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The ASUS ROG Strix Helios has vertical expansion slots for you to show off your GPU

By Koh Wanzi - on 17 Jan 2019, 12:20pm

The ASUS ROG Strix Helios has vertical expansion slots for you to show off your GPU

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ASUS is dipping its toes into the PC chassis market again. The ROG Strix Helios was first teased at CES 2019, but it now finally has a product page. This is only ASUS' second case ever in the past decade, coming after the TUF Gaming GT501 that was revealed at Computex 2018. Before that, its only case was the odd-looking Ventoo 3600 in 2005.

However, while the ROG Strix Helios that was displayed at CES 2019 featured an OLED panel on its front panel, the company has since clarified that that was just a special edition model. The retail version will not come with an OLED screen, although it's still possible that it might surface again later. 

The case will come with a total of 10 expansion slots, two of which sit vertically so you can better show off your graphics card through the expansive tempered glass side panel. However, ASUS didn't say whether or not a PCIe riser cable would be bundled with the case.

In addition, the chassis ships with three 140mm fans pre-installed in the front and one more at the rear. But should you wish to go down the liquid-cooling route, there's room for up to a 420mm radiator at the front, a 360mm radiator up top, and a 140mm radiator at the back. 120mm fan mounts are included as well, so you'll be able to use those if you want. 

On the storage front, the ROG Strix Helios will take up to four 2.5-inch SSDs and two more 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drives. 

In typical ASUS fashion, the front of the chassis looks to be adorned with an elaborate RGB lighting pattern, which you can presumably sync with components that are part of the Aura Sync ecosystem. Finally, the front I/O ports comprise one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C, four USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A, dedicated headphone and microphone jacks, and LED and fan control buttons. 

The buttons are a nice touch as it means you'll be able to make some basic adjustments without needing to dive into the software. 

It remains to be seen whether ASUS will continue to flesh out its chassis line-up, but it seeing as how the company is already doubling down on gaming peripherals, I wouldn't be too surprised if we saw more cases from it in the near future. 

There's no price or release date for the ROG Strix Helios yet, but I'll update once we know more. 

Source: ASUS

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