ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705DY Laptops Powered by AMD Ryzen 3000 Series

Subject: Systems | January 9, 2019 - 02:51 AM |
Tagged: ryzen, RX 560X, radeon, notebook, mobile, laptop, gaming, asus, amd

ASUS had a pair of AMD-powered gaming laptops to announce at CES 2019, with the TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705DY, both of which feature the latest Ryzen 3000-series mobile CPUs as well as discrete Radeon RX 560X graphics.

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“Experience smoother, more immersive gameplay with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 AMD Edition. Featuring a cutting-edge IPS-level NanoEdge display with AMD® FreeSync™ technology and a refresh rate up to 120Hz, and armed with the latest AMD Ryzen™ processor and discrete Radeon™ graphics, it delivers high-performance gaming at an affordable price. It’s also tested and certified to military-grade MIL-STD-810G standards, so you’re guaranteed toughness and durability that’s second to none.”

The CPU powering these systems is the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, a 4-core/8-thread CPU with clock speeds ranging from 2.1 GHz up to 3.7 GHz and a 35W TDP.

"AMD’s Ryzen processors have taken desktops by storm, and TUF Gaming laptops lead the deployment of the newest version. Otherwise known as Picasso, this 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile APU is built with industry-leading 12nm technology. The Ryzen 5 3550H chip powering FX505DY and FX705DY boasts four cores and eight threads that deliver capable performance for popular games and everyday work. Multithreaded performance is particularly strong, yet the processor fits into a 35W power envelope that doesn’t compromise battery life.

Vega-based integrated graphics allow the APU to power the laptop all on its own, which helps conserve power and extend battery life to over seven hours of 1080p video playback on FX705DY and nearly six hours on FX505DY. Discrete GPUs are where it’s at for proper gaming so when it’s time to play, AMD Switchable Graphics tech automatically activates the laptop’s discrete Radeon RX 560X. The GPU pumps out smooth frame rates in mainstays like Fortnite and Overwatch, as well as esports classics like League of Legends and Dota 2."

Both models have NanoEdge displays with thin bezels and wide viewing angles and variable refresh rates, and while the larger FX705DY provides a FreeSync range of 40-60Hz, the FX505DY offers 48-120Hz capability.

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Specifications from ASUS for the TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY include:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
  • Display:
    • 15.6" FHD NanoEdge wide-view display up to 120Hz
    • 17.3" FHD NanoEdge wide-view display
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 560X
  • Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • Storage: Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Up to 1TB FireCuda SSHD
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Connectivity:
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen1
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x RJ-45 jack
    • 1x 3.5mm headphone and mic combo jack
    • 1x Kensington lock
  • Keyboard and touchpad  : 1.8mm key travel
  • Customizable RGB or red backlighting
  • Audio: DTS Headphone: X
  • Battery: 48Wh Lithium-polymer battery (FX505DY), 64Wh Lithium-polymer battery (FX705DY)
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs (FX505DY), 5.73 lbs (FX705DY)

Official pricing was not revealed in the press release, but we should be able to expect some fairly agressive sub-$1000 pricing with these at the base configuration level.

Source: ASUS

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January 9, 2019 | 03:23 AM - Posted by TonySaxton

A price in $1000 is a clear robbery.

January 9, 2019 | 03:36 AM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

I said sub-$1000. Think $699-$799

January 9, 2019 | 11:57 AM - Posted by TheChipsForDipz (not verified)

Can someone ask ASUS if they could produce a Laptop with just the Ryzen 7 3750H and no Discrete Graphics for folks that just want a Regular form factor workhorse laptop.

The Ryzen 7 3750H's Zen CPU has a little bit higher clock rates(2.3 base and GHz 4.0 GHz boost, Vega 10 graphics) and the Graphics is clocked at 1400Mhz instead of the Ryzen 5 3550H's 1200Mhz(Vega 8) graphics.

There is a shortage of regular form factor laptops for the power users out there that mostly do not game that much but need a little bit more power than what an Ultrabook/Thin and light form factor U series APU SKUs provide.

I'm looking for a replacment for my Ivy Bridge based Probook that comes with a quad core i7 3632QM and AMD Radeon Discrete Radeon 7650m(Terascale Rebrand and not GCN) diecrete mobile GPU.

I'm looking at the performance of that Quad core/8 thread Ryzen 7 3750H and integrated Vega 10 graphics and benchmarks on the existing Vega 10 based APUs shows that even my ProBook's discrete mobile Radeon 7650M is not as performant as the Vega 10 integrated graphics. So the Ryzen 7 3750H(35 Watt TDP) should fill my needs at an even lower price without needing any discrete mobile graphics at extra cost.

I may not have a choice but to look at gaming laptops even though it do not really game that much but the Ryzen 7 3750H's Vega 10 Graphics should be a good replacment for the long in the tooth ProBook that's been a good performer for 5+ years. The only issue with the Radeon 7650M(Terascale Rebrand) discrete mobile GPU is that it's not at least GCN 1.1. So it will not work with Blender 3D's Cycles GPU Rendering as for AMD's GPUs on Blender 3D that requires GCN 1.1 or later generation AMD GPUs/Graphics. Blender 3D will default to Cycles Rendeing on the ProoBook's CPU at a much longer rendering time compared to GPU based Cycles rendering.

January 9, 2019 | 11:50 PM - Posted by Chojnowski (not verified)

I second the "give us options without the gaming kitsch". The gaming trend is silly, or at least should not rule the offerings.

January 9, 2019 | 07:54 AM - Posted by Isaac Johnson

It's 'clearly' not 'robbery' at all. If you know what you're getting and how much it costs and then you hand over money for something you think is overpriced that's 'clearly' on you.

January 9, 2019 | 03:53 AM - Posted by EroldRu (not verified)

Honestly any laptop that comes with a GTX 1050 or 560X should not be considered as a "good" gaming laptop. 1080p is today's standard and this stuff is just entry level gaming. Those 120Hz are helpful only for MOBAs or CS:GO.
I don't know. The price just doesn't justify it. I personally have a Clevo with desktop CPU and a "normal" 1050Ti and paid around 799€ for it with an i3-8100. Does a great job, but I wouldn't consider it a good gaming laptop, but an amazing overall laptop with an unbeatable price. I imagine this ASUS to be slower for gaming and overall, but with a faster CPU in multi-threaded applications.

January 13, 2019 | 12:41 PM - Posted by hanselltc

What if Ryzen/Geforce?

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