Compact Acer Predator G1 desktop gets a Pascal supercharge

— 9:45 AM on July 20, 2016

Acer's Predator G1 desktop, which we first covered back when it was announced during the next@Acer presentation, is a curious PC. It's a bit larger than what we usually consider "small form factor" in the post-NUC world, but the machine is still quite compact. At its launch, it used a Mini-ITX-like motherboard and a PCIe graphics card riser to stuff in full-length graphics card options ranging up to the GeForce GTX Titan X. Unfortunately, just two weeks after the Predator was released, Nvidia announced the GeForce GTX 1080, which quickly made the rest of its range obsolete. To keep the Predator current, Acer is now offering the mini-PC with a GTX 1080 inside.

Remember LAN games? Acer does. It's targeting the Predator G1 squarely at LAN gamers, as well as professional gamers who travel for eSports purposes. The specific model of Predator G1 that's getting a Pascal promotion is called the G1-710-70001, and it's actually a limited-edition model. Ordering this machine gets you a wheeled carrying case for the PC, which should make carting it around to all those gaming events a little easier. New orders also include a copy of Tom Clancy's The Division while supplies last.

The GTX 1080-equipped Predator is $2,300. Besides the GTX 1080, your money gets you a Core i7-6700 processor, 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory, and both a 2TB 7200 RPM HDD and a 512GB SSD for storage. Killer DoubleShot Pro 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet is included as standard, plus Bluetooth 4.1. As a nice extra touch, Acer includes a mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse from its Predator family of peripherals. Folks looking for an aggressive-looking yet compact gaming PC can head to Newegg to pre-order this Pascal-equipped Predator G1 for a July 30 ship date.

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