Acer has been betting heavily on its Predator lineup of gaming-oriented hardware lately. Today marks a new offensive for the black-and-red monsters. Let's first inspect the mobile attack unit. The Predator 17 X is a beefy gaming notebook with a Core i7-6820HK CPU. That chip offers four cores and eight threads clocked at 2.7GHz base and 3.6 GHz Turbo speeds. A fully-fledged mobile GeForce GTX 980 graphics card pushes this machine's 17.3" G-Sync display. Acer offers the 17 X with 1080p and 4K IPS panel options.
Acer went a little overboard in the storage department. The 17 X includes not two, but three PCIe NVMe SSDs in a RAID 0 array. Networking comes by way of a Killer DoubleShot Pro Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapter combo. The Predator 17 X includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, too.
All that hardware requires a hefty dose of cooling to keep it under control. The Predator 17 X has a triple-fan coling setup with a vapor chamber and a front air intake. Acer claims the GPU fan uses the world's thinnest metallic blades: just a tenth of a millimeter thick. Two of the notebook's cooling fans also rotate in opposing directions, which could help in keeping the dust bunnies out. The Predator 17 X will hit North America in June with a price tag of $2,799. In the European shores, the price will be 2,499€.
Gamers looking for a desktop system they can take to an eSports event (or "LAN parties," for those over 30) can turn their attention the Predator G1 desktop. This 16-liter transportable machine comes fitted with Skylake CPUs and full-sized GeForce GTX graphics cards as powerful as a Titan X.
Like its notebook brother, the G1 taps Killer's DoubleShot Pro adapter combo for networking duties. Audio is handled by an integrated Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 sound card. The also G1 comes fitted with two convenient headset cradles—one on either side of the machine. The G1 desktop doesn't share the 17 X's nutty storage configuration, but users still get the option of 7200-RPM hard drives with capacities as large as 4TB, or an SSD as large as 512GB. A USB 3.1 Type-C port rounds out the main specifications.
North American gamers looking to add the Predator G1 to their arsenal will have to wait until July. Prices start at $2,299. Europe gets the G1 in June with an 1,199€ window sticker.