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ASUS TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Feb 14, 2024 at 11:35 am
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 25, 2024 at 09:02 am
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7.6
School
8.6
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
8.9
Workstation
7.8
Business
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The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition (2023) is a gaming laptop with an all-AMD configuration. The 16-inch model is a new addition to ASUS' lineup, replacing the 15-inch ASUS TUF Gaming A15 from 2022. It's available with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS or Ryzen 9 7940HS CPU paired with an AMD Radeon RX 7600S or RX 7700S discrete GPU. Display options include a 165Hz FHD+ and a 240Hz QHD+ IPS display. It has a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, and a 90Wh battery.

See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

7.6 School

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for school use. Its AMD CPU and GPU can easily handle general productivity tasks and more demanding workloads, making it suitable for students in fields like 3D graphics and game development. It also provides a great user experience with its large display, comfortable keyboard, and responsive touchpad. Plus, its battery life is outstanding at nearly 13 hours of light use. The biggest downside is portability, as it's a rather bulky and heavy device.

Pros
  • Sturdy build.
  • Battery lasts around 13 hours of light use.
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Large screen for multitasking.
  • Spacious keyboard, responsive touchpad.
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy.
  • Dim FHD+ display.
  • Sub-par webcam.
8.6 Gaming

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is an excellent gaming laptop. It's available with AMD CPUs and GPUs that can push high, consistent frame rates in demanding games at 1080p or 1440p, giving you smooth gameplay with minimal stutters. Display options include a 165Hz FHD+ and a 240Hz QHD+ panel; both support VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has a wide port selection for peripherals and external displays, and its RAM and storage are user-replaceable, so you can upgrade the system yourself later on. The keyboard provides clear tactile feedback but feels mushy when you bottom out. It also gets toasty under load, though it may not affect your gaming experience, as the hot spots are away from the WASD keys.

Pros
  • Delivers smooth gameplay in intensive AAA games.
  • No noticeable thermal throttling under load.
  • High-refresh displays with VRR to reduce screen tearing.
  • User-replaceable RAM and storage drive.
  • Wide port selection includes USB4 and HDMI 2.1 support.
Cons
  • Keyboard deck gets toasty under load.
7.1 Multimedia

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is decent for media consumption. Although it isn’t very portable, it has the advantage of having a large 90Wh battery, giving you over nine hours of video playback on a full charge. You can choose between a FHD+ or a QHD+ display; the latter is sharper, brighter, and more colorful, though neither is well-suited for dark room viewing due to their low contrast. Unfortunately, the speakers don’t get very loud and sound unnatural, with almost no bass.

Pros
  • Large display.
  • QHD+ display option with full DCI P3 coverage.
  • Battery lasts over nine hours of video playback.
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy.
  • Dim FHD+ display.
  • Quiet, basic-sounding speakers with almost no bass.
8.9 Workstation

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is excellent for use as a workstation. While its AMD CPU and GPU aren’t the fastest you can find these days, they can handle fairly demanding tasks like video editing and 3D animation without many issues. You can get the laptop with a FHD+ or QHD+ display; the latter has full DCI P3 coverage, making it suitable for HDR video production. You get a comfortable full-size keyboard with a Numpad, as well as a wide port selection that includes USB4 support and a true HDMI 2.1 port. The RAM and storage are user-replaceable, so you can upgrade the system yourself later. Its performance over time is outstanding, though the keyboard deck gets toasty under load.

Pros
  • CPU and discrete GPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • No noticeable thermal throttling under load.
  • User-replaceable RAM and storage drive.
  • Wide port selection includes USB4 and HDMI 2.1 support.
  • QHD+ display option with full DCI P3 coverage.
Cons
  • Keyboard deck gets toasty under load.
7.8 Business

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for business use. It's well-built, with a large screen for multitasking, a comfortable keyboard, and a responsive touchpad. Its AMD CPU and GPU can easily handle general productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as more demanding tasks like photo and video editing, making it a great choice for small business owners needing to do a little bit of everything. Unfortunately, the webcam is sub-par, as the image looks noisy and overexposed, and portability isn't the best since it's a bulky 16-inch device.

Pros
  • Sturdy build.
  • Battery lasts around 13 hours of light use.
  • Large screen for multitasking.
  • Spacious keyboard, responsive touchpad.
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy.
  • Dim FHD+ display.
  • Sub-par webcam.
  • 7.6 School
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 8.9 Workstation
  • 7.8 Business
  1. Updated Mar 25, 2024: Added mention of the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024) as an alternative with NVIDIA GPUs in the GPU section.
  2. Updated Feb 14, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 05, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Jan 17, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jan 12, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jan 11, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition (model FA617NS-DS71-CA) with a 165Hz FHD+ display, an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU, an AMD Radeon RX 7600S discrete GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The display, CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 16" IPS 1920 x 1200 165Hz (FreeSync Premium, 100% sRGB)
  • 16" IPS 2560 x 1600 240Hz (FreeSync Premium, 100% DCI P3)
CPU
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.2GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 7600S 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (discrete, 95W TGP)
  • AMD Radeon RX 7700S 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (discrete, 120W TGP, Ryzen 9 7940HS models only)
Memory
  • 16GB DDR5 4800MHz
  • 32GB DDR5 4800MHz
Storage
  • 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Black
  • Sandstorm

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition 2023 is one of the best gaming laptops in its class. It stands out for its sturdy build, great gaming performance, and long battery life.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming laptops, the best budget and cheap gaming laptops, and the best workstation laptops.

Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 16 (2023)

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 (2023) and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 16 (2023) are both excellent 16-inch gaming laptops. There are many similarities between these two laptops; the only differences have to do with the webcam and port selection, with the Lenovo coming out on top for both. You'll also get better performance out of the Lenovo, as it's available with faster—albeit more power-hungry—CPUs and GPUs. Battery life is the same on both laptops when gaming; however, the ASUS lasts significantly longer in light uses.

Lenovo LOQ 15 (2023)

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 Advantage Edition (2023) is marginally better than the Lenovo LOQ 15 (2023) for most uses. The ASUS has a sturdier build, a better keyboard and touchpad, a faster SSD, and a longer battery life in light uses. It also has a higher-end 240Hz QHD display option with full DCI P3 coverage, making it suitable for color-critical work. However, the LOQ 15 has a better webcam and doesn't get as hot under load.

ASUS TUF Dash F15 (2022)

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 (2023) and the ASUS TUF Dash F15 (2022) are very similar, though the A16 comes out ahead. The A16 has higher-quality displays with better response time and color reproduction, and they support VRR to reduce screen tearing, a feature the F15 lacks. Configuration-wise, the A16 is available with AMD CPUs and GPUs, while the F15 is available with Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. The choice depends on your usage, the games you play, and the GPU features you prefer (DLSS vs FSR). The F15 is more portable for on-the-go use, but the A16's battery lasts significantly longer in light uses.

Dell G15 (2022)

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 (2023) is better than the Dell G15 (2022) for most uses. The ASUS has a sturdier build, a better keyboard and touchpad, VRR support, and significantly longer battery life in light uses. On the other hand, the Dell has a better webcam and doesn't get as hot under load. Performance depends on the configuration you get; the Dell has more options to suit smaller budgets. While both devices have user-upgradeable RAM and storage, the ASUS has two storage slots, while the Dell only has one.

Dell Alienware m16 R1 (2023)

The Dell Alienware m16 R1 (2023) is better than the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 (2023) for gaming and other highly demanding workloads because it's available with faster CPUs and GPUs. It also has a sturdier build, a wider port selection, and Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity. The Dell offers more display configurations, and even its keyboard is configurable, as you can choose between a scissor switch or low-profile (clicky) mechanical keyboard. That said, if you plan on using the laptop for school or work, the ASUS might be a better option, as its battery lasts significantly longer in lighter workloads, and its QHD+ display gets brighter to combat glare. It's also more portable than the Dell because it's more compact and lighter.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The ASUS TUF A16 is available in a Black or Sandstorm (silver with a warm beige tone) color. See the bottom of the laptop here.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS TUF A16's build quality is excellent. The chassis is aluminum on top and plastic on the bottom. It feels sturdy, exhibiting only a small amount of flex on the lid, display, and keyboard deck. The finish doesn't scratch easily but picks up fingerprints, especially on the lid and touchpad.

9.1
Design
Hinge
Range
135°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The hinge is outstanding. It feels smooth when opening and closing the laptop and is very stable. There’s only a tiny amount of screen wobble when typing aggressively. The hinge has a lot of resistance. You can still open the laptop with one hand; the resistance just makes fine adjustments more challenging.

6.1
Design
Portability
Size
16"
Thickness
1.1" (2.9 cm)
Width
14.0" (35.6 cm)
Depth
10.1" (25.6 cm)
Volume
161.3 in³ (2,642.9 cm³)
Weight
4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)
Charger Size
19.3 in³ (316.1 cm³)
Charger Weight
1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)
8.4
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.5
RAM Slots
2
Storage Slots
2
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The ASUS TUF A16 Advantage Edition's serviceability is great. Accessing the internals is straightforward; you only need to remove some Philips screws to take the bottom panel off. The screws are of different lengths, so it's best to keep them organized to make the reassembly easier.

See the service manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • 240W power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Note: Models with an AMD Radeon RX 7700S GPU have a 280W power adapter.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
142 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
88%

The ASUS TUF A16 is available with the following displays:

  • 16" IPS 1920 x 1200 165Hz
  • 16" IPS 2560 x 1600 240Hz

The FHD+ display looks decently sharp on a 16-inch screen. You can see individual pixels up close, but that isn't an issue at typical viewing distances. Naturally, the QHD+ panel looks sharper with a pixel density of 190 PPI. Its increased sharpness makes it a better option for atmospheric and RPG games where you have time to fully appreciate the graphics or for productivity tasks. The 16:10 aspect ratio is becoming more common. It gives you slightly more vertical space than a 16:9 screen, which has little effect on gaming but helps with productivity because you can see more information at once when reading a document, reducing the need to scroll.

9.1
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF A16 is available with a 165Hz or 240Hz display. The 165Hz panel has a fast response time, resulting in a clear image with minimal ghosting in fast-moving scenes. Upgrading to the 240Hz display will provide better responsiveness; however, the difference isn't night and day and might not be immediately noticeable to some people. Both displays support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing.

7.5
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,430 : 1

The 165Hz FHD+ display has a good contrast ratio for an IPS panel. It's still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This contrast level makes blacks look gray in dim settings. The 240Hz QHD+ likely has the same contrast ratio.

6.4
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
258 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
23 cd/m²

The 165Hz FHD+ display doesn't get very bright. It's fine for indoor settings, but you may still have visibility issues if there's a lot of ambient lighting or if lights are directly shining on the screen. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, though, which is great for dark room viewing as it causes less eye strain. The 240Hz QHD+ is much brighter, with an advertised brightness of 500 cd/m².

7.7
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.49%
Indirect Reflections
3.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.39%

The display's reflection handling is good. Its matte coating works well in diffusing and reducing the intensity of bright light sources. Viewing light-color content isn't a problem; it's dark-color content that's hard to see, especially when there's a bright light shining directly on the screen.

5.3
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
2.426%
6.4
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
25°
Color Washout From Right
23°
Color Shift From Left
38°
Color Shift From Right
32°
Brightness Loss From Left
28°
Brightness Loss From Right
26°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
26°
Gamma Shift From Right
23°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is passable. The image dims and washes out fairly quickly as you move to the side. You have to be more or less directly in front of the screen to see an accurate image.

6.4
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
25°
Color Washout From Above
24°
Color Shift From Below
37°
Color Shift From Above
29°
Brightness Loss From Below
27°
Brightness Loss From Above
25°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
28°
Gamma Shift From Above
25°

The display's vertical viewing angle is passable. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image looks dimmer and more washed out from above and below.

9.7
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.68
Avg. Gamma
2.18
Avg. Color dE
1.41
Avg. Color Temperature
6,422 K

The display's out-of-the-box accuracy is outstanding. The white balance and color inaccuracies are extremely minor and hard to spot with the naked eye. The gamma sticks to an almost flat 2.2, making dark scenes too dark and bright scenes too bright.

8.6
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.73%
sRGB uv
99.4%
Adobe RGB xy
77.13%
Adobe RGB uv
86.5%
DCI P3 xy
78.9%
DCI P3 uv
84.31%
Rec. 2020 xy
56.6%
Rec. 2020 uv
61.45%

The 165Hz FHD+ display is an sRGB panel, meaning it only has full coverage of the sRGB color space. Its coverage of the wider Adobe RGB and DCI P3 is too low for print photography and HDR video production. The 240Hz QHD+ has full DCI P3 coverage.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%
Interface
8.1
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
Yes
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
62 gf
Actuation Force
35 gf
Pre-Travel
1.01 mm
Total Travel
1.34 mm

The ASUS TUF A16 has a great keyboard. Its layout feels spacious and is relatively easy to get used to. The keys are stable, have a decent amount of travel, and require little force to actuate. They have a clear tactile bump to indicate the actuation but feel mushy when you bottom out. The backlighting is white, leaning on the cooler side. You can adjust the brightness and apply a lighting effect (static, breathing, strobing) using the F2, F3, and F4 hotkeys.

8.0
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.0
Size
15.3 in² (98.9 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is large and smooth. It tracks all movements and gestures well, though zooming in and out images doesn't always feel smooth. Palm rejection works with no issue. You can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad; the buttons feel mushy.

7.6
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
73 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.9 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-0.3
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
293 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
2.1 dB

The ASUS TUF A16's speakers don't get very loud. They're best suited for spoken content, as they sound pretty basic and crude, with an unnatural timbre and no bass.

5.3
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
5.0
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
No

The webcam is sub-par. The image looks soft, noisy, and overexposed. Voices sound relatively clear but nasal, accompanied by some background static noise.

Connectivity
8.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.1
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
Yes
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The ASUS TUF A16 Advantage Edition has a great port selection. The USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. Both USB-Cs support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps) and DisplayPort; the only difference is that the one closest to the USB-A port supports Power Delivery, which lets you fast charge the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. The HDMI is a true HDMI 2.1 port capable of outputting a 4k @ 120Hz signal.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The ASUS TUF Gaming A16's wireless adapter is a RealTek 8852BE. Some models have a MediaTek MT7921 adapter.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Ryzen 7 7735HS
Core Count
8
Thread Count
16

The ASUS TUF A16 is available with the following CPUs:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.2GHz, 16MB L3 cache)

Both are technically high-performance CPUs but run at a lower wattage of 35W, so while they can handle fairly demanding workloads, they aren't as fast as the 45-watt H-series CPUs typically found in workstations and gaming laptops with more robust cooling systems. The Ryzen 9 7940HS is, on average, 15% faster than the Ryzen 7 7735HS and up to 30% faster in some workloads. The choice of the CPU depends on your usage and the games you play; the difference is minimal in GPU-limited games.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Radeon RX 7600S
Dedicated/Integrated
Dedicated
VRAM Size
8 GB

The ASUS TUF A16 is available with the following GPUs:

  • AMD Radeon RX 7600S 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (95W TGP)
  • AMD Radeon RX 7700S 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (120W TGP)

Both are mid-range GPUs designed for 1080p and 1440p gaming. Performance-wise, the RX 7600S is close to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, while the 7700S is closer to an RTX 3070 Laptop, performing up to 10% faster than the 7600S. There's a MUX (multiplexer) switch to allow the GPU to send information directly to the display without going through the integrated GPU, meaning you'll see dramatically better performance than on laptops that lack this feature. The performance difference can be anywhere from 10% to 25%, or more in some cases. To conserve battery, the system switches to the integrated GPUs during lighter workloads. The Ryzen 7735HS CPU has a Radeon 760M iGPU, while the 7940HS has a Radeon 780M. If you prefer a gaming laptop with NVIDIA GPUs, check out the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024)

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
2
Type
DDR5
Speed
4,800 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 16GB or 32GB of RAM. The memory is user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
1,000 GB
Usable Capacity
928 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00-1002
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can get this laptop with 512GB or 1TB of storage. The storage is user-replaceable; there are two M.2 2280 slots.

Performance
9.5
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,553 points
CPU Multi-Thread
9,503 points
GPU Compute
71,011 points

The AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU’s performance is good but not great, which isn't surprising, as it's essentially a refresh of the older AMD Ryzen 7 6800H. It can handle general productivity tasks and some demanding workloads; just know that there are significantly faster processors on the market, like the AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX in the Dell Alienware m18 (2023) and Apple's M3 Max SoC in the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M3, 2023). As for the GPU, the AMD Radeon RX 7600S’s score is great, with performance roughly equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, a lower mid-range graphics processor.

9.7
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,525 points
Multi-Thread
13,314 points

The AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU performs well in Cinebench R23. Its multi-thread performance is where we expect it to be—better than the low-power U-series processors but not as fast as the more power-hungry H-series CPUs. It can handle demanding workloads, but again, there are significantly faster processors on the market.

8.5
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
3.1 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU performs well in Blender; however, if you need to render images professionally, rendering with a discrete GPU is best. Even an entry-level discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 can render images faster. Unfortunately, Blender doesn't give the option to render with the AMD Radeon RX 7600S GPU in this laptop.

9.5
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
99,513

The AMD Radeon RX 7600S scores well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Its performance is roughly equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060; however, it can perform better in some games, particularly AMD-sponsored titles, bringing it closer to an RTX 3070 or 3070 Ti. This means it's mainly for 1080p gaming but can handle some titles at 1440p if you lower the graphical settings or use FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution), a performance-boosting feature similar to NVIDIA's DLSS. The AMD Radeon RX 7700S is about 10% faster in most games.

We ran this benchmark in the Ultimate performance mode because the Standard mode automatically switches to the integrated GPU, resulting in a score of 23,857.

9.2
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,564.1 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
3,550.5 MB/s
Random Write Speed
73.2 MB/s
Random Read Speed
45.4 MB/s
9.1
Performance
Battery
Capacity
90 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
12.9 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
9.2 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs

Models with an AMD Radeon RX 7700S GPU and a QHD+ display likely have a shorter battery life.

8.4
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
113 fps
1% Low
72 fps
0.1% Low
49 fps
1% Low Delta
5 ms
0.1% Low Delta
12 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
174 fps

Borderlands 3 runs well on the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS CPU and an AMD Radeon RX 7600S GPU. The gameplay is smooth, with only occasional stutters. You can even play this game at 1440p and still get over 60 fps with minimal tweaks in the settings.

8.9
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
156 fps
1% Low
111 fps
0.1% Low
106 fps
1% Low Delta
3 ms
0.1% Low Delta
3 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
276 fps
Avg. Turn Time
6.65 s

The performance in Civilization VI is excellent. Regardless of the GPU configuration, frame rate isn't really a problem since this isn't a particularly GPU-intensive game. You can play this game at 1440p with no issue. Upgrading to the AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS won't noticeably improve the turn time.

9.2
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
187fps
1% Low
102fps
0.1% Low
75fps
1% Low Delta
4 ms
0.1% Low Delta
8 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
225fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs very smoothly at 1080p with high settings. You can play this game at 1440p with no issue.

7.2
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
104 fps
1% Low
49 fps
0.1% Low
26 fps
1% Low Delta
11 ms
0.1% Low Delta
29 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
193 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs well on the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 at 1080p. The gameplay is smooth, with almost no stutters, despite what the graph and results show. You can play this game at 1440p with no issue. The frametime spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the performance.

5.9
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
39 °C (102 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
54 °C (128 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
49.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The ASUS TUF A16's keyboard deck gets pretty hot under load. However, the hot spots are at the top and right side of the keyboard, so it's not too bad if you only use WASD and the surrounding keys when gaming. While loud, the fans aren't overly annoying or distracting.

10
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
84 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
0% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
55 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss
Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The ASUS A16 has a few pre-installed software applications, including:

  • ASUS Armory Crate: Lets you monitor the system status and control the fan and power profiles.
  • Dolby Access: Adds Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support. It also lets you change the sound and picture profile or create a custom sound profile through EQ.
  • McAfee: Antivirus and anti-malware application. Requires subscription.
  • MyASUS: Contains system and warranty information.
  • Spotify: App for the music streaming service.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
No