Asus’ high-end ROG GT51CA desktop connects with its user

There's high end, and then there's high end. The ROG GT51CA from Asus is the second kind, and it's now arrived. The guts of the system are as impressive as you'd expect, but what makes the GT51CA stand out is the wrist band that comes with it. Yes, I'm serious. Called the ROG Band, this little piece of wearable tech gives its owner special access to their computer.

The ROG Band is a simple piece of tech containing an NFC chip to unlock two system functions. The first of those is the Shadow Drive, a hidden drive partition for hiding confidential data. The second function allows the wearer to activate the system's CPU overclocking. Using the ROG Band for both features is optional, making its inclusion in the first place a little odd. The band doesn't offer fitness tracking, time telling, or any other functionality.

Even ignoring the ROG Band completely, the GT51CA is a beefy system, and the specs are much clearer than they were when we first checked the system out back in April. The GT51CA comes packed with a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-6700K CPU clocked at 4.2GHz and overclockable to 4.6GHz, and graphics configurations up to a pair of 2016 GeForce Titan X cards. Asus will happily add up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and up to two 512GB M.2 SSDs set up in RAID 0. The system can be configured with up to three hard drives for mass storage, and optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The system offers a bevy of USB ports: eight USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-A port, one USB 3.1 Type-C connector, and two USB 2.0 ports. Both of the USB 3.1 ports are on the front, alongside standard mic and headphone jacks. Those audio jacks run through an ESS Sabre headphone DAC and amplifier, so they should be a step up in quality from your usual motherboard audio. Interestingly, Asus chose to leave the integrated audio as the only option.

The case's RGB LED lighting is all customizable, including the robot "eye" on the front of the beast. Four different zones lighting zones are available to tinker with. The Asus ROG GT51CA configured with 64GB of RAM, two 512GB NVMe SSDs and a 1TB HDD, a pair of GeForce GTX 1080s, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi is available over at Newegg for $4,999. The ROG band is included in the price, as are a mechanical keyboard and a mouse.

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    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    I thought it was quite expensive until I checked the Mac Pro with the aging 6-core Xeon E5 and 16GB DDR3, 256 SSD and 2xFirePro D500 for only (local price) $4500. KB/mouse not included.

    Yeah, I know, pro system and all that.

    • REDEATH
    • 3 years ago

    For $5,000 USD you would think it would ALSO come with the ROG Claymore Keyboard and a , ROG Spatha Mouse too instead of the cheapo keyboard and mouse it comes with. Really how can you make such an awesome top of the line must have Gaming PC and then cop out on the mouse and keyboard. Also I would throw in the ROG Centurion Head set too why not make it a Complete Gaming Beast!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Didn’t even watercool the GPUs. How’s that for 5k…

    Edit: for 5k I configured a digital storm computer with custom watercooling of cpu and dual GPUs inside a clean custom chassis with matching specs

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      You left out the wrist band!

        • hasseb64
        • 3 years ago

        LOL!

      • ptsant
      • 3 years ago

      I have never done watercooling, but I feel it adds a potential point of failure. I would consider it only because I like tinkering.

    • trackerben
    • 3 years ago

    What’s with the terminator-red graphic? Will it starting blazing when you’re close with your ROG-band on?

    • alphadogg
    • 3 years ago

    So, the only person who can benefit from oveclocking is the band wearer? If he or she walks away, does it drop back down to normal speeds for other users? What marketing wizard came up with that one?

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      FTFA: “Using the ROG Band for both features is optional” 🙂

    • christos_thski
    • 3 years ago

    Leaving the INSANE markup besides…. the worst thing with these kinds of gimmicks like the band, is that taiwanese manufacturers have a very bad habit of not following up with support and drivers (MSI has got to be the worst offender ; their MSI “NightBlade” stopped being supported not even a year past release, and they advertised Win10 support despite not offering their fancy fan control drivers for win10…. the system simply runs at 100% sounding like a banshee).

    Anyways, this is a real problem with this kind of “innovation”. I’d trust Dell and HP far more than Asus or MSI to keep supporting their branded systems.

    • LocalCitizen
    • 3 years ago

    look at that, for a OC i7 and 2 graphic cards, a 700 w supply is more than enough.
    why are so many people interested in a bigger watts?

      • NTMBK
      • 3 years ago

      All about the jigawatts

      • jihadjoe
      • 3 years ago

      FX-9590 + CF Fury X

      • juzz86
      • 3 years ago

      If you’re pulling anywhere close to 700W out of a 700W PSU, you’re doing it wrong.

      They’re most efficient at 50%, and it makes sense to give the pivotal part of your rig an easy life, over-engineered or not.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      For most gamers that is enough. If you do any distributed computing projects with several GPUs it may not be adequate. You could make that same argument about cars, clothing, houses, girlfriends. Not everyone has the same needs as you; the world is a diverse place.

      • ptsant
      • 3 years ago

      PSUs are most efficient at ~50-80% load. I would buy a titanium 1kW supply for this system.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    How many people:
    1) Are willing to drop $5K on PC gaming
    2) aren’t interested in self-building
    3) and want to fill their living space with hardware that looks like it was dropped by Fisher Price?

      • nexxcat
      • 3 years ago

      I think the intersection of “people able to drop $5k on PC gaming” and “people who want to buy this thing” makes for a relatively small set.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      American teenagers and Chinese [i<]nouveau riche[/i<] like lots of bling!

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      You’d be surprised. It’s not just ASUS that make these kinds of machines.

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 3 years ago

      I keep having the same thoughts, yet the manufacturers keep blinging out their hardware.

      The market must be there.

      • REDEATH
      • 3 years ago

      I think if they really went all out and bundled it with the ROG Claymore Keyboard , ROG Spatha Mouse and the ROG Centurion Head set too then its getting closer to being a complete elite enthusiast gaming PC with a $5,000 price tag. If they really want to make a status symbol out of it then go all the way and don’t cheap out on the rest of the peripheral hardware.

      • ptsant
      • 3 years ago

      Usually, people with money don’t want to waste time. If you make $1000 per day (which is not that rare in the US and several EU countries), the only reason why you’d spend several days reading tech sites, choosing components, fitting them, installing software and testing the systems is because you actually *enjoy* this. If you don’t enjoy this, it makes more sense to pay someone to do that for you. Even if it is a 1k markup.

      Fundamentally, this looks like a very decent system, but I suppose the devil is in the details, ie the quality of assembly, the testing and aftermarket support. That is what buyers with 5k want.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    It looks bad, the interior is poorly laid out (look at the drive cage cutting off front inlet airflow to the top GPU) and it is insanely, insanely, overpriced.

    • davidbowser
    • 3 years ago

    Is it me or does that thing look like [url=http://host.trivialbeing.org/up/small/transformers-20090228-megatron-face.jpg<]Megatron?[/url<]

      • jessterman21
      • 3 years ago

      More like [url=http://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/transformers-galvatron-statue-prime1-feature-9025031.jpg<]Galvatron[/url<]

      • Vaughn
      • 3 years ago

      definitely looks like N.B.E.-1

      • egon
      • 3 years ago

      I’m sorry, Dave – I’m afraid I disagree. It reminds me more of [url=http://theycutthepower.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-3.jpg<]HAL 9000[/url<].

        • CheetoPet
        • 3 years ago

        If it can close the pod bay doors I say its worth $5k

          • CuttinHobo
          • 3 years ago

          It can… But will it?

            • Lord.Blue
            • 3 years ago

            I’m afraid I can’t answer that one. FWIW, I think it looks a lot like a Cylon. Oh well, to each their own.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 3 years ago

            It will close them. But it has determined that it cannot open them again, as that is a threat to the mission.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 3 years ago

        The ironic thing is, I would love it if more machines would base their design ethos on 2001. Of course, what I want is a system modeled after the monolith….

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