ASUS ROG GL12CX Gaming Desktop Review

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Got loads of cash to burn and plenty of games to play? If that’s the case, you’re probably looking to build a kickass gaming PC complete with all the beautiful hardware can buy. But yeah, let’s go the extra mile in spending some ducats and instead just buy one that’s tailor made for you. Well, not exactly tailor made, but you get the gist. And that brings us to our subject today. Everyone, we’d like you to meet the ASUS ROG GL12CX, a prebuilt desktop gaming PC that’s ready to take on everything you throw at it, all while looking cool at the same time. And yes, it’s expensive AF.

Technical Specifications:
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K
Chipset: Intel Z390
Motherobard: mATX
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Connectivity: 802.11ac 2x2 + BT5.0, Intel 219-V 10/100/1000Mbps
Audio: Realtek ALC1150
Power Supply: 500/700W PSU
Dimensions: 17.9cm x 40cm x 45.6cm
Weight: 11kg
Price: PHP 199,995.00
ASUS ROG GL12 Product link: https://bit.ly/2kHfSMh (page contains other configurations and their respective price points)

PACKAGING



This is our first brush with prebuilts here in HQ, and this package came in hot n large. Packed in a massive black carton, the GL12CX is a bit unwieldy. Anyway, you’ll get an overview of what you’ll getting in the package, specs-wise. Moving forward, the GL12CX is safely and securely tucked in foam together. 


There’s an extra metal panel so you can decide if you want to show off its internals or keep it simple. ASUS also throws in a keyboard and mouse, but you’ll likely have better gears compared to what’s in the bundle. So, hopefully we get a better deal rather than this combo. It's just painful to see.


DESIGN



The GL12CX is a compact thing of beauty. The case features some hard-edged accents in ROG fashion, with a hint of RGB because why not? There’s a removable panel that gives you access to a 5.25-inch disc tray and a hot-swappable 2.5” drive. Further above it are two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, an audio port, and a 2-in-1 card reader.


The left side on the other hand is covered with acrylic (not tempered glass) by default to showcase some more RGB and the hardware it’s packing. 


You have an option to switch to the metal panel, but then again why would you? The right side is a plain metal panel emblazoned with the ROG logo for good measure. There’s also a sticker of the specs sheet slapped on the upper left.


At the back, you'll get plenty of connectivity options. There are two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports, four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, Ethernet port, five audio jacks, and 1 Optical S/PDIF port.


PERFORMANCE


The ROG GL12CX is well equipped to dominate. It's packed with an Intel Core i9 9900K, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, and 32GB of RAM. It's also loaded with a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (Intel SSDPEKNW512G8) and a 1TB 7200RPM HDD (Toshiba DT01ACA100). 

CINEBENCH

MAXON's CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that tests out a computer's performance capabilities. The Cinebench Release 20 features overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years for a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user.


3DMark Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its Extreme counterpart rendering visuals in 4K.


3DMark Firestrike

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for modern gaming PCs. Its ambitious real-time graphics are rendered with detail and complexity far beyond other DirectX 11 benchmarks and games. With Extreme and Ultra versions raising resolution in 25650 x 1440 and 4K.


Unigine Superposition


Unigine Superposition is an extreme performance and stability test for PC with tests for 1080p, 4K, and 8K.



Battlefield V

Battlefield V is the very first title to support NVIDIA's Ray Tracing. Our test involves a run on the War Stories - Under No Flag section to test out the performance between RTX enabled and disabled. And of course, everything possible to adjust set to maximum/ultra. Drive it hard.

Settings:
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Anti-aliasing Post-processing: TAA High
DXR: Ultra/Off
Effects Quality Ultra
GPU Memory Restriction: Off
Graphics Quality: Ultra
Lighting Quality: Ultra
Mesh Quality: Ultra
Post-processing Quality: Ultra
Resolution Scale: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Texture Filtering: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Undergrowth Quality: Ultra
Framerate Limiter: 200
VSync: Off
Future Frame Rendering: Off



Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix is one of the most graphically intensive games to date, offering rich details and beautiful visuals to boot. Our test run involves a run on the great wilderness from Hammerhead to the road ahead.

Settings:
Framerate: 120fps
Resolution: 100%
Preset: Highest
Assets: On
Model LOD: High
TRAM: Highest
Anisotropic Filtering: High
Geomapping: On
Lighting: High
Shadows: Highest
Ambient Occlusion: High
Anti-aliasing: TAA
Motion Blur: On
Filtering: Highest
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
NVIDIA VXAO: Off
NVIDIA TurfEffects: Off
NVIDIA ShadowLibs: Off


The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 despite its age is still one of the most demanding titles as it holds up graphically. Our test is done on Mulbrydale.

Settings:
VSync: Off
FPS: Unlimited
NVIDIA Hairworks: Off
Number of Background Characters: Ultra
Shadow Quality: Ultra
Terrain Quality: Ultra
Water Quality: Ultra
Grass Density: Ultra
Texture Quality: Ultra
Foliage Visibility Range: Ultra
Detail Level: Ultra
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Depth of Field: On
Chromatic Abberation: On
Vignetting: On
Light Shafts: On


Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Settings:
DirectX12
Texture Quality: Ultra
Texture Filtering: 8x Anisotropic
Shadow Quality: Very High
Ambient Occlusion: Very High
Contact Hardening Shadows: Ultra
Parallax Occlusion Mapping: High
Depth of Field: Ultra
Level of Detail: Very High
Volumetric Lighting: Ultra
Screenspace Reflections: Ultra
Temporal Anti-Aliasing: On
Motion Blur: On
Sharpen: On
Bloom: On
Lens Flares: On
Cloth Physics: On
Subsurface Scattering: On
Chromatic Abberration: On
Tesselation: On


Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers

The Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers official benchmark tool uses actual maps and playable characters to assign a score to your PC and rate its performance. A character creation tool is also included, allowing you to view a playable character as they will appear in-game.

Settings:
Graphics Settings: Maximum Preset
Real-time Reflections: Maximum
Anti-aliasing: FXAA
Transparent Lighting Quality: High
Grass Quality: High
Parallax Occlusion: High
Tessellation: High
Glare: Standard
Texture Filtering: Anisotropic x16


Metro Last Light Redux Benchmark Tool

Metro Last Light Redux features a built in benchmarking tool that can simulate on multiple passes and comes with detailed sequences.

Settings:
Quality: Very High
SSAA: On
Texture Filtering: AF 16X
Motion Blur: Off
Tesselation: Very High
VSync: Off
Advanced PhysX: Off
Runs: 3


Temperature

For the temperature, we look for the average on a 30-minute idle state and load temperatures are tracked during 3DMark's Time Spy stress test for the same duration. The test system is under a 30C ambient room temperature, and unit is in Celsius.



Power Consumption

Our power consumption test is done alongside our temperature test. Temperatures are recorded using a wattmeter, and measured is the overall system power consumption.



CONCLUSION


If you’re considering getting the ASUS ROG GL12CX, you’re likely throwing value out of the window. You’ll dish out a lot to get it on your desk, room, or wherever you need it to be, but you’ll get a gaming powerhouse that can mow down whatever you throw at it without breaking a sweat. Price-wise, it's going to set you back PHP 199,995.00. I'm pretty sure you already made some calculations in mind how much you'll save if you'll just make one yourself, but you and I both know that's not the case of this product's existence. 


So, then. Let’s get real here. If money is no object and you don’t have the time to bother building your own PC with all the research and effort that come along with it, the ASUS ROG GL12CX is a beautiful prebuilt that presents itself as one of the best options your money can buy. Bar none.

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