Asus TUF Gaming FX504 laptop can take a few knocks

Super-thin portable powerhouses like Asus' ROG Zephyrus M look awesome, but some folks' circumstances don't make room for for a $2200-plus gaming laptop with an origami cooling system and a GeForce GTX 1070. Asus itself comes to the rescue with the TUF Gaming FX504, the first gaming laptop we can recall with durability as its main claim to fame. Compared to the Zephyrus M, the FX504 has thick bezels around its screen, and its optional GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics can't match the might of a GTX 1070. However, the 15.6" laptop does have a display with a 120-Hz refresh rate and a claimed 3-ms response time.

Asus TUF Gaming FX504 in Premium Steel

The TUF-book's optional speedy six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-8750H processor is probably too much for the modest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, though Asus also offers more sedate CPU choices. The company didn't say what kind of 120-Hz display panel is used in the FX504, but did mention "wide-view" angles, 130% coverage of the sRGB color space, and 94% coverage of the NTSC space. The machine comes fitted with a 1-TB Seagate FireCuda SSHD hybrid, a selection that seems at odds with the laptop's emphasis on surviving bumps and bruises.

Asus TUF Gaming FX504 in Red Matter

The focus on durability extends to the red-backlit keyboard, whose switches are rated to withstand up to 20 million keypresses. The key caps have 2.5-mm deep scallops and a plus-sized space bar. The switches have 1.8 mm of travel, a characteristic that Asus calls Overstroke. The manufacturer even positioned a system fan right under the highlighted WASD keys to make sure they stay cool during the hottest gaming sessions.

Asus TUF Gaming FX504 in Red Matter

Asus offers the FX504 in four different exterior trims with varying proportions of red and black. The "Premium Steel" finish has just hints of crimson, the "Black Matter" variant adds a little more red, the "Fusion" markings go a little further into gamer-style, and the "Red Matter" version is splattered with red graphics inside and out. In addition to the red accents, the outside of the machine is bedazzled with several USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and an HDMI 1.4 output. If wires are not to the user's liking, the FX504 has 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac "Wave 2" Wi-Fi that uses 160 MHz channels to reach a claimed maximum throughput of 1.7 Gbps.

A version of the Asus TUF Gaming FX504 with a four-core, eight-thread Intel Core i7-8300H processor, 8 GB of 2666 MT/S DDR4 memory, a 1TB SSHD, and a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card is available for pre-order now on Amazon for $799. The e-tailer expects to start shipping the laptop on April 16. We imagine more powerful versions with the previously-mentioned six-core CPU and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics will make their way to store shelves around the same time.

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    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Did anybody visit the product site and watch the anti-dust fan video?

    • Hsew
    • 2 years ago

    Looks like it’s $699 on Amazon right now.

    Only downsides I can see are:
    No USB-C
    M.2 slot is SATA3
    No Optical Drive (or anything on the right-hand side)
    No G-Sync (but at this price point I don’t think anything has it yet)

    Otherwise, a backlit keyboard with WASD cooling and a 1050 is not bad at all for that price

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    120Hz with a maximum GPU that pushes 60 FPS? Weird.

    “Rough and tumble” SKU with spinning rust? Weird.

    This is an odd duck; will it float?

      • LostCat
      • 2 years ago

      SSHDs have the spinny part powered down much more often than HDs do, so it’s not that weird.

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah? With that 8GB of NAND cache? [url=https://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/seagate-laptop-fam/laptop-sshd/en-us/docs/100802299f.pdf<]Seagate's product manual[/url<] says the platter(s) only stop when the drive is in standby/sleep.

      • Spunjji
      • 2 years ago

      I run a 1050ti in my home system hooked up to a 120Hz monitor – most games I have setup to hit 90-100fps with an average of high details at 1080p. Bear in mind that the 1050Ti really isn’t far off a GTX 970, especially when tweaked a little.

      • synthtel2
      • 2 years ago

      I’m still running a GTX 960 with a 1440p144 monitor. I have to turn settings down a lot to get to 90+, and am not even going to try the few recent AAA-ish games I’m interested in until I get a GPU upgrade, but it’s still very preferable to being stuck at 1080p60.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    $799 for that unit doesn’t seem half bad actually.

    • Airmantharp
    • 2 years ago

    Once more for the people in the back: No adaptive sync, no sale!

    If it ships with a discrete GPU of any sort, I expect adaptive sync to be available. Period.

    And ASUS has a workaround for the lack of G-Sync with Optimus. Why skip it here?

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]And ASUS has a workaround for the lack of G-Sync with Optimus. Why skip it here?[/quote<] IIRC, Asus was asked about G-Sync and Optimus back when the OG Zephyrus GX501 came out. They said that it would require additional traces and hardware (which, given the recent announcement of the GM501, makes me think they were already working on it at the time). I'm going to guess that a $799 laptop has less component pricing flexibility in its BOM than a $2,000 laptop, so it was probably cost-prohibitive for ASUS to add into the TUF. Remember that it's not just the added cost of a motherboard with more traces and more components, but a VRR panel and backlight would also be more expensive than a fixed refresh one. Either that or they are trying to do some product segmentation, in which case I would say that is a silly choice, because G-Sync + Optimus is a holy grail for a lot of users, and would actually give ASUS a competitive edge over other products in the marketplace right now.

        • Airmantharp
        • 2 years ago

        I can agree with your logic- the extra traces point makes sense too, that was something I was considering.

        Also, do mobile G-Sync implementations support ULMB? That’s the only reason I can think of for there to be a difference backlight for VRR…

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      I’d rather use VSync and get the extra battery life than have GSync and a pure desktop replacement laptop.

      • Spunjji
      • 2 years ago

      First we need to get it through to Nvidia that adaptive sync should be a standard feature and not some premium shit they slap an extra sticker charge on for. Unfortunately as long as they basically own the gaming GPU industry that is NOT going to happen, so we’re stuck with this nonsense instead – even though it’s not actually G-Sync and based off the same tech Freesync uses.

    • moose17145
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]... though Asus also offers mode sedate CPU choices.[/quote<] MMMmmmmm... sedate mode CPU choices.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    ASUS somehow makes every generation of their ROG products even uglie- oh, wait, I’ve done this already, haven’t I?

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      Yup- and it’d be nice if this came in white. That’s one thing I do like about the RBGing; at least I’m not stuck with ASUS Red or Razer Green!

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      It’s a target rich environment.

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