ROG Strix GL12CX Review

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How is ROG’s desktop contender this year?

ROG is no longer a stranger when it comes to pre-built desktop rigs. We’ve had contenders from them in the past such as the GT51, GR8, and G21 Huracan. This time around, we’re taking a look at the new and improved Strix GL12. This bad boy now has an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia RTX GPU options. Is it that big of an improvement? Let’s find out in our ROG Strix GL12CX Review.

Design and Quality

Case Design

The GL12 CX is a Medium-Sized Desktop, using high-quality materials for its case. The design seems to fit the ROG aesthetic, providing minimal but rightly placed RGB lights on the sides, as well as a mini Logo. It has hidden its optical drive and extra SSD slot in the front by a magnetic panel, which is a plus as it seems to retain its esports aesthetic while adding useful ports. The exhaust openings are also designed in such a way that it blends well into the aesthetic of the case. Overall, not too aggressively designed but not too subtle either.

Interior

Inside the case, we AIO cooler for the CPU and the RTX 2080. Both equipped with RGB, to provide that extra aesthetic oomph to show off the system. It’s RAM and other parts are not RGB though, so that’s where the party ends. However, the aesthetic of the GPU is ruined thanks to a built-in bar covering it up. Even with the Acrylic Glass side panel, you won’t be able to appreciate the lights the card provides, which is actually quite a bummer. There are 3 system fans, all at 120mm sizes. With one intake fan each on the front and back of the case. However, in our review unit, the back fan wasn’t working. Then we have the top fan as the exhaust.

Linking back to our design of the case, even though it blends well with the esports aesthetic, it may restrict some airflow in the system. As the thick ridges of the exhaust areas can cause wind resistance, especially on small 120mm fans. In addition to this, the only open exhaust area is at the back, but since it doesn’t work, it may cause some issues with airflow and thus the thermals of the system, which we will get back to in the performance part of the review.

Maintenance

Maintenance is fairly easy as the side panel can be quickly removed, with the metal panel being a sliding panel with just one screw, and the glass panel having thumbscrews. An additional SSD can be added via the hidden dock behind the magnetic front panel. Since it’s a fairly small system cleaning can be done easily. However, due to the lack of dust filters on the exhaust regions of the case, and the negative pressure airflow design, it can be quite the dust magnet. Meaning, you’ll have to clean the system regularly. You’re also given a rather standard desktop setup so changing components won’t be much of a hassle.

Connectivity and I/O

Connectivity

Connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac for Wi-Fi. The included Wireless card, however, isn’t up to snuff. Our download speeds are reaching about half of our regular though upload speeds remain the same.

Front Ports

The front panel contains 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, a card reader, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. One negative that can be seen here is the lack of a mic jack in the front or rather the use of a combined audio jack, instead of separate ones. This can cause issues depending on how you place the PC. But it would have been more convenient to have a mic 3.5mm jack in the front. There is also a hidden optical drive behind the magnetic panel, as well as an additional SSD slot.

Back Ports

The Back ports of the motherboard include 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, 5x 3.5mm audio jacks including a mic jack, 1x S/PDIF out and a RJ-45 Ethernet. Display ports of the RTX 2060 are 2x display port 1.4, x1 HDMI 2.0b, and a USB type-C.

Performance

General

CrystalDiskMark

The 512 GB SSD reaches above average transfer numbers, reaching 1606 MB/s read speeds, and 986.6 MB/s write speeds, respectively. However, the 1TB HDD has abysmal speeds with just 168.4 MB/s read and 169.5 MB/s write speeds, respectively. Thankfully, these can easily be swapped out for better drives. Although out of the box, we don’t have much complaints as these will be sufficient drives for file and game storage.

Temperatures

The thermals are actually pretty decent despite the hiccup we mentioned earlier. During our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark combined), the i9-9900K reached a maximum of 95 °C, and the GPU reaching a max of 85 °C. Heavy gaming is just about at the norm with max CPU temps reaching just 78 °C and GPU temps reaching 83 °C. However, these numbers may have been a bit lower if the back intake fan was working. Despite that mishap though, the entire system maintained acceptable temperatures.

Acoustics

Generally, the fans of the system can be quite loud, especially during gaming. This can be attributed to the system fans adjusting due to the lack of one more intake fan as the back one does not work. As well as the poor airflow in the system. Despite the fans roaring, it won’t be much of a bother during gaming or multimedia consumption. Especially, when you are using your favorite audio gear or have powerful speakers. However, content creation is a different story. During the use of video editing apps or other heavy programs, those fans will be a bother.

CPU

Nothing much to state here, except that the i9-9900K is as powerful as advertised. Plus, you have the option of overclocking this bad boy, so if you need that extra oomph, you have a way.

GPU

Unigine Benchmark

Unigine numbers are on the good side, more so with Superposition. Although, Valley did come close to our test results with the ROG and Strix laptops, so there’s that. Either way, these are impressive and expected numbers from the RTX 2080.

3D Mark Benchmarks

3DMark tests are even more impressive. As we see the system breaking the 10k thresholds for Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy. We even got a whopping 21k score for Fire Strike. Then, we also tested the Ray Tracing capabilities of the 2080. As expected, it scored quite well with a 5,948 rating in Port Royal, the 3DMark Ray Tracing test.

Game Benchmarks

Our gaming benchmarks further strengthened the numbers we saw with the synthetic tests. To get proper metrics, we tested each game for about 15-30 minutes, all settings are set to their maximum value. As seen in the results, the system easily went over 60fps in all games, even the most graphically intensive ones. Based on these results, the GL12CX is best paired with at least a 144Hz monitor to fully take advantage of its power. Another alternative is getting a higher resolution display, maybe a 2K or even 4K monitor as the system can easily handle the additional pressure. However, you may need to reduce graphics settings if you plan on gaming at those resolutions.

Verdict

The ROG Strix GL12CX is a complete package with a little bit of wiggle room to boot. It may not be the fanciest or flashiest pre-built desktop out there, but if you aren’t too particular with the aesthetics then it won’t matter. It still has its fair share of flair though, with internal and external RGB offerings as well as a glass side panel. Performance-wise, there’s no arguing that it packs a punch. The Intel Core i9-9900K and Nvidia RTX 2080 combo is certainly a pair you can’t overlook. However, that’s only if you’re getting this particular variant as we do have other configurations out there. Despite the caveat we faced, having a non-working fan, the system was still able to keep thermals contained.

Out of the box, cooling was adequate though case airflow is a bit restricted. Plus, you only have a few options for upgrades or adjustments. If there is one thing we loved about the GL12CX is its ease of maintenance. Easy to remove panels and easy to access components mean that upgrades and cleaning will never be a hassle to do. The biggest no-no of all though is the system’s price tag, which is a whopping Php 199,995 (~$3,923). With that kind of tag, it’s easier to just build your own desktop with the same components for a lower price. However, if you’re a person who’s too busy to build a custom PC and have the dough, then the GL12CX might be an interesting option.

Reasons to Get

  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Impressive Performance (For the i9-9900K + RTX 2080 combo)
  • Controlled Thermals
  • Small Form Factor

Reasons not to Get

  • Expensive for the specs
  • Restricted Airflow
  • Loud fans

Specifications

SpecificationsROG Strix GL12CXROG Strix GL12CMROG Strix GL12CP
Processor- 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz Octa-core processor (5.00GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz Octa-core processor (4.90GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 3.20GHz Hexa-core processor (4.60GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 2.80GHz Hexa-core Processor (4.00GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700K 3.70GHz Hexa-core processor (4.70GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 3.20GHz Hexa-core processor (4.60GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 2.80GHz Hexa-core Processor (4.00GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 3.20GHz Hexa-core processor (4.60GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 2.80GHz Hexa-core Processor
GPU- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 6GB GDDR6
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5
Storage- 1x 9mm Optical Disk Drive
- 2x 3.5" Bays
- 1x 2.5" Bay
- 1x 2.5" Hot-swap Bay
- 1x 9mm Optical Disk Drive
- 2x 3.5" Bays
- 1x 2.5" Bay
- 1x 2.5" Hot-swap Bay
- 1x 9mm Optical Disk Drive
- 2x 3.5" Bays
- 1x 2.5" Bay
- 1x 2.5" Hot-swap Bay
RAM- Up to 32GB (2x DIMM slots)- Up to 32GB (2x DIMM slots)- Up to 32GB (2x DIMM slots)
Connectivity- Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac)
- Bluetooth 5.0
Front I/O- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 1x SD Card Reader
- 1x Combo Audio Port
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 1x SD Card Reader
- 1x Combo Audio Port
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 1x SD Card Reader
- 1x Combo Audio Port
Rear I/O- 5x Audio Jacks
- 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1x Optical S/PDIF out
- 1x RJ45 Ethernet
- 5x Audio Jacks
- 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1x Optical S/PDIF out
- 1x RJ45 Ethernet
- 5x Audio Jacks
- 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1x Optical S/PDIF out
- 1x RJ45 Ethernet
Expansion Slots- 1x M.2 (for Wi-Fi Card)
- 1x M.2 (SATA, NVMe, Intel Optane memory supported)
- 1x M.2 (NVMe, Intel Optane memory supported)
- 1x PCIe X 1
- 1x PCIe X 16 (For discrete GPU)
- 1x M.2 (for Wi-Fi Card)
- 1x M.2 (SATA, NVMe, Intel Optane memory supported)
- 1x PCIe X 1
- 1x PCIe X 16 (For discrete GPU)
- 1x M.2 (for Wi-Fi Card)
- 1x M.2 (SATA, NVMe, Intel Optane memory supported)
- 1x PCIe X 1
- 1x PCIe X 16 (For discrete GPU)
Dimensions & Weight- 45.6 x 40 x 17.9cm
- 11kg
- 45.6 x 40 x 17.9cm
- 11kg
- 45.6 x 40 x 17.9cm
- 11kg
Price- Review Variant (i9-9900K & Nvidia RTX 2080): Php 199,995 (~$3,923)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia RTX 2080: Php 129,995 (~$2,552)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia RTX 2070: Php 109,995 (~$2,160)
- i7-8700K & Nvidia GTX 1080: Php 114,995 (~$2,260)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia GTX 1080: Php 109,995 (~$2,160)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia GTX 1070: Php 94,995 (~$1,867)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia GTX 1060: Php 84,995 (~$1,669)
- i5-8400 & Nvidia GTX 1060: Php 64,995 (~$1,276)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia GTX 1070: Php 94,995 (~$1,867)
- i7-8700 & Nvidia GTX 1060: Php 86,995 (~$1,708)
- i5-8400 & Nvidia GTX 1050: Php 49,995 (~$981)
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