When it comes to gaming laptops, one name obviously stands out: that of Asus. Building on its positioning in this sector, the brand is back with a very latest version of its Strix Scar range equipped with the most powerful mobile technologies. And the Strix Scar 17 that we tested is no exception to the rule, far from it.
After having recently tested the Asus Rog Flow X13, we are on board to another laptop of the brand. Sold for almost 4 5000 euros (no no, don’t leave right away!), The ROG Strix Scar 17 is without a doubt one of the most expensive computers around. But it is also one of the best equipped, judge rather. Thrilling using a processor AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, he takes advantage of no less 64 GB of RAM. And to run your games, it’s a graphics chip RTX 3080 that accompanies it. But its particularity is undoubtedly its screen, which is capable of offering a refresh rate of… 360 Hz ! Does the ROG Strix Scar 17 position itself as a compelling alternative to tower PCs? We have tested the new Asus gaming PC and tell you all about it.
Our full test of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 in video
Strix Scar 17 technical sheet
|Asus Rog STRIX SCAR 17|
|Screen||– 17.3 ” IPS panel matte coating
– FHD + (1920 x 1080pixels)
– 16: 9
– 360 Hz
|Dimensions||28.2 x 39.5 x 2.35 cm|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX|
|GPU||Nvidia RTX 3080|
|RAM||64 GB DDR4|
|Storage||1TB NVME M.2 SSD|
|Autonomy||– 6 / 7h in Economy performance
– 3 / 4h in maximum performance
– 240W adapter supplied (full charge in 2h30)
|Connectivity||– 1x USB-C
– 3 x USB-A
– 1 x HDMI 2.0
– 1 x 3.5mm TRRS mini-jack
– 1 x Ethernet RJ45
– 1 x Keystone port
|Wireless connectivity||– Wi-Fi 6 802.11 (ax)
– Bluetooth 5.1
Pricing and availability
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 in its version G733QSA-KH063T is available at most retailers for € 4,499.95.
Unboxing and design: LED!
In the box of this extraordinary laptop, there is a imposing mains charger delivering 240 W, a range of various documentation and a key ring which houses a “keystone“. This is actually a small dongle that can be integrated into the computer, which allows data and settings to be secured. Rest assured, we will detail this a little later in the test.
The ROG Strix Scar 17 is a reflection of what the range of Asus dedicated to gamers can offer: a racy look, adorned with RGB LEDs. On the cover of the device, entirely covered with a matte plastic of excellent quality, you will find the Asus logo backlit in RGB, and on the lower part on the left a “pointillism” effect bringing an undeniable class to the ‘together. The underside of the device is mainly made up of vents, in order to cool the entire system, even in the most demanding tasks.
On the left take place two USB Type-A ports, as well as’a TRRS mini-jack, which allows you to connect a headset + microphone combo. To the right of the laptop, only the connectors for the famous “keystone” are present. Asus has chosen to deport most of the connections to the back of the device, since there is the connection port for the power supply, an RJ-45 socket, an HDMI 2.0 socket, and again two USB ports: one in Type-A, the other in Type-C. All the edges of the device also leave large free spaces for ventilation.
When opening the hood, we discover a large 17.3-inch IPS panel surrounded by thin edges on three of its four edges. The lower one is thicker, since it measures 30 mm, against only 6 for the other edges. The chiclet-style keyboard offers nice and large enough keys, despite a somewhat disturbing arrangement at first glance. The print screen key is housed close to the ALT Gr key, while the numeric keypad is placed above the directional keys. Strange … But once the first impressions have been tamed, the whole is visually balanced and pleasant to use. The switches used here are “opto-mechanical” slightly “clicky”. Understand by this that you will not be able to doubt the press of a key, sincea slight sound and resistance will be released when pressing. Their response is also increased since the optomechanical system is based on the cutting of a supporting light beam to send information “at the speed of light”.
For the shell supporting the keyboard, Asus wanted to play the transparency (this is the case to say), since half of the latter is covered with a matte black plastic, while the other part will display a translucent plastic allowing to observe some electronic parts hidden in the beast. Some will like it, others much less.
On the lower part of the keyboard, and slightly off-center on the left, we notice a trackpad allowing you to do without a mouse during standard use. If it is not the largest on the market, it offers a very suitable and largely sufficient size, in addition to offering very convincing responsiveness.
Personalization is the strong point of this new Asus ROG Strix Scar 17. Above the rear part housing the connectors, we can find a small plastic cover stamped with the “ROG” logo which will be interchangeable and which allows you to personalize your device. In the box, three covers are provided. The first is made of matt and charcoal gray plastic and the second is made of translucent plastic. As for the third, it is tinted with silver and completely breaks with the black / matte side of the whole, adding a little something very attractive to the whole.
You can also count on no less than 9 independently configurable RGB zones : two on the back, six on the front framing the computer, and the ROG logo. Not to mention that all the keys on the keyboard are also configurable independently. You can therefore easily create scenes corresponding to your various video games, in order to easily find the most useful actions, or your own shortcuts in your favorite software.
In terms of dimensions, the ROG Strix Scar 17 does not take half measures. Laptop PC Gamer obliges, he casts nothing a colossal size. In the closed position, it measures no less than 282 mm long and 395 mm wide, all for a thickness of 23.5 mm. Its weight, which doesn’t make it very portable, is 2.7 kg. If you are a big nomad looking for power, consider packing a good carrying bag so as not to be subjected to its weight, moreover if you have to take the charger with you.
To conclude on the discovery of this ROG Strix Scar 17, it is clear that through its look, it targets players or people in search of increased power. If the design will appeal to some, and others much less, we can only approve the possibilities of customization offered by the latter. The most debatable point remaining its weight. At a time when many manufacturers are moving more and more towards the ultraportable, Asus offers here a heavy and bulky laptop, which will not be so easy to transport.
Screen: the brand with the eye flatters yours
Asus offers on this ROG Strix Scar 17 a matte screen in technology 17.3 inch FHD + IPS, which therefore offers a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 in 16: 9 aspect ratio. By making a small compromise on the max resolution, Asus can pride itself on offering the highest refresh rate on the market with no less than 360 Hz. If, at first glance, using a panel at a refresh rate does not seem to change the quality, it is by returning to a 144 Hz or 60 Hz screen that the difference is drastically felt. The eye quickly gets used to the unprecedented fluidity offered by this Scar 17, so much so that everything seems jerky when returning to a more “standard” screen.
Beyond that, the screen has nothing to envy to others: excellent quality contrasts, well-managed brightness and which, coupled with the anti-reflective coating, limits the loss of visibility in daylight. The colors are vivid and punchy, and although you are facing a FULL HD + screen, the level of detail is striking. With 17 ”models becoming increasingly rare, we must admit that, despite the additional bulk that this brings, this size makes gaming or viewing multimedia content very pleasant. Asus has always accustomed us to offering very well calibrated panels and continues on this path.
The sound is managed by 4 speakers located on either side of the computer. Unsurprisingly, we end up here with correct sound, but nothing more. Close to what you would expect from built-in speakers in almost any other laptop. The sound delivered is powerful and riche, but lacks a little more relevance in balancing. The high mids tend to be less audible than the low ones, making the overall sound a bit muffled. Nothing too annoying for occasional use, but the most demanding audiophiles will prefer the use of external headphones or a quality speaker combo, especially since the ROG Strix Scar 17 is certified. Dolby Atmos.
Hardware and performance
Who says laptops can never catch up with tower PCs? Not Asus in any case, which equips its ROG Strix Scar 17 with the best, and even goes even further!
In this computer, we have the power of the best processor available on a laptop, namely an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. This processor, offering 8 cores and 16 threads, is clocked at 3.3 GHz, but can go up to 4.8 GHz in turbo mode. The processor is supported by no less than 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, a configuration divided into two 32 GB arrays, each clocked at 3200 MHz. To finish with the phenomenal technical sheet proposed here, it is also the best graphics chip on the mobile market that is integrated. The machine takes advantage of an Nvidia RTX 3080, which offers 16 GB of GDDR6, memory entirely dedicated to video.
The whole is quite simply impressive and this is verified during benchmarks. Laptop scores 5163 points on 3DMark’s TimeSpy Extreme, exceeding many high-end gaming PCs in tower format. Be careful, however, even if it may seem obvious: it remains less powerful than a so-called “premium” gaming computer.
Beyond the benchmarks and technical sheets, the power is also felt in the game: it is possible, for example, to run Cyberpunk 2077 in 1080p with the game settings at maximum, at 70 frames per second. By setting the settings to “very low”, the game runs at 120 frames per second. A feat for a title with so many optimization concerns. Especially since on a laptop, we did not notice any excessive overheating.
The part cooling is managed by a layer of liquid metal allowing the transfer of thermal energy from the different chips to the heat pipes, then the fans, which make work close to excellence in such a small space. If, in previous versions, the shell tended to graze scorching temperatures in certain areas of the device, the heating is much more measured here and almost discreet. A good point to limit the stress on the components. It is however necessary to specify thatgreat power implies great tones : The fans integrated in this Strix Scar 17 will remain audible at full power, potentially disturbing those around you if you play in the living room (for example).
The storage part is provided by an NVME SSD in M2 format plugged directly into a PCI-E port, offering faster write and read transfer speeds. We have with this laptop 1 TB of storage (933 GB of free by charging the recovery spaces created by Windows). Finally, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 has Bluetooth 5.1 compatibility and a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) connection, in order to offer you good wireless connectivity.
The autonomy of the Strix Scar 17 is ensured by a 90 Wh accumulator, offering you a theoretical autonomy of 6 hours in moderate use. On the other hand, you will have to be content with a little less than 3:30 if you use this PC in “extreme” situations, such as games or video editing. On the recharging side, the 240 w power supply unit can recharge your battery from 0 to 100% over a long period of 2h30, which seems quite substantial, but ultimately logical in view of the performance offered.
The ROG Strix Scar 17, like all portable gaming PCs benefiting from such a complete technical sheet, is closer to the “fixed PC with easy mobility” than to the real laptop. Especially since, to use full power, it is necessary to connect it to the mains, in order to allow the ventilation management software to switch to “turbo” mode, which unleashes the cooling, but also the maximum performance of the computer.
Environment and ASUS Keystone
ROG Stric Scar 17 runs on Windows 10 family edition. No professional version on the horizon, therefore. The real evolution proposed comes from the various software offered by Asus allowing you to control each of the parameters of your computer. LikeAura creator, which allows, as mentioned above in this test, to manage the RGB lighting of each part of your computer. We also benefit from an application called Armory Crate, which gives you the possibility of having real-time access to the management of your fans, but also to component temperatures, clock frequencies and all that follows.
One of the most interesting points of this ROG Stric Scar 17 ultimately remains this famous Keystone very quickly mentioned at the beginning of this test. This small accessory, like a USB key, allows you to store your “player profile”, including your choice of backlighting, for example. But once synchronized with your Asus account, it also and above all offers the means to access the “shadow drive” functionality, a storage space (a hidden partition of your hard drive) which will only be accessible once the keystone has been integrated into the computer. This makes it easy to lend your computer to a friend if necessary, without worrying about certain sensitive data, for example. Real revolution or gadget without much interest, we leave you alone to judge on this question.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 is a real gaming computer. If it suffers from some shortcomings, such as the absence of a webcam (in these times of teleworking, it is not a luxury) or the lack of audio balance, it is clear that it is able to run all the biggest games of the moment without batting an eyelid. Special mention to the 360 Hz panel, which offers a splendid fluidity, but also Cooling system high performance.
This laptop is expensive, very expensive. It rubs shoulders, both in terms of performance and price, with a high-end tower-format computer. But it offers an undeniable advantage: it is easier to transport than a desktop PC. Does this justify the purchase for the majority of users? Unfortunately no. This model seeks to appeal to a very targeted section of consumers: a large nomadic player looking for the best performance, or why not, an image professional who regularly needs to travel.
In these two cases, the Asus Rog Strix Scar 17 has something to seduce and meet your highest expectations. Otherwise, many users will probably prefer to switch to a less powerful option, but less expensive, or to a more sedentary configuration, but with more possible upgrades in the long term.