ASUS had a Computex kickoff event to showcase the new products they’ve developed for this year’s show. Jonney Shih, the Chairman of ASUSTek Computer Inc. was on hand to give us a presentation of their new products.
One such product is from the Republic of Gamers line, the CG8490 Desktop. This complete gaming system comes packing some serious hardware in that giant case! The heart of the beast is the Intel Core i7 980X six core CPU. And since 3.33GHz is just not enough, ASUS will be pushing it up to a minimum of 4GHz but is hoping that the final spec is closer to 4.3GHz. Memory is said to be high end and weighs in at 12GB of DDR3. Graphics are accelerated by dual overclocked Radeon HD 5870’s in CrossFireX. Air cooling for the CPU and video cards was chosen for the best price/performance ratio over liquid cooling.
The unique case is inspired by ancient and modern armor of both Eastern and Western cultures, tough to withstand punishment and resist degradation. While we don’t have the count or size, we’re told that there are quite a few large fans in place to keep system temperatures in check.
The power switch utilizes capacitive touch and a finger print reader is also included for the ultimate in system security.
ASUS expects to ship the CG8490 first to Germany in early July, with the rest of Europe to follow shortly. No promises were made about availability outside of the European markets, but ASUS is optimistic that with strong sales it will be able to make it available to US markets and China.