Here’s how we tamed the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 temperatures!
The latest GeForce RTX powered ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 isn’t exactly frosty. It runs pretty hot as we found out in our testing, so we took it upon ourselves to see if we can get it to run cooler. For longevity. And for science.
All we used was some MasterGel Maker thermal paste and also Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility to try to tame the thermals. The latter free, and the former can be gotten at a very affordable price.
Interestingly, in our testing we found that we actually did not make any gains from repasting the laptop. This was quite in contrast with our ROG Strix SCAR II GL504, as we managed to achieve lower temperatures via repasting. And it wasn’t just a single try, as off-camera we also tried repasting several times more just to be sure that it wasn’t a bad application.
ASUS has apparently designed the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 in such a way that it doesn’t stop boosting until around 96°C, and even then, it does not drop to base clocks. Repasting it did nothing, as it still hit a toasty 96°C. All we can say is that ASUS has probably upgraded the thermal paste to be on par with high end thermal pastes like the MasterGel Maker. but when we undervolted it, we saw some differences.
Average clocks increased to around 3.3 GHz instead of the 3.1 GHz before undervolting. Now undervolting is actually the first step we should have taken, as it doesn’t void the warranty. But as usual, we are always just a bit too adventurous and went ahead with the hard part first. We managed to undervolt by 0.1V, which is a pretty decent amount.
Did you manage to reduce the temperatures on your laptop with undervolting? Let us know!