ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!

JT JT 23 November 2020
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!

I’ve tested the ASUS Scar 15 gaming laptop  in 20 different games at all setting levels   to show you how well it performs. I’ve also  compared it against other laptops so that   you can see the differences and decide if the  Scar 15 is a laptop you should consider buying.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark! All testing was done with manual mode  enabled, which basically maxes out the   fan speed and applies the following  GPU overclock.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark! I haven’t tested with   undervolting as it’s not a default option  available through Windows and is locked to   software like Intel XTU or Throttlestop,  however you can undervolt in the BIOS.   I’ll test that out in the upcoming full review.

Gaming benchmarks

We’ll start out by testing  the Scar 15 in 20 games,   then afterwards I’ll compare it with other  laptops and check out screen response time. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Watch Dogs Legion is a new addition to the testing  lineup, I’ve tested here with the games built in   benchmark tool but once I finish playing through  the game I might change this to actual gameplay,   anyway even the highest ultra setting preset  was just able to run at 60 FPS in this test. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge.   Even the lowest setting preset wasn’t able  to deliver 60 FPS in this one, but it’s   still quite usable even with the ultra setting  preset which was delivering 30 FPS for 1% low. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the game’s  built in benchmark tool, and as another resource   heavy game ultra settings wasn’t capable  of reaching 60 FPS here, though it’s not   too far off so this is quite a nice result, and  we could almost hit 100 FPS with lower presets.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark! Death Stranding wasn’t running all that  differently between the different setting levels,   the 1% lows in particular  were quite close together,   so might as well just run it at max  settings, which was still around 120 FPS. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode,  and the highest ultra setting preset was   still above 100 FPS and playing  fine, but I’ll use this game to   compare with other laptops shortly so  you can see how the Scar 15 compares. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Control was tested with and without RTX.  I’ve got RTX off results in the purple bars,   RTX on in the green bars which was much worse  comparatively, then RTX on with DLSS enabled   in the red bars, which is able to offer  a good mixture of looks and performance.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark! Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with  the built in benchmark, the highest setting   preset was only just shy of 100 FPS which  is an excellent result for this test,   and this is another title we’ll use  to compare with other laptops soon. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Apex Legends was tested with  either all settings at maximum,   or all settings on the lowest possible values,  as it doesn’t have predefined setting presets.   Even max settings was hitting above 100 FPS for  the 1% lows, so no problems running it at all. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in  campaign mode with either max or min settings   for the same reason. No problems running it at max  settings, as you’d hope with 2070 Super graphics,   it was only just under 100 FPS with not  too big of a gain with minimum settings. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Fortnite was tested with the replay  feature, it doesn’t need much to run   so with the good specs in my test unit even  epic settings had 100 FPS for the 1% low,   with an average that would be a nice match  up for a 144Hz panel. I’ve got 300Hz though,   and even low settings wasn’t quite able to get  us all the way, but it’s still ultra smooth. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!CS:GO was tested with the ulletical FPS benchmark,  and low settings aren’t too far off 300 FPS,   a good match for the 300Hz panel in my unit, but  still this could easily be higher if ASUS offered   the option of disabling optimus as that generally  boosts FPS in high frame rate titles like this.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark! Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle  lane with bots, it’s performing similarly   to laptops with far lower specs as  this one plays fine on moldy potatoes. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Overwatch was tested running  through the practice range,   the 300 FPS frame cap was hit with the  low setting preset, so between low and   high settings the 300Hz panel would start being  a bit more useful compared to the 240Hz option. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in  benchmark using Vulkan, as is typically the case,   there’s no real difference between most  of the highest setting presets which are   all easily over 200 FPS, definitely  no issues at all running this one. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Metro Exodus was tested using the built in  benchmark, most parts of the game perform a   fair bit better than this, so don’t take these  results as a good indication of what to expect   throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst  case that can be compared against my other data. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Borderlands 3 was tested using the game’s built  in benchmark, this is a resource heavy test too,   so above 60 FPS at the highest setting  preset is a great result for a laptop.   ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is another that was  tested with the games benchmark, and it was   right on 60 FPS with the highest setting preset,  another good result for a resource heavy test,   or perhaps one that’s just poorly optimized.  I’ll drop this one for the newer Valhalla soon.   ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!The Witcher 3 was running above 100 FPS with ultra  settings, but it was possible to boost this by 33%   by stepping down just one level to high  settings, while low was close to 200 FPS. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!F1 2020 was tested with the games benchmark  tool, again quite good results here too,   above 120 FPS at max settings and nearly 200  FPS once more with the lowest setting preset. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the  games benchmark, and 100 FPS was possible   with the low preset here, though  ultra wasn’t all that far behind.

Compared to other laptops

Now let’s take a look at how the Scar  15 compares against other laptops, use   these results as a rough guide only, as they were  tested at different times with different drivers.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in  campaign mode at ultra settings,   and the Scar 15 is highlighted in red. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!I don’t  have too much other 115w 2070 Super data yet.   Compared to other machines this is a nice result,  though the Infinity W5, aka Eluktronics Mech-15 G3   with the same CPU and GPU was one FPS ahead,  but it was about 10 FPS higher in 1% low,   probably a result of being able to disable optimus  which the Scar unfortunately does not offer.

These are the results from Far Cry 5 with  ultra settings in the built in benchmark.ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!  The position of the Scar 15 drops back a bit now  compared to the same selection of laptops. This   test tends to be more dependent on the processor,  and it’s the lowest result I’ve got with the   10875H here, so it will be interesting when I  test CPU performance in the upcoming full review.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested  with the games benchmark tool with the   highest setting preset. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!The Scar 15 was back  in the same position as Battlefield V now   as this is more of a GPU heavy test, though  it’s still 7 FPS below the machine above it   with the same CPU and GPU, again  due to the tweaks that one offers,   but regardless still a pretty good  result compared to most of the others.

Screen response time

My Scar 15 has a 15.6” 1080p 300Hz screen,   no FreeSync or G-Sync. The ASUS Armoury  Crate software gives us the option to   enable or disable panel overdrive  which affects screen response time. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!With overdrive off, we’re getting results  that are typically closer to what we’d   see from 144Hz screens, with an average  grey-to-grey response time of about 7.4ms.   

ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!Once we enable overdrive, the average  response time lowers to 4.44ms,   so still a bit below the 3.33ms we need for all  transitions to occur within the refresh window,   though some transitions were under this.

ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 - 20 Game Benchmark!When compared to others, we can see it’s  actually using the same panel as the Razer   Blade 15 Advanced and ASUS Zephyrus Duo  15, so I’m guessing we’re just looking   at some variance between the panels, leading  me to believe results may vary a little bit.

Conclusion

Gaming performance from the Scar 15 was  decent, this level of hardware can run any   modern game with high settings no problem,  but to get the most of a 300Hz panel in   esports titles we really need the option  of disabling optimus, as this is one of   the main reasons high FPS games are capped  from doing well, take CS:GO for instance. 

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