. Ive got the FA506IV model here, which means weve got these specs so expect different results with different hardware.. I will also be testing the 4600H 1650 Ti and 1660 Ti options in future videos, 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 and from the vent on the right hand, side there is no Exhaust on the left., There are a couple of fans inside with heatpipes shared between the CPU and GPU. However, this does actually differ based on the specs just quickly heres. What the insides of the 4600H and 1650 Ti A15 look like: less heatpipes and heatsink comparatively., 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. Well look at disabling turbo boost, later. 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 a fair bit. Cooler when compared to the others. Performance mode was typically hottest. The processor temperatures were similar to using turbo mode. However, the higher fan speed was able to cool the GPU a bit better in turbo., Using a cooling pad hardly helped at all likely. Due to the unusual vent placement underneath., The CPU may have been thermal throttling in performance and turbo modes. Im, not sure the software tools still dont seem to report this for AMD, like they do for Intel machines. However, based on the fact were seeing around the same max temps, it seems probable.. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests., The CPU performance in silent mode isnt too far below performance mode. However, the GPU seems much more harshly limited, well check out game performance, shortly., Turbo mode improves GPU clock speed as its applying that 100MHz overclock to the core, and the processor speeds also see a decent boost here. Too. Remember this is an 8 core processor, so these speeds are being reached over all cores.. Looking at the power levels being reached, we can see why silent mode was performing so much worse.

The GPU seems to get capped to 25 watts, while the CPU is allowed. 20 watts. In performance or turbo modes. However, the RTX 2060 had no issues running up to its 90 watt limit, which was good. Best case in turbo mode, though, were seeing around 35 watts for the 4800H in these combined CPU and GPU workloads. Its worth, noting that these are long term averages for the First, few minutes of the workloads the processor would boost much higher. 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. The cooling pad made no change here and performance mode Was only a few FPS behind turbo mode. Silent mode, however, was far behind, so despite running much quieter, its far less capable of actually offering a good experience.. 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 3.8GHz over all 8 cores. Thermals were getting up To 90 degrees, even with the GPU idle, though silent mode was far cooler.. This is because, under these processor, intensive workloads where the GPU isnt in use were able to consistently maintain around a 47 watt TDP in turbo mode, if you recall, when the GPU is active, this was around the 35 watt.

Mark. Here are some Cinebench results. To give you an idea of CPU only performance when the GPU is idle., The results are seriously impressive. When you keep in mind that the popular 6 core i7 from Intel tops out at around 3200 points in multicore., The 4800H is even outperforming 8 core 10th gen processors from Intel, both in single and multicore tests and dont forget the ASUS. Tuf series is meant to be a more budget friendly option, the machines that its beating with 8 core Intel chips are thousands of dollars, more expensive.. 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 only now a little warm to the touch in the middle but, as we saw earlier, performance is down a fair bit in this mode.. Stepping up to performance mode only results in a few degrees warmer in the middle and then in turbo mode, with the fan at full speed, its slightly cooler. This is a great result.. The WASD area was very cool, so air may be pulled in through the keyboard. Too., Unlike metal, the plastic chassis, doesnt conduct heat quite as much so overall, it felt cool compared to the internal temperatures.. Lets have a listen to how loud the fans get during these tests.. The fans were still audible at idle in silent mode., With the stress tests going in silent mode.

Its only a little louder performance mode boosts, fan, speed significantly and then turbo is louder. Still., Given performance mode still gave us good results, it is possible to run things well without being so loud. However, silent mode offered much weaker performance for games.. Unfortunately, there was no custom fan control that I could see. Weve got the option of disabling processor, boosting if you want to prioritize thermals at the expense of CPU performance, Ill leave a link in the video description to a Reddit thread outlining how to do this.. Basically, by doing this, the 4800H runs at its 2.9GHz base clock and does not boost. We can see how this affects performance in Cinebench. The capped result is at the top.. When running our game, we can see that the GPU is able to clock a little higher. Now, however, the CPU is a little lower than what were getting in silent mode.. The GPU temperature is similar to what we saw earlier, though the CPU is much cooler now at just over 80 degrees.. The CPU power is around 20 watts like we saw in silent mode, but by doing this, the GPU is still able to run at full power. So many games, particularly ones that are more GPU heavy, should still perform quite well like this. Personally Id prefer the higher performance at the expense of heat, but thats me either way you have this option. In processor, intensive titles Id expect weaker 1 low performance, and perhaps Some stuttering, it will vary by game youll just have to test it out and see if it works for you.

, Alright, so the TUF A15, with these higher end specs, can run. On the hotter side, I was seeing up to 96 degrees Celsius on the Ryzen. 7. 4800H processor, though, to be fair, it does have 8 cores 16 threads and it was beating many 8 core Intel counterparts that cost a lot more money.. As we saw it was possible to limit processor performance. Should you want to prioritize cooler temperatures, though, in games that are GPU heavy, the lower CPU performance shouldnt make that much difference.. Despite the higher temperatures, the performance was still quite good in performance and turbo modes, though these seem to be the only method of controlling fan. Speed, it would have been good if ASUS gave the user manual. Control.. The plastic body was beneficial in that, no matter what the keyboard deck barely 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., I guess, if youre willing to mod the bottom panel with some holes that may improve thermals.. 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 further improve temperatures by swapping the thermal paste.

However, as this is a review unit that I have to send back Im not able to change the paste, otherwise, the next reviewer will unknowingly report different results. Due to what Ive done.. 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.