Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 review: The gaming laptop in all the superlatives

ROG Strix Scar 17 is far from a model for sobriety. From the cover, her membership in the Republic of Players is well marked. Made of plastic, it features the famous ROG backlight. More attentive will also have noticed the eclectic lacquer stripe adorned with the ROG logo, which crosses the bonnet diagonally.

When the screen is opened, a two-color piano appears with one opaque black side and a transparent one. Aside from the discovery’s “dazzling” effect, its usefulness is nil: no real element is visible, not even a rotating fan. The piano paint has no anti-fingerprint treatment, the slightest pressure on it leaves marks that are difficult to clean. Cleaning is also complicated and often leaves traces.

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The RGB backlit keyboard provides pleasant typing with good responsiveness. It has a full numeric keypad and five macro keys on top. Obviously, it is possible to customize the backlight with Armory Crate – the possibilities offered will make you spend an afternoon there.

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Like the keyboard, the large touchpad provides a smooth gliding and the various Windows gestures are well taken into account. At the far right on the right edge is a location for the ROG Keystone (in red with the ROG logo). This is a switch with an NFC chip that allows you to link a ROG account in order to find its customization profiles (ventilation, backlighting, etc.) and set up storage space that is visible only when the switch is present.

Close-up of ROG Keystone.  © The Digital

Close-up of ROG Keystone. © The Digital

ROG Strix Scar 17’s connectivity goes to the basics with two USB 3.2 ports and a socket on the left side. Behind the screen, between the two slots, are two USB-C ports, an HDMI port and a 2.5G RJ45 jack. Accessing these ports is also very painful, because there is no indication on the chassis that they are present. We also regret the lack of a memory card reader, webcam, and, to a lesser extent, a fingerprint reader to unlock the session. However, there is plenty of room on this 17-inch chassis.

There is no indicator at the top to indicate the port type.  © The Digital

There is no indicator at the top to indicate the port type. © The Digital

Wireless connectivity is guaranteed, not through an Intel chip as we thought, but through the MediaTek version. The MT7922, also used on AMD under the name RZ616, runs wifi 6E at 2400 Mbit/s and Bluetooth 5.2.

In terms of cooling, Asus has equipped ROG Strix Scar 17 with two fans, four radiators, four heat pipes and a liquid metal-type thermal paste to maximize heat exchange.

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Thermal imaging doesn’t reveal anything alarming for a gaming laptop, as temperatures recorded on the keyboard are rather low with just under 41°C at the hottest point. The ZQSD keys oscillate around 35 degrees Celsius, while the rest of the keyboard remains quite cool. The dedicated CPU slots are the hottest after a gaming session, with temperatures around 58°C behind the screen and 55.8°C on the left side. The slots to the right of the GPU are 10°C cooler.

Noise pollution reaches 50.5 dB in Turbo mode. Suffice it to say that the neighbors will be quite annoyed after about fifteen minutes of gaming. Using the Armory Crate Performance mode reduces the perceived sound level by two (47.1 dB), while the Silent mode is only 37.1 dB.

The level of performance will be affected by the cooling mode. Thus, we get 82 fps under Assassin’s Creed Valhalla In Turbo mode, Performance mode allows 74 fps, while Silent mode offers “only” 60 fps.

The guts of the Scar 17 are accessed by removing eight Phillips screws, then gently unscrewing the cap. Be careful, two cables connect the chassis RGB lighting to the motherboard: you have to lift the black latches to release them.

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Once open, we detect an occupied NVMe slot, a second free slot, two DDR5 accommodations and a removable battery. The wifi card, on the other hand, is soldered to the motherboard.

To move the ROG Strix Scar 17, Asus has teamed up with Intel thus merging a Core i9-12900H with a hybrid Alder Lake architecture, 32GB of DDR5 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card. Let’s go back to the processor, which thus has six high-performance cores (P-Cores), hyper-threaded and clocked at 2.5 GHz with a boost of 5 GHz, and eight low-power cores (E-Cores) at a frequency of 1.8 GHz with a boost of 3.8 GHz. During encoding, we observed an average frequency of 3.61 GHz for P-Cores and 2.79 GHz for E-Cores with maximum frequencies of 4.92 GHz and 3.79 GHz.

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The Core i9-12900H’s performance index is 176, far ahead of the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Core i9-11980HK which have an index close to 140 depending on which laptop they are integrated into. Note, however, that the Core i9-12900H score could have been higher if the cooling system had been able to keep the temperature of Core i9 cores below 100°C. After this temperature, the processor reduces its frequency and thus reduces its performance. Thus we were able to notice drops of frame rate In play when the CPU drops intermittently to 399MHz.

ROG Strix Scar 17 features the latest GPU announced by Nvidia, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The version specified by Asus claims a maximum TGP of 150W; So it is the most efficient version of this GPU.

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With this, the ROG Strix Scar 17 gets a performance index of 195, which is slightly lower than the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro equipped with a GeForce RTX 3070 (140 watts). The explanation can be found on the side of the processor lowering its frequency – a phenomenon especially evident in Call of duty And the Cyberpunk 2077 movie – With GPU frequency dragging, even in higher performance (and therefore ventilation) mode offered by Asus Armory Crate (Turbo mode).

Frame rate, full detail max 1080p.  © The Digital

Frame rate, full detail max 1080p. © The Digital

With Full HD definition and all settings pushed to the limit, our collection of games runs around 90fps without Ray Tracking. Activating the latter significantly reduces the number of frames per second, so you need to activate DLSS to exceed the 60 frames per second mark in compatible games.

Frame rate, full detail max 2560 x 1440 pixels.  © The Digital

Frame rate, full detail max 2560 x 1440 pixels. © The Digital

At 2560 x 1440 pixels – ROG Strix Scar 17’s native definition – with a raster display, the fps is about 60 frames per second, which is a good point. Just Cyberpunk 2077 movie Obtains frame rate At 39 frames per second. activation Ray Tracking Make Cyberpunk 2077, Metro EE And the average Barely to play. Therefore, DLSS activation will be necessary to enjoy these games.

ROG Scar 17 is equipped with an IPS panel with a display of 2560 x 1440 pixels and capable of reaching a refresh rate of 240 Hz. Asus also offers a Full HD version of up to 360Hz. Competitive online games, we recommend the 360 ​​Hz version. For fans of the latest AAA games, the version we tested seems more suitable.

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The WQHD panel specified by Asus gets a delta E 1.8, well below 3 where chromatic drifts begin to show. The color temperature is also close to the theoretical ideal of 6,500 K (measurement of 6574 K). Contrast, on the other hand, is a bit poor with 1104:1 readings with the probe: nothing alarming, but black will paint a little over gray.

The brightness is 304 cd / m², which is enough value for indoor use, given that the panel has a good anti-reflective treatment (reflection measured 17.8%). Finally, as a base point for a gaming laptop, the panel’s response was measured at 9ms, making the ROG Scar 17 among the bravest in our database.



strength point

  • CPU performance.

  • Responsive panel and well calibrated.

Weak points

  • Noise in Turbo mode.

  • No webcam.

  • There is no antidote.

Conclusion

5 stars from LesNumériques.com

How does grading work?

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 offers a premium configuration with 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. A properly calibrated and responsive screen allows you to fully enjoy video games, with or without Ray Tracking active. However, the quality of the plastic is not up to performance, nor is the cooling system which, unfortunately, struggles to cool the assembly, limiting the assembly’s capabilities.

Sub notes

  • Building

  • performance

  • games

  • Screen

  • My voice

  • Mobility / Autonomy

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