Although Asus has not officially launched an Ivy Bridge computer, we tracked down one on preorder at Saveonlaptops, which goes by the name Essentio CG8270.
The computer marks a definite step up from Asus' usual all in one computers and Atom-based nettops as it targets gamers and power users first and foremost with a selling price of £999.97.
Its graphite-coloured tower ATX case is slightly elevated and slanted at the front. It houses an Intel Core I5-3550 Ivy Bridge based processor, one that runs at 3.2GHz with 6MB L3 cache, four cores and a top Turbo Boost speed of 3.7GHz.
Other features include 8GB DDR3 memory clocked at 1.6GHz, a 64GB primary storage SSD drive and a 1TB secondary hard disk drive with a 7200RPM spinning speed, a Blu-Ray optical drive, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti with 1GB dedicated memory, Ethernet, eight USB ports, a card reader, HDMI, VGA and DVI-D out and two years warranty.
The computer runs on Windows 7 Home Premium and comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse. Not surprisingly, Asus is not alone in trying to woo gamers, Acer has also launched a gaming tower PC called the Predator AG3620.
Source : Saveonlaptops (opens in new tab)