Review: ROG STRIX SCAR 18 G834 (2023)


The 2023 ROG Strix Scar (G834) laptop boasts a refreshed design featuring a sleek black finish on the lid and keyboard. It accompanies customisable Armor Caps, which offer a pop of colour and can even be 3D printed for a personalised touch. Aura Sync, meanwhile, illuminates the metallic ROG logo and keyboard for a stunning look, while a transparent back and sides provide a cyberpunk feel.

The Strix Scar 18 also packs in the latest Intel CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series GPU with MUX switch, and DDR5 RAM. This makes the laptop optimised for high framerates in modern games. It also comes with a QHD 240Hz display with Adaptive Sync. The 18-inch format offers an immersive gaming experience and ample screen space for content creation.

Under the hood, the STRIX SCAR 18 is powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13980HX processor with 24 cores and 32 threads at up to 65W TDP. In terms of graphics, you get up an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU with 175W max TGP, alongside NVIDIA Advanced Optimus and DLSS 3. This is paired with VRAM of up to 16GB GDDR6.

The laptop also accompanies memory of up to 64GB DDR5 4800Mhz RAM, and up to 2TB+2TB PCIE Gen4*4 storage with Raid0. As mentioned before, the laptop comes with an 18-inch QHD 240Hz ROG Nebula HDR Display that supports Dolby Vision HDR.

In terms of I/O ports, you get one Power (DC) input port, one 2.5G LAN RJ-45 jack, one HDMI port, one Type-C with Thunderbolt 4(dGPU DP1.4, external G-sync), one Type-C [dGPU DP1.4, external G-sync, PD (Input: 20V/5A, Output: 5V/3A)], and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left edge of the laptop. On the right edge, you get two Type A USB 3.2 Gen2 ports.

Since the ROG Strix SCAR 18 offers a large 18-inch screen, gamers and content creators have a clear advantage in terms of gameplay and creative workflow. The laptop’s 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13980HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU offers top-notch performance for demanding games.

The dedicated MUX Switch with NVIDIA Advanced Optimus support lets you tap into the full power of the GPU. With 32GB DDR5 RAM and 2TB PCIe Gen4x4 storage, the SCAR 18 effortlessly handles gaming, streaming, and content creation.

In order to gauge real-world performance, we ran a few benchmarks on the laptop. On 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike (DX11) we clocked 37128 points. On 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) we got 13209 points. PCMark 10 returned 6948 points, while 3DMark 13 – Time Spy (DX12) came up with 20350 points. As you can see, those numbers are quite impressive.

The ROG STRIX SCAR 18 also comes with speakers that are surprisingly pleasant to hear. They add the extra that extra punch to immerse you into a satisfying gaming experience. The 2023 ROG Scar models feature a 90Wh battery, just like in previous generations. To conserve battery life, the laptop automatically switches the screen refresh rate to 60 Hz when running on battery power. We were able to clock around 7 hours of battery life on a single charge during our review period.

The 2023 ROG Scar 18 outperforms previous Scar models in terms of performance and thermal design. It provides faster and smoother performance for demanding tasks, multitasking, and gaming. It also offers longer battery life, lasting up to 7 hours on a single charge. The updated tri-fan cooling system effectively manages heat and provides high performance even on the mid-level Performance profile, with low noise levels.

The ROG Scar 18 offers a stunning 18-inch display, reliable inputs, a recognizable ROG design, and robust construction, making it a standout choice in its class. The ROG STRIX SCAR 18 G834 (2023) thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 17099 onwards

Review: ROG STRIX SCAR 18 G834 (2023)

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