G20CB with GTX 1070 Initial Impressions: A Familiar Kid with a New Toy
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For all of you ASUS Fans yearning for a gaming and VR-ready desktop but don’t want to build, or if you want an ROG-branded desktop, then the refreshed G20 is out and almost about, and we’ve got first dibs on it! This is nothing entirely new; in fact, this is more of like your usual neighborhood chap that upgraded from those ping-ping light guns to a full-blown Nerf gun. So scroll down as you see more of the new G20CB.
The G20 comes in a black and red box featuring ROG and ASUS logos (plus Intel, to indicate that this one has a processor by the brand – other markets have the ‘BM’ variant with AMD APU), the product itself (while in Aura RGB mode), and of course, the product name. The box is a three-fold flip-over design with ample rigidity to protect the items inside, and features handles on the side which are cut out from the box itself in an oblongated shape.
While handy, it exposes the unit to elements that could be present during transport and storage. The plastic handle present on many other ASUS boxes could be better. But then again, going green is the motto, as the box is 100% fully recyclable, and the outside box is printed using soy ink. Add that to the G20CB’s EPA Certification, and you’ve got a Green, Mean, Ultimate fighting machine. At least, you’re an eco-friendly gamer with this one.
Opening the box, you will see a rectangular slim box (for the keyboard), another bigger box that contains the adapters and some more wires – more on that later, and the product, wrapped in felt cloth, and cushioned by two big polyurethane foams.
The slim box will reveal to you an ASUS “Gaming” keyboard with backlight, and turn wheel for the volume. One change of this keyboard from the previous is the backlight – it’s now got red, as opposed to blue before.
Moving on to the next box will reveal you a mouse with glossy finish, as well as a warranty card, manual, and guide for the Aura RGB lighting. While the mouse included somewhat appreciated, a better-packaged one would have made a better deal considering the price of the G20.
Further inside the box, there’s are two conjoined adapters (180 Watts + 230 Watts), the power cables of the two adapters, and a 6-pin PCIe Power Cable should you decide to have a longer GPU that requires extended cabling.
Finally, there’s the unit, secured by the foam, and covered by a felt cloth, with some acetate plastics lining the inside. While looking familiar, it’s what’s inside that counts. Won’t you love the G20 for its size and sheer power?
One word to describe it: awesome. Looks definitely beautiful, with its matte black finish, an alien-like pattern (which, according to ASUS, was taken from the Mayan Civilisation), red highlights, and RGB lights across four zones, with available colors of up to 8 MILLION in number. Yes, you read that 8 million colors, controllable on the Aegis application. There are lighting areas across four zones; however, unlike newer RGB systems, this isn’t controlled capable to be synced to a remote, since the system was a carry-over from the G20AJ with Haswell processors and 700-series graphics. Simply put, ASUS already had RGB before it was cool.
On the lower front part, you’ll find the microphone in and headset-out ports, plus two USB 3.0 ports, one of which supports Quick Charging for your mobile devices.
One the upper part, there goes the triangular power button with white LED, and a slim tray-loading DVDRW drive that has up to 8x writing speed. While quite uncommon for 2016, DVDRW’s are still useful for those who buy their game titles at games shoppes, or for those who still watch DVD movies or still have a large collection of CD’s to play.
On the back, you will find more connections, namely: 2x USB 3.1 Ports (aquamarine), 2x USB 3.0 (blue), 2x USB 2.0 (black) for your peripherals, RJ45 LAN for Gigabit connections, 7.1 surround sound connection, Kensington Slot for security, and HDMI 1.4a. Below those are the two power-in ports, plus the display connections available on the graphics card itself (3x DisplayPort with 4k 60Hz display support, 1x HDMI 2.0, and 1x DVI-D). Across the back are vents to help air circulation, and below is an etched G20 label.
The top is where all the hot air comes out because it boils down to basic physics: hot air is lighter than cold air, so it’s easier to vent out the top. Wonder if this makes the vents prone to dust, tho’.
In terms of specs, this sure is 4K gaming and VR-ready, as the specs include the following below:
Intel Core i7-6700 Processor up to 4.0GHz
Intel H170 chipset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070 8GB GDDR5
8GB DDR4-2133 MHz RAM
128GB M.2 SSD
1TB SATA Hard Drive
2x USB 3.1
4x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x HDMI out
12.5L Ultra-slim Chassis
180W + 230W Power Adapter
EPA Energy Star rating
However, with a price tag of Php 99,995 without any monitor, this product would mean that you are gonna be torn between selecting this niche product, or building yourself a similarly-powerful SFF PC. But, with the G20 you’ve got a PC that’s ready for your living room, and the product screams ROG. We guess those are great considerations. GTA V on your couch? No?