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Asus Shows New Republic of Gamers TYTAN Gaming PC

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.

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).

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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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  • Soda-88
    Brings back the 'turbo button' memories on my old 486 machine
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  • chuckydb
    I prefer gasoline as a method to easily burn away money...
    Dual 690... Really???
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  • uhh3000
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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