCs, offering a simple chassis, but still embedding components cut for the game. With the TUF705, Asus presents a new configuration, combining a Ryzen 7 processor and a GTX graphics card 1660 Ti.
With the TUF, Asus goes to the basics in terms of design and offers a PC with old-fashioned charm that could almost pass for a PC dedicated to professionals. Its chassis combines aluminum and striated hard plastic.
If it is not very beautiful, this design has the advantage of being very solid. The plastic does not crack under the fingers and does not bend. For the rest, the PC remains little inventive, sporting a chassis visually quite sad. We will appreciate all the same the screen with thin edges (on which we will return below).
The keyboard of the TUF705 is the same as that used on older models in the ROG Strix range. If the hit itself is nice, despite a click that we would have liked more present, it is the placement of the keys that hinders here. Asus has chosen to place a long “entry” key that is not very practical, because the user is forced to take a look at his fingers to find it. Similarly, there is no marked space between the left keyboard and the numeric keypad, which may require a time of adaptation. If the keyboard is RGB and scrolls a spectrum of color, it is not possible to customize it. You can only adjust the brightness. The trackpad is not very responsive and unpleasant, and the user will be better off using a mouse instead.
The connection of the TUF705 is the minimum, and it’s a shame. The PC has two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, a USB Type-A 2.0 port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and a headphone jack. No USB Type-C port, or even SD card reader, which is missing on this kind of model. It should also be noted that all ports are on the left side of the device, so the user has the free field to maneuver the mouse … provided it is right-handed.
It is possible to disassemble the TUF with a precision screwdriver. Once done, you can easily change the 2.5-inch hard drive or the SSD M.2 (256 GB, here). Also note that if the PC is well equipped with 16 GB of RAM, it uses only one bar, which can have an impact on the performances. This is all the more regrettable since a second RAM slot is free in the PC. A good point for anyone who wants to add RAM one day, a bad one for those who would prefer to enjoy optimized dual-channel performance with a configuration of 2 x 8 GB.
The ventilation grilles of the TUF705 are located between the keyboard and the screen as well as on the right edge, which gives directly to the user’s hand which can therefore have a hot breath on the skin (which is not very nice at play). During our usual test protocol (Metro Last Light benchmark for one hour), the PC chassis is mounted at 53 ° C, which is acceptable for a PC with a graphics card.
Regarding noise, the PC has three modes: balanced, silent and turbo. The first adapts the blast of the fans to the heater. The second one keeps the fans to a minimum (39 dB, which is very quiet) in all situations, which is not recommended at play as the chassis temperature increases by 5 ° C. The turbo mode, finally, runs the fans constantly at maximum, 45 dB, which means. Everything is regulated by the combination of buttons Fn and F5, convenient and easily accessible.
The Asus TUF705 features a 17.7-inch non-touch IPS display, which is becoming less common, even for PC gamers. The definition of the slab is 1,920 x 1,080px, and Asus put on thin edges on the sides, but not on the horizontal edges. The ratio screen / facade is 78%, and corresponds to the current average between 75% and 80%.
The screen of the TUF705 delivered good results after its passage in the lab. The contrast was measured at 1330: 1, which is good for a laptop. Blacks are relatively deep. The color temperature is calculated at 6,870 K, which is relatively close to the 6,500 K of the video standard. The screen does not draw either red or blue. The colors displayed on the screen are also very faithful to the original colors. The average E delta was measured at 3.3, an excellent score. Here, only the clear greens displayed are not faithful.
The maximum brightness is correct, as measured at 305 cd / m², with a matt slab that does not reflect light. A very good thing for a PC gamer. The remanence is 13 ms, below average (around 15 ms). If it is possible to do better on a gaming PC, the slab, however, knows no unpleasant fuzzy trails when there are quick movements on the screen.
The TUF705 features an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, the top-of-the-line processor of the US brand, equivalent to Intel’s Core i7. It also has a single 16 GB RAM bar (which has a slight impact on performance compared to a dual-channel configuration), a 256 GB M.2 SSD and a hard drive. 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB, ideal for storing data and games.
During our usual test protocol (photo editing, video editing, file compression and 3D calculation), the PC has reached the index of 80 on our scale of values. This places it behind the TUF765 , which has a Core i7-8750H, but still in front of the seventh-generation Core i5 from Lenovo’s Legion Y520. Nevertheless, a Ryzen 7 3750H remains an extremely powerful processor and allows to operate the most greedy software without difficulty.
The TUF705 embeds a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card with 6GB of memory. This is the first time that we test a computer that couples the Ryzen with the new Nvidia graphics cards and the results obtained are interesting.
During our test protocol (definition of 1920 x 1080 px, vertical synchronization deactivated, graphics set in ultra), the PC delivered correct results:
Metro: Last Light : 65 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider : 48 fps
Assassin’s Creed Origins : 44 fps
Far Cry 5 : 39 f / s
The Witcher 3 : 53 f / s
Star Wars Battlefront 2 : 50 i / s
Civilization VI : 43 fps
As our panel shows, the 1660 Ti is doing pretty well, or very well on some games. If the gap of 60 i / s is not necessarily reached, its performance remains correct. It will however make some small graphic concessions on some games. Compared with the Nvidia GeForce found in this range, the 1660 Ti – here coupled with a Ryzen 7 – is above the 1650, but remains below the GTX 1060.
Mobility / Autonomy
The TUF705 is a 17-inch PC gamer. With such a screen format, difficult for Asus to play on mobility, the laptop is more portable than portable. It weighs 2.7 kg, expected weight for a 17 inches, and adopts dimensions of 279 x 399 x 26 mm, which is not surprising either. Asus delivers the PC with a 620g two-part loader, extremely high weight, even for a gamer model .
During our usual test protocol (Netflix under Chrome, backlight off, brightness set to 200 cd / m² and headphones plugged in), the TUF turned off after 6 hours 43 minutes. A high score, especially for a PC dedicated games, it will divide by two in play (although it is more advisable to play sector). A nice surprise.
The sound delivered by the speakers of the TUF is not convincing. Focusing only on high-mediums, it is logically bad for listening to music, but also for simple voice communications. The voices are nasal and it becomes difficult to distinguish their timbres when several interlocutors intervene. Typically, it is difficult to recognize the different participants during a Skype conversation, for example.
By default, the PC has a well-hidden DTS X software, which must be left on to limit the case. It has the merit of adding a little bass and balance the sound, thus reducing the megaphone effect without this.
This software, precisely, must be activated when using the PC with a headset. The headphone jack is indeed fully flanged when disabled, giving a ridiculous measured level of 70 mV RMS. Activation of the software remains the solution to this problem, but malmeans the frequency response, which ultimately has little value.