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Acer joins the Pascal crowd with new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series Predator gaming systems

By Koh Wanzi - on 11 Nov 2016, 5:27pm

Acer joins the Pascal crowd with new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series Predator gaming systems

Acer Predator 15

Acer has updated its range of Predator gaming notebooks and desktops with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 10-series cards. This follows on the heels of announcements in the past months from brands like Alienware, Aftershock, and ASUS, signaling a growing range of options for consumers looking to upgrade to NVIDIA’s new GPUs.

The new Predator 15 and 17 notebooks can both be equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. Unlike with previous generations of cards, NVIDIA’s “mobile” Pascal cards offer very similar performance as their desktop counterparts, so you can expect some seriously improved performance coming from Maxwell-based mobile GPUs.

Both notebooks share very similar specifications as well, including 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to a 512GTB SSD and 2TB HDD. There is also support for NVIDIA G-Sync, so gamers are assured of a smooth and tear-free experience from the outset.

One interesting feature is support for what Acer calls Predator FrostCore, which is actually a Cooler Master fan module that can replace the optical drive to lower CPU and GPU temperature by up to 5 per cent.

Acer Predator FrostCore

The Predator 15 starts at S$2,698 with the GeForce GTX 1060. The larger Predator 17 starts at S$2,798 with the same card. The highest configuration on both models can go as high as S$3,598 and S$3,698 respectively with the GeForce GTX 1070.

Acer has also refreshed its Predator desktops with NVIDIA’s new cards. First introduced earlier this year, the Predator G1 is a fairly compact 16L desktop that comes outfitted with NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 1080 card. It is crammed full of high-end hardware, including an Intel Core i7-6700 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD.

Acer Predator G1

Even the wireless solution is heavily gaming oriented – the Predator G1 uses Killer DoubleShot Pro technology, which allows you to aggregate your wired and wireless connections for greater bandwidth.

Then there’s the Predator G3, a larger desktop sporting an aggressive armor-plated look. There’s no option for a GeForce GTX 1080 however, and you’ll have to settle for a GeForce GTX 1070 at best.

Acer Predator G3

Still, that’s plenty powerful, and you’ll also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.

The Predator G3 costs S$2,099 with the GeForce GTX 1060, or S$2,499 with the GeForce GTX 1070. There’s only one configuration available for the Predator G1, and that will cost you a hefty S$3,999.

The new Predator machines will be available at the upcoming CEF Show next week and at SITEX 2016.

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