October 2, 2022

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ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE review: “Quite simply, a helluva gaming laptop”

It’s safe to say that the new balls-to-the-wall Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now. The Strix Scar 17 SE is a thoroughbred gaming machine whose sole purpose is to run games without compromises. Everything from the design aesthetic to the internal components is focused on that singular goal. 

Retailing at north of $3,000/£3,000, the Scar 17 SE has a superb build quality and packs the newest, fastest Intel i9-12950HX processor, an Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 Ti, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a blisteringly fast FHD 360Hz 17” display. A similarly specced Razer Blade 17 costs almost $500 more and doesn’t quite match the performance of the Scar 17 SE.

Design & Features

The Strix Scar 17 SE looks and feels like a seriously powerful gaming laptop. It’s big, bold, and has an edgy design aesthetic. The lid has a backlit ROG logo and hidden graphics that reveal secret codes (opens in new tab) under UV light while half the keyboard deck is translucent so you can see the internal components.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE gaming laptop

(Image credit: Future/Kizito Katawonga)

Review model specs

Here are the specs for the laptop sent to GamesRadar for review:
Processor: Intel Core i9-12950HX  
Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti 16GB GDDR6
Memory:  32GB DDR5 4800Mhz
Storage: 2 x 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Display: 17.3″ IPS-level 1080p; 360Hz & 3ms
Ports: 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (supports DisplayPort/power delivery/G-Sync), 1 x RJ45 LAN port, 1x Thunderbolt 4 (supports DisplayPort)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 15.55″ x 11.10″ x 0.92″ (39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34cm)
Weight: 6.61lbs (3kg)