- AMD and Asus reveal the Strix Scar 17 X3D gaming laptop.
- The laptop is powered by AMD’s 7945HX3D mobile processor with 16 cores and 32 threads.
- The processor features 3D V-Cache technology with an impressive 144MB of additional cache.
- AMD claims it to be the “world’s fastest mobile gaming processor” with over 15% better performance than its predecessor.
- Benchmark results show significant gaming performance enhancements at 1080p resolution.
- The release date for the Strix Scar 17 X3D is set for August 22nd.
AMD and Asus have unveiled the ROG Strix Scar 17 X3D, a formidable 17-inch gaming notebook adorned with an RGB light strip at its base. This, of course, is of little significance. The true excitement lies within the device’s internals.
The Strix derives its power from AMD’s 7945HX3D mobile laptop processor, which, if all cosmic forces align harmoniously, might deliver gaming performance that surpasses anything previously witnessed in AMD’s current laptop landscape, thereby fulfilling the promise of an “extreme gaming laptop” made last year.
Featuring 16 cores and 32 threads, with a turbo clock that can reach up to 5.4GHz and a “55W+” TDP, this processor indisputably crowns the apex of AMD’s laptop processor hierarchy. But what truly sets it apart is its incorporation of AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology, boasting an impressive 144MB of additional cache directly embedded into the CPU.
The 3D V-Cache, a technology that made its debut on AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D desktop chip, leaving Intel’s 12th Gen Core i9-12900K far behind in the realm of PC gaming, now features more cache than any of AMD’s previous desktop X3D chips.
Boldly asserting the 7945HX3D as the “world’s fastest mobile gaming processor,” AMD claims it will outperform the average Joe 7945HX by over 15 percent. Specifically, the company contends that the 3D V-Cache will amplify Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s performance by 11 percent at 70W TDP and an impressive 23 percent at 40W TDP.
Nevertheless, it’s essential to note that all these gaming evaluations were conducted at 1080p resolution, where CPU enhancements are most pronounced. One should not expect the same degree of advantage when utilizing a 1440p or 4K panel.
According to AMD’s presentation footnotes, it appears that Asus’s new laptop will indeed be available in a 1080p version. The benchmarks were executed on an Asus Strix Scar 17 with a “1080p native” display, accompanied by Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a capacious 1TB SSD. All these tests were performed under turbo mode, albeit one should not anticipate extended battery life from such a powerful machine.
The X3D chips are the bedrock of AMD’s current dominion in the desktop gaming arena, effectively closing the considerable gap that existed between AMD’s and Intel’s top CPUs in the previous year, granting substantial performance enhancements at lower wattages.
The critical question revolves around whether this mobile iteration of the chip will yield a similar impact on the gaming laptop landscape. Presently, Intel faces an arduous battle against AMD in the realm of battery life, though it maintains a more substantial presence among high-end gaming laptops.
If AMD has crafted a chip that outperforms Intel in both raw power and efficiency, it could confer substantial benefits to AMD, and undoubtedly, to gamers, within the premium laptop market. “In an age where chip manufacturers seldom prioritize efficiency, AMD’s 7950X3D shines as an exception to the norm,” expressed Tom Warren, Verge editor, in his review of the recent 7950X3D desktop chip, highlighting its even greater significance in the realm of laptop components.
Mark your calendars for the Strix Scar 17 X3D’s release on August 22nd. Further details on this remarkable laptop will be divulged as the date draws near.