Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 X3D review (G733PYV model – Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, RTX 4090)


  1. Lakshay Kakkar

    September 30, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    I heard the Scar 17 X3D doesn't have liquid metal, and hence the inferior temperatures. Can you check this?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 4, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks, you are right. There's no LM on the CPU . I can't tell what's the impact, though, but could be one of the reasons the CPU runs at lower power here than on the regular Scar 17 2023.

      • Jordi

        April 19, 2024 at 11:22 am

        At max 89 degrees, but you can undervolt it with AMD APU TUNING UTILITY. BIOS undervolt won't apply (AMD OVERCLOCKING tab), I don't know why. Max stable undervolt for me for 16 cores is -20 and 8 cores is -30 (only the 8 cores with extra 3d cache active) with CURVE OPTIMIZER. Or use G-Helper to undervolt. Higher boostclocks (4,95ghz 3d cache/5,45 ghz no 3d cache) and a bit lower temps like max 80/85 degrees on max. Using it with a laptop cooler, will do good for temps, because the vaport chamber is mounted underneath the air intake holes.

  2. NikoB

    October 6, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Andrei – the 18" line has one feature that cancels out everything as a universal laptop – it has a damaged numpad(the right arrow is in the place of Insert, which immediately ruins fast blind typing and navigation/group operations with files), unlike the 17" variants with AMD. For those who take it not only for games (this is rather not the main thing) – the classic keyboard layout is of decisive importance, especially the numpad. For some unknown reason, Asus made different keyboards for 17.3" and 18" series, and even limited the choice in one line to only with AMD, and in the other only with Intel. Those. there is no choice, Andrei! If you need a relatively universal laptop not only for games, with a full сlassical numpad and 16:10 screen, you will have to choose the nothing from Asus(and it has a completely inconvenient 16:9 for work – for me personally – in the already configured software for 16:10, the height is immediately not enough with normal text scaling for 2.5k/4k panels with high ppi). Or go to the Legion line from Lenovo (the new L9 was disappointing precisely because there is no 16:10 18" 4k screen, but still the old 16" version – the working area is still smaller with normal text scaling, and even with a problematic miniLED).

    I don’t understand why Asus (and all other manufacturers) do this year after year with random change of numpad variants, but this is an unpleasant fact that divides all lines in relation to whether the laptop is suitable as a universal one for home or office.

    It would also be nice to include one more field in parentheses in the performance table for different software – performance per 1W (i.e. real normalization of test results), so that it would be clearer to the reader who is the real leader in energy efficiency under high load. Or just another table where everything is grouped in exactly the same way, but instead of numbers from tests – performance, in test points, per 1W of consumption for the processor (or in total for games), for each program tested. It would be very clear for everyone. There's no hiding Intel's defeat…

    But the test on YouTube at 4k@60fps should further increase the gap in favor of Intel in terms of minimum consumption (judging by a lot of data, Intel’s igpu is still more energy efficient when decoding video, especially 4k@60fps and higher), and therefore noise, to Shame on AMD, which did not pay so much attention to an important point – the minimum consumption when the load on the SoC is below average and especially the video decoders in the igpu, which are most often used in normal everyday use.. And the lower the consumption in such tasks, the longer the coolers are silent. True, one more factor must be taken into account – how the SSD heats up in the case in different scenarios (and the battery too). After all, creating a fault-tolerant RAID10 in Asus is impossible on 4xSSD and even on MSI Titan 2023, although this was possible in the Titan 2022 version.

    I would like an 18" with 16:10 full-fledged keyboard with a full classical numpad and, as has already been noted more than once, including your reviews, with normal backlight F1..F12 button and not additional symbols as in 17.3-18" Asus models for unknown reasons, and with full height for Esc,F1..F12 row, like classic desktop keyboards. And I wanted such a class of 18" 16:10 (and preferably with 4k panels) to be available from many manufacturers, for real market competition. And competition will lead to the removal of problem areas for everyone, gradually and a drop in prices, turning such lines from premium and exclusive to everyday laptops on global market.

  3. Oleg

    April 1, 2024 at 1:37 am

    I read that Max. Operating Temperature (Tjmax) 89°C for AMD Ryzen™ 9 7945HX3D. Can you tell me if it is normal for the processor temperature in tests to always be close to Tjmax? Will this affect the life of the processor?
    And because this processor are without LM, how often will the thermal paste of this processor need to be serviced and replaced?

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 3, 2024 at 1:18 pm

      AMD mobile chips tend to run hot in sustained loads on the available models. In theory, that shouldn't be a problem, in real life, who knows.

      Changing the thermal paste isn't a must, but perhaps a complete cooling revamp would make sense every other year if you're pushing the hardware and need the cooling to work at its best.

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