simply the top of portable hardware

Asus today formalizes the upcoming release of its ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition, a machine at a price just as dizzying as its technical sheet.

The open war continues to rage between manufacturers and integrators who all wish to outdo the competition in the field of raw performance. Today, it’s Asus’ turn to hammer home this claim about its new ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition (SE), a rough brute presented at the last CES.

Asus calls it “the most powerful gaming laptop in the world”. And this flashy phrase is just the tip of the iceberg. The firm does not go hand in hand with superlatives and other daring expressions. She says in particular that the performance of the machine has nothing to envy to that of a fixed PC.

The latter traditionally fare better in terms of performance, especially when it comes to temperature management. Here, Asus claims an average difference of around 2% with a fixed machine with comparable hardware; rather impressive if this is true in practice.

The best hardware on the market

If Asus is so confident, it’s because the brand has made it a point of honor to equip its machine with the ultimate in current hardware. It starts with an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, the best graphics card available in portable format. Intel’s new i9-12950HX will also be there; it’s a true monster of a 16-core mobile processor capable of pushing the clock up to 5.2GHz – a simply diabolical figure for a portable machine.

And knowing the single-threaded performance of the 12 generation of Intel processors, we can reasonably expect top-level performance in gaming. can even climb significantly higher in turbo…

The set will be supported by DDR5 RAM clocked at 4800 MHz (up to 64 GB) and up to 4 PCIe 4.0 SSDs in RAID 0. This second element, in particular, should do wonders for creators; this will allow the SSD to aim for an impressive theoretical throughput of 14 GB/s. Enough to swallow any video file in the blink of an eye.

Asus wants to be reassuring about cooling

To avoid turning into a real torch, you obviously have to redouble your efforts to cool all these beautiful people. Asus has tackled the problem with a massive vapor chamber that covers almost half of the motherboard. Thermal paste has also given way to a new liquid metal, another family of extremely high-performance thermal interfaces. Will these prevent the machine from curling spontaneous combustion during the first load increase? We will have to wait to be able to put our hands on it to be sure.

There are also beautiful people at the level of the screen. Two panels will be available: a 360 Hz FHD model for fierce competitors, and a 240 Hz QHD version for those who want to please their retina.

Inevitably, the beast will be paid for at a high price when it is released during the 3rd quarter of 2022. Even the basic version will cost €3,399 including tax. An exorbitant price that will reserve this model for absolutely intransigent players for whom price is not a factor, but who absolutely need a machine that is both overpowered and transportable.