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Asus ROG Reveals Gaming PCs, Laptop At Computex

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

This week during COMPUTEX 2014, Asus Republic of Gamers revealed two gaming PCs and one gaming laptop: the ROG G20 gaming desktop, the ROG GR8 console-shaped gaming PC, and the ROG GX500 gaming notebook.

For starters, the GR8 console gaming PC will likely fall under the Steam Machine umbrella, as it will be fully compatible with SteamOS and the Steam Controller. This gaming PC will have a unique, console-like form factor, but pack an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics. Additional features will include Gigabit Ethernet, SupremeFX audio output, 4K/UHD output, and a design that makes changing the storage and memory extremely easy.

Next we have the ROG G20 gaming PC, which will include an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 graphics. This machine will also sport a unique compact case design that hides the exhaust vents, and a hidden airflow tunnel that promises efficient heat management. This design also promises near-silent operation, which measures at 25dB when the rig is idling. Asus reports that this PC has already received Best Choice of the Year Award and Best Choice Golden Award at COMPUTEX.

Finally, we have the GX500 ultra-thin gaming laptop, measuring just 0.75 inches thin and weighing 4.85 pounds. This laptop will include the latest Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and a 15.6-inch display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. This screen will also be backed by VisualMaster technology, which provides a 100 percent NTSC wide color gamut, a "world's first" for a notebook, according to Asus.

Pricing and availability wasn't provided with the announcement, so stay tuned.

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    Keyrock42 , June 3, 2014 12:26 PM
    The GX500 "gaming laptop" makes no sense at all. A 860M to power a 4K display? What the ****? I doubt you'll be able to get good framerates even on low settings on any graphics intensive game at 4k. You need way more horsepower than any mobile card can provide, much less a 860M, to properly power a 4K display.
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    Filiprino , June 3, 2014 12:32 PM
    They've probably added pixel doubling scaling to the monitor, so you could play at 960x540 or 1920x1080 on the screen with perfect pixel scaling.

    The 4K resolution and color gamut for digital content creation and manipulation is just wonderful. I'd buy this laptop because of its screen. For those not interested in the 4K screen there're alternatives like the Razer Blade which pack a GTX 870M and weights less. Or the Gigabyte P34G v2, cheaper.
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    PandaButtonFTW , June 3, 2014 7:09 PM
    by god those are even uglier than alienware!
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    Victor Marconi , June 4, 2014 4:08 AM
    I like the idea of Steamboxes. But it should have a replaceable vga card. Whereas high-end CPUs are just fine in the long run, games evolve graphically so fast that even the most expensive GPUs may not guarantee "high settings" in future games.
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    danwat1234 , June 5, 2014 9:59 AM
    I'm looking forward to an upgrade from the G750, which is way too heavy with no possibility of CPU upgrades. MSI has got it right. Hopefully Asus takes a hint with their next full sized gaming laptop and get back to their roots of the likes of the Asus G50VT.