ASUS ROG Tytan CG8890: a beast of a system

Imposing, powerful and expensive


Blu-ray, HDD and SSDs

A mammoth system like this of course needs the appropriate amount and type of storage, and ASUS doesn't disappoint, with two SSDs and a hard disk. The hard disk is a Seagate 2 TB ST2000DM001 7200 rpm hard drive, supported by two Sandisk 128 GB U100s in RAID0. It's a little disappointing the ASUS used exactly those SSDs, like in the Zenbooks, but at least they're connected to the SATA600 ports.

The Tytan comes with a Lite-On Blu-ray burner and a covered bracket where you can fit a 3.5-inch disk. There are another two vacant 3.5-inch trays, and above the disk section there is room for an extra 3.5-inch disk. It's also possible to fit a 5.25-inch disk. ASUS included card readers for CompactFlash, MemoryStick and SD. The tray for the hard disk, the Blu-ray burner and the memory card reader are not accessible when the front panel is shut.

ASUS RoG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop

The top edge of the cabinet has four USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0. On the back you'll find four USB 3.0, six USB 2.0, PS/2, two eSATA and a gigabit port. ASUS also included the handy ROG Connect software. With a female-female USB cable you can connect your laptop to the motherboard and then use the software to overclock your laptop.

ASUS RoG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop

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Asus RoG Tytan CG8890 Gaming Desktop

Desktop, Intel Core i7 3960X, 16 GB, Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, 2256 GB, Microsoft Windows 8

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