Acer Aspire Predator's unique design, because every time we stare deep into those orange ridges, we feel a bit of our psyche writhing. If you're made of sterner stuff, however, you should know that Acer's got a couple of new models coming down the pike. Remember that Predator AG7750 with the liquid-cooled 2.8GHz Core i7-930 processor, 12GB of DDR3 memory, NVIDIA GTX 470 graphics, and room for 3-way SLI? Having successfully weeded the population of Canada, it's ready to feast upon the US today at $1,999. If that's more beast than you can handle, there's also the infinitesimally-less-creepy $1,350 AG5900 you see above, which brings a Core i7-870 CPU, 8GB of memory and a ATI Radeon HD 5850, plus a pair of hot-swappable drive bays, 1.5 terabytes of storage and the usual array of ports. Find them slicing through online retailers any minute now. PR after the break.
ACER FIRES UP A WIDER RANGE OF GAMERS WITH EXPANSION OF ASPIRE PREDATOR SERIES
Gaming arsenal now includes slick mainstream model in addition to radical powerhouse
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2010 – To suit a new tier of combatants, Acer, the world's second largest vendor in the PC market,(1) rounded out its Acer Aspire "Predator" gaming desktop PC line-up with a new mainstream model. Now gamers can choose from the high-end Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222, a monster machine built to thrill hard core enthusiasts or the Aspire Predator AG5900-U3092, engineered to excite mainstream gamers with its powerful, yet affordable configuration.
Both models are strong in style and specs, which include Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processors and 1.5TB(2) hard drives. They're also highly scalable, allowing the integration of many advanced components and gaming peripherals for battle.
"We're now offering two killer Predator models with the goal of satisfying a wider range of gamers," said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. "Not everyone needs the most extreme gaming rig, so we designed the AG5900, a more mainstream alternative to our premium AG7750. The AG5900 boasts excellent core features, such as a high- speed processor, excellent graphics and tons of memory to hobble the competition at an affordable price."
Aspire Predator AG5900: A Sharp Shooter – Mainstream Price/Performance
The newest model in the Predator line, the Predator AG5900-U3092 sports a clean and sophisticated exterior that shrouds a powerful set of features. A modern black chassis features dramatic orange accents and an eye-catching vent design. For easy access, the power button, four USB ports as well as headphone and microphone jacks are conveniently angled on the top of the system along with a storage tray for storing and charging smart phones, digital cameras and other devices. Handy cable management is provided via intuitive grooves in the storage tray that allow different sizes of cable to snap in between, which prevents tangling and having to fumble around to find loose cables. It also has four hard drive bays, two of which are easy-swap, enabling extra hard drives to be inserted without opening the box. Users just push on the protective door and the hard drive slides out on a tray.
The AG5900 is ready for battle with 8GB DDR3 SDRAM and an Intel® Core™ i7 870 processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, which heightens performance and increases energy efficiency by allowing near-zero power consumption for inactive cores. A huge 1.5TB(2) SATA hard drive can store a gigantic library of the most graphic intensive games and multimedia available. ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, ATI Eyefinity Technology and full support for Microsoft DirectX® 11 delivers rich, realistic visuals for explosive HD gaming. Also, dynamic high-def 5.1-channel audio infuses games with heart-pumping sound.
This system is outfitted with a multi-in-one card reader and a combo/DVD super-multi optical drive for enjoying the most cutting-edge HD games. For those wanting to invest in future upgrades, the AG5900 is easily expandable with an available 5.25-inch optical drive bay, three open 3.5-inch HDD bays as well as two open PCI Express x1 slots and a standard PCI. There is a host of connectivity options including 12 total USB 2.0 ports (four on top, eight in back), an HDMI port, three audio jacks, an Ethernet port, display port and two DVI ports. To simplify transport, the system comes with a handle.
Aspire Predator AG7750: Tricked Out From the Top Down
The Predator AG7750-U3222, Acer's premium gaming system is cutting edge from the inside out, featuring a bold design and advanced performance features. Boasting a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX470 with NVIDIA® SLI™ technology, this dynamic system can scale performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a 3-way SLI-certified motherboard, which can run up to three GPUs simultaneously for the ultimate in realistic visuals. NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX470 also enables the system for 3D gaming. Users can add an Acer GD245HQ/GD235HZ 3D monitor for a fully immersive experience with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ wireless glasses and advanced software, which transforms hundreds of PC games into stereoscopic 3D. Combine these benefits with high-definition 7.1-channel audio with EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions) 5.0 for immersive surround sound and it's gaming nirvana.
A force to be reckoned with, the Predator AG7750 is packed with an Intel® Core™ i7 930 quad-core processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and 12GB SDRAM. The two-part liquid cooling system keeps the system cool even during intense gaming sessions.
Three additional easy-swap hard disk drive (HDD) cages allow up to a total of four Serial ATA 3 G/bs high-capacity hard disks to be added with up to a 2TB(2) capacity per single drive for a total storage capacity of up to 8GB(2). Users can save games, movies, music and more on the local disks, which can be easily swapped or removed for transport.
The dramatic orange and black desktop boasts a mechanized front cover that can be raised up and over the front of the chassis to provide convenient access to a multi-card reader, USB and audio ports.
The Predator AG7750 has an optical drive and is easily expandable with an available 5.25-inch optical drive bay and a variety of open PCI Express slots, including two PCI Express x16, two PCI Express x1, one PCI Express x8 and a standard PCI. The AG7750 also offers a host of connectivity options including 11 USB 2.0 ports (five in front, six in back), IEEE 1394, two eSATA ports, two Ethernet ports, two DVI-D ports (up to six with three graphics cards), five audio jacks and various others.
Pricing, Availability and Warranty
The new Acer Aspire Predator models are available now at leading technology and electronic retailers and come with a one year parts and labor limited warranty and toll-free technical support. The Acer Aspire Predator AG5900-U3092 has a MSRP of $1,349.99 and the Acer Aspire AG7750-U3222 a MSRP of $1,999.99.