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This Asus gaming laptop has a Ryzen CPU and 16GB RAM for only $850

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Black Friday is quickly approaching, but many retailers already have some of their deals ready for the masses. One sale that recently popped up is an Asus TUF gaming laptop for $849.99, packed with a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and a 16-thread Ryzen CPU. That's a heck of a deal.

The model on sale is equipped with a Ryzen 7 R7-4800H processor, with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a max boost clock of 4.2 GHz. The screen resolution is only 1080p, which is a bit low for a 17.3-inch display that size, but at least it has a high refresh rate of 120Hz (and you won't have to deal with Windows' occasionally-broken high-DPI scaling). There's also a 512GB NVMe SSD, a 1TB hard drive for extra games storage, 16GB RAM, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, and a backlit RGB keyboard.

For graphics, this laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. That's one of Nvidia's lower-end laptop cards, but it will still give you a good experience at 1080p with most games, especially if you mostly stick with indie/esports games. Our review of the GTX 1650 has more details, but keep in mind the laptop version has slightly lower performance than the desktop GPU we tried out.

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ASUS TUF Gaming A17 Gaming Laptop | $849.99 (save $150) (opens in new tab)
The GTX 1650 is a lower-end graphics card, but the rest of the specs here are fantastic: a 16-thread Ryzen CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, a large 17-inch screen, and a 1TB hard drive.

While we haven't tried this specific model ourselves, we did review the Asus TUF A15 earlier this year, which is identical except for the Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card in place of a GTX 1650. We loved the 8-core Ryzen CPU and solid build quality, and the understated design is always nice to see on gaming laptops—not every gaming-related product needs to stand out like a Christmas tree.

Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist, software developer, and longtime PC Gamer freelance writer, currently based in North Carolina. He now focuses on the world of Android as a full-time writer at XDA-Developers. He plays a lot of Planet Coaster and Fallout and hosts a podcast all about forgotten stories from tech history.