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ASUS announces new ROG Strix SCAR 15 and 17 at CES 2021

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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.

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.

CategoryASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
Up to 64GB DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
GraphicsNVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3080
NVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3080
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
RAID 0, dual SSDs
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
RAID 0, dual SSDs
Display15.6 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
PortsThree 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
AudioFour speakers
Dolby Atmos
Four speakers
Dolby Atmos
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 (2x2)
Bluetooth 5
Wi-Fi 6 (2x2)
Bluetooth 5
KeyboardOptical mechanical
0.2ms response
1.9mm travel
Optical mechanical
0.2ms response
1.9mm travel
Battery90Wh90Wh
Dimensions13.97 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)
Weight5.07 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.

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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 (opens in new tab)

If you need more power, more screen space, and aren't afraid of spending more money, then the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 is the model to go with.

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

2 Comments
  • Is there a web cam on either one?
  • No unfortunately. I love Asus' laptop line, but the most ANNOYING thing, is they've decided that when it comes to their gaming computers, they don't need a webcam. Even in this "work from home" MS teams and Zoom call era we live in. Their rationale is built in Webcams for the most part suck, and gamers who use something like that are mostly going to opt to use a higher end external one, which isn't TOTALLY wrong. But my thing is also, webcams on laptop's suck because they choose to put crappy one's into machines. There are higher end webcams with high resolution, and also work with Windows Hello, but they won't include those with gaming laptops...because they feel like Gamers wouldn't like security? Imagine if one of them had the balls to work with Microsoft or on their own, to use windows hello tech and face recognition, to not only make it easier to log into your laptop, but also simplify and securely log into all of your various Game launch services like Steam, Epic Games, Battlenet, Origin, Uplay, GOG...etc. end rant