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AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX Review ft. Asus ROG Strix Scar 17

The new AMD Dragon Range offers huge performance, however we would have expected nothing less as the Ryzen 9 7945HX appears, on paper, to be a desktop CPU in a mobile package.

The impressive thing is that AMD has delivered high levels of efficiency alongside the performance, which effectively gives you the best of both worlds. While it feels like flim-flam when AMD talks about power optimisations that allow the Ryzen 7045 series to run at low Vcore, the fact of the matter is that they have delivered. These mobile parts run in the range 1.2V-1.3V where desktop parts use around 1.35V and that is a solid win.

The negative part of the equation is that this HX family of CPUs is far-removed from thin and light territory so you have to deal with a 3kg laptop, plus a 1kg power supply and a power cord. You can certainly use this laptop on battery however it is pretty much a portable workstation that will not want to stray far from mains power.

While Dragon Range is impressive, we are keen to see new AMD silicon in a thinner, lighter and more portable laptop.

You can buy the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023) G733PY for £3670 HERE.

Pros:

  • Stunning CPU performance.
  • Asus Vapour Chamber cooling is superb.
  • Nvidia RTX 40 Laptop graphics are excellent.
  • Decent battery life.

Cons:

  • A 3kg laptop with 1kg power supply is unwieldy.
  • Asus Armoury Crate is frustrating.
  • You pay a fortune for each bump in Nvidia graphics.
  • The layout of ports and connectors is slightly weird.

KitGuru says: The new AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX CPU delivers storming performance.

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Rating: 8.5.

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