2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16

Here's what you need to know about 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

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2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16

Our analysis and reviews

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 image

What we like

Reasons to like about 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16.

Supports Windows 11

The 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

Requirements2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i9-13980HX
4GB RAM16GB → 64GB
64GB Drive1TB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU24 cores
Upgradable storage

The 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more.

Upgradable memory
Two RAM slots. Learn more.
Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 16GB GDDR6 175W Max TGP

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

2023 Best Gaming Performance i9-1390HX/RTX 4090

Hold nothing back with the most powerful mobile gaming processor from Intel. The Strix SCAR 16 engineering enables up to 65W TDP for Intel Core i9-13900HX and up to 175W TGP for the Nvidia Geforce RTX 4090.

It also has other great features and high-performance components, including:

  • Supports up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory.
  • Supports up to 2 x 2TB PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD.
  • Shipped with Windows 11 Pro.
4 x Aura Sync RGB Zones

The new 18-inch Strix SCAR 18 comes with four Aura Sync zones you can customize to have a distinctive look, including:

  • Per-Key RGB keyboard
  • Aura Sync Rear Glow
  • Aura Sync Light Bar
  • Aura Sync logo
Now with a built-in webcam

The new ROG Strix SCAR 16 finally comes with a top-mounted 720p webcam that allows you to join video chat or streaming.

New 16” QHD+ 240Hz ROG Nebular HDR display
  • The new ROG Strix SCAR 16 packs the top-of-the-line display technology from ROG flagship laptops.
  • The 16-inch 16:10 QHD+ display uses the mini LED panel with 1024 dimming zones that deliver up to 1,100 nits peak brightness for stunning HDR gameplay.
Welcomed Upgrades and Features
Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-13980HX inside 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 has a 84% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-12900H inside 2022 ROG Strix SCAR 15.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 - Intel Core i9-13980HX
22,149
2022 ROG Strix SCAR 15 - Intel Core i9-12900H
12,027
2022 ROG Strix SCAR 15 - Intel Core i7-12700H
11,774

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

No rear I/O ports

In my experience, having power, USB, and video-out ports at the back of the laptop helps reduce cable clutters when connecting to multiple displays and peripherals, especially for desktop replacement machines like the 16-inch ROG Strix G16.

It's okay if you plan to use the laptop primarily for gaming.

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Key Features

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
At Glance
Released in Early
2023
Nebular HDR
16”
1600p 240Hz
Weight
5.51 lb
2.50 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i9-13980HX
24C/32T, 2.20 → 5.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
2,160
Single Core
Geekbench 5
22,149
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
32 Execution Units, 300 → 1650 MHz
Upgradable up to
64GB
4800 MHz DDR5
2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 4090
16GB GDDR6 175W Max TGP
Aura Sync
Rear Glow
Aura Sync
Light Bar
Aura Sync
ROG Logo
Backlit Chiclet
Per-Key RGB
Full-size keyboard
Large Precision
Touchpad with Numpad

Availability

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Released2023
Release DateAnnounced on January 04, 2023 (CES 2023)
Applicable Models
  • 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
  • ROG Strix SCAR 16 (2023)
  • ROG Strix SCAR 16 with Intel Core i9-13980HX
  • 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 G634
  • 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 G634JZ (RTX 4080)
  • 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 G634JY (RTX 4090)
Generations
Stores

Exterior

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Dimensions13.94 x 10.39 x 0.89 - 1.20” (354 x 264 x 22.6 ~ 30.4 mm)
Weight5.51 lbs (2.50 kg)
Colors
Eclipse Gray
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Full-size backlit keyboard
    ROG Overstroke Calibrated Keystrokes N-Key Rollover Aura Sync Bigger arrow keys Gaps between function keys
  • 2.0mm key travel
  • 0.15mm keycap dish
  • Hotkeys 
    Volume down volume up mute HyperFan Armoury Crate
  • RGB Lighting Options: Per-Key RGB lighting
  • Touchpad with integrated Numpad
    large glass surface matte finish
2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 Keyboard and Touchpad
Image Source: ASUS

Display

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Size16 Inches
Info
  • 16” FHD+ 165Hz
    16:10 1920 x 1200 165Hz 100% sRGB Non-touch IPS Level Anti-Glare Adaptive-Sync MUX Switch + Optimus Dolby Vision
  • 16” QHD+ ROG Nebular 240Hz Display
    16:10 2560 x 1600 IPS level 500 nits 240Hz refresh rate 3ms response time Pantone Validated 100% DCI-P3 G-Sync / Adaptive Sync MUX Switch + Optimus Dolby Vision HDR Anti-glare
  • 16” QHD+ ROG Nebular HDR 240Hz Display
    16:10 2560 x 1600 Mini LED 1100 nits 240Hz refresh rate 3ms response time Pantone Validated 100% DCI-P3 G-Sync / Adaptive Sync MUX Switch + Optimus Dolby Vision HDR Anti-glare

Ports

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Ports
2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 Ports
Image Source: ASUS
Left (6)
  • 1 x power port
  • 1 x RJ-45
    2.5 Gbps
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.1
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (2)
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)

Internal Specs

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Processor
  1. 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13980HX
    24 cores, 32 threads, 2.20 → 5.60 GHz, 36MB SmartCache, 55W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 161
13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13980HX2,160100.00%
02,160

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 161
13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13980HX22,149100.00%
022,149
Integrated Graphics
  1. 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-13980HX
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 300 → 1650 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Dual-Channel 4800MHz DDR5 SDRAM.
2 x SODIMM slots
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 4080 - 12GB GDDR6
    2280 MHz at 150W with ROG Boost up to 2330 MHz at 175W (25W Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 4090 - 16GB GDDR6
    2040 MHz at 150W with ROG Boost up to 2090 MHz at 175W (25W Dynamic Boost).
Storage
1TB 2TB
M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0.
2 x M.2 SSD slots, supports RAID-0.

Connectivity

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Wi-FiIntel® Wi-Fi 6E with Gig+ performance (802.11ax) 2x2 multi-antenna
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
Ethernet2.5 Gigabit LAN
Speed: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps.

Battery

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Size
90Wh
4-cell lithium-ion battery.
Power Supply
  • 330W
      ø6.0 mm power adapter.
  • 100W
      USB-C power adapter.
  • Supports fast charging technology with up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Software

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
OSWindows 11 Pro
Built-in Apps
Armoury Crate

Camera & Audio

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Camera720p HD Webcam
Top mounted
Audio
  • Speakers
    • 4 x speakers with Smart Amp Technology.
    • Dolby Atmos.
    • Hi-Res audio certification.
  • Microphones
    • Built-in array microphone.
    • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation.

Misc

2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16
Security
  • Trusted Platform Module (Firmware TPM)
  • BIOS Administrator Password and User Password Protection
In the box
  • ROG Strix SCAR 16 (2023)
  • Barrel-Type Power Adapter
  • TYPE-C, 100W AC Adapter (optional)
  • ROG Gladius III Mouse P514 (optional)
  • ROG backpack (optional)
  • ROG Fusion II 300 (optional)

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