Asus Republic of Gamers unleash new ROG G20CB compact gaming PC
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) have today announced the arrival of their new ROG G20CB – a compact and powerful 9.5-litre gaming desktop which they’re hoping will make waves in the small-form-factor segment.
The ROG brand is well-known amongst PC gamers and the newly unveiled G20CB seems to have the chops looking at its spec sheet.
The G20CB can be loaded with up to a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics.
I quite like the design of the ROG G20CB which Asus describes as being “aggressive”. The cool matte-black finish features “Mayan-inspired markings” and can be customised thanks to the 8-million-colour LED effects on-board.
The included and exclusive Aegis II system performance monitoring app enhances the gaming experience by letting users track CPU/memory use and file upload/download status. It also provides warnings if the system exceeds temperature and voltage thresholds. GameAlive lets gamers record, edit, and share gameplay videos on social media; while Boost Launcher automatically frees up CPU and RAM resources to ensure smooth gameplay.
The new Intel Skylake processors used in the G20CB deliver a 10% performance boost and 23% more efficiency over previous-generation Intel processors, whereas the NVIDIA GeForce-powered graphics cards can supports output on up to three HD displays, while a fourth display can be added via a HDMI connection.
The ROG G20CB is available in several configurations and can even be specced with a solid state drive (SSD). The latest M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD provides data access speeds of up to 2Gbit/s – four times faster than SATA SSDs. This lets the G20CB boot up faster, load apps quicker, and in-game wait times are reduced.
DDR4 SDRAM provides speeds of up to 2.1GT/s — twice that of DDR3 1066 — for highly-stable performance.
Cooling can be the trickiest area to sort out in small-form-factor desktops, and the G20CB’s use of high performance components requires exceptional thermal management to ensure stable performance for gaming marathons. Despite its compact 9.5-litre chassis, the ROG G20 is designed with no visible exterior side exhaust vents, and features an integrated thermal design that takes advantage of natural convection.
It has a clever hidden airflow channel that ensures efficient heat management, while two internal fans and copper pipes further help dissipate heat. G20 isn’t just powerful; it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle — quieter than a typical library, if you can remember them.
The aforementioned lighting of the ROG G20CB can be tailored to reflect the feel of the game currently being played. In addition, two new modes have been added – The multi-colour mode cycles periodically through up to 10 different colours; while the music mode synchronises the LED effects with audio volume. Yup, you get disco effects to go with your gaming!
Earlier G20 models have been well-received by the industry, winning international accolades like the CES 2015 Best Innovations Award, a 2015 iF Design Award, and the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Gold Award
The Asus ROG G20CB will be available from early November in the United Kingdom from Currys/PC World for £1,499.99.