ASUS’ marketing team thinks the best thing a person that works on a PC can do after a long workday is to get into a hardcore gaming session… using the same PC. This is the only way we can understand the concept of a “gaming workstation.”
The ASUS GS50 is a desktop based on a 10-core/20-thread Intel Xeon W-2155 clocked at 3.3 GHz to 4.5 GHz, and with 13.75 MB of L3 cache. The processor is essentially a Core i9-7900X with Xeon-exclusive features, with registered memory, support for specific instructions, and security and management features.
As for its gaming credentials, we get a GeForce RTX 2080, which is the best a gaming machine can have. However, for a workstation said GPU is not as good as a Quadro RTX, which ASUS does not offer as an option.
The processor supports up to 512 GB of DDR4 memory, so you can install as much as you want. For storage, you get a 512 GB M.2 SSD and a 3 TB HDD.
Networking features two 1 GbE interfaces pulled by two Intel “server class” Ethernet controllers. The PSU is a 700 W 80 Plus Gold-certified one. Among the storage expansion options we get additional M.2-NVMe slots, five more SATA ports, a U.2 port, and PCIe ports.
The price of this interesting ASUS GS50 has not been unveiled yet, but it will be really expensive given that the processor and the GPU alone are worth over $2,000. This is really expensive for gaming, while a proper workstation would require a Quadro GPU for the daily workload. In any case, we know that putting “gaming” on the name of any PC is well received, and the marketing team knows it. The downside for any company providing this type of computer to its workers is that more than one would play Battlefield at 8 a.m. instead of actually working.