Following on from the Acer e-bike and laptop announcements, we have a new Acer desktop gaming PC and two new monitors.
Predator Orion X: DIY-friendly Design
The Predator Orion X is an interesting announcement as Acer is specifically advertising this as having a DIY-friendly design. While most PC gamers will be used to the DIY nature of PC gaming, mass-produced systems from the likes of Acer and Dell have always been notoriously difficult to upgrade, with them often using proprietary components.
Acer has not made it clear if this is completely upgradeable. They have an attractive and uniquely designed case that is segmented into three zones:
- Zone 1 for CPU, power supply, and SSD
- Zone 2 for GPU and dual 2.5-inch SATA HDD slots
- Zone 3 for cooling using air boost, a 240 mm CPU liquid cooler which is strategically stationed near Zone 1
Each zone is easily accessible thanks to a small quick-release latch.
Due to the way, the chassis is designed, I suspect the motherboard will not be upgradeable. Though, if I am replacing my motherboard, it is normally when I am upgrading the entire PC so this is not likely to be a huge problem for a lot of people.
Acer has also designed this with a hot-swappable bay for an additional NVMe M.2 drive which is not populated when you buy it. Hopefully, this works just like an NVMe external drive enclosure, and you can install your own NVMe.
The product spec also states that this is equipped with an SFX 850W PSU, so it is a standard shape design but a small form factor.
As far as the spec goes when you buy it, this can be equipped with up to:
- 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900KS processor
- Liquid-cooled NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU
- 32 GB DDR5-5600
- 2x M.2 2400 SSDs (up to 1 TB each)
- Intel Killer E3100G
- Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX211
- 2x USB3.2 Gen1 (one Type-C and one Type-A),
- USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C port
- 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports
- 2x USB 2.0
- RJ45 is located at the rear.
Price and Availability
The Predator Orion X (POX-650) will be available in September, starting at EUR 2,499
Nitro XZ452CU V Monitor: 44.5-inch ultrawide 32:9 (5120×1440) & 165 Hz refresh rate
Acer has also launched a huge 44.5-inch screen with a 1500R curvature. Casual and professional gamers alike are treated to a viewing experience unlike any other with the Nitro XZ452CU V gaming monitor. The ultrawide 32:9 (5120×1440) aspect ratio lets them do more all at once whilst also boasting rapid refresh rate speeds of 165 Hz and comes with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro to eliminate screen tearing and lessen input lag, taking their gaming to the next level with minimal interruptions.
When immersed in their expanded gaming worlds, colours and image details are splendidly rendered with support for 90% DCI-P3 and VESA DisplayHDR 400. Hardcore gamers can spend hours on end playing their favourite titles comfortably as the monitor is equipped with BlueLightShield Pro, Flickerless, Low-dimming, and ComfyView technologies and comes with Eyesafe 2.0 certification, while Acer’s Ergostand allows users to adjust the positioning to their liking. It also comes with a three-in-one USB Type-C port for display, data transfer and device charging, all at the same time, over a single cable. RJ45 allows for a secure, wired connection, and the USB-B functions as a built-in KVM switch for hassle-free shifting.
Price and Availability
The Nitro X2452CU will be available in North America in Q4 2023, starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in Q4 2023, starting at EUR 1,099, and in China in Q3 2023, starting at RMB 7,999.
Predator X34 V Monitor
Finally, Acer has also announced the Predator X34 V OLED monitor. This runs at UWQHD (3440×1440) resolution and has VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 and DCI-P3 99% colour gamut to highlight the best colours and imagery games have to offer. It also features a 1800R curvature and 21:9 aspect ratio, captivating players with wide viewing angles.
The 34-inch gaming monitor brings games to life with a blazing 175 Hz refresh rate and 0.1 ms response time (G to G) to ensure fluid, unbroken sessions with little to no ghosting. Paired with AMD FreeSync Premium and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), gamers are treated to elevated, tear-free experiences, even when playing games with high-speed imagery. It also features a suite of technology that helps keep eyes safe and lets users stay comfortable during extended gaming sessions, including BlueLightShield Pro, Flickerless, Low-dimming, ComfyView and Eyesafe 2.0 certification.
Price and Availability
The Predator X34 V will be available in North America in Q4 2023, starting at USD 1,299.99; in EMEA in Q4 2023, starting at EUR 1,299, and in China in Q3 2023, starting at RMB 8,999.
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