ASUS debuts ROG GR6 living room PC with GTX 960M

Posted on Thursday, April 16 2015 @ 13:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ASUS introduces the ROG GR6, a new living room console-like PC based on the Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell-based processors and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 960M GPU. The device comes in a 2.5-liter enclosure and has 8GB DDR3L memory (upgradeable to 16GB), support for one 2.5" HDD/SSD, SupremeFX audio, 802.11ac WiFi, DisplayPort, HDMI, and four USB 3.0 ports. The keyboard and mouse pictured below are optional upgrades.

The ROG GR6 measures 238mm x 245mm x 60mm and reportedly has a max noise level of just 28dBA.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the ROG GR6 ultra-compact desktop, a console-inspired 2.5-liter PC with supreme gaming performance. GR6 is powered by a 5th-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M graphics for Full HD gaming. It features 8GB of DDR3L memory (upgradable to 16GB), and hard disk or solid state drives (SSD). GR6 also has built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. GR6 features a matte-black finish, Mayan-inspired detailing, and a pulsing ROG logo. It is ideal for gaming in the living room or bedroom, and is portable enough to take to LAN parties.

Enhancing the gaming experience
ROG GR6 boasts superior audio and networking hardware and software in its arsenal to give gamers exceptional gaming experiences. SupremeFX, Sonic Studio, and Sonic Radar II work in unison to provide immersive in-game audio, while Intel® Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III ensure smooth online gaming experiences.

SupremeFX audio delivers immersive sound thanks to a combination of premium components, a design that reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI), and other audio utilities. High-end Japanese-made ELNA® audio capacitors provide natural and warm sound reproduction, and render in-game audio effects in greater detail. The analog and digital components of GR6 are isolated and separated from one another to minimize electromagnetic interference. Sonic SenseAmp automatically adjusts the built-in amplifier to match headphone impedance for pitch-perfect sound. Sonic SoundStage lets users tailor in-game audio settings to any game genre; it even works with SteamOS without the need for any additional software.

To help users get the most out of its incredible audio hardware, GR6 features a powerful collection of audio solutions, including Sonic Studio, and Sonic Radar II. Sonic Studio is a tuning suite that features one-click Virtual Surround for 7.1-channel audio, even on 2-channel stereo headsets. It even lets users control Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ settings as well for amazing sound.

Sonic Radar II gives gamers an added gaming advantage, allowing them to detect opponents through an onscreen overlay that shows the relative origin of gunshots, footsteps, and other sounds. Intel Gigabit Ethernet gives better throughput without putting a strain on processor resources, and is a feature greatly appreciated by gamers worldwide. It has improved transmission control protocol (TCP) and user datagram protocol (UDP) performance, doubling the speed of similar technologies for small online game packets for lag-free online gaming.

GameFirst III provides lag-free gameplay by prioritizing game packets and allocating more network bandwidth for games. It features four preset packet priority modes, along with a manual setting to give users total control over their network. A built-in Network Monitor tool helps manage network traffic and test connection speeds.

PC gaming on your HDTV instantly with Steam Big Picture Launcher
Steam Big Picture Launcher gives gamers quick access to Steam Big Picture at a touch of a button, giving them a console-like PC gaming experience on a Full HD 1080p TV. The pre-installed Steam utility lets users download games straight to their GR6 in just a few clicks.

In addition, ROG is currently working with Valve to ensure GR6 works perfectly with Steam OS and Steam Controller.

Easy-upgrade design and exceptional cooling performance
ROG GR6 features an upgradable design with slide-off covers for easy access to the 2.5-inch HDD/SSD storage and SO-DIMM memory bays. ROG GR6 is whisper-quiet at just 20dB at idle and 28dB when running at full load — perfect for gaming in the living room or bedroom. It runs cool too, with dual copper heatpipes and a large fan efficiently directing heat away from the CPU and GPU for maximum cooling.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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