It’s fast, it’s quiet and it can coldpress computational workloads faster than whatever you’ll be replacing it with.
The Asus ROG Strix GA35 is a gaming beast to be honest, but whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re prepared to utilise its 16 core processor and that Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti (Asus Strix Edition) GPU to its maximum.
Straight out of the box, the Asus ROG Strix GA35 isn’t messing around. It took us 15 minutes to get this fat monstrosity out of the box. It’s heavy and massive but that’s expected from machines that cost this much and offer premium quality innards.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the design is slightly disappointing. In comparison, the Dell Alienware Aurora R9 looks like a dream and that immediately shows the value of the machine, in presentation at least.
It packs plastic grills on top and front with plenty of lines and crevices for ventilation. Something that actually works in the favour of the GA35 when it comes to cool performance but can be a nightmare for cleaning the dust out.
Asus still has a lot to learn from their competitor Alienware about aesthetic value of design when it comes to its premium segment products, but we won’t be too harsh here because when you buy a gaming PC worth ₹3.5 lakh, the core focus should be on performance. And boy does this deliver.
The three-zone compartment design of the GA35 is what you pay the big bucks for. The processor and GPU are separated by a metal plate on the left side and the rest of the components are sitting on the right side behind the motherboard. It’s a clean design and not to mention, a very efficient one too. Separating the components into compartments adds a ton of cooling value to the system. Creating a perfect environment for heat dissipation and thermal management.
The ROG Strix is packed to the brim with best in class innards. AMD’s Ryzen 9-3950X makes its way here to absolutely go toe to toe in performance with Intel and, in some cases, absolutely crushing it.
While playing Resident Evil 3 on 4K with highest settings, almost eating up all of that RTX 2080Ti’s 11GBs of VRAM, the game ran at a steady 60+ frames per second. Peaking to a high of 85FPS and dropping to 60 but not below in heavy explosion scenes.
The ROG Strix GA35 does a cakewalk around the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order too. We ran the game on 4K with settings pushed to max and just like Resident Evil 3, we got a cool 70 to 80 FPS.
The GA35’s silent performance really blew our minds. It’s mind numbing to think of pushing latest gen titles on this desktop at 4K with max settings and not hearing the fans make a cacophony. In comparison, our custom gaming PC built with AMD Threadripper 2920X needs a petting and a kiss for a quiet performance on the same benchmark.
The Ryzen 9 is well suited for editing and other software crushing performance too. Our unit came with a single slot 16GB of RAM, which is plenty enough for gaming, but should you need to upgrade, the choice is there.
You also get a sweet sounding CherryMX mechanical keyboard with blue switches (Asus ROG Strix Flare) and an Asus ROG Gladius II mouse inside with the PC. The keyboard and the mouse are easily one of the best for gaming and you’ll only need a monitor to get going.
You even get Asus Keystone which lets you access encrypted files and transfer system settings from one machine to another. Honestly, we never even touched it, but it's for eSports gamers primarily and if you’re one, here it is.
If you’re a creator by the day and gamer by night, firstly, when do you sleep? And secondly, you’ll be happy to know that Asus has added two hot-swap bays for swapping out SSDs on the fly. It helps transfer heavy file data from one machine to another with ease, something the community wanted and Asus addressed it with this machine.
The Asus ROG Strix GA35 is a thing of performance. You can’t spend long hours staring into its glass side because there isn’t much to set this machine apart from the rest of the black boxes of gaming out there. But let me tell you, this black box may look discreet but it's stacking up some serious performance numbers thanks to its stellar cooling.
The custom-made Cooler Master AIO watercooler for the processor and the three-section compartmentalised design works.
Gaming comes naturally to this machine. 4K or not, you’re going to get through the gaming bits with ease (except Battlefield V, that thing is just too much for any GPU right now). Switch to workload performance and you will immediately turn into a die-hard fan of AMD. Go team red.