Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D World’s Fastest Gaming Laptop

AMD’s 3D V-Cache is now also in the notebook. The Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D is the first gaming notebook with AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 7945HX3D processor, which uses a 3D cache for the first time. There is also a GeForce RTX 4090 laptop with 175 watts, which smoothly conjures up all modern games on the fast QHD screen.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D

With the ROG Strix SCAR 17, Asus may not offer the most modern, but it is one of the fastest gaming notebooks on the market. We have already tested various configurations, most notably the version with AMD’s Zen4 Ryzen 9 7945HX processor and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 laptop. With the brand new ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D, Asus, in cooperation with AMD, is the first manufacturer in the world to use the new Ryzen 9 7945HX3D in a notebook, which is intended to further increase the already good gaming performance thanks to the additional 3D V-Cache. 

Apart from the processor, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D offers nothing new, which is why we will focus fully on the performance and emissions in this review. Our previous review provides more information on the case, connections, input devices, display, and speakers. We also recommend taking a look at our analysis article on the new AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D for all the technical information about the new processor.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Full Specifications

Network TechnologyRealtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), MediaTek RZ616 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2
Announced DateJuly 28, 2023
AvailabilityAvailable. Released on 2023, July 28
Body
Dimension
28.3 x 395 x 282.1 (mm)
Body Weight2,935 kg, PSU: 1,115 kg
Processor
AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D 16 x 2.3 – 5.4 GHz, 115 W PL2 / Short Burst, 100 W PL1 / Sustained, Dragon Range-HX (Zen 4)
Graphic CardNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU – 16GB VRAM, Core Clock: 2040MHz, Memory Clock: 2250MHz, 175W TDP (includes 25W Dynamic Boost), GDDR6, 536.45, Advanced Optimus
Screen17.30 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 170 PPI, NE173QHM-NZ2, IPS, glossy: no, 240 Hz
OSMicrosoft Windows 11 Pro
Main Memory32 GB DDR5-4800, Dual-Channel, 2 Slots, max. 64 GB
Internal
Storage
128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
UFS 2.2
Mainboard
AMD
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Mass storageSK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N, 1024 GB 868 GB available
Sound CardAMD Zen – Audio Processor – HD Audio Controlle
CameraWebcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Connections4 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Anschlüsse: 3.5 mm Stereo
NetworkRealtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s)
WIFIMediaTek RZ616 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
FeaturesSpeakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 330W PSU, 24 Months Warranty
Battery90 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cel
Starting
Price
₹11,999
$166

Possible competitors in comparison

Bew.DatumModelWeightthicknessSizeresolutionPrice from
87.2 %08.2023Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
R9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg28.3 mm17.30″2560×1440
88.3 %04.2023Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
R9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg28.3 mm17.30″2560×1440The model variant INR 269,990.00
90.7 %04.2023Alienware m18 R1
i9-
13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.9 kg26.7 mm18.00″1920×1200from EUR 2900
86.6 %02.2023Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.1 kg30.8 mm18.00″2560×1600The model variant INR 279,990.00
89 %02.2023MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.5 kg23 mm17.30″3840×2160
85.5 %06.2023SCHENKER Key 17 Pro (Early 23)
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.4 kg24.9 mm17.30″3840×2160from USD 450

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Performance with the best of AMD & Nvidia

Compared to the regular ROG Strix SCAR 17 with the Ryzen 9 7945HX, there is an important change in terms of cooling the processor. Due to the metallic surface finish of the new 7945HX3D processor, no liquid metal is used as a heat-conducting agent, but a regular heat-conducting paste. According to Asus, the TDP classification is basically the same, but there are effects on the performance.

ScenarioSilentPerformanceTurbo
CPU-Last65/55 Watt90/85 Watt125/90 Watt
GPU-LastD-Notify140 + 20 Watt Dynamic Boost150 + 25 Watt Dynamic Boost
stress testCPU: 35 Watt
GPU: D-Notify
CPU: 40 Watt
GPU: 150 Watt
CPU: 50 Watt
GPU: 175 Watt

Note: D-Notify is an Nvidia-specific feature. With the D-Notify feature enabled, the GPU will increase its power consumption based on the application/load until the GPU temperature reaches 75°C. In this case, the TGP is limited to 55 watts.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Processor – Ryzen 9 7945HX3D

The basic technical data of the new AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D are identical to the regular Ryzen 9 7945HX – 16 Zen4 cores (32 threads) with a maximum clock of up to 5.4 GHz. The 80 MB cache (16 MB L2 + 64 MB L3) is expanded with an additional 64 MB L3 cache in the new model. All other technical information on this is available in our analysis of the new Ryzen 9 7945HX3D.

In contrast to the SCAR 17 with the normal Ryzen 9 7945HX, the benchmarks show that the power consumption is lower overall. We see a maximum of up to 115 watts for a very short time, which then quickly levels off at 100 watts. The missing liquid metal is already noticeable here. The benchmark results are still excellent overall, but when it comes to raw CPU performance, the regular 7945HX models have a slight edge. Overall, the performance is again comparable to the Intel HX CPUs, which only have a slight advantage in some single-core tests. However, one shouldn’t forget that the Intel chips require significantly more power both in single-core operation and especially when all cores are loaded. For comparison: Core i9-13980HX bei 170 Watt.

The processor can briefly consume a maximum of 85 watts in battery mode, but then quickly levels off at 55 watts. That’s still enough for 24,127 points in the Cinebench R23 Multi test, which corresponds to a deficit of around 26%. Single-core performance is not limited. 

CPU Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
82.8 pt ∼83%+65%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
82.6 pt ∼83%+65%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
 
82.6 pt ∼83%NaN%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX
81.3 pt ∼81%+62%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
80.3 pt ∼80%+60%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
79.8 pt ∼80%+59%
Lenovo Legion Pro 7 RTX4090
Intel Core i9-13900HX
77.7 pt ∼78%+55%
SCHENKER Key 17 Pro (Early 23)
Intel Core i9-13900HX
73.5 pt ∼74%+46%
Lenovo Legion Pro 5 16ARX8
AMD Ryzen 7 7745HX
60.8 pt ∼61%+21%
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU604VY-NM042X
Intel Core i9-13900H
60.4 pt ∼60%+20%
Gaming class average
50.2 pt ∼50%

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Storage

A 1 TB SSD from SK Hynix (PC801) is installed in the ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D. The M.2 2280 SSD is connected via the fast PCIe 4.0 interface and delivers very good transfer rates. In addition, the performance remains stable even under constant load. After the first start-up, the user has 868 GB at his disposal, but thanks to the second M.2 slot (also M.2-2280, PCIe 4.0), the storage space can be expanded if necessary.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Graphics card – GeForce RTX 4090 laptop

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D supports Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus technology. The processor’s integrated Radeon 610M takes care of the graphics calculations for simple tasks, while the dedicated GeForce RTX 4090 laptop is activated automatically for more demanding applications (e.g. games). Thanks to the integrated MUX switch, the iGPU is completely deactivated without a restart. With a maximum power consumption of 175 watts (150 watts TGP + 25 watts Dynamic Boost), this is one of the fastest versions of the RTX 4090 laptop.

There are slight differences in the benchmarks, but overall the laptops are practically on par with the RTX 4090 laptop. In battery mode, the GeForce RTX 4090 laptop can consume a maximum of 55 watts, which is still sufficient for a graphics score of 5,590 points in the Time Spy test. This corresponds to a deficit of a whopping 75%.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D – Gaming Performance

Now let’s move on to the gaming benchmarks, starting with the Full HD resolution. Here the new Ryzen 9 7945HX3D can clearly show its advantage in some titles and we often see advantages in the double-digit percentage range; in Far Cry 5 there is even a whopping 36% lead over the regular Ryzen 9 7945HX and the HX CPUs from Intel. In some games, however, there is no advantage, for example in Witcher 3 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

The Witcher 3 | GTA V | Final Fantasy XV Benchmark | Strange Brigade | Dota 2 Reborn | X-Plane 11.11 | Shadow of the Tomb Raider | F1 22 | Far Cry 5 | Far Cry 6 | Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2022 | Cyberpunk 2077 1.5

Conclusion

Thanks to the new AMD Ryzen 9 9745HX3D, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D from Asus has become even faster, making it one of the fastest gaming laptops around. Especially in the 1080p resolution, the new processor can bring a double-digit percentage increase in performance thanks to the additional 3D V-Cache, but in the higher QHD resolution the advantages are smaller and in 4K there is actually no difference to the regular Ryzen 9 7945HX.

Since the new Ryzen 9 7945HX3D is not compatible with liquid metal, the maximum multi-core CPU performance is even slightly worse than the regular Ryzen 9 7945HX due to the weaker cooling performance. Ultimately, however, normal application performance is comparable and the chips are still significantly more efficient than Intel’s HX processors.

Thanks to the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, the new ROG Strix SCAR 17 3DX has become even faster when gaming in Full HD/QHD resolution, making it the fastest gaming laptop currently on the market.

The well-known disadvantages remain, however, because although the performance is good, the design with the 16:9 panel is starting to look a bit old-fashioned. We would also like to see a more reserved ProArt version that can also be used as a workstation inconspicuously. The actually practical silent mode is also hardly usable when gaming since you can clearly hear an annoying coil whine here and we would definitely recommend headphones for the other two energy profiles. The coil whine and loud fans also prevent a better rating.

Price and Availability

The new Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D will be available from August 22nd. As soon as we have official information on prices, we will update the article.

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