Asus ROG Strix Scar III review: Much more than meets the eye#pc #laptop #technology
So why not have it fast, powerful and portable thats the aim of the game with the Asus Rog strict scar 3, which not only boasts a snazzy design, but some Bonker specs that include at the top end a core I9 processor, Nvidia, RTX, 2070, graphic cart and The 240 hertz refresh screen, but does the rock scar 3 live up to its Hefty asking price weve been gaming, working surfing and more to find out, The Rock scar 3 could be called Over the Top, especially for its massive RGB lighting. But this machine is a gaming Powerhouse with a super smooth, 240 hertz screen and heaps of power to boot. The top end specification gets you a real beast: thats capable of hitting High frame rates for great results, theres also enough power for recording gaming sessions, video editing and more especially with the core, I9 processor and 32 gigabytes of RAM its a shame. The fans are so loud in the enter key works, but otherwise theres little to fault this gaming laptop. We thoroughly approve of the premium feel of this machine too. It has a high quality heft to it a solid, build, aesthetic and all the power to back it up. The price might make most people recoil in horror, but if you have the cash to Splash, why not go all out as a whole package? The scar 3 is quite something at first glance, its easy to dismiss the Rog strict scar 3 as being a bit over the top and a little bit Larry turned off.
It looks like just another high end, Asus laptop with a brushed gunmetal gray finish: carbon accented keyboard surround and fancy cooling fins peeking out from the edges, but turn it on and youre greeted by more RGB lighting than your heart could desire. Theres, an RGB LED strip wrapped around the underside rim of the frame on this laptop, which leaves your desk bait in a glorious, multi, color glow. That reminds us somewhat of the first fast and the furious films add to that. An RGB logo on the lid and a backlit keyboard and youve certainly got something bright that catches the eye. The scar 3 is more than just a fancy. Looking slab of tech, though its also a real powerhouse of a gaming machine. Under that shiny Hood lies some serious potential. The top spec machine boasts a high end, Intel Core I9 9880h and Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1tb and vimi SSD. The result of this is some impressive gaming performance youll need all that power. If you want to get the most out of the setup as the scar 3 also Sports, a 240 hertz refresh screen with a three millisecond response time, you need some seriously High frame rates to put that to good use. Essentially, this is a laptop thats designed for Sirius, PC, Gamers and Esports enthusiasts, but its equally pleasing to anyone who just wants to run recent games on ultra settings with Ray tracing turned on the scar.
3 weve had our hands on Sports. The 15.6 inch 1080p 240 hertz IPS panel. There is a 144 Hertz, 17 inch version if you prefer something a little bigger, but we found this 15 inch model felt big enough with an 81.5 screen to body ratio. It somehow feels bigger than it is. The screen is pleasing, though, having that 240 hertz screen lets you get the most out of the high frame rates, but its also vibrant colorful and customizable too. However, we did find it could feel a little on the dim side for standard Windows use and it couldnt hold up outside in bright Sunshine, but for gaming, its superb. We tried out several games to see how the performance held up. We played Kingdom Come deliverance and crisis to give it a punishment game to our hearts content and ran benchmarks to see how it performed compared to other laptop rakes for gamers, who want super high frame rates for lightning response times. The real test is for pro games like CS, go on the highest settings. It ran around 190 200 Fs on medium settings. We were getting closer to the max refresh rate, impressive stuff. Of course, more taxing games, dont fare as well maxed out shadow of the Tomb Raider got around 58 Fs, but thats with Ray tracing on other games, managed between 6100 Fs depending on the game and settings. One thing we did quickly notice, though the scar 3 essentially needs to be played with the fans set to Turbo.
If you want the best possible experience, there are settings for balanced and quiet fan speeds, but if we use them on anything other than a casual game, the performance would hit a lackluster wall at one point or another frame rates would drop off and a jagged experience In suit, this is, of course, part of the problem with thin gaming laptops and compact machines with loads of power. Incredible cooling is essential. These fans are loud on turbo performance mode and the noise soon becomes obnoxious. We noted that a mic didnt pick it up much when chatting to friends on Discord, but it did become bothersome when playing, of course donning. A gaming headset can make a difference here, but it does spoil the fun somewhat. The scar 3 also includes both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs via USBC, meaning you can pair it with a larger screen and either multi screen or simply game on something larger. You cant get the same frame rates. If you go big, of course, on a 3440×1000 440 monitor wed, see around 30 Fs less than we would play the same game on the laptop itself. We also found issues with multitasking this way, if you try outputting to a larger screen and recording via OBS or Nvidia shadowplay youll notice, a quite painful drop in frame rate performance. We were surprised by this issue, considering the power under the Rox Hood. Generally speaking, the strict scar 3 is a joy to use the screen looks fantastic and the games run smoothly.
We also like the screen on this laptop. For the same reason, we like the one on the Asus Rog zephyrus sgx531, the on the fly visual customization. This laptop comes with the Armory crate software, which includes the ability to switch between various visual presets to adjust the look of the screen. Theres Fs racing Arts Vivid and more our favorite for daily use is iCare, which takes the edge off the screen for working and browsing and eases pressure on weary eyes. The Armory crate software also lets you do other things. Think of it as the command center used to tweak the device to your pleasure, you can adjust RGB lighting change, fan, speed, monitor the performance of the system and more as if that wasnt enough theres, also an accompanying smartphone app for Android and iPhone devices that allows You to control the laptop remotely from there. You can adjust the screen, tweak the fans or check on the component load. You cannot adjust the lighting, which seems like an oversight, but a minor one. Armory crate also gives you access to other software like Sonic radar, Sonic studio and game. First, these, let you change the sound setup of the machine and do clever things like optimize for performance or get a visual representation of the sound in the game, showing you where threats might be, for example, its all the customization options in this software. That allows you to tweak the scar 3 to perform just the way you want it, but things dont need to get complicated.
Even on default settings. You can just load a game press the fan button to upperformance and get stuck in as youd expect from a machine of this caliber. You have to be plugged in if you want the best gaming experience, but when you arent gaming, the scar 3 is no slouch either its much quieter under normal use in Windows. For a start, it also lasts around 4 hours on a single charge before it needs a juice boost. Well, with that, RGB lighting turned off the speakers on scar, 3 are reasonably pleasing for the most part, theyre satisfactory for streaming, Netflix shows watching YouTube or just getting through the day with Spotify. They arent quite enough to drown out the fans on Max tilt, though, as a 15.6 inch laptop. The scar 3 has a compact keyboard layout. We found that then enter key designed to be a frustration, but otherwise its a comfortable and capable keyboard, for whatever task a highlight is the trackpad doubles as a numpad. If you press the top right of the trackpad, it switches to numpad mode with red numbers shining at you, this isnt tactile, of course, but does mean you can quickly enter digits into spreadsheets. With these weve seen this logic before on several other Asus laptops, it made more sense on the zephyrus S where the trackpad was side slung, but its still useful. Here too, for gaming, we found the keyboard on this laptop to be more than capable and accurate.
Its also subtly backlit so not over the top brightness can be adjusted in the settings and on the Fly by pressing the function, buttons and arrow keys on the keyboard. You can also change the color pattern. Sequences. This way, too, included with the scar 3 is a port for keystones. These are physical, NFC keys that allow you to calibrate your preferred settings and then automatically activate them when you plug the key in these keystones can also be used to unlock a Shadow Drive which will no doubt make you feel like some sort of elite hacker. We honestly feel these dongles are a bit gimmicky, but they do make a satisfying jingle sound when you plug them in. We thoroughly approve of the premium feel of this machine, coupled with a 240 hertz High, refresh screen and heaps of power on tap for gaming.