Friday, September 11th 2015

ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils the G20CB SFF Gaming Desktop

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced G20CB, a compact and powerful 9.5-liter gaming desktop designed to dominate the small-form-factor segment. ROG G20CB packs up to a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics for exceptional gaming and multitasking computing performance. ROG G20CB has an aggressive chassis design that features a matte-black finish, Mayan-inspired markings and customizable 8-million-color LED effects. The exclusive Aegis II app helps gamers monitor system performance, with GameAlive allowing for easy gameplay recording, editing, and sharing on social media.

Intel Core performance and NVIDIA GeForce graphics
ROG G20CB is designed to be a one-stop gaming and entertainment system. Its 9.5-liter chassis houses a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics. The former delivers a 10% performance boost and 23% more efficiency over previous-generation Intel processors to give ROG G20CB the power to take on the most demanding of tasks, allowing users experience today's games at their highest settings. NVIDIA GeForce-powered graphics draws gamers into an immersive world of colors and 4K/UHD resolution visuals; it even supports output on up to three HD displays, while a fourth display can be added via a HDMI connection.
ROG G20CB is available in several configurations and can even be specced with a solid state drive (SSD). The latest M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD provides data access speeds of up to 2Gbit/s - four times faster than SATA SSDs. This lets G20CB boot up faster, load apps quicker, and in-game wait times are reduced. DDR4 SDRAM provides speeds of up to 2.1GT/s - twice that of DDR3 1066 - for highly-stable performance.

Efficient thermal management
Cooling performance is often an issue when it comes to small-form-factor desktops, and the G20CB's use of high performance components requires exceptional thermal management to ensure stable performance for gaming marathons. Despite its compact 9.5-liter chassis, ROG G20 is designed with no visible exterior side exhaust vents, and features an integrated thermal design that takes advantage of natural convection. It has a hidden airflow channel that ensures efficient heat management, while two internal fans and copper pipes further help dissipate heat. G20 isn't just powerful; it runs whisper-quiet at just 22dB at idle - quieter than a typical library.

Designed for gamers
G20 sports a bold design - boasting a matte-black finish, aggressive lines, Mayan-inspired markings and customizable lighting effects that showcase up to 8 million colors, allowing users to tailor it to reflect the feel of the game currently being played. In addition, two new modes have been added. The multi-color mode cycles periodically through up to 10 different colors; while the music mode synchronizes the LED effects with audio volume.

The exclusive Aegis II system performance monitoring app enhances the gaming experience by letting users track CPU/memory use and file upload/download status. It also provides warnings if the system exceeds temperature and voltage thresholds. GameAlive lets gamers record, edit, and share gameplay videos on social media; while Boost Launcher automatically frees up CPU and RAM resources to ensure smooth gameplay.

Earlier G20 models have been well-received by the industry, winning international accolades like the CES 2015 Best Innovations Award, a 2015 iF Design Award, and the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Gold Award.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Processor: 6th-generation Intel Core 'Skylake-S' i3/i5/i7 processors
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Chipset: H170
  • Memory: 4 GB, upgradable to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2133 MHz - 2 x SO-DIMMS
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB GDDR5 (1HDMI,1DVI,3DP)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB GDDR5 (1HDMI,1DVI,3DP)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2 GB GDDR5 (1HDMI,1DVI,3DP)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GD5 (1D-SUB,1HDMI,1DVI)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GD3 (1D-SUB,1HDMI,1DVI)
    AMD R9 380 2GD5 (1 HDMI,2 DVI,1 DP)
  • Storage: Up to 3 TB SATA 6Gbit/s hard drive 7200 RPM
  • Up to 256G SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive
  • Drive bay: 1 x 2.5in, 1 x 3.5in
  • Adapter: 230W and 180W
  • Primary CD/DVD drive: 9.0mm Slimtray Super Multi DVD burner
    9.0mm Slimtray Blu-ray Combo
    9.0mm Slimtray BD Writer
  • Wireless: Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11ac
    Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio: ASUS SonicMaster technology
    ROG AudioWizard
    7.1 Channels
  • Keyboard: Wireless backlit gaming keyboard with multimedia keys
  • Chassis: 9.5-liter chassis
  • I/O ports: Front mounted: 2 x USB 3.0 x 2 / 1 x Mic / 1 x Earphone
    Rear panel: 1 x RJ45 LAN / 1 x 8-channel audio / 1 x HDMI-Out / 2 x USB 3.1 / 2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 / 2 x Power jack
  • Size: 104 x 340 x 358 mm
  • Weight: 6.38 kg
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22 Comments on ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils the G20CB SFF Gaming Desktop

#2
Batou1986
semantics, post: 3343364, member: 91842"
Hey look at that no R9 Nano
Beat me to it
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#3
Animalpak
Interested about the temperatures during gaming... And of course the noise.


WIth the highest config available.
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#4
hellrazor
That's the dumbest thing I've ever laid eyes on.
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#5
the54thvoid
hellrazor, post: 3343435, member: 81601"
That's the dumbest thing I've ever laid eyes on.
Should look around. Tech world is full of 'dumbest things you'll ever see'. I don't think it's that bad considering its SFF size though its ironic there is no Nano.
Given Asus works with both Nvidia and AMD, I imagine it's a supply issue.
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#6
P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
Cristian_25H, post: 3343357, member: 100907"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GD3 (1D-SUB,1HDMI,1DVI)
Never knew there was a GTX745 :p
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#7
1c3d0g
Animalpak, post: 3343392, member: 48798"
Interested about the temperatures during gaming... And of course the noise.


WIth the highest config available.
Same here. Noise levels under full load would be appreciated, Asus.
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#8
night.fox
P4-630, post: 3343443, member: 22154"
Never knew there was a GTX745 :p
same thought... its ddr3 though
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#10
Joss
Luka KLLP, post: 3343455, member: 153378"
Looks pretty sexy IMO :p
yes, as a paper weight
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#11
Xzibit
:confused:
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Adapter: 230W and 180W
If one is to even think of getting one with a GTX 980 they only have less than 40W left for the rest of the system. That's if they get the reference model that limits power to 190W
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#12
Katanai
These PC's from Asus are not as bad as you would think. I've seen many CS GO and Dota 2 tournaments held on them and I didn't hear anyone complain. They are like a bigger Playstation, they don't look that bad. It's practically 2 laptop coolers instead of a desktop cooler on the CPU. I don't think temperatures are a problem...

Here is how it looks inside:

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#13
siluro818
Katanai, post: 3343579, member: 50416"
I've seen many CS GO and Dota 2 tournaments held on them and I didn't hear anyone complain.
That ain't saying much rly - these games would run like a charm on an average gaming config from five-six years ago...
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#14
NC37
P4-630, post: 3343443, member: 22154"
Never knew there was a GTX745 :p
Still a better deal than the Nano :D
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#15
Katanai
siluro818, post: 3343753, member: 142649"
That ain't saying much rly - these games would run like a charm on an average gaming config from five-six years ago...
I wasn't talking about being able to run those games, I was talking about stability. As far as I know these systems run good. Anyway I don't know why you front on CS and Dota, those 2 and lol are the biggest games right now. Graphics means nothing when you talk about competitive games...


look how dota 2 international was this year:
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#16
GhostRyder
Xzibit, post: 3343576, member: 105152"
:confused:



If one is to even think of getting one with a GTX 980 they only have less than 40W left for the rest of the system. That's if they get the reference model that limits power to 190W
Glad I am not the only one confused by that. Maybe there is more than meets the eye but still they have some weird options for GPU's on this machine. I would think based on all that the system would only have maybe up to a GTX 970 (Probably just a 960).

Still, I do love these chassis and the machine in general. There is someone at work using one and its pretty awesome.
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#17
GreiverBlade
NC37, post: 3344017, member: 61225"
Still a better deal than the Nano :D
the irony is ... the Nano is even a slightly better deal than the 980 proposed as the highest possible in that configuration... so... nope a GT745 is no better deal than anything you can buy aside >.<

even the GTX 860M (basically a downclocked 750Ti but can be OC in my case) in my Alpha is a better deal than a 745, i hope for ASUS the lowest configuration with the 745 cost less than the cheapest Alpha ... wait it would not .... that SFF is fully (CPU GPU) up-gradable :D (the only Pro i can find for it ... ) and multi storage (dang i am reduced to a "single" 500gb SSD )
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#18
Xzibit
GhostRyder, post: 3344128, member: 149328"
Glad I am not the only one confused by that. Maybe there is more than meets the eye but still they have some weird options for GPU's on this machine. I would think based on all that the system would only have maybe up to a GTX 970 (Probably just a 960).

Still, I do love these chassis and the machine in general. There is someone at work using one and its pretty awesome.
Chassis is nice for a iGPU build

GTX 960 (single 6-pin) 150W
SSD 8W
HDD 10W
i7 or i5 "T" 35W or a i3 45W
@ 203-213Watts

17W for motherboard/ram/OD/KB/MS

You'll probably will be crossing your fingers the adapter doesn't trip.
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#19
siluro818
Katanai, post: 3344053, member: 50416"
I wasn't talking about being able to run those games, I was talking about stability. As far as I know these systems run good. Anyway I don't know why you front on CS and Dota, those 2 and lol are the biggest games right now. Graphics means nothing when you talk about competitive games...


look how dota 2 international was this year:

Oh I'm well aware of how big these games are, but so are Kanye West & Taylor Swift on the music scene and I couldn't care less about them either :D
Though I guess it's truly offensive to refer to any popular game as "Kanye West" - they can't possibly be so lame lol
Anyway that wasn't the point, nor was the "ability to run the games". Like you I also referred to stable & friction-less operation, and since these games don't strain the hardware or the OS in any particular way I thought it is strange to point them out, that's all.
Enjoy them tournaments! :)
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#20
GhostRyder
Xzibit, post: 3344139, member: 105152"
Chassis is nice for a iGPU build

GTX 960 (single 6-pin) 150W
SSD 8W
HDD 10W
i7 or i5 "T" 35W or a i3 45W
@ 203-213Watts

17W for motherboard/ram/OD/KB/MS

You'll probably will be crossing your fingers the adapter doesn't trip.
Yea, that's a bit on the edge which is why I feel something does not add up about that specification (Unless there is some special throttle limit imposed but that would ruin the point of the higher cards). I feel like there has to be more power that what the specifications show because otherwise the system would be running to much on the edge/over to be considered stable in my book at least.
GreiverBlade, post: 3344131, member: 105443"
the irony is ... the Nano is even a slightly better deal than the 980 proposed as the highest possible in that configuration... so... nope a GT745 is no better deal than anything you can buy aside >.<

even the GTX 860M (basically a downclocked 750Ti but can be OC in my case) in my Alpha is a better deal than a 745, i hope for ASUS the lowest configuration with the 745 cost less than the cheapest Alpha ... wait it would not .... that SFF is fully (CPU GPU) up-gradable :D (the only Pro i can find for it ... ) and multi storage (dang i am reduced to a "single" 500gb SSD )
Yea, and it definitely can support the nano if it can support the GTX 980 (Unless the ~15watts difference really pushes it over the edge). But even so I am more wondering still how it does it with the adaptor specifications on even the other cards in the group. I still think these are very nice machines and a decent buy if your looking to save space on a machine and do not want to build your own.
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#21
Katanai
siluro818, post: 3344247, member: 142649"
Oh I'm well aware of how big these games are, but so are Kanye West & Taylor Swift on the music scene and I couldn't care less about them either :D
Though I guess it's truly offensive to refer to any popular game as "Kanye West" - they can't possibly be so lame lol
Anyway that wasn't the point, nor was the "ability to run the games". Like you I also referred to stable & friction-less operation, and since these games don't strain the hardware or the OS in any particular way I thought it is strange to point them out, that's all.
Enjoy them tournaments! :)
Yeah Counter Strike is Kanye West.

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#22
silapakorn
My friend bought the last model and he said changing GPU is a pain. You have to buy extra AC adaptor from Asus since the one supplied with the unit is too small. He upgraded from 750ti to 980, at the cost of buying a new 980ti.
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