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ASUS TUF Laptop: 17.3" 144Hz 1080p, i5-11260H, RTX 3050 Ti, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD EXPIRED

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Best Buy has ASUS TUF 17.3" Gaming Laptop (FX706HE-211.TM17-1) on sale for $699.99. Choose free curbside pick up where stock permits.
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Specs:
  • Intel i5-11260H 2.6GHz 6-Core 11th Generation Processor
  • 17.3" 1920x1080 FHD 144Hz LED Backlit IPS-Level Display
  • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz Memory
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 Graphics
  • 802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Ports:
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 1x USB Type-C with DisplayPort
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • Weight: 5.73-lbs
  • 48Wh Battery

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Spec:
  • Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • 17.3" 1080p 250-nits 144Hz IPS Panel. 45% NTSC
  • Core i5-11260H 2.6 GHz 6C/12T CPU (4.4 GHz Turbo, 12MB Cache)
  • 8GBx1 DDR4 3200 MH Ram (2 Slots, 64GB Max)
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 Graphics, 60W TGP, 75W /w Dynamic Boost
  • Single one RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • 720p HD Webcam
  • Wi-Fi 6 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports:
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 1x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort 1.4a
    • 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1x HDMI 2.0b
  • 3 Cell 48 WHr Battery
  • 5.73 lbs
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lesterhung asked this question on 05-16-2022 at 02:07 PM
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05-17-2022 at 11:39 AM
No, it doesn't support that
kevin_jorgenson asked this question on 05-18-2022 at 02:29 PM
05-18-2022 at 02:29 PM
Yes, it has two SSD slots and two RAM slots, I removed the 8GB and replaced it with 32 (2x16), you can access it fairly easily, nothing crazy required.

I got this same laptop back in Oct'21 for $800 and it's great; runs quiet and not too hot either. I don't play much for games just Geometry Wars 3 and Rogue Legacy 2 with all settings on max, but these aren't as demanding as the latest FPS but I'm sure it would play those fine too.
swingninja asked this question on 05-18-2022 at 02:32 PM
05-18-2022 at 02:32 PM
Yes, it will work in flex mode. The first 16 gigs will work in a dual-channel, and if your system needs more, the second 8gb of your 16gb stick will work in a single channel.

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Thus the price. Don't expect to play AAA titles at 4k on this but for 1080 gaming and medium settings, I've been very happy with my 3050ti setup.
I have a windows 11 5850u laptop for work. DON"T GET WINDOWS 11, it's buggy has heck!
You know that you can upgrade that to 16GB by paying as low as $30.

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$50 cheaper than the TUF that was on sale last week.

Windows 10 instead of 11 and marginally weaker processor. (i5-11260H instead of i5-11400H)

Is there any other difference between the two models?
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Very underpowered GPU.
Thus the price. Don't expect to play AAA titles at 4k on this but for 1080 gaming and medium settings, I've been very happy with my 3050ti setup.
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If you know what you're getting when you buy this and understand your limitations with the GPU, especially it only having 4 GB of VRAM, then it's not a bad purchase if you absolutely need the 17" display on the go, but 250 nits and only 45% NTSC is a huge deterrent.
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$50 cheaper than the TUF that was on sale last week.

Windows 10 instead of 11 and marginally weaker processor. (i5-11260H instead of i5-11400H)

Is there any other difference between the two models?
Did they fix windows 11 yet? Isn't it still slowing down everything. Haven't heard all that much news yet that they have 100% stabilized it yet. Do you have more news?
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Thus the price. Don't expect to play AAA titles at 4k on this but for 1080 gaming and medium settings, I've been very happy with my 3050ti setup.
I have a 3090 and hardly ever play games at 4K.
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Did they fix windows 11 yet? Isn't it still slowing down everything. Haven't heard all that much news yet that they have 100% stabilized it yet. Do you have more news?
I have a windows 11 5850u laptop for work. DON"T GET WINDOWS 11, it's buggy has heck!
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Any thoughts on the this one, Looking for a budget laptop for gaming (nothing crazy, indies and AAs mostly,) and minimal content creation. Sincerely appreciate any and all help! Was also looking at Lenovo Ideapad 3 and Flex 5. All of this is very foreign to me. Thanks as always!
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Any thoughts on the this one, Looking for a budget laptop for gaming (nothing crazy, indies and AAs mostly,) and minimal content creation. Sincerely appreciate any and all help! Was also looking at Lenovo Ideapad 3 and Flex 5. All of this is very foreign to me. Thanks as always!
Performance wise, it is sufficient. But depending upon the type of content creation you're working on, you may be needing a better display or hooking it to an external monitor with good color gamut and accuracy.
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Performance wise, it is sufficient. But depending upon the type of content creation you're working on, you may be needing a better display or hooking it to an external monitor with good color gamut and accuracy.
It would be very minimal. Mainly for gaming and uploading videos. There any others you'd recommend currently on sale? Was also looking at Lenovo idea pad 3 and the flex 5 as part of Costco tech sale going on at the moment.
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It would be very minimal. Mainly for gaming and uploading videos. There any others you'd recommend currently on sale? Was also looking at Lenovo idea pad 3 and the flex 5 as part of Costco tech sale going on at the moment.
If you have a list of needs and price point that would help narrow down what we can advise you on.
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