CES 2023 | Ultrapowerful ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 announced with up to Core i9-13980HX CPUs, RTX 4090 mobile graphics, and 240 Hz QHD+ displays
ASUS has made the 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 official at CES 2023. The notebooks come with Intel’s next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs and Nvidia’s new RTX 40 mobile GPUs. Both the ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 have designs that are reminiscent of previous models with customizable lightbar up front, chiclet-style keyboards with per-key AURA SYNC RGB, and customizable armor caps.
The displays of the machines are where things get really interesting. Top-of-the-line ROG Strix SCAR 16 (G634) and SCAR 18 (G834) models pack 16 and 18-inch Mini-LED panels with 16:10 aspect ratios. Both screens also boast a QHD+ resolution (2560x1600), a 240 Hz refresh rate, and a 3 ms response time. The Mini-LED displays also cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and have an excellent max brightness of 1,100 nits. Finally, both panels are G-SYNC-compatible, support Dolby Vision, and are Pantone Validated.
Under the deck, the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 are configurable with a Core i9-13980HX and a GeForce RTX 4090 laptop board with Nvidia Advanced Optimus and up to 175 W TGP. ASUS has also utilized MUX switches on both laptops to make sure you can take full advantage of the GPU horsepower on offer. The combination of a Core i9-13980HX and an RTX 4090 mobile will likely produce a lot of heat. Thankfully, ASUS has outfitted the ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 with a full-width heat sink as well as three fans.
Other notable hardware details include a max of 4 TB (2TB + 2 TB) of PCIe 4.0 storage operating in Raid 0 mode and up to 64 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz memory. The memory is also user-replaceable.
On the connectivity side, both the 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 come with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. If you don’t want to rely on Wi-Fi, you can use the built-in 2.5 Gbps ethernet port.
The port situation on the ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 is quite good. There are two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port that supports DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery 3.0. There is also a single Thunderbolt 4 port alongside an HDMI 2.1 port, a 3.5 mm headphone/microphone jack, and one DC-in.
Finally, both the ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 feature up to 90 Wh batteries that support 100 W fast charging.
Sadly, we have no information regarding the availability and prices of the laptops.