Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 review it’s good.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 review it's good.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17: The Gaming Powerhouse

Last week, I wrote about the ROG Strix Scar X3D: a gigantic, very expensive gaming laptop with off-the-charts benchmark scores. The X3D is a very exciting product in terms of what it represents for the laptop sphere but not something I necessarily see a whole bunch of people rushing to purchase. Today, we are instead discussing the ROG Strix Scar 17 — no X3D in the title. This Scar does not use AMD’s fancy 3D V-Cache technology. But it does have an astonishingly powerful pair of chips inside: AMD’s Ryzen 9 7945HX and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090. It is slightly less powerful and, with a price of $3,499.99, compared to the high-end Scar X3D’s $3,699.99, slightly more affordable.

Apart from the chip architecture, the Strix Scar 17 is basically identical to the Scar X3D. It’s got the same 17-inch QHD screen, per-key RGB keyboard, somewhat grainy FHD webcam, and massive 6.6-pound chassis. Given that similarity, as well as the fact that $200 is not all that much when you’re already paying upwards of three grand, I imagine that many gamers may prefer to wait for the X3D model to hit shelves (which is supposed to happen in late September, per the last time I bugged Asus about it). Still, if you don’t want to wait that long or you find $3,700 to be just a bit beyond what you can afford, the regular Scar 17 will still deliver an exceptional gaming experience that’s pretty far above the rest of the field.

Powerful Gaming Performance

First, let’s talk about the most important matter here: how well the thing can game. Even at native 2560 x 1440 resolution with ray tracing to the max, you will be hard-pressed to find a game that gives the Scar 17 any problems. The laptop left the 100fps ceiling out of the water on Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Cyberpunk 2077. While that performance isn’t quite as unbelievable as we saw from the X3D model, it isn’t too far behind. On Red Dead, the difference between the 7945HX and the 7945HX3D came down to 10-ish frames per second — a few percentage points. In all cases, images were smooth and bright without visible glitches or hangups. Of course, these numbers were also well above those that we saw from MSI’s Titan GT77 HX, a much more expensive RTX 4090 machine powered by Intel’s flagship Core i9. AMD is clearly ahead in the premium performance space.

I also had to see how well the Strix did on two of today’s most popular games, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Star Wars Jedi Survivor. No problems in either case. The device did just barely get over the 60fps threshold in Jedi Survivor with settings maxed and ray tracing on, but it did make it. That game is a particularly demanding example of ray tracing and standard rendering, so I was impressed to see how well it ran here.

The Chassis and Keyboard Experience

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 has a flashy and colorful chassis that will turn heads wherever it goes. It’s not one of those sleek, respectable-looking gaming laptops with an understated modern vibe. From top to bottom, this is an old-school gaming rig. It’s big, weighing in at 6.6 pounds and almost a full inch thick. The ports are distributed across the left side and the back, with nothing on the right. While the arrangement may inconvenience some, the selection of ports itself is commendable.

The keyboard on the Strix Scar 17 is a standout feature. It has per-key RGB lighting, a number pad on the right side, and dedicated keys for adjusting volume and fan speed, toggling the microphone, and pulling up Asus’ Armory Crate software. It has an incredibly bouncy feel and a uniquely comfortable texture, making typing and gaming a breeze.

The Outlook

A device this large and expensive, with this little battery life and this flashy look, is not going to be the right choice for everyone. However, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 offers some of the best gaming performance you can get. It may not have the raw frames rates as its X3D counterpart, but it still outperforms almost every other gaming laptop out there. If gaming performance is your priority, either the Strix Scar 17 or the X3D model will serve you well.

Together, the Strix Scar 17 and the Strix Scar X3D send a clear message to the gaming world: AMD is very far ahead. Both laptops offer exceptional gaming experiences and should be on the radar of any serious gamer.

So, if you’re ready to take your gaming to the next level, consider the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17. It may be big and expensive, but it’s a powerhouse that will surely exceed your expectations.