Asus' ROG GR8 mini-PC is an intriguing option for those who want a console-like computer for living-room gaming. Today, the company announced the ROG GR6, a minor refresh of the GR8. The new model features a Broadwell-based Core i5-5200U, and its GPU has been swapped for Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 960M mobile chip. The i5-5200U is an ultrabook-class duallie with Hyper-Threading, while the GTX 960M is a derivative of the Maxwell GPU found in the GeForce GTX 750 Ti.
The GR6 is certainly console-sized, at about 9.4" tall, 9.5" deep, and 2.4" wide. Asus' noise specifications indicate the machine could be a polite citizen in the living room, too. Noise output at idle is claimed to be a mere 20 dBA, while load noise levels increase to 28 dBA. That's impressive, if true.
Despite its console-esque design, the GR6 isn't sealed against upgrades. Asus says the side panels slide off for easy access to the 2.5" storage bay and the pair of SO-DIMM slots. The GR6 includes 8GB of memory out of the box and can accommodate 16GB total. Storage options will include 500GB or 1TB mechanical drives, 128GB or 256GB SSDs, or a 128GB SSD plus a 1TB hard drive.
Asus bundles some ROG-exclusive perks, like SupremeFX audio hardware and Sonic Studio software. In keeping with its living-room genes, the GR6 also comes pre-installed with a one-touch launcher for Steam's Big Picture mode. Asus promises out-of-the-box compatibility with Valve's SteamOS and Steam Controller when those products are released, too.