Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D review AMD’s game-changing new chip.

Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D review AMD's game-changing new chip.

The Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D: AMD’s Game-Changing Gaming Laptop

AMD recently announced the release of its new Ryzen 9 7945HX3D processor, claiming it to be the “world’s fastest mobile gaming processor.” With an impressive 16 cores, 32 threads, a boost clock up to 5.4GHz, and 144MB of total cache, this chip promised to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience. Now, with the processor in hand, housed in the Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D, I can confidently say that Intel should be worried.

The Scar X3D is a behemoth of a gaming laptop, boasting a 17-inch screen with a 240Hz QHD display and a hefty price tag of $3,699.99. It’s definitely a luxury purchase, more of a statement than a practical buy for most gamers. But it undeniably delivers on its promise of exceptional gaming performance. Paired with 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and an Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU, the X3D outperforms any other gaming laptop I’ve reviewed.

The numbers speak for themselves. In benchmark tests, the X3D beat MSI’s Titan GT77 HX, a more expensive laptop with Intel’s flagship Core i9-13980HX processor, by up to 20 percent. This level of performance difference is beyond what one would expect from just a CPU upgrade. The X3D is a game-changer, particularly for gaming at QHD resolution. If money is no object, this laptop will ensure you never have to worry about settings, resolutions, or frame rates in modern games.

What sets the X3D apart is AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology. It’s the first mobile processor to feature this innovation, offering more cache than AMD’s desktop lineup. Cache is high-speed memory on the CPU that can be accessed quickly, akin to the chip’s pocket. With 3D V-Cache, AMD stacks more cache onto the CPU, providing a significant advantage for gaming laptops that need to process data quickly. The X3D is designed solely for gaming, evident in its weight of over six pounds and almost an inch thickness. It’s a gaming powerhouse that requires dedicated cooling to keep it running smoothly.

Speaking of cooling, the Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D incorporates the ROG Intelligent Cooling system, which features Conductonaut Extreme thermal paste, a vapor chamber, 84-blade fans, and four heatsinks. Throughout extensive gaming sessions, the CPU maintained comfortable temperatures in the mid-80s (Celsius), thanks to the efficient cooling system. The fans can be audible under Turbo cooling profile, necessary to cool the powerful components, but the Silent profile offers a quieter experience.

Portability may not be the X3D’s strong suit, but it does excel in other areas. The 17-inch QHD display is a visual delight, covering 100 percent of the sRGB gamut with excellent color accuracy. The keyboard is exceptional, with satisfying key bounce and per-key RGB lighting. The laptop comes with an array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, ethernet, and power ports. However, the webcam leaves much to be desired with its grainy 720p resolution.

Battery life is not the X3D’s strongest feature either, offering approximately three and a half hours of general office use. Gaming on battery power delivers a respectable 54 minutes of gameplay. It’s clear that this laptop prioritizes raw performance over energy efficiency.

Ultimately, the Asus ROG Strix Scar X3D is a game-changer in the gaming laptop market. While it may not be the most practical choice for everyday use, it showcases the capabilities of AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology and firmly establishes AMD as a competitor to Intel. This laptop is for gamers who demand uncompromising performance and are willing to invest in the best of the best. With the X3D, AMD has once again pushed the boundaries of what a gaming laptop can achieve.