A potent system that delivers on all fronts.
Tests were run for the ROG CG8580 on all three speeds, compared to the recent HP Pavilion Phoenix Gaming PC as well as our resident testbed. Comparison specs for all three systems are below.
Note that the stock figures of the ROG CG8580 will be more than our testbed or even the HP Pavilion Phoenix as the Intel Core i7-3770K processor is factory overclocked to 4.2GHz default speed, whereas the other two systems are running 20% slower at 3.5GHz (TurboBoosting to 3.9GHz).
Noise & Temperature
When set at the default speeds of 4.2GHz, the ROG CG8580 is very silent for the majority of the time, but gets fairly noisy when I ran the CPU intensive benchmarks. Pushing it to 4.4GHz makes it really loud, and beyond that to 4.6GHz made so much noise that everyone in our office stared at the ROG CG8580 in disgust. So you get a lot of power, but looking at the above benchmarks, I find it hard pressed to justify the noise for the speeds of 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz where people around you can get easily disturbed.
The temperature chart below shows highest temperature recorded for the CPU while running our benchmarks.
The ASUS ROG CG8580 is a very capable machine, powerful enough to handle any task at any of the available speeds. Of course, the noise is something you’ll have to live with (under severe load), but for the most part it’s great to live with. The pre-tuned setup and ease with which you can change the CPU speeds is also very impressive.
Sure, there are no ROG components inside, but everything in there is a quality component. And let’s not forget the 3 year warranty where ASUS will fix (or replace) any component that had a manufacturing defect. Users are also allowed to upgrade their hard drive or graphics card, but only at ASUS service center (components can be purchased by you).
The impressive performance out of the box, coupled with hassle-free and safe overclocking as well as a robust and flexible support system makes the ASUS ROG CG8580 a great gaming desktop to buy, if you can stomach the price.