New Asus ROG Tytan gaming PC transforms at the push of a button

By on June 11, 2012, 6:00 PM

Although many enthusiasts prefer the satisfaction of building their own PC, there's still a solid market for pre-fabbed gaming machines. Asus and a handful of other companies seem to understand this. However, Asus thinks they have an irresistible feature that sets their beastly PC apart from the competition: it transforms itself into a halfway-open, innards-rearing, overdriven gaming rig at the push of a button.

The Asus ROG Tytan CG8890 -- a rig for gamers who know it's what's on the inside that counts -- admittedly looks pretty nice on the outside too. However, when users push that "Turbo Gear" button though, its side and top panels magically lift to partially reveal its glowing insides: a bevy of mesmerizing, LED-lit fans and an impressive liquid cooling system. 

When the system is operating in Turbo Gear mode, the PC is overclocked between 3.8GHz to 4.2GHz, depending on the user's choice.

Although the somewhat zany transformation feature adds a fun sense of novelty to this gaming machine, don't let its gimmicky selling point fool you. Inside, the system features an Intel Core i7-3960X, GeForce GTX 690, 16GB of RAM, 2 x 128GB SSDs in RAID-0 plus a 2TB 7200 HDD and an Asus Xonar DX sound card. 

Although a price hasn't been announced, it's a safe bet the radical Tytan ROG will be as expensive as you're thinking (perhaps even more so). SSDs, liquid cooling, GeForce GTX 690 and a custom case which features special "transformative powers" will likely come at a substantial premium.

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Guest said:

So it shows a couple of what look like 60-80mm fans that dont appear to get any intake ventilation when closed up. Yea thats a great idea.

Complete and Total, Undeniable Waste of Money

ramonsterns said:

Okay, that would be cool.

Guest said:

They could of made mesh on the sides so the fans are used even when there closed. Kinda makes you have to leave them open all the time to get the best cooling.

Scshadow said:

Complete and Total, Undeniable Waste of Money

Lies. Just cause its not very practical doesn't mean its not cool and unique. I just wonder if its as loud as it is awesome. There is a reason they don't have live audio.

Cota Cota said:

Nice surround speaker :P

Retail PC's are more likely overpriced by wastes like these.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

3960x: ~$950

690: ~$1000

2X 128gb SSDs: ~$650

The case: ~$500 for novelty

Liquid cooling: ~$250

2 TB HDD: ~$150

16gb Ram (Doubtful that they'd use cheap stuff): ~$250

Sonar: ~$90

That's about $3850 give or take depending on where they get the pieces. Most likely a 15% overhead for "professional" installation. That puts this baby at about $4430...again, give or take. Does anyone agree with my very very rough suggestions? This isn't even counting that blu ray burner nor the power supply that they'd need to run this beast.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Looking at at least $5000 there, and then you can add a 2nd 690 +$1000, more SSD +$1000, I wouldn't be surprised if the top tier unit is approaching the $8000 mark. All for something that would likely never be used to its full potential.

Guest said:

that was the most ridiculous video I have ever seen, but then it was so stupid that I laughed. I was expecting the tower to turn into something complicated, I don't know why.

Arris Arris said:

Best bit is the hand closed very flimsy looking front panel.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That's a pretty cool idea if I'm trying to land that computer on an aircraft carrier.

Doctor John Doctor John said:

I reckon it's a pretty amusing bit of kit!

PS For goodness' sake don't take it near that aircraft carrier

treetops treetops said:

lol at 5k+ why not get water cooling?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can we get just the case? ... Please?!

Guest said:

2X 128gb SSDs: ~$650 . LOL are you out of your mind? the ocz vertex 3 are about 100 each lol

baroquer said:

2X 128gb SSDs: ~$650 . LOL are you out of your mind? the ocz vertex 3 are about 100 each lol


Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

I would think that the people who don't care for building their own rig would probably be the kind of people who like thins like this. So who knows, maybe a good move by Asus.

MilwaukeeMike said:

I think it's just a marketing strategy to get us to talk about ASUS. if they sell a few, that's a bonus.

Guest said:

Yes, it transforms....... but does it blend?

Guest said:

Eh, actually, it's almost critical that you run a computer in an enclosure - otherwise the fans are far less effective. A lot of folks think that out in the open does better cooling, but rather, airflow... having airflow is what keeps it cool enough.

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Best bit is the hand closed very flimsy looking front panel.

Haha, yes. That front panel looks kind of iffy...

Guest said:

2 x 128gb ssds not 500 more like 200 or maybe less as its a bulk deal.

This boz is one for the show-offs. Why not ? if you got the muliks go for it.

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