ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW Review (i7-8750H, RTX 2070, FHD 144Hz screen)

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At present, the first gaming laptops of Asus which feature all-new GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs have been released in the market. Now, let’s go and see the performance of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW.

Specification

Screen 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS 144Hz screen
Processor Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 GHz (up to 4.1 GHz)
TDP 45W
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
Memory 16GB DDR4 2666MHZ
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
Ports 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A/ 1x USB Type-C(support DATA and DP1.4)/ 1Xhdmi 2.0/ 1x micro DP 1.4/ 1x RJ45 jack/ 1x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
Battery 66 Wh
OS Windows 10
Weight 2.9kg

Appearance

appearance
The Strix Scar II looks similar to its predecessors. It boasts the ROG logo on the LCD back cover. This gaming laptop feels robust and solid.
back cover
There are many vents on the bottom of the laptop. Apart from the vents, the back cover also features five non-skip mats which can help deliver stronger airflow. These designs contribute to the laptop’s heat dissipation performance.

Ports

port on the right
Compared to its predecessor, the Strix Scar II provides more ports. On the right of the laptop, it has a Type-C port, an USB 3.1 and an SD card slot.
port on the left
The left side comes with the power jack, an RJ45 jack, a MiNi PD port, an HDMI port, three USB 3.1 ports and a headphone and microphone combo jack.

Display

display
The Scar II GL704GW features a 17.3-inch FHD display. To satisfy the player’s requirements, the laptop adopts the most popular narrow bezel design. The bezel of the display on the three sides is 7mm. The three-side super-narrow-bezel design gives the gamers added screen space for visuals while the FHD IPS display lets them view a wide range of angles without sacrificing image quality. In addition, it boasts an ultra-smooth 144Hz narrow-bezel display with a 3ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, a must-have for hardcore gamers and esports players.
sRGB color gamut
NTSC color gamut
Adobe RGB color gamut
And in the meantime, we use Spyder 5 Elite 5.2 to test the IPS display the Scar II features. According to the test results, this display’s sRGB color gamut is 97%, NTSC color gamut is 67% and Adobe RGB color gamut covers 72%. The results show this IPS display reaches a high level among the IPS displays. Even the players in pursuit of a high-quality image will be content with this gaming laptop.

Gaming Optimized Keyboard

Keyboard
The revised keyboard features a large space bar which is easier to hit and four additional hotkeys. This desktop-inspired layout design provides the user with good experience for daily typing or games.
transparent WASD keys
For players, the four transparent WASD keys are indispensable in most online games. The four keys with different colors stand out on the keyboard.
power button
Even under the dark condition, the players can quickly spot the power button which comes with an indicator.
display
This is the ROG logo. The front camera is placed at the bottom of the display.

Hardware

Apart from the i7-8750H processor, the gaming laptop’s another biggest highlight is the GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. What’s more, the ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW comes with the 16GB DDR4 single passage and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, coupled with 1TB HDD. Undoubtedly this gaming laptop with such a high configuration can bring the gamers supersmooth PC gaming experience and crystal image.

CPU benchmark

The ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW is powered by the current mainstream Intel’s Core i7-8750H standard-voltage processor. Based on the Coffee Lake architecture, this twelve-thread chip uses the 14nm manufacturing process and owns six cores. Its main frequency is 2.2GHz, up to 4.1GHz. And the processor’s TDP is 45W. This high-performance CPU can meet most users’ demands.
CPU test
On Cine Bench R15, the i7-8750H chip’s single-core score is 161cb and its multi-core score reaches 1176cb. In terms of the test results, this processor has outstanding performance.

GPU benchmark

Its improved GPU is one of the gaming laptop’s highlights. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card uses the revolutionary NVIDIA Turing architecture. Built on the 12nm process, it features 2304 shading units. With regard to its memory layout, the RTX 2070 has arrived with the same 8GB DDR6 as the RTX 2080, running along an aggregated 256-bit memory bus. Besides, its memory runs at 14Gbps.
graphics card
According to the results on 3D Mark, the RTX 2070’s score is 3994.

SSD benchmark

SSD speed
The Scar II comes with a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a 1TB HDD. We use AS SSD Benchmark to test the PCIe NVMe SSD. The test results show that the SSD’s sequential read speed is 1146.70 MB/s and its sequential write speed is 860.17MB/s.

Heat Dissipation

heat dissipation
Use DIDA64 to test the laptop’s memory, CPU and GPU. After thirty minutes, record the temperature with a thermal imager. The highest temperature of the keyboard measured 54.9 degrees, which concentrate on the top area of the keyboard. The hottest part of the back cover was 52.8 degrees. Thanks to ROG’s latest cooling system, the Scar II has an excellent heat performance

Internal Structure

internal structure
It’s easy to dismantle the Scar II. Removing all the screws at the bottom of the laptop, and then the back cover can be taken out. The cooling system consists of two fans, five copper pipes and four vents.
memory
From the picture, we can see the gaming laptop features a Samsung’s 16GB DDR4 2666MHz memory. The user can expand the capacity up to 32GB.
M.2 SSD

Summary

ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
In general, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW has good workmanship, excellent heat dissipation, and superb performance. The 17.3-inch full display, 144Hz refresh rate and invincible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 make the Scar II is the best choice for esports players.

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