ASUS ROG G20AJ
As ironic as it might sound, not all gamers are aware of how to assemble their own gaming rig. The good news is, there are plenty of manufacturers out there that offer pre-assembled gaming rigs of their own. ASUS is one such manufacturer, and they have been doing it for years under the Republic of Gamers (ROG) sub-brand. If that’s the case, the small form-factor ROG G20AJ should very well end up being a tiny tower of terror. But is it really as such?
The ROG G20AJ is designed very much like an alien artifact from a Transformers movie, no thanks to the striking angles of its chassis, its Mayan-inspired details, and of course, its obelisk-like structure.
Unfortunately though, its beauty is only skin deep. When it comes to hardware, the ROG G20AJ simply isn’t as wellendowed as some of the prebuilt gaming desktops that are available today. Yes, it’s packed with a 3.60GHz Intel Core i74790 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state hybrid drive – which are all perfectly fine – but we just can’t seem to understand why ASUS has decided to go with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 as the GPU of choice.
Don’t get us wrong, the GTX 760 is by no means an underwhelming card. It’s just that when you’re going to be paying a whopping RM5,499 for the ROG G20AJ, you’d at least expect it to come with a GPU that packs a little more grunt. Like a GTX 960, perhaps?
Anyway, in order for us to get a better idea of the ROG G20AJ’s performance, we put it through our usual suite of benchmarks, which include 3DMark and Unigine Heaven. For the former of the two benchmarks, the ROG G20AJ managed to attain a score of 5,583 for the Fire Strike test; 2,748 for the Fire Strike Extreme test; and 591 for the most graphically-demanding Fire Strike Ultra test. Next in line was the Unigine Heaven benchmark, which the ROG G20AJ managed to complete in 1080p with an average frame rate of 29.2 fps.
As the ROG G20AJ is, after all, a gaming desktop through and through, it was only natural that we decided to further gauge its worth by having it run a couple of games at their highest possible graphics settings. The first game that was on our list was the recently-released Fallout 4, which the ROG G20AJ handled with an average frame rate of 46.4 fps. After which, we ran Tomb Raider, which trotted along at an average frame rate of 40.7 fps – which isn’t all that bad, considering that the GeForce GTX 760 is all but a humble midrange graphics card. Nevertheless, the ROG G20AJ managed to power through Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, and Hitman: Absolution with an average frame rate of 51.8 and 61.3 fps, respectively.
Interestingly, despite its compact nature, the ROG G20AJ managed to remain cool, calm and composed throughout the time we spent benchmarking and running on games on it.