Acer has pushed a lot of its Predator gaming laptop range over the past few years, but Taiwanese company believes it has a say in the desktop PC gaming market. The new Orion 9000 boasts top-of-the-line technical specifications with the most powerful hardware available and configurable as you please. With an enormous list price, Acer seems to have a great deal of confidence in this new Predator range, but do all of the breeze-breezes included to justify investing in such a product?
Orion 9000 is probably one of the largest pre-configured gaming desktops on the market. Its housing is significantly larger than a standard mid-tower case, and the angular design "screams" the "computer gaming" message. The exterior is made of a combination of plastic, metal and carbon, bonded quite well to ensure the robustness of an expensive product. The front is covered by a black sieve covering the front air, and at the top hiding the optical drive, a pretty useless component in 2018 when most of the content we consume is digitally distributed
Also in the front we find a helmet holder that can be hidden when not in use, while on the top, above the Predator logo and the Power button, we have a well-equipped front panel that offers three USB sockets 3.0, a USB Type-C jack, headphone and microphone jacks, and a "Turbo" button that powers the processor boost frequencies. The top is complemented by another ventilation sieve where the water cooling radiator (more about this later) and the two carbon handles are placed, very useful for the times when the computer has to move from one place to another (and for removing it from the box). Considering the weight of the unit, the handles are welcome.
The back is a bit dull, being standard for a desktop computer, providing access to all the motherboard and video card connectivity ports. An interesting aspect of the casing is the wheel transport system. Practically, you can move your computer using the front handle without lifting the computer from the ground, it can be moved like a vacuum cleaner on wheels.
Inside, however, we have some surprises. First, despite the large carcass dimensions, the interior space is not very generous, being used for a mid-tower unit. We have room for an ATX motherboard and component compartments, but nothing really impressive. At the bottom, the source is protected by a plastic housing, while a slot located at the front leads the cold air to the right, where all cables and storage units are located
In the cooling chapter we are dealing with two 140mm front fans, a 120mm rear fan and a 120mm two-fan radiator at the top. In theory, they will provide a very good airflow, but the components chosen by Acer are not exactly the right ones. The water cooler is a branded Cooler Master with the Predator logo, suggesting a proprietary solution, and the pipes leading to the pump are thin and appear to be very fragile. It remains to be seen how durable they are in time, especially if the user chooses to change the processor after a while
A positive point about the construction of the Orion 9000 is the way of assembly, which is well established, with hidden and well-organized cables, when unpacking the box can be quickly accessed by any component. 2.5 "hard drives and solid state drives are in removable media, and screwed-in installation is possible, and the rubberized rubber construction ensures no vibration in use
Unfortunately, the large carcass dimensions and weight are not warranted, with PC cases already available for many years, which offer as much configuration space as smaller formats. Of course, it should be noted that the two front and rear coolers are blue, while the base plate is illuminated in RGB colors. Unfortunately, the software that configures these lights was not released at the time of testing, so it's unclear whether they can be turned off, customized, or made to work throughout.
The Orion 9000 tested model is a special one, with two AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 video cards and a 1000 W power supply. Most of the pre-configured models come with NVIDIA video cards and a smaller, capable power source to provide current for a single-GPU configuration
- Name: Acer Predator Orion 9000
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7820X (Skylake-X) at 3.6 GHz (8 core / 16 threads)
- GPU: 2 x AMD Radeon Vega 56 (2 x 8 GB HBM 2.0)
- RAM: 32 GB DDR4 (4 x 8 GB)
- Chipset: Intel X299
- SSD: Intel 256 GB M.2
- HDD: Toshiba 1TB 7200RPM
- Optical Drive: DVD-Writer
- Network: Intel Gigabit
- Front panel: 2 x 3.5 mm jack (headphone and microphone), 3 x USB 3.0 1 x USB Type-C, Turbo button
- Connectors: 1 x PS / 2, 5 x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x RJ45 LAN, 7.1 Channel Audio + S / PDIF,
- Other: WiFi b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 4.1 integrated
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Source: 1.000 W