In one of many announcements from Acer at IFA, the company has revealed a powerful new gaming desktop in their Predator line, the Acer Predator Orion 9000. The new desktop will support up to an i9 Extreme Edition processor, Intel's i9 7980XE, with up to 18 cores and 36 threads. The higher core count versions will appeal more to prosumers and workstation users than to the bulk of a typical gamer's budget. It will also be able to squeeze in four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in CrossfireX, or up to two NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti’s in SLI. The Orion 9000 is being pitched for gaming at 4K+ resolutions, is VR capable, and can certainly take on compute loads. Acer says the Orion 9000 series is “power you can see” and "the most powerful PC we've ever made."

Outside of the high-end specifications, the chassis itself looks to intimidate. It uses both black and silver colors with an angled front bezel like that of a stealth vehicle designed to deflect radar with angled cues around the entire chassis. There is a large windowed side panel with a latch on top for access inside. In fact, both sides of the case have that latch up top for tool less entry. RGB lighting flanks the angled front of the case as well as inside with optional LED fans lighting up the room and showing off the inside. Moving the case should be easier with the integrated handles up top as well as casters/wheels on the bottom.

If overclocking is your thing and do not like to play around in the BIOS, Acer includes ‘one-punch’ overclocking to select turbo performance with a single press of the button. With overclocking though comes extra power use and of course heat. The Orion 9000 series feature liquid cooling and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0, an airflow management solution separating the system in several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to remove the heat. The front and top of the chassis have large metal mesh panels to take in and expel air. Five 120mm fan locations help move the air through, with some of the airflow intentionally directed behind the motherboard tray to cool storage devices.

Detailed system specifications are a mystery outside of being Intel X299 based. Though it is labeled a gaming machine, in practice it's going to pull double-duty as both a gaming and workstation machine, depending on the CPU used. Intel's high-end 18 core i9 7980XE makes for a good workstation, and conversely gamers are likely better off with the lower core count CPUs and their higher frequencies.

We do know the system can support up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory allowing for plenty of memory intensive activities on the machine. Other connectivity includes two USB3.1 Gen 2 ports (Type-A and Type-C), eight USB3.1 Gen 1 ports (1xType-C  and 7x Type-A) as well as two USB2.0 ports. The Predator Orion 9000 supports a total of three M.2 slots for storage purposes. Other details were not provided. 

The Predator Orion 9000 Series gaming desktops will be available in North America in December with prices starting at $1,199; and in EMEA regions in November, starting at €1,999. 

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Source: Acer

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  • SaolDan - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    FEEL THE POWAH!!! Reply
  • 69369369 - Saturday, September 02, 2017 - link

    FEEL THE POWAH BILL!!! Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, September 02, 2017 - link

    You won't be able to, as it will have knocked you out and taken off with your wallet. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    that case is expensive my dudes. doesnt seem like an unreasonable price starting at 1200 with components. just hope it doesnt come i3 with like a 1050... then its overpriced. Reply
  • Ej24 - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    Why not x399? It actually has a usable number of pcie lanes. Intel's artificial pcie limitations are getting really old. 40+ lanes reserved for $1000 and above cpu's? Used to be available on $600 cpu's. Bootable Nvme raid costs extra? What's next, charging a yearly subscription fee to unlock hyperthreading on i7's? Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    Ugly as F. Looks like a CoolerMaster OEM case. Reply
  • Morawka - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    unqualified critic.. the lines in that case are amazing. Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    You just have no taste. Reply
  • TesseractOrion - Saturday, September 02, 2017 - link

    ... says the inveterate troll Hurr Durr Reply
  • 69369369 - Friday, September 01, 2017 - link

    4x Vega = most expensive space heater Reply

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