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Acer put actual wheels on its super high-end Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop
By Koh Wanzi & John Law - on 4 Sep 2017, 4:16pm

Acer put actual wheels on its super high-end Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop

Acer Predator Orion 9000

Acer dropped a ton of products at IFA 2017, but one of the more interesting announcements was probably its swanky new high-end gaming desktop rig.

The Predator Orion 9000 is a hulking tower of a PC, and it justifies its size by packing up to an 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE and four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to outfit it with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI, which may be the more logical option as it’s still a huge question mark as to whether Vega will scale well in a quad-GPU configuration.

Acer will be pairing that with an all-in-one liquid cooling system and Acer’s IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management technology, so the Extreme Edition processor should get the cooling it needs.

There are up to five intake fans for positive air pressure, and the case features several separate thermal zones, where each has its own airflow tunnel for more efficient heat dissipation.

That said, this is clearly a PC designed more for workstation and power users rather than the regular gamer, and anyone who deals with heavily threaded workloads will appreciate the support for Intel’s Core i9 processors.

Acer also said that it is working to offer AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper chips as well, so you might have more options in the future.

The other specifications are similarly bordering on excess, including up 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. We don’t have details on the storage configuration, but the system has a total of three M.2 sockets for SSDs.

The chassis itself is – surprise, surprise – none too subtle, with aggressive angles and plenty of mesh. There’s of course a large windowed side panel for a view of its innards, and both sides of the case feature a convenient latch-up top for tool-less access to the interior.

RGB lighting trails run down the front of the case, and the case fans feature LED lights as well. As a final flourish, Acer even went so far as to put wheels on the bottom of the case, so it won't be a nightmare everytime you want to move it.

Acer Predator Orion 9000

The Predator Orion 9000 will be available in Singapore in late Q4 2017, and you can expect it to cost a pretty penny.

Acer also announced the Predator X35 gaming monitor, a curved 35-inch ultra-wide display that wouldn’t look out of place beside the Orion 9000.

Acer Predator X35

It features a crisp 3,440 x 1,440-pixel resolution, NVIDIA G-Sync, and a butter-smooth 200Hz refresh rate for a fluid gaming experience. It also supports HDR content, so you can expect a much-improved viewing experience coming from the Predator X34

There’s no word on price yet, but Acer says that it plans to roll out the X35 here in Q1 2018.

We’ll update as soon as we have word on local pricing.


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