. My configuration is specced quite high with 8 core Ryzen, 9 5900HX processor, 32 gigs of memory and a 1080p 300Hz screen powered by Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics.. There are quite a few different specs available for this laptop though you can find examples and updated prices down in the description., But before we continue, Ive got to tell you about this videos sponsor Skillshare Skillshare is an online learning community, with thousands of inspiring classes for Creative and curious people. Im always looking to improve the videos that Im making on the channel, which is why I recently watched YouTube Success. Script shoot amp edit with MKBHD, because who better to get some hot tips on YouTube from and sure enough. I came out of it with some new ideas to implement in my own content. Skillshare have lots of other classes for you to explore and improve yourself by learning something new.. The first 1000 people to use the link in my description will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium membership and, after that, it’s only around 10, a month., Whether youre looking to fend off boredom focus on self care through creativity or join a similarly creative community. Skillshare is the place to keep you learning. Back to the laptop.. The overall design of the Scar 15 looks quite similar to previous models with plenty of RGB lighting, though there are some interesting changes.. The metal lid has a black finish, while the plastic interior is mostly black.
While the right half of the keyboard deck is translucent, you can kind of see the insides., The back plastic corner piece clips in and can be removed and swapped between three different finishes. All three of which are included in the box with the laptop. Overall build quality feels quite decent theres, only minor flex to the keyboard deck, though the screen has a bit more wobble to it, but it doesnt shake around or anything when actually using it., The laptop Alone weighs 2.3kg or 5.1lb, then 3kg or 6.7lb, with the 240 watt power, brick and cables for charging.. The dimensions are similar to many other 15 laptops, its not thin, but I wouldnt say its thick just standard gaming. Laptop size. Mine has a 15.6 1080p 300Hz screen, but its also available with a 1440p 165Hz option. Too. Both panel options have FreeSync but theres no option of disabling optimus for a speed boost.. The colour gamut is fine, just not super impressive or anything, and the brightness gets to a little over 300 nits at maximum, but expect different results with the 1440p option.. The ASUS Armoury Crate software. The control panel for the laptop gives you the option to enable or disable panel overdrive which affects screen response. Time. Overdrive is enabled by default, and I measured the average grey to grey response time at about 3.8ms. Theres a link down in the description. If you need an explanation on what all of these numbers mean.
With overdrive, instead disabled were looking at around a 6.7ms response time now, however, there was now no overshoot or undershoot, both of which were present with overdrive enabled.. When we look at how it compares against others, its one of the better results that Ive tested so far. Were, after a 3.33ms response time for all transitions to occur within the refresh window for a 300Hz panel, so were not under this on average. There wasnt any Backlight bleed in my unit, but this will vary between laptops and panels.. Although theres no cameras, it does still have microphones, and this is what they sound like.. The mechanical keyboard has per key RGB backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions.. Its got 3 levels of key brightness and 1.9mm of key travel. I really liked typing with it. The keys are clicky feeling and were great to use heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. So yeah a bit louder than non mechanical alternatives as youd expect. But I think the trade off is worth it, though I could see it being a little annoying for others. If youre in a super quiet environment like a library or something. Youve, got far less chance of accidentally mispressing the power button as its above the keyboard on the right, and there are extra function buttons above on the left, including volume, adjust microphone, mute. The fan icon lets you cycle between performance modes, while the ROG logo is a shortcut to the armoury crate software.
. The precision touchpad is quite large and works great. It feels accurate and I enjoyed using it.. You can hold down on the top right to enable the numpad, but when, in this mode, the regular touchpad cannot be used. On the left from the back theres, an air exhaust vent, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A ports and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.. The right just has the key stone and an air exhaust vent here. Too.. The keystone is this red key on the side which uses NFC and is held in by magnets. Basically, you can customize things on the system like lighting and performance profiles and bind them to the keystone. Then, when you connect it everything automatically changes to your settings, so I only really see it being useful if youre sharing the laptop with other people., It can also be used to unlock a hidden encrypted drive, so you can store uh stuff.. The rest of the IO is on the back between two air exhaust vents from left to right. Weve got a third USB: 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port, HDMI, 2.0b output, gigabit ethernet port facing the preferred way and the power input.. The HDMI port connects to the integrated Radeon graphics, while the Type C port offers DisplayPort support and connects directly to the Nvidia graphics Ill show how this affects performance in games soon.. The Type C port can also be used to charge the laptop.
. The front has a little plastic bit, sticking out in the middle to help with opening the lid and its easy to open with one finger. It felt well balanced on my lap.. The plastic interior feels extremely smooth, so its quite easy to clean off fingerprints and dirt, which show up pretty easily. Theres, also a light bar that runs along the front and a little on the left and right hand sides just like last years model. However, the new 2021 model also adds a little light bar below the screen on this little section where theres a gap., The logo on the lid also has RGB lighting and all of it can be customized through the ASUS Aura Creator. Software. Underneath has a large rubber foot section to the right up the back, but despite this, its still got holes in it for airflow, as we can see here. You need to be careful when opening it up. There are 11 phillips head screws. The four down the front are shorter than the rest and the one down the front on the right doesnt come out and instead creates a gap to help you open it.. There are two ribbon cables, attaching the bottom panel to the motherboard which are used for the light bar.. I could see this being very easy to break if youre not aware and just pull off the panel. Personally, I much prefer MSIs GE76 design, as the light bar is part of the chassis.
Inside weve got the battery down the front two memory slots in the middle just above two M.2 storage slots above on the left, and the WiFi 6 card is hidden below the Installed SSD.. The speakers are underneath down the front on the left and right sides, and they sound amazing for a gaming laptop plenty of bass, though not quite as clear at max volume, despite not getting super loud but still well above average, and the latencymon results were good too.. Like most other ASUS gaming laptops, it plays this sound on boot., Fortunately its possible to disable it either through the Armoury, crate software or BIOS.. The BIOS has the same layout as other modern ASUS laptops, so just most of the basic options without too much customization available.. The Scar 15 has a 4 Cell 90Wh battery. Ive tested it with all RGB lighting off background apps, disabled and screen set to 50 brightness.. The ASUS Armoury crate software gives you the option of enabling iGPU only mode.. This will disable the Nvidia discrete graphics, to help improve battery life.. You can manually enable it through the software or also choose for it to enable automatically when you unplug., The software will also lower the refresh rate of the screen down to 60Hz when you unplug to help save battery.. This results in the screen flashing black briefly, while it changes. In my YouTube playback test. I didnt find the iGPU mode to make too much difference here, just 11 minutes longer runtime, but hey still an improvement, and this could be larger if your system has other apps installed.
That frequently call the GPU.. The Scar 15 is stacking up well when compared to other gaming laptops, one of the better results Ive recorded, especially with this higher tier hardware, inside lasting for 9 hours and 44 minutes in the YouTube playback test.. The MyASUS software also lets you change between these options. To prevent the battery charging to 100, which can help increase battery life span. Lets check out thermals next.. There are plenty of heatpipes inside and the Ryzen processor is cooled with liquid metal.. The ASUS Armoury Crate software lets us change between different performance profiles, which, from lowest to highest, are silent. Performance, turbo and manual.. Turbo mode applies the following overclock to the GPU, but this can be modified in manual mode. Manual mode also lets us modify, fan speed as well as CPU power. Limits. Ive done most of my testing with manual mode for best performance.. The idle results down the bottom were warmer compared to most others, which does result in warmer keyboard temps than average. As youll see, soon. Ive run stress tests with both the CPU and GPU loaded up to represent a worst case, as well as playing an actual game.. The GPU represented by the green bars, was hitting thermal throttle limits in performance mode with the stress tests going. Otherwise, the CPU in the blue bars appears to be hitting limits in turbo and manual modes prior to using the cooling pad link for the model Im.
Using is down in the description., The temperatures with this game running were cooler compared to the worst case, stress tests, which is generally the case.. These are the clockspeeds for the same tests just shown.. The results are a bit strange with the stress tests, running performance mode. Actually drops back in CPU speed in exchange for a boost to the GPU, something that isnt happening with the game running. It could be dynamic, boost messing around.. There are otherwise only small differences between turbo and manual modes.. The GPU was basically maxing out with the stress tests running, while the CPU was able to surpass 60 watts. A great result, though, with the game running the CPU seemed to be limited to 45 watts.. Higher power limits can clearly be hit in the stress tests, but were not seeing it in the games.. I think this is simply because the clockspeeds we just looked at were basically already hitting maximum in this specific game.. This isnt usually the case in this test, but maybe I need to move to a newer game.. The only reason I havent yet is this. One hasnt been a problem so far and it means all my past results are comparable. Heres how an actual game performs with these different modes in use. Theres, basically, no change at all between performance and manual modes, while silent, isnt, even reaching half the frame rate.. In fact, I wouldnt consider the performance in watch dogs earlier in silent mode as playable.
Heres how the different modes perform in Cinebench R23. Again, not too much of a difference between performance, turbo and manual modes in both single and multi core.. The multi core CPU performance in this test is the best score Ive recorded so far, and the single core result is well up. There. Too. Makes sense. The 5900HX is the best Ryzen mobile processor Ive had so far. Were not losing too much performance when running on battery power relative to other laptops either.. The G15 takes the lead now, but the Scar 15 is still close to the top. With these same machines., The keyboard was in the low 40s, when idling in silent mode, most others are around 30. So a bit warmer as a result of the above average idle temps noted earlier. Its only a little warmer with the stress tests running as the fans get louder. Performance mode was similar again cool wrist rest and only a little warm in the middle. Turbo mode was Cooler now, as the fan speed also increases, then manual mode is cooler still, as the fans are even louder now lets have a listen. At idle. There were two different levels: it was either silent or the fan had a light. Pulsating noise. Performance mode, wasnt much louder than silent mode. Then turbo is a fair bit louder, while manual mode pushes beyond this. Ideally youd want to be using headphones. Now lets find out how well the new Ryzen based Scar 15, compares against other laptops in games.
Just use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. Ive tested, Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at ultra settings and the Scar 15 is highlighted in red.. The result isnt bad or anything – I mean its only just slightly under the desktop replacement – Alienware 51m, but I was expecting better from the 16 gig RTX 3080 graphics here.. The lower wattage 3070 in the Aero 15 is doing better, though it does have an Intel processor, and I did recently show that Intel is by no means out of the CPU gaming race. Just yet.. The XMG Neo 15 is Ryzen based, but with 3070 graphics and I suspect its much further ahead, because that one has a MUX switch and lets you disable optimus. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset and the Scar 15 drops down a couple of positions now relative to the same selection of laptops., Its just a little ahead of the thinner ASUS Zephyrus G15, just below it, which also has RTX 3080 graphics, though half the VRAM and with a lower power limit. Far Cry 5 Was also tested with the games benchmark tool at max settings., The Scar 15 was lower this time. Around. This test tends to be more CPU dependent, and I was expecting more from the 5900HX, though that wasnt the case here.. The results don’t really make sense to me.
Either, given the 5900HS with the lower powered 3080 in the G15 was performing better here, though, to be fair, the G15 does have a high CPU power limit for a HS chip.. The 3080 graphics paired with the 1080p screen are a bit overkill unless youre a serious esports player. But even then, if that was your priority, youd be better served by a laptop that actually lets you disable optimus. As that will give you a speed boost, especially in esports titles.. We can see the difference. This would make by attaching an external monitor to the Type C port, as this bypasses optimus. In this game. Theres a 12.5 boost to average FPS a pretty decent improvement for such a simple change. Ive also tested this configuration of Scar 15 in 13 different titles. At all setting levels, you can check out that video over here. If you want to get a better idea of how well it performs in games. Its also worth noting that you can flush custom VBIOS to this laptop to get better performance in games., I wont be doing that in this video, as this is a borrowed review unit And its not without its risks, but if you do want to see what the performance differences are in games with the higher GPU power limit, then you can check out this video by GizmoSlipTech.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause.
The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Adobe Premiere, was tested with the Puget Systems. Benchmark. The results from the Scar 15 are the best Ive seen from this newer version of the test., Despite the larger GE76 having a higher GPU power limit, its coming in slightly lower, presumably due to the Intel processor given most of the top results, are Ryzen based. Adobe Photoshop generally depends more on processor performance and again, the result from the Ryzen 9 5900HX is great here too. Only a little behind the 5900HX in the clevo chassis at the top. DaVinci Resolve is more GPU heavy, and although this laptop has the 16 gig RTX 3080, the power limit isnt as high as others. So the processor is clearly making a difference here. Too. Outside of gaming, its clear that the Scar has an edge in content, creator, workloads., Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads.. The drive speed for the 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD was great for both reads and writes and as theres a 2nd M.2 slot. You could add another drive if you want., I booted an Ubuntu. 20 live CD to test Linux, support. Out of the box. The speakers keyboard, touchpad and WiFi worked fine, but the shortcut keys to adjust keyboard and screen brightness didnt work by default. Lets discuss price. You can check the links in the description for updated prices, as these will change over time. At the time of recording the configuration Ive tested here is listed at 2700 USD on the ASUS website, though the 3070 model is 500 less and will probably still perform very Nicely.
Theres also a cheaper version with the 3080 but lower 5800H CPU, though this one also has lower memory. The point is, there are options. Alright, so with all of that in mind, lets summarise both the good and the bad to help you decide if the ASUS Scar 15 is a gaming laptop worth considering. ASUS have started to deliver what everyone was asking for last year. High end Ryzen gaming laptops., The specs in my unit, are on the higher end of whats available. However, the gaming performance wasnt, quite where Id expect, probably because of the inability of disabling optimus, but at least it has FreeSync. Outside of gaming, though, as we saw earlier in the content creator workloads and in Cinebench, the CPU performance from the Ryzen 9 5900HX is next. Level., It can run hot depending on the workload even with the liquid metal, though thats with a worst case, stress, test., Actual games, didnt seem too bad and weve got the option of customizing fan speed to improve things.. The 1080p screen is decent for gaming. Its got fairly low response time and ok, brightness and colours, though the 1440p option might be better for maximizing the 3080 graphics in my unit. Id probably go for the 1440p option, especially if I was considering the larger 17 model, but thats just personal preference.. Overall, the build quality is good and theres plenty of RGB lighting. If thats your thing, but even if its, not you can customize it or turn it.
Off. Battery life was great and its got Type C. Charging support. The mechanical keyboard and touchpad were both great to use.. My only real complaint outside of it, not letting us disable optimus, are those two ribbon cables that connect the bottom panel to the motherboard.. I have heard of people breaking the connectors by taking the bottom panel off, who werent aware of this, and if others like MSI can pull off a light bar without these, then Im sure ASUS can get it sorted, too. Other than that Im sure the lack of Camera will be a deal breaker for some.. So although Ive got the Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, you can still save some money and get the Ryzen 7 5800H, which is still an 8 core chip. Im going to be comparing both of those CPUs in an upcoming video. So make sure youre subscribed for that future comparison, as it should give you a good idea if whether or not its worth paying the extra money.. Otherwise, you can check out how well this gaming laptop, performs in 13 different games in this video over here or come over and join us in Discord and get behind the scenes.