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Asus TUF A15 Gaming Laptop: 4th Gen AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core, 15.6" 1080p, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, Backlit Keyboard, 3-Cell, Win 10 (Fortress Gray) $899.99
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48Wr battery and 60hz panel. Apparently the cooling is also lackluster. There is only one 8gb ram stick, so it's not dual channel. Otherwise, specs are good
I have yet to find *any* laptop that is actually designed to properly cool Ryzen CPU's.... no one cares yet......
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Guess not worth the 30% increase in price
Probably not. You could put the money towards your next PC.
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Seems like good specs for the money till you read the problems with it. I just recently bought a MSI GL65 but cost 500 dollars more than this.
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I have yet to find *any* laptop that is actually designed to properly cool Ryzen CPU's.... no one cares yet......
Just remove the bottom cover and run the laptop on a cooling pad. Temps are MUCH better.
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Gets hot or overheats? To different things functionally

Edit: answered my own question. Just a bad thermal design all the way around. Thanks for the link darthsau
they indeed gimped it, even seem to be intentional (paid by Intel?). I'm planning on buying this with the intention of modifying the venting holes at the bottom and removing the side block. Other than that, the cooling is a good design to start with.
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60hz panel, probably will be a deal breaker for some but still a decent deal if you don't play competitive FPS games.
I used to game quite a lot on the Dell G3 (1050Ti), but eventually shifted my whole workflow to docking with external monitor/keyboard/mouse, as the ergonomic of having the screen too close to the keyboard is not good for my neck, and the screen is too close to my eyes. This is a good deal for me, just need to modify the venting a bit, and add a 8GB stick.

Why not a desktop instead? I still need that 10% mobility going back and forth between home and work, and occasionally at events.
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I have yet to find *any* laptop that is actually designed to properly cool Ryzen CPU's.... no one cares yet......
turning of the turbo boost by tweaking a windows setting will cool it down by almost 30% if you are ok in living with no turbo boost. which is like 5% performance hit with and without at the max
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Get a laptop with 16gb ram if you're going to have 30 tabs open alongside large data files.
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2060 is a bit of a waste on that screen tho.
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8GB RAM in 2020. Sad.
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I'm not going to game at all, but I do need a workhorse that can handle large data sets in STATA and R, as well as be able to handle 30 or so chrome tabs open.
Wouldn't this be a good fit? Or is there better option out there in terms of specs and build quality. I was told this trumps laptops like the ideapad 3 and 4 deals in terms of build quality.
Im exactly in your situation. I purchased the Dell G5 instead with the same processor. One of the reasons being it is easier on the eye and RAM can be upgraded to 32/64 GB.

If you like he looks of this laptop, this will work well for high cpu workloads for large data sets.
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The thermal is alright I would say. The screen is trash. Still these drawbacks does not prevent it to be an absolutely great deal with 8G Ram stick for additional $40.
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144hz minimum
16gb of ram minimum

Other than that, good deal if you don't really game.
60 hz is fine for anyone who won't be using it for gaming, and you can always upgrade ram yourself.
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Looking at around $1200 for 120hz and 90wh battery... Worth $300 extra.. ?not really, but gamers if they are already going near $1k budget wise will fall for the upgrades...
120hz, 16gb ram and 90 Whr battery are totally worth it for those extra $300 or less in case of a deal.

120hz is probably 100% sRGB color gamut and about 300 nits bright. 16gb in dual channel would have difference in performance. Also battery would last at least 6 hours on medium to high use.

Of course you can upgrade those things in this deal but that hassle along with changing battery and display aren't worth saving $300.
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<rant>Why are people complaining about the ram it comes with when it's the easiest thing ever to replace on a laptop? I'd get it with a MacBook Pro (don't get me started, I'm still using a 2012 here) but pulling out four screws and click something into place isn't exactly programming neural networks.</rant>

That said, I'm semi tempted. How would one of these fair with Photoshop CC? I'm curious how big of an upgrade it would be for things like merge to 32-bit HDR in PS from LR, auto aligning layers, and applying images (used in luminosity plugins) because those are all a surprising time sink on my quad core i7 MBP @ 16g ram / really old gpu.
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