Acer GX-series desktops offer an easy path towards gaming


— 3:00 PM on January 4, 2017

Acer has pulled back the curtain on gaming-focused GX desktops. These look to be designed for buyers that want to become part of the so-called "PC Master Race" without having to turn screws and route cables themselves. The black-and-red towers come packing Intel's recently-released seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

Acer didn't spell out the GX's minimum memory configuration, but the machine has support for 16GB DDR4 DIMMs spread for a total of 64GB, so our meager math skills tell us that means four DIMM slots are present. Storage options run from a 1TB HDD to either a 3TB hard drive or a 256GB M.2 SSD. An optical drive is included for those still buying their games in the store. Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connect the machine to other computers.

The GX can be fitted with AMD Radeon RX 480, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, and GTX 1070 graphics cards. Oddly enough, Acer also offers a comparatively punchless Nvidia GeForce GTX 745 as an option. The machine measures 6.89" x 18.25" x 15.7" (or 17.5 cm x 46.3 cm x 39.8 cm). Expansion slots include a single PCIe x16 slot and one PCIe x1 slot, suggesting there might be a MicroATX motherboard inside.

Acer says the GX series desktops will go on sale in March at a starting price of $900.

 
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