The Asus Scar 15 gaming laptop is the new version of the Scar three from the last generation so it’s still covered in the old important RGB lighting.
I’ll show you what changes this new 10th Gen model has installed for us in this detailed review the overall design is very similar to the ninth generation Asus Scar three from last year.
Asus Scar 15 summary
It’s got a matte black metal lid and a smooth black plastic interior with subtle orgy design on the top right the build quality was decent, no sharp corners or edges and flexes to birth the keyboard and lid were on the lowest side It was quite solid and fine during normal use white distribution felt good.
it’s fine on my laptop and this allows for it to be open daily with one finger It weighs a bit over 2.3 kilos or five pounds and after adding in the 230-watt power brick and cables we’re looking at 3.1 kilos or under seven pounds.
It’s not too thick given the specs inside that were a little deeper compared to many other 15 inch machines as the back sticks out my skull 15 has a 15.6 inch 1080 p 300-hertz screen nor free single j sync and no option of disabling optimize.
The Asus Scar 15 summary great software gives us the option to enable or disable panel overdrive which affects screen response time with overdrive off by getting results that are typically closer to what we’d see from 144-hertz screens with an average gray response time of about 7.4 milliseconds.
There’s a link here explaining what all these numbers mean.
Once we enable overdrive the average response time lowest of 4.4 milliseconds, so is still a bit above the 3.33 milliseconds we need for old transitions to occur within the refresh window though some transitions what under this when compared to others we can see it’s using the same panel as the Razor Blade 15 advanced and an Asus Strix Scar to a 15.
So I’m guessing I am just looking at some variants between panels leading me to believe results may vary a bit.
I’ve tested the screen with the spider five and got 96% of sRGB 69% of NTSC 75% of Adobe RGB and 75% of DCI p3 decent results from a gaming laptop, my panel wasn’t quite able to get to 300 nits at 100% brightness and the contrast ratio was pretty average at 820.
To one backlight bleed was minor in my unit, but this will vary between laptops and panels.
Like many other Asus Scar gaming laptops, there’s no camera here it does still have a microphone and this is what it sounds like.
The chiclet keyboard has perky RGB backlighting,
unfortunately, the function keys up the top aren’t fully illuminated and the secondary functions of all the keys want as bright as the main function brightness can be adjusted between three levels with the function and up and down arrow keys all left and right arrows can be used to cycle between lighting effects.
But all of this can be done through the software with more control to I didn’t have any problems using the keyboard or the arrow keys felt a little small typing on it was fine.
Here’s how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.
The power button is separate from the keyboard up the top right there are also extra keys above the keyboard on the left to change volume mute enabled turbo mode or open the armory create software which is the control panel for the machine.
The precision touchpad is smooth and works fine, it doesn’t click down as it’s got separate left and right-click buttons if you hold down the top right corner, it enables Num pad mode as this is missing from the keyboard.
Unfortunately, you can’t use it as a touchpad until you disable Num pad mode, fingerprints, and duck onto obvious bolster on the touchpad.
But either way, the smooth surface was easy to clean with a microfiber cloth.
You’ve probably noticed by now that there’s an RGB lightbar running along the front and both left and right sides of the machine.
And this is in addition to the RG logo on the lid which also has RGB lighting.
I think you can customize these areas independently of the rest in the order creative software as it lets you select them but I couldn’t work it out easily.
At the very least you can apply the same effect to the lid cabled and the light bought together.
On the left, we’ve got three USB 3.2 Gen one type-A ports and a 3.5-millimeter audio combo jack.
The right has the Keystone and there’s an air exhaust vent on this side so nothing to get in the way of right-handed mouse uses.
Asus Scar 15 keystone is this red k on the side which is held in by magnets.
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 you’re sharing the laptop with other people.
It can also be used to unlock a hidden encrypted drive so you can store stuff the back has two more air exhausts towards the corners then from left to right a gigabit Ethernet port facing the preferred way so you can easily pull the cable out
without lifting the machine HDMI 2.0 b output USB 3.2 Gen two type C port and the power input both the Type C and HDMI ports connect directly to the Nvidia graphics so VR should be possible the Type C port does not have Thunderbolt
and can not be used to charge the machine the back sticks out of it and has some ventilation holes and there’s a cutout under the screen which is meant to assist in allowing airflow into here underneath appears to not have air ventilation holes directly above the intake fans.
They’re more towards the center similar to all the designs from service Select the tough Asus Scar 15 we’ll check thermal shortly.
Getting inside requires removing 11 Phillips head screws but the two down the front corners don’t come out of the panel and instead pop it up to help opening it
you’ve got to be careful when removing the bottom panel as it’s attached to the motherboard by two ribbon cables for the RGB lighting the battery is down the front there appears to be space for a 2.5-inch drive-by next to its third new
mounting hardware was provided but space can be used for two m dot two storage drives meaning there are three In total there are two memory slots near the middle and the Wi-Fi six card is hiding under the installed two SSD the two speakers are on the left and right sides towards the front.
I thought they sounded alright there’s some bass but they were a little tinny sounding not as good as the Zephyrus and Asus Scar 15 from the service that I’m testing at the same time, but the latency mon results were okay speaking of sounds by default it plays this one on Bert.
Fortunately, you can disable it through the Omri create software or BIOS the score Asus Scar 15 is powered by a full sail 66-watt hour battery I’ve tested it with RGB lighting off background ups disabled and screen at 50% brightness.
It only lasted for about four and a half hours a low result when compared to the scooter and SCA three with the same sized battery just above it.
Granted my Asus Scar 15 does have higher test specs which probably drain more power like many other laptops from Asus Scar when you unplug from wool power the screen will flash black while it automatically swaps from the 300-hertz refresh rate to 60-hertz to help save power.
I wish more laptops had this feature as it saves power and it’s unlikely you’ll be running any games well enough on battery power to take advantage of 300-hertz.
Anyway, let’s check out the moles next as soon as they using liquid metal on the CPU here, as is the case with many of the Intel 10th Gen lineup.
By default, there’s no under volt, and under volt is locked through software.
However, you can under volt through the BIOS but it’s capped at minus 0.08 volts Still though better than some others where it’s not possible at all the armory crates software lets us pick between different performance modes switch from
lowest to highest to silent performance tuber that manual is kind of like turbo mode but you have more control it lets you adjust the fan speed in the upcoming
thermal tests I found the fans in turbo mode were at the same speed as manual anyway so I didn’t test them separately the idle temperatures were okay with the 21 degrees Celsius ambient erm stress tests were done with a 264-CPU
stress test with stress CPU early checked and the heaven GPU benchmark run at the same time while gaming was tested playing watchdog stir the CPU was
thermal throttling and turbo mode at 95 degrees Celsius Third, the under volt starts to lower this, and then the cooling pad helps a little extra.
The cooling pad isn’t helping too much however, lesser when compared to other laptops tested which I suspect is due to the bottom panel not having holes directly over the intake fans.
So it’s not as useful.
Asus Scar 15 GPU was also thermal throttling at 86 degrees Celsius and this was happening always otherwise not far off it the temps look good in silent mode.
But when we look at the clock speeds, we can see the GPU is only running at 300-megahertz.
This is next to useless for most modern games, and during my test the game was unplayable.
So I wouldn’t count on silent mode for tasks that require GPU power, the GPU didn’t change much.
In other words, while the CPU gets a bit better with turbo mode, then more with the under volt we can see how small the difference with the cooling pad was the 2070 Super was able to run up to 115 watt limit in performance in turbo Mart’s
but it seems to be kept to around 25 watts in silent mode, which explains the lower performance mode appears to cap the processor at 35 watts while turbo mode raises this to 50 watts.
I didn’t bother attempting to increase PL one because as we saw just before thermal throttling was already been hit or it was close.
Here’s how game frame rates differed with these different modes in yours Tebow in manual mode with the same as expected then lower results with the lower modes.
Here’s how CPU early performance looks in cine bench with the GPU now idle, so not too much of a difference between performance mode auto mode and a CPU only workload compared to what we just saw with the GPU also active where there was a bigger difference when we look at how it compares against others.
The single poll result is still quite decent when compared to the rising competition.
But the multicolor school is behind all the cheaper rising alternatives when idling.
The keyboard was around the lower 30 degrees pretty normal Celsius point.
Asus Scar 15 keyboard
With the stress tests running in silent mode. It’s only in the mid-30s in the center now still lower but as we saw the power limits are kept pretty heavily here performance mode wasn’t too different a bit warmer up the back way you don’t need to touch in turbo mode.
It’s still early, low 40s in the middle, so just a warm feeling.
let’s have a listen to fanboys it sounded silent to me at idle it was on the quieter side even under lowered in silent mode.
But again, low power limits means low performance here.
That’s the trade-off the performance model was similar to many other laptops that I’ve tested but then turbo mode was a little loud off and as mentioned in this test was the same as using manual mode to manually set the fans to full speed.
Now let’s check out how well the score Asus Scar 15 performs in games and see how it compares with other laptops. I’ve tested battlefield five in campaign mode ultra settings and the Asus Scar 15 is highlighted in red.
I don’t have too much of 115 what 2070 Serbia data yet compared to other machines, this is a nice result there the Infiniti w five aka electronics Mech 15 g three with the same CPU and GPU was one FPS ahead, but it was about 10 FPS higher in 1% lower probably a result of being able to disable optimists which the Scott, unfortunately, does not offer.
These are the results from Far Cry five with ultra settings in the built-in benchmark the position of the score Asus Scar 15 drops back a bit.
Now compared to the same selection of laptops with Asus Scar 15.
This test tends to be more dependent on the processor, and it’s the lowest result I’ve got with the 10 8758 chair shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest selling price on the Asus Scar 15 was back in the same position as battlefield five now as this is more of a GPU heavy test though it’s still seven FPS below the machine above it with the same CPU and GPU again due to the tweaks that one offers, regardless still a pretty good result compared to most of those.
I’ve also tested the Asus Scar 15 and 20 games at all setting levels check the code in the top right all link in the description if you want more benchmarks.
Now for the benchmarking tools. I’ve tested heaven Valley and superposition from the engine as well as bias strike time spy and portrayal from 3d mock just pause the video if you want a detailed look at these results.
I’ve used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4k lower times a better here and the Asus Scar 15 was beaten by the W five with the same specs.
I’ve also tested premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark in these tests, the highest score is about all, and the score wasn’t that impressive given the cheaper Legion five with Ryzen and 1660 ti was baiting it the Asus Scar 15 moves up a few positions out of the same selection of machines and Adobe Photoshop though it’s still behind the W five with the same specs again DaVinci Resolve is more GPU heavy and 115 what r tx 2070 Super was doing well here still slightly under the W five but the scores are much closer together.
Now I’ve also tested spec view perf which tests out various professional 3d workloads I’ve used crystal disk mark to test the one terabyte NVMe m two SSD and the speeds were decent but not top tier like some other options at this price point.
Asus Scar 15 speaking of prices, the updated numbers check the links in the description as prices will change over time at the time of recording in the US it’s available for around 2100 US dollars with the same overall specs though this one has a 240-hertz screen instead.
For $800 less low, you can get it with six cool I seven off the storage 144-hertz screen and 2016 or so there are options.
Asus Scar 15 Pros & Cons
Let’s summarize both the good and the bad tell you to decide if the Asus Scar 15 is worth buying the build quality was decent despite the interior being plastic, this is probably a result of it being nearly an inch thick.
I expected the most to do better as a result of liquid metal can die to guess with this area sticking out the back with extra ventilation. But this wasn’t the case. This isn’t to say that liquid metal isn’t helping but that even with it, we’re still seeing thermal throttling on both the CPU and GPU while gaming even in a cold room.
Fortunately, an Asus Scar 15 does at least give us the option of applying and under volt through the BIOS which does help but even with this and a cooling pad, we’re not able to pass 3.9 gigahertz over all eight cores on the 10 875 h in combined CPU plus GPU Lord, that’s not too terrible.
There are just other laptops that I’ve tested that can do this that don’t have liquid metal. A cooling pad hardly helps due to the lack of holes for airflow directly above the intake founds, which could in part also be a reason for the throttling. It’s the same sort of design that we saw with the Asus Scar 15.
And people have shown how that ran cola with the bottom panel off despite a Sue saying the design was to allow air to flow over all the components.
My main concern is that I test in a somewhat cold room while temperatures wouldn’t increase even in a hotter environment as we’re hitting the temperature limits, it would mean worse performance as the components would throttle back more. So that may be an issue if you live in a hotter environment.
Now regardless of possible CPU and GPU thermal throttle limits being hit, the performance in gaming was quite good as you’d expect from 2070 Supergraphics.
But I still think it’s unfortunate that we’re not given the option of disabling optimize this would give us a performance boost and make the 300-hertz screen more useful in eSports titles.
The screen otherwise had good color gamut and response time with overdrive enabled their brightness wasn’t quite where I’d want it to be.
But that can vary a bit between panels battery life wasn’t amazing, but that’s generally going to be the case with higher-end specs like this.
So perhaps it makes more sense to instead take advantage of that space to include three storage slots.
In the Asus Scar 15 plenty of RGB lighting here which will of course be subjective, but you can control it or disable it if it’s not your thing.
There’s no camera here a choice in the Asus Scar 15.
I believe an Asus Scar 15 made pre-human Mela happening which I’m sure they’re probably regretting with so many people now requiring a built-in camera.
All things considered, the Asus Scar 15 isn’t a laptop for me that if you like RGB lighting and want to fast screen for gaming compared to many other alternatives then it could be worth considering.
Just don’t assume that liquid metal is going to prevent throttling and keep things running cool.
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