Asus is reportedly preparing to unleash its Republic of Gamers-branded gaming rig, the Tytan CG8565. First displayed a few months ago at Computex, Asus has been relatively quiet about the machine since. Although we haven't seen an official release date, the Tytan has surfaced for preorder on a European retailer's website for 13,957 Polish Zloty (~$4,495).
The Tytan's design is supposedly inspired by ballistic missile submarines -- we assume that's what the rear slope and hinged front hatch are all about, but we're no naval buffs. Aesthetics aside, the Tytan CG8565 will be offered in various configurations, though there appears to be two primary options that parallel our Enthusiast's PC and Luxury System.
The lesser-endowed rig has an unnamed second-gen Intel Core i5 CPU (presumably the i5-2500K) and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB, while the pricier setup has a Core i7 (presumably the i7-2600K) alongside a GTX 590 3GB. There's also talk of an Asus Xonar DX sound card, but it's unclear if that will ship standard in all Tytans or if it's merely optional.
The product page lists two PCI, two PCIe x1 and three PCIe x16 slots, support for up to 32GB of RAM (16GB is probably the most you'll find preinstalled), various HDDs and SSDs, as well as a DVD or Blu-ray drive. There's no shortage of connectivity with a 16-in-1 card reader, an eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel audio and various video connectors.
The spec sheet mentions a keyboard and mouse, but there's no word on what they'll be. The $4,495 offering is specced toward the higher end of things with a Core i7, the GTX 590, 16GB of RAM, a 160GB SSD and a 2TB HDD, so we wouldn't expect to see prices much higher than that when the Tytan embarks on its maiden voyage in the coming weeks.