ASUS ROG Huracan G21: A Small PC with 8-core and RTX 2080by Anton Shilov on February 13, 2020 10:00 AM EST
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ASUS this week updated its compact ROG Huracan G21 gaming system. The new enthusiast-class machine retains a stylish miniature case that allows easy access to components, but offers more CPU and GPU choices and provides considerably higher performance than before.
The futuristic chassis of the ASUS ROG Huracan G21 measures 129.9×372.4×366.1 mm, which is clearly smaller than a traditional tower desktop. ASUS engineers have managed to pack the machine with everything that its bigger brothers have to offer, including Intel’s eight-core Core i9-9900K CPU, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080, up to 32 GB of RAM, an M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, two 2.5-inch SSDs/HDDs, one 3.5-inch HDD, and even a DVD drive (possibly, to install older games). See general specifications in the table below.
As mentioned above, the chassis allow owners of the ROG Huracan G21 to upgrade the system hassle free. Furthermore, ASUS equipped its ‘baby’ gaming PC with a very well-thought cooling system with multiple inlets, so no component is going to overheat. In fact, the ROG Huracan has a special magnetically attached foldable panel on its side that can be easily opened to further improve thermal and actual performance. Speaking of performance, it is necessary to note that the PC comes with the ASUS ROG Aegis III application that enables easier performance tuning and monitoring of components.
Reasserting its ‘enthusiast-class’ pedigree, the ROG Huracan G21 features a robust set of I/O capabilities, including multiple USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 Type-A/Type-C connectors, Intel’s I219-V GbE adapter, Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi 5 solution, various display outputs (depending on the graphics card), and an audio subsystem equipped with the ESS Sabre DAC and offering analog and S/P DIF connectors for a 5.1 speaker system.
|The 2020 ASUS ROG Huracan G21|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-9700K
Intel Core i5-9400
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB
|Memory||Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666|
|Storage||M.2||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB SSD with SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 interface|
|2.5-inch||One hot-swap bay|
|3.5-inch||1 TB or 2 TB HDD|
|ODD||Slim Super Multi DVD drive|
|Wi-Fi + Bluetooth||Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 5|
|Display Outputs||Depends on GPU|
|Audio||Realtek ALC1150 with ESS DAC and amplifier|
|USB||Front||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
|Back||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
|Other I/O||Analog and S/P DIF audio connectors|
2 × 280W adapters
1 × 230W and 1 × 280W adapters
2 × 230W adapters
1 × 180W and 1 × 280W adapters
1 × 180W and 1 × 230W adapters
|OS||Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro|
To make the ROG Huracan system look as good as it performs and enable owners to customize its looks, it also has multiple RGB LEDs that can be controlled using ASUS’ Aura Sync software.
So far, ASUS only lists the 2020 ROG Huracan G21CX computers on its website, so expect the machine to show up shortly. Availability will vary from region to region, but it is reasonable to expect ASUS to launch the systems across the world more or less at the same time.
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damianrobertjones - Friday, February 14, 2020 - linkIs GPS where a game needs to use Windows Maps to find a location, which aids in the game mechanics?
Spunjji - Friday, February 14, 2020 - linkAs far as I'm aware there are plenty of AMD pre-built systems that also offer the benefit of not looking like this... thing.
milleron - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - linkIs it the external power supply(s) that prevent Asus from offering this system with an RTX 2080 Ti or is it card-length constraints? (With that upgrade, this could be my MS Flight Simulator 2020 computer, but I'd worry that an RTX 2080 wouldn't be sufficient to run it in 4K.)
eastcoast_pete - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - linkHas MS released any specifics regarding hardware requirements for their new Flight Simulator ? I was/am under the impression that the likely best system for it might just be the new XBox coming later this year.
eastcoast_pete - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - linkI know they didn't look artsy, but I miss the all-metal cases with a plain, even top. Always nice to have a place for my external USB3 or eSATA drives, and the shorter cables make for faster transfer rates. With this thing, I'd be worried of getting hurt if I step on it by accident.
wr3zzz - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - linkI want to know the models of the MB and graphics card. Mostly the card since MB is never hindered by case dimensions. I am rebuilding my SFF performance machine and I would consider this had not for the ugliness of the case.
Dug - Thursday, February 13, 2020 - linkWow, the ugly stick didn't get past this one.
Spunjji - Friday, February 14, 2020 - linkIndeed. It got a damned good thrashing by the looks of things.
bigvlada - Friday, February 14, 2020 - linkPCIe 3.0, 32GB RAM max, proprietary MB and PSU, bad cooling, on a platform in its twilight years. Pass.
yetanotherhuman - Monday, February 17, 2020 - linkIt's pretty large for a "baby" system. Also, it looks like someone took random scraps from the case factory floor and welded them together. Hideous.