ASUS Scar II (GL504GS) Gaming Laptop Review
9 gigahertz or core turbo and 4.1 gigahertz single core turbo I've got 32 gig of memory running at ddr4 2666 in dual channel. The most it supports of our most configurations for sale come with 16 gig in dual channel for the storage it's got a single end up to swap with nvme support and I've got a 512 gig nvme SSD installed there's. Also, a single 2.5 inch drive bay and I've got a one terabyte sshd installed here for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1017, which powers the 15.6 inch 1080p 144 hertz IPS display and for network connectivity there's a Gigabit Ethernet port support, the 802 dot eleven AC Wi Fi and Bluetooth version 5.0. The scar 2 features a gray, brushed metal lid and smooth carbon fiber texture black interior. With the camera pattern taking up half of it all corners and edges are completely smooth and overall build quality, felt quite good. The dimensions of the laptop a 36 point: one centimeters in width, twenty six point: two centimeters in depth and two point: six centimeters in height, so a little smaller than many other 15 inch laptops due to the thin bezel, which generally means an overall small body. The weight is listed is 2.4 kilos, which is about what I found mind away and with the 230 watt power, brick and cable included. The total weight increases to over 3 kilos. It'S got an a word: 15.6 inch, 1080p 144 hertz IPS panel with a 3 millisecond greater gra response time, no g, sync, either and as already shown, it's got fairly thin bezels nowhere Shoesmith viewing angles.
Colors was still perfectly clear for me on any angle: I've measured. The current color gamut, using the spider 5 pro and my results returned 97 of srgb, 67 of ntsc and 73 of Adobe RGB, sir, not bad for a gaming laptop at 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 313 it's in the center with an 870 to 1. Contrast ratio so again fairly decent for a gaming laptop alright. For all, I thought it looked pretty good I've taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a moist case. Backlight bleed test. For the most part. It was fine, although there was some minor imperfections detected, mainly the top right corner, but I never noticed any of these, while normally using the laptop. However, this will vary between laptops anyway, there's some flex to the screen, while pushing it likely is it's on the thinner side, with smaller hinges in the far left and right corners. It can also be easily opened up with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, as we've got the battery towards the front. The 720p camera is placed awkwardly down the bottom right side. The camera doesn't look great and the placements pretty bad it's right down in the bottom right corner. So even sitting in the middle of the laptop. I have to put the screen right back and the angle still looks weird. The microphone sounds alright, but as there's basically always fan, noise you'll be able to hear some of it.
The chiclet keyboard was great to type with and has a 1.8 millimeter travel distance. The keys are backlit, with RGB lighting in four different zones, with some basic effects which can be controlled through the Oracle software. The WASD keys are completely clear. The numpad is little cramped, but not too bad, and the arrow keys are a little small here's. How the keys sound to try and give you an idea of what to expect. There was some keyboard flex while pushing down hard, but I never found this to be a problem during normal use above the keyboard on the left, a hotkeys for volume, updown mute and the last one opens the ROG gaming center software, which lets you monitor the system To the right of this there's, an air intake vent to help, keep the internals cool and the power button on the right. The touchpad was smooth to the touch and what well it uses, precision, drivers and it doesn't click down. It'S also got separate, left and right click buttons, which have a grippy, matte, texture and we're quiet to press moving on to the iron on the left, there's, the power input, gigabit ethernet port mini DisplayPort, 1.2 HDMI, 2.0 output, 2, USB 3.1 gen2 on type a ports Usb 3.1 gen2 type c port, although no mention of Thunderbolt here 3.5 millimeter, audio combo jack and the left speaker on the right, there's, the bright speaker, an SD card slot, USB 3.
1 gen2 type, a port air exhaust fan and Kensington lock, the to 3.5 watt speakers Are found on either side towards the front and they sound really good for laptop speakers. Definitely some of the best i've tested in a while. They do sound a little muffled at high volumes, but there was some nice bass, prison. Speaking of sounds, like some other, a soos laptops. It plays this short sound on boot by default. Luckily, this can be disabled through the BIOS. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to open that up in a quiet room on the back there's, just air exhaust vents towards the corners, and you can see the status LEDs here when the lids closed. The front has an RGB lighting bar which can be controlled through software more on that next, on the back of the brushed metal, lid there's, the ROG logo on the side and it lights up with the same effect that the keyboard and light bar have been configured With in this case, the rainbow effect you can't give separate lighting effects to the front paw keyboard or lid, but you can set different static, colors individually to the three areas. The assists website notes that the body has a smudge proof surface and while fingerprints are hidden pretty well, there are still visible smudges, although you're quite hard for me to pick up on camera, either way as a smooth surface they're easy to wipe away underneath is pretty Clean looking throughout fate did an excellent job at preventing movement, and there are some air vents too what's the back.
It was pretty easy to open up using a Philips head screwdriver once inside from left to right. We get easy access to the Wi Fi card single m2 slot single 2.5 inch drive bay, 2 memory slots and battery powering. The laptop is a 66 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness lighting effects off and background ups disabled. I was able to use it for an hour and 10 minutes, not great it wasn't possible to swap over to Intel integrated graphics. You only seem to be able to use the Nvidia 1070, which burns more power as a result, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia's battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for 56 minutes, but after about 10 percent remaining, it dropped from a Solid 30fps to around 10 and wasn't very playable. Overall, I was disappointed by the battery life. You'Ll definitely want to bring the charger with you. While gaming. I also found the battery to discharge even one plugged in it. Didn'T happen in all games and some more than others, probably depending on resource usage, maybe up to 10 percent lost in 30 to 60 minutes. However, despite this, I didn't say performance loss, which is usually the case it's also worth considering. I tested gaming with boost mode enabled, so this may be reduced if you game in the silent or balanced profiles, but this would also mean less performance.
Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment. Also, keep in mind there's a heat pipe shared between the processor and graphics, so a change in one component may affect the other starting at the bottom of the graph at idle. The temperatures are a little warmed by the light blue bars, even though the fan was still somewhat audible as you'll hear soon. Moving up to the green bar, I was testing gaming by playing watchdogs dude, as it uses a good combination of CPU and GPU, and this gave us the highest temperatures. While gaming, the yellow bar, had the fans maxed out by enabling a susur's boost mode which raises the TDP of the CPU from 35 watts to 45 watts, so there's no temperature change here as the CPU is being sent more power. Although the graphics dropped by 6 degrees from the foster fans with the fans back of stock speeds in the balanced profile, but with the minus 0.09 are volts, a p12 multiplied, sir. Next in orange, both CPU and GPU only one degree cooler than without under volting. Third we'll see how this affected performance in the next graph, with a combination to foster fans from overboost murdered and under vaulting applied. We see our best gaming temperatures and performance in light red. The stress tests were done by running a 264 and heav'n benchmark. At the same time, in order to attempt to fully utilize both the processor and graphics, moving up in the graph and starting with the dark red bar, there was the usual parliment throttling taking place in the pink bar with over boost enabled that was still power limit.
Throttling, but also intermittent thermal throttling, now to back on balanced mode in the purple bar with the undervolt applied there's, a small difference and then another slight drop to CPU temperature, with both fans maxed out and under multiplier shown in dark blue. Although it was saying 6 to 7 degree, improvements on the graphics here from increased fan speed, these are the average clock speeds for the same tests, 2 shown again starting down the bottom in green. While gaming, we can see a fairly nice improvement to the CPU clock. Speed by enabling over boost mode as the CPU TDP rises from its 35 watt cap to 45 watts, although in the orange bar without over boost, we can still get a nice improvement with a minus 0.09 over volt undervolt. Only with both the under fault and over boost mode combined, though we're, seeing the full 3.9 gigahertz or called turbo speed. If the i7 chip in the red bar similar story for the stress tests, where the combination of under volt and over boost mode gives us the full performance of the CPU, even under this worst case scenario, test better than many other 8th, gen laptop's I've tested. These are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU only stress tests without any TP load. There are three built in profiles on the laptop called silent, balanced and overboost. These limit the CPU to 30 35 and 45 watt TDP s respectively, and the fan speed also increases with each profile to aid cooling.
We can see that under CPU early stress test, we get slightly better results with each profile. Well, they're, not quite full speed. Unless we also apply the undervolt shown at the top in red to demonstrate how this translates into performance, I've got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here with the oldest 7th gen 77 HQ just there for comparison, even without the under multiply at the 8750 H score with overboost. My road is a little ahead of many other similarly expect laptops, I've tested with full performance achieved without a new Volt. So a good result here are the GPU or in the clock speeds, while under a graphical early stress, test, Berthoud stock and with the 200 megahertz GPU core epic lock applied, although on average in this test, we're only seeing a 100 megahertz boost due to power limitations On the graphics and I wasn't able to modify this with msi afterburner, as for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was mostly in the low thirties but rises to the mid thirties in the center and up the back while gaming. This increases to the lower 40s in the center and up to 50 right off the back, a pretty similar result to, while running the stress tests there, perhaps a little warmer up the back with the fans maxed out in over boost mode. The temperatures seem to drop down by a few degrees. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop I'll lay, you ever listened to some of these tests at idle.
It was a little louder than most other laptops with the fans still quite audible, despite the somewhat warmer idle temperatures shown olio while gaming, an under stress test. The results were about the same and not too different from most other gaming laptops, I've tested, but then with either boost mode enabled the fans do get quite loud. Overall, the performance was pretty good for an eighth gen. I 78758 laptop, almost all laptops, I've tested with the CPU, have pal demand throttling, and while that was still the case here, it was less of an issue compared to many others and can be fully eliminated even under stress test, with a combination of over boost mode And extra under vaulting applied finally let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. All games will run at 1080p with the latest Windows updates, and these Nvidia drivers masseuses boost mode was also enabled to give us full performance of the i7 CPU Fortner was tested with the replay feature, and even an epic settings were averaging above 100 FPS with high Settings getting us above the refresh rate of the display, while the one percent alert results of medium settings are above it so it's running, very smoothly, which was tested playing in the practice range and again at epic settings. The results are very nice, with even the 1 load, not too far below the refresh rate of the display. It played excellent even in max settings. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark still a new a title for me.
So not much to compare it with, though it is performing a bit better than the msi ge62 recently tested with the same hardware so seems like good results. Pub G was tested using the replay feature, and although this is a less optimized game, I thought the frame rates were actually pretty decent with 1 lows at Ultra is still averaging above 60 fps, so quite playable with good settings, csgo was tested using the alyttle benchmark And the results were again pretty nice for this hardware combination compared to other laptops tested Rainbow six age was tested with the built in bench mark and was another that read well, let basically all setting levels with one percent lawyers at highest setting levels not far behind The refresh rate of the display, so within the dips and performance of pretty good, Far Cry 5 was also tested with the built in benchmark once again, pretty good results from this test. Above 60, FPS averages for 1 lower and fairly high average frame rates. Assassins great origins was nella that was tested with the built in benchmark and yet again pretty good frame rates for this test, especially considering I don't think you really need a high frame rate to play this one dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so This should be a worse case scenario. These results are not the same as actually playing the game and for this test, the results were pretty decent compared to other laptops, as there wasn't quite as much CPU.
Throttling here watchdogs to is a demanding game, although it doesn't really need a high frame rate to play, but despite this, even at Ultra settings were able to average 60 fps, which is pretty impressive. Ghost Recon is another demanding game that was tested using the built in benchmark. Pretty much in our laptop will really play this well at Ultra settings, but should run well at low levels. The Witcher 3 played great at anything below ultra. It was still definitely playable at Ultra settings, but it just felt nice us stepping down slightly to high settings, as shown by the jump in frame rates. I'Ve got a few more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmark video, if you're interested now for the benchmarking tools. I'Ve tested Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and V AMA from 3d mark just pause. The video. If you want to detailed look at these results, all of the games tested giving us pretty nice results. I think Nvidia. 1070, graphics are a really great option if you're looking at running games above 100 FPS a good match for the 144 Hertz 1080p screen in the scar 2, although it does, of course, depend on the specific game and the setting levels in use as we've just seen As we saw earlier, we've got the option of overclocking the graphics, so let's see how this actually helps improve gaming performance, the exact same windows, updates, game updates and Nvidia drivers were installed, so there shouldn't be any changes other than the CPU under vaulting and graphics.
Overclocking changes far cry: 5 was retested using the built in benchmark the average frame rates really just a little better. With a four point. Eight percent improvement at Ultra settings with the overclocking and under bolting applied for tonight also saw the same four point. Eight percent improvement at max settings to the average frame rates, although this varies between setting levels. However, apart from low settings, the trend appeared positive, it does seem like we can gain a little extra performance with overclocking under vaulting, for nothing too amazing. Considering the results are already quite good. As for storage in Crystal disc mark, the 256 gig nvme SSD is giving us really nice read and write speeds, while the 1 terabyte 5400 rpm sshd is giving us around typical speeds of a regular hard drive. I wasn't able to get the SD card recognized by the laptop, even with drivers installed, not sure why, but I haven't been able to test it speeds for updated pricing. You can check the links in the description at the time of recording here in Australia. This model goes for around 2800 Australian dollars, while in the US it goes for around 2000 US dollars, but these are the much more common 16 gig memory, 256 gig, SSD versions, based on the specs and form factor. I feel like it's a competitor to a Seuss's own zephyrus m, although that one is a couple hundred dollars cheaper. Let me know if you'd be interested in a comparison video.
So what do you guys think about the assists car 2 gaming laptop? Overall, I was pretty impressed with the performance and the fact that we were able to get full use out of the 80 750 hcp you with some under vaulting, even under stress dust. The thin bezel 144 hertz screen looks great and is an excellent match up with the nvidia 1070 graphics. I personally don't mind the camera design, but that will always be a subjective thing. The only thing I really didn't like is the poor battery life and the fact that battery still drains quicker than I'd, like while gaming and plugged in it, would have been great if you had the option of swapping to Intel integrated graphics, given it doesn't have Jacek. Anyway, but that wasn't possible, let me know when you guys throw it down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.