ASUS ROG G20CB Gaming PC First Impressions

ASUS ROG G20CB Gaming PC First Impressions




While it does pack slightly older hardware for late-2017 standards, the ASUS ROG G20CB is still a very capable gaming machine that has a nice, compact form factor. Just with any other device we’ve taken a look at thus far, the G20CB’s design does have its strengths, but there are also a couple quirks. Let’s check it out.

If you were to put the G20CB beside a tower PC, only then will you see its true space-saving potential. The entire chassis only has a volume of 9.5-liters, and will only occupy about a 4.5-inch by 15-inch rectangular space on your desk.

Up front, we see the bulk of the PC’s sharp angular design. If it in itself doesn’t look like an archetypal bad guy spaceship to you, then maybe it’s harder to argue that it doesn’t look like it belongs inside said spaceship. From the top down, we have the lone power button, a slim DVD drive, two USB 3.0 ports, and the headphone and microphone jacks. Along both sides of the front is customizable RGB LED lighting.

Checking out the I/O at the back, we have two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 (Type-A) ports, 7.1 surround audio jacks and a variety of video outputs that will vary depending on which graphics card your unit comes with. Ours packs a GTX 970, which has three DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI-D. Power is handled by two DC power jacks.


 

Yes, two power jacks. The small form factor of the chassis comes at a price, in that instead of an internal PSU, power delivery is handled by a two-stack of power bricks. One of them exclusively feeds the graphics card, while the other one feeds the rest of the system. This setup forces you to free up an extra outlet, but it’s the price you pay for the compact form factor.

We’ll be taking a closer look at the G20CB in the coming days. Stay tuned for our full review wherein we will be diving inside the chassis, as well as testing the performance and thermals.

ASUS ROG G20CB specs:
Intel Core i7-6700 (3.4GHz up to 4.0GHz/8MB Cache)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4GB VRAM
8GB DDR4
1TB SATA HDD + 128GB SDD
Intel Gigabit Ethernet w/ GameFirst III
Intel dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
Rear Ports:
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x PS/2
1 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN w/ Killer LAN
6 x audio w/ S/PDIF
Front Ports:
2x USB 3.0
1 x microphone jack
1 x headphone jack
Slim DVD drive
Windows 10 Home
104 x 358 x 340 mm
6.38 kg

The ASUS ROG G20CB is priced at Php99K.

 



Joey is YugaTech's Video Production Manager. He constantly puts effort towards his aspirations to be a filmmaker and journalist... when he's not riding his bike, playing games on his PC, watching anime, cooking, and petting his dogs.

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