ASUS has been on a roll lately by launching some very capable laptops using 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series graphics processing chips. Next up is the ROG Strix Scar 15 G533 (2022) with an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and up to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti GPU. It has enough firepower for even the most demanding PC games.
There is a 17-inch version of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar, designed solely for gamers who want the ultimate mobile gaming experience. But if you also value portability and don’t want to play all the time, the smaller ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15, which keeps the same internal components and lowers the price, might be what you’re looking for.
With the best hardware available, could the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 be one of the best gaming laptops around?
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Basically: The ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 is a very powerful gaming laptop, rocking a capable Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPU.
- strong inner
- Interesting game design
- 240Hz display
- MUX switch
- Lighting effects
- No webcam
- Short battery life
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533: Price and availability
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 starts at $1,800. Upgrading the GPU to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti raises the price to $2,050. It’s not a very high price to pay for such a great gaming machine. This configuration also comes with a 300Hz 1080p display, which will handle all your favorite PC games with good frame rates with ease.
The sample we received for review today includes an RTX 3070 Ti GPU and an upgraded 240Hz 1440p display. See the table below for a full list of specifications.
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
|Processor||12th Gen Intel
14 cores up to 5.0GHz
Can be upgraded
|Graphics||NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti laptop
8GB GDDR6 VRAM
|Storage||2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Two M.2 slots
16:9 aspect ratio
240Hz refresh rate
|Port||1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (display, power delivery)
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1x Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort)
1x 2.5G LAN port
|Audio||4 speaker system
Smart Amplifier Technology
|Connectivity||MediaTek MT7922 Wi-Fi 6E(802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2 (Dual Band) 2 2
|keyboard||Per-Key RGB Backlit Chiclet Keyboard|
|Dimensions||354 x 259 x 226 ~ 27.2 mm|
|Body weight||2.30 kg
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533: What’s good
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 is instantly recognizable thanks to the RGB lighting strip along the bottom of the laptop. The company also tried to do something a little different with the main chassis by making some of it translucent, allowing you to see a little bit of what’s going on under the keyboard. The design is pleasant to look at, even if you don’t like the whole “gamer” aesthetic.
A user replaceable Shield Cap is located in the back left corner. ASUS supplies two replacements with the ROG Strix Scar G533, but you can 3D print your own to give the laptop a personal touch. The rest of the gaming laptop is your standard affair with black plastic, an RGB backlit chicklet keyboard and enough air vents to draw in (and blow out) air to help cool the internal components.
To connect all your favorite devices, ASUS includes two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a 3.5mm combo jack on the left side. Then there are two USB-C ports (one with Display Port Charging and Power Delivery, the other with Thunderbolt 4 support), LAN 2.5G and an HDMI 2.1 port on the back below the display. The right side of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 is exposed apart from the Keystone 2 key port.
Keystone 2 is an ASUS NFC key included with the Strix Scar G533 that can be used to unlock access to encrypted partitions inside the laptop where more sensitive data can be stored, as well as change to personalized settings. Using the ASUS Armory Crate app, you can customize various settings around the NFC key, resulting in a neat addition of physical functionality.
It’s not all about looks, however. ASUS also packs the ROG Strix Scar 15 with the latest technology from Intel and NVIDIA. Powering everything is the 14-core Intel Core i9 12900H, the best mobile processor Intel has produced to date. Then, there’s the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD in our review sample. As you can expect, the combo is very powerful.
This hybrid core design sees the CPU contain six high-performance cores and eight efficient cores. This processor is capable of running at a constant 110W through throttling with the correct profile selected. RTX 3070 Ti is capable of reaching 150W with Dynamic Boost.
Display options include 300Hz 1080p and 240Hz 1440p panels, but both will make the latest PC games look stunning. It’s not the brightest screen on the market, but you won’t have any trouble playing games and doing a little work on the side.
To handle all wireless communications, the MediaTek MT7922 Wi-Fi 6E card supports Bluetooth 5.2 and enables high-speed data transfer to and from your router, as well as sending audio to your favorite set-top box. The 2.5Gb LAN port is excellent for LAN parties and scenarios that allow wired connections.
If you want to upgrade the storage or memory inside the Strix Scar 15, it’s a fairly simple process that involves removing the bottom panel and carefully untangling the ribbon cable. There is a spare M.2 slot to install a second NVMe SSD and store more games. The pre-installed Samsung SSD is a fast drive with more than 4,000MB/s for reading data.
Laptops are relatively quiet as long as the CPU and GPU don’t overheat. Once you start running synthetic benchmarks and playing more intensive games, the cooling solution steps up. ASUS offers the ability to switch between different profiles, but Turbo unlocks the processor’s true potential, overclocking in the process.
The temperature will be high, especially if you run in Turbo mode. You’ll often see low to mid 90s readings from sensors inside laptops. Changing the profile to Performance will reduce CPU power consumption and therefore have an effect on the amount of heat dissipated. The fan can slow down a bit, but the temperature remains quite high.
Silent mode is quite good if the game or app you are using doesn’t require a high clock speed. I found no issues running the latest games with this mode selected, allowing the internal components to run cooler and the fan noise less like a jet engine.
- Fire Attack – 24,139
- Port Royal — 6,971
- Time Spy — 12,801
- PCMark 10 — 7,915
- Geekbench 5 — 1,898 / 14,202
- Cinebench R23 — 1,905 / 18,839
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533: What’s not good
Interestingly, there is no webcam on the ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533. This isn’t a deal breaker for many players since not everyone uses it, but it’s just something to keep in mind when shopping. Battery life is also quite short, thanks to the power-hungry internals. Even with a 90WHr pack, it won’t last more than 6-8 hours of use.
Not everyone will enjoy the translucent design found on the main body of the laptop. This is also where the status LED is located and because the plastic has a frosted effect, the lights look smudged. This will come down to personal preference and I don’t find it annoying.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533: The competition
While the ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 is an excellent gaming laptop, it has some competition in the 15-inch market, including the excellent Razer Blade 15. A 15-inch display is often considered the sweet spot for a gaming laptop, but it largely depends on price and GPU performance.
Dell’s Alienware m15 R6 is another good option if you want something a little more out there for the design. It can also be equipped with a powerful graphics processor and a killer panel. If you want something with a slightly larger display, there are other 16-inch gaming laptops also worth considering such as the HP Omen 16.
No matter which gaming laptop you choose, as long as you choose a laptop with a good processor and GPU, you’ll have a great time. Most gaming laptops from leading brands perform more or less the same with the same components, thanks to advances made in component cooling and overall system design.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if…
- You want one of the best performing laptops
- You want a gaming laptop with a unique design
- You want advanced features like ASUS Keystone 2
You should not buy this if…
- You don’t want to spend nearly $2,000 on a laptop
- You don’t like too much RGB lighting
- You’re not a fan of aggressive gamer designs
ASUS went and made a great 15-inch gaming laptop with the ROG Strix Scar G533. It has a very capable Intel Core i9-12900H processor with its hybrid core design. Then there’s the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti which can handle more demanding PC games with ease. Finally, super fast RAM and SSD storage make for one killer gaming machine. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 also has some gamer design touches, including a semi-translucent body. This isn’t to everyone’s taste, just like ambient RGB lighting.
This all comes at a cost — literally. When changing GPUs and displays, you can significantly increase the cost.
If you can ignore the lighting and other design elements, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the more powerful laptops on the market. Even with just NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, it can still shred through games at higher settings, and a 300Hz 1080p or 240Hz 1440p display will provide enough room for high frame rate games.
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Basically: The ASUS ROG Strix Scar G533 is a powerful gaming laptop with some notable smart features. If you want one of the best 15-inch gaming stations available today, you may have just found it.