There’s a pleasant trend which sees gaming laptops becoming slimmer yet powerful at the same time. There are many on the list, but we are going down with two laptops, which have powerful internals, gaming design and a coping price tag. Here is the comparison of ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 and MSI GF63 8RD. So who wins? let’s find out.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Vs MSI GF63 8RD: Intro!
Both the laptops are made for gamers or if you flip around, could be for productive/creative works as well. These laptops packs in a powerpack internals, and design (as mentioned earlier), but the main USP of these is undoubtedly its affordability. No denying, there definitely certain ups and downs, which we will be discussing down.
|Specifications||ASUS TUF Gaming FX504||MSI GF63 8RD|
|Display||15.6–inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) display + 120Hz refresh rate||15.6–inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) display|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H @ 2.2 GHz||Intel Core i7-8750H @ 2.2 GHz|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 SDRAM (upgradable), 2660MHz||8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable), 2400MHz|
|GPU||4GB Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti DDR5 GPU||4GB Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti DDR5 GPU|
|Storage||128GB SSD + 1TB SSHD||128GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Others||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0|
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Vs MSI GF63 8RD: Design
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 doesn’t look that pretty but looks tough visibly. It has a black hunk of plastic with faux-aluminium blushing and red paint in an angular, lined pattern and has an ASUS logo on the lid, which glows.
With a smaller footprint than FX504, the MSI GF63 looks stealthy, thanks to black brushed aluminium lid with the dragon emblem stamped near the top with no glow. But hey, unlike the FX504, the GF63 is made entirely of metal, however, the bottom is plastic.
The FX504 comes with a Kensington lock slot on the right-hand side. Coming to the left, there are 2 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 2.0, an HDMI, Ethernet, power and a 3.5mm audio jack. Evidently, ASUS has skipped other I/O ports like USB-C, SD card, this is when the laptop has a lot of void space internally.
On the other side, the GF63 gets a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the right with a USB Type-C port, Ethernet and a security lock slot with jacks for a microphone and a pair of headphones. On the left, there’s another USB 3.0 port and the power input. No, HDMI is not missing, it is at the rear end of the system.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Vs MSI GF63 8RD: Display
ASUS FX504 comes with a 15.6-inch, 1080p display, but is dim, surrounded by a chunky bezel and thanks to TN panel, it has a poor off-angle viewing. The colours look slightly muted and contrast isn’t particularly good either. There’s a slight flex in the display compared to the GF63.
Well, the GF63 comes with 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display, produces great colours with good viewing angles and contrast that makes the visuals look great, when compared with the FX504. And unlike the FX504, the GF63 has thinner bezels, which makes the gaming experience stellar.
Keyboard, TrackPad, Audio & Webcam
The keyboard of FX504 is fairly huge and gives out a sweet typing experience, with a key travel of 1.4 millimetres. Well, the GF63 has a pretty good keyboard too, but lacks Numpad and the key travel is just about perfect. Both the machine has a backlit keyboard but only RED colour option.
Coming to the trackpad, both the machine has well laid out trackpad with Microsoft’s Windows Precision Drivers. The accuracy and the gestures worked really well, however, FX504 gave a good experience overall.
The speakers on both the machine were loud and clear with an ample amount of base and a sweet of mixture of vocals. However, the ASUS’ up hand speaker placement and the included DTS audio app gives out a pretty good experience overall, comparatively.
Well, the webcam on both laptops is almost the same, however, the GF63’s webcam seems real with colours, unlike the F504 with colour inversion. Overall, both the webcam are decent, if not poor.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Vs MSI GF63 8RD: Performance!
Both the FX504 and GF63 comes with Hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, coupled with 8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 32GB). Apart from that, both the laptop sports Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti (4GB RAM) graphics. Coming to the storage side, both (again) packs a 128GB SSD, and coming to HDD, the FX504 packs a 1TB SSHD, while the GF63 packs a 1TB HDD.
Unlike other MSI, ASUS has gone for a mid-range NVMe SSD and an SSHD giving a better experience, which is visible in normal (daily) usage. However, it is hard to distinguish the overall performance (also in terms of gaming) between two, as performs really well, which is also marked by its specs.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Vs MSI GF63 8RD: Battery & Heat
The battery life isn’t always the best in gaming laptops. But the TUF Gaming FX504 packs in a huge 48 Wh battery, which gives out a pretty good battery life and in our test, it has endured 4 hours and 15 minutes with normal usage.
On the flip side, the MSI GF63 gives out around to 3 hours 50 minutes of usage backup on a single charge when used for non-gaming tasks. Overall, in the battery department, both perform well, but I believe ASUS has a slight edge over the MSI GF63, thanks to software tweaks.
Speaking of performance, heat dissipation is the main concern, which the TUF gaming FX504 does it pretty elegantly thanks to void internal space, which MSI GF63 lacks, however, that doesn’t mean, the GF63 has the heating issue. Both the does pretty well in throwing heat out, but again, FX504 has front-foot when compared.
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 with the NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti and the 120Hz panel is a great gaming laptop for the price you’re paying. On the other side, the MSI GF63 offers a compact design with almost same specs (but lacks that 120Hz display) which is again not a bad choice.
What differentiates both the laptop is its design, overall representation and slight software tweaks here and there. What do you think, who won the game? are you a gamer? if so, which one will you go for? and if you got any queries? comment down below, we are here to help you.