Building your own PC isn’t as hard as you might think — even muscle-bound film star Terry Crews is doing it. But if you don’t want to, if you’d rather buy something rad that’s predesigned, prebuilt and pre-ready-to-play-just-about-anything, then the ROG G20CB systems from ASUS are a good choice, especially since they now come with 10 series graphics.
Nvidia’s new range of 10XX graphics cards are some of the most powerful available today, offering solid bang for the buck without drawing too much power. When you take one of the top-end GTX 1070 or 1080 graphics cards and combine it with the Skylake i5 or i7 processors inside ASUS’ ROG G20CB systems, you’ve going to have yourself a very capable PC.
We’re told these new systems are so powerful that the latest versions can offer up to 150 percent performance over a GTX 980-equipped predecessor in some scenarios. Although that is unlikely to be even close to a common jump in performance, it’s good to know that ASUS’ new systems are making big leaps, rather than just incremental improvements.
But if you don’t need your G20CB to be quite so cutting edge, that’s not a problem. You don’t have to pack it with a GTX 1080 or 1070; you can opt for a GTX 980 instead. You can even go much further down the spectrum and opt for a GTX 950 if you want, though you should consider that the gaming ability of such a system would be drastically reduced.
There isn’t much in the way of AMD options, though Hexus does suggest that a Radeon R9 380 2GB is another potential option for those that want it.
Regardless of which CPU, memory size, and graphics card you opt for, every ROG G20CB system also offers M.2 solid-state storage, DDR4 memory support, and ultra-quiet operation thanks to its unique cooling system.
All of this comes in a 9.5 liter chassis, with supremely clean lines, customizable lighting, and a Borg Cube-like front-panel, where all of the I/O connectors are. It’s a very different-looking system that will stand out from the crowd if you take it to LAN parties or similar public events.
Pricing information for GTX 1080-equipped systems has yet to be released, though ASUS did say that it would be region specific.