ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Premium STRIX SCAR 17 Gaming Laptop With Large 17.3” 300Hz Display, Keystone Security, Intel Core i9-10980-HK CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU

ASUS and Intel had promised the arrival of powerful gaming and professional laptops that packed the latest 10th Gen Intel Core Series CPU and NVIDIA SUPER GPUs. Accordingly, the company has launched the ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX SCAR 17 gaming laptop. As the name implies, the high-end, no-compromise portable computing device features a large 17.3” display with ultra-fast 300 Hz refresh rate, top-end Intel Core i9-10980-HK CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU and several other features.

The ASUS ROG STRIX lineup of premium, no-compromise high-end gaming, and professional laptops now include the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 gaming laptop. The laptop is one of the most powerful portable gaming computers with specific optimizations for top-end gaming. Interestingly, ASUS is also offering its own Keystone II technology which lets users quick launch apps, unlock a hidden Shadow Drive and more, just by docking a Keystone device.

ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 Gaming Laptop Specifications, Features:

The ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 features a large 17.3” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display with a super-fast 300Hz gaming-optimized screen. The 3 ms response time should keep the picture crisp and blur-free for precise target tracking. The entire screen has an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 81.5 percent.

The ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 packs a powerful 8-Core 16-Thread 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 -10980-HK CPU with a Boost Clock of 5.3GHz. With the 16-Thread Hyper-Threading, no task should be difficult. The powerful works with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU that can hit clock speeds up to 1560MHz at 150W with ROG Boost for massive triple-digit frame rates. The regions which need heat dissipation are helped with custom liquid metal compound on the CPU, upgraded heatsinks and 3D thermal design.

The laptop comes with 32GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory. ASUS has packed upgraded DDR4-3200 RAM which outpaces the old 2933 MHz standard. ASUS promises gamers can jump into multiplayer, stream, chat and more, simultaneously. Creators can effortlessly work on their chosen media editing software and shift swiftly between programs as needed without having to wait.

The ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 has two NVM Express PCIe x4 SSDs running in RAID 0 configuration. There’s a total of 2TB storage. There’s a provision to include another SSD for additional storage. The other connectivity options include USB Type-C (USB-C), HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz), WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Gigabit Ethernet jack, and audio jack. All three Type-A USB ports to accommodate additional peripherals are USB 3.2 Gen 1. The USB Type-C port, however, does not support Power Delivery.

The laptop is powered by a 66Wh battery. Despite the powerful internals, the laptop an impressively slim body that’s just 27.9 mm thin and weighs only 2.9 kg. ASUS has significantly simplified adding memory and storage with an easy-upgrade design that puts the SO-DIMM and M.2 slots behind the bottom panel. It’s held in place with standard Philips screws, and a special pop-open screw pushes the bottom corner away from the chassis for easy removal.

One of the biggest highlights of the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 premium gaming laptop is the use of powerful and unique cooling features that enable peak power from all the components. Exotic liquid metal thermal compound is painted onto the CPU of the ROG gaming laptop with a 10th Generation Intel Core processor. ASUS is also offering the new ROG Keystone II, which updates Keystone technology introduced in last year’s ROG Strix SCAR III. Keystone II allows users to link quick commands and other functions to a physical, NFC-enabled key that docks into the side of the chassis. Removing the Keystone can instantly activate a stealth mode that minimizes apps and mutes audio or logs out of Windows.

There are several gaming-optimized features in the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 premium gaming laptop like fully-customizable RGB lighting that goes around the device. Users can coordinate colors and effects across an entire ecosystem of Aura Sync devices to set up the desired mood lighting. The laptop keyboard is heavily optimized for intense gaming.

ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 Gaming Laptop Pricing, Availability:

The ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 has just been announced. The premium gaming or multimedia professional laptop will be available for purchase starting in this month itself.

The price for the high-end portable computing device starts at £2,999.99. The laptop will be available in the UK with multiple configurations. As mentioned earlier, ASUS appears to offer a paid upgrade of RAM, onboard storage, and other aspects.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.