ASUS FA506IV-BR7N12 vs MSI GF651028

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  1. redrahul

    redrahul Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    ~ $800

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Asus, HP, Msi
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Taking notes, gaming, VR, video editing (using premiere pro)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    Overwatch, Borderlands 3, Valorant, Apex

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    More the better

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Either way

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    1080 or 4K

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Either

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Not that much

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    Probably 512gb

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Black Friday

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    A couple of years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    A week

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?

    Sure
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    Here is the specs for ASUS FA506IV-BR7N12:

    • Backlit Keyboard
      Yes
    • Screen Size
      15.6 inches
    • Screen Resolution
      1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    • Touch Screen
      No
    • Storage Type
      SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity
      512 gigabytes
    • Solid State Drive Capacity
      512 gigabytes
    • System Memory (RAM)
      8 gigabytes
    • Graphics
      NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    • Processor Speed (Base)
      2.9 gigahertz
    • Processor Model
      AMD 3rd Generation Ryzen 7
    • Processor Model Number
      4800H
    • Operating System
      Windows 10
    • Battery Life
      6 hours
    • Battery Type
      Lithium-polymer

    Big Problem: I heard the cooling on this laptop might be a big problem and the display isn't that great for editing. Please let me know about that.

    Here are the specs for MSI GF651028:

    • Backlit Keyboard
      Yes
    • Screen Size
      15.6 inches
    • Screen Resolution
      1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    • Touch Screen
      No
    • Storage Type
      SSD
    • Total Storage Capacity
      512 gigabytes

    • Solid State Drive Capacity
      512 gigabytes
    • System Memory (RAM)
      8 gigabytes
    • Processor Model
      Intel 9th Generation Core i7
    • Processor Model Number
      9750
    • Battery Type
      Lithium-ion polymer
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX1660ti graphics
      Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

      Virtual Reality ready
      This computer has the required specifications to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
    Downwards: It appears that the 1660ti is less powerful than the 2060 on the other one. Please let me know if that makes a difference.

    Can't decide between these two and any perspective will be helpful.

    Thanks.
     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    That Asus is the TUF A15, which has a lackluster screen and very poor cooling. You would be much better served increasing your budget to $1,100 and picking up this Lenovo Legion 5.
     
  3. redrahul

    redrahul Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for your comment, but Lenovo Legion 5 isn't being on sale during the black friday weekend. I can't afford to go over budget on this one.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Of the two, the MSI GF65 seems like a better pick because of its build quality, though I find it hard to recommend a PC with just 8GB of RAM for anything these days, especially gaming. Plan on buying a 16GB kit (or just an 8GB module if the laptop has one 8GB module in there).
    Newegg is offering a "Black Friday Price Protection" guarantee on specially marked products, making it safe to buy now; they will refund you the difference if the price goes lower on Black Friday. Check their site for details.

    Charles
     
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