M1 MacBook Pro 14” vs. 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15: Full specs comparison

We have comprehensively compared the specifications for the M1 MacBook Pro 14” and 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 models. The report includes detailed information regarding both models' CPU, memory, storage, battery life, display quality, and other features.

M1 MacBook Pro 14” Pros

Reasons that M1 MacBook Pro 14” is better than 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15.

Much faster CPU performance

Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G) inside M1 MacBook Pro 14” has a 71% better multi-core CPU performance score than the AMD Ryzen 7-5800H inside 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
12,185
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
11,988
M1 MacBook Pro 14” - Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
9,512
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 - AMD Ryzen 7-5800H
7,098
Supports larger memory

M1 MacBook Pro 14” supports a larger memory capacity than the 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15. It supports up to 64GB versus 32GB of system memory on the 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15.

Max system memory size
M1 MacBook Pro 14”
64 GB
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
32 GB
About 31% lighter

M1 MacBook Pro 14” weighed 3.5 pounds, 31% lighter than the 5.07 pounds 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15.

WeightM1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Pound
3.5 lbs.
5.07 lbs.
Kilogram
1.59 kg
2.30 kg

2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Pros

Reasons that 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is better than M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

Upgradable memory

The 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 comes with two SODIMM slots that allow you to replace or upgrade when needed. On the flip side, you can't upgrade RAM on the M1 MacBook Pro 14” since it has onboard memory.

MemoryM1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Slots
Onboard
x2
TypeUnifiedDDR4
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 vs. integrated

Upgradable storage

The 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device.

SlotsM1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
M.2
Onboard
Yes x2
9% larger display

The 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 has a 15.6-inch screen size 9% larger than the 14.2-inch M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

Display size
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
15.6-inch
M1 MacBook Pro 14”
14.2-inch
Has two more ports and slots

The 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 has more ports and slots count than the M1 MacBook Pro 14”. It has nine versus seven amount of ports and slots on the M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

PortsM1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
full-size SD card slotYesNo
HDMIYesYes
headphone jackYesYes
lock slotNoYes
power portYesYes
RJ-45NoYes
Thunderbolt 4Yes x3No
USB-ANoYes x3
USB-CNoYes
Total79
Slightly more versatile connectivity

The 2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 has better versatile I/O connectivity than the M1 MacBook Pro 14”. It has six versus five commonly used ports and slots on the M1 MacBook Pro 14”.

PortsM1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
HDMIYesYes
headphone jackYesYes
power portYesYes
full-size SD card slotYesNo
RJ-45NoYes
Thunderbolt 4YesNo
USB-ANoYes
USB-CNoYes

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

M1 MacBook Pro 14” Price
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (14-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray (Renewed)
2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (14-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,197.00
Apple 2021 MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Silver
Apple 2021 MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Silver
By Apple
$2,405.57
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$1,334.94
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Price
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2024) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” FHD 144Hz Display, NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2050, AMD Ryzen™ 5 7535HS, 8GB DDR5, 512GB PCIe® Gen4 NVMe™ SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11, FA506NF-ES51
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2024) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” FHD 144Hz Display, NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2050, AMD Ryzen™ 5 7535HS, 8GB DDR5, 512GB PCIe® Gen4 NVMe™ SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11, FA506NF-ES51
By ASUS
$649.99
$699.99 7% OFF
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, FA506IH-AS53
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, GeForce GTX 1650, 8GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, FA506IH-AS53
By ASUS
$795.00
Asus TUF Gaming A15 Laptop 15.6" FHD 144Hz (100% sRGB) AMD Zen4 Octa-core Ryzen 9 7940HS (Beats i9-12900H) 32GB RAM 2TB SSD GeForce RTX 4060 8GB Graphic RGB Backlit USB4 Win11 Gray + HDMI Cable
Asus TUF Gaming A15 Laptop 15.6" FHD 144Hz (100% sRGB) AMD Zen4 Octa-core Ryzen 9 7940HS (Beats i9-12900H) 32GB RAM 2TB SSD GeForce RTX 4060 8GB Graphic RGB Backlit USB4 Win11 Gray + HDMI Cable
By Asus
$1,429.00

Availability

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Released20212021
Release Date
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
Announced on January 13, 2021 (CES 2021)
Pricing
  • $1,999
    M1 Pro, 8C CPU, 14C GPU, 16GB, 512GB
  • $2,299
    M1 Pro, 10C CPU, 16C GPU, 16GB, 512GB
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro, 10C CPU, 16C GPU, 16GB, 1TB
  • $3,099
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 24C GPU, 32GB, 1TB
  • $3,299
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 32GB, 1TB
  • $3,699
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 1TB
  • $4,099
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 2TB
  • $4,699
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 4TB
  • $5,899
    M1 Max, 10C CPU, 32C GPU, 64GB, 8TB
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Generations

Exterior

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Size Comparison
M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)
  • Width: 12.31 inches (31.26 cm)
  • Depth: 8.71 inches (22.12 cm)
14.13 x 10.08 x 0.90 - 0.96 inches (359 x 256 x 22.8 ~ 24.5 mm)
Weight3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)5.07 lbs (2.30 Kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Graphite Black Eclipse Gray
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
  • Chiclet keyboard with isolated Numpad key.
  • RGB backlight with ASUS AURA RGB with four modes:
    Static Breathing Color Cycle Strobing
  • Overstrike technology can withstand over 20 million presses.

Display

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Size14.2 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • Size: 14.2-inch
    • Technology: Liquid Retina XDR display
    • Resolution: 3024 x 1964
    • Pixel Density: 254 PPI
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
  • 15.6” FHD 60Hz
    1920 x 1080 16:9 anti-glare sRGB:62.50% Adobe:47.34% 60Hz IPS-level Adaptive-Sync
  • 15.6” FHD 144Hz
    1920 x 1080 16:9 anti-glare sRGB:62.50% Adobe:47.34% 144Hz IPS-level Adaptive-Sync
  • 15.6” FHD 240Hz
    1920 x 1080 16:9 anti-glare sRGB:100.00% Adobe:75.35% 240Hz IPS-level Adaptive-Sync

Ports

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
M1 MacBook Pro 14” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 1 x power port
    MagSafe 3
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0, 4K@60Hz
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Ports
Image Source: ASUS
Left (7)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0b
  • 1 x RJ-45
    1 Gbps
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
  • 1 x power port
Right (2)
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x lock slot

Internal Specs

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
    8 cores, 8 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  3. Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  4. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.20 → 4.40 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (8C, 14G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    14 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  3. Apple M1 Max (10C, 24G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    24 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  4. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    8 Graphics Cores, 2000 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
8GB 16GB 32GB
Dual Channel DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM
2 x SO-DIMM sockets for expansion.
Discrete Graphics-
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6, Dynamic Boost up to 1630 MHz at 90W (95W with Dynamic Boost)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6, Dynamic Boost up to 1510 MHz at 90W (95W with Dynamic Boost)
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD
512GB 1TB
M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
2 x M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® Slots

Connectivity

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Integrated Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax (2x2))
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 5.2
Ethernet-Gigabit LAN
Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps.

Battery

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Size70 Wh lithium‑polymer battery90 Wh
4-cell lithium-polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 11 hours wireless web
  • Up to 17 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
  • Up to 13.5 hours of web browsing
  • Up to 14.5 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 67W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 8-core CPU models
  • 96W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 10-core CPU or M1 Max models. Supports Fast-Charging.
200W power adaptor
Plug type :ø6.0 (mm) 20V/10A, supports fast charging 50% in 30 minutes.

Software

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
OSShipped with macOS Monterey
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Armoury Crate

Camera & Audio

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
Front-facing camera
Top-mount front camera, 0.92 Megapixels (1280 x 720 HD).
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • Speakers
    • Two speakers with four cut-outs
    • 2 x 2W speakers
    • DTS:X™ Ultra technology
      Delivers high-fidelity 7.1-channel virtual surround sound for theater-quality audio with stereo headsets.
  • Microphone
    • Built-in array microphone
    • Advanced Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation.

Misc

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
SensorsTouch ID sensor-
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Kensington lock
  • FTPM (Firmware-based Trusted Platform Module)
In the box
  • 14‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 67W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 8-core CPU models.
  • 96W USB‑C Power Adapter
    M1 Pro with 10-core CPU or M1 Max models.
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
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WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.-
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
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Key Features

M1 MacBook Pro 14”2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
14.2”
1964p 120Hz
Weight
3.5 lb
1.59 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 14” Ports
Released in Early
2021
16:9
15.6”
1080p 240Hz
Weight
5.07 lb
2.30 kg
Powered By
AMD Ryzen 7-5800H
8C/16T, 3.20 → 4.40 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,334
Single Core
Geekbench 5
7,098
Multi-Core
With integrated
AMD Radeon™ Graphics
8 Graphics Cores, 2000 MHz
Upgradable up to
32GB
3200 MHz DDR4
2021 ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3070
8GB GDDR6

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