We had the opportunity to test the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17(G733QS model), a full-sized desktop squished into a notebook form factor…..reminds what the Genie from Aladin said “Phenomenal Cosmic Powers, Itty Bitty Living space.”. Not to say that the Strix Scar 17 is a small notebook! Coming in at 39.5×28.2cm and almost 3cm high when closed and only weights 2.7kg(sounds about the size of my desktop…..just no point between the 2.7kg).
The model we had features everything that you would expect from a notebook at this price point, the latest AMD Ryzen model CPU(a Ryzen 9 5900HX), an Nvidia RTX 3080, 32GB of DDR4 ram and a 1TB M.2 NVMe drive. Connected to the RTX 3080 is a 1080p 360Hz IPS screen, so you are guaranteed that you will not have any screen tearing when you play any game. What is also good about the display for me is that it covers the full sRGB colour spectrum and at least 75% of the AdobeRGB colour space, this means for me that I would be at least do some colour grading in photoshop(so not just a gaming laptop).
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 really blew my mind when it came to gaming performance! When I ran our trusty 3DMark I got in Time Spy a score(Graphics only) of 11456, in the Port Royal the Strix Scar 17 got a score of 7050. I moved over to actual gameplay(the main reason why we get to play with the laptop) and I was impressed with the speed and performance I got from my test games, never dropping below 100FPS in most games. I also ran my current favourite game(yes it’s a bit old but still nice) Control. With all the settings on and DLSS running, I got between 90 and 93FPS average when I played the game. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 does not take prisoners from any game.
When it comes to network connectivity you are covered there as well, thanks to the WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 that is built into the ROG Strix Scar 17. I got a slightly better connection when I swapped out my standard router for the Asus RT-AX68U(also a review unit and its WiFi 6 enabled…more about that later). The ROG Strix Scar 17 also features USB 3.2 Gen 1 and Gen 2 connectors. The Gen 2 is a Type-C port that supports Display Port, G-Sync and can send power, so that you can use a compatible power bank to charge your Notebook.
As this is a gamers notebook and not some boring business notebook, you get a metric ton of RGB Led lighting on this unit(all Aura Sync compatible). What is nice is that this all can be customised and controlled via Asus’s Armor Crate software. Not just that but the keyboard(an Optical Mechanical keyboard) features per-key RGB lighting. The keyboard sounded like a full-sized keyboard filled with Chery red switches! A feature that I love that they added(might sound a bit vain on my side) is that you can customize the Armor Caps on the Strix Scar 17, for me is a really cool feature and I see it a lot on the Strix desktop motherboards as well. It just gives you that slight personal touch that you can add to the notebook and make it your own.
Overall I was really pleased with the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 notebook, the unit does come in at about R65000+-(depending on the e-tailer you get it from). Now, this might seem like a lot of money to drop on a notebook, but for what you get from the notebook it is really worth investing into it. It has performance for days, has RGB lighting and PCI-E3.0 M.2 NMVe storage(up to 2TB of storage!). The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 is also not that heavy for such a high-end notebook, so you won’t break your back carrying it around. I would recommend this to any gamer that wants to have the same performance as their desktop PC, you will not be disappointed in the Scar 17 at all.
Keypad & Touchpad
Network and Communications
AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX Processor 3.3 GHz (16M Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Laptop GPU, With ROG Boost up to 1645MHz at 115W (130W with Dynamic Boost), 16GB GDDR6
17.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080), anti-glare display, Refresh Rate:360Hz, Response Time:3ms, IPS-level
32GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM x 2(Max Capacity : 64GB)
1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 Performance RAID0 SSD
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery / G-SYNC, 1x RJ45 LAN port
Optical Mech Keyboard Per-Key RGB
FHD 1080P@60FPS external camera
Smart Amp Technology, Audio by Dolby Atmos, AI mic noise-cancelling, Built-in array microphone, 2x 4W speaker with Smart Amp Technology, 2x 2W tweeter
Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax)+Bluetooth 5.1 (Dual band) 2*2;(*BT version may change with OS upgrades.) -RangeBoost
90WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
ø6.0, 240W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 12A, 240W, Input: 100~240C AC 50/60Hz universal
TYPE-C, 100W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 5A, 100W, Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 ~ 2.83 cm