One of the keen gamers, eSport players, and streamers demand features on these days for a gaming rig is the screen refresh rate, for this ability lets these instruments to keep up to the agreeable extent of the player’s skill and response when gaming.
Enthusiast gamers surely understand why that is essential. Therefore, if you’re still searching for the best modern gaming rig that features this capability, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III is among the best you can get today.
Not only this laptop offers an incredible framerates speed for its screen, Asus once again did an excellent job when they provided this gaming laptop a stunning combination of hardware. In short, it’s a high-end unit that melds with bells and whistles.
In this post, we’ll talk on the Asus ROG Strix Scar III review. It’s on the specific model, which also uses one of the Nvidia RTX graphics cards. To that end, let’s see what precisely this unit offered for today’s gamers.
Product: Asus ROG Strix Scar III (2019)
Item Model Number: G531GV-DB76
Screen Size: 15.6-Inch
Color: Gunmetal Grey
Weight (lbs/kg): 5.67/2.57
Optical Drive Type: None
Editor’s Rate: 8.9 out of 10
PROS & CONS
PROS: Amazing overall performance for a gaming laptop, uses the 240Hz/3ms framerates screen speed, well-built, and offers good temperature when gaming considering the specs. And, the keyboard is impressive, features a large capacity of SSD, stellar sound system, and competitive price for a high-end gaming rig.
CONS: It comparatively loud fans under heavy loads (it’s understandable considering its internals capacity), a bit hefty than its predecessor, and doesn’t have a Webcam.
- ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR III REVIEW
- KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
- BATTERY LIFE
ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR III REVIEW
In the middle of 2019, the new Asus ROG Strix Scar gaming line came into the market with a stunning screen framerate, as it uses the 240Hz refresh rate capacity. This capability may not be so essential for someone who not keen enough or just a casual gamer.
However, it’s useful for someone who plays enthusiastically and involves in e-Sport entertainment games like LoL, Dota II, CS GO, and many others. The laptop of our Asus ROG Strix Scar III review (2019) today is on the G531GV-DB76 model.
It’s an entry-level hardware set or configuration of Asus ROG Strix Scar III. For slightly under $1800, it features with one of the powerful and latest 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, and combine with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Besides, the 16 GB of memory and 1 TB solid-state drive should provide more than adequate speed, multitasking, and store various games. If you need a more powerful card, there’s Strix Scar III model with the RTX 2070 options too.
This unit is available at a premium price category, which is understandable for its features. But, it should be a good bang for your buck as long you’re a gaming enthusiast. And, the Acer Predator Helios 300 may help if your target budget isn’t in this range.
Moreover, not just the performance, but the design and its built quality are excellent and suitable for today’s eSport lover and most keen gamer. It checks all the boxes in terms of performance, durability, and visual appearance.
|ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR III||DETAILS|
|Screen Display||15.6 inches Full HD 1080p LED-backlit IPS Panel matte (anti-glare) type Display|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Dimensions cm/inches (Width x Depth x Height)||36.07cm/14.2″ x 27.4cm/10.8″ x 2.5cm/1″|
|Processor/CPU||9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H|
|CPU Performance||6 (Hexa-Core), 2.60 GHz (Up to 4.50 GHz)|
|Graphics Card/GPU||Dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060|
|GPU VRAM||6 GB GDDR6 VRAM|
|RAM/Memory||16 GB DDR4 RAM|
|Hard Drive||PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home Edition|
|Interfaces||1 USB Type-C 3.1 (DP support), 3 USB Type-A 3.1, HDMI 2.0B, Ethernet (RJ-45 Port), Audio Jack, Charging port|
|Networking||Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (supports up to IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0) and LAN Network|
With the mentioned Asus ROG Strix Scar III review, you may notice that it has slightly larger body design than the previous series (the Asus ROG Strix Scar II), for this model has the perceptible bump behind the lid screen.
The thermal issue caused by the last model may be one of the reasons that the provider completely redesigns the 2019 Scar III line. Hence, the result comes expectedly well done, as this unit provides relatively an acceptable temperature under load.
But, this alteration brings a minor downside, for this laptop seems a bit sizeable and thicker than other 15 inches gaming notebooks currently. This unit measures 14.2 x 10.8 x 1 inch, and kind of weighty for a modern machine at 2.57kg.
It comes with a stable built quality, which is almost similar to its predecessor or maybe a bit tougher. Besides, its gunmetal grey chassis and the RGB light-strip at the bottom makes a brilliant first feeling and fashionable design.
With the Asus’s NanoEdge technology, this notebook offers a three-way screen bezel with only 5.26mm slim, which creates an 80% screen-to-body ratio. Therefore, it helps to reduce the interrupted display for gamers, especially when in action.
But, there’s no Webcam attached, and some users may not agree on the cutout design of the lower bezel. The USB-A ports placement might be a bit awkward for some too, but aside from the camera, these are not significant snags for the features.
KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
Keyboard – When you open the lid, you’ll find a carbon-accent that surrounds the keyboard and touchpad. Also, this plastic-made base area features a lopsided angular profile, where the left side pattern is much broader than the opposite part.
It looks so decorative for the appearance, and it’s black and grey. With the keys travels 2mm downward, the keyboard hops with agreeable feel. Besides, thanks to the carbon-fiber keyboard’s deck, it’s comfortable to use, primarily when gaming.
The layout is excellent and centered on its deck. But, the keyboard doesn’t come with a numeric pad, for this function moves to the ScreenPad. The keys are singly RGB backlit, and the lighting is modifiable on the Armoury Crate app settings.
Touchpad – The plastic-clad touchpad delivers a traditional-style with only 4.1 x 2.8 inches size, and it’s comparatively soft. Therefore, it built with two clickable buttons (left and right-click functions), and the clicks are pretty quite.
As Asus moves and combines its Numpad to the touchpad, you can activate it by the NumLK on its top-right corner. It’s considered unique for these days, and it should offer a different experience. Some of us may prefer a physical numeric pad.
Its super thin screen bezel comes with acceptable display quality and spectacular capacity for modern entertainment of gaming and eSport enthusiasts. The Asus ROG Strix Scar III review delivers a 15.6-inch with Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) display.
So, this machine not only provides a colorful display and excellent details, but it features the 240Hz refresh rate with 3ms (0.003 milliseconds) response time. The screen brightness suffices for today’s standard, but not so bright for outdoor uses.
Fortunately, it features the matte screen coating, which could provide its user with an acceptable degree to reduces the unpleasant reflections and glare when working with it. And, it’s so smooth with the 240Hz framerate even it doesn’t have GSync.
As mentioned earlier, our Asus ROG Strix Scar III review is the G531GV-DB76 model, which falls within the $2000 budget range, and it’s quite attractive for only $1799 at the moment. It’s the entry-level of the ROG Strix Scar III notebook.
However, this unit offers impressive performance for modern games considering its price. It powered with a Hexa-core Intel chip, which is from the 9th Generation CPU, and it’s the Intel Core i7-9750H processor (up to 4.50 GHz turbo boost).
The Core i7-9750H is one of the most powerful CPU in the gaming world for a notebook. Also, it combines with the 16 GB of RAM and one of the Nvidia GeForce RTX model. So, you can expect this laptop runs most of today’s demanding programs.
Its solid-state drive offers 1 TB capacity. This amount of SSD should be more than enough room to keep various favorite games and programs. And, since it’s using the PCIe NVMe M.2 type SSD, this unit boot and transfer data remarkable fast.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GV-DB76 offers with a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. It delivered a spectacular amount of video memory, as it features the 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM. So, it’s quite powerful for both gaming and creative content.
GeForce RTX 2060 is only a step behind the RTX 2070 in some aspects, which installed on the high-end model of ROG Strix Scar III. And, this mobile RTX 2060 is not on par as the desktop version of RTX 2060 in term of processing power.
Although, this card features the latest technology like the RTRT (Real-Time Ray Tracing) and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) as well, which can provide realistic lighting effects even though it’s not equal to the RTX 2070.
INTEL CORE i7-9750H CPU, 16 GB RAM, & 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
240Hz REFRESH RATE/3MS DISPLAY
Besides, considering the current price it offers in the market, you’ll most certainly find that for the 2019 favorite games, this video card is the most suitable and balance to run the Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolutions) with high to ultra settings.
If you’re familiar with the desktop computer, you can expect the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card to perform almost similar processing power to the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU for desktop. So, it’s quite impressive and more than enough power.
Although, if you think that you need more power for the following playability and to push the 240Hz screen to its best on most games, you can get this ROG Strix Scar III with a different model, which uses the GeForce RTX 2070 (Scar III G531GW-DB76).
The port options delivered by this unit considers fair and adequate for gaming uses. However, a Mini Display Port should be a handy feature to setup VR easily. Plus, there’re no slots installed for SD media card reader and Thunderbolt 3.
It’s the right decision that Asus to place some of its ports on the back edge, in which it may improve the cable management for its users. Therefore, you’ll find an RJ-45 port, 1 HDMI 2.0B, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (DisplayPort support), and a charging port.
On the right side, there’s only a slot for dedicated magnetic ROG Keystone. It’s a piece of colored plastic made with a chip installed in it. This thing is to keep all the data like ROG account, custom lighting, and other personalization settings.
You’ll find all the three USB Type-A 3.1 ports and an audio jack on the left side of the Asus ROG Strix Scar III. So, this set of the interface should cover an adequate amount to cover various peripherals to connect and use.
As for networking, it uses an acceptable wireless card for today’s requirements. It’s the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 card, which supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi and built-in Bluetooth 5.0.
It comes with the 66 Wh size for the battery. Nevertheless, it delivers excellent endurance for a gaming laptop, for this notebook standouts over most of its rivals like Dell G7 15, Asus Zephyrus M, and Acer Predator Triton 500.
Judging from the battery capacity and with full charges, you can expect and gaming with the Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GV-DB76 up to two hours or maybe just slightly more minutes. So, you still need the charger and power outlet for additional hours.
Overall, this machine is one of the remarkable gaming partners you can get in the current market. Especially for online multiplayer like MOBA, MMORPG, and MFPS (e.g., DOTA II, LoL, CS GO, Final Fantasy XIV, Far Cry New Dawn, and many others).
As long you’re not the type of gamer that doesn’t advance to this kind of modern games, we suggest you choose this configuration of the ROG Strix Scar III G531GV-DB76. It should provide you the best performance of its screen framerate ability.
The only significant downsides that come to this unit are the lack of Webcam and slightly thicker chassis than the previous Scar edition. The fans get loud too, but it’s understandable for its configuration and thermal control.
Aside from these, the Scar III check all the significant boxes for today’s gaming requirements. Moreover, the offered price is quite competitive as well, considering this notebook is a high-end gaming rig.