ROG Strix Scar 17 SE debuts beastly Intel’s 55-watt HX chips

Asus has just announced the impending release of the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, a new gaming laptop that will most likely deliver intense levels of performance.

Equipped with the new Intel Alder Lake-HX processors and the latest mobile graphics cards from Nvidia, it’s a safe contender for being one of the most powerful gaming laptops money can buy.

Asus needs no introduction – it’s certainly known for making top-notch gaming laptops (among other things). While the ROG Strix is ​​hardly a new lineup, the manufacturer has really made its latest version powerful, stacking high-quality components in a 17-inch laptop made for enthusiasts.

The first notable item on the component list for the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is the latest and greatest in Intel’s mobile CPU lineup. The Core i9-12900HX in this CPU is part of the Alder Lake-HX family and provides a total of 16 cores and 24 threads, the most of any laptop processor. This 55-watt processor has equally impressive clock speeds: 3.6 GHz base and 5.0 GHz boost. When used in Turbo mode, the CPU consumes up to 175 watts of power, a large chunk of the Strix Scar’s impressive total system power budget: 240 W.

No one would pair this kind of processor with a weak graphics card, so Asus used the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti in its mobile version. Perhaps even more impressive is that the GPU has been given a very robust power cap, capped at 175W. It’s safe to say that this laptop won’t be one of those Ultrabooks that you can use for hours before needing a recharge.

With these power requirements, you may have to game while plugged in, although Asus hasn’t said how long you can expect on a single charge. What we do know, however, is that the laptop supports 100 watts of USB-C charging and can quickly be fully charged again, promising up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

The laptop can be configured with up to 64GB of DDR5-4800MHz memory and also comes with two M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 SSD slots. There are also plenty of connectivity options, including a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 added, one Thunderbolt 4 (again, with DP 1.4), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and an HDMI 2.1 b slot. The Asus Strix Scar 17 SE supports Wi-Fi 6E.

When it comes to the screen, so far it’s hard to find possible flaws. The screen is a 17-inch QHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 240 Hz. It supports Adaptive-Sync and Dolby Vision HDR to take full advantage of both beautiful colors and lightning-fast performance.

With specs like that, you should be able to play just about any game on Asus’ new laptop, provided it doesn’t get too hot. Asus seems to be on top of that too, as it has talked extensively about the thermals. The company refers to a technology called Thermal Grizzly’s Conductonaut and cites it as the reason why the Strix Scar should be able to play your favorite games for hours without heating up too much. Asus promises that this technology will deliver temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius lower than other comparable options. There’s also a modified vapor chamber and four exhaust vents that bring some air to the overcrowded chassis.

Given the potential power of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, it certainly won’t come cheap. The configurations start at $3,500 and will be “available soon” from retailers such as Amazon, eShop, Managed Breadth and Micro Center, according to Asus.

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