Boutique PCs like those assembled by Evetech have a certain charm to them – all the hard work and cable management has been done for you, sometimes everything’s been overclocked to its limits and stability tested and it comes with a labour warranty, something that users without technical know-how will appreciate. While HP finished up its lineupe of gaming rigs, its third generation since the company started to offer them, ASUS has leapfrogged them with a stunning alternative to Dell’s Alienware range.
I present to you the ROG TYTAN CG8480!
The TYTAN ships with a range of hardware options with the CG8480 topping the range with impressive specs. Featuring a Core i7-3770K with a custom Turbo function boosting the chip to 4.2GHz on all cores with stable voltages, this is going to be no slouch in productivity apps that can use the muscle the Core i7 provides. An ASUS Z77 board features inside as well as a ASUS Direct CU II GTX680 2GB DDR5 graphics card. Storage is handled by a 128GB SSD and hard drive combination, with a ASUS Blu-Ray drive as standard in the high-end solutions in the lineup. What’s really cool is the overclocking modes.
Using the ROG software on the Windows 8 pre-install, users have three overclocking options to choose from: Startup, Turbo Gear and Turbo Gear Extreme. With Startup mode, the processor is overclocked to 3.8GHz on all cores and the lights and ROG logo are lit up in blue. With Turbo Gear and the Extreme mode, the lights change to red with a 4.0GHz and 4.2GHz overclock respectively. Sound is also catered for with an ASUS Xonar DG sound card for high-definition audio.
The machines equipped with K-series processors also come with liquid cooling options from Intel, offering potentially better cooling performance and a higher stable overclock. ASUS completes the bundle with a 24″ LED monitor and a wired keyboard and mouse. Pricing and availability will be announced following the October 26th launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system.