Acer Predator Orion 9000 locks and loads with GTX 1080 Tis

The last time we wrote about Acer's Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop line was when the company showed off prototype units in Berlin all the way back in August of last year. Back then, Acer said the Orion 9000s could be fitted with 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme CPUs and quad-Crossfire Vega setups. In the intervening eight months, though, AMD's Radeon RX Vega cards haven't gotten any easier to find. The company adjusted its plans for the Orion 9000. Two of three now-shipping configurations sport eighth-generation Core i7 processors, and all models come with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards.

The base configuration includes a liquid-cooled overclockable Intel Core i7-8700K CPU with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The system boots from a pretty pedestrian 256-GB SATA SSD flanked by a 2-TB hard drive for bulk storage. Acer didn't specify the speed of the system RAM, but it did say the motherboard has four DDR4 DIMM slots and supports up to 64 GB of memory. Acer didn't say if the board has any M.2 slots, but there are two full-length PCIe slots for graphics cards, plus two PCIe x2 slots for other add-in boards. The middle-tier configuration is similar, except the memory capacity is doubled to 32 GB and the SATA SSD swells to 512 GB.

The top-of-the-line configuration is the closest to what Acer was showing off at IFA. The full-fat Predator Orion 9000 packs an 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor along with a whopping 128 GB of DDR4 memory. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics and all-SATA storage configuration from the mid-level Orion 9000 carry over. An X299 motherboard is part of the Core Extreme package, and the board inside the top-dog model has four PCIe x16 expansion slots and eight memory slots.

All models come enclosed in a bespoke case measuring an exceptionally-bulky 25.3" tall, 11.8" wide, and 27.6" deep (64 cm x 30 cm x 70 cm). The base configuration weighs in at a colossal 42 lb (19 kg), necessitating a pair of wheels and a carrying handle. All versions come with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi in case the behemoth is too bulky to move near a network jack.

The base configuration described above lands at $2500, and the step-up unit with memory and storage capacities more in keeping with the PC's aggressive appearance costs $3000. The top-level Predator Orion 9000 configuration with the Core i9 CPU will cost buyers the triple-take-inducing sum of $8000.One shudders to think at how much the version touted last August with that CPU and four Radeon RX Vega cards would cost. To be fair, the Core i9-7980XE processor alone rings in at $1900 and a 128 GB DDR4 memory kit costs about $1500. Acer backs the Predator Orion 9000 with a two-year warranty.

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    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 1 year ago

    It says “Beast” all over it.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    So you have to be an adult to afford this, but adult aesthetics don’t like Michael Bay Decepticon styling. So who is the market?

    Also, $2.5K for a 256GB SSD? 50lbs? Acer support, instead of someone like Dell? “Idiot trap” comes to mind.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    Should come with a 2-wheel dolly instead.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      If you can’t lift 40-50lbs, ask your wife or the neighbor’s kid.

        • Shobai
        • 1 year ago

        Yeh, Bro, srsly

        /s

        • Blytz
        • 1 year ago

        Most nerds don’t weigh much more than double that…

    • hansmuff
    • 1 year ago

    Acer actually does specify the RAM speed. All builds utilize DDR4-2666. You can see it when you follow the links for the individual models.

    For a beast like this, I really would expect at least fast DDR4-3200.

    And Windows 10 Home on all builds? A $8000 build at the very least ought to come with Pro.

    • kvndoom
    • 1 year ago

    Compared to those… [b<][i<]things...[/i<][/b<] from MSI we saw earlier this week, I rather like the look of that case.

      • PTRMAN
      • 1 year ago

      What’s with the handles? Is it supposed to be portable?

        • Sargent Duck
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<]The base configuration weighs in at a colossal 42 lb (19 kg), necessitating a pair of wheels and a carrying handle[/quote<]

      • Neutronbeam
      • 1 year ago

      Concur. In fact, I’d be pretty happy to go out and have someone buy me one.

        • cpucrust
        • 1 year ago

        Concurred, but not confirmed that it would be a sacrifice you would be willing to make?

          • Neutronbeam
          • 1 year ago

          I’d be more than willing to sacrifice one of your kidneys (provided it can be sold) so you can buy me one of these systems. I’m generous, kind and charitable that way…in fact, I like to think of myself as an Advanced Holistic Humanitarian–but most people just call me an A-Hol.

            • cpucrust
            • 1 year ago

            How thoughtful and considerate. A GoFundMe registration for this endeavor might be in order.
            I would generously be willing to accept such a system myself.

            • Shobai
            • 1 year ago

            Just how many kidneys have you got to offer?

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