Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023)

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 brings together the best of AMD and Nvidia for powerhouse performance

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TechRadar Verdict

Bringing the best of AMD and NVIDIA again for the latest Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 means high performance gaming in a laptop that’s better than ever. Beyond the specs is an impressive audio/visual package inside a war-ready chassis. Be mindful that the exceptionally high price of admission doesn’t provide standard-setting features when it comes to biometric security, web conferencing, or battery life, however.


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    Aggressive yet thoughtful design

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    Phenomenal performance

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    Respectable image quality

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    Lovely sounding speakers


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    720p Webcam is unimpressive

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    No biometric security features or card reader

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    Battery life is sub-par

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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Two-minute review

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 represents a strong contender for best gaming laptop of the year, following up the smaller Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 or dual screen Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

Using the AMD-CPU-and-NVIDIA-GPU-set-up that’s become standard for the ROG brand, the latest Strix Scar 17 features a 16-core Ryzen 9 7945HX, 32GB RAM, 1TB of SSD and the option of either an RTX 4090 or 4080. In the U.S., there are two versions for both GPU options each, so you at least have some variety. The specs are more than enough to play some of the best PC games like Cyberpunk 2077 to Metro: Exodus at max settings with little effort.

It doesn’t hurt that the visual/audio presentation is fairly strong as well. The Strix Scar 17 features a lovely 17-inch 1440p display that offers a 240 refresh rate which is good enough for competitive gamers. Meanwhile, being Dolby Vision-capable ensures that HDR enhances images even further. 

Audio is even more impressive through being both Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio certified through its dual speakers. Alongside music and films sounding great, the speakers also offer 5.1.2 channel virtual surround sound which is useful for gamers looking for more situational awareness when playing Call of Duty: Warzone or Fortnite. However, the Strix Scar 17 does come with some limitations. 

The very limited battery life means users will usually need to have this plugged up regularly. Attempting to use the laptop on a plane ride and the like for tasks outside of general browsing and video content viewing can drain the Strix Scar 17 fairly quickly. 

Meanwhile, the design does have a lot of ports but lacks biometric security or a card reader for gamers leaning more toward creative software. Gamers who don’t care about creating or video conferencing on the regular, however, should be fine. Of course, the Strix Scar 17 comes at a steep price regardless of what NVIDIA GPU set-up potential purchasers use. 

That said, serious PC gamers with deep pockets who are only looking for the highest visual performance in a laptop form factor should strongly consider the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023). you won't be disappointed.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Price & availability

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  • How much does it cost? Starting at $2,899.99 / £3,099.99 / AU$5,599.99
  • When is it available? It is available now
  • Where can you get it? You can get it in the US, UK, and Australia
  • $2,899.99 / £3,099.99 / AU$5,599

In the United States alone, there are four configurations available for purchase through Asus’ ROG store. Both RTX 4090 and 4080 configurations come with two different storage and RAM options. 

The Strix Scar 17 is going to cost $3,499.99 at the highest config, with RTX 4090, 32GB RAM, and 2TB SSD, which can even get you solid 4K video output if you want more than the 1440p display can provide. If that’s too much, though, the somewhere in-between $2,899.99 RTX 4080 provides 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. This is good enough for 1440p with solid frame rates. 

In the UK, there are two versions available with one offering an RTX 4090 and 2TB SSD for £3,799 and 4080/1TB combo at the £3,099.99 price point. Both offer the same AMD Ryzen 9 and RAM set up. Australian buyers are only getting one AU$5,599 version featuring a RTX 4090, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. 

  • Price score: 4 / 5

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Specs

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 The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 currently comes in all configurations in the United States, two in the UK, and one in Australia, with no options to configure the models independently.

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ComponentAsus ROG Strix Scar 17 (G733PZ)Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (G733PZ)Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (G733PY-XS98)
Price:$2,799.99$2,899.99 / £3,099.99$3,499.99 / £3,799 / AU$5,599
CPU:AMD Ryzen 9 7945HXAMD Ryzen 9 7945HXAMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Screen:17-inch WQHD 240Hz IPS (2560 x 1440)17-inch WQHD 240Hz IPS (2560 x 1440)17-inch WQHD 240Hz IPS (2560 x 1440)
Ports:1 x HDMI 2.1, 2 X USB-A 3.2, 1 x USB-C 3.2, 1 x power delivery, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x 2.5G RJ451 x HDMI 2.1, 2 X USB-A 3.2, 1 x USB-C 3.2, 1 x power delivery, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x 2.5G RJ451 x HDMI 2.1, 2 X USB-A 3.2, 1 x USB-C 3.2, 1 x power delivery, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x 2.5G RJ45
Wireless:Wi-Fi 6E(802(Triple band) 2*2 + Bluetooth® 5.2.11ax)Wi-Fi 6E(802(Triple band) 2*2 + Bluetooth® 5.2.11ax)Wi-Fi 6E(802(Triple band) 2*2 + Bluetooth® 5.2.11ax)
Camera:720P HD camera720P HD camera720P HD camera
Weight:3.00 Kg (6.61 lbs)3.00 Kg (6.61 lbs)3.00 Kg (6.61 lbs)
Dimensions:39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 ~ 2.83 cm (15.55" x 11.10" x 0.92" ~ 1.11")39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 ~ 2.83 cm (15.55" x 11.10" x 0.92" ~ 1.11")39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 ~ 2.83 cm (15.55" x 11.10" x 0.92" ~ 1.11")
  • Specs score: 4.5 / 5

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Design

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  • Despite a plastic chassis, the laptop design is aesthetically bold yet sturdy
  • Keyboard features per-key lighting and feels comfortable to use
  • There are plenty of ports available though it would have been nice to have biometric security and SD Card

The matte-black plastic design of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 chassis gives off an all-around aggressive look. Be mindful that it also smudges pretty easily as well; especially if hands are adequately moisturized. Like the previous iteration of the gaming laptop, the display hinge is offset to make room for the speakers and rear facing ports it sits near when opened. When closed, there is plenty of customizable lighting everywhere from the light bar that slightly wraps around the bottom to the ROG logo. 

There are also plenty of ports available on the ROG Strix Scar 17 starting with the right side's two USB-A ports and 3.5 audio combo jack. Meanwhile, the rear features a HDMI 2.1 port, two USB-C ports with DisplayPort support, an ethernet jack and charge port that connects through a fairly large power brick. It would have been nice to have an SD slot considering its powerful enough to edit various content on through Adobe Suite (and there's more than enough space in the honking big chassis for it). 

Considering the 17-inch screen size and components stuffed in the laptop, it’s pretty large and may take some maneuvering to fit inside a backpack. Though some may have an issue with the matte-black plastic, it does help keep the ROG Strix Scar 17 weighting significantly under 10 lbs.

Once opened, the same wonderful RGB keyboard with per-key lighting remains as beautiful to look at as ever. This includes the five customizable macro keys that by default handle volume, mic on/off switch and fan speed among others. It doesn’t matter if it's browsing the web and sending emails or gaming, keystrokes on the mechanical feel pretty good. 

The lack of security features like a fingerprint scanner or webcam shutter feels behind-the-times, though. Gamers will need a separate mouse to play genres including shooters and RTS but general cursor movement on the touchpad is smooth.

  • Design score: 4 / 5

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Performance

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  • General gaming performance is as fantastic as ever
  • Image and audio accentuates gaming performance
  • Weak webcam makes video conferencing a hassle
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) Benchmarks

Here's how the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Speed Way: 5318; Fire Strike: 41,391; Time Spy: 18,343
GeekBench 6: 2,746 (single-core); 15,730 (multi-core)
Total War: Warhammer III (1080p, Ultra):
150 fps; (1080p, Low): 336 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (1080p, Ultra): 144 fps; (1080p, Low): 160 fps
Dirt 5 (1080p, Ultra): 181 fps; (1080p, Low): 239 fps
25GB File Copy transfer rate: 1,185.68 MBps
Handbrake 1.6: 2:47
CrossMark: Overall: 2,062 Productivity: 1,905 Creativity: 2,428 Responsiveness: 1,603
Web Surfing (Battery Informant): 4:20:53
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 1:24 

General computing tasks allow the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) to show off its relatively quiet nature and ability to stay cool on your lap. When it's gaming time, the laptop handles 1440p gaming without much problems. The ROG Strix Scar 17 really goes to work on modern titles with the ability to play big AAA games at max settings with respectable frame rates. 

There isn’t a better example than Cyberpunk 2077 which can play at 144 fps at ultra settings. Adding ray-tracing will slow that performance quite a bit, but thanks to the RTX GPU’s ability to perform DLSS upscaling, it can take ray-traced frame rates to respectable numbers. 

Other games from Forza Horizon 5 to Metro:Exodus perform just as well.  When it comes to more competitive leaning games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, motion performance is more than fine and input lag is nearly non-existent. Helps that the display itself provides crisp and clear image quality as well. 

This also makes the ROG Strix Scar 17 a great option for creatives. During our test of Handbrake 1.6, it encoded a roughly 12 minute 4K video to 1080p in about two minutes and 47 seconds. This means that users of Photoshop and Premiere Pro can get some quick export times. Add Dolby Vision into the mix and compatible video content looks phenomenal too. 

Speaker quality is great as well with punchy volume, solid bass and overall clarity. They also feature virtual surround sound and Dolby Atmos for compatible games alongside video content. Some gamers may feel more comfortable gaming on headphones but the internal speakers are good enough. 

One of the weaker elements in the ROG Strix Scar 17 is the 720p webcam. Beyond being really terrible in low light conditions, it’s fairly no frills. Individuals who are looking to stream, it’ll probably be best to invest in one of the best webcams for external use.

  • Performance score: 4.5 / 5

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Battery

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  • General computing task usage is around four hours.
  • Battery takes a little under two hours to charge.

Like many gaming laptops using the latest and most powerful CPU and GPU combinations, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) features a fairly lackluster battery life. 

Thankfully, it’s good enough for four solid hours of general computing usage, according to my testing, so the battery should last long enough for a bi-coastal trip if watching video content or web browsing. 

Doing anything beyond that like attempting to play any game with heft to it like Forza Horizon 5 without being plugged in is going to wear down the battery life fairly quickly, unfortunately, but you knew that coming in. Gaming on a gaming laptop just isn't something you can effectively do on battery power. 

The Strix Scar 17 does make the most out of its 90WHr battery, however, with a full recharge via its large power brick taking just a couple of hours.  

  • Battery score: 2.5 / 5

Should you buy the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023)?

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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023)
ValueExpensive price aside, the ROG Strix Scar 17 is a premium product when it comes to general performance, port variety and feature set.4 / 5
SpecsWith some of the most powerful hardware available, you can't go wrong here, even if it's not really customizeable.4.5 / 5
DesignThe design of the Strix Scar 17 may off put some individuals with the matte-black plastic, but it looks just as powerful as its performance. Add the customizable lighting and it becomes a real looker. 4 / 5
PerformanceHaving a combination of the AMD Ryzen 9 and NVIDIA RTX 4090 go a long way in making this a serious performing gaming laptop.4.5 / 5
BatteryWith the power behind the Strix Scar 17, battery life isn’t the best here. Meanwhile, general computing usage only nets less than four hours.2.5 / 5
Average ratingDesign and 1440p gaming performance are the highlights of the expensive Strix Scar 17. The laptop provides something for gamers and creatives despite issues with battery life and lack of security features. 3.8 / 5

Buy it if...

You want a 1440p leaning gaming laptop with real performance
The AMD Ryzen 9 and NVIDIA RTX 4090 combo allows many modern games to play at max settings with high frame rates.

You require a respectable audio/visual set up
Having a 17-inch 1440p display with a 240Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision makes viewing anything on the gaming laptop a pleasure. 

You need a laptop with a aggressive and beautifully lit look
Beautiful external and internal RGB lighting on the Strix Scar 17 works well while the matte-black plastic keeps the package light enough yet durable. 

Don't buy it if...

You want above average battery life
Gaming without the large power pack is going to be fairly difficult on the Strix Scar 17. On its own, users will get under four or so hours of usage out of the laptop.

You need something a bit more affordable
At its lowest, potential buyers will need nearly $3K to own the Strix Scar 17. Those who want the higher configuration will pay significantly more than that.

You require better security and SD reader
The Strix Scar 17 lacks a webcam good enough to use as a security feature and the keyboard lacks a fingerprint reader. Meanwhile, the laptop doesn’t have a SD card reader. 

Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): Also consider

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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023)Lenovo Legion 7i ProMSI GT77 Titan
Price:Starting at $2,799.99 / £3,099.99 / AU$5,599.99$4,499.99 / £4,799 including VAT / around AU$6,700Starting at $4,299.99 (about £3,570 / AU$6,240)
CPUAMD Ryzen 9 7945HX13ᵗʰ Gen Intel Core i9-13900KFIntel Core i9-13980HX (Up to 5.6 GHz)
GPUUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 24GB GDDR6XUp to Nvidia RTX 4090 12GB Laptop GPU (175W)
RAMUp to 32GB DDR5Up to 64GB DDR5 5600MHzUp to 128GB DDR5 3600MHz
Screen17-inch WQHD 240Hz IPS (2560 x 1440)16-inch WQXGA (2560x1600) IPS 500nits, 100% sRGB, 240Hz17.3-inch IPS, mini LED, 4K, 144hz
StorageUp to 2TB NVMe SSDUp to 4TB NVMe SSDUp to 4TB NVMe SSD Gen4x4
Ports1 x HDMI 2.1, 2 X USB-A 3.2, 1 x USB-C 3.2, 1 x power delivery, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x 2.5G RJ454 x USB-A 3.2, 1 x USB-C, 1 x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x RJ45, 1 x power input, 1 x electronic e-shutter switch, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2 x Thunderbolt 4 w/ DP, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x 3.5mm combo jack, 1 x SD card slot, 1 x RJ45
WirelessWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Weight6.61lbs (3.0kg)6.17lbs (2.8 kg)7.28 lbs | 3.30 kg
Dimensions15.55 x 11.10 x 0.92 ~ 1.11 inches | 395 x 282 x 23.4mm14.3 x 10.32 x 0.86-1.01 inches (363.4 x 262.15 x 21.95-25.9 mm; W x D x H)15.63 x 12.99 x 0.91 inches | 397 x 329.95 x 23.11 mm

If the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) has you considering other options, here are two more gaming laptops to consider...


Lenovo Legion 7i Pro
Value wise, the Lenovo Legion 7i Pro offers performance and a design that’s nearly as good as the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 but is a little less.

Read our full Lenovo Legion 7i Pro review  


MSI GT77 Titan (2023)
Honestly, if you're looking for the absolute best and money is no object, then look no further than the GT77 Titan. This beast of a machine is prohibitively expensive, but it's performance is as good as it gets.

Read our full MSI GT77 Titan (2023) review

How I tested the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023)

  • I tested the gaming laptop for a little over a week
  • I played various games including Cyberpunk 2077, Forza Horizon 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Bright Memory: Infinite
  • I used other apps used included Google Chrome alongside Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 was tested for a little over a week, split between general computing, creative suites, and plenty of games. Games played including Cyberpunk 2077 and Forza Horizon 5 among others. 

Those titles were played at full 1440p resolution at max settings, while several photos for this review were edited on Photoshop and a sample 1080p video file was exported through Premiere Pro. Between those times, I browsed the web through Google Chrome and opened several dozen tabs.

I've been testing and reviewing gaming laptops for several years now, and as a professional photographer, among other creative pursuits, I know my way around Adobe Creative Cloud apps and what kind of performance to expect from a high quality laptop with hardware this powerful.

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First reviewed May 2023

Ural Garrett

Ural Garrett is an Inglewood, CA-based journalist and content curator. His byline has been featured in outlets including CNN, MTVNews, Complex, TechRadar, BET, The Hollywood Reporter and more.