First Impression :
Open the box and you will be stunned by the looks of the G20. The Asus Republic of Gamers G20 is an attractive gaming desktop that doesn\’t look like an average mini tower. Instead, resembles a gaming console, or something out of a sci-fi thriller. An Intel Core i7-4790 quad-core processor and an enthusiast-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics card provide the gaming power to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) G20. It\’s certainly innovative
and comes along with a power adapter, an Asus multimedia Keyboard and a rather high Dpi gaming mouse.
Design & Build :
The ROG G20 is a compact small-form-factor (SFF) desktop that\’s vertically oriented. It sports a bold look, with intricate patterns molded into its surface, and a uniquely-shaped chassis. There are multiple lighting zones on the chassis that are user customizable via a preloaded utility, and it can replicate millions of colors and shades to give
the system a unique look. Despite its dimensions, the ROG G20 manages to hold a full-size, double- width graphics card.Both of these systems are also built into SFF chassis. The graphics card\’s heated air vents out the back of the system, but the Intel Core i7-4790 CPU is vented out of the top of the unit, using an innovative heat piping and radiator system. Venting out of the top takes advantage of natural convection currents, and lets the system run cooler with less fan noise. Another unusual innovation is the two external power supply units that the G20 needs in case you upgrade to a powerful graphics card.
The system comes with 8GB of memory (upgradable to 16GB), and a solid-state hybrid drive made up of a 1TB hard drive paired with 8GB of solid-state storage. The hybrid drive improves performance and boot times, as well as helping the system wake from sleep in seconds. Asus provides game-inspired Aegis UI utility for monitoring and tweaking system performance, and the ROG Audiowizard and Sonicmaster for audio enhancements. The system has a very good I/O port selection, with a DisplayPort, an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, a set of six audio ports for 8-channel surround sound, four USB 2.0 ports, and four USB 3.0 ports. There\’s also a sleek, tray-loading DVD drive for those older games you still want to load from CD or DVD. For wireless connectivity, there\’s Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
G20\’s two-stage Eco Energy mode, touting the fact that the system\’s power usage drops down to 26
to 30 watts while in a semi-active mode, which is useful for downloading system updates and games
from online services like Steam. Once downloaded, the ROG G20\’s Core i7 quad-core processor
and enthusiast-level Nvidia GTX 760 graphics help it gain very good numbers on our tests. While
Heaven gave a commendable 33FPS on Ultra high settings, real world gaming was what impressed
us the most. We were steadily cruising at 60+FPS on most games in High settings on Full HD. Depending
on your resolution you might want to tweak the settings accordingly. You could run multiple
displays by upgrading to a GTX 780 but do remember to keep another power source ready. Also the
unit was very silent even after several minutes into the game.
If you want a great looking gaming rig that can render videos too, then nothing beats the G20\’s stance. It\’s an amazing piece of technology that merges upgradable hardcore gaming, art and clever engine.
¢ Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 @ 3.6 GHz
¢ RAM: 8 GB
¢ Storage: HDD, SSD (1000 GB)
¢ Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
¢ Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
¢ Operating System: Windows 8.1
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