Asus ROG Strix Scar III evaluate (G531GW – Core i7, RTX 2070, 240Hz display)
The Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531 has been available in shops for just a few months now, and we’ve lastly received to spend time with it and collect our full impressions under, with the robust factors and the quirks.
This follows up on the favored Asus ROG Scar II GL504 and is Asus’s mid-range gaming laptop computer for 2019/2020. It will get the most recent applied sciences, bells, and whistles, however in a full-size physique and with a extra reasonably priced price-tag than the ultraportable ROG Zephyrus fashions.
As a mid-range sequence meant to cater to totally different wants and budgets, there are a number of G531 variants out there. Our evaluate unit is the top-of-the-line Scar III G531GW mannequin, in maybe the best-value configuration with a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia’s full-power RTX 2070 graphics chip, twin storage, and a 240Hz matte show. On the time of this text, this variant retails for round 1900 USD within the US, and roughly 2000 EUR in Europe.
I’ll additionally add that our evaluate unit is a retail model an identical to those you’ll have the ability to purchase yourselves. It was provided by Asus for this evaluate and returned afterward.
The specs sheet as reviewed – Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW
|Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW|
|Display screen||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px decision, IPS, 240Hz, matte, Sharp SHP14D3 panel|
|Processor||Intel Espresso Lake-R Core i7-9750H, six-core|
|Video||Intel UHD 630 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB 115W (GeForce 436.48)|
|Reminiscence||16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||512 GB SSD (M.2 80 mm PCIe x2 – Intel 660p SSDPEKNW512G8) + 2.5″ bay (1 TB Seagate ST1000LX015)|
|Connectivity||Intel 9560 AC 2×2 WiFi with Bluetooth 5.zero, Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit LAN|
|Ports||3x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2 with DP, HDMI 2.0b, LAN, headphone/mic, Kensington Lock|
|Battery||66 Wh, 230 W energy adapter|
|Dimension||360 mm or 14.19” (w) x 275 mm or 10.83” (d) x 26 mm or 1.02” (h)|
|Weight||2.Four kg (5.Three lb), .80 kg (1.76 lbs) energy brick and cables, EU model|
|Extras||RGB backlit keyboard with per-key management, stereo audio system|
This is likely one of the higher worth configurations of the Scar III G531GW, with the dual-storage and the 16 GB of RAM. You’ll be able to configure it with as much as 32 GB of RAM and a greater/quicker SSD, in fact, and Asus additionally provides an non-compulsory Core i9-9880H eight-core processor in some areas. That’s not going to assist with gaming however might help in work-related actions that profit from the additional cores.
Design and exterior
Not like most different laptop computer strains which can be smaller and extra compact than their predecessors, the SCAR III is a bit bigger than the earlier Scar IIs. I’d reckon that’s primarily to deal with the main offender of the Scar II G504GWs: CPU/GPU thermals.
In the event you’ll undergo the boards you’ll discover loads of patrons complaining concerning the thermals and occasional throttling on the 2018 Scar II RTX 2070 configurations. These points have been principally fixable with undervolting, as defined in our evaluate, however with this technology, Asus didn’t need to take any probabilities and fully redesigned your entire chassis, in addition to the thermal module inside.
Because of this, the Asus ROG Scar III G531GW will get a hump behind the display, which makes it deeper (and thus general bigger) than just about all the opposite 15-inch gaming laptops of the second.
It additionally makes it pretty heavy, at about 2.Four kilos, so this isn’t as transportable as a ROG Zephyrus, for example. So far as I can inform, that hump integrates elements of the thermal module and contains a number of air-intakes that complement these on the underside. The exhausts are positioned on the edges and the again.
The construct high quality hasn’t suffered it’s just a little sturdier than up to now. There’s little or no flex within the main-deck or the lid, and there’s no squeaking and creaking when grabbing and shifting the laptop computer round. The ergonomics are fairly good as effectively, with each the silver steel exterior and the carbon-fiber plastic inside doing a terrific job at hiding smudges. The arm-rest is beneficiant and there are not any sharp corners or edges, which makes the laptop computer comfy to make use of normally, regardless of its pretty tall entrance profile.
I’m not the most important fan of the general design strains, although. The gaming accents have been tamed just a little bit between generations, however there’s nonetheless a loaded mixture of supplies and finishes that you simply’ll have to simply accept. Oh, and peel off these stickers on the inside asap.
That apart, Asus hasn’t ditched the lighting on this sequence, in truth, they’ve enhanced it. Apart from a giant ROG emblem on the hood, there’s additionally a lightweight strip across the entrance and sides now, each RGB succesful. Though I’m usually all about muted designs, for some purpose I like the underside light-strip, however Asus ought to have provided extra management over these RGB parts. Proper now, they’re tied in with the keyboard’s illumination and can’t be managed individually.
Ideally, the software program ought to allow you to management the lid-logo, the light-strip, and the keyboard individually, permitting to assign totally different habits and change them off independently. Proper now, you’ll be able to solely change all the pieces off, together with the keyboard’s illumination, or you’ll be able to activate all the pieces collectively, at three totally different brightness ranges. That’s not the best way to do it and I worry it might kill this laptop computer for skilled environments and even for some stricter faculties.
Whereas we’re nitpicking, I’ll additionally point out the slightly bizarre cutout within the display’s chin, which by the best way, is likely one of the thickest I’ve seen shortly. I like that it pushes the display as much as a extra ergonomic typing place, however that cut-out is just a little distracting. That apart, I might have additionally appreciated if the display would have leaned again previous the 130ish angle that it does. That’s OK for desk-use, however limiting for on a regular basis use.
So far as the IO goes, you’ll discover a honest number of ports on this laptop computer: 3x USB-A slots, 1x USB-C gen2, LAN and HDMI. There’s no Lock although, no card-reader and no Thunderbolt Three assist. I do recognize the truth that most ports and the facility plug are positioned on the again edge, out of the best way, leaving the perimeters pretty clear. Then again, I don’t like that every one the USB-A slots are positioned on the left-edge, cramped collectively in a slim house.
The explanation for that’s what Asus calls the Keystone. Bodily, that’s a bit of coloured plastic with a small chip in it, that attaches in its slot on the laptop computer’s proper edge. Functionally, that is tied as much as your ROG ID and shops your personalization settings, in addition to supplies entry to an encrypted Shadow Drive hidden on the pc when the secret is not inserted. I’m not offered on this factor. Asus claims this may be helpful when a number of persons are utilizing the identical laptop computer: you come by along with your key, plug it in and the laptop computer switches to your preferences and settings. However then once more, most individuals don’t share a pc, and even when they’re, there’s solely a single Keystone included within the pack, so just one consumer would get the perks. So why not embrace at the least two?
All in all, the Scar III G531 is constructed effectively and it’s an OK design, however not considered one of my favorites. Judging from a number of the different RTX 2070 choices on the market (just like the MSI GE65 Raider or the ROG Zephyrus GX502), you don’t essentially want a giant laptop computer to get good thermals and efficiency these days. On high of those, I’m not offered on a number of the design and ergonomics decisions, and I’m not pleased with the shortage of correct management over the RGB lightning, one thing most rivals have been providing for years now.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard on the ROG Scar III G531 appears to be like an identical to those on the Zephyrus S/M strains, however for some purpose, it felt completely totally different in use.
I can’t inform for positive what I didn’t like about it, however my accuracy and pace each struggled with it. Maybe it’s a bit too responsive and unforgiving, however it additionally didn’t encourage confidence, even after typing a number of thousand phrases on it. That’s odd as a result of I received alongside effectively with this similar keyboard on the Zephyrus fashions, which got here near the shallow really feel of the keyboard on my XPS 13. This one, nevertheless, felt otherwise.
The structure, however, is fairly good. The keyboard is centered on the chassis and lacks a NumPad part, which leaves room for correctly spaced (however small) arrow keys and an additional set of Perform keys on the very proper. There’s additionally a set of multimedia keys on the high, permitting management over the amount, microphones, fan profile and a quick-launch key for the Armoury Crate app.
This keyboard can be backlit, with per-key RGB management, Three brightness ranges and several other lighting types to select from. The LEDs get shiny at max settings and the sunshine doesn’t creep from beneath the keycaps, nevertheless, there’s one side completely unsuitable with this implementation: the F1-F12 writing on the perform keys will not be backlit, which makes discovering the appropriate one at nighttime very annoying. And talking of annoying issues, the facility Button integrates an always-on shiny pink gentle that’s going to be pesky when watching a film in a darkish room. What have been they pondering?
The shortage of a NumPad may steer a few of you in the direction of the competitors, particularly on a full-size laptop computer comparable to this one. I don’t thoughts it, however Asus is conscious of it and tries to mitigate it by including NumPad performance into the clickpad (activated by long-pressing the NumLK space within the top-right nook). It’s OK, I assume, however the expertise is nowhere close to as having bodily buttons.
So far as the mouse goes, it’s slightly small and it’s not a clickpad, however as an alternative an old-style plastic touchpad with bodily buttons beneath. Not simply any buttons, although, really a number of the smoothest and quietest I’ve received my fingers on shortly. The complete mouse expertise on this laptop computer is rock-solid if you may get previous the floor’s dimension.
Lastly, I’ll point out that there are not any biometric on this laptop computer.
For the display, Asus went with a matte IPS FHD 240Hz panel made by Sharp, the LQ156M1JW09 variant.
It is a wonderful panel for each day use and a very good possibility for gaming, as a result of quick response instances and excessive refresh price, even when GSync will not be supported.
Then again, its shade accuracy, distinction, and peak-brightness are solely just a little above common, so you must principally preserve this laptop indoors. At the least the display is matte, with cuts on undesirable glare and reflections. Content material-creators will in all probability need to hook up an exterior display for his or her color-accurate work.
Right here’s what to anticipate, in accordance with our Sypder4 sensor:
- Panel ID: Sharp SHP14D3 (LQ156M1JW09);
- Protection: 98% sRGB, 72% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.2;
- Max brightness in the course of the display: 269 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 730:1;
- White level: 9000 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: zero.37 cd/m2;
- PWM: Sure, 250 Hz at <20% brightness;
- Response time: ~17 ms GtG (Three ms marketed, with Overdrive).
The panel got here poorly calibrated out of the field, with a skewed White Level, so you must make sure that to calibrate it if shade accuracy is vital for you.
That apart, we didn’t discover any main gentle bleeding or shade/luminance imbalances on this factor. Asus does use PWM at decrease brightness ranges (below 20%) at 250 Hz, which is noticeable by most individuals. Nevertheless, you’ll infrequently use the laptop computer at these low brightness ranges, maybe solely when studying or searching in a very darkish room.
, efficiency, and upgrades
Our check mannequin is a extremely specked configuration of the Asus ROG Scar III G531GW. It comes with the Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16 GB of DDR4 reminiscence, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 115W graphics chip, one M.2 PCIe SSD and an additional HDD for mass-storage.
Our evaluate unit is a retail mannequin with mature drivers from Nvidia (Model 436.48) and the 306 BIOS model, the most recent out there as of mid-October 2019.
The quantity of RAM and the included SSD may range between areas. Our unit got here with a slightly gradual Intel 660p QLC SSD, and there are quicker choices on the market. The Zephyrus S GX502 got here with the identical drive. We’ll additionally add that the laptop computer will get two M.2 slots and helps RAID zero/1 configurations.
Whereas the CPU and GPU are soldered on the motherboard, the reminiscence and storage are upgradeable. Attending to them is pretty simple, it’s worthwhile to take away the again panel held in place by just a few Philips screws, all seen across the sides. The again is tied to the main-laptop by two ribbons that energy the LED strips, so don’t pull too onerous on the again and watch out to not sever the connections. Inside you’ll additionally get entry to the thermal module, battery, and audio system.
The ROG Scar III is primarily a gaming-notebook, particularly on this GW configuration with the RTX 2070 graphics. It additionally will get Optimus, although, and a power-efficient Silent profile in Armoury Crate that favors low-noise for on a regular basis use, each when plugged in or on battery. Right here’s what to anticipate by way of efficiency and thermals with searching, text-editing, and Netflix.
Let’s transfer on to the extra demanding chores, although. First, we check the CPU’s efficiency in demanding hundreds by working Cinebench R15 for 10+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, which simulates a 100% load on all of the cores.
The ROG laptops get three normal energy profiles within the Armoury Crate management software program:
- Turbo – favors efficiency raises the followers speeds, the CPU TDP restrict and applies an overclock on the GPU;
- Efficiency – a balanced mode, units the CPU to its normal 45W TDP and applies normal GPU settings;
- Silent – significantly lowers the followers noise, however throttles the efficiency of each the CPU and GPU.
On Turbo and inventory settings, the CPU settles for round Three.5-Three.6 GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of round 1130 factors, a TDP of round 60 W and temperatures of round 90-91 levels Celsius. The Turbo profile raises the TDp restrict, and consequently, the CPU runs at increased clocks that translate in excessive scores and raised temperatures. Thermal throttling is the limiting issue right here.
We proceeded to enhance this habits by undervolting the CPU. On this case, on Turbo our unit proved secure at -125 mV, which resulted in just about flawless CPU efficiency: Three.9-Four.zero GHz, 65W+ TDP, 1250+ factors and temperatures of round 95 levels Celsius.
We then switched to Efficiency (Balanced) whereas sustaining the undervolt. On this case, the CPU drops to 45W+ and the scores common round 1150 factors, however the temperatures drop as effectively to 86-88 levels.
Lastly, we switched to the Silent profile, which additional limits the CPU to 25W, however with lowered noise and temperatures. You’ll discover extra about all these situations within the logs under, which additionally contains the laptop computer’s efficiency on battery.
All in all, the ROG Scar III G531 doesn’t disappoint, permitting glorious CPU efficiency as soon as undervolted, on the Turbo profile. That, nevertheless, comes with excessive temperatures and loud followers, so most of you’ll in all probability desire to maintain the laptop computer on the Efficiency mode. Lastly, Silent is great for less-demanding chores, preserving the noise and temperatures in examine, whereas barely chocking the efficiency, however to not the purpose that it could have an effect on your actions in any method.
Subsequent, we transfer on to check the efficiency in mixed CPU and GPU assessments. We do this by working the 3DMark Stress check, in addition to the Luxmark Three.1 check. The laptop computer passes the 3DMark assessments each with inventory settings and in a Tweaked Handbook configuration, which pushes the CPU to the max, applies the undervolt, and provides a 200 MHz Clock/300 MHz reminiscence overclock to the GPU. We’re going to make use of this Tweaked profile for the reminding of our assessments and evaluate it to the inventory Turbo mode. From the logs under you’ll discover that the CPU/GPU temperatures drop by just a few levels on the Tweaked profile, as a result of CPU’s undervolt.
The Luxmark stress check exhibits that the CPU and GPU can each run easily in longer demanding hundreds, with the CPU averaging a TDP of 45 W and the GPU averaging its 115W inventory TDP. Issues differ when unplugging the laptop computer, although, as on this case the CPU is restricted to 25W+ and the GPU drops to round 27W+ on this implementation, which is backed up by the gaming expertise on battery, as you’ll see under. Corroborated with the Cinebench CPU check, all these recommend that the Scar III will battle with demanding chores whereas unplugged.
Subsequent we’ve added a set of benchmark, for these of you int he numbers. Firstly, right here’s what we received on the inventory Turbo profile.
- 3DMark 11: 19301 (Graphics – 24600, Physics – 12580);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 16964 (Graphics – 19540, Physics – 16252);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7263 (Graphics – 7413, CPU – 6520);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4324;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 4450;
- GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5120, Multi-core: 23596;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1138, Multi-core: 6024;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1208 cb, CPU Single Core 171 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 2737 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 215.22 fps, Go 2 – 79.44 fps.
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 48.06 s.
Then we reran a few of them on the Tweaked Handbook profile: -125 mV undervolted CPU and overclocked GPU:
- 3DMark 11: 20122 (Graphics – 25808, Physics – 12686);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 17151 (Graphics – 19908, Physics – 16210);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7511 (Graphics – 7680, CPU – 6681);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4435;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 4598;
- PCMark 10: 5549 (Necessities – 8748 , Productiveness – 7331 , Digital Content material Creation – 7232);
- PassMark: Score: 5309, CPU mark: 14776, 3D Graphics Mark: 3097;
- GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5162, Multi-core: 23656;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1129, Multi-core: 5992;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1163 cb, CPU Single Core 176 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 2942 cb, CPU Single Core 426 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 216.02 fps, Go 2 – 79.48 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 44.58 s.
As anticipated, undervolting the CPU helps increase each the CPU and GPU scores by about 5%, and that’s as a result of the GPU is already overclocked on the usual Turbo profile (+120 MHz core/+200 MHz reminiscence). The key achieve of the Tweaked profile is within the lowered CPU temperatures, which permits the GPU to run at increased clocks with out hitting thermal limits. The GPU runs at round 70-75 levels normally on this implementation.
After all, it’s attention-grabbing to see how the Scar III compares to the Scar II and different RTX 2070 115W laptops out there on the market. We’ve reviewed most of them, and we’ll cowl this extensively in a special article. Within the meantime, head over to our critiques for extra particulars: ROG Scar II, ROG Zephyrus S, MSI GE75 Raider.
Earlier than we get to the gaming part, I’ve additionally run a number of the workstation benchmarks on this product, so that you’ll know the way it compares to a number of the RTX Quadro options available on the market. We’re solely wanting on the efficiency right here, however different elements have to be thought-about when searching for a efficiency laptop computer, like stability or optimized drivers, in addition to the easier designs and higher screens you’ll usually get with the Studio branded choices.
- Blender – BMW GPU Automobile scene: Time – 6:39.24;
- Blender – Classroom scene: Time – 14:05.99;
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: 32594;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 111.21;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 21.65;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 46.85;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 94.64;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 14.82;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 64.37.
Right here’s an inventory of our RTX Quadro pocket book critiques, for comparability. The RTX Quadro 4000 is the same-tier different for the GeForce RTX 2070 inside this ROG Scar III.
Lastly, let’s take a look at some gaming outcomes. We ran a few video games consultant for DX11 and DX12 architectures on just a few totally different profiles, with inventory or tweaked settings, and on the display’s native 144 Hz decision or on an exterior 4K monitor attached by way of HDMI. This part of our critiques and is sponsored by Acer, who provided us with their Nitro XV273Okay 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor for our assessments (comply with this hyperlink for extra particulars).
|FHD Turbo||FHD Tweaked||FHD Tw Efficiency||UHD Tweaked|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)||92-110 fps||96-118 fps||90-106 fps||36-42 fps|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS OFF)||48-58 fps||48-60 fps||46-56 fps||18-20 fps|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)||100 fps||104 fps||96 fps||39 fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset)||134 fps||133 fps||126 fps||49 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA)||86 fps||87 fps||85 fps||39 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)||87 fps||88 fps||81 fps||32 fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four)||86-118 fps||92-126 fps||76-116 fps||38-52 fps|
- Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
- Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.
The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Far Cry 5, Witcher Three and Shadow of Mordor, an older and fewer demanding title.
First, listed here are the inventory Turbo logs:
Then, right here’s what occurs when switching to the Tweaked Turbo profile with the undervolted CPU and the overclocked GPU:
Given how loud the followers are on Turbo (49-50 dB at head-level), we then switched to the Efficiency mode which lowers the fan noise to 46-47 dB.
Lastly, we commuted to the Silent profile, which ought to, in idea, sacrifice the efficiency to some extent, however nonetheless permit a superb gaming expertise with a lot quieter followers. For some purpose, issues didn’t work as anticipated right here. At first, the GPU runs at about 1.2 GHz, simply as anticipated from this mode, however it aggressively clocks down after a couple of minutes, which makes video games unplayable. Going via the logs, I seen that just a few seconds after the GPU goes previous 77-78 levels Celsius, the clocks drop to 300 MHz and keep there for some time till the core cools down, and ultimately jumps again to increased speeds. However then the cycle repeats itself as soon as the excessive temperatures are reached once more, which suggests an aggressive thermal limitation backed inside the settings.
Be mindful we’re testing a retail variant of this laptop computer with the most recent drivers and BIOS out there as of mid-October 2019. On the similar time, we haven’t encountered such habits on different ROG laptops examined recently. I don’t know if that is an remoted bug or a wider-spread situation, however make sure that to check it in your laptop computer inside the return window for those who plan to run video games on the Silent profile.
Lastly, we unplugged the laptop computer and that induced one other main hit on the efficiency, with each the CPU and particularly GPU being capped right down to low frequencies and TDPs. Gaming on battery is a no go in these circumstances.
In conclusion, the ROG Strix Scar III is a wonderful performer as soon as undervolted and overclocked. The CPU runs pretty scorching out of the field, however that’s now not an issue as soon as tweaked. On the similar time, the GPU runs cooler than most different RTX 2070 laptops we’ve examined up to now, besides the bigger 17-inch MSI GE75 Raider.
Surprisingly, although, we bumped into hassle taking part in video games on Silent, which hasn’t occurred on different ROG laptops. I haven’t seen many complaints about it on the boards, so hopefully, it was an remoted situation. Be sure to check it in your samples for those who’re planning on working video games on this profile that ought to considerably sacrifice the fps counts, but additionally run a lot quieter than the others.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
The ROG Scar III G531GW will get a posh thermal module, with two high-capacity followers and a number of heat-pipes and heat-plates unfold over the CPU/GPU and VRMs/MOSFETs. Asus even added a thermal pad on high of the SSD to maintain the drive’s temperatures low.
As defined above, this cooling implementation is usually able to squeezing glorious efficiency out of the elements, except for the Silent profile. It does so by working noisy, although. On Turbo, the followers hit 49-50 dB at head-level with video games and demanding hundreds, whereas on Efficiency they common about 46-47 dB. That’s an enchancment over the older Scar II, however nonetheless excessive noise ranges by at this time’s requirements and also you’ll just about want headphones to cowl them up whereas taking part in video games.
The noise drops to 40-41 dB on Silent whereas working video games, however as proven above, that’s not one thing we might reliably do on this unit. It’s best to use the laptop computer on Silent/Efficiency with each day use, although, by which case the followers stay lively, however spin pretty inaudibly at round 36-40 dB.
We did, nevertheless, discover a good bit of digital grinding that takes over as soon as the followers settle down. Sadly, that’s been a recognized situation for many present efficiency laptops, however it stands out on this unit greater than on others.
*Each day Use – streaming Netflix on Edge for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (36-40 dB)
*Load Tweaked Turbo – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Tweaked Turbo profile, followers on Auto (49-50 dB)
For connectivity, there’s an Intel 9560 2×2 Wi-fi AC implementation inside this laptop computer, with Bluetooth 5.zero, in addition to Gigabit Lan via a Realtek module. We’ve principally used our pattern on wi-fi, and it carried out effectively each close to the router and at 30+ ft away, with obstacles in between. By now, although, that is previous-gen know-how and never as quick because the WiFi 6 implementations on the late-2019 notebooks.
So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing via slim cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, they usually’re fairly good. Asus went with bigger chambers than on the ROG Scar II or the ROG Zephyrus, and consequently, we measured excessive volumes of 82-84 dB at head-level, and the sound comes out clear and pretty attain. We didn’t discover any apparent distortions or vibrations, and the bass was noticeable from round 85 Hz. All out assessments have been performed on the Music profile from the Sonic Studio III app that comes contains in Armoury Crate.
Lastly, Asus fully ditched the webcam for the ROG Scar III, very like on the 2019 Zephyrus lineups. Nevertheless, they don’t embrace one within the pack both. You do get inner microphones, although, positioned beneath the display ready that may simply decide undesirable keyboard chatter.
All of the ROG Scar GL531 fashions get an averagely sized 66 Wh battery. There’s Nvidia Optimus to tame the GPU with each day use, and the display routinely switches to 60 Hz whereas the laptop computer is unplugged, besides, you’re not going to get very lengthy runtimes on this product.
Right here’s what we received in our check, with the display set at 40% brightness, which is roughly 120 nits:
- 14 W (~Four h 40 min of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Silent Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 13 W (~5 h of use) – 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Edge, Silent Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~5+ h of use) – 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Edge, Silent Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 13 W (~5 h of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Silent Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 22 W (~3h of use) – searching in Edge, Efficiency Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 42 W (~1 h 30 min of use) – Gaming – Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Efficiency Energy Profile, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON.
Asus pairs this configuration with a 230 Wh energy brick. It’s averagely sized and the European model weighs round 1.76 lbs (.eight kg), together with cables. A full battery cost takes just a little below 2 hours.
Value and availability
The Asus ROG Strix Scar III GL531GW is obtainable in most areas of the world as of October 2019.
Essentially the most extensively unfold configuration contains the Core i7-9750H processor, 16 GB of RAM (2x eight GB), the RTX 2070 8GB graphics chip and a 1 TB NVMe SSD, in addition to the 240Hz matte display, for an MSRP of $2299 within the US. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to usually discover this promoting for as little as $1900, and doubtless even much less in the direction of the Vacation season.
There are a number of configurations out there in Europe, with the mid-level ones beginning at 1900 EUR. Nevertheless, that’s with much less storage and with a 120 Hz IPS display.
Some retailers additionally bundle the laptop computer with a mouse/mousepad and a duplicate of Name of Obligation: Trendy Warfare.
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The 2019 ROG Strix SCAR III is an entire revamp of the earlier Scar II fashions. As talked about from the start, Asus acknowledged the thermal/efficiency limitations of the earlier technology, particularly within the GW variations with RTX 2070 graphics, and designed a product that now not compromises on these essential issues.
It’s best to nonetheless undervolt the CPU on this variant, however as soon as that’s carried out, each the CPU and GPU run at 5-7 levels cooler than on the Scar II GL504GW, on the Tweaked profiles. For comparability, the thinner ROG Zephyrus GX502 runs hotter, particularly on the CPU aspect, and the bigger MSI GE75 Raider barely runs inside 2-Three levels cooler on its MaxBoost fan profile. These sorts of efficiency and thermals include a value, although: fan noise. The followers rise to about 50 dB at head-level, which is on par with different full-size gaming laptops and even just a little quieter than a number of the 2018/2017 fashions, however you’ll nonetheless want headphones to cowl them up.
Asus does supply competent software program that permits to juggle with the efficiency/thermals and noise by opting between the Turbo/Efficiency/Silent profiles. For causes that I couldn’t’ determine, our pattern throttled badly on Silent, and that didn’t occur on previous ROG laptops. They ran slower and warmer on this mode, however with out fully ruining the gaming expertise.
With these out of the best way, potential patrons of the ROG Scar III would additionally must make due with a few of its different elements. As an example, it’s a reasonably large, thick and heavy laptop, so not the best to hold round day-after-day. It additionally doesn’t get a really shiny display or a big battery and lacks sure IO choices, like a card-reader or Thunderbolt Three. On high of all these, I didn’t get alongside that effectively with the keyboard on this pocket book. Though it appears to be like an identical to the one on the ROG Zephyrus fashions, it felt totally different in each day use, extra unforgiving and unprecise.
So on the finish of the day, this is a wonderful selection for many who primarily favor efficiency and thermals in a pocket book that might not often depart your desk. If that’s you, there are few different options on the market, just like the MSI GE65 Raider or maybe the Aorus 15, every with their robust factors and flaws.
Nevertheless, for those who’d slightly get a extra balanced laptop, one thing just a little extra compact and simpler to hold round, one thing that may last more on a cost and nonetheless supply nice efficiency with video games, I’d go together with the ROG Zephyrus S GX502 as an alternative. Sure, it runs hotter and even noisier when pushed, however it’s a greater all-rounder, it contains GSync and it’s not much more costly.
With that in thoughts, we’ll wrap up this evaluate of the Asus ROG Scar III GL531GW right here. The feedback part is open on your suggestions and questions, although, so get in contact.