AT A GLANCE
Intel Core i7 11370H @ 3.3GHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 T i, 4GB GDDR6
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
15 .6-INCH, F ULL HD, IP S, 14 4HZ
Intel’s struggles in the refinement of its chip-manufacturing process have been well documented. Repeated manufacturing problems in recent years have delayed its ability to shrink its chips through several different sizes of process node, eroding its technological lead. This has allowed rivals, chiefly AMD, to leapfrog Intel in both the consumer desktop and mobile processor space.
Which brings us to the ASUS TUF Dash F15, one of the first gaming notebooks to come with the Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11370H, a Tiger Lake-based H-series processor. It’s also the first gaming notebook to come with NVIDIA’s newest RTX 30-Series mobile GPU, the choice of either a GeForce RTX 3070, or the newer but entry-level GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. Having these high-end parts is interesting, because it uplifts the TUF brand.
I’ve always found the older TUF notebooks to look garish in comparison to the sleeker models from ROG. With the TUF Dash F15 (let’s just call it TUF F15), ASUS opted for a complete revamp. It has a slimmer and more confident look than its predecessors ever had. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the older ROG Zephyrus series of notebooks. The lid is gunmetal grey with a nice and polished feel to it, while the inside is black and made from an all-plastic mould.
While the previous TUF A15 sported an odd backlit orangered colourway for it “WASD” keys, the ones on the TUF F15 sport a more neutral greenish-white colour. The effect is more subtle than it seems and can be turned off or the brightness adjusted. It’s actually kind of cool to see the light shine through the transparent WASD keys. The keys themselves feel good in terms of feedback, and I was able to quickly get used to typing on the TUF F15 since the keys are well spaced out.
For cooling, the TUF F15 comes with exhaust vents on the back and sides. With the vents taking a fair bit of space on the left and right sides, the I/O ports have been moved further down. These are standard ports including an Ethernet, USB Type-A, USB-C, HDMI ports and a mic combo jack, which should cover your connectivity adequately.
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