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

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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    • christos_thski
    • 2 years ago

    “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.”

    VAT, the magic regressive tax that punishes you more the less affluent you are. The less well off people are, the higher the proportion of your income that goes straight to the VAT tax. I find it quite funny that the EU is considered “socialist” by many americans. It’s a freaking plutocracy, and the mandatory VAT is the best example of this.

      • cal_guy
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t how it’s done in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, but here in Canada individuals and families are given a tax credit that eliminates the regressiveness of VAT for those in the lower incomes.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Dude, you’re from the Netherlands? Hey, what do you think of Mars One? 🙂

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 2 years ago

      The VAT always struck me as a sort of flat tax, something the US might want to try out. As a part of the overall tax system I don’t think the VAT is particularly problematic, and its pretty hard for anyone to evade, unless they can claim to be a business purchaser.

      • ET3D
      • 2 years ago

      VAT is directly proportional to spending, so although there’s a regressive aspect to it, it’s rather small.

    • gerryg
    • 2 years ago

    Sigh. Green + Red = Brown

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      Go with the best vendor for each part. Fanboys are unhappy customers.

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    Acer seems to have forgotten its roots. They made their mint competing against e-machines and Gateway by building AMD powered machines that were available in big box stores for $350-500. I understand the entry price for pc building has gone up a bit since 10 years ago, but this is a complete and under mistake on their part.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      But back then AMD CPUs were bargain-basement items. If they tried to build a RyZen system at those prices they would have no margin — an R5 1600 alone costs $220 US, and you still need the case, mobo, RAM, etc. not to mention Acer and the retailer want to, y’know, make some money at this business….

        • Anovoca
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah, because AMD hasn’t released the low end Ryzen chips yet. That doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 2 years ago

          Can’t blame Acer for not selling a CPU that isn’t launched yet… in the meantime, they can either sell what is shipping, or decide that the available CPUs are too “upscale” for them and not go to market with anything.

            • Anovoca
            • 2 years ago

            What they should be doing is selling these under their “Predator” brand name which is the marketing name for their high end machines. The “Acer”brand is known by consumers to sell entry level products at a fair price with respectable build quality. This machine is not that.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      I think Acer wants to ditch their cheap junk image. Companies who make cheap crap don’t survive in a market where folks eventually learn that they don’t wanna pay a few bucks less for what are still considered expensive products only to get stuff that quit after just a year or two.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Then they should stop using gloss plastic and horrible TN displays first.

        Acer make some great stuff, but the first thing I see in brick and mortar stores is a whole bunch of bottom-of-the-barrel junk by Acer powered by Celeron/eMMC/TN/glossy plastic. It looks nasty, it is nasty, and Acer’s name is plastered all over the whole section of the store.

        • MOSFET
        • 2 years ago

        Acer literally means “cheap crap.” When they want to ditch their cheap junk image, they will start or bring back a brand like AOpen. Plus, everything Chrispy_ said.

    • Star Brood
    • 2 years ago

    Who is the target market for these? I want to see RyZen in pre-built machines, but that price is nuts for the spec.

    It’s already hard enough to justify getting a huge tower to the average consumer.

      • Goty
      • 2 years ago

      Building a roughly equivalent PC to the $899 USD model on PCPartPicker (B350 mobo, single stick of DDR4-2133 RAM, Windows 10 Home, etc.) comes out to a smidge under $750 including a cheap keyboard and mouse, so it’s not [i<]thaaaat[/i<] bad...?

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      not in europe. their prices tend to be higher.

      • ChicagoDave
      • 2 years ago

      Acer makes a bunch of different lines of desktops. This obviously isn’t the bottom of the barrel since all models come with at least a 1050 (below the “GX” line is the TC, XC, and T3).

      I’d say the market for this is for generally clueless people who play games but nothing demanding enough to need a 1060/1070. Also possibly college students who convince mom and dad that they need a dGPU but the budget is tight. Obviously anyone reading this website would build their own, but we’re just a very very small part of the overall desktop using segment.

      Honestly I don’t think the price is that bad…when I was in college long ago even a custom built computer ran $2,000 – $2,500 easily. And my legendary (in my mind) Pentium 150mhz Acer from 1995 easily cost $3,000 and was by no means bleeding edge stuff. Just a regular consumer grade PC from Best Buy cost 3k. It’s amazing what $1,000 buys these days.

      • raddude9
      • 2 years ago

      Price is very similar to the intel-based parts and the performance in multi-threaded applications is much higher.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Acer fan here. Glad to see Acer offering PCs built around Zen.

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