ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QS review (Ryzen 9 5900HX, RTX 3080 Laptop)


  1. noper

    February 10, 2021 at 11:27 am

    BIOS 311 is available for this model.
    Got CineBench R23: 13223 with slightly lower temperatures

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 15, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Thanks for the update, looking forward to retesting it as well.

  2. Jayanth

    February 17, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Were you able to test out the new bios? I am curious about the wattage for the gpu, if it may go over 130w or not.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 17, 2021 at 11:31 am

      not yet and no longer have the laptop for now.

  3. drew

    March 13, 2021 at 11:56 am

    ASUS is the only one to include 5900hx + 3080 + DCI-P3 Screen. Everyone else is using old intel slow intel chips. The new Lenovo Legion 7 has 5900hx + 150 watt 3080, but only a crappy sRBG screen. Complete fail.

  4. Adam

    March 20, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    It is almost impossible to find what was updated in the article. Maybe there should be some kind of "change log" below each article.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 20, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      you're right, but I'm not sure how I can implement that. I'm pretty much updating the entire performance section. I have already updated the benchmarks (almost no change) and currently working on updating the gaming results and conclusions. Not much has changed with BIOS 313 over the previous 309 tested in late Jan.

  5. Robert

    April 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Andrei, I currently have a Scar 15 with the 3080 in it. Would you recommend returning it (I haven't cracked it open yet) and waiting for a Legion 7 or Legion 5 Pro with a 3070? The TDP difference seems to be the only thing that matters these days and the Scar maxing at 130 (115+ boost) seems to be underpowered for the price of the machine. Your thoughts?

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 13, 2021 at 10:16 am

      if you're primarily interested in the gaming performance, then the higher power 3070 in the Legions, paired with MUX switches, will most likely outmatch the 3080 in the Scar 15, and for a more affordable price.

      Question is, can you wait for those Legions to be available? Might still take a couple of months. Also, you haven't mentioned the screen that you got on the Scar 15, but if it's the 165Hz QHD, keep in mind that's 100% DCI-p3, while the screens on the Legions are only 100% sRGB as far as I can tell, so not the same kind of colors. You should also consider the keyboard differences between the two.

  6. Robert

    April 13, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Considering what you just said, the 3070 version of the Scar becomes more interesting than the 3080. You’re right that I’d likely have to wait a couple of months for the Lenovo but for the savings AND better performance it might not be a bad idea.

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 13, 2021 at 11:50 am

      well, the 3060/3070 configurations are always better-value than the 3080s, regardless of the product you end up with. The 3080 is so expensive, and only specific workloads can actually benefit from their extra amount of vRAM and design particularities. There's still no MUX in any of these 2021 Asus models, and that can take a toll in some games.
      Check out our review of the Strix G17 G713 with the 3070 115-130W for a more detailed analysis of what you should expect from that chip, the Strix and the Scars share the same hardware design.

  7. Tsukiho

    April 13, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I got ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733QR (rtx3070). Is that common that I got ghosty? And I got error 126 in AMD Radeon Software. How to fix it?

  8. Tsukiho

    April 13, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I don't know how to explain but something like this.

  9. Tsukiho

    April 13, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    It is like image artifact that shows up as a trail of pixels or “ghosts” behind moving objects. Since they follow moving objects, they are especially noticeable in scenes with lots of fast movements, such as first-person shooter games

  10. Raymund

    May 13, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Asus released BIOS 317 for this great laptop, and the Time Spy benchmark score I received is now at par or even better than an MSI GE76. Almost 12,700 GPU Score in Turbo (Non-OC), and 13,100 GPU Score in Manual Mode!

    • Michael

      May 20, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      with stock vbios ?

  11. GG

    May 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Can anyone confirm the form factor for the second SSD slot? I am trying to add a second SSD and want to make sure I buy the right one. Is it M.2 2280 Single-sided (80mm long by 22mm wide), such as Samsung 980 Pro? Sorry for the n00b question, but don't want to pop the hood open unnecessarily.

  12. Key

    June 6, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Great review!

    By the way, is it possible to put 2TB NVME ssd on the remaining slot? or only up to 1TB?

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 7, 2021 at 9:08 am

      I think 2 should work fine, but haven't tried it.

      • Key

        June 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

        Many thanks!

  13. noper

    June 11, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    What do you think about memory upgrade? I need 64GB to run VMs.
    I want to install Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Laptop Gaming Memory Kit 64GB (32GBx2) CL16 BL2K32G32C16S4B but installed memory is 1.2V, and Crucial one is 1.35V, will it work? Can't find any QVL for this model.

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

      I haven't tried it, but I think it should work.

      • noper

        June 12, 2021 at 3:10 am

        Checked some forums, there is no XMP support in BIOS, and JEDEC specs of this memory is unknown, best case scenario it will run on 3200/22CL, worst case: 2666/22CL, but not 3200/16CL :(
        I wonder if there is "secret" part of BIOS in ASUS laptops, like on MSI, where you can press some key combination to enter.

  14. Vlad

    June 11, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I’m lucky to own 64gb RAM/2Tb Nvme Raid0/QHD version. 13226 in Cinebench r23. If you want, I can perform any tests to complete the review. I honestly think we have the most powerful and capable laptop ever made (Quadro monsters aside).

  15. Islam

    June 13, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I got the strix 17 out of the box horrible colors
    I tried to calibrate but there is a very bad hues and hard transtion between colors
    Still working on it but it’s very annoying
    If someone have any idea how to fix it

  16. Anonymous

    August 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Hello, how does this 3080 laptop max p compare to the 2080 ti desktop in average ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 5, 2021 at 9:29 am

      A desktop 2080 Ti is more powerful. you have the numbers, you can do your own comparison.

    • Mistersimon75

      August 28, 2021 at 12:57 am

      I am not able to find Raid configuration in BIOS. Why ? Model cinese with 1 TB SSD and other nvme slot empty. I put 2x 2tb 970 evo Plus bit i am not able to set raid-0

      Simeone can help me? Thanks.

  17. Mistersimon75

    August 28, 2021 at 12:59 am

    I am not able to find Raid configuration in BIOS. Why ? Model comes with 1 TB SSD and one other nvme slot empty. I put 2x 2tb 970 evo Plus but i am not able to set raid-0.

    Someone can help me? Thanks.

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