- Operating System: Windows 10
- Display: 15.6-inch Full HD
- Processor: Intel i7-8750H
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
- Memory: 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB SSHD
- Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
- Dimensions: 361 x 262 x 26 mm
- Weight: 2.4 kg
- Great performance
- Stylish design
- Thin display
How I Got These Scars
To be honest. games these days can be played on probably cheaper builds and configurations than before. At a time, AAA games would require the best of graphics cards and would cost a lot just to play even on the lowest settings. But we would say, GPU technology has finally caught up, and gamers can just get mid-range cards that don’t break the bank. Thanks to this, we can now get gaming notebooks that compete on the same level as desktops.
To take the on the next generation of AAA games, ASUS has brought us the ROG Strix SCAR II with its Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX1070 graphics card. When it comes to memory, you get 16GB of DDR4 RAM. For storage, it’s a 1TB FireCuda Hybrid SSHD along with a blazing fast 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD. The display size is 15.6-inches using an IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 3ms. The viewing angle is only 170/170 compared to the standard 178/178 you see on IPS panels, but the display does come with an anti-glare coating.
When it comes to design, ASUS has really pulled it off with the SCAR II, although the SCAR II is a 15.6-inch notebook we have to say that it looks smaller than it is. Looks are deceiving though because it’s heavier than it looks. After getting over the beautiful aesthetics, we jumped right into gaming on the SCAR II to test its mettle. Right off the bat the SCAR II plays the most popular games as smooth as butter, attributed to the 144Hz refresh rate and the GTX1070’s capability to drive it to those frame rates.
Whether Overwatch, R6 Siege, or CS:GO, it plays like room temperature butter – soft, smooth and easy to use. From this you can tell that the SCAR II has great potential even for upcoming games. The keys have fast tactile feedback for a nice typing experience and it also has access to ASUS AURA Sync, with its full spectrum of colours and lighting modes.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The SCAR II is ready to leave you with a sense of euphoria, you can’t go wrong with a gaming notebook like this.
(to be published in issue October 2018)