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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS laptop review: Frontier runner

Sports car with handbrake applied. While many high-end laptops are rather discreetly designed, the Strix Scar 17 is visually clearly aimed at gamers. The tested model, G732LXS, can show off with Nvidia's currently strongest notebook GPU. However, Asus has opted for the weakest TGP version of the RTX 2080 Super.
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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17

That the Strix Scar 17 isn't a budget gaming device, you can already tell from the G732LW entry level model. For around 1,800 Euros (~$2,035) buyers get a Core i7-10875H, a GeForce RTX 2070 and a 144 Hz panel. If you want more power and a faster display, you'll have to reach for the G732LWS with GeForce RTX 2070 Super and 300 Hz panel, which costs almost 2,400 Euros (~$2,745). Our test device is based on the over 3,000-Euro (~$3,431) expensive top model, the G732LXS, which, beside Core i9-10980HK and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super offers 32 GB DDR4 RAM and 2 TB mass storage capacity (2x 1 TB SSD in RAID 0). The 300 Hz screen is of course also on board here.

Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Processor
Intel Core i9-10980HK 8 x 2.4 - 5.3 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile - 8192 MB, Core: 1380 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 442.53, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200, Dual Channel, all slots filled
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LQ173M1JW03 (SHP14DC), IPS, Full-HD, glossy: no, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0), 1024 GB 
, Slots: 3x M.2 2280 (1 empty)
Soundcard
Intel Comet Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Keystone
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.5 x 399 x 293 ( = 1.04 x 15.71 x 11.54 in)
Battery
66 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Per Key RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 280 watts PSU, Armoury Crate, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.89 kg ( = 101.94 oz / 6.37 pounds), Power Supply: 840 g ( = 29.63 oz / 1.85 pounds)
Price
3400 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Among the Strix Scar 17's competitors are other 17-inch gamers thinner than 3 cm, such as the MSI GE75, the HP Omen 17 and the Eurocom Nightsky RX17. The in-house predecessor Strix Scar III also appears in our tables as a comparison device.

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83 %
07/2020
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
2.9 kg26.5 mm17.3"1920x1080
86 %
05/2019
MSI GE75 9SG
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
2.7 kg27.5 mm17.3"1920x1080
85 %
08/2019
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
3.3 kg27 mm17.3"1920x1080
85 %
07/2019
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.9 kg26.2 mm17.3"1920x1080
87 %
07/2019
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.9 kg29.9 mm17.3"1920x1080

Case

With the Scar 17 Asus primarily wants to address the gaming faction. The target group can be recognized at a first glance. The striking design clearly sets the 17-incher apart from the masses. For example, there is the metal lid, which attracts customers with a huge and illuminated ROG logo. The plastic base unit is also anything but ordinary. While the upper side catches the eye with its asymmetrical construction and is printed with numerous lettering, Asus gives the case's bottom an LED strip that extends over three of four sides (see picture gallery).

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17

Despite the slim bezel design and a relatively low overall height (2.6 cm), the 17-inch body looks a bit clumsy, which is not only due to the design but also to the above-average construction depth of 29.3 cm. For comparison, the MSI GE75 is only 26.9 cm (27.5 cm @Eurocom Nightsky RX17). Moreover, the chassis turns out to be rickety in some places. There is little to complain about in terms of build quality and stability. The base unit can hardly be bent even under stronger pressure. What Asus could improve on, is the screen's opening angle, which turns out rather small at 120°.

Size comparison

405 mm / 15.9 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 3.3 kg7.28 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 29.9 mm / 1.177 inch 2.9 kg6.39 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 26.5 mm / 1.043 inch 2.9 kg6.37 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 292 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.3 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.7 kg5.86 lbs

Features

Connectivity

In view of the laptop's price, the connectivity is a bit meager. You'll look in vain for a cardreader or a Kensington lock. Neither a Thunderbolt 3 port nor a dedicated DisplayPort can be found. External monitors either go to the HDMI output or to the USB C 3.1 Gen2 port, which supports DisplayPort. The remaining three USB ports (Type-A) only support the 3.0 standard. The package is rounded off by an audio jack, an RJ45 port, and the so-called Keystone slot.

The Keystone is a special key, developed by Asus, which serves to individualize the device or saves its settings and is supposed to protect personal data (hidden shadow drive). Seeing the Keystone as a useful feature or as an unnecessary gimmick is something everyone has to decide upon for themselves. Since a majority of the ports are located at the rear, there is plenty of space for moving a mouse.

Left side: 2x USB-A 3.0, 3.5 mm jack
Left side: 2x USB-A 3.0, 3.5 mm jack
Right side: Keystone
Right side: Keystone
Rear: USB-A 3.0, USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (incl. DisplayPort), HDMI, RJ45-LAN, AC adapter
Rear: USB-A 3.0, USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (incl. DisplayPort), HDMI, RJ45-LAN, AC adapter

Communication

Wireless communication is provided by the cutting-edge Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 module, which enables the Scar 17 to reach over 1,000 Mb/s both in transmission and reception (1 m distance from the router). Note: Due to the modernized test setup, these results are not comparable with the competition.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1270 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=332)
700 MBit/s ∼55% -45%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
675 MBit/s ∼53% -47%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
661 MBit/s ∼52% -48%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
606 MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
578 MBit/s ∼46% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1150 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
749 MBit/s ∼65% -35%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
680 MBit/s ∼59% -41%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=332)
653 MBit/s ∼57% -43%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
634 MBit/s ∼55% -45%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
620 MBit/s ∼54% -46%

Webcam

The Scar 17 does not have a webcam. This lowers the overall rating by about 1%.

Accessories

Contrary to most manufacturers, Asus uses a 280 watt power supply for the RTX 2080 instead of an especially massive 330 watt model (the reason is the low TGP). At 840 g, the power supply is no lightweight, though.

Maintenance

Asus has come up with a clever detail when it comes to maintenance. One of the front screws is constructed in such a way that the case bottom lifts several millimeters from the base unit's upper side when unscrewed. The components can be separated more easily through the gap. This saves the use of a flat lever tool. Two SO-DIMM banks, three M.2 slots of type 2280 and the battery are located under the hood. The cooling system consists of the traditional two fans and various heat pipes.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17

Input devices

Keyboard

As befits a current gaming notebook, the Scar 17 offers a per key RGB illumination that can be extensively customized and adjusted in several stages. It's a bit of a pity, though, that some secondary functions are only dimly lit or not lit at all (e.g. the F keys). The relative dimensions are also not optimal. Apart from the already quite narrow keys of the numpad, the arrow keys look almost tiny and are hardly suitable for games. Especially for German customers the layout might take some time getting used to (single-line Enter key).

Otherwise, the keyboard delivers a very good performance. Typing feels pleasantly crisp and defined. Further praise is given for the halfway decent release noise. Asus has positioned a few special keys above the keyboard, which among other things allow quick volume control. Because the keyboard sits very high up, the Scar 17 has a pleasantly large wrist-rest.

Chiclet keyboard...
Chiclet keyboard...
...with RGB
...with RGB

Touchpad

With a width of around 10.5 cm and a height of around 5.5 cm, the touchpad isn't very lavish for a 17-inch device, but it is at least sufficiently dimensioned. The smooth surface guarantees very good gliding characteristics. The touchpad also scores points for good gesture support. Content can be comfortably zoomed and scrolled with two fingers. Thanks to the dedicated mouse keys, inputs - unlike in some ClickPads - are recognized cleanly and precisely.

Display

One of the biggest highlights of the Scar 17 is the lightning-fast 300 Hz display, although for most gamers 144 Hz is already enough and more than 200 Hz hardly brings any advantages.

328
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LQ173M1JW03 (SHP14DC)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 338 cd/m² Average: 311.2 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 310 cd/m²
Contrast: 756:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.41 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.13
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6
94% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 72% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.149
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
LQ173M1JW03 (SHP14DC), IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GE75 9SG
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33, AHVA, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
CMN175D, IPS, 1920x1080
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
AU Optronics AUO409D, IPS, 1920x1080
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
BOE NV173FHM-N44, IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-2%
-118%
-31%
-104%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5.8 (2.4, 3.4)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
-24%
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
-203%
7.2 (3.6, 3.6)
-24%
16.4 (8.4, 8)
-183%
Response Time Black / White *
8.4 (4.4, 4)
6.6 (3.2, 3.4)
21%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
-33%
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
-38%
10.4 (6, 4.4)
-24%
PWM Frequency
26040 (10)
25510 (44)
990.1 (99)
Screen
24%
26%
-26%
-9%
Brightness middle
310
400.7
29%
360
16%
297.4
-4%
298.4
-4%
Brightness
311
372
20%
342
10%
306
-2%
287
-8%
Brightness Distribution
82
89
9%
91
11%
80
-2%
90
10%
Black Level *
0.41
0.34
17%
0.26
37%
0.31
24%
0.3
27%
Contrast
756
1179
56%
1385
83%
959
27%
995
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.41
1.33
45%
1.91
21%
4.08
-69%
3.58
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.59
3.51
59%
4.08
53%
6.88
20%
6.29
27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.13
1.39
-23%
0.78
31%
4
-254%
2.82
-150%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.3
1.3
70%
2.72
37%
4
7%
3.1
28%
Gamma
2.149 102%
2.24 98%
2.37 93%
2.259 97%
2.24 98%
CCT
7059 92%
6735 97%
6692 97%
7205 90%
7064 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72
58.2
-19%
60
-17%
56
-22%
60.2
-16%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
92.1
-2%
96
2%
86
-9%
92.7
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
11% / 20%
-46% / 4%
-29% / -27%
-57% / -24%

* ... smaller is better

With the exception of the mediocre contrast of about 750:1 (which results from the somewhat high black value), the 17-inch screen has hardly any weaknesses. About 310 cd/m² brightness is typical for a gaming laptop and will satisfy most buyers - unless they want to use the Scar 17 outdoors.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Viewing angles and color accuracy are within the usual IPS spectrum. However, the color-space coverage of 72% AdobeRGB is somewhat higher than the competition. The Full HD panel scores particularly well in the reaction test. Under 10 ms promises clean images even in fast games.

Asus Strix Scar 17 vs sRGB (94%)
Asus Strix Scar 17 vs sRGB (94%)
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Asus Strix Scar 17 vs AdobeRGB (72%)
Asus Strix Scar 17 vs AdobeRGB (72%)

The Scar 17 has to do without Nvidia's image enhancement G-Sync. In return, the 17-incher supports Optimus GPU switching.

Against the light
Against the light
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.4 ms rise
↘ 3.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17927 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Test conditions

What would a gaming notebook be without powerful tuning software? The Armoury Crate from Asus is in no way inferior to the tools of the competition (e.g. the Dragon Center from MSI). Our measurements were made with the "performance" profile. According to the visualization, the turbo profile mainly affects the CPU performance. Although the graphics card's clock rate also increases by 100 MHz, in practice only about 50 MHz of this remains, which doesn't make a big difference. Due to the high noise level (more about this later), the quiet mode would be recommended for idle situations and undemanding tasks. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to bring much improvement.

Armoury Crate
Armoury Crate

Performance

The Scar 17 ranks among the fastest laptops of 2020, and in addition to the processor, the graphics card also makes itself comfortable in the absolute high-end range. 32 GB of RAM will be enough for quite a while, too.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark

Processor

The Core i9-10980HK is an eight-core CPU from Intel's Comet Lake generation, which offers 16 MB L3 cache and can process up to 16 threads in parallel via Hyper-Threading. 45 watts TDP corresponds to the competing Ryzen 7 4800H, which however is created in the 7 nm process and not in the dusty old 14 nm process.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load

Thanks to the Turbo Boost technology, under load the base clock rate of 2.4 GHz is exceeded significantly. According to Cinebench R15, the 10980HK reaches 4.3 to 4.9 GHz in single-core scenarios, whereas the clock rate settles down to about 4.0 GHz in multi-core applications. With this result, the Scar 17 in the Cinebench loop passes the HP Omen 17-cb0020ng, but not the MSI GE75 9SG, which both feature the Core i9-9880H.

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Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Intel Core i9-10980HK, Intel Core i9-10980HK: Ø1587 (1552.73-1737.47)
MSI GE75 9SG Intel Core i9-9880H, Intel Core i9-9880H: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng Intel Core i9-9880H, Intel Core i9-9880H: Ø1291 (1278.24-1450)

After a cold start, the 10980HK positions itself at the top of the comparison field, as the table below shows. The old six-core favorite, Core i7-9750H computes up to 30% slower.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
203 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
197 Points ∼97% -3%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼93% -7%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 219, n=592)
160 Points ∼79% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1737 (min: 1552.73, max: 1737.47) Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼99% -1%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
1450 Points ∼83% -17%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
Intel Core i7-9750H
1306 Points ∼75% -25%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
Intel Core i7-9750H
1239 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=596)
900 Points ∼52% -48%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=60)
400 Seconds * ∼100% -40%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
293 Seconds * ∼73% -2%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
286 Seconds * ∼72%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
46591 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
45938 MIPS ∼99%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=60)
36164 MIPS ∼78% -21%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5336 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
4924 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5674, n=60)
4827 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
489 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
467 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (340 - 511, n=106)
445 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼90% -10%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3883 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼96% -4%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
2953 Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Gaming
  (1530 - 6321, n=107)
2902 Points ∼75% -25%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8666 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (3448 - 10190, n=41)
6599 Points ∼76% -24%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1302 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (874 - 1401, n=41)
1201 Points ∼92% -8%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
12.5 fps ∼100%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
11.865 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 18.9, n=60)
9.85 fps ∼79% -21%
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Average of class Gaming
  (28.6 - 95.8, n=36)
59.1 s ∼100% +14%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
51.9 s ∼88%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Gaming
  (0.546 - 0.761, n=41)
0.619 sec * ∼100% -7%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.581 sec * ∼94%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1737 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
166 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
203 Points
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System Performance

Despite SSD-RAID, the system performance is not enough for a place on the winners' rostrum. In PCMark 10, the competition is between 5 and 18% quicker. However, the PCMark results are often only partially comprehensible.

PCMark 10 - Score
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼100% +18%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6306 Points ∼96% +13%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
5982 Points ∼91% +8%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5834 Points ∼89% +5%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0)
5556 Points ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=278)
5312 Points ∼81% -4%

DPC Latency

Unfortunately, the Scar 17 reveals weaknesses in the latency test. The tool LatencyMon measures very high rates here, which underpins our subjective impressions. Every now and then the system has to struggle with short hangs, which mainly occur when programs are started.

Latencies
Latencies
Latencies
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0)
5066.3 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

The comparison with the competition proves that an SSD RAID is not always worthwhile. Both the MSI GE75 9SG and the Asus Strix Scar III with their single SSD solutions hardly fall behind in the benchmark course (AS SSD Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark, etc...). The two Intel SSD models of the 660p type certainly come with a very generous total capacity: 2 TB is enough for a lot of games.

Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0)
MSI GE75 9SG
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-7%
11%
-4%
31%
Write 4K
125.8
116.1
-8%
103.8
-17%
130.1
3%
133
6%
Read 4K
52.86
44.98
-15%
41.67
-21%
56.02
6%
61.58
16%
Write Seq
1795
2370
32%
2639
47%
2935
64%
Read Seq
2315
1465
-37%
2702
17%
3118
35%
Write 4K Q32T1
407.1
337.5
-17%
487.3
20%
465.7
14%
571.3
40%
Read 4K Q32T1
411.9
453.6
10%
555.1
35%
546.8
33%
654.2
59%
Write Seq Q32T1
2844
2399
-16%
2967
4%
1766
-38%
3296
16%
Read Seq Q32T1
3130
3087
-1%
3102
-1%
1921.7
-39%
3560
14%
2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3130 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2844 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 411.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 407.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2315 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1795 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 52.86 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 125.8 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø2797 (2508.82-2829.69)

Graphics Card

With the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, Nvidia presents a slightly revised version of the normal RTX 2080: Instead of 2,944 shader units, there are now 3,072, which theoretically provides a small performance plus.

3DMark 06 Standard
41873 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
69838 points
3DMark 11 Performance
27065 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
49644 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
20902 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9629 points
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However, since different TGP varieties exist, the "Super" suffix has only limited relevance. In order to be able to squeeze the high-end GPU into a relatively thin case, Asus only uses the 150-watt model in the Scar 17, which usually doesn't stand out from the standard RTX 2080 of the HP Omen 17 or MSI GE75.

3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
5903 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
5582 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
5538 Points ∼94% -6%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
4323 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Gaming
  (1097 - 6005, n=101)
4114 Points ∼70% -30%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
9754 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
9638 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
9480 Points ∼97% -2%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
8000 Points ∼82% -17%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
7294 Points ∼75% -24%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=226)
5968 Points ∼61% -38%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
24623 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
24416 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
22820 Points ∼93% -7%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
21138 Points ∼86% -13%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
19230 Points ∼78% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=612)
12059 Points ∼49% -51%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
34050 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
34021 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
31826 Points ∼93% -6%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
26752 Points ∼79% -21%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
24465 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=689)
14427 Points ∼42% -58%

We tested how the graphics card behaves under longer 3D loads for about an hour with the role-playing game The Witcher 3. This resulted in an average clock rate of 1,600 to 1,700 MHz. Without GPU boost the core clock would be 1,380 MHz. More details about the RTX 2080 Super can be found on our benchmark page.

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Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0): Ø91.8 (79-97)

Gaming Performance

With the native 1920x1080 resolution, the Scar 17 has no problem at all. Even demanding titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 can be played smoothly with maximum details. Often it's even over 100 FPS. For 2560x1440 pixels, the RTX 2080 Super usually has enough reserves. It only gets tight - if at all - in the 4K range (3840x2160 pixels).

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H
95.3 fps ∼100% +2%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
93.4 (min: 78) fps ∼98%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H
91.7 (min: 76) fps ∼96% -2%
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
73.8 fps ∼77% -21%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
64 fps ∼67% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=386)
52.6 fps ∼55% -44%


low med. high ultraQHD4K
GTA V (2015) 185 178 164 92.8 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 280 178 93.4 66.4 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 168 154 148 134 fps
Fortnite (2018) 178 171 136 104 52 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 124 95.7 42 fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 144 107 75.3 56.1 33.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 123 105 88.4 fps
Monster Hunter World (2018) 131 119 102 69.1 36 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 136 127 121 84 45 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 98 85 62 57 38 fps
Hitman 2 (2018) 104 87.8 80 77.7 48.4 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 169 153 142 115 68.7 fps
Darksiders III (2018) 168 143 132 97.2 50.5 fps
Just Cause 4 (2018) 157 120 113 81.2 46 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 144 144 144 131 75.4 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 116 113 100 90 55 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 116 90.2 71 55.4 34.9 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 178 158 91.6 74.1 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 147 131 102 69 36 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 122 91.7 50.6 45.3 27.1 fps
Rage 2 (2019) 148 127 127 81.9 40.3 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 224 174 167 130 80 fps
Control (2019) 113 87.6 58.9 29.8 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 131 98 88 64.6 35.2 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 281 267 262 258 227 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 109 99 74 57 34 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 164 120 88.7 72.5 48.8 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 145 136 115 83.6 48.3 fps
Need for Speed Heat (2019) 104 91 79.4 75.3 51.3 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 121 117 107 86.4 49 fps
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2019) 117 79.8 52.9 42.5 27.6 fps
Escape from Tarkov (2020) 121 121 121 102 49.5 fps
Hunt Showdown (2020) 151 120 83.1 38.4 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 216 193 191 147 80.8 fps
Gears Tactics (2020) 226 144 106 70.3 38.4 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 235 175 146 119 72 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Scar 17 is one of the fastest but also one of the loudest gaming notebooks on the market. Even in idle mode, the fans are at times very present and often turn up unnecessarily loud. In 3D mode you should by default connect headphones in view of 50 to 55 dB. Noise-sensitive users however won't be satisfied with the competition, either.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203424.227.228.225.332.82536.336.935.136.935.935.63135.735.237.435.834.231.8403235.134.537.434.938.35030.438.131.732.931.535.263353328.925.22537.38029.625.821.922.122.132.710029.426.522.822.322.628.812530.727.322.926.617.932.316034.929.827.725.320.436.820034.128.925.322.715.835.425034.427.123.821.213.936.231535.830.625.622.513.43840039.433.527.72512.443.750039.33228.523.212.340.863039.13226.121.911.139.780040.732.528.123.310.941.3100042.834.530.323.511.242.7125044.237.230.823.613.444.3160046.235.528.522.611.746.4200045.133.726.521.511.845.7250044.932.425.421.612.344.5315042.130.826.120.312.741.7400039.129.822.21512.438.8500039.127.1191412.838.8630041.926.216.813.512.940.7800038.323.515.313.512.9381000035.618.714.413.312.835.11250031.917.114.213.112.731.11600026.715.714.313.31225.6SPL54.544.438.43324.654.6N9.64.72.81.70.69.9median 39.1median 29.8median 25.4median 21.9median 12.7median 38.8Delta3.933.73.51.73.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS

Noise Level

Idle
33 / 38 / 45 dB(A)
Load
54 / 55 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GE75 9SG
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
9%
3%
8%
10%
10%
off / environment *
25
28.2
-13%
30
-20%
28.2
-13%
28
-12%
29.3 (25 - 32, n=385)
-17%
Idle Minimum *
33
30.4
8%
34
-3%
28.2
15%
28
15%
31.4 (25 - 42, n=808)
5%
Idle Average *
38
30.4
20%
35
8%
28.5
25%
28.4
25%
32.6 (26 - 46.6, n=808)
14%
Idle Maximum *
45
33.4
26%
36
20%
30
33%
32.9
27%
34.7 (28 - 52, n=808)
23%
Load Average *
54
37.1
31%
51
6%
51.5
5%
45
17%
41.1 (28 - 59, n=809)
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
50
54.2
-8%
47
6%
55.3
-11%
53.2
-6%
Load Maximum *
55
56.4
-3%
51
7%
55.3
-1%
53.2
3%
48.4 (38.9 - 64.1, n=809)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The heat generation is also subpar. Up to 59 °C on the upper side after 60 minutes of stress testing with Furmark and Prime95 represents the highest value in the test field. The remaining rates tend to favor the competition. However, the Scar 17 stays coolest in idle mode at around 30 °C. At maximum load, we were able to bring the components, Core i9-10980HK and GeForce RTX 2080 Super, to around 80 °C, which is still acceptable, whereby the CPU throttles down to around 1.9 GHz in this extreme situation.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load (top)
Full load (top)
Full load (bottom)
Full load (bottom)
Max. Load
 51 °C
124 F
47 °C
117 F
59 °C
138 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
45 °C
113 F
49 °C
120 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
37 °C
99 F
33 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 59 °C = 138 F
Average: 43.6 °C = 110 F
52 °C
126 F
50 °C
122 F
50 °C
122 F
49 °C
120 F
49 °C
120 F
44 °C
111 F
31 °C
88 F
30 °C
86 F
35 °C
95 F
Maximum: 52 °C = 126 F
Average: 43.3 °C = 110 F
Power Supply (max.)  56 °C = 133 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.3 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 59 °C / 138 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 52 °C / 126 F, compared to the average of 42.5 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33.3 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 48.6 °C / 119 F, compared to the device average of 33.3 °C / 92 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 40 °C / 104 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-11.2 °C / -20.2 F).
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GE75 9SG
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-14%
2%
-5%
-5%
4%
Maximum Upper Side *
59
48.8
17%
47
20%
45.2
23%
48.6
18%
46 (28 - 68.8, n=773)
22%
Maximum Bottom *
52
52
-0%
54
-4%
52
-0%
46.8
10%
49.8 (25.9 - 78, n=771)
4%
Idle Upper Side *
30
36.2
-21%
32
-7%
33
-10%
35.4
-18%
30.7 (21.6 - 46.8, n=725)
-2%
Idle Bottom *
29
44.4
-53%
30
-3%
38
-31%
38
-31%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=723)
-10%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The sound quality is quite good by laptop standards. The 2.0 system used by Asus provides a solid and halfway balanced sound. Audio content often sounds much more muddy and bass poorer in the competition.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.332.22535.937.23134.232.24034.9385031.536.3632532.78022.135.710022.646.412517.957.616020.461.620015.855.325013.95931513.461.840012.465.650012.364.663011.167.780010.974.5100011.274.8125013.470.8160011.769.2200011.869250012.372.4315012.767.9400012.464.1500012.861.9630012.962.7800012.964.11000012.8601250012.757.1160001251.9SPL24.681.4N0.650.9median 12.7median 64.1Delta1.74.940.744.538.440.538.738.838.740.53742.135.443.434.946.734.253.33457.132.461.83265.93269.131.47130.366.329.571.729.382.929.285.329.280.428.976.528.580.728.886.628.583.128.377.628.174.928.275.328.171.72874.92880.927.679.627.775.240.892.9497.9median 28.9median 75.21.96.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Strix Scar 17 G732LXSMSI GE75 9SG
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

MSI GE75 9SG audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Although the Scar 17 boasts a graphics switch, the 17-incher is not an economical notebook. A maximum of 35 watts in idle mode is only surpassed by the HP Omen 17. The Asus offspring also allows itself an above average amount of energy under load with 177 to 280 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 16 / 25 / 35 Watt
Load midlight 177 / 280 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
MSI GE75 9SG
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
17%
-9%
9%
18%
15%
Idle Minimum *
16
13.9
13%
26
-63%
18.2
-14%
18.6
-16%
19 (1.9 - 113, n=769)
-19%
Idle Average *
25
18.8
25%
29
-16%
23
8%
22.6
10%
24.4 (6 - 119, n=769)
2%
Idle Maximum *
35
23.1
34%
38
-9%
33.1
5%
23
34%
29.9 (8.3 - 122, n=769)
15%
Load Average *
177
112.3
37%
106
40%
124.8
29%
93.4
47%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=760)
41%
Witcher 3 ultra *
227
231
-2%
228
-0%
180.8
20%
186.4
18%
Load Maximum *
280
291.5
-4%
287
-3%
263
6%
233.6
17%
175 (21.9 - 590, n=759)
37%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Thanks to various energy-saving measures, the battery life is better than the power consumption, when connected to AC power, would suggest. In our WLAN test, which was carried out with a luminosity of around 150 cd/m², the 66 Wh battery managed around 6 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 02min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 56min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 29min
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, 66 Wh
MSI GE75 9SG
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, 65 Wh
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
i9-9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, 70 Wh
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 66 Wh
Eurocom Nightsky RX17
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 62 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-17%
-44%
-33%
-49%
-26%
Reader / Idle
602
250
-58%
249
-59%
251
-58%
358 (39 - 1174, n=715)
-41%
WiFi v1.3
356
294
-17%
196
-45%
236
-34%
120
-66%
264 (62 - 622, n=428)
-26%
Load
89
63
-29%
84
-6%
69
-22%
79.6 (18 - 243, n=682)
-11%

Pros

+ good input devices
+ decent sound
+ 300 Hz display

Cons

- connectivity could be better
- high noise level under load
- no webcam

Verdict

ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS, test device provided by Asus Germany
ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS, test device provided by Asus Germany

With the Strix Scar 17 G732LXS, Asus sells an extremely powerful high-end laptop, which unfortunately suffers from the typical weaknesses of this category.

In addition to the heat generation, the noise level in 3D operation is also very high. On top of that, the graphics card has only earned its "Super" designation to a limited extent when comparing the performance with other RTX 2080 laptops (keyword TGP). Asus could also improve on the connectivity (no card reader, no Thunderbolt 3).

Otherwise, we liked the 17-incher very much. The Scar 17 is ahead of most competitors in terms of display (300 Hz!), input devices, sound, and battery life. However, in view of the price-performance ratio, we would recommend a cheaper model with a Core i7-10875H and GeForce RTX 2070 (Super), which will probably also stay cooler and quieter.

Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS - 07/12/2020 v7
Florian Glaser

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
62 / 80 → 78%
Weight
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Battery
68 / 95 → 72%
Display
84%
Games Performance
97%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
77 / 95 → 81%
Noise
46 / 90 → 51%
Audio
82%
Average
72%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS laptop review: Frontier runner
Florian Glaser, 2020-07-20 (Update: 2020-07-20)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.