A Look At Acer's New Predator Gaming Desktops

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Acer announced a suite of new Predator dekstop rigs at their global press conference this week. From the new Orion 5000 and 3000, to the Nitro 50 to the mysterious Predator X - here is a cheeky look of what is to come.

Orion Series

The Orion 9000 is a beautiful beast of a machine. But it also takes up a lot of room. This is where the Orion 5000 and 3000 models come in.

Equally stunning (the transparent side panels remain intact) they take up less room while still packing a punch.

Orion 3000

  • 8th gen Intel Core i7-8700K processor
  • GeForce GTX 1080 graphics
  • 64GB DDR4-2666 MHz RAM/32GB Intel Optane memory
  • 3TB HDD/512GB NVMe SSD

Orion 5000

And now to step it up a notch. There two options for the 5000 - one GPU with no overclocking and one with dual GPUs, two-way graphics and absolutely with overclocking.

  • 8th gen Intel Core i7-8700K processor
  • Dual GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics in SLI
  • 64GB DDR4-2666 MHz RAM/32GB Intel Optane memory
  • 3TB HDD/512GB NVMe SSD

The Orion series will be available in the U.S. from July. The 5000 with be starting at $US1,499 and 3000 at $US999.

Nitro 50

For slightly more casual gamers, a new machine has also been added to the Nitro series. Interestingly, the specs aren't that different to the Orion 3000.

  • 8th gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti/GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX 580X/RX 580 graphics
  • 64GB DDR-2666 MHz RAM/32GB Intel Optane memory
  • 3TB HDD/512GB NVMe SSD

To accompany this series, Acer also announced new Nitro VG0 and RG0 monitors.

The Nitro 50 will be available in the US from July and pricing will start at starting at $US799.

Predator X

Despite hyping up the Predator X announcement during the show, we really don't know anything about it yet.

So far, all that has been teased is that it will probably use Intel's workstation Xeon processors for gaming. No pictures or specs, sorry folks!

Peripherals

Some fancy new accessories were also announced yesterday. My personal pick of the bunch is the Cestus 510 mouse.

This is a big call for me. I'm usually a filthy casual when it comes to mice. Maybe it's because I have only been falling back in love with PC gaming for the last couple of years, or maybe it's because I have too much chill. Either way, I'm usually pretty happy to use anything so long as the response rate is okay.

Firstly, it's customisable - with two removable panels on the right-hand side as well as a couple of different palm plates.

Ergonomically, it felt really nice and comfortable. And while I can't say that it's amazing without actually testing it properly - I like it so far and was particularly taken with the feel of the deep thumb crevice.

You can also get this in white and gold as part of the Helios 300 limited edition suite of products.

Anyway, here are the new accessories in the Predator lineup:

  • Predator Cestus 510 mouse
  • Predator Gaming Chair
  • Predator Hard Case
  • Predator Aethon 500 Keyboard
  • Predator Ultrawide RGB Mousepad

Still no Aussie pricing on release date on these either, but like with the rest of the Predator series, we're pretty impatient for them to hit our shores.

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Comments

    So both the Orions and the Nova 50 have 64GB of RAM, or is it 32GB of RAM + 32GB of Optane?

    Because if it is the former, for that cost, wow! I maye have to import some just to strip out and resell the RAM!

    64GB of RAM for a gaming PC seems excessive.

    I still can't do all the plastic on a lot of large electronic items. It just looks so cheap.

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