Thanks to Asus, we’ll be taking a look at their console-inspired ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC. The ROG GR8 II is new successor to their original GR8, which is already discontinued. This new compact mini gaming PC is now powered by an Intel Core i7-7700 (Kaby Lake, non-K version) running at 3.6GHz (4.1 Turbo Boost), and comes packed with some great features including, built-in wifi, 16GB of DDR4-2400 ram, an Intel 256GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB GDDR5) graphics card.
Looking at the specs, the Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC certainly sounds impressive. But what really caught my eye when I opened the box, was the sleek design and compact size of the system. It’s not your usual boring looking chassis. It comes with a nice two-tone grey/metallic orange color and a nice ROG logo etched on to one of the side panels.
Mini gaming PCs are becoming more and more widespread, and it seems to be the trend lately. At this year’s Computex 2017, we saw a ton of manufacturers showing off their mini PCs, including Asus, ASRock, BIOSTAR, Shuttle, MSI, Gigabyte, and of course Zotac.
Mini PCs are a very niche market, and more so for mini PCs got gaming. That’s because most of the high-end graphics card needed for gaming, are usually full size desktop versions. So it’s no easy feat to fit one of these into a compact chassis. That’s why when it comes to mini gaming PCs, most of the components are either miniaturized or mostly consist of laptop components.
Asus’s infamous ROG brand (Republic of Gamers) is dedicated purely for the hardcore gamers. So it’s no surprise to see a ROG branded, console-inspired, mini gaming PC from Asus … the GR8 II.
We’ll be putting the Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC though its paces to see how well it will perform during our benchmarks. Let’s start by taking a look at the specifications on the next page.