👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅22-01-18
Closer Look
The ASUS ROG G20CI certainly looks the part, with small dimensions to match. The size is roughly 100mm x 340mm x 360mm making this not much larger than an Xbox One gaming console – impressive considering the components included within this chassis. On the left side we see a small indented ASUS logo.

The right-hand-side almost mirroring the left with a Republic of Gamers logo. Alongside the logo we also see some case stickers in the form of NVIDIA GEFORCE, HDMI, Intel Core i7 and Windows.

You may notice that neither of the sides have any kind of “feet” to allow the machine to lie flat, meaning that the machine can only be orientated in an upright position, limiting its use as a gaming machine for underneath the living room TV or any kind of similar setup.

The front of the machine looks incredibly sleek, with the thin red slip playing home to a DVD drive, a couple of USB 3.1 Gen. 1 ports and microphone and headphone jacks, not a bad layout, at all, considering the size of the device.

The power button is camouflaged amongst the Aztec-styling that Republic of Gamers tend to use. It’s hiding up at the top, on the left-hand-side.

The rear of the machine is peppered with inputs and ports of all different kinds. Starting with the GTX 1080 (the silver portion) we’re presented with a pair of DisplayPorts, a pair of HDMI and a single DVI. Next to the graphics card are the two power connections which cannot be inserted incorrectly due to their different shapes.

Moving towards the motherboard’s IO we can see another 7 USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.1 Gen. 2 while the other 4 are USB 3.1 Gen. 1. The more astute amongst you might’ve noticed that only adds up to 6, well the 7th port is a USB Type-C 3.1 Gen. 2, located below the sound outputs. Sound is handled using an onboard controller, with enough outputs to set up a 7.1 speaker configuration as well as optical sound, if required. Wired internet connections are sorted out via the gigabit Ethernet port. Lastly, there’s a Kensington Lock built into the rear to help prevent anyone from stealing your shiny £2100 gaming rig.

The bottom of the tower is used as the main air intake for the machine, making it unsuitable to be run on carpet for any length of time. We assume that ASUS propose you stand this on your desk and give it pride of place.

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