04 ScarSource: ASUS

What you need to know

  • ASUS unveiled new SCAR 15 and 17 ROG laptops.
  • Featuring AMD Ryzen 7 and 9 CPUs.
  • And up to NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPUs.

ASUS has today unveiled two new ROG Strix laptops known as the SCAR 15 and SCAR 17, featuring AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 processors, up to 64GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM, a beastly NVIDIA RTX 3070 or 3080, and up to a 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. That's a hell of a lot of power for a laptop, but that's the point of ASUS's ROG range!

The SCAR 15 features a 15.6-inch 1080p or 1440p display with support for 300Hz or 165Hz refresh rates respectively. The panel itself is 100 percent sRGB and DCI-P3 color calibrated, with a 3ms response time which should satisfy most gamers. The SCAR 17 features similar specs in a 17.3-inch screen size. The 1080p model supports refresh rates up to 360Hz, and the 1440p model supports up to 165Hz.

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In regards to ports, the SCAR 15 and 17 feature the same selection, including three USB-A 3.2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 port, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0b, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The keyboards on both are optical machanical with 1.9mm of key travel, and both feature 90Wh batteries.

Both are also similar in weight, with the smaller of the two coming in at 5.07 pounds and the larger one weighing just 0.22 pounds more.

Category ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
RAM Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3080
NVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3080
Storage Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
RAID 0, dual SSDs
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
RAID 0, dual SSDs
Display 15.6 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
300Hz, 3ms
100% sRGB
2560x1440 (QHD)
165Hz, 3ms
100% DCI-P3
17.3 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
360Hz, 3ms
100% sRGB
2560x1440 (QHD)
165Hz, 3ms
100% DCI-P3
Ports Three USB-A 3.2
USB-C 3.2
Ethernet
HDMI 2.0b
3.5mm audio
Three USB-A 3.2
USB-C 3.2
Ethernet
HDMI 2.0b
3.5mm audio
Audio Four speakers
Dolby Atmos
Four speakers
Dolby Atmos
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 (2x2)
Bluetooth 5
Wi-Fi 6 (2x2)
Bluetooth 5
Keyboard Optical mechanical
0.2ms response
1.9mm travel
Optical mechanical
0.2ms response
1.9mm travel
Battery 90Wh 90Wh
Dimensions 13.97 x 10.23 x 0.89-1.07 inches
(354.9mm x 259.9mm x 22.69-27.2mm)
15.55 x 11.11 x 1.08 inches
(395mm x 282.1mm x 27.5mm)
Weight 5.07 pounds (2.3kg) 5.29 pounds (2.4kg)

Both the SCAR 15 and SCAR 17 go on sale in Q1 in North America. Pricing is yet to be announced. What are your thoughts on these new laptops? Let us know in the comments.