ROG gaming desktops dive into the waters of Kaby Lake


— 11:26 AM on January 5, 2017

Asus is overhauling its Republic of Gamers lineup of desktops, following the release of Intel's seventh-generation Core processors. Its ROG desktop line now includes four new desktops, ranging from maxed-out behemoths to tiny powerhouses.

In terms of sheer horsepower, the ROG GT51CH is the meanest machine among the new ROG desktops. It has an unlocked Intel Core i7-7700K clocked at 4.8GHz and talking to 64GB of DDR4 at 2800 MT/s. For graphics muscle, Asus slots in a pair of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080s in an SLI configuration. Asus's Aegis III overclocking tech ought to make it simple to extract more performance from the machine as needed.

In addition to the many RGB LEDs, the motherboard also has multiple M.2 slots, enabling users to set up a RAID array of M.2 solid-state drives. As a final thoughtful touch, Asus includes a front-panel USB 3.1 Type-C port that supports quick charging.

If the above hardware sounds interesting but the case looks frighteningly large, Asus's ROG G20CI might be an alternative. The G20CI packs a 3.6GHz Core i7-7700 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1080 card inside of a 9.5-liter small-form-factor chassis. It's not only small, but should be quiet, too—Asus says the G20CI only produces 22dB when sitting idle.

Asus's ROG GD30 is a highly customizable machine, starting with the interchangeable black and white front panels. Interested buyers can select from a range of processors and graphics cards up to and including Core i7 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1080 card. Asus emphasized cooling performance in the GD30's design, installing large air intakes on the front and underside of the chassis.

Finally, Asus has what it claims is the smallest gaming PC built for VR: the GR8 II. In a tiny 4-liter chassis, users will find a seventh-generation Core i7 CPU, an Asus-customized GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. In addition to a slim M.2 SSD, there's also room for a 2.5" drive for bulk storage purposes.

 
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