ASUS has officially announced the launch of their latest RoG offering in the form of the GR6 ultra-compact desktop. Readers who participated in ASUS’ Dream Machine modding contest have seen the GR6 already as treated by some of the world’s top modders but now they can get the GR6 for themselves. The console-inspired system is ultra portable, being only 2.5-liters in size but packs a 5th generation Intel core i5 processor inside paired with a GeForce GTX 960M mobile graphics as well as 8GB of DDR3L memory and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi. For more photos and information, check out the official press release below:
Taipei, Taiwan (16th April, 2015) — 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.
Optional gaming-grade reinforcements
ROG GR6 comes with the optional ROG Gladius mouse and M801 keyboard or the ROG Sica mouse and RA01 keyboard bundles, to ensure users get the most out of their games.
ROG Gladius mouse and M801 Keyboard set
ROG Gladius is a wired optical gaming mouse that gives gamers a competitive advantage in FPS games. Gladius boasts ultra-durable Omron® switches with an exclusive easy-swap switch socket design for customizable click resistance, a two-level DPI switch, slide-to-press side switches, and a 6400DPI optical sensor that tracks up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration. Gladius is also the first mouse in the world to support a 2000Hz USB polling rate.
The M801 mechanical keyboard has an aggressive geometric design, compact dimensions, and features full anti-ghosting, N-key rollover, and game/PC modes to give PC gamers uncompromised gaming control. It features six backlight modes for low-light gaming environments, and utilizes durable MX-grade red mechanical switches for responsive keystrokes.
ROG Sica mouse and RA01 Keyboard set
ROG Sica is crafted for marathon MOBA gaming, and is designed with input from pro-gaming teams like Taipei Assassins. This ambidextrous 5000 DPI optical gaming mouse optimizes click responsiveness by having the buttons independent of the mouse body, and is especially suited for those with a fingertip grip. Its exclusive easy-swap switch socket design even lets users customize click resistance.
The full-size RA01 gaming keyboard has red-backlit keys with four illumination modes, and has 19-key anti-ghosting for FPS games – allowing gamers to perform precise in-game moves. Multimedia keys give full control over media player and volume levels, while a Windows key lock prevents accidental keystrokes from interrupting gaming sessions.
Additional bundled utilities
ROG GR6 has several ASUS-exclusive features that help improve the user experience. AI Suite III is an intuitive hub that lets users tweak system parameters and other features with just a few mouse clicks. GR6 users who sign up for new accounts will be given 100GB of ASUS WebStorage free for an entire year for easy file sharing and storing. ASUS HomeCloud lets users access ROG GR6 remotely to stream multimedia content or open files online.
USB Charger is also enabled on the front USB port of the GR6 to charge mobile devices in half the time, even when the PC is turned off or in hibernate mode.
GR6 also comes with a one-year full Kaspersky® Anti-Virus license for thorough, real-time protection against virus and malware attacks.
|ASUS ROG GR6 SPECIFICATIONS|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-5200U Processor|
|Operating system||Windows® 8.1Windows® 8.1 Pro|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM|
|8GB 1600MHz DDR3L memory (up to 16GB)2 x SO-DIMM
1 x 2.5in 1TB 7200rpm HDD,
1 x 2.5in 500GB 7200rpm HDD,
1 x 2.5in 128GB SSD, or
1 x 2.5in 256GB SSD
1 x 2.5in extension bay for HDD/SSD
1 x 2.5in 128GB SSD and 1 x 2.5″ 1TB 7200rpm HDD
|Networks||Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
1 x Headphone1 x MIC-in
2 x USB 2.0 (1 with USB Charger)
3 x Audio jacks (LINE_IN/LINE_OUT/MIC)
1 x S/PDIF optical out
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x LAN(RJ45)
4 x USB 3.0
1 x 19V DC-in
1 x Kensington lock
|ROG-exclusive features||SupremeFX AudioSonic SoundStage
Sonic Radar II
Steam Big Picture Launcher
|Other features/bundled software||Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year full license)Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
ASUS EZ Update
AI Suite III
|Accessory bundles||ROG Sica gaming mouse and RA01 gaming keyboard (optional)ROG Gladius gaming mouse and M801 gaming mechanical keyboard (optional)|
|Colors||ROG black and red|
|Size||Max. 238 x 245 x 60mm, 2.5-liter chassis|
 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.