ASUS has just launched two brand new high-end gaming laptops – ROG Strix Scar 17 SE and Flow X16 – powered by the top-end 12th Gen Intel Core i9 and AMD 6000 Ryzen 9 processors respectively. On top of that ASUS also released its #TeamROG collaboration with gamers and content creators. It also revealed a mobile game set in the set in the ‘ROG SAGA universe.’ And most importantly, ASUS released the Expanded ROG Slash fashion line so in addition to getting their hands on high-tech laptops they can also get their hands on some high-tech fashion.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE Specs And Features
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition or SE gaming laptop comes powered by an ultra-powerful Intel Core i9-12950HX CPU featuring 16-cores and 24-threads. The CPU has an equal number of performance and efficiency cores, making it a beast in terms of capabilities. What’s even insane is that the CPU can consume a maximum of 157W TDO, which is closer to some desktop-level processors. The ultra-powerful CPU is also paired with an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics card featuring 16GB GDDR6 VRAM and a maximum TGP of 175W.
The ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition gets two 17.3-inch display options – FHD and QHD. The 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) panel comes with a 360Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB coverage with adaptive sync, and Dobly vision. The 17.3-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen also gets the same features but a bit lower 240Hz refresh rate support. Both laptops can support up to 64GB DDR5 memory running at 4800MHz clock speed and up to 4TB PCIe 4.0 SSD running in RAID 0 mode.
In terms of I/O the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 Special Edition gets 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort, 1.4 and Power Delivery, 1 x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, 1 x RJ-45 (LAN 2.5 Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio jack, 1 x DC-in. For connectivity purposes, the ROG gaming laptop gets WiFi 6E (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2. The laptop also gets a 90Wh battery and has an overall weight of 3.0 kg.
Last but not the least, what makes the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE really special is its special ink which reveals hidden messages under the special UV light that comes bundled with the box. The message isn’t particularly impressive but ASUS thinks it’s a cool feature to be included here. Personally, I’d much rather have a better cooling mechanism in every gaming laptop.
ASUS ROG Flow X16 Specs And Features
ASUS refreshed its convertible gaming laptop, the ROG Flow series, with new specs for 2022. The ROG Flow X16 features up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor. Meaning a lower-spec version of the laptop will also be available. The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS features 8-cores and 16-threads, it also has a 16MB L3 cache but sadly gets no overclocking capabilities. The best part about this processor is the inclusion of RDNA 2 graphics, the same that’s used in modern gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
To keep the laptop running cool ASUS has outfitted the ROG Flow X16 with Frost Force Technology and Pulsar Heatsink, featuring three fans and a high-density heatsink.
Speaking of graphics, the ASUS ROG Flow X16 also gets a dedicated graphics card in the form of Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti featuring 8GB GDDR6 VRAM and 125W TGP with dynamic boost. Similar to last year, the Nvidia GPU comes in a separate case and can be connected via ASUS’ proprietary port. The best part of the ASUS ROG Flow X16 seems to be its 16:10 aspect ratio display which is available in two different panels – mini LED and IPS.
The Mini-LED powered ROG Flow X16 features a 2560 x 1600 maximum resolution, 165Hz maximum refresh rate, 1100 nits of maximum brightness, and 100000:1 contrast ratio. This particular panel is Pantone validated meaning it displays colour accurately and also has Dolby Vision, 512 individual dimming zones, and last but not least, a touch screen. On paper at least, it is a truly impressive touch display, one that I can’t wait to test.
The other touch-based IPS panel for the ROG Flow X16 has 500 nits of maximum brightness, 165Hz maximum refresh rate, and 100% DCI-P3 colour spectrum coverage. This display is also Pantone Validated and supports Dolby Vision.
In terms of memory and storage, the ROG Flow X16 gets up to 64GB DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD. For connectivity and I/O, the ASUS convertible gaming laptop gets
WIFI 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2 and 1 x XG Mobile interface (including 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery), 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C with support for DisplayPort 1.4 and Power Delivery, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio jack, 1 x MicroSD card reader. The laptop gets a 90Wh battery and weighs around 2.0kg.
Expanded ROG Slash Fashion Line
ASUS also plans to release a brand new lineup of Cyberpunk themed bags and a number of caps as well. The bags are of several different types including Crossbody Bags, backpacks, Hip bags, and Protective Laptop Bags. Furthermore, they’ve adjustable straps, and multiple compartments, and are made out of water-repellent TPU materials.