Asus has expanded its The Ultimate Force – also known as TUF – brand into include a range of entry level gaming laptops. The announcement was timed to coincide with Intel’s announcement of the Coffee Lake-H processors, and the new machines prominently feature the new technology.
There’s technically only one laptop in the new TUF brand, the FX504. That said, it comes in four configurations; all of which were helpfully shared with us.
As far as processors go, there are three models that feature the Intel Core i7-8750H processor; while the fourth variant sports a much lower end Core i5-8300H. All four machines have 4GB RAM and a 1TB SSHD, although two versions add a 128GB PCIe SSD. Graphics come in either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for the highest end choice, or a GTX 1050 for the other three.
Asus was rumoured to be working on these TUF laptops way back in January of this year. The idea is that the entry level FX series from the ROG brand would be converted to the TUF branding; creating a separation between the two. The company had originally said that it wants 120Hz displays on the entry level machines, but that doesn’t appear to have materialised. The new FX504 only sports a 60Hz panel.
The TUF laptop is expected to appear this month in Malaysia, but no price has been revealed at this moment.