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ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890: a beast of a system

Imposing, powerful and expensive

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Rampage IV Formula and much more great stuff

We had been a bit worried about receiving a system that looks like a body builder on the outside, but inside was more akin to Popeye before the spinach. Fortunately we were reassured by the system specs, including an Intel Core i7-3960X, 16 GB of RAM from four GSkill DDR3-2133 Ripjaw Z (CL10-12-12-31, 1,65 volt) modules.

ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop

For the motherboard ASUS picked one of its own, built around the X79 chipset with Socket 2011. They used the Rampage IV Formula. The processor is kept cool by means of a Water 2.0 water cooling set from Thermaltake. It's a pre-assembled set that you can mount on the processor right-away without needing to add water. The system runs on a 900-watt PSU. It's too bad it's not modular, because that does affect the cable management.

It's also a bit of shame that the chassis is just constructed out of steel and not painted black. It might look daunting from the outside, but not so much inside. We also noticed that the power supply actually doesn't have enough connectors, so ASUS had to get creative and use adapters. A total of 10 fans are built in, two in the chassis, two in the rear panel, and three in each side panel. The water cooler has an extra thick 12 cm fan.

ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop

Most of the expansion slots were already occupied. There's a large graphics card, and a Xonar Phoebus audio card based on a Realtek ALC898 chip. ASUS included the matching break-out box with audio ports and volume control. The other expansion card is an 802.11n WiFi card.

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ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop
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Desktop, Intel Core i7 3960X, 16 GB, Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, 2256 GB, Microsoft Windows 8

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