Review ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GW): Russia’s first gaming laptop with mobile graphics GeForce RTX
Laptops ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II — our good friends. Last year you could learn versions GL504GS and GL704GM equipped with 15 – inch and 17-inch matrices, respectively. GL704GW very similar to these models. And yet it’s a completely different gaming computer — because it uses the latest in mobile graphics the GeForce RTX 2070.
Specifications, equipment and
The funny thing is that especially about mobile GPU family Turing had nothing to report.
Of course, gaming laptops are used much less power hungry chips, because the desktop version of GeForce RTX can not be called energy-efficient devices. Thus, the level TDP of a discrete GeForce RTX 2070 is 175-185 watts. The mobile version of the GeForce RTX 2070 this parameter is changed in the range from 80 to 115 watts. To achieve this difference could including due to a rather serious reduction of the clock frequency of the GPU. See: base frequency GeForce notebook RTX 2070 could be as 885 and 1215 MHz, while the base frequency of the desktop version of this graphics card is 1410 MHz. It turns out, we are seeing a very noticeable difference in megahertz. Of course, the graphics performance of the laptop will strongly affect the quality of the cooling system — we’ll discuss this in more detail later.
Quite a long time NVIDIA fans have been waiting for the mobile version of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but we see that this event never happened. However, in terms of performance gaming laptops can now be compared to a desktop PC using a graphics — GeForce RTX 2080, as you know, has about the same performance as the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This fact gives us the right to say that from now on gaming laptops are noticeably faster, because before that, the most productive mobile accelerator was considered to be the GeForce GTX 1080. On the other hand, the notebook version of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was not presented. I suppose that such a mobile graphics never appear.
Series laptop ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II, equipped with 17-inch screen, equipped with a GeForce graphics RTX 2060 (GL704GV) or GeForce RTX 2070 (GL704GW). Which is nice, both are using GPU as efficiently as possible — their frequency is not curtailed by engineers Taiwanese company. You’ll also find the only model with a 6-core chip Intel Core i7-8750H. The main characteristics of the models GL704GW and GL704GV given in the table below.
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GW/V)|
|Display||A 17.3″, 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|
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 8 GB GDDR6
|RAM||Up to 32 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing drives||1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, 256/512/1024 GB
1 × SATA 6 Gbps SSHD 1 TB
|Interfaces||3 × 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||230 W|
|Dimensions||400 × 274 × 26 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2.9 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64|
|Price in Russia, according to Yandex.Market||185 000 rubles for a model with GeForce RTX 2070, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB SSHD|
To our test got one of the most “pumped” versions of the laptop. In addition to Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2070, it was set to 32 GB of RAM, SSD of 512 GB and a hard drive of 1 TB. In selling a version of the ROG Strix SCAR II I have not found. The variant with 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD (the other components are identical) and Windows 10 is on average in Moscow is 185 000.
All laptops series ROG Strix SCAR II is equipped with a 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.
Complete with “seven hundred and four” 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.
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
Since the release of the review of the model GL704GM it did not take much time. If you remember, the notebook received the award for “Innovation and design” — for the fact that ASUS managed to make a very compact “Semashko”, which is only slightly more modern 15-inch models.
The model ROG Strix SCAR II — GL704GW in this respect, identical to the previously tested version GL704GM. Laptops have the same case, dimensions, interfaces, and functions. In fact, the novelty differs only by the presence of RTX graphics.
Just in case I will talk again about appearance. So, the lid of the laptop is traditionally made of aluminium. Looks like construction is highly reliable, despite the small size. The lid opens easily with one hand, the hinges clearly positioning the screen with a maximum opening angle of 130 degrees. The rest of the body ROG Strix SCAR GL704GW II is made of matte plastic.
The design of the laptop uses a 17.3-inch matrix with a thin, 6-mm frames top and sides. Because of this, the web-camera is moved down, under the display. Sorry, “weight loss” ROG Strix SCAR II affected mainly in its size, not weight — the laptop weighs only 2.9 lbs. well, this is the price for install in laptop performance Intel chips and NVIDIA.
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, preinstalled BY ASUS. I should note that the ROG logo on the lid is also illuminated with rainbow colors.
On the left side of the 17-inch ROG Strix SCAR II is located the connector for the power supply, Ethernet port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, three USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type and a combined 3.5 mm Jack for connecting headphones or a headset. The right one is soldered USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type, one USB 3.1 Gen2 C-type and a device for reading memory cards and a loop for a Kensington lock.
The laptop uses full-size keyboard with a digital block, which was called HyperStrike Pro. It uses pretty standard for such 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 simultaneous keystrokes, and resource each key is 20 million actuations.
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.
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 a couple of days. Uncomfortable to use, except that the arrow keys — they’re in laptops traditionally made very small. The power button is located where it should be — apart from the rest of the keys. Four more 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 Armoury Crate — changer program Gaming Center.
I guess the remote button is made specifically to quickly manage voice chat. It would be great to ROG Strix SCAR II approached and for the streams, but 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 streams on sites like Twitch and YouTube — definitely not.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
All ROG Strix SCAR II is quite simple to understand. For this you need to Unscrew the 11 screws and carefully remove the plastic bottom panel. All we got access to all model components.
CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 are cooled with system Pro HyperCool fitted with two tangential fans type and five copper teletrapami. Two heat pipes in this bundle at the same time cool the CPU and GPU (only on chips each have three tubes). Plus another teplostroy removes heat from the power converters and from the memory chips GDDR6. The manufacturer claims that Pro HyperCool used aluminum radiators with fins with a thickness of only 0.1 mm and that 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 fans that have more power than 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.
As for the upgrade of the test sample, then, in my opinion, it makes no sense to change anything the next few years. To increase the amount of RAM, of which there are 32 GB, simply nowhere. The system uses modules Hyundai 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 acts NVMe-model Intel SSDPEKNW512G8 of 512 GB.