Asus ROG Huracan makes landfall with style

There are signs on the horizon that we might see a respite from ridiculous graphics card and RAM prices. For now, though, one way to pick up a gaming machine without being price-gouged is to buy it pre-built. There have always been advantages to that approach, one of which is that you can get a machine with styling and creative design that's not easy to pull off in custom-built rigs. Nothing we've seen lately exemplifies that better than Asus' new ROG Huracan gaming desktop.

The Huracan—no doubt named after a certain supercar—is a compact gaming desktop 13 L in volume. That makes it about the same size as Corsair's One Pro. Asus notes that the Huracan's side cover is magnetic and can be folded back halfway or removed altogether to improve airflow, to "enable a CPU and GPU performance boost," and to automatically activate the internal RGB LED lighting. The inside of the cover is splashed with the stylized text that we've seen on some of the company's most recent motherboards.

The Huracan isn't just a pretty face, though. Buyers will have their option of six-core Coffee Lake CPUs: either the Core i5-8400 or the Core i7-8700. The machine can be configured with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory running at 2666 MT/s and graphics card options ranging from the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB on up to the GeForce GTX 1080. Storage spaces include one each of 2.5", 3.5", and M.2 devices. There's also a slim DVD-RW drive ensconced in the case.

Perhaps to make for better airflow, the Huracan's power supplies sit outside the machine itself. Yes, plural "supplies"—much like the Zbox Magnus EN1080K, the Huracan takes a pair of 180-W power adapters, or a 180-W-and-230-W set if you get the version with a GTX 1080. The front of the machine plays host to a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports as well as a USB 3.0 Type-C port. There's two more USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports on the back of the Huracan, too.

Asus didn't tell us how much the Huracan would run, unfortunately. We'll find out when it launches later this quarter.

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    • warriorpoet
    • 2 years ago

    That. That right there is, um, something. Yes indeedy. It’s got yer, uh whizbangs and wangdoodles and around the side there’s a thingambippy! Only thing’d make it better’s a heapin’ helpin’ of plaid n’ paisley underoos.

    • kvndoom
    • 2 years ago

    Slap a “Type R” sticker on this puppy and it’ll be perfect! PERFECT!

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

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      • steelcity_ballin
      • 2 years ago

      What sucks is that I feel that while the Asus brand of just about anything are overpriced, they are usually specc’d well and well made. It’s just a shame they continue to stamp that ugly fuccboi logo with the angry-eyebrow on everything they sell.

      Why hasn’t someone gone after gamers / enthusiasts who want to buy higher end stuff but have actual taste for what looks good and can produce a design aesthetic to match the performance of their product?

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        Some of those products exist, but you have to look quite hard. It’s a damn shame, and I feel like the first firm that makes adult gaming gear will get a lot of money shoveled their way.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 2 years ago

          On the case side at least, take a bow Fractal Design (for the Define lineup at least).

          • Voldenuit
          • 2 years ago

          Indeed. The Dell Inspiron 15 7xxx series and Gigabyte Aero 15X are pretty buttoned down. The Huawei Matebook Gaming, msi GS65 Stealth, and even the Asus Zephyrus GX501 are downright classy-looking in my book.

          EDIT: Oh, and the Voodoo Envy line of gaming desktops and laptops look amazing, too.

    • Namarrgon
    • 2 years ago

    Read that as “Landfill with style”. Seems legit.

    • Khali
    • 2 years ago

    Blech, more asymmetrical ugliness.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 years ago

    It’s like a Monet–the farther you are from it, the better it looks.

      • Blytz
      • 2 years ago

      Good from far, far from good

      • LostCat
      • 2 years ago

      For once I love it.

      • spugm1r3
      • 2 years ago

      We call that a “butter” case. The specs are good, butter case…

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    ASUS somehow makes every generation of their ROG products even uglier than the last.

    That doesn’t just take dedication, that takes talent.

      • YukaKun
      • 2 years ago

      I kinda like it… ._.

      It reminds me of a PS4… A PS4 of Notre-Dame.

      Cheers!

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        More of a [url=http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/architecture/<]Sagrada Familia[/url<] than a Notre Dame, if you ask me.

          • YukaKun
          • 2 years ago

          Oh, I wasn’t talking about architecture. It was a Quasimodo reference: it’s still badass, but looks screw the deal a bit XD

          But yes, point taken nonetheless.

          Cheers!

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      If I was Lamborghini I’d sue them for besmirching the Huracan’s good name… yech that’s fugly.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        The Mayans would claim prior art, since Huracan is the Mayan god of wind, storm and fire.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 2 years ago

          Fair point, but I’m not sure extinct civilizations have legal standing…

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t think it looks good in the pictures, but as a photographer, I’m betting that it will be pretty uninspiring in person.

      • Thresher
      • 2 years ago

      I think the Asian markets and the U.S. market have very different ideas of what is attractive in a PC.

      • ludi
      • 2 years ago

      Eh…I think it looks like Generic Alien Artifact #5 from every sci-fi show ever. I’ve seen worse.

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