Computer systems maker ASUS today added an interesting gaming desktop to its otherwise portable systems heavy computer lineup. The newest addition to the ASUS stable is the Essentio CG8350-04, an out-and-out gaming PC that is based on Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chips.
The gaming system packs in some of the best available components and carries brute power under the hood. Gamers are given a choice of Intel’s latest Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Sandy Bridge CPUs to choose from. There is also a built-in Intel H67 Chipset, with support for 4 x DIMM Dual Channel DDR3 1333 MHz memory slots. So gamers can load up to 8GB of memory on to their systems.
ASUS is also giving gamers the freedom to include a discrete graphics card, but the choice is limited to NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX460 1G, GTS 450 1G, GT430 1G and GT420 1G cards. For storage, the system has lots of space with 3 HDD bays that support up to 6TB capacity. ASUS has left nothing out for connectivity either and gamers will have every possible connectivity option they might require including USB 3.0.
The 13 kg system is powered by a 400W or 500W PSU and is already available for customization and shipping. There has been no official word from ASUS on pricing, though the base configuration can be expected to cost around $900.
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