ASUS ROG TYTAN CG8890 Desktop Review

By on November 7, 2012
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Bleeding edge performance at wallet bleeding price.

Good: Factory overclocked Sandy Bridge-E CPU with single button overclocking; Quality components inside; Can easily upgrade components yourself or through ASUS; Comprehensive 3 years warranty and 24/7 support; Great case with increased cooling performance.
Bad: Should have a more powerful and well known PSU; Price may be hard to swallow.
Price: AED 18,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


Now let’s have a looks at what the  TYTAN CG8890 brings with it three levels of factory overclock versus the CG8580 and our stock testbed which uses a GTX 680 and Core i7-3770K.


As I mentioned before, the  TYTAN CG8890 is pretty quiet at the stock (overclocked) speeds of 3.8GHz, while the 4.0 GHz and 4.2Ghz speeds open up the cooling flaps the increase the sound with a mild hum. Nothing irritating, but as you’ll see from the graph below, it does help keep the temperatures in check. So much so, in fact, that even at the highest clock speeds, the maximum temperature of the CG8890 is lower than the lowest overclock (default factory speeds) of the CG8580!


As was the case with the previous ROG TYTAN CG8580, the ASUS TYTAN CG8890is a gaming desktop beast, but only affordable by those who want to boast specs, while at the same time having the peace of mind that overclocking comes easy and without any reprecussions (as long as there’s no tampering with the hardware). Of course, you can always upgrade components by yourself later on (the no-tamper seal doesn’t break), but won’t have warranty on the new components. Not that you’ll need to upgrade anything on the TYTAN CG8890 for the next few years.

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