ROG Announces the Strix GL12CX Gaming Desktop

    Strix GL12CX

    New York City, New York and Taipei, Taiwan (October 9, 2018) - ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Strix GL12CX, a full-featured factory-overclocked and liquid-cooled gaming desktop featuring up to the latest 8-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. The 9th Gen Intel Core processor is fully unlocked for further fine tuning via our Armoury Crate software, which also lets you customize the Aura Sync lighting inside and out. 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. With cutting-edge components and extensive connectivity 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 GL12CX was 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 multi-threaded workloads such as rendering, transcoding, and other tasks. “We are excited to work with ASUS on the launch of ROG Strix GL12CX, bringing leadership gaming performance and robust platform capabilities of the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9 desktop processor to gamers and enthusiasts with this amazing design,’ said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel of the Client Computing Group at Intel. “ASUS is excited to build on our close relationship with Intel to deliver the best performance to gamers and eSports professionals alike,” said Vivian Lien, Head of Global Marketing for Gaming at Republic of Gamers, and Chief Marketing Officer at ASUS North America. “The ROG Strix GL12CX is built not only to dominate the latest games with its overclocked and liquid-cooled 8-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 the ROG Strix GL12CX. Each processor is subjected to a series of stress tests to ensure the GL12CX’s high factory overclock. A customized Cooler Master 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.

    Innovative lighting and storage

    The ROG 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 of these 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. The GL12CX has a hot swap SSD bay developed for eSports gaming that is 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, the GL12CX includes ASUS’ innovative DIMM.2 module that slots into the system 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 integrates heatsinks for each SSD. These two additional connections allow for dual NVMe drive, RAID configurations, or one can be used for expansion while the other can be used for Intel Optane Memory to accelerate a large storage drive.

    Extensive connectivity

    The ROG 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. The GL12CX has carries an optical 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/PIDF connector for compatible receivers. The 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi 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. To find out more about the ROG Strix GL12CX, check out the ASUS Edge Up article.

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    SPECIFICATIONS

    ROG Strix GL12CX

    CPU Intel® Core™ i9-9900K
    Intel® Core™ i7-9700K
    Intel® Core™ i7-8700K
    Chipset Intel® Z390
    Operating System Windows 10 Pro
    Windows 10
    Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 8GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 8GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 8GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 1060 3GB
    Main Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
    Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB M.2 PCIe® SSD
    1TB / 2TB 7200rpm HDD
    Connectivity Intel Gigabit LAN
    2x2 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth 5.0
    Optical 1 x SuperMulti DVD RW optical drive
    Interface Front IO
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
    1 x Microphone in / Headphone Out
    1 x 2-in-1 card reader SD/MMC

    Rear IO
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
    5 x audio jacks
    1 x Optical SPDIF out
    1 x RJ45
    Expansion 1 x M.2 (for Wi-Fi)
    1 x M.2 supporting SATA, NVMe and Intel® Optane™ memory
    1 x M.2 support NVMe and Intel® Optane™ memory
    1 x PCIe x1
    5 x SATA 6Gbps
    Software Armoury Crate
    Sonic Studio III
    Sonic Radar III
    GameFirst IV
    Accessories Included keyboard and mouse
    Lighting Aura Sync support
    Power 500 W / 700W
    Dimensions 7.05 x 15.75 x 17.95 in
    17.9 x 40 x 45.6cm
    Weight 24.25 lb
    11kg

    AVAILABILITY & PRICING

    The ASUS ROG Strix GL12CX is immediately available for pre-order with availability in November.