It’s been more than a decade since I had a desktop…which is why when ASUS revealed the ROG Strix GA15 a while back, I was intrigued enough to want to review it.
I’ve not done more desktop reviews for one simple reason; the lack of space and lack of an available display. Luckily, that’s changed in the last few weeks…which was right when the desktop released.
The stars aligned…so what was I do to but try the laptop out?
So…how was it?
Read on to find out!
What is the ROG Strix GA15?
The ROG Strix GA15 is one of ASUS’ latest hardcore gaming desktop from their hardcore ROG line.
Our review unit of the ROG Strix GA15 came with an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-core processor , an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super GPU, 32GB RAM, a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD and a 2TB HDD. Needless to say, it’s one hell of a gaming rig.
It’s a full tower chasis decked out in the ROG style; sharp lines, stylish modern deco with black and red used liberally throughout. It also features a clear window on one side, allowing you to look into the innards of the machine.
The physical dimensions of the rig are 18.9 x 42.1 x 49.8cm and it weighs a hefty 10KG.
Ports on the machine are as follows:
I really like the design on the desktop, with its handful of easy access USB ports and the audio jacks all on top of it. You don’t need to go fiddling around behind the machine for an open USB port, just plug your thumbdrive or whatever right on top of it. I did wish for more than one port though that problem can be easily solved with a purchase of an USB hub.
The chassis looks cool too.
It’s sleek, with a blazing LED line (customizable) bisecting it which gives it a unique look. The LEDs in the machine add to the bling. The bling’s definitely not as garish as most offerings out there. Hell, it’s a bit subdued for an ROG product but that’s all right with me. In fact, I prefer the minimalist touch like this any day of the week.
The handle’s also a smart feature; I found it invaluable when moving the desktop around to take pictures and relocate it. I did find myself wondering if the handle will snap (the desktop weighs 10KG remember?) with me carrying it around regularly but it help up well with no issues whatsoever.
Looks can only carry a machine so far…and a PC’s only as good as what’s inside anyways. So let’s take a look at how the machine performs!
First off, let’s see how the machine performs with PCmark 10.
There’s really not much left to be said is there?
The numbers speak for themselves.
Whether you’re looking to use the machine for content editing or normal web browsing, it’ll handle everything you can throw at it and then come back asking for more. It’s like bringing an AC-130 gunship to a robbery. Overkill doesn’t even come close to describing it.
It’s similarly beastly in 3Dmark too.
Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme tests both returned great numbers. Time Spy in particular impresses, as the machine is juuuuust short of the 10K score. I’d wager some overclocking and optimization here and there and this bad boy will shatter that barrier with ease.
The ROG Strix GA15 doesn’t just perform well in benchmarks, it holds up more than well enough running games.
Here are its scores on Final Fantasy XV.
Now, these are its scores on 4K. Even on Custom (with everything turned on and maxed), the desktop still manages to deliver a playable experience. It just gets more playable the more you go downhill. At this point, there’s really no point in doing a 1080p comparison is there?
Still not a believer in the power of the ROG Strix GA15?
Here’s how it performed with Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
It’s performance might be a bit shaky with everything maxed out in Custom, lower the settings just a tad and it breaks the 30FPS barrier with ease. Remember, this is on 4K, not 1080p and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the more demanding games from the last few years.
Adjust the visuals even more and you get even better performance out of the machine, with it delivering a nearly stable 60FPS on Medium!
Finally, let’s take a look at how the machine does on Three Kingdoms.
It’s here that the ROG Strix GA15 meets its match. The sheer amount of processing power needed to run the game at its highest settings on 4k can bring even the mightiest down to their knees.
No difference here. However, like in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, adjusting and paring down some settings brings about a remarkable difference, with decent, playable framerates.
The Bottom Line.
Do you need a beastly gaming desktop? Yes? Then there’s really no other reason to delay getting the ROG Strix GA15. It packs a massive amount of horsepower under the hood, looks pretty cool and is set to last you a couple of years no problem.
The only downside is that as a desktop, you’re going to want to find a good monitor to make the most of out the power for the ROG Strix GA15. I suggest getting something with FreeSync or G-Sync and a high refresh rate.
A beast of a desktop that can handle almost everything on high settings on 4K.
- Great hardware.
- Looks good.
- Intelligently placed ports.
- Handle for carrying!
- Need your own display.
- No SD card reader.