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Jan 11, 2017 Written by: MasterC

Republic of Gamers Announces ROG GR8 II

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The successor to the GR8 has arrived! ROG GR8 II (left) carries on the tradition of delivering powerful gaming while occupying very little space. Sure it is slightly larger than its predecessor but ROG favored that extra gaming power and we're confident you would too. This 4-liter gaming PC is the smallest VR-Ready system money can buy, and very portable weighing in at just four kilograms. GR8 II kept a design which makes you feel like you've got future alien tech in your possession, and when you fire it up the AURA SYNC lighting on the system and across the ROG peripherals pulses and glows in a way that makes you wonder if you have triggered a countdown to unfathomable consequences. Even if you don't have a wild imagination, GR8 II will get you in the mood for gaming nevertheless.

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Powered by the latest 7th Gen. Intel Core i7 or i5 desktop processor paired with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and making it VR-ready is a customized desktop ASUS GTX 1060 which makes this around 10% faster than the previous generation GTX 970. GR8 II is designed with VR gaming in mind, been tested extensively with the Oculus Rift and has two HDMI ports allowing you to easily connect up both a monitor and a VR headset at the same time. Despite the compact size, you can still connect up to three displays for surroound gaming using the two HDMI ports and DisplayPort.

To make a gaming system as small and powerful as possible, it is vital for a high-performance system (especially this size) to get maximize the efficiency of the airflow, heat pipes and fans. The last thing you want is the disappointment of finding out your new PC is as loud as holding two hand-held electric fans to your ears, or that it always crashes at the most inopportune times. ROG implemented a solution to deliver stability even for gaming marathons while being super-silent at 23dB at idle.

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ROG GR8 II is ideal for living rooms, desks with limited space, and LAN parties if you much rather game on desktop monitors than laptops. Either the PG348Q, PG258Q and PG27UQ would be a great match in terms of aesthetics since they all match the plasma copper and matte black color scheme, and they all feature G-SYNC for smooth gameplay without tearing.

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You can find AURA SYNC lighting in three areas on the front of the chassis, you can choose from 8 million colors and apply one of 10 lighting effects to suit your mood. When connected to ROG peripherals such as the Claymore, Spatha or any of the latest mice from CES 2017, you can pick from 12 AURA SYNC modes which make the lighting come alive as they everything is synchronized.

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Even being this compact, ROG crammed in two storage options, offering a slot supporting up to an M.2 PCIe SSD (best for your OS) and an easily accessible 2.5-inch bay (in case your collection of games is too impressive for the M.2). SupremeFX in tandem with Sonic Studio III software mean amazing gaming audio with a new routing feature for streaming. For networking, you can choose a wired connect using Intel Ethernet (I219-V), or go wireless with in-built 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas and MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) technology offering up to 867Mbps transfer speed.

There are two USB 3.1 ports (Type-C and Type-A) and four USB 3.0 ports. The two USB 3.0 ports at the front make it easy to connect up a couple of game controllers, or if you plan to use wireless peripherals from the couch it's better to use these to provide the receivers with better reception. When using the GR8 II as a media center you could consider extra Bluetooth peripherals since Bluetooth 4.2 is built-in so you won't use up any USB ports. When conneted to a home theater you can get both video and audio from a single HDMI connection, for some older amplifiers (without HDMI) or surround-sound systems for PC you can use the S/PDIF optical out for digital audio output.

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Press Release

Republic of Gamers Announces GR8 II

Console-sized 4-liter mini gaming PC built for VR with desktop-grade 7th Generation Intel Core processors and

custom ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 desktop-grade graphics

 

KEY POINTS

  • World’s smallest gaming PC for VR with up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7 desktop-grade CPUs & custom ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 desktop-grade graphics
  • VR-friendly design with extensive connectivity including two HDMI ports for simultaneous connections to a VR headset and display
  • Dedicated processor and graphics card chambers, specially-tuned cooling system and ROG-exclusive audio technologies enable epic gaming experiences.
  • Aura Sync RGB lighting can be synchronized with a variety of ROG peripherals, and features 12 different synchronization modes

 

Taipei, Taiwan (11th January, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced GR8 II, a 4-liter gaming PC with full gaming desktop performance to cater to any gamer’s requirements. It is currently the world’s smallest gaming PC that is designed for VR, and has the most advanced graphics in its class with full-size custom ASUS GeForce® GTX 1060 desktop-grade graphics. It is powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel® Core i7 (‘Kaby Lake’) desktop-grade 65W processor and 32GB of DDR4 memory, and can run the latest AAA gaming titles smoothly.

GR8 II has a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports to connect a VR headset and display simultaneously. Its specially-designed cooling system provides the stability required for non-stop gaming marathons; while gaming-friendly features such as Intel Gigabit Ethernet and ROG-exclusive SupremeFX, Sonic Studio III, Sonic Radar III and GameFirst IV technologies enable epic gaming experiences. GR8 II also features ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting, which has 12 light synchronization modes with a variety of Aura Sync-compatible ROG peripherals for a myriad of customization options.

 

Smallest gaming PC built for VR

ROG GR8 II is a console-sized gaming PC designed for unstoppable gaming and VR experiences. It redefines PC gaming by allowing gamers to take full-gaming desktop-grade performance everywhere they go. GR8 II features powerful desktop-grade components including a full-sized custom ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and up to a 65W 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with 32GB DDR4 memory. 

The desktop-grade custom ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card gives GR8 II the most advanced graphics in its class, allowing it to create immersive gaming worlds with super-smooth visuals. This graphics card delivers three times (3x) the performance of previous-generation cards and brilliant VR performance.

In testing[1], GR8 II performed 47% better than similar GTX 960-equipped gaming PCs and 10% better than GTX 970-equipped gaming PCs. It ran Overwatch® in 2K and Full HD resolutions at frame rates averaging 70fps. The 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor provides unprecedented levels of gaming and multi-tasking performance, with an 8% performance boost versus the previous generation, and decreases frame rendering latency during VR gaming.

GR8 II has been extensively tested to ensure it meets the recommended specifications required to power Oculus Rift. It has a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports to connect a VR headset and display simultaneously. Gamers can also hook up two displays via HDMI for their Twitch streams and chat rooms, or play games on up to three HD displays through DisplayPort. In addition, GR8 II supports 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays and features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. NVIDIA G-SYNC synchronizes the display's refresh rate with GR8 II's GeForce GTX graphics card to minimize lag and eliminate frame-rate stutter and visual tearing for ultra-smooth visuals.

 

Compact, spacecraft-inspired design with Aura RGB lighting

ROG GR8 II has a stylish 4-liter chassis that is ideal for any room, and can be connected to a TV for big screen entertainment. It is also compact and light enough to bring to LAN parties.

GR8 II features Aura Sync LEDs on three areas across the front face of the chassis. Aura Sync RGB lighting takes customization to the next level, offering 12 synchronization modes with ROG peripherals including keyboards and mice, and 10 lighting effects. A color palette comprising of 8 million colors lets gamers tailor GR8 II’s LEDs to reflect the feel of the game being played.

ROG GR8 II has a bold spacecraft-inspired design with a matte-black finish. It has chiseled sharply-angled side panels, a Plasma Copper-colored mid-frame and a perfectly-framed ROG logo on the side panel for an eye-catching aesthetic that stands out among other gaming desktops.

 

Special cooling design for non-stop gaming

ROG GR8 II has a specially-tuned cooling system with an optimized airflow design, copper heat pipes and dual fans to purge heat from the system. Cleverly-designed vents and dedicated chambers for the processor and graphics card provide the right amount of airflow to each component for stable performance for non-stop gaming marathons.

ROG GR8 II draws less than 30W at idle and delivers quiet performance, with a noise level of 23dB at idle — 24% more quiet than a tower desktop.

ROG GR8 II can be specified with an M.2 PCI Express® or SATA solid-state drive (SSD) and a 2.5-inch hard disk drive[2] to give gamers the speed afforded by the M.2 SSD and the large storage capacities offered by the 2.5-inch HDD. Simple slide-off covers provide easy access to the additional 2.5-inch HDD/SSD storage bay for quick upgrades.

 

ROG-exclusive gaming-friendly features

ROG GR8 II features the exclusive ROG SupremeFX shielded audio for truly immersive in-game sound. Sonic Studio III has an all-new intelligent routing feature made for streaming, while Sonic Radar III is an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever. In addition, the GR8 II has the very latest Intel Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother and lag-free online gaming. Next-level 802.11ac
Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas offer up to 867Mbps[3] transfer speeds, while the very latest MIMO technology ensures that every connected user experiences the fastest wireless and online speeds.

GR8 II has all the connectivity features needed for gaming peripherals. The reversible USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports provide easier device connections and a data rate of 10Gbps — so transferring a 2GB movie file takes less than 2 seconds to complete. Super-fast and stable 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides strong signal delivery and three times (3x) the speed of previous Wi-Fi standards for smooth online gaming or video streaming, while built-in Bluetooth® 4.2 conveniently connects GR8 II to any Bluetooth device for a complete home PC experience.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

ROG GR8 II product page: https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-GR8-II/

 

SPECIFICATIONS[4]

ASUS ROG GR8 II

Processor

7th Generation Intel® Core i7-7700/i5-7400 65W desktop processors

6th Generation Intel® Core i7-6700/i5-6400 65W desktop processors

Operating system

Windows 10

without OS

Chipset

Intel® H110

Graphics card

ASUS-customized NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Graphics (VR capable)

Memory

DDR4 memory (up to 32GB)

2 x SO-DIMM

Storage

1 x 2.5-in SATA 6Gbps 7200rpm SSD/HDD; up to 1TB

1 x M.2 SSD; up to 512GB

Wireless

Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth®  4.2

LAN

Intel® Gigabit Ethernet

Connectivity

Front:

1 x headphone jack

1 x microphone jack

2 x USB 3.0 ports (one with USB Charger)

 

Rear:

1 x line out

1 x S/PDIF optical out

2 x HDMI  2.0

1 x DisplayPort 1.4 with G-SYNC support

2 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 3.1 Type C

1 x USB 3.1 Type A

1 x RJ45 LAN

1 x 19V DC-in

1 x Kensington lock

Power supply

DC 19.5V, 11.8A, 230W power adapter

Size

88 x 299 x 281.3mm

Weight

4kg

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,368 awards and earned approximately US$14 billion of revenue in 2015.

 

[1] ROG GR8 II test configuration: Windows 10 Home, Intel Core i5-6400 processor, 4GB DDR4-2400 DRAM, ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 2.5-inch 256GB SSD.

[2] Specification may vary by region

[3] Actual speed may vary. Wi-Fi hotspot feature operates at 802.11a/b/g/n. Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

[4] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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