ASUS GR6 GR6-R019R looks like a neat desktop for sure. It’s not a typical grey (or black) box but a smaller unit with unique red-and-black design. In addition to appearance, in the engine room you’ll also find a capable Broadwell-based Core i5 processor working together with 8GB memory. Graphics card is also a dedicated one, and indeed this desktop seems to be geared toward the gaming folks. Well, let’s see if your gaming sessions would be enjoyable or just full of lag with this little machine…
How’s the performance?
Considering there’s a 5th generation Intel i5-5200U processor inside, you can use ASUS GR6 GR6-R019R for most things – even for gaming (more about that later). The dual-core processor in question features 2.2GHz clock speed, but there’s also turbo boost that ups the frequency to 2.7GHz. CPU Mark score is 3500, not excellent for a desktop, but this rig shouldn’t have problems with running applications you throw at it.
The default memory is 8GB, and it can be upped to 16GB maximum (there are two SO-DIMM slots available). Unfortunately I couldn’t find out whether one or two of those slots are already taken. The storage consists of a 1024GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive – many people have been asking whether it’s possible to replace it with SSD. The answer is yes, with some skills you can do that, SSD will fit in just like the current 2.5″ SATA hard drive.
Is it also good for games?
ASUS GR6 GR6-R019R is pretty good for games, considering it’s equipped with GeForce GTX 960M that uses dedicated 2GB memory. However keep in mind it’s a mobile version, so you’re not getting full performance here. Anyway, The Witcher 3 – a game considered extremely heavyweight – is reported to run at ~30FPS using 720p resolution and medium-high settings. Another example, GTA 5 would get over 50FPS using 1080p and high settings.
What peripherals can I plug in?
In total six USB ports are available, two of those in front (both USB 2.0) and rest four in the back which are USB 3.0. Hooking up two external monitors is also possible, the back panel has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs for that. As far as I know, SD card reader isn’t available.
It’s true this computer doesn’t have an optical drive, so how can you install games? Well, you can download most of them from Internet. But if you can only install some games from discs, you can always get an external DVD drive (costs around 30 bucks) and plug that in to this computer.
Internet connectivity should be great, ASUS GR6 GR6-R019R offers you a Wireless LAN adapter supporting the 802.11ac standard. Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45 connector is also there – Bluetooth is not, but with USB dongle you can get that, too.
Other things to keep in mind?
One of the selling points here is the compact size. The dimensions are 9.3″ x 2.3″ x 9.6″ (HxWxD), much much smaller than a typical desktop. Also the weight is just 2.8 pounds, similar to some ultrabook laptops. But don’t forget this unit needs to be plugged in to power outlet at all times, it has no battery installed.
The power supply has only 120W wattage, but that should be enough for the current setup.
The Amazon version of this desktop doesn’t come with keyboard and mouse.
If you want a true gaming desktop, you’d better build one yourself. But obviously, that takes some skills and time. If you want a convenient setup, then a computer like ASUS GR6 GR6-R019R might be an excellent choice. First, it’s small, so hiding it somewhere isn’t problem – and even if you have to keep it in plain sight, the design won’t look awkward but rather eye-pleasing. But the most important thing, the performance, is quite good: with the 5th Generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and dedicated GeForce card, most games won’t hiccup using 1080p resolution and higher settings. The price is also affordable, so if you want an easy yet decent choice for gaming, this ASUS might be worth your money.