The year 2021 has been really interesting as not only did India get a vaccine for Coronavirus, which I am absolutely grateful to India, Solute to India and Jai Hind.
But in 2021, we saw the release of the latest RTX 3000 series graphics card. There is not doubt the RTX 3000 series is definitely going to change the gaming industry.
This time ASUS equipped it with it’s latest ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS and as the name of the laptop itself is big, the gaming laptop itself is big too. Performance wise, size wise and features wise, this laptop is by far one of the best and most powerful gaming laptops ASUS has ever released.
I am also extremely excited to review this ultimate gaming laptop and share it’s features with you guys.
So, without further ado, let dive right into the review of the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 (2021).
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS Specifications|
|Display||17.3-inch, Full HD 1080p, 300Hz|
|CPU||Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Cezanne|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB, AMD Radeon Vega Integrated Graphics|
|SSD||1 TB NVMe SSD|
|Ports & Connectivity||Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111), WiFi 6, 3x USB-A 3.2, USB-C gen2, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic jack|
|Battery||240 W Adapter|
|Weight & Size||2.7 kg, 282 mm x 27.5 mm|
ASUS ROG STRIX Series design asthetics has always been focused heavily on RGB lighting, complementing to that sleek gamer type design patterns that makes you feel that you own a high performance gaming laptop.
The 2021 version of ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 shares a similar design trend with the first prominent thing to notice is the RGB light strip that’s around the bottom part of the laptop.
Honestly, this RGB design choice looks pretty cool and it makes it feel as though your laptop is levitating while you put your lights off. Regardless of people’s opinion of what they think of the design, I think it definitely looks pretty awesome. You can also control the lighting with the Aura Creator App.
The lid of course is made of metal matte finish and one of the cool things about the laptop is that there are hidden Easter eggs found all over the lid of the laptop. That’s pretty interesting and don’t worry I will not spoil the spoilers.
The bottom part however is made of plastic however, it is definitely very vulnerable to smudges and finger prints as the layer is coated with some kind of soft material that makes it look premium yet prone to touches.
While, speaking about the overall body construction, the laptop is now 10% more lighter and much smaller than the previous generation. This means, it is much lighter and the bezels around the screen is also much thinner.
The overall design of the laptop is pretty neat and tidy. It looks more organised and properly build but it’s still not perfect. The plastic exterior underneath the laptop still attracts a lot of finger prints while, it’s not really a big issue though.
The LED underneath the laptop however, may not be liked by some of the gamers as it really gets to your eyes when the lights are turned off.
Lastly, there are no fingerprint readers, SD card slot or a webcam on the laptop.
The keyboard on this laptop is however, a very different story. The reason being it’s not bad at all and in fact the optical mechanical switches are great to have. They give you a good response feedback and great to type on.
But the Numpad is an issue here because there are no dedicated keys for home, end, PgUp, PgDn, and Insert. They are included but they are tied with other keys. Regardless, of the Numpad, the keyboard has a full set of main keys, and the have the perfect size and placements.
Therefore, overall, the keyboard is extremely comfortable to use. Although, the mechanical keyboard does make some clicks sounds and for some it can be a thing to get used to.
The Trackpad on the other Hand is really unique here. It’s actually made of glass and it’s size has been increased. But when you click on the trackpad, it does make some “tuk” sound.
When it comes to accuracy, it’s pretty accurate, smooth and fast. It’s precise and not at all hangy.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 comes with three options for screen display.
- Full HD 1080p Display, 300+ brightness and 300 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.
- Full HD 1080p Display, 300+ brightness and 360 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.
- Quad HD Display, 300+ brightness and 165 Hz Screen Refresh Rate.
The Quad HD display here looks the best with very sharp display, much much richer colors and it’s a great driver for video and photo editing. Even when you play several games, it just looks amazing on the QHD display. The display comes with 165Hz of screen refresh rate which I think is more than enough for most games, considering the fact that the today’s standards for screen refresh rates are 144Hz.
While the. FHD displays also look great. They do come with a screen refresh rate of 300HZ and 36Hz which is a great here. There is no doubt, the screen looks sharp and with upto 100% sRGB colors and 300+ nits of screen brightness.
I played the Cyber Punk 2077 which honestly was one of the buggiest Title AAA games I’ve ever player, however the graphics of the game were looking extremely stunning on this display. I could clearly see the contrasting colours and the streets of the city.
With 300hz screen refresh rate, you can easily get some of the most smoothest buttery gameplays and it’s just a different level of gaming experience on a 300hz panel.
You can make use of the 300hz panel by playing games like CS:GO and Dota 2 where normally you get fps above 300fps.
The Unique thing about the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 is that it comes with a AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU which just means better CPU performance for gaming.
As they say AMD is just much better for gaming and yes, it’s actually true, we have being seeing AMD beat Intel for several years.
The Scar 17 G733 comes with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 cores and 16 threads CPU clocking upto 4.6 Ghz with 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage.
Speaking about graphics, it’s equipped with the latest and the best RTX 3080 GPU with 16 GB of video RAM and it’s also got an integrated graphics card AMD Vega iGPU. The GPU runs at 115W and It supports dynamic boost that allows you to accelerate the power upto 130W. Which just means more graphics power and much more higher gaming frame rates.
With Asus’s new Armoury Crate software, you can definitely control the amount of power you want from the CPU and GPU.
Asus provides you with four power profiles with the new Scar 17 G733
Silent – where fan noise is low but CPU and GPU power also gets limited.
Performance – where CPU and GPU power is balanced while GPU will still run at 115W. Great for work tasks and running graphics heavy applications. However, not recommended for gaming .
Turbo – where CPU runs at higher clocks speed, GPU gets overclocked (115 to 130W). This is the recommended option you’d want to use for gaming.
Manual – where you can customise how much power you’d want from CPU and GPU and also tweak the fan profiles and temperature limits.
One thing to note here is that Turbo and Manual modes are only available when you are plugged into power. While silent modes are great for Netflix binge watching and YouTube breaks.
If you are getting into serious gaming, Turbo is where you can get the best of the performance from the laptop.
Next we ran a set of graphics, games and performance tests to see what kind of scores we get.
3DMark – Fire Strike: 25,090
3DMark – Time Spy: 11,119
Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Extreme: 7406
Handbrake 1.3 (4K to 1080p encoding ): 46 fps
GeekBench 5: 8290
PCMark 10: 7305
The scores here are pretty higher than the previous generation Scar 17 2020 version yet we cannot expect to b mind blown. The 2021 model ends up being 10 – 20 % faster in single core and CPU loads. While the GPU gets a 15% boost in performance.
Not a big difference we are seeing here but the RTX 3080 GPU is definitely a plus point here. Because you won’t find any drops in frame rates while you play RTX games when Ray Tracing is on.
Next I tested a bunch of games on different models of Scar 17 G733 and here’s the kind of frame rates you can expect from this machine.
|AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX|
|FHD Turbo||FHD Performance||QHD Turbo||RTX ON FHD Turbo|
|Battlefield V – Ultra||131 fps||122 fps||119 fps||93 fps|
|Cyberpunk 2077 – Ultra||69 fps||66 fps||49fps||59 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider||111 fps||108 fps||98 fps||82 fps|
|Far Cry 5 – Ultra||113 fps||110 fps||106 fps||–|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||128 fps||121 fps||98 fps||–|
|Rise of Tomb Raider – Ultra||138 fps||129 fps||118 fps||–|
|Metro Exodus – Ultra||77 fps||72 fps||62 fps||–|
|Dota 2 – Max settings||111 fps||112 fps||112 fps||–|
From these results, we can clearly see that the frame rates are not that bad. We are seeing a 10% increase in the frame rates compared to the previous Scar 17 that came with RTX 2080.
Therefore, from these tests, we can conclude that the 2021 Scar 17 G733 is about 10 – 20% faster than the previous model. We get 15 -20% better RTX performance and there is no about, you can play all kinds of games on this laptop.
This year, we are seeing some slight changes with the thermos for this gaming laptop. We are seeing smaller fans, but a new design of the fan blades that is supposed to reduce resonance and increase the airflow.
They have also included a higher quality VRM, with a liquid metal on the AMD CPU. With all of these additions, we are hoping to see lower temperatures and silent fan speed noise.
However, the temperatures on this laptop still hangs around 85 to 90 degrees Celsius which is still pretty high. Gaming at such temperatures, I am not a big fan of when especially considering the laptop for long term usage.
However, during regular uses, the gaming laptop hangs around temperatures between 30 to 60 degree Celsius.
There is also a mode where your fans complete switches off when you are in silent mode. This make the noise from the laptop completely 0db which I think is a great feature to have.
While you are normally playing games, whether on turbo mode or performance mode, you can expect to get fan noises between 38 dB to 45 dB.
That isn’t very loud and you really don’t need to get headphones to cancel out the fan noises. You can very much enjoy your games and the game sounds itself will cancel all of the extra noise.
Speaking about ports, you get a fair amount of ports from the Asus Scar 17 G733.
There are 3 USB A 3.2 ports, 1 USB-C gen2 port that can also be used for video and charging. An HDMI 2.0b, headphone/mic jack and a LAN port.
The majority of the important ports are placed at the back portion of the laptop while on the left side, you have 2 USB A ports with a headphone/mic jack.
The Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 is equipped with a 90Wh battery and you can expect to get around 10 hours plus of battery life when you are normally using the laptop.
Meaning when you are watching videos on YouTube, Netflix, and regular usage of web browsers and other light apps.
However, when you are actually gaming, the laptop uses at least 80W and with that, you can only expect to get around 1 hour + of battery life.
The Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 is no doubt one of the most powerful gaming laptop you can get on the market. It is definitely ranked at the top 10 list of the most powerful gaming laptops for 2021.
Especially, having that AMD Ryzen 9 CPU just means that this laptop is meant for gaming and graphics heavy tasks. Of course, the new RTX 3080 takes the laptop’s performance to the next level and now you can actually really enjoy playing RTX games.
Therefore, performance wise, it is still at the top but regarding battery life, and CPU temperatures, you might find that the laptop does get heated very often. We see laptop temperatures hanging between 85 to 95 Degrees Celsius while gaming and that means, yes the laptop can get hot.
Honestly, speaking, having that high temperatures on a gaming laptop is common but not recommend. I’d be more comfortable with temperatures hanging around 75 to 85 degrees C.
Overall, the laptop is a beast and if you really need that high level of performance, it is Scar 17 G733. You can easily fix the heating issue by getting a cooling pad, or you can use the Armoury Crate software to control temperatures.
However, high temperatures doesn’t mean that your laptop will explode and shut down completely. It just means that your laptop can get quite hot.
Besides that, the design, display and everything of the new 2021 Scar 17 is great. With the new RTX 3080, there is no doubt, you have the best hardware on your desk.