Acer Predator Orion 3000

At the annual event, Acer announced two super snazzy, smaller alternatives of its splashy Predator rion 9000 gaming desktop. Unfortunately, we are not still unsure about its costing nor do we know when it’s going to come in the market.

Acer showed a small teaser of the high end Predator X, and mentioned its processor to be dual Intel Xeon, but apart from this, nothing else was told. The eighth generation Xeons are far ahead of their predecessors, in a way that they are far more game  and VR  ready, which makes the X a perfect creative/gaming crossover system, but the workstation vs. game card driver issue, unfortunately still exists.

The Orion 3000 is the baby of the group at 14.5 x 6.8 x 14.6 in/368 x 167 x 372 mm (HWD). Specs include:

Optane compatible eighth gen Core i7 8700 or Core i5 8400

Up to 64GB, 2,666Hz memory, 32GB Intel Optane

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti through GTX 1080

Up to 3TB HDD or 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD

Creative Sound Blaster X 720°

Gigabit Ethernet, 2×2 wireless, Bluetooth 5

1 PCIe x16 slot; 1 PCIe x1 slot; 1 M.2 2280 PCIe x4 slot for SSD; 1 M.2 2230 slot for WLAN

The bigger Orion 5000 is more of a compromise between size and expandability. It comes in two versions: one designed for dual GPUs with two way graphics and overclocking    that one goes up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti    and the other for a single GPU and no OC. Specs include:

Optane compatible 8th gen Core i7 8700 or 8700K or Core i5 8600 or 8600K

Up to 64GB, 2,666Hz memory, 32GB Intel Optane

Up to 3TB HDD or 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD

Creative Sound Blaster X 720°

Killer E2400 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2

22 x 10.0 x 20.5 in/563 x 253 x 520 mm (HWD)

2 PCIe x16 slots; 2 PCIe x1 slots; 1 M.2 2280 PCIe x4 slot for SSD; 1 M.2 2230 slot for WLAN

For more mainstream “I like to game but don’t like to look the part” buyers, Acer added a desktop model to its mainstream consumer Nitro line, the Nitro 50. One of its perks is an optional Qi wireless charging pad. Other specs include:

Optane compatible 8th gen Core i7 8700, Core i5 8400 or Core i3 8100

Up to 64GB, 2,666Hz memory, 32GB Intel Optane

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti through GTX 1070 or AMD Radeon RX 580X/RX 580

Up to 3TB HDD or 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD

Creative Sound Blaster X 360°

Gigabit Ethernet, 2×2 wirelesses, Bluetooth 5

1 PCIe x16 slot; 1 PCIe x1 slot; 1 M.2 2280 PCIe x4 slot for SSD; 1 M.2 2230 slot for WLAN

This laptop is quite similar to the Orion 3000 from the inside, but pricing wise it is like a cheaper option into Acer’s gaming with Corei3 and AMD GPU.

In order to compliment the Nitro 50, Nitro VGO display has been introduced by the company. It comes in 22 , 24  and 27 inch models, with HD, QHD or 4K IPS panels and up to 144Hz refresh rate, supposedly with lesser resolutions.

Acer’s new gaming mice, Cestus 510 has swappable top and right panels, weights up to 10 grams, 16,000 dpi resolution and works at the speed of up to 400 inches per second. In addition to this it has a beautiful lighting design and even comes with a gold and white version to match the new Helios 300 special edition.

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