Our review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
Without a webcam, the creative gaming laptop PC Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W is powerful thanks to its 32 GB of RAM and its Intel Alder Lake-H Core i9 processor that accelerates multimedia processing such as the high-end GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card capable of running recent games . Equipped with fast 1 TB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this versatile laptop designed for gaming and creating benefits from a 15-inch 2.5K IPS High Definition DCI-P3 screen with colors which is more faithful than the average and frequency of 240Hz which improves the fluidity. in games. Also in the program for this laptop for creatives and gamers running Windows 11 is an RGB backlit keyboard combined with a NumPad numeric keypad module as well as Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
Features of Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
|screen(s).||15.6” WQXGA 2.5K LED IPS 240Hz 1000:1 300cd/m² 3ms 100% DCI-P3 (2560×1440, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-12900H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.5 GHz, 8E 1.8 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5 4800 MHz 64 GB, 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated (boost 1085MHz and 120W), processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (2.5 Gb/s)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, RGB per key|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, through NumPad (NumberPad)|
|Audio system||4 Dolby Atmos Smart Amp speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Autonomy revealed / Battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 90Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 354 x 259 x 22.6-27.2|
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W against the competition
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W is currently out on the Baker promotion and is positioned as the only one in its category that offers a very good and recent processor and graphics card, with such a high frequency/definition screen and as faithful colorimetry as well as Wi-Fi ax and Thunderbolt connectivity.
If this Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W does not meet all your criteria, you can find in our gaming laptop guide other configurations to play with a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, this has the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
Cooled by 2 Arc Flow fans (84 blades, 0.1mm), 6 heat pipes and 4 air outlets, this gaming and creation-oriented laptop boosts the gamer look with its dark design with angular lines .
Although the presence of a webcam is standard on all types of laptops, this model is not, which will be appreciated by people who value their privacy more.
Of course, you can always equip yourself with an additional external webcam if needed.
In any case, this creative gaming laptop PC offers good connectivity including 2 USB-C including 1 Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.2 wireless modules and Wi-Fi 6E ax (newer and better than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports but there are also 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 devices are plugged into it.
We can clearly backlight the chiclet keyboard keys to make them more recognizable in the dark.
Numeric keypad point to the right of the keyboard however while this functionality is standard from 15 inches to facilitate the entry of numbers.
Fortunately, Asus offers to overcome this disadvantage with its NumPad technology to convert the touchpad into a touchpad when needed.
To attract gamers, the screen is decorated with a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is higher than the standard 60Hz, which improves the fluidity of games, especially since the latency here is limited to 3ms. Creators are not left out because the screen uses DCI-P3 and IPS specifications. They guarantee a colorimetry that is more faithful than average with significant viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical. The screen is also suitable for displaying High Definition content including videos because it uses 2.5K definition which is higher than Full HD associated with a 16: 9 format. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy screen.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W may appeal to those with a big budget and looking for a powerful versatile laptop for gaming and creation.
Built around an Intel Alder Lake Core i9-12900H hybrid processor and a good amount of 32 GB RAM, this creative gaming laptop PC delivers overall power unmatched by most mobile computers on the market. Clearly, enough to appeal to demanding users, gamers and creators alike.
The latter will be particularly happy to get, thanks to this core, faster processing than a classic Quad/Hexa/Octo Core and /16 GB of RAM. The difference experienced is very strong under software that uses CPU and RAM resources using multicore and therefore the 14 cores of the Core i9 Alder Lake. This is particularly the case with video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
In addition, the dedicated onboard GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card accelerates processing under software that takes advantage of the power of GPU computing, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
However, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing is a dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere graphics card that mainly targets gamers. Because it is able to run the latest games and demanding 3D resources at a remarkable level of detail while the 2.5K definition of the screen requires more calculations from the GPU than Full HD, which implies more low fps.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is actually turned on/off automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology. It prefers as much as possible the Intel Iris Xe integrated with the Core i3 despite its lower performance in comparison because it is energy efficient promoting autonomy.
In this regard, bet on about 7 hours on the battery in light use.
In fact, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is asked by Optimus to perform graphics tasks that are considered too heavy for Iris Xe, usually for gaming.
On the storage side, there is a quiet SSD while being more energy efficient than a hard drive, more resistant to shocks and faster.
. In addition, the SSD offers a comfortable capacity of 1 TB which is similar to what most hard drives in this area offer.
In practice, SSD storage guarantees better fluidity and day-to-day responsiveness than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, you can get online game cards faster, for example, and you get faster game/software launch, processing and start/stop.
Finally, when it’s pushed hard (eg games, treatment), this versatile multimedia creator gamer laptop gets warm and audible.
If necessary to contain temperatures, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the measurements carefully!).