Our Verdict
A great affordability gaming desktop by Asus with the most recent Intel processor and powerful RTX graphics, all packed in a robust and stylish case with RGB light streak.

For
Very affordable
Elegant design with a pinch of RGB lighting
Supreme performance
RTX goodness an icing over cake
Decent group of I/O ports
A good big room for upgradability
Against
No gaming Keyboard and Mouse in-the-box
Doesn’t support overclocking
Asus ROG Strix GL 10CS can be an entry-level gaming desktop by the Taiwanese electronics maker. Designed for enthusiasts, the GL 10CS may be the first full tower CPU in the Strix group of products with a capacity of 27 liters.

The gaming desktop packs in the most recent 9th generation Intel processor in conjunction with NVIDIA’s RTX goodness for an excellent gaming experience at a budget. It’s upgradable and possesses illuminating RGB light spread over the front that provides the desktop a cosmetic touch.

We spent a while with the ROG Strix GL 10CS playing a number of powerful rounds of Apex Legends. Here’s what we look at this gaming desktop by Asus.

Price and availability
The GL 10CS group of gaming desktops start at Rs 61,990 for the bottom model with Intel Core i5-9400 processor and GTX 1660 graphics. There’s another SKU of the same desktop with GTX 1660Ti graphics onboard.

However, we surely got to lay our practical Asus’ latest GL 10CS with Intel Core i7-9700K processor and NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics, paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This SKU comes bearing the model number GL10CS-IN042T and will set you back ₹1,14,990.

The GL 10CS series is available to acquire online through Flipkart and from important PC retailers across India.

Design

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The GL 10CS desktop includes a compact metal build which appears very premium externally with a thunderbolt-like LED streak that dominates leading. A bunch of sharpened lines with intricate folds likewise run along leading of the chassis, flush with a shimmering Republic of Gamers logo.

The entire tower CPU comes with an iron-gray surface finish, weighs near 8Kg and includes a capacity of 27 liters. It measures 18cm x 43cm x 42.8cm that makes it ideal to be placed over or under a desk, without the frills.

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Asus’ logo is embossed on the proper panel of the CPU as the left aspect panel provides ventilation for heat dissipation. Asus provides an optional transparent panel which can be substituted with the ventilated shaft. This gives users a visual of the hardware inside by making use of a 20 LED RGB lighting system.

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The RGB lighting system over the desktop can be handled by Asus Aura Sync utility in the pre-loaded Armoury Crate app.

The chassis of GL 10CS includes a dual-chamber S-shape design inside. This allows key parts including the CPU, board and graphics card to get positioned separately from HDD bays and the PSU. This enhances the airflow inside desktop thereby leading to improved heat dissipation.

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At the top, we access two USB 3.1 ports plus a microphone in/headphone-out jack. The energy button is located nicely at the top proper corner of the desktop. The top-area provides convoluted taperings along the edges, which compliments the entire design language.

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The rear end houses multiple I/O ports with cutouts for ventilation and power unit. These involve– two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 Type-A port, an individual HDMI, 3-in-1 Audio jacks and an RJ45 Ethernet port.

Asus says that the Strix GL 10CS has been quality tested against drops, different temperatures, fan noise and voltage surge.

Overall, the GL 10CS desktop looks quite elegant, robust and less nerdy instead of most gaming products available in the market.

Performance

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Asus ROG Strix GL 10CS strikes two birds with one stone. With the most recent 9th generation Intel Main i7-9700K processor and 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, this desktop is simply perfect for more than simply a informal gaming session.

The GL 10CS packs a robust chipset and an excellent graphics card that delivers the sort of power that’s necessary to perform heavy multi-tasking like video rendering and article marketing while effortlessly hiding its gaming DNA.

The motherboard set up is Intel’s B360 which doesn’t support overclocking or RAID configurations. With that said, the RTX graphics onboard this CPU is certainly adequate to take care of mainstream titles without breaking a sweat.

Our unit of the GL 10CS is going to be fitted with an 8GB DDR4 RAM on a DIMM slot and includes a second slot for memory expansion upto 32GB. The desktop as well comes with an M.2 PCIe 256GB SSD which permits super-fast boot time and even the games bunch quickly.

However, 256GB storage isn’t satisfactory for virtually all gamers which explains why the GL 10CS provides room for a 3.5” and 2.5” HDD or SSD bays and a PCIe M.2 connector for storage expansion. With that, users can change this desktop right into a signify machine if so when required.

We tested the ROG Strix GL 10CS against different benchmark utilities and games like PUBG, Apex Legends, Battlefield 5 and Doom to mention a few.

On Cinebench R20, the GL 10CS achieved a CPU score of 3287 as the single-main score is 493 points. Adding the desktop through the many 3DMark tests, we discovered that the desktop scores 17131 points in Fire Hit, 7261 points with time Spy test, 38998 in Sky Diver and 3988 in Port Royale test.

The desktop could maintain 142fps on the average while playing PUBG completely HD, 58fps in Battlefield 5 with RTX set to on and 132 fps in Apex Legends.

The GL 10CS comes built-in with Intel 802.11ac Wave 2 Gigabit Wi-Fi which is with the capacity of an impressive 1.7Gbps data transfer speeds. That is 12x faster compared to the previous WiFi standards. Furthermore, the desktop as well assists in increasing the connectivity through the 2×2 multi-user MIMO configuration, which permits a 30% wider coverage area. This will come in useful for scenarios, when the house Wi-Fi router is located far away from the desktop unit, and you can expect a substantial boost when streaming or participating in online.

So that they can provide a great music experience, the GL 10CS facilitates DTS Headphones:X with 7.1-channel surround sound. Asus presents additional control and optimizations of the audio tracks via the DTS Audio iphone app that allows users to tweak the sound output predicated on the sort of content that’s playing. Therefore, there will be presets for Entertainment, Games and Sports which is often fine-tuned predicated on the sort of listening source.

Final Verdict
For its price tag, the Asus ROG Strix GL 10CS games desktop will probably be worth its salt. The desktop presents a impressive balance between do the job, entertainment and informal game playing. Though, you’ll come to be challenged to just take up casually upon this machine since it really packs the energy to perform some intensive softwares and game titles. However, if you are more of a electricity user, searching for overclocking the CPU, you’ll sadly come to be disappointed. This one is usually aimed strictly at the entry-level games PC market.

At ₹1,14,990, you get elegantly designed desktop that doubles up as your entertainment hub in the event that you pair it to a 4K monitor. And its own upgradability factors means that you can overhaul the internals to create method for latest hardware with better efficiency.

In our impression, if you’re out seeking for an entry-level gaming PC and don’t want to take the DIY way, the Asus ROG Strix GL 10CS is the greatest affordability gaming desktop you can find,