Asus ROG GR8 II Review | Compact VR Ready Gaming PC

Most brands when it come to gaming choose one path to follow. Is either NUC size/ultra mini gaming PC that is underpowered with far from great eye candy graphics. Or, gaming notebooks PC which have decent frame rates at medium settings, if you want higher frame rates (and better graphic visuals) you have to spend more money on build in GTX 1070/GTX 1080 in your gaming notebook pc. Lastly, your best bet is to build your own powerhouse mini-ITX or full blown ATX systems. Its a battle between overall performance versus form factor.

Meet the Asus ROG GR8 II, is the most balance system when it comes to size/volume, in fact better specs compared to most basic level gaming notebook PC right now and is able to compete with the same desktop build parts. Weights 4Kg and 4 litres volume. Plus, Aura RGB Lighting is super duper sexy.

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Small Form Factor

The Asus ROG GR8 II is brought to life using Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700 clock at 3.6Ghz. Backed with 16GB DDR4 memory included , but it can support up to 32GB RAM, dual channel up DDR4 2400Mhz. The interesting bit about this Asus ROG GR8 II is the full size desktop class Asus Custom Nvidia GTX 1060 with 3GB GDDR5 made for VR games. So its VR ready right out the box. The GTX 1060 Custom is clock at 1544Mhz with a boost up to 1759Mhz, memory is clock at 2022Mhz.

 

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The view with side panel off, kinda neat.
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The full size GTX 1060 custom.

It has Intel Wi-fi card with 2 Transceiver 2 Receiver antenna, experience great 5ghz wifi speeds. One slot for 2.5” SATA based SSD and one slot for M.2 based SSD. Our model came with a Intel 535 240GB SSD, the SSD brand may vary between countries.

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SATA and M.2 SSD compatible.

I/O:
Front: 2x USB3.0 (one for charging), Mic-in and Headphone
Back: HDD LED, Line Out, S/PDIF Optical Out, LAN Port, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A and C, 19V DC in, 2x HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 with G-sync Support, Kensington Lock


Benchmark

Cinebench : OpenGL 137.30 fps | CPU 864 cb
PCmark : Accelerated 5511 | Conventional 4776
Aida64 CPU stress test shows the temps hovering at 50 Degrees Celsius (max 53) with no thermal throttling just that the fan noise is loud, not a big issue for me since I’m a headphone user.

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AURA RGB~


Graphics performance

3Dmark Fire Strike : Ultra 2805 | Extreme 5379
3Dmark Time Spy : 3955 score
Tomb raider : Min 76 FPS | Avg 101.6 FPS | Max settings
Overwatch : Min 63 FPS | Avg 105 FPS | Ultra settings
Witcher 3 : Min 76 FPS | Avg 89 FPS | High no AA

Intel SSD Benchmark
ATTO : Read 553Mb/s | Write 516Mb/s
Blackmagic Speed Test:  Read 515Mb/s | Write 475Mb/s

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Beautiful.

In 2 situations where this form factor shines the best, in LAN parties as you don’t need to lug around heavy systems even mini itx is still bigger than the ROG GR8 II. Secondly, as a simple mobile workstation where you can use it in travel and hook it up to a HMDI TV at the hotel, great for editing photos/videos on the go.

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The power brick.

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