A Capable But Rather Plain Looking Gaming Desktop

ASUS G10 Gaming Desktop Tower PC

While ASUS has made some very successful and affordable gaming laptops, the company is not as lucky when it comes to the desktop market with its G10AC-US010S. While it does offer good frame rates for PC games, the overall features of the system are just not well suited for its price. Sure, it features 802.11ac wireless networking but the case is way too big for what's inside and there is frankly no real internal upgrade options beyond replacing the video card which is disappointing as internal upgrades are one of the key advantages to a desktop PC. So, if you want a decent gaming PC that you won't be upgrading, it may work alright but there are better options.


  • Solid 3D Gaming Performance at 1920x1080
  • Latest 802.11ac Wireless Networking


  • Case Is Oversized For Internal Components and Lacks Many Internal Expansion Options
  • Slower Processor Than Many Similarly Priced Alternatives
  • No Overclocking Capabilities


  • Intel Core i5-4570 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
  • HDA 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Six USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA 16-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 8.1

Review - ASUS G10AC-US010S

Apr 4, 2014 - The G10AC is one of the first dedicated gaming desktops that ASUS has produced. The system is much less colorful than many other gaming desktops on the market with just a black brushed finish case with some silver trims. The design isn't disrupted by drive bay openings or peripheral ports because these reside behind the upper front panel that slides down to reveal the USB, audio, card reader and optical drive. This is a bit annoying for those that need to access them frequently but does help keep the front design clean looking. The case is rather big given the tiny size of the motherboard and lack of drive bays. Frankly, the case could be smaller or offer more internal expansion possibilities.

Powering the ASUS G10AC-US010S is the Intel Core i5-4570 quad-core processor. This is an excellent mid-range quad-core processor from Intel. While it may not be as fast as the i7-4770 due to the lack of Hyperthreading support and a slightly lower clock speed, it still provides enough performance for very smooth PC gaming and even enough for those that want to do some demanding work such as desktop video. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory that allows for a smooth overall expensive with Windows. There are two available memory slots for those that would want to upgrade the memory to a higher amount.

One thing that really sets the G10AC-US010S apart from other desktop systems is the networking. There are a number of desktop systems that now come standard with Wi-Fi or wireless networking and even dual band. ASUS is the first company to begin offering the latest 802.11ac wireless networking with this system. Not only does it support both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum, it does so with better range and transfer speeds.

Storage is rather weak for the G10AC-US010S given its price. It uses a standard one terabyte hard drive that spins at 7200rpm. This does provide a good amount of space for PC games but the space can quickly get used up by storing lots of high definition video material. The disappointing part is that there are a number of systems at this same price point that offers double the storage space. It certainly could benefit from having a small solid state drive added to it for caching as some other companies have done with their systems. If you do need more space, the internal expansion options are quite limited as mentioned but there are six USB 3.0 ports for external drives. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

The graphics system for the G10AC-US010S is based around the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card. While this is a somewhat older video card, it is still quite capable and relatively affordable. The system has no problem pushing games up to the most common 1920x1080 resolution of most monitors and HDTVs. The graphics card comes with 3GB of video memory which means that it is also decently suited for accelerating tasks outside of just PC gaming. If the card is not fast enough for you and you want to upgrade, there is a 500 watt rated power supply in the system that can handle more powerful cards. The downside is that there is not a second graphics card slot so there is no way to setup an SLI configuration.

List pricing for the ASUS G10AC-US010S is roughly $1100 but it can often be found for just under $1000. This isn't unreasonable for its features but it is a bit disappointing given that it does not have much expansion capability. In terms of competition, the Acer G3-605-UR38 is more affordable and offers much of the same features but with less video memory. It is also possible to find systems from the likes of Aavatar or CyberPower PC.