ASUS Scar II vs Zephyrus M – Gaming Laptop Comparison
But what should you pick? They both have very similar specs, but the scar 2 is a little cheaper, so let's compare them and help you find out which to buy. This. Video has been sponsored by LastPass. Lastpass is a password management tool that securely remembers all of your passwords, so you don't have to you can set very strong, unique passwords for everything you need to log into and then have them all stored safely in the cloud you'll. Be able to easily log into your favorite sites and services, whether you're on your PC, laptop tablet or phone. You just remember a strong master password and let LastPass take care of the rest check out the link in the video description to find out more about lost paths. First, let's check out the differences in specs. Both laptops have the same Intel: i7, 8750, h6 core CPU. In both of my units, I've got 32 gig of ddr4 2666 memory running in dual channel the most they both support, though most configurations will sell with 16 gig. As for graphics, they've, both got the same nvidia gtx 1070. No max q, here just the full regular 1070, both screens of 15.6 inch 1080p 144 hertz a hva panels with a 3 millisecond response time. Although the Zephyrus has g sync, while the scar 2 does not for storage, both have a single nvme capable m2 slot populated with the 512 gig m dot, 2 nvme SSD and a one terabyte hard drive installed in the single 2.
5 inch drive bay, but storage options May vary when purchasing for network connectivity. Both laptops have support for a tow 2.11 AC Wi Fi in Bluetooth version 5. However, only the scar 2 has an Ethernet port available. So if you want to plug in via ethernet with the Sepphoris M, you will need a USB dongle. Both laptops have a brushed metal lid, although the Scotto is more of a grey or silver while the Zephyrus is black. The interior of the Sepphoris is matte black metal, while the Scotto this carbon fiber camera button. As for size, differences they're the same depth, but the scar is actually a couple of centimeters, smaller in width, which is why it's able to have thinner bezels. The Zephyrus is a bit thinner, though. Even with the lid open opening the lid of the Sepphoris will rise. The bottom up to allow airflow, making it slightly higher and we'll, see how this helps cool the components later in terms of weight differences. The scar, too, was around 60 grams, lighter, so not much of a difference, but with the 230 watt power bricks and cables for charging included, the Sepphoris is now 260 grams. Heavier honestly, not what I expected, given its the thinner laptop. Both laptops felt well built to me. If I had to pick one though I'd say the scar 2 felt, maybe slightly more solid, which may just be due to the extra thickness for the IR on the Left.
Both have the power input, HDMI 2.0 output and 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack. This efforts has three USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port, while the sky has two USB 3.1 gen2 on type a ports. Otherwise, the scar also has Gigabit Ethernet mini DisplayPort 1.2 output and a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port, but no Thunderbolt support, unfortunately, on the right. They'Ve both got a single USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port and Kensington lock, while the sky has an SD card slot, which the Zephyrus is missing, but the zephyrus has a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port like the scar, but it supports Thunderbolt 3. Unlike the scar 2 on the back, both have air exhaust vents towards the left and right corners while on the front they're just smooth. Although the sky has an RGB light bar a bit more on that later, both laptops have their speakers up towards the front corners. Both were definitely above average and had some bass present, but I think the speakers in this car too will better speaking of sounds both laptops play. These sounds when you boot them up Music. Thankfully, this can be disabled through the BIOS, for both up on the brushed metal lids both have the ROG logo towards the side, the logo on the Sepphoris lights up red, while the laptop is powered on. While the scales is RGB matching the same effect applied to the keyboard and front light bulb, fingerprints are pretty obvious on the brushed finish of the lids they're, not too difficult to wipe away and not as obvious on the matte interiors.
The interior of the scar is advertised as being a smudge proof and although they were still viewable they're harder to see here on camera, so I guess it's working all right, underneath the rubber feet did a good job of preventing both laptops from moving around while in Use there's nowhere vents on the base of the Zephyrus, like the scar has, as the bottom panel opens up. When you open the lid for a flow, both laptops can be opened up easily using a Phillips head screwdriver. The Zephyrus is a little more involved, as you've got to first remove the bottom panel that gets pushed down when you open the lid. It gets bent from two metal feet in the corners upon opening, so it'll be interesting to see how this lasts over many years and opens after that, the second panel is removed and just like the scar we get access to the single 2.5 inch drive bay, single Limb book to slot to memory slots, Wi, Fi card and battery now under the screens, as mentioned earlier, both a 15.6 inch, 1080p 144 Hertz a hva panels with three millisecond response times. Although the zephyrus has g sync, while the scar two does not, the viewing angles of both were excellent. As a hva is essentially IPS in terms of brightness, the scar 2 was a little brighter at all brightness levels, although both had the same 870. To 1 contrast, ratio i've also measured the color gamut of both screens, using the spider 5 probe, and in my testing the Sepphoris was just slightly ahead, although it was extremely close, either way fairly decent for gaming laptops.
I think I've taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a worst case. Backlight bleed test and both was sort of similar. There were some minor imperfections along the bottom and from the top right corners. However, I never actually noticed this with either laptop during normal use, but this will vary between individual laptops overall they're, basically pretty much the same panel with no noticeable differences other than you get g sync with the Sepphoris, though arguably that's less important. If you're running high frame rates with a 144 heads panel anyway, while moving the screens, there was some flex, perhaps just slightly more from the scar, though both were fairly rigid overall due to the metal exterior they've. Both also got hinges towards the far left and right corners further aiding in stability. Both laptops can also be easily opened, with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, and I had no problems using either on my lap. They both have a 720p camera above the display in the center for the Sepphoris and down the bottom on the side for the thin bezel Scotto, the camera doesn't look great and the placements pretty bad it's right down 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 all these fan noise you'll be able to hear some of them.
The camera isn't great, still quite blurry and grainy, even with decent lighting. The microphone sounds alright, but it does seem to pick up a bit of its own fan. Noise. Both keyboards have RGB lighting, although they're both controlled in four separate zones through the asuras software. So no individual key backlighting with either this software is also used to control the effects of the lighting bar and lit logo. With a scar you can't give separate lighting effects to the front bar keyboard or lid lager, so the same effect will apply to all three, but you can set different static, colors individually to the three areas both were good to type with, but I preferred the scar Two personally, the keys just felt nicer to me, maybe because the sky has 1.8 millimeters of travel distance, while the Sepphoris has 1.7 millimeters here's, how both sound wall typing to try and give you an idea of what to expect above the keyboards. Both laptops have the same keys for adjusting speaker volume up or down microphone, mute and a button to open the ROG gaming center software, which lets you monitor the system. Both power buttons are found towards the riot and they've got air vents up the back in the center to help cool the internals both had a little keyboard flex, while intentionally pushing down hard. But this was never an issue during normal use and less of an issue than you'd expect, with the Sepphoris considering it's propped up when open both touch pads were smooth to the touch and use precision drivers, so they worked well.
The scar 2 has physically separate, left and right click buttons and also appears to be a tiny bit smaller, although I didn't actually measure them so can't confirm. Personally, I preferred using the touch pad on the scar 2, though both were quite good. The battery in the scar was a little bigger at 66 watt hours compared to the 55 watt hour battery in the Sepphoris, while using the Sepphoris with G sync enabled the Nvidia 1070 graphics will be in use the entire time. You do get the option to disable G sync and instead use the Intel integrated, graphics, ler, but this requires a reboot to complete but it's, not actually improving battery life by that much anyway, just a 20 minute difference in this test. Although the scar 2 doesn't have G sync, it uses the Nvidia 1070 graphics the entire time and is not able to swap to Intel integrated graphics, so the battery life suffers as a result. By the time both laptops got to around 10 battery left the in game frame rate, dropped to around 10 fps and was no longer playable. You'Ll probably want to keep the power brick and cables close by with either laptop thermal testing was completed with slightly different room temperatures 18 degrees Celsius for the Sepphoris and 21 degrees Celsius for the scar. So all temperatures here are reported using delta T over ambient in degree Celsius. Basically, this just means that the room temperature was subtracted from the measured temperature to try and normalize the results, despite both laptops having been tested in slightly different temperatures, both laptops have shed heat pipes too, so a change in one component may affect the other.
I also briefly need to talk about over boos murdered by default, while running both laptops at stock, with the combined CPU and GPU load gaming, for example, the TDP of the 8750 H in the Zephyrus was capped at 30 watts, while the scatter had a slightly higher 35 watt cap with over burst mode, enabled the 8750 H in both laptops gets boosted to the usual 45 watt TDP, and the fans will also be maxed out to help keep things cool. This will be important later, starting down the bottom of the graph. In the light blue and green bars, we can see the idle temperatures of the CPU and GPU respectively. The Sepphoris M was a fair bit cooler than the scar to just 21 degrees warmer than ambient, while gaming shown by the yellow and orange bars. The Zephyrus was again a little cooler than the scar. The red and pink bars show the same gaming tests, but with the CPUs under bolted by minus 0.09 R volts and the fans maxed out. Juda boost mode and both laptops see a nice improvement to temperatures. Although the Zephyrus is still a little cooler than the scar stress, testing was run with a 264 and the heaven benchmark running at the same time, in order to try and fully utilize, both the processor and graphics, continuing our way up the graph with the purple and Dark blue bars, we can see the temperatures of the CPU and GPU sat stock respectively.
There was less of a difference between the two, but the Zephyrus was still a little cool in the SKA, with the fans maxed out from boost mode and the same 0.09. Our volt on the bolt applied to the CPU, the SKA, was finally slightly cooler than the zephyrus for the first time by just a couple of degrees in this test just quickly in case, you wanted to see the actual data, regardless of differences in room temperature. Here it is something to note that in this data the Sepphoris shows us cooler in all tests. We only saw the scars slightly better earlier in the black and white bars because it was tested a slightly warmer environment. I believe that overall, the Sepphoris is able to run cooler as a result of the CPU running at a lower TDP on average when compared to the scar. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests just shown in all tests. The graphics in the Zephyrus were averaging higher clock speeds than the scar, while the CPU in the scar was averaging higher clock speeds than the Zephyrus and we'll see how this difference effect game soon. The scar 2 is able to get the full cpu boost performance while under vaulted, both in games and stress tests shown by the red and black bars respectively, even without the CPU under vault, in yellow and purple. The scar is a fair bit ahead of the Sepphoris. In average CPU speeds, this graph shows the average TDP of the CPUs while running these tests, while running with over boost mode.
The CPU clock speeds rise, as we just saw as both have a maximum 45 watt TDP. However, we can see that, while under a combined CPU and GPU load, while actually playing games, for example, the TDP of this FSM is actually lower, which explains why we saw lower clock speeds in the last graph and also probably helps it run cooler compared to the Scar here are the average CPU clock speeds, while under a CPU only load, and both laptops are very close together with the scar just not quite able to hit the full 3.9 gigahertz a boost, speed at stock. Despite this, though, it's worth remembering, the scar was coming out ahead under a combined CPU and GPU load, while the Zephyrus wasn't to try and demonstrate this practically here's how both laptops caught in sin avenge a CPU benchmark. Both laptops were running with over boost mode enabled. So fans will maxed out and CPUs running with 45 watt, TDP and we're, seeing very similar performance for both even before under vaulting. This is excellent performance for the u.s. 78758. Here are the average GPU clock speeds, while under a graphic lonely workload, and the Sepphoris M was coming out ahead here with faster clock speeds in stock than the overclocked scar, but we'll see how this actually affects gaming performance later. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be touching at idle, both were in the low 30s and while gaming they both get to the low 40s in the center and then around 50 right off.
The back, throw more of the keyboard on the scar seems to remain cool and there's. No real difference with the stress tests running with the fans maxed out the temperatures of both drop a few degrees. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop, so let you ever listen to some of these tests. I told both still had audible fans, but the Scot tube was louder than the Sepphoris. While gaming, the Scot, was still a bit louder and that wasn't a noticeable difference, while under stress dust with the fans maxed out their closer together, but the scar is still a bit louder than theirs efforts. Finally, let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. All games will run at 1080p. The native resolution of the displays all games were tested with overboost mode enabled on both laptops for best performance fortnight was tested using the replay feature with the same test run thorough as the laptops were tested a few months apart. It'S not the exact same replay, but as close as possible at epic settings. The scar 2 is performing 8 percent better when compared with the Sepphoris m and that difference rises rapidly at the lowest setting levels. The ever watch results aren't exactly comparable. As I changed. My testing methodology, a few months ago from playing with the bots to using a run through the practice range in the practice range I found very similar results to actually playing there. The practice range test is just much easy to reproduce.
With that in mind, the scar 2 is seeing 5 better average frame rates at epic settings with a much larger, 38 percent improvement seem to the 1 lower dota 2 was tested using an intensive replay. This does not represent real gameplay, which would likely see better results at Ultra settings. There was just a 4 improvement with the scar over the Zephyrus, but this increases to a 12 improvement with all settings of minimum Assassin's Creed origins was tested with the built in benchmark and is fairly heavy on the CPU. In this test, the scar was scoring 30. Better in average frame rates at Ultra settings and 22 better in the 1 lower result. One of the largest differences between the two laptops in the games – I've, tested Far Cry 5, was also tested using the built in benchmark and the results are a bit closer together. Now, with the scar to 8, better an average frame rates at Ultra settings with a zephyrus ahead for the womp assembler results at all. Setting levels csgo was tested using the elliptical benchmark and the scar 2 was getting average frame rates, 12 percent higher than the Sepphoris m at max settings, with a smaller 4 percent improvement to the Wampus alone. This rises at the lowest settings with the Scotto now averaging 25, better for average FPS Rainbow six age was tested using the built in benchmark and we're, seeing a 15 improvement to average frame rates at Ultra settings in this test, with the Skaar thorough.
Realistically, the frame rates for me, the laptop, are still quite high. Watchdogs 2 is an intensive game and was one of the tests that saw a small difference between the two laptops at Ultra settings. The scar 2 was just under 3 ahead of this efforts. In terms of average frame rates, they were much larger. 32 percent improvement to 1 percent low result was seen at the lowest setting levels. The zephyrus actually comes out ahead for 1 lower and closes the gap between the averages coming out ahead at low settings. Ghost Recon is another resource, intensive game and in this one the scar 2 was coming out 14, better at Ultra settings in average FPS. But as we can see, this rises as the setting levels drop down increasing to 25 higher at lower settings. The Witcher 3 saw a similar result with a 10 boost to the average frame rates at Ultra settings. Third, like overwatch, the 1 lows from the Sepphoris are down significantly compared to the scar at all. Setting levels of an ultra pub she was tested using the replay feature with the same test run third lack fortnight due to a gap of a couple of months. It wasn't the exact same replay file at Ultra settings. The scar 2 was seeing a 15 improvement when compared to the Zephyrus em battlefield 1 was tested playing the first campaign mission and at Ultra settings the scar 2 was getting around 12 higher average frame rates.
But honestly, I couldn't tell you the difference between them. The game was playing very well on birth, shadow of war was tested with a built in benchmark and saw the smallest difference between the two laptops with the scar 2 just 2.5 percent ahead of the Sepphoris. At Ultra settings and then also not too much of a difference at the other levels, doom was tested using Vulcan and the scar 2 was scoring 11 percent faster average frame rates at Ultra settings in this test. A 12 percent improvement to 1 percent lower and then similar results at the other setting levels. As for synthetic benchmarks, I've tested, heaven valley and superposition from Unigine, as well as fire strike time spy and the almot from 3d. There was much less of a difference between the two here, although the Scot two was still outperforming this effort SEM overall vez car two was coming out: eleven percent better when averaging the results of old games tested at max settings, quite a big improvement. This was a much larger difference than I expected considering they've got the same specs going into this comparison. I was expecting this efforts to be slightly ahead. Given it was running Cola and the clock speeds at the graphics were higher. The difference in performance seems to come down to the active TDP if the CPU won't gaming, as mentioned earlier in the temperature testing at stock, the CPU of the Scarb runs at 35 watts, while the zephyrus runs at 30 Watts, despite both being able to reach a 45 watt TDP under CPU only load while under combined CPU and GPU load.
The SCAR seems to be performing better if you're, playing with an external monitor with high resolution I'd, expect the gap to close as the GPU would be relied on more than the CPU and, as I was seeing, higher average clock speeds from the gtx 1070. In this efforts, it might actually start to help out more there. This is the only reason I can think of that explains the difference in performance, as both laptops have the same 87, 58 CPU, gtx, 1070, graphics and even the same amount of dual channel memory running at the same speed and timings. There was a little difference in Nvidia drivers as I tested them at different times, but this much changed you two drivers in modern laptops is unheard of. In any case, they're all games tested we're, getting great results on either laptop, and if I was doing a blind test on either, I don't think I'd be able to spot the difference either. Laptops should give you an excellent gaming experience we'll just quickly. Look at the hard drive speeds, as this may be irrelevant, as both laptops are available with different drive configurations. Both have a single nvme m2 slot with 512 gig drives installed. I was saying faster, writes with the scar, but faster reads from this efforts: they're both also had a one terabyte sshd installed in the single 2.5 inch drive bay, and I was seeing much better results from the scar, although I'm not sure why, according to hardware info, Both reporting as being the exact same Seagate model, but I was consistently getting these speeds.
However, it seems like the speeds can vary quite a bit between different drives. The Scotto does have an SD slot on the right hand side, but I had trouble getting my cards recognized even after reinstalling the drivers from a Zeus, so I wasn't able to test the speeds now, perhaps the most important difference the price. This will change over time. So check out the links in the description for up to date. Pricing at the time of recording, though the zephyrus M, is around 250 US dollars more than the scar. So was it worth the extra money both have positives and negatives, say you'll have to weigh them. Both up and decide what's best for you, this effort us has g sync, while the scar does not. However, the Zephyrus has no Ethernet port, which will mean either Wi Fi or double life. The scar 2 has an SD slot, while the Zephyrus doesn't that the Zephyrus has a Thunderbolt port, which the scar is missing. The Zephyrus is a little thinner, but also wider, while the scar has an awkwardly placed bottom sight: camera juda, wits, thinner, bezels, perhaps most importantly from a gaming laptop in pretty much old games tested. The scar 2 was coming out ahead of the Zephyrus M, which, as discussed, seems to be due to the difference in CPU performance. Despite this, though, both still offer a great gaming experience, and I don't think the extra FPS I was getting from the scub really gives you any noticeable overall improvement.
So I wouldn't let that alone be the deciding factor. As the CPU TDP was a bit lower on this efforts, it was also running a little cooler and quieter as a result, so which of these two laptops, would you guys pick the asou, Sepphoris m or a su scott, or let me know what you guys thought Down in the comments – and let me know what other laptops you want to see compared as this video was made due to a high number of requests, thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future comparisons and tech.