G-Sync monitor, mini gaming PCs among Asus' new ROG gear


— 10:44 AM on June 3, 2014

Earlier today at Computex, Asus let loose a veritable cornucopia of items under its Republic of Gamers brand. Among them: two stylish mini gaming desktops plus a 27" display outfitted with Nvidia's G-Sync technology.

The ROG G20 looks to be the larger of the two mini-desktops. It's got a Core i7 processor, GeForce GTX 780 graphics, and a case design that, according to Asus, lacks "visible exhaust vents." Rather than unsightly grills, the ROG 20 uses "natural convection" as well as "a hidden airflow tunnel" to keep cool—and quiet. The cooling system apparently puts out only 25 dB of noise when the ROG G20 is sitting idle.

The ROG GR8 seems to be more compact than the G20, and it's also a little less powerful, coupling its Core i7 processor with a GeForce GTX 750 Ti GPU. Still, Asus packs this "console gaming PC" full of goodies, including SupremeFX integrated audio, Miracast wireless display mojo, and support for Valve's SteamOS software. Asus also claims the GR8 has an "easy storage and memory upgradable design," presumably meaning you can crack the case open without too much trouble.

Last, but not least, there's the ROG Swift PG278Q monitor. Unlike the PB287Q we just reviewed, this isn't a 4K display. Rather, the ROG Swift PG278Q has a 27", 2560x1440 panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1-ms response, and support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which should ensure silky-smooth gaming without the need for vsync.

Oh, and this monitor has another ace up its sleeve, too: a "dedicated Turbo key" that lets you switch between 60Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz refresh rates without having to navigate the OSD interface.

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