ROG Strix Scar 17 (2023): System & Storage Performance

As we did in our review of the Razer Blade 14 (2023) gaming notebook, we're also including desktop chips from the Ryzen 7000 series and Intel's flagship Core i9-13900K for good measure. One reason is as we refine our new notebook and laptop testing protocols, we're still building up a database of relevant data points. The other reason, and perhaps the most important, is that the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D and other Ryzen 7045HX series processors are designed to be desktop replacements. This means they can/will operate with higher power draw than other mobile platforms, with the aim of delivering as close to, and in some cases, beating desktop chips in the process.

For all of the desktop chips within this comparison, as we expand our list of notebooks tested, we'll have more effective and comparable data points in the future. To add more reference, all of the desktop and mobile chips in our graphs have been tested with Windows 11 22H2.


(0-0) Peak Power

Regarding power, AMD has put a lot of focus on efficiency and the amount of performance associated with lower power envelopes on the Zen 4 architecture. Even from our review of the Razer Blade 14 (2023) with AMD's truly mobile Ryzen 9 7940HS, performance is delivered even at a measly 60 W. In our desktop reviews of AMD's Ryzen 7000 series processors, we already know that AMD's Zen 4 core performs at lower wattages, which, when it comes to a mobile platform, is important.

In the case of the Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, more power is drawn because it is simply a desktop replacement chip for a mobile chassis and, as such, has a TDP that ASUS seems to have tuned for around 75 Watts. In our power testing, the Ryzen 9 7945HX3D drew just over 102 W from the 16C/32T chip itself, which is around 40 W less than its desktop counterpart, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (120W TDP). Given the Ryzen 9 7945HX3D has a configurable TDP of between 55 and 75 W, notebooks such as the ROG Strix Scar 17 are fully utilizing as much of the power available designed to deliver leading-edge performance in a small and portable (albeit large) 17-inch gaming laptop.

Web & Office

The next section of our updated notebook test suite is web and office-based tests. Our updated notebook suite runs in parallel with our current CPU test suite for 2023. It allows us to blend mobile chips tested with desktop chips, mainly to see efficiency and performance levels and how they stack up for each generation we try.

(1-1) Google Octane 2.0 Web Test

Using the Chromium-based Google Octane 2.0 web test, AMD's Ryzen 9 7945HX3D performs exceptionally well, even coming in slightly ahead of the desktop Ryzen 9 7950X3D and not being too far off the Ryzen 9 7950X. It's worth noting that while sometimes Octane results within a certain parameter can be similar, eg, the Ryzen 7 7700 beat the majority of chips and is an 8C/16T, everything on this chip is on one CCD, which did seem to make a slight difference in this specific benchmark.

(1-2) UL Procyon Office: Word

(1-3) UL Procyon Office: Excel

With the combination of Microsoft's 365 Office suite and the UL Procyon Office benchmark, we can see the Ryzen 9 7945HX3D performs well for office-based tasks, especially with a score of 8996 in Excel, which actually puts it ahead of Intel's desktop Core i9-13900K. It didn't perform as well in Word, and we re-ran this test multiple times to see if it was an anomaly, but alas, it wasn't.


Storage performance is dictated by more than just putting in the fastest drive you can; other variables include the interface used, the quality of the controller, and the overall drive. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 sample we received has an unspecified 1TB PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSD installed. The specific part number for the drive installed into the laptop is HFS001TEJ9X101N, which we know is SK Hynix based, and from doing some digging, it looks to be the SK Hynix PC801. As is with OEM-based storage drives that come with notebooks, these can be subject to change through the product's production life cycle. 

While we weren't able to find any specifics or specifications on the SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X101N 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD that came installed into the ROG Strix Scar 17 gaming notebook, we can see that it's a high-performance drive. Using CrystalDiskMark 8.0.4 to evaluate performance, we saw sequential read speeds of up to 7350 MB/s, with sequential write speeds of up to 5800 MB/s. Depending on whether the data is compressed or uncompressed, there's always overlap, which means raw benchmark data can vary.

When judging and measuring storage performance, it comes down to real-world performance and ensuring optimal cooling, especially on these fast NVMe drives, which can run very hot and thermally throttle, reducing performance.

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Average Access Time

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Bandwidth

PCMark 10 System Drive Benchmark Score

Comparing the storage within the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (SK Hynix PC801) to the Razer Blade 14 (Samsung PM9A1), we can see that the SK Hynix within the Scar 17 performs noticeably better in PCMark 10's integrated storage benchmark. Typically, there can be variance with SSDs, especially with different densities, controllers, and other variables that need to be considered. Overall the storage performance of the ROG Strix Scar 17 is really good and is expected from a gaming laptop with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.

Taking A Closer Look At The Strix Scar 17 Compute Performance
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  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - link

    Check Future's other website, Tom's Hardware Guide. They had more time to open and examine the interior of this laptop and from that you may be able to obtain answers.

    I do agree that even relatively modest computer hardware remains relevant and functional for quite a while. If you don't mind dealing with Linux, a Core 2 Duo laptop with Intel 4500MHD graphics is sufficient for everyday, mundane tasks. The graphics processor's lack of support for OpenGL 3.0 or newer will severely limit video games, but something like that can and does chug along in YouTube perfectly well and can help you pay bills, type incoherent nonsense in Discord, and crunch a spreadsheet or run a word processor.

    It doesn't take a genius to figure that out and decide to skip burning cash on any computer. Take games off the table and literally any piece of computing trash is perfectly acceptable and leave you with a fair bit of money to use for food/shelter/clothing/investing/etc. Not sure why people get so wrapped up and desperate to throw away 5% of their before taxes annual income on a toy to play games they'll end up being unhappy with in a year, but humans are idiots and easily exploited by other humans.
  • back2future - Thursday, August 24, 2023 - link

    getting from emotional towards rational/intellectual again, there are always several types of idiotic behavior/attitudes, further gradations/nuances and depending on perspective/aims a different outcome because of this behavior towards different recipients, its always a relative definition

    most of idiotic behavior, guessing, is motivated/originates from reduced/limited awareness/consciousness on surroundings/social&cultural peculiarities, misunderstandings with wrong premise, lacking experience/knowledge/education, naive trust into authorities/media/peer groups/leadership, lock-in phenomenon effects with emotions/customs/tradition/social&generation-based ties, diverse overextension, inadequate priorities, wrong time wrong place or (attempting a general summary) a limiting disorder/dysfunction.

    While rating of useless or unnecessary investments depend on perspective and relation between socially interacting participants, there's value to economical growth from this behavior, furthered through advertisements, public display of status and honor/credit or simply pleasure from (technical) progress.

    Famous and a 'never'(99%) outdated:
    ~1865 "One thing that humbles me deeply is to see that human genius has its limits while human stupidity does not."
    attribution to great astronomer within a book from an influential therapist ~1940s "Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.”
    maybe more original "Two things are infinite, as far as we know – the universe and human stupidity."

    for a conclusion, we, the people, are (too) imprecise (again and again, especially true and obvious with retrospective :) and this might be just an idiotic comment as well ;)

    Idling wattage seems being about 27W (with ~230W for gaming loads or ~310-240W with hardware stress testing).
  • Tom Sunday - Saturday, October 14, 2023 - link

    Greetings from Stehekin, WA, USA. Being a simple man on the street and a self-proclaimed Tech-Bro…I will never have a use for a laptop luxury! Constant fiddling with my ‘hobbled together’ Intel i5 Gen 4 desktop is however continuing in holding my interest and needs. All I can actually afford in this station of my life! I love your to the point descriptions as to…modest computer hardware remaining relevant for everyday mundane tasks, chugging along on YouTube and running my free word processor. Those indeed are my life and especially in the persisting challenging economic times like today! As to any serious gaming, these have largely been off the table for me as well, except perhaps for Castle Wolfenstein, Fallout 3 and still living with Mom to making it over the rounds. Someone here earlier spoke about “its always a relative definition”…my definition unfortunately remains fixed in my reality of today and it seems not to waiver even how hard I try in getting away from it!

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