Design And Built
Value For Money
The ROG G20 with Nvidia GeForce GTX745 GPU will run most of today's high end games at medium graphic settings easily. ASUS has done a great job at keeping the device compact and the pricing seems fine too
Design And Build
At first look, the ASUS ROG G20 gaming desktop looks more of a outer space gadget! I believe you will agree too. The device got the intrinsic looks of a gadget from a sci-fi movie.
The chassis is a compact one and one is left to wonder how ASUS has put in all the hardware inside so small a thing. The built, although plastic, is robust and the weight is optimum. The blend of red and black makes it look like a cool gaming device, one which will fit nicely at your place.
On the front of the ASUS ROG G20, you got the power on/off button and an optical drive. Below these, 2 USB 3.0 ports are present. One of these provides swift charging for your phone/tablet. Also present are the microphone and headset 3.5 mm jack ports.
Coming to the back of the ASUS ROG G20 gaming desktop, there are 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports. So, in total we have 6 USB ports on the device. Then there is the Intel ethernet port which is completely customizable. One also have the option to connect multiple channel speakers, the ports of which are provided just below the 2 USB ports.
As a user, you can connect a total of 3 displays with your ASUS ROG G20.
Note: The model of ASUS ROG G20 which I reviewed had a Nvidia GTX745 GPU. For this I needed only one power source. However, the higher GPUs like the Nvidia GTX760 require 2 power sources. So be prepared for an additional power source if you are buying the latter model. Due to the compact chassis, two power adapters have been included in the variants with top end GPUs.
The built is such that it is not easy to open the ASUS ROG G20 and modify the internals. Do such a thing when you have full knowledge on how to proceed. The amount of modification you can make is limited though.
Let me quickly run you down through the specifications of the ASUS ROG G20 Gaming PC.
Intel i7-4790 3.6 GHz (HD Graphics 4600)
Nvidia GeForce GTX745 GPU
Windows 8.1 64 bit
8 GB RAM
1 TB Hybrid SSD
6 USB ports
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
Slimtray DVD – RW
Note: These are the specifications of the device which I reviewed. There are various models available which come with different specifications.
Far Cry 4 – First I played this game both at medium graphic settings. The frame rate was around 60 fps. Then I turned to high graphic settings and the rate dropped to 56 fps. The game-play was smooth overall.
Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag – Again I followed a similar procedure. The frame rate on medium settings was 64 fps and at high settings it was 58 fps.
Both these games were played on FULL HD (1080p) screen resolution. The ASUS ROG G20 managed to give a pretty strong performance.
AS far as heating is concerned, the room temperature where I tested the ASUS ROG G20 was around 22 degrees or 72 Fahrenheit. One hour of gaming and the fan noise and the heat were within the limits. Nothing to worry about. Although, in summers AC is advisable. After-all, you would not warn to harm your beautiful device.
What I Liked
At a price point of Rs 84,999 or $1360, the ASUS ROG G20 is a lovely device. The chassis is compact and the heat levels are low. The plastic built has been provided to keep the pricing low. Saying that, the built is premium and like I said earlier, looks something from outer space.
What I Disliked
It is not easy to open the CPU and modify the internal components. The Eco Energy mode requires a lot of understanding and work in order to setup properly.
To Sum Up
The model which I reviewed had the Nvidia GeForce GTX745 GPU. It will run most of today’s high end games at medium graphic settings easily. I was satisfied with it. However, if you are a real hardcore gamer and don’t want to compromise even slightly, you will be safe with the ASUS ROG G20 model which comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX760 GPU.