January 19, 2022

Asus ROG GA35 Assessment: A Nice Gaming PC, However Not The Finest


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Asus ROG GA35

MSRP $4,999.00

“A top-tier gaming PC held again by some irritating design selections.”

Professionals

  • Stays cool underneath loud
  • Vertical GPU appears nice
  • Two entrance USB-C ports
  • Sizzling-swappable SSD drives
  • Customary sized elements

Cons

  • No horizontal GPU choice
  • A bit of loud
  • Upgrades are extra irritating than they need to be

If you’d like the most effective gaming PCs in 2021, constructing your individual isn’t an choice. Prebuilts was once overpriced, underpowered choices in comparison with constructing your individual PC, however due to the GPU scarcity, they’re downright good offers. And that’s what the Asus ROG GA35 G35DX is — a terrific deal for 2021.

I’ve some points with it in comparison with boutique choices from Origin and Maingear, however the ROG GA35 nonetheless has loads of energy to impress. It’s not too costly, both, at the very least within the pricing disaster that’s plaguing PC elements proper now. If I didn’t have already got a graphics card from ready in line at Finest Purchase, the ROG GA35 can be close to the highest of my listing of choices.

It in all probability fairly wouldn’t make the minimize, although. Small points like poor cable administration and the shortage of thumbscrews maintain the GA35 again from reaching the highest tier of prebuilt gaming PCs. That doesn’t imply it’s a foul alternative, particularly with high-end Asus {hardware} underneath the hood.

Design

Earlier G-series Asus desktops used a taller, extra conventional mid-tower case design, however the GA35 doesn’t. It has a stocky case design, measuring 16.5 inches lengthy and just below 11 inches extensive to accommodate a dual-chamber design. I’m a fan of dual-chamber instances, however it doesn’t really feel just like the GA35 makes use of the house successfully.

Asus G35DX sitting on a table.
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I’ll speak extra concerning the inner construct later. For now, simply know that each chambers are the identical dimension. The again portion holds the facility provide and the cable mess, and the entrance holds all the stunning RGB elements essential to any fashionable gaming rig. Conceal the ugly, present the glitter — that’s what dual-chamber instances present.

There are some unusual design selections, although. The all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler is put in within the again chamber, exhausting air that doesn’t have an consumption. It additionally causes the braided liquid tubes to put awkwardly throughout the motherboard, which is a development I seen with the inner format of the GA35.

Airflow wasn’t a difficulty, however it may have been higher. The one included fan is a 92mm exhaust behind the case, and there isn’t house to mount another followers. The machine was a bit of loud throughout my testing, however it wasn’t something just like the Lenovo Thinkstation P620. It didn’t get too scorching, both, with the CPU topping out at 48 levels Celsius after a 30-minute AIDA64 stress check.

The GA35 is a cohesive, RGB-ridden PC that appears great.

That’s primarily on the again of the open case design. There are filters staggered across the angular edges of the GA35, cleverly hidden within the nooks and crannies of the case. None of them have mud filters, so that you’ll should be diligent to maintain the within clear.

The temperature stunned me on condition that the GA35 makes use of a vertical mount for the power-hungry RTX 3090. The vertical mount does wonders for the visuals, too. The GA35 is adorned with as many ROG Strix merchandise as doable, together with the RTX 3090. The result’s a cohesive, RGB-ridden PC that appears great when it’s lit up.

Connectivity

Front ports on Asus G35DX.
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Asus makes a few of the greatest gaming motherboards you should buy, so I wasn’t stunned to the GA35 kitted out with wonderful connectivity. You get a pair every of USB-C and USB 3.0 ports on the entrance of the case, together with separate headphone and microphone inputs, placing even dear machines just like the Origin Neuron to disgrace.

Across the again, you’ve got entry to an additional seven USB 3.2 ports, one other USB-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, and the usual vary of audio connections. All of these ports are nice, however the two entrance USB-C ports make the distinction for me. My private rig, which I constructed with a Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic, solely has a single USB-C port up entrance. I’m jealous I don’t have a second now, as I used to be capable of plug in each my Samsung T5 and the Steelseries Prime Wi-fi into the GA35 with out reaching across the again.

Storage enlargement is superb, too. The case consists of two hot-swappable SSD bays on the entrance, in addition to an additional slot for a 3.5-inch exhausting drive within the HDD cage. The motherboard has two M.2 enlargement slots — considered one of which is stuffed from the manufacturing unit — although you’ll should wrestle with getting the GPU out to entry them.

Expansion ports on Asus G35DX.
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The port choice is nice, rivaling the likes of boutique designs just like the Falcon Northwest Talon. I like the additional cupboard space, too, however I’d’ve appreciated Asus to place these efforts towards swapping different elements, not including extra storage.

Specs and internals

Asus had 4 fashions of the GA35 that supply completely different GPU and CPU configurations. Each mannequin comes with the identical specs in any other case — 16GB of DDR4-3200 reminiscence, a {custom} Asus X570 motherboard, an 80 Plus Gold energy provide, and 3TB of whole storage (1TB NVMe SSD and 2TB HDD).

CPU AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
GPU Asus ROG Strix RTX 3090
Motherboard Customized Asus ROG Strix X570-F motherboard
Case Customized Asus ROG case
Reminiscence 16GB unbranded DDR4-3200
Storage 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD
Energy provide Delta 850W 80+ Gold
USB ports 9 USB-A, three USB-C
Networking 1Gbit Ethernet

I examined the GA35DX-XB999, which comes with a Ryzen 9 5900X and RTX 3090. This machine retails for round $5,000, which is a greater deal than you would possibly assume. I configured a machine an identical to the GA35, and it truly got here out $100 costlier (thanks, GPU scarcity). A equally configured Origin Neuron got here out $500 costlier, although with higher cable administration and extra RGB.

The GA35 is an efficient deal on the part entrance. My solely criticism is the PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. Ryzen 5000 chips help PCIe 4.0, so that is only a matter of Asus reducing the place it may.

I just like the dual-chamber design of the GA35, however I don’t like how closed it’s for upgrades.

The GA35 has some inner issues outdoors of the elements. The cable administration is sloppy, part swaps are annoying at greatest and unimaginable at worse, and the case actively fights towards you whenever you’re attempting to get inside. I just like the dual-chamber design of the GA35, however I don’t like how closed it’s for upgrades.

It isn’t something just like the Alienware Aurora R10. You possibly can nonetheless swap out elements as a result of every thing inside adheres to ATX requirements. It’s only a trouble to get there. There are additional screws at each flip, they usually’re buried. There aren’t even thumbscrews to unlatch the facet panels, a lot much less a tool-less design just like the HP Omen 30L gives.

A plastic shroud covers the surface of the chassis, which is as low cost as it’s irritating. I instantly broke one of many plastic tabs holding on the entrance cowl, and I wasn’t making use of sufficient stress to get off. There are lengthy plastic tubes in the course of every bit of the shell to maintain you out, and that’s all they’re good for.

Cable administration is sloppy, however you don’t see it instantly. It’s like shining a flashlight on a dusty desk in a darkish room, revealing all the messy bits that you just’ve been unaware of. Opening up the case, I shortly seen ketchup-and-mustard cables going to the graphics card, an additional CPU energy connector simply hanging off the facet, and a number of other small wires for RGB and fan connections pressed into crevasses across the motherboard. The entire chunky cables are routed by means of a single channel, too, revealing a small fowl’s nest of cables up entrance that solely grows within the again chamber.

Cables in the back of the Asus G35DX.
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The vertical GPU mount is a welcome addition, however it’s your solely choice. The RTX 3090 simply barely suits when laid flat, and the GA35 doesn’t have a bracket for any such configuration. It solely has two vertical brackets, locking you out of upgrading to a triple-slot GPU sooner or later.

For specs, the GA35 is as high-end as PCs come. Asus made some clear design selections to discourage customers from upgrading down the road, despite the fact that the shape issue permits these upgrades.

Productiveness efficiency

CPU pump on Asus G35DX.
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The Asus GA35 is a performant machine, however the Ryzen 9 5900X is beginning to present some age in comparison with the perfect and brightest from Intel. It’s nonetheless leagues forward of Tenth-gen and Eleventh-gen Intel chips, and the single-core efficiency is nice for gaming. Nevertheless, the upper core rely of the Ryzen 9 5950X and the hybrid structure of the Core i9-12900K give them an edge over the Ryzen 9 5900X.

Asus ROG GA35 Customized PC (Core i9-12900K, RTX 3090) Origin Neuron (Ryzen 9 5950X, RTX 3080 Ti)
Cinebench R23 multi-core 21,907 27,344 25,166
Cinebench R23 single-core 1,501 1,989 1,587
Geekbench 5 multi-core 12,695 18,282 15,872
Geekbench 5 single-core 1,692 1,962 1,682
PugetBench for Premiere Professional 1,115 1,283 1,088
Blender (Common in seconds, decrease is best) 53 N/A 53
Handbrake (Seconds, decrease is best) 58 47 50

You possibly can clearly see that in my outcomes. For single-core efficiency, the machine matches the Ryzen 9 5950X within the Origin Neuron in Cinebench and Geekbench. Unsurprisingly, the Ryzen 9 5950X carried out nicely above the 5900X within the multi-core exams, with the 4 additional cores bringing as a lot as a 15% enhance.

Outdoors of pure processor benchmarks, the GA35 exhibits extra energy. It was capable of obtain the next rating than the Origin Neuron in PugetBench for Premiere Professional, exhibiting the small acceleration supplied by the RTX 3090, and it matched the Neuron in Blender. I examined Blender with CUDA rendering, so that is my most attention-grabbing consequence. The RTX 3090 confirmed no profit over the RTX 3080 Ti.

Intel’s Core i9-12900K throws off this delicate comparability between the Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X. It’s sooner throughout the board, generally by as a lot as 25%. This isn’t true of older Intel chips, although. Step again to the Core i9-11900K, and the GA35 can wipe the ground.

The GA35 performs about the place I anticipated it to. It’s nice, however I wouldn’t suggest the configuration with the RTX 3090. It offers a minor uplift in some instances, and in others, it gives no profit in any respect. That’s all of the extra true in relation to gaming efficiency, which might be why you’re within the GA35.

Gaming efficiency

Components inside the Asus G35DX.
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The GA35 is constructed for 4K — and it higher be with an RTX 3090 underneath the hood. I ran a collection of benchmarks throughout resolutions, however I solely included my outcomes at 4K with the best doable graphics preset. This could bind efficiency to the GPU, eradicating the CPU from the equation. However my outcomes present some massive variations.

Asus ROG GA35 Customized PC (Core i9-12900K, RTX 3090) Origin Neuron (Ryzen 9 5950X, RTX 3080 Ti)
Forza Horizon 4 147 fps 160 fps N/A
Crimson Useless Redemption 2 73 fps 79 fps 72 fps
Murderer’s Creed Valhalla 69 fps 66 fps 55 fps
3DMark Time Spy 17,356 19,511 17,937
Fortnite 78 fps N/A 89 fps

In Forza Horizon 4 and Crimson Useless Redemption 2, the GA35 underperformed in comparison with my custom-built rig with an RTX 3090. The processors are completely different, however they shouldn’t be impacting efficiency a lot. Even the ageing Core i9-10900K put up higher ends in these two video games when paired with RTX 3090.

RAM is the issue. The GA35 solely comes with 16GB of RAM, which is a wierd configuration for such a high-end system. Past capability, Asus doesn’t use branded RAM modules. A consultant from the corporate informed me that the modules use reminiscence from Samsung, Micron, and Hynix. And if you already know something about Ryzen processors, you understand how massive of a distinction these dies could make.

I wasn’t capable of confirm the dies used for the modules inside my overview unit. I used Corsair reminiscence within the different two machines, although, which use Samsung B-die modules (recognized to carry out greatest with Ryzen chips). By going with 16GB of DDR4-3200, Asus selected the bottom cheap choice — and that exhibits in my outcomes. DDR4-3600 modules would resolve the issue, however in any other case, you’re leaving some minor efficiency on the desk.

The RTX 3090 truly exhibits an enormous profit in Murderer’s Creed Valhalla.

3DMark Time Spy exhibits how nicely the machine performs relative to the Origin Neuron. My custom-built rig was capable of obtain the next rating, however that’s on the again of the Core i9-12900K.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla is attention-grabbing, too. This sport nonetheless has issues with Intel’s Twelfth-gen platform, explaining the decrease outcomes I noticed with my {custom} PC. The RTX 3090 truly exhibits an enormous profit right here, pushing the GA35 above the Origin Neuron. In most different instances, the additional energy of the RTX 3090 supplied no profit.

The GA35 is a super-fast gaming PC. There’s little question about that. There are just a few small issues, although, largely centered across the system reminiscence. Most often, the variations aren’t any various frames. However they’re current, and it is best to maintain them in thoughts if you happen to plan on dropping $5,000.

Guarantee and help

Asus gives a typical one-year guarantee for the GA35. Discovering that out was a chore, although. The guarantee info isn’t printed on the guarantee card, and you’ll’t discover it on Asus’ web site. As a substitute, it’s listed on a sticker on the again of the machine, famous solely as “12M” with no context. What’s irritating is that Asus features a copy of this sticker on the guarantee card — simply with out the guarantee info.

Warranty sticker on Asus G35DX.
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You should purchase as much as three years of protection plus unintended harm safety. The usual guarantee solely covers defects and points with workmanship. One yr is par for the course with desktops. That stated, Asus may make accessing the guarantee simpler as an alternative of splitting the data throughout three places.

Together with the guarantee info, you’ll discover a product help card. Asus gives 24/7 telephone help, in addition to stay chat and e mail. For the second two, the help pamphlet factors you to a web site that doesn’t work. I needed to navigate by means of Asus’ help web page to search out the proper spot.

Just like the machine itself, Asus isn’t doing something fallacious with its guarantee or help. There are simply additional pointless steps that may make the method irritating.

Our take

The Asus GA35 is one hell of a gaming PC. It’s stacked with top-of-the-line {hardware} that delivers in gaming and productiveness with out getting too scorching (although, the fan is loud). It makes use of a typical type issue, too, so upgrades are doable even when they aren’t all the time sensible.

It’s simply not every thing it may very well be. Thumbscrews, black energy provide cables, and nearer consideration to upgrading would push it to the highest of our listing of the perfect desktop computer systems. I like to recommend the GA35, however it is best to find out about its quirks earlier than dropping $5,000.

Are there any options?

Sure. The Origin Neuron and Maingear Vybe are essentially the most direct competitors, and the Vybe prices about $1,000 much less. HP’s Omen 30L can also be a stable various due to its high-end {hardware} and tool-less case design.

The Alienware Aurora R14 and Falcon Northwest Talon are high-end gaming choices, too, although they’re each barely completely different than the GA35. The Aurora R14 is extra restrictive in relation to upgrades, whereas the Northwest Talon makes use of all off-the-shelf components and prices a bit of extra.

How lengthy will it final?

The GA35 comes filled with highly effective {hardware}, so it ought to final a number of years with what’s inside. You possibly can all the time improve down the road, however the case doesn’t make upgrades as straightforward as they may very well be.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, so long as you’ve thought-about the opposite choices. The Maingear Vybe and Origin Neuron are each top-tier gaming PCs, and the GA35 is only a small step under them. It nonetheless performs nicely, however the Maingear and Origin choices are a bit of simpler when it comes time to improve.

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