It is a well-known fact that if a gamer wants the best value for his money, he should get a desktop. But the question is, should it be a self-assembled unit or a brand one like ASUS G11CD G11CD-US008T? In this review, we’ll let you know if that ASUS is a worthwhile choice to run your games with top frame rates!
Processor is strong – As expected, the CPU is excellent in ASUS G11CD G11CD-US008T. It’s the Intel Core i7-6700, a latest 6th generation quad-core beast with an appropriate 3.4GHz clock speed and a whopping 4.0GHz turbo. It’s one of the fastest desktop processors available, or what do you think about the ~10000 CPU Mark grade? Only a handful of processors can beat that.
Great graphics performance – The essential things for gamers. Graphics card is the dedicated GeForce GTX960 with 2GB GDDR5, and it’s the desktop version, not the weaker mobile edition. To give you some real life examples, GTA 5 will run at ~60FPS when settings are maxed out and resolution 1080p. The Witcher 3, using a similar set-up, will give around 30 frames per second. The dual-width card is installed in a PCI-e x16 slot and the PSU is rated at 500W so you shouldn’t have problems upgrading it if you want to.
Plenty of connections – ASUS G11CD G11CD-US008T features in total 10 USB ports – four USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 and two USB 3.1. Video outputs are many: there’s HDMI-out and VGA via the mainboard’s chipset, plus HDMI-out, DVI and 3 DisplayPorts in the graphics card.
Network connectivity – You’ll find a Gigabit RJ-45 port in the back, also 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter is installed inside.
Great local data transfer options – A DVD burner is available, so is a 16-in-1 media card reader that should support any existing memory card type.
Decent memory – ASUS G11CD G11CD-US008T features 8GB memory (one stick) and it’s the DDR4 type. You can upgrade it to 32GB if need be. There are two memory slots, but as DDR4 supports 16GB sticks, the thirty-two gigabytes can be reached.
No monitor included – Quite a no-brainer, but this desktop doesn’t come with a monitor. But USB mouse and keyboard are included.
A hybrid hard drive – Not a very bad thing, but I’d rather see a full-blown solid-state drive. The current hybrid one (1TB 7200RPM HDD + 8GB SSD cache) is faster than a mere hard drive but slower than a real SSD. Bear in mind it will be shown as one drive in My computer, you can’t decide yourself what files will be put on the SSD part. If you want to install a real solid-state drive you can do so, the motherboard has four SATA 3 connectors.
Summing it up
ASUS G11CD G11CD-US008T is a classic gaming desktop: it costs more than your regular computer but in exchange offers enough performance to run any game (as of the end of 2015) with ultra settings and 1920×1080 resolution – you can thank the i7 processor and GTX960 card for that. The only big disadvantage is the hybrid hard drive, but making this system a lot faster with a real solid-state drive is possible. All in all, I think this ASUS would be well worth a gamer’s money.