ASUS TUF FX505DU In 2020? Game Performance vs 2019
. I did a video last year where I showed how the FX505DU performed in 20 different games, but thats with an older BIOS, older Windows updates, older game updates and older Nvidia drivers.. Well, compare some games with those tested last year and see if these updates have changed performance over time. Ive, also added in some newer game titles that werent out back then., The configuration Ive got, has a Ryzen 7 3750H CPU 80 watt Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics. 16Gb of memory in dual channel and a 1080p 120Hz screen., You can find updated pricing for this configuration and others linked in the description. Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode going through the same part of the game for each test.. Ive got the old results from June 2019 shown in the red bars and the new updated results in the purple bars. At most setting levels. The updated results are a little ahead in terms of average FPS, though at ultra it was only 1.7 faster. Red Dead Redemption. 2 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool and it wasnt out the last time I tested this laptop, so theres no data to compare it with., Even the lowest setting, preset wasnt, able to average 60 FPS, however low and medium were still pretty playable. Control Was another game that was released after my initial review of the FX505DU and it was playing alright with the medium setting preset and able to average above 60 FPS.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the games benchmark tool and there was a 5 higher average Fps with the highest setting preset, however, the results were actually slightly worse in the new tests between medium and lowest settings.. The Apex results need a bit of explanation.. I tested the fresh results in Season 4 and the old results in Season 1 with different maps. So the results arent directly comparable. Additionally Nvidia released improved drivers for this game after my original test, which greatly boosted overall performance, as we can see at max settings, theres a big difference as this game has gotten much better over time in terms of FPS. Like Apex, The Fortnite results arent really directly comparable, as the 2020 results were tested with chapter 2, which wasnt out when I originally tested the TUF so completely different map.. Interestingly, the new results were better at low and medium, but then worse, at high and epic. Overwatch is another less demanding game and was tested in the practice range. So the exact same test run through the game.. The results were very close together at max settings, but as we step down, the average FPS from last year was better. Call of Duty. Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode and is another game that wasnt available in June last year.. Even with all settings maxed out, it was still possible to reach 60 FPS averages. With this laptop. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark.
The 1 low results were similar, however, the average FPS was 5.5 ahead with everything maxed out with the updated test. Like we saw in some of the other games, though this flips around at lower settings where last year's results were looking a little better., Dota 2 was Tested playing in the middle lane, and this time there were great improvements to be had with all the updates in place., The fresh 2020 results were 10 faster when it came to average FPS at max settings. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark. However, they recently updated the game to support Vulkan, which Ive generally found to perform a bit better than Direct X 11, which is what I tested with last year.. That said, though, the Vulkan results were a fair bit lower. This year. I didnt retest DX11, so not sure if the difference here is vulkan specific., Borderlands 3 was also tested using the games built in benchmark and was another game that wasnt available to test. When I originally covered the TUF. Medium settings and below were needed in order to maintain above 60 FPS in this test. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was tested with the games benchmark too and was another that wasnt available. The last time I tested out this laptop. Very high settings was just able to hit 60 FPS in this test. So not too bad. Assassins Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark, and this was another game that saw lower performance with all the newer updates.
In place., Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games benchmark and again, lower results were present with the updated system, regardless of the setting preset used., The Witcher 3 was tested going through the same section of the game on both machines and once more, the Newer, updated TUF laptop was performing worse when compared to last years, results., Alright, so out of the 16 games tested this year, I also tested 11 of them last year and this graph shows how the results compare.. On average, the newer 2020 performance was 2 faster. In terms of average FPS at the highest setting preset, however, its definitely being held up by the massive Apex improvement. Without that theres actually around a 2 change. So if we dont include Apex, then in general performance is now slightly worse.. That said, there dont appear to be major changes on average. However, it really does depend on the specific game.. Some titles saw improvements, while others got a bit worse. Its hard to pin down exact causes without doing a ton more testing to try out every different BIOS Nvidia update and Windows, update thats come out since Im sure many differences are also down to game updates and Without testing along the way, thats, not even something I can attempt. In the end, the ASUS TUF FX505DU is still offering acceptable performance in modern games. It can handle these newer titles with fair frame rates, just one or two settings below max in even higher demanding games.
So is it still worth buying in 2020 Id argue, probably not. Today it can be picked up for 900 to 1000 USD on Amazon. However, an i7 gaming laptop with the same GPU, will perform around 21 faster at max settings or 34 faster at minimum settings.. Given the Acer Helios 300 is around 1100 USD thats 10 to 22, more money, which sounds fair to me. If you can justify the extra money of course., That said given Ryzen 4000 is coming out, and those CPUs are a massive improvement over the 3750H in this machine Id personally look towards a newer model. If I was buying today, just due to that.