Acer's Aspire GX-281 lineup brings Ryzen to the masses


— 11:30 AM on April 28, 2017

Despite Ryzen CPUs roaring out of the gate a few weeks back, major PC makers haven't yet announced pre-built systems based around AMD's new chip. At least, not until now. Acer just let the world know that its Acer Aspire GX line of gaming desktops will pack Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 chips starting in May.

Although Acer has yet to add the new machines to its U.S. site, we dug up info on them courtesy of the company's Dutch page. The Ryzen-powered boxes are all labeled as Aspire GX-281 and come with a choice of AMD CPUs ranging from the Ryzen 5 1400 up to the mighty Ryzen 7 1700X. Graphics card options scale with the CPU offerings. The lowest-end model will apparently get a GeForce GTX 1050. The European site only lists graphics cards options up to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, but according to spec sheets captured by PCWorld and TrustedReviews from the company's next@Acer event, there will apparently be models with GeForce GTX 1070 or Radeon RX 480 cards available in the U.S.

Acer's American site says that the Aspire GX-281 with a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and a GTX 1050 graphics card will ring in at $899. There's no U.S. pricing for the other models, but MediaMarkt's Dutch online store helpfully lists a handful of machines with price tags ranging from about $990 to $1530 after deducting the VAT. The European models all show storage combo setups with an SSD and a hard drive, though. Regional differences in availability aside, it's exciting to see Acer bringing Ryzen to the masses.

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