Compact Acer Predator G1 desktop gets a Pascal supercharge

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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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Someone should teach Taiwanese designers some restraint.

    • Khali
    • 3 years ago

    Meh, more ugly molded plastic that serves no useful function.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Huh. Looks like a Decepticon to me. But the overall package with rolling case and peripherals seems pretty nice.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I miss the mini-tower enclosures back in the 90’s. Clean lines, clean buttons, no crazy sci-fi design language. Just good ol’ functional design. No muss no fuss.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

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        • DrCR
        • 3 years ago

        Some sharp looking externals with interesting internals. Thanks for putting them onto our radar.
        [url<]http://www.jonsbo.com/en/products.html[/url<]

          • Voldenuit
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, their cases are like “What if InWin and Lian Li had a baby?”
          They’d name it Jonsbo, that’s what.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        Thanks, dude, but I think those look like the ones from Lian Li these days, not the ones we had in the 90’s.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    Did anyone click-through to Newegg and notice the 460W PSU. Finally some Sanity, except for the Killer NIC and inclusion of The Division…

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    Such an ugly, pointlessly big case. They could shave a good 4″ off the front if they dumped all that plastic tat.

    If you want a LAN machine, get a shoebox ITX case.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Given the design aesthetic that case would go perfectly with a Radeon but clash badly with most of the Nvidia cards on the market.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Because of the red trim?

      I’d think the GeForce FE polygonal fan shroud matches the front panel pretty well.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        No, there’s too much tessellation in that front panel for a low-poly count shroud that Nvidia likes.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      MSI’s series are red and black. Not to mention the trend these days is for RGB lighting, so you can set the accent lighting to whatever color you want.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, the red & black MSI cards might be the exception.
        But then again, what are the odds of an MSI card ending up in an Acer box?

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    Lan games are still the best way to play games.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Man, I miss LAN parties.

      The best ones were just the guys that lived on the same floor as me in the dorm. We played War2, Duke 3D, and Worms constantly. in 1996-97. Later years it was Starcraft, MechWarrior 3, Worms Armageddon, and GLQuake.

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        Me too. I have them when i meet up with my brothers, but not often enough.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        Didn’t really dig into LAN parties but those days were some of the best in PC gaming.

        • iBend
        • 3 years ago

        yeah right, I miss that era, lol..
        used to play CS, RedAlert2, and warcraft with friends.. and who need chatting apps when you can just screaming at each other’s walls, lol..

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