ASUS ROG Huracan G21: A Small PC with 8-core and RTX 2080by Anton Shilov on February 13, 2020 10:00 AM EST
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ASUS this week updated its compact ROG Huracan G21 gaming system. The new enthusiast-class machine retains a stylish miniature case that allows easy access to components, but offers more CPU and GPU choices and provides considerably higher performance than before.
The futuristic chassis of the ASUS ROG Huracan G21 measures 129.9×372.4×366.1 mm, which is clearly smaller than a traditional tower desktop. ASUS engineers have managed to pack the machine with everything that its bigger brothers have to offer, including Intel’s eight-core Core i9-9900K CPU, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080, up to 32 GB of RAM, an M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, two 2.5-inch SSDs/HDDs, one 3.5-inch HDD, and even a DVD drive (possibly, to install older games). See general specifications in the table below.
As mentioned above, the chassis allow owners of the ROG Huracan G21 to upgrade the system hassle free. Furthermore, ASUS equipped its ‘baby’ gaming PC with a very well-thought cooling system with multiple inlets, so no component is going to overheat. In fact, the ROG Huracan has a special magnetically attached foldable panel on its side that can be easily opened to further improve thermal and actual performance. Speaking of performance, it is necessary to note that the PC comes with the ASUS ROG Aegis III application that enables easier performance tuning and monitoring of components.
Reasserting its ‘enthusiast-class’ pedigree, the ROG Huracan G21 features a robust set of I/O capabilities, including multiple USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 Type-A/Type-C connectors, Intel’s I219-V GbE adapter, Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi 5 solution, various display outputs (depending on the graphics card), and an audio subsystem equipped with the ESS Sabre DAC and offering analog and S/P DIF connectors for a 5.1 speaker system.
|The 2020 ASUS ROG Huracan G21|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-9700K
Intel Core i5-9400
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB
|Memory||Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666|
|Storage||M.2||128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB SSD with SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 interface|
|2.5-inch||One hot-swap bay|
|3.5-inch||1 TB or 2 TB HDD|
|ODD||Slim Super Multi DVD drive|
|Wi-Fi + Bluetooth||Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 5|
|Display Outputs||Depends on GPU|
|Audio||Realtek ALC1150 with ESS DAC and amplifier|
|USB||Front||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
|Back||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
|Other I/O||Analog and S/P DIF audio connectors|
2 × 280W adapters
1 × 230W and 1 × 280W adapters
2 × 230W adapters
1 × 180W and 1 × 280W adapters
1 × 180W and 1 × 230W adapters
|OS||Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro|
To make the ROG Huracan system look as good as it performs and enable owners to customize its looks, it also has multiple RGB LEDs that can be controlled using ASUS’ Aura Sync software.
So far, ASUS only lists the 2020 ROG Huracan G21CX computers on its website, so expect the machine to show up shortly. Availability will vary from region to region, but it is reasonable to expect ASUS to launch the systems across the world more or less at the same time.
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vkansagra - Thursday, September 17, 2020 - linkHi, I would like to share my nightmare and never-ending problems with ASUS ROG Huracan G21.
I had purchased G21CX with Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB and 512GB PCIe M.2 in February 2020. Once it arrived we unboxed it, turned it on and registered it online. Afterwards, we kept it back in the box as the designated user had not joined.
When I tried to turn it back on once the person had joined and PC has to be issued. Surprisingly it didn't turn on. After a long call with ASUS call centre, they decided to send a technician to inspect it.
The way the technician was fiddling with it, he had never seen that model. Anyways, he took it back to the service centre and I was informed that motherboard had conked off and would have to be replaced. I mean come on, this is a $3,000+ computer and had stopped working literally out of the box.
They took a couple of days to replace the motherboard and delivered it back to me. It worked fine till today.
Today it started acting up and wouldn't work in dual monitor setup. I tried all possible troubleshooting and it sent the signal to just one monitor. Half an hour later I shut it down and went for dinner. After dinner when I tried to turn it on, it just stopped sending the signal to monitor altogether. Now I am sitting in front of a very expensive paperweight with RGB lighting.
I think this is just a rip-off where ASUS tries to peddle its sub-standard components as pre-built computers and just let the customer suffer.
I have built 40+ gaming computers using ASUS parts for my office. Apart from that, we have 7 ASUS ROG GL12 computers that are working perfectly fine. It is only this most-expensive mistake that doesn't seem to work. I am actually fed up with this computer and will demand a refund or a brand new replacement for this computer.