An overview of gaming notebook ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GS): for fans of shooters and not only
In the beginning of the year on our website an overview of the notebook the ROG Strix GL503VD — with the advent of this series of mobile computers, ASUS unveiled its new vision and, so to speak, a vision of what should be a gaming laptop. Now you can see mobile devices called SCAR and HERO. The first option is for fans of shooters. To our test lab arrived this model — ROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GS). Version HERO focused on MOBA-players and fans strategies. Otherwise, these notebooks are very similar and have a number of proprietary “chips”, which I will tell next.
Specifications, equipment and
Draw your attention to one important detail — series notebooks ROG Strix SCAR II can be equipped as a mobile version of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 1070. Version HERO II comes only with mobile GPU GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, as MOBA games such graphics is more than enough. Otherwise, with all models can be described as similar. All possible combinations of components 15 inch laptops shown in the table below. Also in the sale you meet the ROG series Strix GL704 is, as you can guess, laptops, are equipped with 17-inch matrices.
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II|
|Display||15,6″, 1920 × 1080, IPS (144 Hz, 3 MS)|
|The CPU||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 m (4,1) GHz, 45 W|
|Intel Core i5-8300H, 4/8 cores/threads, 2,3 (4,0) GHz, 45 W|
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing drives||1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, 128/256/512 GB
1 × SATA 6 Gbps SSHD 1 TB HDD or 1 TB
|Interfaces||2 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × HDMI
1 × mini-DisplayPort
1 × card reader
1 × RJ-45
|Built-in battery||No data|
|External power supply||180 or 230 W|
|Dimensions||361 × 262 × 26.1 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2.4 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64|
|Price in Russia (according to “Yandex.Market”)||130 000 rubles for a model with GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB SSHD|
The screenshot above clearly shows that to us in edition has arrived coolest version of the ROG Strix SCAR II: the laptop is equipped with 6-core Core i7-8750H, 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 1-TB HDD and graphics GeForce GTX 1070. Unfortunately, at the time of writing the laptop with this set of iron in the sale were not observed, but the similar model with 16 GB RAM and SSD on 256 Gbytes — in early September, can be purchased for 130 000 rubles.
Bundled with ROG Spitfire II SCAR in my case was only the external power supply is 230 W and a mass of about 600 g.
As always, along with the operating system Windows 10 on the laptop comes with many proprietary utilities ASUS ROG, which can be activated by the corresponding button located above the keyboard. Read more about all the programs can read here.
Representatives of the company ASUS was asked to clarify that the ROG series notebooks with Core processors of the 8th generation is included in the Premium service Pick Up and Return for a period of 2 years. This means that if a problem occurs to owners of new laptops do not have to go to the service center — laptop and free pick-up, repair and return promptly.
Appearance and input device
Externally ROG Strix SCAR II very recognizable. If you read reviews models such as the ROG Zephyrus M (GM501GS), GL503VD ROG Strix and ROG Strix GL703GM, you will find they have a lot of similarities — strong, contoured shapes and familiar materials used in the Assembly. So, the cover is made of metal, and the logo Republic of Gamers during operation is highlighted. The rest of the body is made of matte plastic. The manufacturer claims that the surface of the laptop is durable, but still “traces of human presence” on it very noticeable.
Engraved HERO II caused an unusual pattern in the style of cyberpunk. Version of SCAR II is housed in a grey metallic color, and its finish is like the surface of a bulletproof vest, which combined camouflage and elements reminiscent of the Kevlar armor.
But all this “thingies” — ROG Strix SCAR II looks interesting primarily because of the use of the display with a thin frame (6 mm). In particular, why the web camera of the laptop has been moved under the display. In comparison with the model of the previous generation, the novelty was already on 2.3 cm and it is noticeable to the naked eye.
The weight of the laptop is 2.4 kg, including power supply and other peripherals will have to carry a little more than three pounds of perfect “technical progress.” Gamer in full bloom with this challenge will surely do it.
Laptop lid reveals approximately 150 degrees in the design of the mechanism used in tight loops, they are clearly positioning the screen and not allow him to hang out during intense gaming sessions.
On the left side of ROG Strix SCAR II is located the connector for the power supply, Ethernet port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type, one USB 3.1 Gen2 C-type and a combined 3.5 mm Jack for connecting headphones or a headset. Right soldered another USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type and reader. On the same side of the loop for a Kensington lock.
The heated cooling air is discharged outside the case through the lattice on the back wall. On the front side are RGB-stripe, you can set the backlight in the app ROG Aura Core.
The laptop features a full-size keyboard with a digital block, which was called HyperStrike Pro. Used pretty standard for gaming devices scissor mechanism for actuation of the switch must be applied strictly certain strength of 62 grams. The key travel is 1.8 mm. the Manufacturer claims that the keyboard takes an infinite number of taps, and resource each key is 20 million keystrokes.
The photo clearly shows that the power of the WASD buttons allocated for this purpose. The entire keyboard features a three-level RGB led with the possibility of allocating the different colour of the four zones. The color and type of illumination are set up in the program ROG Aura Core, which is activated when you press keys brand ROG. The user has seven modes.
To the keyboard layout serious complaints. So, ROG Strix SCAR II large Ctrl and Shift, which are often used in shooters. Personally, I would like to have in the Arsenal and a large Enter key, but this button is even possible to get used for any couple of days. Uncomfortable to use, except that the arrow keys — they have traditionally laptops are made very small.
The power button is located where it should be — apart from the rest of the keys. Four buttons separate from the main keyboard by adjustable speaker volume and turns on and off built-in microphone. When you press the button with the brand logo application opens Gaming Center, about which I wrote earlier.
I guess the remote button is made specifically to quickly manage voice chat. It would be great if ROG Strix SCAR II approached and for the streams, but only the webcam works in 720p resolution at a frequency of 30 Hz. As you know, the image quality of this webcam is very lame. And if Skype calls with murky and noisy images will be enough, then, for example, for the streams on Twitch and YouTube sites — definitely not.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
Unlike the recently reviewed models GL703GM ROG Strix, STRIX Strix SCAR II has a removable hatch on the bottom, which allows you to instantly replace hard drives and RAM. But to get to the cooling system and removable component of the laptop is very easy — just Unscrew the 12 screws and carefully remove the plastic bottom.
The Central processor and the mobile GeForce GTX 1070 cools the system Pro HyperCool fitted with two tangential fans type and five copper teletrapami. Two heat pipes cool the CPU, three GPU. Another telotroch is designed to remove heat from the converters power chips. The manufacturer claims that Pro HyperCool used aluminum radiators with fins with a thickness of only 0.1 mm, and this solution allowed us to increase the total number of edges, hoist area teplosetevaya 10 %, and also reduce the resistance to air flow by 7 %. Also used two 12-volt fan, which have more power compared to a conventional 5-volt impeller. According to ASUS, their new “Carlson” spin 20% faster, create a 42.5% more powerful air flow and 92% higher air pressure. 71 the blade of each fan is made of liquid crystal polymer for 20% more than the superchargers used in the laptops of the previous generation.
Well, I hope this cooler will cope with very hot components.
As for the test sample, then there’s no reason for it to change anything. To increase the volume to 32 GB of RAM simply nowhere. The system uses modules SK Hynix HMAB2G56CJR8N-VK running on the effective frequency 2666 MHz delays 19-19-19-43. Except that with time, hard drive Seagate ST1000LX015 1 TB can be replaced with some SSD with SATA 6 GB/s. as the primary drive Samsung MZVLB512HAJQ the 512GB will last a very long time.
All laptops series ROG Strix GL504 equipped with wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps and Bluetooth 5.