Acer today is invading the the U.S. market with its new Predator AG3 Series of desktops built around Intel's 4th generation Core i7 architecture, otherwise known as Haswell. The goal is to offer mainstream gaming and/or multimedia performance at a price point that won't shatter the bank. Towards that end, there will be range of configurations available starting at $1,000 (MSRP).
It's too bad for Kingston there's not an award for 'Best DDR3 RAM Memory Name', because if there was, the company's new Predator modules would be a shoe-in. And then wouldn't it be awesome if Corsair or another competitor came out with an Aliens system memory line? Ah, but we digress. Killer name aside, Predator represents the newest addition to Kingston's HyperX memory family, and it takes direct aim at "extreme enthusiasts and overclockers," the company says.
Acer's attention-seeking Predator desktop series has been known for its over-the-top chassis design that some find totally bad ass, and many others feel is gaudy, to put it nicely (and ugly, if we're being blunt). The new Predator G5910 series trades in the funky orange case for a matte black body that Acer says is supposed to "evoke power and performance, while the angles and grooves on the front add a high-tech futuristic mood."
Last year, Acer officially bumped Dell from its status as the No. 2 PC maker in the world, and now Acer is hoping that its Predator can hunt down one of Dell’s most prized brands: Alienware.
No, we are not making this up. It’s literally Alienware vs. Predator. Sure, we’re writing this while listening to that bootleg of the Predator soundtrack that made the rounds in the 1990s, but c’mon, what else could you think after seeing Acer’s Predator case.
Acer probably takes the name of its gamer-specific Predator desktop range too literally. The world's second largest PC maker has left no stone unturned in making every singly Predator desktop look curiously intimidating. The latest members of the Predator family also manifest this design philosophy. But let's for once turn blind to the exterior so we can sift through their innards.
The Acer Aspire Predator AG7750-U3222 packs in a quadcore Intel Core i7-930 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 graphics, 1.5TB storage (supports up to 8TB), and 12GB SDRAM. Acer is asking $1,999 for the liquid-cooled AG7750.
But if you can't justify giving an arm and a leg for the AG7750, then try to justify spending $1,350 on the mid-range AG5900, which features a Core i7-870 CPU, 8GB of memory, 1.5TB of storage space and ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB graphics.
“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.”
Acer, the second biggest PC vendor on the planet, is taking its aggressively styled Predator gaming PC line north of the border with the introduction of the AG7750-E2112.
"Designed to conquer and destroy, the Aspire Predator boasts a rugged, intimidating chassis as well as super power and speed," said Susan Hu, retail desktop product management for Acer Canada. "It's a smoking hot gaming rig delivering eye-popping graphics and dynamic audio for a jaw dropping experience that will fire up even hard core gamers. Plus, plenty of room for future upgrades will assist gamers in their quest to reign supreme in the new world order."
Settle down Hu, we build Dream Machines, remember? But we will admit that Acer's latest Predator barges into Canada with plenty of power, albeit for a fist full of moosebucks. Starting at $1,800 CAD (about $1,750 USD), the AG7750-E2112 comes armed with an Intel Core i7 920 processor, 9GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 videocard, and a 1TB hard drive. Supplementary ammo comes in the form of 11 USB 2.0 ports, a pair of eSATA ports, two Ethernet ports, two DVI ports, HDMI, multi-card reader, lighting effects, and other odds and ends.
Interestingly, the U.S. version packs a slightly bigger punch with an Intel Core i7 930 chip and 1.5TB of hot-swappable storage. It also costs a little bit more with a starting price tag of $2,000.
The AG7750-E2112 is available now at "technology and electronics retailers" in both the U.S. and Canada.
Acer's Predator series have consistently bucked traditional case design and instead have taken aim at gamers with an aggressive styling, and the latest Predator AG7750 is no exception.
"Designed to conquer and destroy, the Aspire Predator boasts a rugged, intimidating chassis as well as super power and speed," said Steve Smith, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. "It’s a smoking hot gaming rig delivering eye-popping graphics and dynamic audio for a jaw dropping experience that will fire up even hard core gamers. Plus, plenty of room for future upgrades will assist gamers in their quest to reign supreme in the new world order."
Announced today and already available for order online, the AG7750 sells for $2,000 and comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 930 processor, 12GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 1.5TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 graphics card, DVD writer, onboard 7.1-channel audio, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, multi-card reader, a generous 11 USB 2.0 ports (5 front, 6 rear), eSATA, Firewire, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Acer's refreshed Aspire G, otherwise known as the Predator, sports the same funky orange chassis as the original version, but once you peel back the orange, the hardware gets a bit juicier this time around.
The new Aspire G now sports an Intel Core i7 950 processor (3.06GHz), a ton of RAM (12GB of DDR3 to be exact), 1TB of hard drive storage, two Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 videocards in SLI with 4 DVI-D ports, a Blu-ray reader, Gigabit Ethernet, and other goodies.
There's no mention of the system cooling in the refreshed version, but hopefully Acer has learned its lesson from the first Predator. In March of this year, Acer issued a voluntary recall of the Predator after two owners reported that their systems got so hot, the external casing melted. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affected about 215 Predator desktops sold between May and December 2008.
No word yet on price or availability on the refreshed units.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while we described Acer's Predator PCs as looking "hot," we meant it figuratively, not literally. As it turns out, it didn't matter how me meant it, because according to Acer, who has issued a recall, the high-end gaming rigs are prone to overheating posing a potential burn hazard.
"Acer has received two reports of computers short circuiting, resulting in melted internal components and external casing. Neither incident occurred in the U.S. No injuries have been reported," Acer wrote in its recall notice.
Acer said the problem occurs when insulation on the affected machines' internal wiring becomes bent or stripped, causing the wires to overheat. The recall includes model numbers ASG7200 and ASG7700, which Acer says were sold by computer and electronic stores nationwide from May 2008 through December 2008.
If you have one of these models, Acer says you should stop using it immediately and contact them at 866-695-2237 or visit Acer's website.
Last summer Acer teased gamers by announcing the menacing looking Aspire Predator gaming PC along with a color-matching metallic copper 24-inch G24 LCD display. Now the company says it's ready for the US market and, presumably, to take on HP, Falcon Northwest, and Alienware in the high end OEM gaming segment.
It would take an orgy of high end components to live up to the machine's "Faster. Deeper. Harder. Further." tagline, though Acer's also offering a more moderately priced configuration. Starting at $1,649, The G7700-UQ9300A sports an Intel Core 2 Quad 9300 water-cooled processor, a GeForce 9600GT videocard, 8GB of DDR2 memory, two 640GB hard drives, a DVD reader and DVD burner, and Vista Home Premium 64-bit. For those with a little more loot, $2,199 nudges the processor up to a Q9550 and exchanges the 9600GT for a 9800GTX.
On the monitor front, the Acer G24 widescreen display boasts a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, a 1920x1200 resolution, and 2ms (grey to grey) response time.
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