While notebooks, motherboards and video cards are likely to come to mind first, ASUS also offers excellent computer cases.
The history of ASUS began with motherboards, but over the past 32 years, the portfolio has been thoroughly expanded to include not only components, PCs and notebooks, but also a myriad of peripherals and accessories. For example, computer houses, which the company wants to address primarily to the players – so we can meet them primarily under the TUF and ROG sub-brands.
As usual, the TUF series is the one with the most affordable models, but also with a strong emphasis on cooling and design. The family currently consists of two members: the smaller one, prepared for ATX cards GT301 miditoronyból, and can also accept E-ATX motherboards From GT501.
ASUS TUF Gaming GT301 [+]
Being “Gamer” products, the design obviously does not lack the mandatory decorations, which include plastic elements that suggest aggression, as well as RGB lighting thanks to the factory-supplied fans. As you can see from the manufacturer, the larger model is also “portable”, meaning it is relatively easy to move thanks to the sturdy, velcro-adjustable straps. To be sure, things won’t depend on the straps, as they can be loaded with up to 30kg, so the user’s physical strength could be more of a bottleneck.
ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 [+]
The smaller TUF Gaming housing measures 482 x 214 x 426 mm, the larger 545 x 251 x 552 mm, and both use the two-chamber interior design prevalent today. Their cover plate on the left is naturally tempered glass, giving you free insight into the configuration, which the company hopes will be built entirely from ASUS products. Up to seven expansion cards can be accommodated, but the GT501 can also be fitted vertically with VGA – keep in mind that this requires an optional riser cable is. For storage, the GT301 has four 2.5 ”and two 2.5” / 3.5 ”bays, while the GT501 has three 2.5” and four combined drawers.
Of course, both models also have a strong emphasis on ventilation: in the case of the GT301, you can work with a radiator up to 360 mm at the front and 120 mm at the back, or 2 x 140 mm or 3 x 120 mm at the front and 2 x 120 mm at the top. We can think of a 1 x 120 mm extension at the back. By the way, three 12 cm ARGB blowers are fitted at the front and an additional 12 cm “smooth” blower at the rear.
The headphone holder can be mounted on the left or right side of the GT301 [+]
Due to the larger size, the GT501 can have a radiator at the top, up to 360 mm, and at the rear it can fit air vents or heat dissipation units with a diagonal of 140 mm. Here, by the way, the factory-supplied fan is 14 cm. In order for the items listed here to work in relative purity, both computer cases have removable dust filters located on the front, top, and bottom.
For ease of installation, no savings have been made on the cable layout, which is 30 mm deep for both the GT301 and GT501. There are also no front panel connectors, two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports and audio connectors. Another interesting feature of the GT301 is the headphone hanger, which can be mounted on both the right and left side.
ROG Strix Helios [+]
In the case of the ROG brand, the main model is still the ROG Strix Helios, which we also tested, which in black and in white also available. The monster, which is also capable of receiving E-ATX motherboards, measures 591 x 250 x 565 mm and weighs 18 kg when empty. There is, of course, plenty of space inside, it can accommodate 8 pieces of expansion cards, for example, and here it is also possible to install VGA vertically. ASUS also includes a separate cradle to support particularly heavy graphics cards.
Up to six storage units (four 2.5 ”and two combo drawers) can be installed, and ventilation can be provided by fans mounted at the front, top and rear (four 14 cm air vents are supplied at the factory). The radiator can of course be located in any of the listed places, it can accommodate a 360 mm heat exchanger at the top, 420 mm at the front and 140 mm at the back.
In addition to the large dimensions, the Helios also has plenty of extras: on the one hand, both sides and the front are made of tempered glass, and the latter also comes with ARGB lighting, which is of course Aura Sync compatible. In order not to see the wiring from the right side, the wires can be hidden behind a separate internal door. The front panel includes four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A and one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C connectors, audio connectors, RGB and fan controller control buttons and a Reset button, and makes the entire computer movable with a double Z-shaped strap.
Of course, a Helios-sized monster doesn’t suit everyone’s taste – for those looking for a smaller house, the ROG Z11, a 531 x 194 x 386 mm computer case for Mini-ITX / DTX size sheets.
ROG Strix Z11 [+]
Of course, this is still much larger than a classic Mini-ITX case, but on the one hand it fits a classic ATX power supply, a 320 mm VGA, has about 40 mm of space for cables, and more serious, two 14 cm at the front, a cooling system with two 12 cm fans (or with built-in water cooling) can also be installed at the rear. The cultured interior of the interior is assisted by velcro cable ties.
Another interesting thing about the Z11 is that the internal tray has been tilted 11 degrees, which helps with ventilation, the CPU, VGA and SSD can also cool down better. The front panel has a Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen2), two Type-A (USB 3.2 Gen1) and two audio connectors, as well as control the otherwise Aura Sync compatible ARGB lighting.
Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.
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