• Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX760
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD
  • Others: Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 358mm x 340mm
  • Weight: 6.38kg
  • Pros:
  • Design
  • Quiet
  • Cons:
  • No customisation
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Fire Storm: 5,357 points
  • PCMark 8 Home: 4,248 points
  • PCMark 8 Creative: 4,167 points
  • PCMark 8 Work: 3,561 points

Entry Level Master Race

With gaming becoming mainstream, more and more people want a good gaming PC. However, not everyone can afford to keep up with the PC Master Race, so that’s where pre-made desktop PCs come in. One of it is the ASUS’ ROG 20, a small form factor PC that was first launched in 2014.

Anyone who sees the ROG G20 will recognise the ROG logo etched onto the casing and the ROG red accents we’ve come to love. The entire desktop has an angular design for a slim profile, and the power supply is an external one to maintain that; two notebook type power bricks encased in a custom bracket. This presents an issue if you have limited power points in your room, since you’ll need two.

The ROG G20’s specs can be customised at purchase, giving you options for the core components. The one we received has a Core i7-4790 processor, along with a dated GeForce GTX760 graphics card, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM running on 1,600 MHz. For all your files and programmes, a single 1 TB HDD is included.

Even though the chassis is rather small, ASUS wasn’t stingy with the IOs. The G20 comes with a total of eight USB ports, two DVI-D ports, two HDMI ports, and one DisplayPort. Plenty of ports for audio too, with a pair at the front for a headset, while the back has the standard six audio ports to support 5.1 channel speakers and another line-in.

The ROG G20 comes with a keyboard and mouse set that doesn’t stand out, though the keyboard does have a dial knob for volume. We ran our usual set of benchmarks and played some games on it, and found that the G20 performs well enough. Even with titles like The Witcher 3 can be played on 1080p, as long as you’re willing to lower the graphical settings. If you like MOBA or indie games though, then this desktop is definitely good enough.

Noise levels are kept incredibly low on the ROG G20 – below the volume of conversations – to ensure that you won’t hear any fan noise over the sound of your audio setup. It also has neat features like customisable lighting effects across the chassis, a performance monitoring app, and the GameFirst II programme that helps lower latency for games.

The biggest drawback of the ROG G20 is that you can’t upgrade it. You can pick your choice of factory setup during purchase, sure, but you can’t change out a component if you decide to upgrade it.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Compact and with great specs to choose from, this is a good choice for an upgrade if you have the money to spare.

(previously published in issue January 2016)