If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know I’m not a gamer. But I also know gaming is a huge passtime for many. So when ASUS offered to let TechGadgetsCanada.com try out one of its newest gaming devices, I knew just who to recruit to do this review. Please welcome guest blogger and gaming addict Kevin Stanfield. – Erin
ASUS ROG Strix GL12 desktop review
Recently, ASUS sent over their ROG Strix GL12 desktop. Through NewEgg, if you want direct specs.
I will note before proceeding that my own gaming PC was hand-built back in 2013; it’s hardly exaggeration to say that my PC’s DxDiag proudly gloats of its breathtaking capacity to make perfect toast.
That said, this rig blew me out of the water.
Video card on ROG Strix GL12 is a beast
On the video card front, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is an absolute monster. TomsHardware has it, as of their December 2018 rating, as the sixth-highest performing card – the card’s “older brother” 2080 series has the honour of the top two spots.
I used this card in conjunction with my monitor setup, a pair of Samsung S24D390HLs. Here’s the spec sheet, but the gist is 60Hz refresh with native resolution of 1920*1080.
It’s a weak bone to pick, but the GTX 1080’s offerings on the back end left something to be desired; I had not only the standard HDMI cable but the Display Port to HDMI cable, but a fledgling gamer may not have both peripherals to make the card fly. And fly it did.
Key-jacked… but still jacked!
Unfortunately, the Black Ops it was meant to come with had been key-jacked (I blame the school system), but I was still eager to play with something up my alley: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.
Notice in the top-right; that’s NVIDIA’s control panel, which offered the option for a framerate display. Next, note this Ultra Quality 3840*2160 resolution benchmark test puts this card to 44.3 frames per second.
Working as intended. I’m a happy camper.
I also ran it through League of Legends, just for the sake of it.
What is this even?!?! Top right once again; 526 FPS!? The human eye sees up to 1000 FPS, and as mentioned, these monitors get to ~60. The GTX 1080 defies expectations.
(Also, this image below, just to show that the GTX 1080 is, in fact, mortal… at > 200 FPS in a more intense situation than jungle camping).
Processing power is amazing
On the processor side, the Intel Core i9-9900K is an absolute monster. Response times and CPU percentages were through the roof, and using cpubenchmark.net, you can see the 9900K at position #14 as of late December, but it’s important to catch that of the top 15, the 9900K is marginally cheaper than most, with the only comparable in the group a few dollars ahead. [[[As a note, Erin, I’ve included the following add-on, which you can keep at your choosing: “For the uninitiated, these scores represent a variety of variables, from 2D/3D graphics tests, to disk reading/writing tests, to baseline CPU tests (encryption, compression, etc.)”]]]
ASUS ROG Strix GL12 desktop: Affordable, powerful
From a consumer’s perspective, the Core i9-9900K offers an affordable, pertinent and sustainable option if one is in the market for a CPU; I was astounded by its capacities to load programs that take my Brave Little Toaster (actual photo) of a PC to task.
Lastly, in the “other” section, I wanted to touch on storage and USB support – 4 frontal ports, 8 rear ports, I didn’t have enough stuff for it. I digress. The 2TB Toshiba hard drive had a very reasonable write speed, for what it is. Call it par for the course, with an extra slice of CPU overdrive to really kick things up a notch.
Regardless, it’s the 500GB Samsung SSD that takes the cake. It borders on offensive that by the time my monitor warms up, this PC has already booted Windows 10, paid my bills, and cleaned my gutters.
Oh, what an age we live in.
Overall review of ASUS ROG Strix GL12 desktop
The ROG Strix GL 12 is a gamer’s gaming PC, and will hold clout for a good long while in an ever-evolving gaming market. I cannot speak highly enough of this kit, and if you’ve been saving your pennies (nickels, rather!) for a new rig, this one’s worth the few nickels more.
The ASUS ROG Strix GL12 desktop sells for about $2300CAD for 8GB from places like Best Buy and Amazon.
Note: as of 2023, the most recent model of the ROG Strix desktop is the ROG Strix G10DK Gaming Desktop, which sells for $1099CAD on Amazon.
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