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Asus Shows New Republic of Gamers TYTAN Gaming PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

This one had an overclocking button that does more than just tweak settings.

At this year’s CES, Asus showed us its latest gaming desktop, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) TYTAN CG8890. While this machine had already been shown earlier in 2012 at Computex and IFA, it has still yet to be released, and Asus was showing it off again at CES running Windows 8. We shot some video of the TYTAN in action, which you can check out below.

Asus ROG Desktop TYTAN

This powerhouse of a machine features an Intel Core i7-3960x 6-core CPU with liquid cooling, running on an Asus Rampage IV Formula X79 motherboard. It comes with 16GB of RAM, and Nvidia’s top-of-the-line dual-GPU GTX 690 video card. It has an Asus Xonar DX for audio, two 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 for the OS, a 2TB Hard-drive for storage, and a Blu-ray writer. Asus is also including with the TYTAN a gaming-grade ROG mechanical keyboard, and a ROG gaming mouse that has a 4000 dpi laser sensor.

The stand-out feature of the TYTAN (since the specs, to be honest, are nothing you cannot find in other top-end premium gaming desktops) is the "one-click Turbo Gear overclocking". A one-click button on the case can overclock the CPU to three different levels, from 3.8GHz to 4.2GHz, without needing to reboot. When in Turbo Gear mode, the sides of the case power open, almost like KITT engaging Super Pursuit Mode, to reveal six additional cooling fans. At the same time, the case lighting changes to colour from blue to red, to reflect the overclock level. This definitely gives the TYTAN some ‘woah’ factor, that elevates it beyond your run-of-the-mill gaming desktop, and it was still surprisingly quiet, even with the sides open and extra fans going (of course it wasn't running under load at the time, so YMMV).

 

Exact pricing and a release date for the ROG TYTAN CG8890 were not announced at CES, but we were told it would be around $4000, and that it would only initially be available in Canada towards the end of Q1.

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    uhh3000 , January 21, 2013 3:10 PM
    Interesting case, never seen anything like that. For $4k though, I'd rather build my own monster machine. But then again, I'm sure nearly everyone here on Tom's would do the same.
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    Soda-88 , January 21, 2013 3:07 PM
    Brings back the 'turbo button' memories on my old 486 machine
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    Soda-88 , January 21, 2013 3:07 PM
    Brings back the 'turbo button' memories on my old 486 machine
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    chuckydb , January 21, 2013 3:08 PM
    I prefer gasoline as a method to easily burn away money...
    Dual 690... Really???
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    uhh3000 , January 21, 2013 3:10 PM
    Interesting case, never seen anything like that. For $4k though, I'd rather build my own monster machine. But then again, I'm sure nearly everyone here on Tom's would do the same.
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    internetlad , January 21, 2013 3:10 PM
    Is this the one where you press a button on the front and it goes into "overclock mode" and all the LED's light up?

    It's ASUS and RoG so i'm sure it's well desgined, but I'm more than happy with my whisper quiet, low key but completely functional Define R3 from Fractal.
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2013 3:13 PM
    It says it has the dual-GPU Geforce 690, not two cards. I thought the specs were nice, they make a balanced gaming machine. But 4k is asking too much for that.
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    rohitbaran , January 21, 2013 3:15 PM
    chuckydbI prefer gasoline as a method to easily burn away money...Dual 690... Really???


    It is not dual GTX690, it is dual GPU GTX 690, which means a single 690 card which has two GPUs.
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    Onihikage , January 21, 2013 3:22 PM
    YgramulIt says it has the dual-GPU Geforce 690, not two cards. I thought the specs were nice, they make a balanced gaming machine. But 4k is asking too much for that.

    You can never pay too much for a Transformer!
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    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 3:39 PM
    Why go with a 690 when SLI of 670 or 680 is a better performance per price option?

    Not to mention it would be easier to cool two GPUs than one hot GPU.
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    CaedenV , January 21, 2013 3:46 PM
    Specs look fine... but if I had $4K to burn I would want a machine that looks elegant and interesting, not... well, not whatever that thing is.

    How about $4K for an all-in-one 30" game rig that still uses ATX parts? which runs silent? To me that would be way more impressive than some chincy pop-out mechanism... I mean, I would feel foolish for buying it every time I pressed the button.
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    Fulgurant , January 21, 2013 3:51 PM
    Looks cool. Something about burning that much money and then only having 128GB of SSD capacity bugs me though. Maybe I'm just getting old; the pure gaming muscle doesn't impress me as much as I'm annoyed at the prospect of micro-managing game/application installs on a $4k machine.
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    redgarl , January 21, 2013 4:13 PM
    Phhh, with the catastrophe of the G73J (I am one of the unfortunate customer), I would not touch that with a 10' pole.

    Asus is on my black list for good after numerous RMA and fights with Fedex... never again.
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    mcd023 , January 21, 2013 4:23 PM
    man, if I had a bike that opened up to reveal 6 rocket thruster looking things, I'd be stoked!
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    Antimatter79 , January 21, 2013 4:26 PM
    FulgurantLooks cool. Something about burning that much money and then only having 128GB of SSD capacity bugs me though. Maybe I'm just getting old; the pure gaming muscle doesn't impress me as much as I'm annoyed at the prospect of micro-managing game/application installs on a $4k machine.


    I agree. A couple of 256GBs in RAID 0 would make more sense.
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    chuckydb , January 21, 2013 4:29 PM
    rohitbaranIt is not dual GTX690, it is dual GPU GTX 690, which means a single 690 card which has two GPUs.

    Ho... 4000 and only one card.... Well that is more of a waste of money then I tought!!!
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    lradunovic77 , January 21, 2013 4:38 PM
    There is one problem...Windows 8 installed :D 
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    basketcase87 , January 21, 2013 5:03 PM
    FulgurantLooks cool. Something about burning that much money and then only having 128GB of SSD capacity bugs me though. Maybe I'm just getting old; the pure gaming muscle doesn't impress me as much as I'm annoyed at the prospect of micro-managing game/application installs on a $4k machine.
    2x 128GB in RAID 0 = 256 GB
    Still not great for a $4k machine, but it will easily fit the OS and a number of core programs/games.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 21, 2013 5:35 PM
    I almost thought that was the UPS symbol.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 21, 2013 5:36 PM
    lradunovic77There is one problem...Windows 8 installed

    Yeah you'll need that extra overclocking to get past all that BS that comes with Windows 8.
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    sherlockwing , January 21, 2013 6:42 PM
    A $4k build and they have to save money on a Rampage IV Formula there over a Rampage IV Extreme?? Money Grab!!!!
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    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 7:02 PM
    JOSHSKORNYeah you'll need that extra overclocking to get past all that BS that comes with Windows 8.


    Actually, Windows 8 is more efficient and has more advanced power-saving features than Windows 7, especially with laptops.

    It's just the UI that's causing some issues...
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