With all eyes on Computex, Asus updated numerous product lines with Zen-inspired themes. In the world of desktops, Asus announced four new desktop PCs, one of which is in the enthusiast ROG line.
To start things off we have the AsusPRO E210, designed to be silent and fit into compact environments. The chassis is only 1-liter in total volume and is VESA mount-compatible. The system is fanless too, which is always nice, but that likely comes at the cost of processing power, utilizing weaker chips to keep heat to a minimum.
The E210 features typical connectivity for an office computer. It includes a 4-in-1 card reader in addition to the now-standard USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, as well as serial ports. Sticking with the compact design, the Windows Embedded OS is used instead of the desktop Windows OS, again pointing to weaker internal hardware best suited for light work, web browsing, or digital signage.
The second desktop PC is the Asus K20, in a 10-liter chassis. This system will be more powerful for heavier work loads and gaming, featuring a discrete GPU from either Nvidia or AMD and a 4K UHD display. The system will also have support for the latest USB 3.1 standard and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Asus has claimed a very quiet 23 dB idle noise.
Asus also announced two new gaming desktops, one of which is in the ROG series. The Asus G11CB is not an ROG desktop, but it still packs a lot of power. The system optionally has up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU and utilizes a sixth-gen Intel Core processor. Intel's next generation of Core processors switch from the current DDR3 RAM to faster and lower-power DDR4 RAM.
In addition, the new platform supports USB 3.1 and a PCI-E x4 connection for an SSD. All of this adds up to data moving around the system faster than ever, and performance is going to increase as a result.
For a touch of style, the chassis uses 8 million color LEDs to produce three red flames. On the software side of the system, Asus has included a few applications such as Aegis II and GameAlive to provide more features for gamers.
The ROG gaming desktop release, the ROG G20CB, is very similar to the non-ROG gaming desktop above in terms of specs. The information Asus gave us about this system, however, does not list a GTX 980 GPU. Instead, it just says it will use an "Nvidia GTX GPU." It is possible that Asus is waiting to get the new GTX 980 Ti.
Currently, there is no word on the price or release date of these systems.