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The ROG Strix GT35 (G35CZ) is a high-end gaming desktop with a price to match

By Aaron Yip - 18 Dec 2020

Benchmarks and Conclusion

Benchmark numbers

For comparison’s sake, I’ve put the ROG Strix GT35 to pace against a test rig that I’ve built to match as close to its specifications as possible. Here is a quick look at what these are:

Key Specifications
  ROG Strix GT35 (G35CZ) HWZ Intel Test Rig
CPU Intel i9-10900KF @ 3.7GHz Intel i9-10900K @ 3.7GHz
GPU ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Mainboard ROG Strix Z490-F ROG Maximus XII Formula
Memory 32GB 32GB
Storage 1TB SSD + 2TB HDD 1TB SSD

 

My games list isn’t comprehensive for sure, but nonetheless give us a good gauge of the GT35’s performance. They are:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Metro Exodus
  • 3DMark

 

Benchmark Results

 

With practically similar specifications, there’s really no clear winner between the ROG GT35 (G35CZ) and our Intel-based custom built Test PC. No surprise here, really, but nonetheless the game benchmarks should give you an idea of how the GT35 performs in 1440p or 4K. The one area here that could make a difference would be in overclocking, but that shall be a feature for another day.

 

Conclusion

The GT35 or even any ready-made desktops are clearly not targeted at the PC enthusiasts and rightly so. As a gaming and entertainment unit though, the GT35 (G35CZ) is a great option for gamers who do not have the DIY experience or simply just prefer a ready-made solution with the assurance of a good warranty backup. I do wish that the casing, clearly a bespoke ROG Strix model that is not available separately, could have been a little more refined and not restricted to just one PCIe card use. This is after all, a system that should allow for future upgrades.

Now the key question is, should you splash the money on a system that comes with a previous-gen graphics card, or perhaps wait for a GT35-equivalent with an ROG Strix RTX 3080-resque card that's in the pipeline for 2021? There’s even a promotion now for the model with RTX 2080 Super graphics card – S$3,798 (usual S$3,998) – going on at ASUS’ Official Store over at Lazada. If it's the GT35 with an RTX 2080 Ti card that you're gunning for, the desktop is available for a princely sum of S$4,998.

7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7
The Good
Excellent cooling system
No RGB overkill
Good performance
Compact ATX design
The Bad
Pricey
Last-gen graphics card
No RGB overkill