“It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all outta gum.” – Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem 3D
Asus’s Republic of Gamers is one of the most diverse gaming lineups with numerous gaming laptops, desktop, and accessories. Lately, the company has been pretty active in India with its recent launches and latest additions to its lineup. The Asus ROG G20CB is one such addition. It’s a gaming desktop with a full-sized tower yet packed in a compact and superior build quality cabinet. Gaming desktops are generally for those who are willing to compromise on portability offered by gaming laptops. It’s for users for whom gaming is not just a fling but a serious commitment. Gaming desktops pack more power and offer an option of upgradability, both of which are yet to be incorporated in the laptops.
Design & Ports:
Asus has been known for taking aggressive steps in terms of design when it comes to the ROG series. The ROG G20CB is a perfect testimony to this approach. The G20CB ditches the standard PC cabinet design and gets an altogether refreshed look to please the gamers. The angular side panels and the backlit glow is enough to convince you that this machine is a piece of art. Although it gets a plastic build, the matt finish makes it look premium. The cabinet not only looks cool but also acts as a heatsink through which air is expelled to keep the machine cooler, all thanks to its ventilated design.
It has a broader and thicker base with a narrow top section made of two halves making it stand up vertically. The side panels are also angled and constructed with “aggressive lines.” The top panel is made of two halves and gets a unique pattern flaunting 8-million-colour LED effects which further adds to the look. Overall, the ROG G20CB design certainly makes it an attention seeker.
Asus has thrown a keyboard and a mouse along with the machine. Ideally, accessories bundled up with a gaming oriented device are expected to bear the same sturdiness and fanciness as the device. That, however, is not the case here. Even though Asus is already selling fancy accessories under the ROG Strix branding, the company didn’t include them here. Although, we were not much disappointed with the build quality of the keyboard, which has an orange backlight and a rotary volume control. The lighting, however, can’t be customized and it also lacks the gaming-centric shortcuts buttons. The mouse is what disappointed us the most. Even at the first glance, it looked like a Chinese knock-off to us. It gets the basic wheel sandwiched between two standard buttons. Asus could have avoided this blunder by not packing these cheap accessories with the machine altogether.
Apart from this exception, I liked the aggressive design philosophy Asus has opted so far. The ROG G20CB comes with two separate power adapter wrapped together. These combined bricks get two separate power cables with one being shorter than the other. This one really weirds me out.
Talking about ports, at the front panel of ROG G20, it houses the standard ports such as a DVD-RW drive, two USB 3.0 ports, and separate headphone and microphone jacks. At the back, it sports total six USB ports consisting two of each: USB 3.1, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports. Along with these USB ports, there’s an Ethernet jack and a standard selection of 7.1 channel audio jacks, including line in/out, microphone, rear, subwoofer, and side. For display, the unit we received had 2 HDMI ports, 1 DVI port, and 3 DisplayPort.
Specs, Software & Performance:
Similar to its looks and feel, the ROG G20CB gets the top-notch specs too. The G20CB is powered by Intel Core i7-6700 sixth generation CPU with four cores backed with Hyper-Threading which could go as high as 4GHz on clocking scale. Of course, the gamers’ delight and the real beast in the shell is Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 GPU. Accompanying the CPU, Asus has also thrown in 32GB of DDR4 RAM rather generously.
For storage, the ROG G20CB gets 3TB of hard drive as well as 256GB of additional PCIe SSD. Thanks to GTX 970, the G20CB also supports multiple 4K monitors and high-end VR headsets. Talking about the connectivity, the machine features Wi-Fi 802.11 ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
Similar to ROG Strix GL553VE we reviewed earlier, this one also ships with a lot of bloatware. One of them is Asus App Box which is kind of an app store letting you download more of these bloatware apps. For other tweakings and adjusting the RGB lighting, there’s Asus Aegis II desktop app.
Performance wise, the ROG G20CB further stands its ground. The G20CB smoothly rendered high-end games like GTA V, Far Cry 4 and Prototype character models at the ighest resolution (2560 x 1440). We didn’t experience any plunge in the performance either, even with continuous gaming for hours. The device is powerful enough to handle everyday computing as well as ferocious gaming. The noise output from the cabinet was also found to be quite modest.
The Asus ROG G20CB is indeed a luxurious PC with a unique and a stylish form-factor. And not just looks, it stands its performance ground too. It is an apt machine for serious gamers and it certainly won’t disappoint you, except for the bundled peripherals.