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ROG Strix SCAR Edition is built exclusively for the sharpest shooters in the meanest gunfights. This gaming laptop is designed to give you a competitive edge in FPS esports titles like Counter-Strike®, Overwatch®, and Team Fortress® 2. Feel the power of Windows 10 Pro, the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10-Series graphics; and enjoy the smoothest and most accurate visuals ever on an IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. With a desktop-style Aura Sync-enabled keyboard, N-key rollover, and fast-actuating keys, Strix SCAR Edition keeps you centered on the maps — so you’ll rank high, and take out targets with absolute precision!

DESIGN

FOR TOP FPS MARKSMEN

Taking both its name and design inspiration from the FN SCAR® assault rifle, Strix SCAR Edition is designed for top marksmen. Like its namesake, Strix SCAR Edition pairs agility with performance, packing all its lethal firepower into a compact chassis with a thin 2.4cm profile, and an overall weight of just 2.6kg! And it looks the part, too — its Gunmetal Grey finish mirrors that of the deadly weapon.

PERFORMANCE

COMBAT-PROVEN COMPUTING POWER

Strix SCAR Edition is powered by up to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor for extreme performance. You can even upgrade your arsenal with a choice of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics cards — choose from a GTX 1050 Ti all the way up to a GTX 1070. Cutting-edge storage, such as a 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD and a 1TB Seagate® FireCuda SSHD, plus 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory, guarantee superior performance. Whichever configuration you choose, Strix SCAR Edition is armed to the teeth, with combat-proven computing power to rule the game.

DISPLAY

STAY FOCUSED. TAKE THE SHOT.

The difference between defeat and victory is measured in fractions of a second. Strix SCAR Edition upgrades your vision, with an IPS-level display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time to deliver smooth, accurate visuals, as well as reduce lag and motion blur. The 300cd/m² panel ensures 20%-brighter visuals than low-end IPS panels from competitors. Give your aim an upgrade, and sharpen your sights for the crucial moment of the shot!?

G-SYNC

SEAMLESS GAMEPLAY

NVIDIA G-SYNC technology synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate to make gameplay silky smooth. G-SYNC minimizes perceived stuttering, reduces input lag, and eliminates visual tearing all without affecting system performance. Strix SCAR Edition is also compatible with G-SYNC monitors via Mini DisplayPort. Whichever way you play, you get the smoothest and fastest experience even in the fiercest gunfights.?

VR

ACTION-PACKED VIRTUAL REALITY

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and 1070 Series VR-ready graphics put you in the midst of the action. Shooting games are hugely popular in the VR world so level up your marksmanship in a smooth, low-latency, and stutter-free setting.

KEYBOARD

ABSOLUTE PRECISION WITH EVERY KEYSTROKE

Strix SCAR Edition puts decisive control at your fingertips, with a brand-new desktop-inspired keyboard layout featuring four hotkeys, four customizable RGB-backlit zones, and ergonomic 0.25mm keycap curves that are comfortable to the touch. ROG-exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance, enabling fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes that increase your actions per minute. Specially highlighted WASD keys and N-key rollover further boost your precision, and with the action guaranteed for 20-million key presses your kill count will just keep on rising!

AURA SYNC

AURA SYNC FOR ULTIMATE PERSONALIZATION

Aura Sync technology gives you the freedom to customize and sync up light effects with Aura Sync-supported gaming mice, headsets, and other peripherals to give your entire gaming setup a consistent look and feel. With a full spectrum of colors to choose from, as well as seven different lighting modes that can be accessed via the Aura control panel, Aura Sync technology lets you express your gaming persona, or the feel of the game you’re currently playing.

AUDIO

SIDE-FIRING SPEAKERS FOR IMPROVED SITUATIONAL

Strix SCAR Edition delivers clearer, louder, and more accurate audio so every action sounds real, all powerfully delivered through two expansive side-firing speakers which provide surround audio effects so you’ll know where an enemy is approaching from. With this immersive stereo audio, even the quietest sounds can be heard, so you’ll pick up on every hidden movement. Smart-amplifier technology monitors the audio output and makes real-time adjustments, so you can pump up the volume without worrying about damaging the cones — and that makes output up to 200% louder than before, with increased dynamic range and bass. Sonic Studio III provides high quality in-game audio, as well as improved streaming and audio recording for perfect voice pickup and noise reduction. Every little advantage aids your march to victory — and Strix SCAR Edition ensures you hear every precise audio cue!

SOFTWARE

ARMED WITH ROG GAMING CENTER

Summon ROG Gaming Center with a single press of a hotkey to see a comprehensive dashboard with loads of useful information, including both CPU and GPU frequencies and temperatures — and use the control panel to make adjustments in real time. ROG GameFirst, GameVisual, Sonic Studio, Sonic Radar, Aura Core, as well as XSplit Gamecaster, can also be accessed through ROG Gaming Center. With ROG Gaming Center, you can even save different game settings and parameters in the cloud so you can access them even when you change laptops. It offers improved compatibility with all ROG software, including software for ROG graphics cards. ROG Gaming Center is even available via the ROG Android or iOS apps, so you can keep all the controls close at hand.

THERMAL

STAY COOL UNDER FIRE

Strix SCAR Edition has a specially-designed cooling system that improves airflow and system durability to keep you going during intense gaming sessions. The intelligent thermal design employs three fans that automatically adjust themselves to optimize CPU, GPU, and VRAM performance. Intake vents situated above the keyboard and underside of the chassis improve airflow into the system; while the patented trapezoid-cut lid design* doesn’t interfere with the air tunnels and hot exhaust at the rear of the laptop. The patented Anti-Dust Cooling system expels dust particles and dirt to improve system reliability and durability. In addition, the two main fans have been upgraded to 12V and spin much faster than regular 5V fans, boosting airflow and increasing air pressure to improve cooling efficiency — so you’ll keep a cool head even under fire!

I/O PORTS

QUICK-ACCESS GAMING CONNECTIONS

Strix SCAR Edition comes with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, up to four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 (supports 4K UHD output at 60 FPS), and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports, so connecting the latest, greatest gaming peripherals is a cinch.

WI-FI / BLUETOOTH

MAXIMUM BANDWIDTH, MINIMUM ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Strix SCAR Edition features the latest 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard, with two antennas each for both transmission and reception, for speeds that are up to 1.7Gbps. That’s 2x faster than 802.11ac 2×2 and 12x faster than 802.11b/g/n! The 2×2 wireless configuration provides up to 30% more coverage than the 1×1 configuration. A more reliable and robust wireless connection ensures better gaming experiences. ROG First also ensures ROG routers and ASUS RT-series routers prioritize packets according to the GameFirst V settings in your ROG laptop for faster, more stable connections. Strix SCAR Edition even has low-energy Bluetooth® 4.1, enabling you to game longer and more reliably with your Bluetooth peripherals!