31 January 2018
After the demonstration of Bezel-Free kit, Asus is announcing a new ROG product at the CES 2018 tech show. It is a high-end gaming desktop modeled ROG STRIX GL 12. It is reported to pack several new features such as overclocked hardware, a hot-swap SSD bay, and a stealthy design punctuated by Aura Sync RGB lighting.
The ROG STRIX GL 12 is powered by Intel Core i7-8700K hexa-core processor clocked at 4.8GHz across 12 threads. The processor is backed by extra Coffee Late cores. It is coupled with latest NVIDIA GeForce 10 series, GTX 1080 graphics card to offer better frame rate and G-Sync feature. Warm air is exhausted out of the chassis using a Turbo-Style blower. Apart from that, the CPU supports three internal fans to take care of the excess heat.
A custom-built microATX motherboard makes the foundation of the device. It sports 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of overclocked DDR4-2800 RAM and a quad-lane M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs and Optane caching. Apart from that, two USB 3.1 ports, and 8 lower version USB ports for keyboard, Mouse, VR Trackers, and Multiple Controllers. A card reader is embedded with the device that packs 802.11ac WiFi and Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller.
The STRIX GL 12 is a middleweight device with 27-liter chassis. Its overall design and color combination makes it more attractive and blends it into the shadows easily. The solid metal side panel of the CPU blocks the electromagnetic interference. It can be replaced by the acrylic panel included in the box. It also packs a window panel made of strong, scratch resistant acrylic to let you see the inside of the CPU.
The price details of the device are still unknown. But the company is planning to make the device ready for sale by the second quarter of this year. Let us wait patiently for the price details to surface.