Our review of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
Without a webcam, the creative gaming laptop Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W is powerful thanks to its 32 GB RAM and its Intel Alder Lake-H Core i9 processor that accelerates multimedia processing like the advanced GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card capable of running the latest games. Equipped with fast 1TB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this versatile laptop is designed for gaming and benefits from a 15-inch 2.5K IPS High Definition DCI-P3 display with colors that are much more faithful than the average and frequency of 240Hz, which improves fluidity in games. Also on the agenda for this laptop for creatives and gamers running Windows 11 is an RGB backlit keyboard accompanied by a NumPad numeric keypad module, as well as connectivity options with Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Wi-Fi 6E.
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/matt)|
|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)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated (boost 1085MHz at 120W), processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0)|
|plug||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)|
|Sound system||4 Dolby Atmos Smart Amp speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 90Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.3 kg / 354 x 259 x 22.6-27.2|
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W against the competition
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W is currently displayed in promotion at Baker and is positioned as one of the only ones in its category to offer such a high-performance and new processor and graphics card, with such a high frequency/definition screen and such faithful colorimetry as well as Wi-Fi ax and Thunderbolt connection.
If this Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations on our gaming laptop guide to play with a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen of Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
Cooled by 2 Arc Flow fans (84 blades, 0.1 mm), 6 heat pipes and 4 air outlets, this gaming and creation-oriented laptop has a gamer look with its dark design with angular lines.
While the presence of a webcam is standard on all types of laptops, this model does not, which will be appreciated by those who value their privacy the most.
You can of course always equip yourself with an additional external webcam if necessary.
In any case, this creative gaming laptop offers good connectivity, including 2 USB-C including 1 Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.2 wireless modules and Wi-Fi 6E ax (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, but also 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
We can of course backlit the keys on the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them in the dark.
Point of numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard, but while this functionality is standard from 15 inches to facilitate the entry of numbers.
Fortunately, Asus offers to overcome this absence with its NumPad technology to convert the touchpad into a touchpad when needed.
To appeal to gamers, the screen is graced with a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is significantly higher than the standard 60Hz, which increases fluidity in games, especially since the latency here is limited to 3ms. Creators are not left out as the screen adopts DCI-P3 and IPS specifications. They guarantee a much more reliable than average colorimetry with significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. The screen is also suitable for viewing High Definition content including videos because it uses a 2.5K definition, which is higher than the Full HD associated with a 16:9 format. Anti-reflective coating also gives the screen better visibility in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors) than a blank panel.
Performance, autonomy for Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN158W may appeal to those who have a significant budget and are looking for a powerful all-round laptop for gaming and creation.
Built around an Intel Alder Lake Core i9-12900H hybrid processor and a good amount of 32GB of RAM, this creative gaming laptop delivers an overall power unmatched by that provided by the vast majority of mobile computers on the market. It’s clear enough to appeal to demanding users, gamers and creators included.
The latter will be particularly pleased to achieve, thanks to this core, much faster processing than with a classic Quad/Hexa/Octo Core and /16 GB RAM. The perceived difference 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 especially the case for video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
In addition, the dedicated onboard GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card accelerates processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, 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 is mainly aimed at gamers. Because it is able to run the latest games and demanding 3D resources at a significant level of detail, while the 2.5K definition of the screen requires more calculations from the GPU than Full HD, which implies lower 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 in the Core i3, despite its much lower performance in comparison, because it is energy efficient, which promotes autonomy.
Bet in this connection on around 7 hours on battery with light use.
In fact, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is requested by Optimus to perform graphics work considered too heavy for Iris Xe, typically for games.
On the storage side, there is a silent SSD, while being more energy efficient than a hard drive, more resistant to shocks and much faster
. In addition, the SSD offers a comfortable capacity of 1 TB, similar to what the vast majority of hard drives offer in this area.
In practice, SSD storage guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, you can get to online game maps faster, and you get much faster game/software launches, processing and start/stop.
Finally, when pushed hard (e.g. games, treatments), this versatile multimedia creator-gamer laptop warms up and is heard.
If necessary to maintain temperatures, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the measurements carefully!).