ASUS TUF A15 (4600H+1650 Ti) Has Different Cooling!
. Ive got the FA506II model here, which means weve got these specs so expect different results with different hardware. Ill, be testing the 1660 Ti config in a future video. But for now you can find updated pricing for available options linked in the description. Air comes in from the bottom. However, there are no intake holes directly above the fans. Instead, air is forced through other holes, which may be in an effort to bring air in over other components. Air also comes in through the vents above the keyboard and is exhausted out of back corners.. There are no exhausts on the left and right with this model. However, the higher specced versions do have an exhaust on the right side.. There are a couple of fans inside with a single heatpipe shared between the CPU and GPU. However, this does actually differ based on the specs.. The A15 were looking at in this video is shown on the right here. The left is the 4800H, with 2060 model that Ive already tested, so this lower specced model has far less cooling capacity, presumably due to the lower tier specs., The ASUS Armoury Crate software lets. You select between different performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are silent performance and turbo.. Turbo mode raises the fan, speed as youll hear soon, but only while under load. It doesnt just keep it running, maxed out.. It also applies the following: overclock to the GPU.. No undervolting to the processor has been done as theres, currently no support for this with Ryzen mobile.
However, we will look at disabling turbo. Boost. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were fine. Worst case: stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings. At the same time and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics., While under these loads, silent mode was the warmest on the GPU. However, the 1650 Ti was never thermal throttling., The CPU temperature doesnt change much in performance mode. However, the increase in fan speed does cool the graphics. Turbo mode raises the CPU power limit, so higher temperatures are reached. Im, not sure if this was thermal throttling or not. As software does not seem to report this for AMD systems like it does for Intel., I also tested gaming with the processor locked to its base clock, and this resulted in it running a fair bit cooler.. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests. Silent mode, isnt too far off the 3GHz base, clock, which is what the CPU runs at when we manually disable boosting. Performance mode, gives us a nice improvement over silent, then turbo mode is able to hit 3.8 to 3.9GHz over all 6 cores under these heavy loads., We can see the GPU clock, speed increasing in turbo mode as a result of the overclock applied by this mode.
. Looking at the power levels being reached, we can see that, regardless of the mode selected, the 1650 Ti is able to run at its full 50 watt power. Limit. The processor, on the other hand, seems to get capped to 20 watts in silent mode and 30 watts in performance. Mode. Lets actually see how games perform with these different settings. Ive tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the highest setting preset using the games benchmark. Tool. Sure enough, theres, no difference between performance and silent modes in terms of frame rate, which makes sense. This is a GPU heavy test and the 1650 Ti isnt being limited in any mode.. Here are the results with Watch Dogs 2. The game we actually looked at for the thermals earlier. Performance mode was performing about the same as turbo mode. The cooling pad helped a little bit and turbo mode with boosting disabled was a little better than silent mode.. If you want to see more gaming benchmarks from this TUF A15 check the card in the top right or link in the description where Ive tested 20 games at all. Setting levels. Now lets take a look at a CPU only workload with the GPU idle. Here are the clock speeds while running the Aida64 CPU stress test with all the default options checked, so were maxing out at around 3.7GHz over all 6 cores. Temperatures were still hitting 90 degrees Celsius in this heavier CPU only workload, though silent mode, was around 30 degrees cooler.
In CPU only workloads the power limit is higher than when the GPU is running. At the same time, if you recall earlier in combined workloads, the CPU hit 20 watts in silent mode and 30 watts in performance mode, so the CPU will perform better when the discrete graphics are inactive.. Here are some Cinebench results to give you an idea of CPU? Only performance when the GPU is idle., The single core performance was unchanged between performance and turbo modes. However, turbo mode gave us a little boost in multicore performance.. When we look at how it stacks up against others, though, the 4600H is slightly ahead of an undervolted Intel. I7, 10750H, with the same core count a good result, though the i7 did have an edge in single core performance., Either way, these are still huge gains over AMDs previous best option. Last gen, the 3750H at the bottom of the graph.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was hardly getting to 30 degrees, a good result., With the stress tests running in silent mode, its warm in the middle, but the rest is still cool. Stepping up to performance mode. Its a bit cooler, despite performing better as fan speed, increases, and it was similar in turbo mode, which raises the fans further lets have a listen to how loud they get.. The fans were still audible at idle in silent mode., With the stress tests going in silent mode its louder, but still relatively quiet compared to most other gaming laptops and, as we saw earlier, you can actually play games pretty well in this mode.
In performance mode. It starts getting louder and is similar to most other gaming laptops out there, while turbo mode is starting to get quite loud, though, I had no issues with headphones, on., Ok, so the TUF A15, with these mid range specs, does run. On the hotter side. I was seeing up to 93 degrees Celsius at times under heavy load, even with high fan speed.. This is a bit sad as it could likely have been mitigated if ASUS just used the same cooler that theyre using with the higher specced configurations, but I guess that would be an added cost and they figured this one. Does the job. Most laptops run hot in these tests, so this could have been a good way to differentiate the laptop.. It was possible to limit processor performance to the base clock speed. If you want to prioritize cooler. Temperatures, though, and as we saw in a couple of games there wasnt much of a difference in gaming performance as the GPU can still run at full power.. Despite the higher temperatures, the performance was still fair. In cinebench, for example, the 4600H was able to outperform an undervolted Intel i7 10750H, at least in multicore. It was a little behind in single core, still not bad and much better compared to last gen Ryzen 3000.. Unfortunately, there was no manual fan control as far as I could see.. The plastic body was beneficial in that, no matter what the keyboard deck hardly felt warm even under worst case load.
Using a cooling pad didnt really help in any of these tests, so it doesnt seem worth using with the TUF A15, and this seems to be due To the holes on the bottom that arent directly above the intake, fans. Im not recommending it, but if youre willing, adding some extra holes may be beneficial.. These differences in performance shown arent hard and fast rules. There are different factors which will vary results, primarily the temperature of the room, youre running in application of thermal paste, and even the specific hardware which comes down to the silicon lottery.. It may be possible to improve thermals by changing the thermal paste. However, I have not tested that here.. I do wonder how much it would help, though, given the limit seems to be more on air intake.. Let me know what you thought about the thermals from the ASUS TUF A15 gaming laptop down in the comments and if youre new to the channel youll definitely want to get subscribed for the upcoming full review to see everything.