Two of the biggest announcements from ASUS at Computex were the launches of its two new gaming desktop systems. 

The GR8

The GR8 (greeeeat) is a 1.5 liter book-sized HTPC designed to be on the shelf and provide an access point to the home television for gaming, watching content or streaming via Miracast.  ASUS had the GR8 in the middle of a bookshelf to exhibit how the GR8 might adapt to the home environment.

In terms of height and weight, it easily matches a good hardback book.  Next to a monitor, it fits easily enough on the desk as well.

We were unable to have a look at the internals, however there are large custom elements to this design so I would not doubt that we are more likely to see a laptop type arrangement inside regarding DRAM, storage and cooling.  The GR8 will ship with i7 CPUs (presumably low power, unsure if full desktop parts or mobile parts, 45W max?) and a GTX 750 Ti for display duties.  There is a single SATA drive that comes with the device, and I am under the impression that ASUS will offer both SSD and HDD variants.  Users can also add another 2.5” SATA drive.  I believe the chipset is one of the H85/H87 variants, perhaps even a H97 variant, although if a mobile CPU is used it might be a HM87.

The GR8 is designed to work with SteamOS and the Steam Controller, with ASUS planning to launch a Steam version when the SteamOS schedule is more clear and the controller is finalized.  The system also includes gigabit Ethernet, 2T2R 802.1ac dual-band WiFi and SupremeFX audio.  The initial versions will come pre-installed with Windows 8.1.

The ROG G20

The G20 punches up the volume from 1.5 liters to 12.5 liters but in return delivers a system with a full-fat i7 and a GTX 780 integrated into a whisper quiet (25 dB idle) design.

The model on display was equipped with an i7-4790 Haswell Refresh CPU, which clocks in at 84W.  The GPU draws a lot of power as well, and given the press release working that states ‘takes advantage of natural convection’, I would assume that the cooling for both the CPU and GPU is the case itself.  The device is not fanless – I would assume a low noise directional fan being in the case somewhere, taking advantage of the ‘hidden airflow tunnel’ that draws air in the front and out the rear.  It was not clear to see if this system uses an integrated power supply or a power brick, however given the 180W+ power draw I would assume it is an internal power supply.

Like the GR8, I believe the final touches are being placed on the design.  I would assume that the samples on display were PVT units, suggesting that an initial batch should occur by the end of the year.

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  • CknSalad - Thursday, June 12, 2014 - link

    Hopefully the GR8 has a desktop cpu. If they are using desktop cpu parts, it would be nice if they have i5 and i7 T-Models as the cpu options (lowest is 35W TDP).

    I just hope that the custom cooling for the cpu isn't that of a notebook cpu cooler as they did market this as being able to run quietly (small size and low noise are the high points for me). Overall, this custom-built PC has a lot of good potential as a good lan, media, and streaming pc.
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  • jimhsu - Saturday, June 14, 2014 - link

    Any news on the UX303 (ultrabook form factor + discrete 840M)? That'll me my next notebook, if nothing better comes out in the interim. Reply
  • Matthew Wills - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    It's great that companies like Asus think about education and other social areas. Technologies will now be introduced into the educational system at an incredible speed. Already there are a huge variety of educational websites. Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world. https://edusson.com/ an online writing service, is one of the largest websites that is designed to help students learn. Every day, thousands of students search the Internet for educational materials, but this is scattered throughout the network. The state needs to create its own educational web resource where all necessary information will be collected and systematized. Reply

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