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Asus adds TUF gaming laptops at CES 2019 with AMD inside

The company's entry-level gaming laptop line incorporates AMD's new 3000-series Ryzen CPUs and Radeon discrete graphics.

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The 17-inch Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY.

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For gamers who dare to be different, Asus has added AMD-based versions of its more traditional Intel/Nvidia-based FX505 and FX705 budget gaming laptops  here at CES

In theory, the AMD models should be even more budget-friendly than their linemates, but that's not always the case. They're slated to ship by the end of March, but Asus hasn't provided any pricing.

Key specifications


Asus TUF Gaming FX505DYAsus TUF Gaming FX705DY
Display size/resolution 15.6-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel IPS display with 48-120Hz variable refresh option17.3-inch, 1,920x1,080-pixel IPS display with 40-60Hz variable refresh
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3550HAMD Ryzen 5 3550H
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2,400MHzUp to 32GB DDR4 2,400MHz
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 560XAMD Radeon RX 560X
Storage Up to 512GB SSD, up to 1TB hybridUp to 512GB SSD, up to 1TB hybrid
Connections 3x USB-A, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Ethernet, 1x combo audio3x USB-A, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Ethernet, 1x combo audio
Weight 4.9 pounds (2.2 kg)5.7 pounds (2.6 kg)

They'll incorporate the new AMD Ryzen 5 3550H CPU and Radeon RX 560X discrete graphics. Both laptops support FreeSync (AMD's variable-refresh technology for preventing tearing artifacts), but the 17-inch FX705DY's screen has more limited 60Hz-max latitude than the 15-inch's 48-120Hz refresh range.  

Unlike the FX504 we reviewed in July, the displays in these models have IPS screens -- not as fast as the TN panel we complained about, but they should look much better.

The TUF line distinguishes itself from other budget gaming laptops with boasts of, well, toughness. They're built to MIL-STD-810G spec to withstand minor drops and the fan system is designed to dispatch dust and particles out the vents.

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