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ASUS Republic of Gamers’ (ROG) debuted the new version of the ROG Strix GL12 esports gaming desktop at their Year-End event at Copper Bar. The GL12CX uses the same compact chassis as the original GL12CM, but the internals are overhauled with up to the latest Core i9-9900K eight-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. To complement the hot-swap SSD bay demanded by esports tournaments, there’s an innovative DIMM.2 module that can hold dual SSDs cooled by dedicated heatsinks.

A beast even at stock, the Strix GL12CX is liquid-cooled and factory-overclocked to give you the sharpest competitive edge. The CPU is fully unlocked for further fine-tuning via our Armoury Crate software, which also lets you customize the Aura Sync lighting inside and out. With cutting-edge components housed in an easily upgradeable design, the ROG Strix GL12CX offers a jaw-dropping gaming experience today with room to grow into tomorrow.

Locked and loaded with the latest processor and liquid cooling

The All-New Strix GL12CX is built with the most powerful components available, starting with the best processor for gaming: the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor. With 8 cores and 16 threads, the new Intel processor is capable of delivering high-frame-rate gaming while simultaneously live-streaming, recording gameplay, and juggling chat and other applications. It’s also ideal for creative professionals, delivering incredible performance in multithreaded workloads such as rendering, transcoding, and other tasks.

The ROG Strix GL12CX is built not only to dominate the latest games with its overclocked and liquid-cooled eight-core processor but also features an industry-first with Aura Gaming lighting integration with compatible games, signaling changes in environment and other crucial visual cues to further enhance gameplay.

Only the best processors make it into Strix GL12CX. Each processor is subjected to a series of stress tests to ensure the high factory overclock. A custom Cooler Master CPU liquid cooler, along with an extra 90mm fan at the back on the overclocked models then help to keep processor temperatures in check, preventing heat-induced hitches and slowdowns in performance, all while operating at a stunning 4.9GHz overclock on all cores and threads.

The fastest processor for gaming finds its GPU counterpart in NVIDIA’s latest and greatest Turing architecture. Known as the GeForce RTX series, Turing mixes CUDA cores for traditional rasterization with RT cores for ray-traced effects and Tensor cores that accelerate noise removal through Deep
Learning Super Sampling.

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Innovative lighting and storage

Strix GL12CX has sharp angles on the front and top of the case, evoking the gashes on a katana on armor. The included Armoury Crate software allows for the customization of the RGB lighting that spills out of the intake and exhaust vents. ASUS Aura Sync technology also allows users to synchronize the system lighting with compatible peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and even monitors. The Aura Sync lighting can also reach to in-game events and environments in compatible games such as the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Strix GL12CX has a hot-swap SSD bay — developed for esports gaming — that’s hidden behind the case’s magnetic front cover, allowing for quick swapping in of profiles and games without needing to shut down the system to install a new drive with the required tools. The hot-swap bay also greatly simplifies storage upgrades for all users. Finally, Strix GL12CX includes the innovative ASUS DIMM.2 module that slots into the system’s new Z390 motherboard. This expansion card uses a memory-style slot to provide two M.2 connections for SSDs. Since heat can slow down the performance, the DIMM.2 module has integrated heatsinks for each SSD. These two additional connections allow for dual NVMe drives and RAID configurations, or one can be used for expansion while the other can be used for Intel Optane memory to accelerate a large hard-disk drive (HDD).

Extensive connectivity Strix GL12CX was designed with extensive connectivity to support all gamers’ gear and needs. In addition to the front hot-swap SSD bay, other front panel ports include a 2-in-1 card reader, two USB 3.1 and two USB 2.0 ports. Strix GL12CX also features an optical disk drive to serve any legacy DVD needs.

The back offers a total of six USB ports along with five audio jacks and a digital S/PDIF connector for compatible receivers. The 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi card is capable of greater-than-gigabit speeds and also includes Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to all the latest peripherals in supported low-energy modes, output to more than once device at a time and makes connections at greater distance and with greater throughput than before.

Availability & pricing

ASUS ROG Strix GL12CX will be available for purchase from late January 2020, from R29,999.