Asus Strix Scar II GL704GM-DH74
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Strix Scar II GL704GM-DH74
Source: Stuff TV
Strong gaming performance on a brilliantly smooth screen, with an impressive-but-loud cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus’s moderately mean new 15.6-inch portable gaming machine packs LED lighting and GeForce 1060 graphics.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: The Asus Strix Scar II GL704GM-DH74 is a completely redesigned gaming laptop compared to its predecessor, which is the GL703 series. The laptop boasts a 144 Hz super-narrow-bezel display with an ultra-fast 3 ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time for ultra-accurate targeting. The high refresh rate ensures a true 144 fps experience with minimal input lag, while the superfast response time reduces ghosting and motion blur to yield clearer visuals. The new design also allows for a more compact body that’s 2.33 cm narrower than its predecessor. By using a super-narrow-bezel display, there’s less distracting frame, so the chassis dimensions can be reduced to the minimum, making the Strix SCAR II narrower than ever without sacrificing precious screen space. A unique rubber frame surrounds the display. It not only protects the display from damage when the user closes the lid but also visually enhances the slimness of the bezel for a more immersive feel. The usual Republic Of Gamers (ROG) logo on the lid, the front light bar, transparent WASD keycaps and semi-transparent key sides allow the Aura to shine brighter than ever before. Together, they add up to show off its own unique style. The Strix SCAR II features two contrasting brushed finishes that meet to create a dynamic diagonal slash across its lid. The anodized Gunmetal Gray finish and deep-black heatsink mimic the dark feel of an assault rifle. The laptop is also lightweight at just 2.4 kg, making it powerful yet lightweight.
As for performance, the Strix SCAR II is equipped with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core CPU. It has Intel Speed Shift and Turbo Boost technologies to push the processor to speeds of up to 3.9 GHz (six-core) respectively. Intel Hyper-Threading enables up to 12 threads to handle every task quickly and efficiently, including simultaneous gaming, recording, and live-streaming. With up to 32 GB of high-performance DDR4 2666 MHz dual-channel RAM, the Strix SCAR II has more than enough bandwidth to run the latest games smoothly, while at the same time consuming less energy. As for storage, it is fitted with a lightning-fast 256 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. It also features a 1 TB 5400rpm FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) as secondary storage. The SSHD takes note of most frequently used files and caches them onto its on-board flash memory. Over time, user will see a notable difference in loading times as the file access speeds increase. As for graphics adapter, it has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 which also supports Microsoft DirectX 12.
For cooling, the HyperCool Pro thermal system has a host of features to help the Strix SCAR II get the most out of its GPU and CPU. There’s an extended cooling plate to spread heat evenly, and two high-performance 12 V fans that deliver stronger airflow and increase air pressure to ensure a stable system even under heavy loads. HyperCool Pro also includes the patented Anti-Dust Cooling system that expels dust particles and dirt to improve system reliability and durability. As a closure, the Asus Strix Scar II GL704GM-DH74 is Asus’s attempt in hitting the high-performance gaming market with a bang. Users who are looking for a stylish high-performance gaming laptop can definitely consider this model.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
i7-8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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