ASUS G10AJ-004US

High Performance Gaming Desktop PC With a Couple Unique Features

ASUS G10AJ Gaming Desktop PC
ASUS G10AJ. ©ASUSTeK

ASUS has discontinued their G10 series of desktop computers to be replaced by the G11. If you are looking for a current high-performance desktop PC, check out the Best Performance Desktop PC list or you can always look into Building Your Own PC which can often be more affordable.

The Bottom Line

Dec 3 2014 - The ASUS G10AJ is an excellent system for someone who wants a strong PC gaming desktop but doesn't really want to build one or design a custom system.

For its price, it can easily handle current and future games as long as you aren't looking to go past a 2560x1440 resolution. It even offers some unique features like its Power Pack and an SSD that is rarely found in a desktop. There are drawbacks here though especially if you want this to be the basis of a system you want to tweak in the future.

Pros

  • Good Performance for the Price
  • Solid State Drive
  • Removable Power Pack for Limited Battery Backup

Cons

  • Performance Lags Behind Newer Haswell-E Systems for Some Tasks
  • Lackluster Keyboard and Mouse for Gaming
  • Design Limits the Ability to Upgrade or Tweak Performance

Description

  • Intel Core i7-4790 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
  • 16GB Pc3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Drive and 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader and Dual Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Card With 2GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Intel HD 7.1 Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Six USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Two DVI, Media Card Reader
  • Windows 8.1

Preview - ASUS G10AJ

Dec 3 2014 - Many might consider the ASUS G10AJ to be rather plain in design for a gaming desktop system. It features a basic black tower design that doesn't really have much in terms of design flourishes other than a bit of lighting on the front and a panel on the top that can be slid down to expose the front ports and optical drive.

This can be a bit of a pain for those that need to frequently use the front panel ports for either headphones or the optical drive. The front panel of the case also sticks down slightly to raise the case of the group for better airflow from the bottom to help cool the system down.

An interesting feature with the ASUS G10AJ is the Power Pack. This is a small removable battery that plugs into a drive bay on the front of the case. When it is plugged into the desktop, it acts as a very low capacity UPS that can keep the system running for about half a minute if the power goes out. I'm not really sure how useful the feature will work in reality as that is not enough time to properly close out of programs and shut down the system. After that time, it automatically puts the system in hibernate to keep the data safe. The pack can also be removed from the bay though and used as a mobile device charger

Rather than using the newer Haswell-E processor, the G10AJ instead relies on the tried and test Intel Core i7-4790 quad-core processor. This provides with very high levels of performance that is perfect for PC gaming or doing some heavy computing tasks like desktop video. In fact, it generally scores a bit better in many games that don't rely on having more than four cores.

It does fall behind the newer processors though when it comes to heavily multithreaded work such as 3D rendering and CAD/CAM work. This might also be because it still uses the DDR3 memory instead of newer DDR4 of the Haswell-E systems. Now, this is not the i7-4970K processor so there is no option of overclocking.

Unlike many other companies with their performance desktops, ASUS decided to use a 128GB solid state drive for the primary drive. This provides it with very fast boot times into Windows and loading of games or programs. The downside is that this drive is quite small which will limit the number of programs you can install on it for the added speed.

There is a secondary 2TB hard drive that is used for storage purposes for data that does not require high speeds. If this is not enough space for you, it also features six USB 3.0 ports for use with high-speed external drives. ASUS also included a Blu-ray combo drive to allow the system to be able to playback Blu-ray movies as well as playback or record CD and DVD media.

ASUS markets the G10AJ as a performance gaming system. Since graphics are important to gaming, it features an NIVDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics card with 2GB of memory. This is a solid mid-range card that can easily handle today's games at 1920x1080 and even up to 2560x1440. It still does not have high enough performance to provide smooth frame rates if you are looking to try and play games on a 4K display. Sadly for gamers, the system is not really designed to add a second graphics card to try and improve performance. This is the result of a modest 500-watt power supply that is good enough for a single high-end card but lacks the wattage for multiples.

Pricing for the ASUS G10AJ is very reasonable at roughly $1500. This makes for an excellent gaming system for those that either aren't looking to build their own PC. Sadly it does lack much of the ability to expand the system beyond the point of purchase from the lack of overclocking and wattage for supporting higher graphics cards. A similarly price alternative is the Cyberpower PC VenomX which is slightly more expensive but has overclocking capabilities at the expense of wireless network support and a solid state drive.