ASUS ROG Hyperion GR701 PC Gaming Case Review
ASUS ROG Hyperion chassis is a product that is in an entirely different category than most other PC cases. The Hyperion GR701 is a case that in many ways is similar to Cooler Master’s iconic Cosmos series, with the Hyperion also being a well manufactured, well though out enclosure that has a massive scale and supports the largest components on the PC market. Like the Cosmos, the Hyperion is also an incredibly expensive PC case, with Scan UK currently pricing the case at Â£399.99. This is not a case for PC builders with tight budgets, its for ultra-enthusiasts who have the money to spend on ultra high-end systems.Â
A big case like the ROG Hyperion demands equally large hardware, which means that you will likely be investing in a large motherboard, a huge graphics card, and a large CPU liquid cooler (if not a fully custom liquid cooling setup). ASUS no doubt imagines buyers of this case to invest in a high-end Republic of Gamers graphics card, an Extreme series Republic of Games motherboard, and a huge liquid cooler like the ROG Ryujin III 360. This is not a PC case that will contain a budget-oriented system, it is a case where builders can create ludicrously powerful systems with top-tier hardware.
The Hyperion is a premium PC case, and it is clear that ASUS has put a lot of thought into every area of the chassis. The case’s carry handles are robust, the case has extensive support for custom liquid cooling components, and if unused, the case’s RGB lighting panel can be used outside of the case as a display piece. Aside from minor nitpicks, we don’t really have anything to complain about here, aside from the case’s high pricing. That said, you do get what you pay for here. Those die cast aluminium handles can’t be cheap.
Thermally, the Hyperion delivered solid performance with our test setup, though it is clear that this case is not designed with our test setup in mind. The ROG Hyperion is a case that is designed to have a liquid cooling radiator in its roof, a radiator that would have some fans attached. Our test setup does not place fans in these locations, and it is clear that this case is designed for modern graphics card designs and not the blower-style cooler of our ageing GTX 980. Perhaps we need to change our case testing hardware configuration, but such a change will require a lot of behind the scenes retesting, so don’t expect that shift to happen quickly.Â
ASUS have clearly made the ROG Hyperion with PC builders in mind, even going so far as to include an area for users to store their spare parts, like PCIe brackets, and have even left users space for a screwdriver. This is great for whenever upgrade time comes, and for preventing your spare PCIe slots from getting lost over time in a box or a drawer.
Ultimately, the ROG Hyperion is a case that demands special treatment, and that special treatment is expensive. If you were turned off by this case’s Â£399.99 price tag, you will be further turned off by the fact that this case simply demands to be filled with large components, and those components should probably also be ROG branded. ASUS put a lot of effort into designing every nook and cranny in this case, and we feel that this case demands similar attention from users, be it in the form of a fully custom liquid cooling loop, or a well selected set of components and some premium braided cables.
In our eyes, ASUS’ ROG Hyperion is the epitome of enthusiast PC hardware. This is why the case is an easy winner of the OC3D Enthusiast Grade award. This case is designed for users who will put a lot of time and effort into filling it with the right hardware, and people who are so enthused by the Republic of Gamers brand that they will theme their entire PC around it. When looking at the Hyperion we see a lot of passion, both from the case’s designers, and its future users. We expect to see the Hyperion to be used in a lot of showcase PC builds, and at a lot of future PC gaming events. Cases like the Hyperion do not come out very often, and we are glad to have finally gotten a closer look at this enclosure.