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Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW Review: With a fast 240-Hz display

Sebastian Bade, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 10/10/2019

RGB light show. In the third generation of the ROG Strix Scar, Asus again bets on a lot of RGB illumination. However, what is under the hood is much more important. We have already tested a similar model based on an Intel Core i9, and now we are looking at the slightly more affordable ROG Strix Scar with the Core i7. Find out in this review whether this is the more sensible alternative.

Test Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW

Under the label ROG (Republic of Gamers), Asus offers gaming laptops in almost any price range. At around 2400 Euros (~$2635; $2240 in the US with a 1-TB SSD), our test unit is in the middle of the field. For this price, the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW offers quite a lot. The case offers a high recognition value and is covered by RGB elements. Besides it being a feast for the eyes, the Intel Core i7-9750H together with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 ensure high frame rates. In addition, all the contents are displayed on the 240-Hz panel, which represents a completely new experience. Furthermore, users do not need to forgo any storage space, since a 512 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive are also on board. Compared to the version based on the Intel Core i9-9880H that we have already tested, our current test unit offers only 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, but this should still be plenty. 

As a competitor, there is of course its larger sibling with the Core i9, in order to directly compare whether our Core-i7 model is still able to keep up. In addition, we have also selected the Lenovo Legion Y740 and the Acer Predator Triton 500. With the Intel Core i7-9750H, both of them offer the same CPU. However, they both only offer the Max-Q version of the GeForce RTX 2070. With the Origin PC Evo16, we have also selected a strong device with the GeForce RTX 2080, but this is also the slightly weaker Max-Q version. We will find out later in our test, how well the GeForce RTX 2070 of our ROG Strix Scar III 531GW is able to keep up here.

Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T (Strix Scar III G531 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, TU106, FoceWare 436.30, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB DDR4-2666 SO-DIMM, dual-channel, all slots occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Sharp LQ156M1JW09 (SHP14D3), IPS, Full-HD, 240 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, 512 GB 
, PCIe slots: 1x M.2 & 1x 2.5 inch, 1400 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC294 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo port
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 360 x 275 ( = 0.98 x 14.17 x 10.83 in)
Battery
66 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: stereo 2x 3.5W, Keyboard: chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, Keystone chip with lanyard, McAfee Security, various manufacturer tools, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.426 kg ( = 85.57 oz / 5.35 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
Price
2400 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW

Size Comparison

379 mm / 14.9 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.35 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg5.12 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs

Connection Equipment

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
694 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼98% +6%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
650 MBit/s ∼94% +2%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
640 (min: 541, max: 677) MBit/s ∼92%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
615 (min: 508, max: 642) MBit/s ∼89% -4%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
675 MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 MBit/s ∼99% +15%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
629 (min: 602, max: 651) MBit/s ∼93% +8%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
580 (min: 497, max: 619) MBit/s ∼86%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
554 MBit/s ∼82% -4%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø639 (541-677)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø580 (497-619)

Display - A fast 240-Hz panel

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Good: only minimal clouding
Good: only minimal clouding

In terms of the display, Asus has equipped the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW with a 240 Hz panel that makes pro-gamers' hearts beat faster. But in regular operation, this also can be positively noticed. The resolution is 1920x1080 pixels, which is completely sufficient for the size of 15.6 inches.

In our measurements, the display does not deliver any top values with an average brightness of 284 cd/m², but it is still sufficient for second place. Only the display of the Lenovo Legion Y740 is significantly brighter (431 cd/m²). However, our test unit is struggling with a relatively high black value, which results in a weak contrast ratio.

With clouding and PWM, our ROG Strix Scar III 531GW does not accumulate any positive points. However, overall the clouding is only minimal, and in terms of PWM, we can also almost give the all-clear signal, since according to our measurements, it only occurs at a brightness of 20 percent and below.

279
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp LQ156M1JW09 (SHP14D3)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 309 cd/m² Average: 283.7 cd/m² Minimum: 17.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 309 cd/m²
Contrast: 736:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.99 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.12
ΔE Greyscale 5.43 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.57
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Sharp LQ156M1JW09 (SHP14D3), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Sharp LQ156M1JW09 (SHP14D3), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
BOE NV156FHM-N4J, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NV156FHM-N4K (BOE082A), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Chi Mei CMN N161HCA-GA1, IPS, 1920x1080, 16.1
Response Times
3159%
-19%
21%
3367%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
15 (8, 7)
17.2 (9.2, 8)
-15%
19 (9, 10)
-27%
5.2 (2.6, 2.6)
65%
14.4 (7.6, 6.8)
4%
Response Time Black / White *
9 (5, 4)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-24%
10 (6, 4)
-11%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-24%
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
-7%
PWM Frequency
250 (20)
24040 (29)
9516%
25510 (21)
10104%
Screen
20%
31%
13%
-1%
Brightness middle
309
266
-14%
477
54%
288
-7%
278
-10%
Brightness
284
252
-11%
431
52%
265
-7%
259
-9%
Brightness Distribution
88
88
0%
84
-5%
84
-5%
89
1%
Black Level *
0.42
0.27
36%
0.175
58%
0.22
48%
0.41
2%
Contrast
736
985
34%
2726
270%
1309
78%
678
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.99
1.81
55%
4.17
-5%
3.22
19%
2.93
27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.3
3.23
61%
6.97
16%
6.26
25%
7.12
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.12
1.03
8%
2.51
-124%
1.5
-34%
1.49
-33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.43
2.44
55%
3.49
36%
3.43
37%
4.5
17%
Gamma
2.57 86%
2.42 91%
2.5 88%
2.41 91%
2.17 101%
CCT
7767 84%
7005 93%
7076 92%
7290 89%
5767 113%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
62
-2%
60
-5%
60
-5%
59.2
-6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
97
0%
91
-6%
93
-4%
93.2
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1590% / 693%
6% / 23%
17% / 14%
1683% / 721%

* ... smaller is better

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
9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 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 (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
15 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 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 detected 250 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 250 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 250 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW vs. sRGB (97%)
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW vs. sRGB (97%)
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW vs. AdobeRGB (63%)
Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW vs. AdobeRGB (63%)

Despite the low contrast ratio, the image quality is decent. However, black areas can be considered more gray and colors are not reproduced very vibrant. In the state of delivery, the color deviations are only slightly elevated compared to the sRGB color space. On the other hand, the display in the similar ROG Strix Scar III 531GW with a Core i9 CPU delivers better values. We also noticed a blue tint. However, with our calibration, these values could be improved considerably, and the slight blue tint was also reduced. We have linked the corresponding ICC profile of our test unit, and you can find the download above our comparison chart.

In terms of the color reproduction, the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW does a very good job and achieves the best values in our comparison. We note an sRGB color space coverage of 97% and AdobeRGB coverage of 63%. While these values are not suitable for photography, the color space coverage is completely sufficient for gaming.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)

The matte display surface does not limit usage in bright surroundings, since annoying reflections are prevented. With a better display brightness, the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW would have been able to do better here. In terms of the viewing angle stability, we are seeing the result of a good IPS panel here. Even the usual problematic corner images are only covered by a very weak gray veil. This was significantly stronger in the other competitors.

Using the Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW outdoors
Using the Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW outdoors
... and in the test of viewing angles
... and in the test of viewing angles

Performance - A good performance in the Asus gaming laptop

Asus has equipped the ROG Strix III with gaming hardware for gamers. With the Intel Core i7-9750H, our test unit offers a fast hexa-core processor, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 is responsible for the graphics performance. With 16 GB, the working memory is sufficient, and the storage solution of a combined SSD and HDD also offers sufficient reserves. As alternatives, interested buyers can also choose models with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 or GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti as well as with the Core i5-9300H and Core i9-9880H Intel processors.

All the hardware variations are designed for gaming at a high level. However, users should think beforehand about whether they want to use a 4K monitor, for example, or whether they often want to play games with ray-tracing and DLSS features.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC latencies
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (benchmark)
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-9750H is a 6-core processor and in the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW the second fastest model behind the Intel Core i9-9880H, which has 8 cores. The Intel Core i7-9750H offers a basic core speed of 2.6 GHz. In Turbo, the SoC is able to achieve up to 4.5 GHz under optimal conditions. However, this only applies to the load of two cores. When all 6 cores are used, it is limited to only 4.0 GHz.

However, in the test our test unit remains behind the competitors in the single-core performance. The distance to the other competitors is about 3 to 6 percent. Things look different in the multi-core test, and our ROG Strix Scar III 531GW advances to second place. Compared to the ROG Strix Scar III based on the Core i9-9880H, the difference is 9 percent.

For additional comparisons and benchmarks, we refer to our CPU comparison chart.

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Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1177 (1160.19-1270.77)
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW Intel Core i9-9880H, Intel Core i9-9880H: Ø1267 (1239.62-1311.65)
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1132 (1125.75-1244.28)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1066 (1053.71-1188.07)
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1101 (1094.42-1236.44)

In the stress test with the Cinebench-R15 multi-loop, the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW does fairly well and is able to achieve a better result on average than the comparison devices with the same CPU. The ROG Strix Scar III had already achieved good values based on the Core i9 processor, so that we were already expecting a good result. 

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
189 Points ∼87% +6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
189 Points ∼87% +6%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Core i9-9880H
183 Points ∼84% +3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
183 Points ∼84% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (170 - 194, n=64)
183 Points ∼84% +3%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
178 Points ∼82%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Core i9-9880H
1401 Points ∼32% +9%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
1288 Points ∼29%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
1197 Points ∼27% -7%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
1188 Points ∼27% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
1188 Points ∼27% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (964 - 1306, n=66)
1182 Points ∼27% -8%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
457 Points ∼89% +8%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
450 Points ∼88% +6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
448 Points ∼87% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (416 - 468, n=39)
441 Points ∼86% +4%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
423 Points ∼82%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
2753 Points ∼40%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
2694 Points ∼39% -2%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
2608 Points ∼38% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (2051 - 3110, n=39)
2588 Points ∼37% -6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
2448 Points ∼35% -11%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
13900 Points ∼71% +4%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Core i9-9880H
13522 Points ∼69% +1%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
13402 Points ∼69%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
12984 Points ∼67% -3%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
12903 Points ∼66% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (9745 - 14337, n=65)
12881 Points ∼66% -4%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (391 - 487, n=7)
437 Seconds * ∼5% -5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
415.9 Seconds * ∼4%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
403.2 Seconds * ∼4% +3%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
23832 Points ∼41%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
23223 Points ∼40% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (17054 - 25043, n=15)
21791 Points ∼38% -9%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
5476 Points ∼86%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
5409 Points ∼85% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4440 - 5476, n=15)
5215 Points ∼82% -5%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
34643 MIPS ∼33%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
33363 MIPS ∼32% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (28512 - 35174, n=7)
32291 MIPS ∼31% -7%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H
5042 MIPS ∼73%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
5023 MIPS ∼73% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (4657 - 5042, n=7)
4881 MIPS ∼71% -3%

* ... smaller is better

 
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
115.21 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.21 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1288 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
178 Points
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System Performance

In the PCMark-10 benchmarks, our ROG Strix Scar III 531GW is unable to come through, and the comparison devices are faster almost throughout. The PCMark 8 is handled better by our test unit, and it is able to place second.

Subjectively, the system performance of our ROG Strix Scar III is very good and we did not encounter any problems during the time of our testing.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
8220 Points ∼69% +14%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7353 Points ∼61% +2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7314 Points ∼61% +1%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
7311 Points ∼61% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (6936 - 7838, n=4)
7304 Points ∼61% +1%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7221 Points ∼60%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11245, n=227)
6417 Points ∼54% -11%
Productivity
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8025 Points ∼83% +7%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7858 Points ∼81% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (7507 - 7987, n=4)
7677 Points ∼79% +2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7515 Points ∼78% 0%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7507 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
7381 Points ∼76% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 9077, n=228)
7193 Points ∼74% -4%
Essentials
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
9788 Points ∼87% +10%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
9366 Points ∼83% +5%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
9364 Points ∼83% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (8912 - 9812, n=4)
9326 Points ∼83% +5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
9146 Points ∼81% +3%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8912 Points ∼79%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 11266, n=229)
8564 Points ∼76% -4%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼76% +6%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5928 Points ∼76% +5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5826 Points ∼75% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (5625 - 5982, n=4)
5774 Points ∼74% +3%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5746 Points ∼74% +2%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5625 Points ∼72%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=231)
5250 Points ∼68% -7%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5661 Points ∼93% +16%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4860 Points ∼80%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4578 Points ∼75% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (4402 - 4860, n=3)
4574 Points ∼75% -6%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
4398 Points ∼72% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=424)
4268 Points ∼70% -12%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4860 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7937 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5697 points
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Storage Solution

Asus has equipped our ROG Strix Scar III with a 512-GB SSD from Intel that achieves values in the middle of the field in our storage benchmark. The measured access rates are typical for SSDs, so that users do not have to expect any wait times.

As a second storage module, the gaming notebook offers a hybrid hard drive with 1 TB of storage space. However, with an average transfer rate of 105 MB/s, the  HDD only delivered average values.

For additional comparisons and benchmarks, we refer to our comparison chart.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
HD Tune
HD Tune
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Average Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
 
Average of class Gaming
 
AS SSD
38%
-8%
179%
170%
17%
-37%
Copy Game MB/s
755.35
650.44
-14%
1434.42
90%
828 (463 - 971, n=11)
10%
658 (23 - 1854, n=277)
-13%
Copy Program MB/s
452.76
426.02
-6%
569.99
26%
514 (237 - 852, n=11)
14%
339 (8 - 896, n=277)
-25%
Copy ISO MB/s
1269.47
1061.83
-16%
2728.01
115%
1252 (905 - 1707, n=11)
-1%
1012 (12 - 3193, n=277)
-20%
Score Total
1332
2033
53%
1065
-20%
4329
225%
5169
288%
1668 (1332 - 1863, n=13)
25%
2021 (30 - 6017, n=501)
52%
Score Write
586
867
48%
366
-38%
1927
229%
2853
387%
916 (586 - 1056, n=13)
56%
758 (11 - 2853, n=502)
29%
Score Read
489
768
57%
475
-3%
1604
228%
1506
208%
499 (459 - 543, n=13)
2%
845 (10 - 2125, n=502)
73%
Access Time Write *
0.046
0.043
7%
0.037
20%
0.026
43%
0.0601 (0.045 - 0.139, n=13)
-31%
0.3525 (0.0163 - 26.9, n=533)
-666%
Access Time Read *
0.24
0.128
47%
0.132
45%
0.038
84%
0.0959 (0.055 - 0.24, n=13)
60%
0.4218 (0.03 - 18.6, n=527)
-76%
4K-64 Write
403.79
602.9
49%
191.35
-53%
1546.17
283%
2431.29
502%
716 (404 - 814, n=13)
77%
543 (0.43 - 2442, n=535)
34%
4K-64 Read
323.8
583.37
80%
302.13
-7%
1272.09
293%
1234.15
281%
322 (320 - 326, n=13)
-1%
640 (0.44 - 1805, n=535)
98%
4K Write
90.1
105.06
17%
99.89
11%
143.57
59%
145.78
62%
115 (90.1 - 170, n=13)
28%
110 (0.53 - 11894, n=535)
22%
4K Read
48.88
26.79
-45%
35.42
-28%
42.95
-12%
54.56
12%
49.5 (45.7 - 56.6, n=13)
1%
33.9 (0.35 - 105, n=535)
-31%
Seq Write
919
1590.95
73%
746
-19%
2374.01
158%
2759.62
200%
850 (374 - 930, n=13)
-8%
898 (43.6 - 4110, n=535)
-2%
Seq Read
1163
1574.03
35%
1372
18%
2888.39
148%
2172.43
87%
1267 (907 - 1633, n=13)
9%
1300 (55.7 - 4886, n=535)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 140.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 105.5 MB/s
Access Time: 19.2 ms
Burst Rate: 124.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.8 %

Graphics Card

In a gaming laptop, the CPU and GPU are the key components to enable smooth gaming. The combination of a Core i7-9750H and GeForce RTX 2070 shows that the two work very well together in our test unit. In the synthetic benchmarks, our ROG Strix Scar III is able to place second behind the Origin PC EVO16, which is equipped with the slightly stronger GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. However, the biggest surprise was the better result compared to the ROG Strix Scar III with the Core i9 SoC, where the two additional cores are unable to ensure a better performance.

In addition to the dedicated graphics card, the ROG Strix Scar III also offers an energy efficient graphics adapter for 2D operation with the Intel UHD Graphics 620. The switching via Nvidia Optimus works without any problems and without the user noticing anything. 

For additional comparisons and benchmarks, we refer to our GPU comparison chart.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
27732 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
25500 Points ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (23335 - 26975, n=14)
25440 Points ∼92% 0%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9880H
23335 Points ∼84% -8%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
22749 Points ∼82% -11%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
21959 Points ∼79% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=636)
13686 Points ∼49% -46%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
8153 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
7722 Points ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (7006 - 8000, n=11)
7569 Points ∼93% -2%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9880H
7006 Points ∼86% -9%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
6831 Points ∼84% -12%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
6748 Points ∼83% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=173)
5780 Points ∼71% -25%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
20466 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
19846 Points ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (18169 - 21138, n=12)
19796 Points ∼97% 0%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9880H
18169 Points ∼89% -8%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
18060 Points ∼88% -9%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
16968 Points ∼83% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=561)
11547 Points ∼56% -42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
125760 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
119860 Points ∼95%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i9-9880H
116011 Points ∼92% -3%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
114431 Points ∼91% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (64283 - 135881, n=11)
110329 Points ∼88% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
109479 Points ∼87% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=543)
68558 Points ∼55% -43%
3DMark 11 Performance
20072 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
122334 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
39054 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
17384 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
8991 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
7568 points
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Gaming Performance

During the gaming tests, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III has no trouble in delivering smoothly playable frame rates to the screen. Even "Metro Exodus" is still very well playable in the Ultra Preset at 53 frames per second.

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