ASUS announced the launch of its latest laptop aimed at gamers – the TUF Gaming FX505, a durability-enhanced 15.6-inch device that has been carefully engineered to deliver all the essentials needed for a high-end gaming experience at an affordable price.
FX505 features up to Intel Core i7-8750H processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, with immersive NanoEdge displays, Gigabit Ethernet, and gigabit-class Wi-Fi, and DTS surround-sound audio. FX505 is built to last over the long haul, with independent heatsinks and fans cooling the CPU and GPU separately, long-life keyboard switches, and clever patented dust tunnels that provide long-term cooling and computing performance.
Primed for performance
FX505 is powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a next-gen workhorse with six cores and 12 threads, not only capable of providing best-in-class gaming experiences but also able to process multithreaded workloads much faster than the previous generation. Both models feature up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, supremely capable of high-framerate gaming at FHD resolution. Up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, and a 1TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) ensure snappy Windows performance and fast game-load times.
Loaded with gaming essentials
FX505 features FHD IPS-level NanoEdge displays, delivering ultra-smooth and clear gameplay that avoids blurring. The matte non-reflective displays cover the entire sRGB colour gamut and produce vivid colours even at wide viewing angles. The NanoEdge design features significantly slimmer side bezels than traditional laptops, providing an immersive visual experience and a reduced overall laptop footprint.
The keyboards have an ample 1.8mm of key travel, and exclusive ASUS Overstroke technology raises the actuation point higher in the stroke to improve responsiveness, giving gamers an edge and making for a more comfortable typing experience at the same time. Inspired by desktop keyboards, the keycaps are dished, the arrow keys are isolated, and defined gaps make the function keys easier to find. Backlighting comes in customizable RGB or a red glow that matches the chassis accents.
Audio also plays an important role in delivering high-quality, immersive gaming experiences. DTS Headphone:X technology is integrated so that over headphones or speakers, preset profiles for games, movies, music, and sports can produce tailored audio experiences for every situation.
Ensuring a stable internet connection with low latency is at the top of any serious gamer’s list of must-haves. FX505 and FX705 both feature gigabit Ethernet ports for no-compromise gamers, as well as Intel’s latest 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, capable of making connections at speeds of up to 1.73Gbpsi to compatible routers. Both laptops have HDMI ports for connecting additional displays and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and one USB 2.0 port for peripherals.
TUF and built to last
As with all TUF Gaming products, FX505 is built to withstand everyday abuse. They are put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, and they have also passed the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts. The HyperStrike keyboards on both models use switches rated for 20 million key presses. The reinforced chassis and hexagonal design on the bottom add structural rigidity to make them even sturdier.
Superior and long-lasting cooling
Proper cooling is critical to getting the most out of a gaming laptop. For this reason, FX505 feature sHyperCool systems, with independent fans and heatsinks to cool the CPU and GPU separately. The design also places the fans directly underneath the keyboard to help remove heat, keeping the keyboard cool and comfortable during extended gameplay sessions. The patented trapezoid-cut lid allows more air to be ejected from the rear, improving cooling performance by up to 25% over other designs. Cooling performance can degrade over time, with dust and particle build-up impeding airflow through thermal fins: patented ASUS dust tunnels help to guide dust and particles off to a separate chamber to be ejected from the system, keeping the thermal fins clear for stable long-term cooling performance.
The TUF Gaming FX505 will be available in SA from November 2018. It will be available from Incredible Connection.
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