Laptop announced date: 9th March 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Our ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2021 gaming. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can chew through modern AAA titles and is an excellent laptop gaming choice of GPU. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern 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 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" is an excellent screen size for modern gaming in 2021. While it is not essential to have a big laptop for gaming, having this size of physical screen space, to see your games and the in-game menus, will become quickly apparent.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. If you were to get the 300Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Resident Evil 8 and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. We find a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 499 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile is also capable of running 479 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) range.
P2P rating of 8.3 today the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 1st position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,999.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,799.00||34%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) range. It currently offers 92% 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 $999.00. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $853.00. Our ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) laptop is 82% worse on Price to Performance.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. Using the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 28% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Currently 485 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz. Or it is 500 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, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 19% better performance rating. Next we have Resident Evil 8 where our CPU gets 9% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, which has a performance difference of : 36% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz.
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. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card. That graphics card performs 31% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 479 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 499 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Resident Evil 8 and our laptop GPU delivers 12% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition in which we see our laptop graphics has 13% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 3% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 300Hz refresh rate versions.
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. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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.
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $299.00 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $629.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $580 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $549.99, which was on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $37, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (2020) i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $39.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.