Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 vs Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023

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Display 2560 x 1600
CPU Intel Core i9 13980HX


Evaluation of Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 and Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023 important characteristics
System and application performance
Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 240 versus 165 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 88-120% higher FPS
  • Thinner bezels and 27% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Around 46% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
Advantages of the Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 400 grams less (around 0.88 lbs)
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Better webcam recording quality

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Tests and Specifications

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Weight 3.1 kg (6.84 lbs) 2.7 kg (5.95 lbs)
Dimensions 399 x 294 x 23.1 mm
15.71 x 11.57 x 0.91 inches
399.3 x 295.5 x 26.8-27.6 mm
15.72 x 11.63 x 1.06-1.09 inches
Area 1173 cm2 (181.8 inches2) 1180 cm2 (182.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80.1% ~62.9%
Side bezels 5.7 mm 27.3 mm
Colors Black Black
Material Aluminum Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle - 140°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Liquid metal Yes Yes
Number of fans 3 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) 6400 RPM -
Noise level (max. load) 55.8 dB 49.5 dB


Size 18 inches 16 inches
Refresh rate 240 Hz 165 Hz
PPI 168 ppi 189 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels 2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Sync technology G-Sync G-Sync
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Ambient light sensor No No
Screen space comparison
ROG Strix SCAR 18
18″ (16:10 ratio) = 145.6 in2
Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023
16″ (16:10 ratio) = 115.1 in2
~26% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 907:1 1200:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile 84.9% 85%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% 80%
Response time 3 ms 8 ms
Max. brightness


Full charging time 1:40 hr 1:15 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Bottom
Charge power 330 W 280 / 330 W
Weight of AC adapter 968 grams 1196 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 5.6 GHz 5 GHz
Cores 24 (8P + 16E) 16 (8P + 8E)
Threads 32 24
L3 Cache 36 MB 30 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (32EU) Intel UHD Graphics (32EU)
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 175 W 140 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX Yes, Advanced Optimus
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 4 nm 4 nm
Memory size 12 GB 6 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 192 bit 96 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps ~16 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 7424 2560
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 232 80
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 80 32
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 2x8 GB
Clock 4800 MHz 4800 MHz
Type DDR5 DDR5
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 2
Max. ram size 64 GB 32 GB


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 2
NVMe Yes Yes


Speakers 2.2 (2 tweeters and 2 woofers) 2.0
Power 4x2W 2x2W
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness ~82.7 dB ~76.1 dB
Microphones 2 2


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.2
Fingerprint No No
Infrared sensor No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 3x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.1
DisplayPort No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader No Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad Yes Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 2 mm 1.8 mm
Size - 12.6 x 8.3 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes Yes
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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