If you want a desktop for gaming, it’s a double-edged sword: they provide better bang for your buck than gaming notebooks, but on the other hand, these desktops are not portable at all. So it’s your choice – performance vs. portability. In this review, we’ll concentrate on ASUS G11CD-WS51, one of the newer gaming desktops, and see if it’s really worth the hype it’s been getting lately…
How’s gaming on it?
Yep, it’s the high-end GeForce GTX970 (4GB) dedicated graphics card you will find inside. Even after the release of new GTX 1000 series, the GTX970 happens to be one of the fastest engines available. You can expect high frame rates on every occasion, for example the popular GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 will give much more than 60FPS if you play on Full HD resolution and settings high. The frame rates will quickly drop if you turn up the resolution and max out the settings, but for Full HD gaming the GTX970 is all you need.
ASUS G11CD-WS51’s got a decent processor, the Intel Core i5-6400. The unit operates on four cores with 2.7GHz clock speed and 3.3GHz turbo boost. The i5-6400 is very power user (and gamer!) friendly unit, the CPU Mark test giving it around 6500 points. And throw the included 8GB DDR4 memory (one stick, one slot free, 32GB maximum) into the mix and you have a pretty solid combo for multitasking or heavy-duty applications!
The storage section offers nothing special, just one terabyte 7200RPM hard drive. There are no free M.2 slots inside, but I’m sure the computer case holds free drive bays into which you can install extra drives – or even SSDs with an adapter.
What ports and connections it includes?
To connect the peripherals of your household, there are ten USB ports to accommodate you – four are USB 2.0 and six are USB 3.0. There’s also a plenty of video outputs: HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort, so plugging in 2-3 monitors simultaneously should work.
ASUS G11CD-WS51 features a Gigabit RJ-45 port for connecting to Internet, and also a 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter if you want the wireless way.
The desktop includes an optical drive, it writes and burns CDs and DVDs.
Some other important things?
Bear in mind the included peripherals are keyboard and mouse. There’s no monitor so you need to get that separately.
The PSU seems to hold 500W rating, it should be good even if you plan to upgrade some components inside.
Summing it up
ASUS G11CD-WS51 is not the fastest gaming computer in the bunch, but if you ask me, it’s not a problem for the majority of players. The GeForce GTX970 card can take a lot of beating, even Full HD gaming, without slowdowns. And on the bright side, this computer isn’t that expensive – it costs less than the most powerful gaming desktops out there. So, if you’re happy with what the GTX970 can offer for you (I think you should be!), going for this well-priced ASUS is worth it.