Acer Predator and Nitro systems can get in the game with AMD hardware

You may recall that Acer launched a whole bunch of new gaming hardware last week. The company would like you to know that it is a paragon of inclusiveness and that it'll offer some of the machines with AMD CPUs. The red team's processors will come to the Predator Helios 500 laptop, the Predator Orion 5000 high-end gaming desktop, and the Nitro 50 small-form-factor gaming desktop.

We covered all this hardware in fair detail last week, so I'm only going to hit the high notes. The Helios 500 laptop gains the option of Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs up to the Ryzen 7 2700 when it's seeing red. For graphics, mobile gamers can pick up Radeons up to RX Vega 56 chips. Both the 144-Hz 1920×1080 display and the 3840×2160 display options supports FreeSync when used with Radeons.

The Predator Orion 5000 can be fitted with the fastest Ryzen CPU to date: the Ryzen 7 2700X. Interestingly, Acer notes that the machine will use the B450 chipset. That's the first confirmation of such a platform that we've seen from an official source. Aside from the AMD CPU and platform, it doesn't appear anything else has changed for the Orion 5000. Sadly, Acer makes no note of available Radeon graphics for this series.

Finally, for the Nitro 50, you can slot in a Ryzen 7 2700X and a Radeon RX 580. You can also option the AMD CPU with an Nvidia graphics card if you'd prefer. That's quite a bit of power to pack into a little box like the Nitro 50, which can also be had with 32 GB of memory, a 512-GB SSD, and a 3-TB HDD.

These AMD-powered systems will show up a little later than their Intel-equipped siblings. The Helios 500 with Ryzen will start at $2200 and arrive in August. The Orion 5000 and Nitro 50 will show up afterward in September. The big tower will go for $1500 and the Nitro 50 will set buyers back $900 and up.

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    • JAMF
    • 1 year ago

    It’s not possible to configure the AMD laptop… or is that just my browsers?

    • Tirk
    • 1 year ago

    Sounds great if they ever actually get released. They had a sleek 15 inch AMD gaming laptop due for release in April as of their own announcement that came and went with no product in sight:

    [url<]https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2018/324934[/url<]

    • moose17145
    • 1 year ago

    The “laptop” looks decent.

    • christos_thski
    • 1 year ago

    I love seeing more brand systems with Ryzen cpus, but Acer, for the love of all that is good in this world, please fix your desktop designs. You can have “gamer/flashy” cases that don’t look like some third rate chinese plasticky extreme gamorzcase. Look at HP Omen and Alienware’s design. Look at the Dell XPS. Hell, even lenovo makes better “gaming” cases.

    I haven’t seen anything THIS bad since MSI’s Aegis (and even they kind of redeem themselves with “infinite x” and the trident mini pcs)

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]some third rate chinese plasticky extreme gamorzcase[/quote<] They're being true to themselves.

        • Tirk
        • 1 year ago

        The power of the cheese is quite strong in the US, no need to badmouth Asia for these designs that are clearly selling here as well.

        Besides, the Nitro 50 actually looks more subdued and reasonable, especially when compared in the same announcement as the Predator Orion 5000. I’d even consider it, if for some reason my arms were chopped off and I couldn’t build my own desktop pc with the exact case aesthetics I’d prefer.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        Because I’m more likely to get a thought-out response from you, can you please explain the race connection he refers to in his post?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          I didn’t take it as a race connection. I took it as a country-of-manufacture connection for electronics made by less-than-tier-one companies. Acer isn’t exactly known for high-quality PCs, and they’re headquartered in Taiwan. As Tirk pointed out, the style sells in the west, too.

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      My Acer monitor is a predator, and it looks a lot better with the sticker off.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Can you give specific examples of cases or are you just being racist? Also noted the “hell” in your post so the ignorance checks out.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    Must all these new systems look like they want to be Optimus Prime when they grow up?

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      At least they are trying to be autobots.

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        Actually they are Acer-Ticons.

        Opti-mitation

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