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Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE Review

Rating: 8.0.

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop has a number of strings to its bow but the big news is the mighty 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12950HX Processor that KitGuru covered in news HERE. This CPU is primarily intended for Mobile Workstations that will be used by engineers and data scientists, however Asus preferred to build a mighty gaming laptop and Holy Moly have they ever succeeded. The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE kicks down doors, takes names and demands your attention.

Time stamps

00:00 Is this laptop looking good?
02:01 Some details
02:58 Ports and connectors
04:03 The screen and hardware thoughts
04:55 Keyboard / RGB / UV (!)
05:52 Asus Armory Crate / power
06:42 Vapor Chamber cooling – liquid metal
07:15 Performance charts
09:52 Gaming Results
11:12 Battery test
11:22 Closing Thoughts


  • Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12950HX Up to 5.0GHz (30M Cache, 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop 16GB GDDR6
    • ROG Boost: 1640MHz at 175W (1590MHz Boost Clock+50MHz OC, 150W+25W Dynamic Boost)
  • Display: 17.3-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) 16:9 anti-glare display
    • IPS-level, 240Hz, 3ms response, Adaptive-Sync, 100% DCI-P3
    • MUX Switch + Optimus
  • Memory: 2x 16GB DDR5-4800 SO-DIMM unbranded, Max 64GB, dual channel memory
  • Storage: 2TB + 2TB Samsung PM9A1 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 in RAID 0
  • I/O Ports:
    • 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
    • 1x HDMI 2.1
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C DisplayPort 1.4/100W power delivery
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 1x 2.5G RJ45 Ethernet port
    • 1x Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort 1.4
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit Chiclet Keyboard Per-Key RGB, Touchpad
  • Audio:
    • Smart Amp Technology
    • Audio by Dolby Atmos
    • AI noise-cancelling technology
    • Hi-Res certification
    • Built-in array microphone
    • 4-speaker system with Smart Amplifier Technology
  • Network and Communication: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2, Bluetooth 5.2, 2.5G Ethernet
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home
  • Battery: 90WHrs, 5675mAh, 4-cell Li-ion, 330W Power adapter
  • Dimensions: 395mm x 282mm x 28.3mm
  • Weight: 3.0kg plus 1.1kg for power supply and mains cable


  • Intel Core i9-12950HX processor with 16 cores and 24 threads, and up to 65W TDP
  • Up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU with 175W max TGP and MUX Switch
  • Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal on both the CPU and GPU and a custom vapour chamber keep the machine cool
  • See a clear path to victory with FHD 360Hz/3ms or QHD 240Hz/3ms displays
  • Multiple RGB lighting zones with per-key customisation are easily synchronized with Aura Sync
  • Crack the code on the chassis with the included UV flashlight and unlock the hidden secrets within ROG’s new SCAR Runner game

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