The Asus ROG Strix G10 (G10CE-AH766) is a gaming PC that offers incredible value for money, thanks to a strong Intel Core i7 processor, RTX 3060 graphics card, lots of memory, and tons of SSD storage.
- Elegant design with some RGB lighting
- Solid gaming and productivity performance
- Quite upgradeable
- RTX 3060 is a steal for the price
- No gaming Keyboard and Mouse in-the-box
- Doesn't support overclocking
If you want one of the best gaming PCs in 2022, building your rig isn’t an option. Previously, we considered prebuilt PCs to be overpriced, underpowered options compared to building your own PC, but the recent GPU shortage has proven them to be downright good deals. And, that’s what the Asus ROG Strix G10 G10CE-US564 is – a great, affordable deal for 2022.
While it doesn’t perform as powerfully as boutique options from CyberPowerPC or iBuypower, but the Asus G10CE-US564 still has lots of power and style to impress. It’s not too expensive, in fact, it’s one of the most affordable ROG Strix G10 we’ve seen, it costs less than its Core i7-powered model, the Asus ROG Strix G10 G10CE-AH766 that we reviewed recently. If you’re just getting into PC gaming and on a tight budget, this Strix G10 should be near the top of your list of options.
I’m reviewing the Asus ROG Strix G10, which is one of the company’s budget gaming desktops. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-11400F processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 GPU along with 16GB system memory and 512GB SSD storage, it certainly has decent specs for the price. It’s not perfect, and it’s not the most powerful, but this system’s smart part selection, meticulous design, and attention to detail make the Asus G10CE-US564 one of the best-value gaming PCs on the market.
Asus ROG Strix GL10CE: Specs
- Processor: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-11400F
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
- Memory: 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0
- Dimensions: 7.1 x 16.9 x 16.9 inches
- Weight: 24.6 pounds
Asus ROG Strix G10CE Review: Design
The ROG Strix G10CE-US564 comes in a compact metal build which has a very premium look on the outside with an LED streak that dominates the front panel. A bunch of sharp strikes with fading intricate folds also run along the front of the chassis, flush with a prominent Republic of Gamer logo.
The full tower CPU sports an iron-gray finish weighs around 24.6 pounds and has a capacity of 27 liters. Measuring 7.1 x 16.9 x 16.9 inches, the G10CE-US564 will easily fit over or under a desk hassle-free. There’s an embossed Asus logo on the right panel of the CPU while the left side panel has ventilation for heat dissipation. Asus offers an optional transparent side panel that you can replace with the ventilated shaft. This gives you a view of the hardware inside with the help of the intricate RGB lighting system.
On the top are easy access ports – two USB 3.1 along with a microphone in/headphone-out jack. The power button is cleverly placed on the top right corner of the desktop. The top side is tapered slightly along the edges, which complements the overall design.
Around the back are multiple I/O ports with cutouts for ventilation and a power supply unit. These ports include – two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, two USB 2.0 Type-A, a single HDMI, 3-in-1 Audio jacks, and an RJ45 Ethernet port.
The RGB lighting system across the desktop can be controlled via the Asus Aura Sync utility in the pre-loaded Armoury Crate app.
Overall, the Asus ROG Strix G10 has a gorgeous design, is robust, and is less nerdy as compared to most gaming desktops in the market.
Asus G10CE-US564 Review: Performance
The Asus ROG Strix G10CE delivers the best of both worlds. With an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11400F processor and 12GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, this desktop is perfect for more than just running PC games. The G10 G10CE packs a powerful chipset and a capable graphics card that delivers the kind of power required to perform heavy multi-tasking like video rendering and content creation while hiding its impressive gaming DNA.
The motherboard here is Intel’s B560 which doesn’t support overclocking or RAID configurations. Even without overclocking, the RTX 3060 graphics card used here is capable enough to handle most modern titles without breaking a sweat.
Our review unit, the G10CE-US564 packs 16GB DDR4 RAM in two DIMM slots and has two more slots for memory expansion up to 64GB. The desktop also comes fitted with an M.2 PCIe 512GB SSD which suffices for super-fast boot time and even the games load pretty fast.
The GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card performs well for gaming, delivering over 60 fps on most AAA titles played at 1080p resolution and high settings. The RTX 3060 is incrementally faster than its mobile version and is based on the GA106 Ampere chips and is paired with 12GB DDR6 graphics memory with a 192Bit memory bus.
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This graphics card supports PCI 4.0 and offers 3,584 cores, making it a better performer than the older Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and therefore a great candidate for 1080p gaming at high settings.
In real-world gaming, the Asus ROG Strix G10 runs Vampire Bloodhunt at 178 fps (high, 1920 x 1080), but drops to 112 fps in 1440p, but that’s still decent for a desktop at this price point. The same impressive performance is replicated in Forza Horizon 5 (116 fps), Guardians of the Galaxy (135 fps), and Cyberpunk 2077 (71 fps), all played in 1080p at high settings.
For an enhanced audio experience, the Asus ROG Strix G10 supports DTS Headphones: X with 7.1-channel surround sound. Asus offers further control and optimizations of the audio via the DTS Audio app which allows users to adjust the sound output based on the kind of content being played. So, there are presets for Entertainment, Games, and Sports which can be tweaked based on the kind of listening source.
Should you buy the Asus ROG Strix G10CE?
For its asking price and feature set, the Asus ROG Strix G10CE is a gaming PC worth its salt. The desktop offers a subtle balance between work, entertainment, and entry-level gaming. Though you’ll be hard-pressed to play 4K games on this machine, it packs just enough power for 1080p gaming and 1440p at the very top, and it can run some intensive software as well.
However, if you’re a power user looking to overclock the CPU, you’ll have to look elsewhere. This is a gaming machine created strictly for the entry-level gaming PC market.
With the ROG Strix G10, Asus finally delivers an elegantly designed desktop that doubles up as your entertainment hub if you pair it to a 4K monitor like the Asus ROG Strix (XG43UQ). And its upgradability capabilities ensure that you can overhaul the internals to the latest hardware for better performance.
If you’re looking for an entry-level gaming PC and are not willing to go the DIY way, the Asus ROG Strix G10 (G10CE-US564) is one of the best gaming desktops you can get for your money.
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