Laptop announced date: 9th January 2019
Last reviewed: 21st August 2020
Today's review of the gaming ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - This laptop processor is able to meet some AAA game 2020 releases. It is considered OK for the moment and casual gamers may be able to make use of it for longer. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2020 gaming. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - The system memory (16GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2020 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2020 gaming laptop. We normally look at 17 inches for a gaming laptop, but 15 is still the most popular choice for portability versus viewing screen size. But when looking for a portable gaming the larger screen size offered by a 17 inch means you can enjoy your games that little bit more. Its always going to come down to personal preference and there will surely be something to meet everyone’s tastes.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 144Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 493 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 384 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
A 7.2 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own ROG Strix Scar II (2019) lineup, is currently placed at 1st once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.00||0%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,499.99||27%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the ROG Strix Scar II (2019) range. It currently offers 141% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $986.99. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $858.54. Comparing our ROG Strix Scar II (2019) laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 123% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 94% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Currently 204 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz. Or it is 486 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Cyberpunk 2077 and our laptop processor gets 2% worse performance rating. Next we have Watch Dogs Legion where our CPU gets 2% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which has a performance difference of : 2% worse, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz.
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 53% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q from our review laptop.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 384 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 493 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is 20% better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 20% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 20% better.
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is available in 144Hz variety.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $294.99 and would work well with our ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it cost $272.99.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $829.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $799 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 11th Aug 2020, where it was priced up as $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $11.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $19 during these past two weeks. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II (2019) i7-8750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Today this headset is priced at $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.