If you are a seasoned gamer, the new ROG Strix Scar 17 will ensure that you wouldn’t miss your desk-bound gaming machine. Besides featuring a massive screen real-estate and the top-of-the-line commercial GPU, this laptop also stacks in some of the more nifty and innovative specs that can assist you with professional productivity.


Asus comes equipped with Octa-Core, Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, capable of reaching turbo clock speeds of up to 5.3GHz. While the chipset boasts of excellent single and multi-core performances, you can churn out a lot more, courtesy of the overclocking feature. When it comes to the GPU, this notebook features the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super variant, combined with an 8GB VRAM. 


Graphics-wise, the RTX 2080 Super features 3072 CUDA cores and processes gaming data and textures at 15.5 Gbps. Much like every other RTX graphics card, even this one comes equipped with Ray Tracing support and AI-Assisted graphics, thereby taking productivity to a whole new level.


However, it is the memory allocation that steals the show. The machine boasts of a 32GB RAM module that makes multitasking easier than ever. The 3200 MHz RAM speed ensures that every application, game, and program loads in a blink of an eye, much like a beefed-up desktop replacement. The storage is handled by the 2TB SSD module, based on the RAID 0 or disk stripping technology.


The 17.3-inch large screen readily qualifies the ROG Strix Scar 17 as the most powerful gaming machine on the market. While the overall display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels adds to the visual quality and color reproduction levels, it is the 300 Hz refresh rate that stands out. This attribute combined with an overdrive response time of 3 ms, ensures that high-action graphics look livelier on-screen without motion blurs.


Other productivity-enhancing specs include a backlit keyboard that adheres to ROG’s proprietary AURA SYNC system, a responsive trackpad with an encryption shadow drive as a part of the ROG Keystone 2 setup, high-end speakers, and a serviceable webcam-microphone combo if you’re interested in video conferencing or live streaming the gameplay on different platforms like Facebook, YouTube or Twitch. 


This notebook weighs close to 6.3 pounds and features every essential port, including USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, Gen 2 Type-C, HDMI 2.0B, and other resourceful units. While it misses out on Thunderbolt 3 support, the existing firepower and screen size wouldn’t make you miss the same. As a gamer, you can use Elgato Capture to stream your gameplay.


Despite being a virtual powerhouse with a massive display, the existing battery at the helm is capable of lasting up to 6 hours on a single charge. Overall, the ROG Strix Scar 17 is one of the best gaming notebooks in the market and can be considered if you aren’t restricted by budget, ideas, and aspirations. 



When it comes to the processing performances, you get the Intel Core i7-10750H chipset. The existing processor can turbo clock at speeds of up to 5GHz, making way for better handling of gaming logic, environments, and NPCs.


When it comes to the GPU, you get to experience the RTX 2080 Super Max-P capable of handling some of the most demanding games without breaking a sweat. The existing GPU comes with DirectX 12 support, Ray Tracing capabilities, and 8GB VRAM, making it the perfect choice for architecture, video editing, game development, CAD, professional gaming, etc.


There is a 32GB RAM that allows you to edit, play, create, and enjoy every possible productivity-based activity without any lag. The dual-storage unit, featuring 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD, is a path-breaking inclusion, further amplifying the credibility of this top-notch gaming machine. When it comes to the OS, you get the Windows 10 Home edition.


As far as the display goes, this notebook features a 17.3-inch Full HD panel, featuring a cumulative resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The existing panel boasts of slimmer micro-edge bezels followed by anti-glare properties, for minimizing the strain that continued gaming puts on your eyes. What stands out though is the screen refresh time of 300 Hz. Therefore, it becomes easier for you to play almost every game in the market at the highest possible settings, without any frame drops.


HP packs in a backlit, full-sized keyboard with Numpad, boasting of 4-zone backlighting support, 1.5mm travel for effective content creation, 26-key anti-ghosting, and rollover support. In addition to that, you also get a smooth touchpad, followed by the HD webcam, and serviceable dual microphones. You also get the B&O speakers, bolstered further by HP’s Audio Boost technology and the DTS: X support.


At 7.12 pounds, this is a heavy gaming notebook, featuring advanced cooling hardware, including 3-way venting, powerful fans, and the inclusion of the Tempest Cooling support. When it comes to ports, you get Type-C, Type-A, Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and Gig LAN support. Besides that, you get access to Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 AX) connectivity standards.


The existing battery makes minor tradeoffs, with ELUK HP OMEN capable of lasting up to 5 hours on a single charge. Nevertheless, this is one of the most powerful gaming notebooks in the market that can also double down as a 3D modeling and rendering powerhouse, courtesy of the advanced GPU, and ability to pair external 4K displays for setting up workflows. 

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