Asus upgrades its G11 gaming desktops with Pascal power

Gerbils like to build their own boxes, so pre-built desktops like the Asus G11 series don't get a lot of love here at TR. Asus launched this line a year ago, aimed at folks who want a serious gaming PC without spending serious time picking and assembling parts. Last year's Maxwell-equipped models were looking more than a little stale, though. Asus has fixed that, and is announcing that the G11s are now available with GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards.

While the the arrival of FinFET-fabricated GPUs has been quite a thing in the PC world, the rest of the market is largely unchanged since last September. As a result, the rest of the parts used in the G11 series are more or less untouched. Two basic models, the G11CB and G11CD, make up the bulk of the series.

The primary difference between the two is in the motherboard chipset. The G11CB's mobo uses an H170 PCH, while the G11CD packs the lower-end H110 chip. That difference enables the G11CB to use M.2 PCIe x4 storage devices. Otherwise, the two models can be found configured with quad-core Skylake CPUs, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and 10-series GeForce GTX graphics cards.

These machines aren't well-suited for overclocking, but gamers with an eye to overclock should be looking elsewhere, anyway. Asus says these PCs are a high-powered option for users seeking a no-compromises gaming experience, and the hardware on offer should deliver that. If you've an urgent need for a gaming PC with minimal effort involved, Newegg has a G11CD with a Core i7-6700, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1080 for $1799.

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