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ROG Strix GL12 Gaming Desktop, 9th Gen 8-core Intel Core i7-9700F, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Home, Iron Grey, GL12CX-NS763

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  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GDDR6 (2 x HDMI, 2 x DP)
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9700F 3.0 GHz (up to 4.7 GHz) and Z390 Board
  • 1 TB HyperDrive M.2 SSD (up to 3200 MB/s), 16 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Home
  • eSports and LAN-party ready with hot-swap SSD bay and USB 3.1 Gen 1 front panel connections allows easily expandable storage (*USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more at ASUS website)
  • Game your way with ASUS Aura Sync RGB chassis lighting; keyboard and mouse included
  • DIMM.2 storage expansion module cooled by a dedicated heat sink allows for easy upgrades and max performance

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4/ 5
Great components, questionable thermals 5/29/2020 9:37:56 AM

Pros: Quality Hardware:
I7 9700f is a great value lower power alternative to the 9700k and has more than enough power for gaming
The RTX 2060 is an Asus Turbo RTX 2060 6GB (blower style card)
Included wireless/bluetooth is the Intel 9560
PSU is a Chicony 80 plus bronze 500W
SSD is an Intel 1TB 660P
This system can handle almost any game at 1440p, and even 4k provided some settings will need to be lowered for some games
Plenty of USB3 type A ports
RGB looks nice and is easily controlled with the Armory Crate software
DIMM.2 slot is great and has additional thermal pads if a 2nd m.2 drive is installed
3 chassis fan headers (1 used with the 90mm exhaust)

Cons: The primary reason for the 4 eggs is the out of the box thermal performance. All this case has is a single 90mm exhaust fan. This, when combined with the cheap air cooling solution installed on the i7 9700f leads to very warm temps, which get even slightly worse with the included acrylic side panel. And this acrylic panel doesn’t sit flush with the case either. Having a blower style card in this case without proper airflow is a mistake.
CPU heatsink/fan is very basic and sounds like a jet engine taking off when under load. CPU temps with this hsf would reach 80c when running Cinebench r20. That’s well within spec, but see the other thoughts to see what this cpu should run at when properly cooled.

RAM is 2x 8GB Samsung 2666 C19. Very basic and doesn’t properly match the other components IMO

Included keyboard and mouse are low quality. The description lists them after the Aura Sync, giving the impression that they keyboard and mouse are Aura Sync compatible. They are not. Anyone looking at the website for the GL12CX expecting an Aura Sync Strix mechanical gaming keyboard and mouse will be very disappointed. I honestly wish ASUS would just not include the low end keyboard and mouse with this config and instead include front and top 120mm fans for better thermal performance instead. No one buying this machine will be happy with the keyboard and mouse provided for gaming use and will likely just buy something to replace them immediately after unboxing them.
No USB type C or Thunderbolt, DIMM.2 doesn’t have a 2nd m.2 screw (but it does have the extra thermal pads)
Card reader is USB2.0 - which may not even be used by most people and anyone needing a card reader will be better served with a USB3 external reader. This card reader doesn’t seem like it’s even needed and could just be left off.
Custom Z390 motherboard with a very limited BIOS. This again may not be that important to most people. An advanced mode is accessible by pressing f7, but options are limited. There isn’t even a way to control the speed of the fans.
I couldn’t get any RAM to run faster than 2666. I have 2 kits (borrowed from other systems for testing) that can run at 3200 – 1 is C16 and the other is C14. Setting XMP to run RAM at 3200 just resulted in the system locking up. This is a shame considering the included ram mentioned above. On the positive side, the CLR CMOS jumper is easy to find ��. I’m not sure if this is restricted by speed, or if there is a voltage restriction to 1.2v as my other kits need 1.35v to run at 3200 while the stock ram runs at 1.2v. Something to keep in mind if someone wants to upgrade this system down the road.

There was a clicking noise coming from somewhere that was resolved with a BIOS update to ver 308.

I won’t comment on the looks of the case, that’s subjective. But the case just didn’t feel “high quality” to me in any way. But it does look nice.
Wifi will constantly not connect unless you are using the ASUS ROG wifi driver, which may require a trip into the device manager to manually select the proper driver. Wifi performance is fantastic with the correct driver though. Check the driver version and compare it to the version listed from the ASUS website if you have any wifi problems (especially on 5ghz).
Motherboard sensors are from Nuvoton (NCT6796D) and are wildly inaccurate when using any program like HW Monitor or HWinfo64. Shows motherboard temps from cold boot at 130c (obviously incorrect). If I had to guess the sensor is reporting in Fahrenheit and getting labeled as Celsius.

Overall Review: I wanted to review this system as-is first, and then see what I could do to get the maximum performance out of it. The first thing I did was add a front and top 120mm fans. This reduced temps from 80c on the cpu to 75c when running Cinebench R20, but didn’t affect the score (3023). This also improved GPU fan noise just a bit. I thought this was because the front fan airflow was restricted by the HDD cage in the front. So the next logical step was to install a 120mm CLC (H60 water cooler) like the system is pictured online and remove the HDD cage to further improve air flow (HDD cage removal is easy, just 2 screws). The CLC brought CPU temps down to a max of 52c and HDD cage removal also allowed the GPU to get more fresh cool air. Gaming temps were now just below 80c and the fan didn’t sound as loud. I really can’t say it enough how disappointing it is that this configuration doesn’t include the 120mm CLC or at the very least front and top 120mm fans. I then added the 3200 ram and while the system would not boot at 3200, I was able to run 1 kit at 2666 C16. This brought CPU scores up about 3-5% depending on the program. Cinebench went up to 3155 and the CPU score in 3Dmark went from 7569 to 7811 There were gains from faster timings and I would imagine there’s still performance left on the table to be gained if there was a way to run the RAM at 3200 C16 or better.

No matter what I tried I couldn’t get the ASUS Armory Crate system control software to install when I upgraded the OS SSD to a 512GB 970 EVO Plus – I kept getting the services not running error.
Something to keep in mind if anyone buying this system wants to do a complete system wipe or add a faster OS drive (or run in AHCI mode).
The default SATA mode is to run with RST with optane, which can cause issues with various programs like Samsung Magician. Setting this machine to run in AHCI requires a complete reinstall of Windows as changing this setting will make the OS unable to boot. This setting can be changed to AHCI by pressing f7 in BIOS and going into the advanced settings. Keep in mind that I was unable to get Armory Crate to function properly after doing this (after 5 complete Windows reinstalls, and after trying many different combinations of installing the drivers), so if you want AHCI you will lose control of the RGB.

This review may seem a bit negative or harsh, but I was honestly impressed with the overall system performance for the price (especially after adding the H60 CLC and the 120mm front fan to the stock case). This system has plenty of horsepower and a decent enough look to it. The cons could easily be handled with changing the config to not include a keyboard and mouse and having a CLC and extra fans instead, or better yet, include these and the Strix gaming accessories that are present on other configurations.

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5/ 5
Great up-gradable system 5/27/2020 2:54:40 PM

Pros: Bottom line up front – This Newegg Select edition ROG STRIX GL12 system is a gamer’s dream starter system. It comes with enough high performance components to perform well with just about any game straight out of the box so you don’t HAVE to fiddle with it, but the places where Newegg and ASUS controlled costs with careful parts selection like fans, cpu cooling, and additional lighting, makes it clear that this is a perfect starting point for building your own customized gaming machine.

This is the first “Newegg select” full system I’ve ever had, so right away I was very eager to see how the features selection match up on a value vs. performance comparison. On paper, just buying the parts alone would cost almost exactly the same as buying this computer, so when the box arrived I was immediately looking for the value beyond just the sum of the parts. You really can’t build this any cheaper using retail parts unless you’re re-using a lot of components that would still have to be fairly new, so every nice touch is an added value that goes beyond just the price.

Pros:
Fast performance right out of the box
Custom case that looks great yet is VERY customizable
Case has plenty of space above the motherboard for a single-fan sized water cooling radiator
Quiet
Clear or ventilated metal side panel both included
Some lighting included and is controllable by the included ASUS software suite
Amazing bang for the buck - you can't buy these components by themselves for any less than this complete system with warranty

As expected, setting up and using this system was a great experience. Unboxing the system was fun, and I spent quite some time inspecting the computer, taking some of it apart (like the dimm.2 SSD riser) to see exactly what parts were included. Inside the box was the computer, an additional clear plexi side panel, a keyboard, an optional front panel to cover the area where an optical drive and removable SSD chassis can go, and a small accessory box with a fold-out installation guide, warranty guide, power cord, mouse, and removable 2.5” drive chassis for the front mounted hot swappable drive option.

Taking the side panel off, we can see the first sign that this system was intended to be customized. The interior is not painted. It is bare steel, and the packaging even included an anti-corrosion strip of absorbent paper to fend off rust. Other immediately noticeable details were what looks like a stock intel cpu cooler, bare memory sticks with no heatsinks or lighting, and fairly basic black power and data cabling that was competently installed but not particularly attractive. There is only a single basic case fan, installed as a rear exhaust. This is exactly what I expected for this system, but there were some very nice things that also stood out. First and foremost, this system appears to have room for either a single fan water cooling radiator on top, or a thin double length radiator in the front. At the top, this case leaves an extra 2 inches between the top edge of the motherboard and top of the case, permitting a decent thickness radiator and fan to be installed at the top of the case without impinging on the motherboard. ASUS deserves praise for this design feature!

Opening up the back panel, I can see that ASUS and Newegg have chosen a non-modular PSU, but went with sleeved black wiring to avoid the visual horror show you get with bargain power supplies. Again, the wires are competently and neatly routed but not particularly inspiring. The extra power cables are stuffed in between the PSU and a drive cage sized to hold 2 conventional 3.5” hard drives. It’s nice to see the cage available for multiple drives like this, since it adds a world of additional storage options. An unused fan mount in front of the drive cage would blow air over and around the drive cage, but has only a few small holes to permit airflow through the drive cage so there simply won’t be much airflow around drives mounted here. There are vent holes underneath the lower drive cage permitting some air to flow in or out of the case below the drive cage, another nice additional feature. The 2 wifi antenna wires are routed up to underneath the top trim plastic of the case and there is no option to attach your own external wifi antennas unless you get and add a backplate with the appropriate connectors of your own. I saw a total of 1 cpu fan and 3 chassis fan headers, and additional headers labeled cooler LED, RGB header, ODD PWR (Optical drive power?), and PSW8001. The removable drive chassis is powered by a dedicated motherboard header labelled HDD PWR. It would have been nice if the optical drive power cable were included or available.

Cons: There are a few cons that are probably inevitable due to the nature of this system's component selection choices. When you're building a fast system with an eye towards controlling costs, some of those options are going to be really basic. While I'm listing these in the "Cons" section, realize that just about every one of these cons represents a place where Newegg and Asus chose to save you money since you are likely to upgrade them anyhow.

The case side panel screws are not thumbscrews. This is an easy fix.
The cpu cooler is just the stock intel cooler so while it's fairly quiet and does the job, it is audible when the system is fully loaded and the cpu does get fairly warm. Again, there is plenty of room in the case for an alternative cpu cooler of your choice to be added.
Instructions for adding in commonly used components such as an optical drive or which power headers are recommended for water cooling were also missing, as were the custom wiring harnesses you would need to fully utilize the optional features on the motherboard.

Now for a couple of actual "Cons" that should be fixed.
There is no real manual for the motherboard and since it is not a retail board, figuring out the various optional headers and finding cables to plug into some of them (like the optical drive power header) is going to require some searching.
The inside of the case is not painted at all, which could potentially allow some rust or corrosion. A simple primer coat wouldn't look any worse than the bare metal and would head off potential rust issues, while still permitting customization down the road.

Overall Review: You can probably tell I like this computer and all the potential it has. I strongly recommend this system as either a complete basic gaming system with some amazing features, or as the starting point for your own custom gaming machine. Here are some additional thoughts.

Overall, the build quality looks to be very high, with good attention spent on detail while using components carefully chosen to give a great bang for the buck. I do wish the interior had been at least painted with an unoffensive primer, but otherwise the build is solid with no obvious problems.

I found it interesting that while the wired network chipset was not specified in the system specifications, in my system it was in fact an intel I219-V chip, a nice feature upgrade from the generic Realtek network adapters we see in cheaper motherboards. The wireless was of course the intel AC-9560, which provided quite nice performance on my 802.11AC network.

Benchmarking is not my focus on a system like this that is intended to provide the best bang for the buck, so I limited my benchmark use to determine if all components were working properly. After 10 hours of testing over a few days, I determined that there were were not any problems with cpu or video card cooling, and the system performed exactly as expected for this processor and gpu combination in a variety of tests. I ran prime95 to get the cpu nice and hot, and had no stability problems. I used 3dmark to get a feel for if the system was properly configured, and my results were right in the middle of the pack for other systems using the same CPU and GPU.

During unboxing, you can clearly see that this is a full ASUS ROG factory computer. The packaging was high quality, with plenty of padding and a prominent “Republic of Gaming” welcome gift right on top when the box is first opened. Inside the welcome gift I found an ROG branded “Mechanical Sculptures” 3D metal sculpture from Metal Earth. This is a nifty 3D ROG insignia sculpture kit printed in thin metal that you can put together for a fun display, and an instruction pamphlet advertising more Metal Earth 3D metal model kits if you like how the ROG sculpture went together. It’s a clever bit of advertising swag that has nothing to do with performance but it’s a nice touch emphasizing the premium nature of this product line. If nothing else, it will be fun putting it together while running the obligatory benchmarks almost everyone runs to verify new system performance.

What else can you do with this system? Just adding a higher performing cpu cooler or single-fan water cooler and a couple of additional case fans with LED lighting would make the system quieter while running cooler and adding quite a bit of visual impact. It would be easy to add a few customized add-ons to give you the same high performance in a computer that is completely unique to your preferences. The main drawback I have is the lack of documentation especially for the motherboard, and specifically the header specifications that anyone modifying this computer would likely need if they were not going to replace the motherboard as step 1. For a mod-friendly system like this, a little more documentation on how to get the most out of the included hardware when adding additional features would be very welcome and it’s simply missing here and as an OEM-style motherboard, there is little to no documentation available online either.

In the end,I think this is a great solution for anyone who wants a unique custom gaming system without having to spend 2 or 3 times what this computer costs. Highly recommended!

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4/ 5
Great PC 5/23/2020 2:57:30 PM

Pros: This computer runs very well

Cons: The fan can get pretty loud

Overall Review: I will probably have to upgrade the fan in the future as it can become obnoxious

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4/ 5
Fast Gaming Tower 5/22/2020 6:44:36 AM

Pros: -- fast
-- ability to expand
-- MANY ports
-- lighting effects

Cons: -- wired mouse/keyboard
-- not top-notch build quality
-- only DP or HDMI output
-- junkware

Overall Review: This very angular gaming case looks imposing. There are included smoked side cover (to swap the perforated side) and “flap” to cover a hot-swappable slot in front. It weighs about 23 lbs. Don’t expect to easily carry it easily, as there’s no handle to grab. The front case LED “light sabers” and the glowing eye look really cool. There is even a 3D metal sculpture project for you to put together. Looks like you have to have patience for that.

Inside there are some good components with an average build quality. The ATX power supply is OEM non-modular. There is an included non-perforated, smoked plexiglass cover for the side to show off the internal rainbow show. (Interesting the designers put a crossbar right over the nVidia card LED bar that makes it invisible.) There is also a 4 pin header on the board for additional LED lighting. But I would neaten up the wiring runs before doing that. It has only one 120mm case fan and a stock Intel cooler. The hot swap tray slot in front holds an additional 2.5” drive. There are tons of inputs/outputs, including SPDIF audio out, separate sub and rear speakers. The front has high-mounted USB ports, media card reader and headset. There is no DVI or VGA out.

Before running benchmarking software, the CPU and GPU were at 44°C, but went up during use. The CPU fan quickly got a tad noisy, but goes back quiet when cooled. The Intel 1TB SSD stayed about 71°C. Streaming 3 movies simultaneously got the GPU up to 62°C. The case has plenty of slots for airflow, especially at the top of the case, but I’d like to see more cooling on the chassis. The Intel 9th generation i7-9700F (8 core) processor keep everything speedy (CPU benchmark 13,597). Windows 10 shuts down in 5 seconds and hits the desktop from power on in 10 seconds. Nice. The combined Passmark rating is 6429, which is in the 85th percentile of all benchmarked machines.

nVidia Geforce RTX 2060 video is gorgeous and fast. There are 2 HDMI and 2 DP ports for video and audio. 2D & 3D rendering was smooth, detailed, and contrasty. Games looked terrific running with no lag. The wireless Intel AC-9560 will connect to your 2.4 or 5Ghz network (ethernet also included). There is a fair amount of ASUS bloatware that you probably want to remove. At least Windows 10 v 1909 was installed, so there’s little updating to do out of box. You're ready to go!

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4/ 5
Great pre-built gaming PC, case leaves a bit to be desired 5/21/2020 1:56:09 PM

Pros: - Specs are on point - 1 TB M.2 SSD is awesome, RTX 2060 is a great card, the i7-9700F is plenty fast
- Setup was a breeze
- Comes with a free mouse and keyboard

Cons: - They bundle in an optional clear side panel with standoffs and thumb screws, which, unfortunately, leaves a pretty decently sized gap between the chassis and the side panel
- SATA ports are somewhat hard to reach, making it hard to add in additional hard drives

Overall Review: I'll preface this by saying that I almost never buy prebuilt PCs - I buy computer parts and assemble things from scratch whenever I do a build. With that said, this is a really decent prebuilt gaming PC - the components are plenty fast for 2020, there's a decently sized M.2 SSD (1 TB), the RTX 2060 is no slouch at gaming, and the CPU is plenty fast. 16 GB of memory ain't bad either.

As said above, there's a clear side panel (feels like heavy plastic rather than tempered glass) that they bundle with the computer, but it's odd that that was included, given that installing it with the provided standoffs and thumb screws leaves a pretty noticeable gap between the chassis and side panel, which probably makes cooling performance less than ideal as well as doubling as a dust magnet - but I digress, it's optional after all. They also bundle in a mouse and keyboard, which was perfect, because I don't have a spare mouse and keyboard laying around to test this computer out.

I hooked this up to my 4K TV via HDMI, and it worked right off the bat - Windows asked me a few questions upon boot up, but outside of that, it was basically plug and play. I installed League of Legends right away and played Teamfight Tactics, and it played it beautifully at 4k 60 fps on my TV.

The case is smaller than my usual, much roomier PC build, which makes the case that much harder to consider working in and around if I wanted to expand things out. There's a noticeable cross-bar through the middle of the chassis that also makes it a little tough to reach for the SATA ports on the bottom right hand side of the motherboard. Honestly though, in practice, this isn't super terrible - they give you a removable tray that can fit another 2.5" SATA hard drive with an already prewired up caddy, so you could probably make do without too much fussing around inside the case, but when you do need to mess around in the case, it'll be pretty cramped in there.

Overall, not a bad build. The case is probably the biggest downside of it.

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5/ 5
VERY LOUD FAN OUT OF THE BOX 5/21/2020 1:16:02 PM

Pros: Pros: Everything Else

Cons: Cons; Very loud fan

Overall Review: Not sure why the fan is so loud out of the box im just playing WoW with discord?

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3/ 5
great computer, poor packaging 5/21/2020 10:03:48 AM

Overall Review: computer seems fine, super fast, and able to play all my games at max settings.

only problem I have is that the computer arrived at my house with the box beaten and the top plastic part that covers the top usb ports is broken off. which makes pressing the power button difficult. way too much money for a broken pc case.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Dominic S.,

I'm sorry to hear that your unit suffered shipping damage. That is absolutely not the type of experience we want any of our customers to have. I recommend contacting your reseller for a return/exchange as soon as possible. If you have any general or technical questions, please email me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N200590703 for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
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1/ 5
Not for Linux users 5/21/2020 8:19:12 AM

Pros: Seems fast with nice capabilities

Cons: Bios is very limited. ASUS embeds their RST RAID controller in it with no ability to enable AHCI, which is necessary to install Linux.

Overall Review: Not a platform for installing Linux, which is the only reason I bought this thing.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear David H.,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on this machine. I can certainly understand your frustration about the lack of Linux support. I will forward your feedback to the Product team for review. If you have any general or technical questions, please email me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N200590689 for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
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