The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is by far probably the most excessive gaming desktop we’ve ever reviewed. It’s simply probably the most excessive PC on the earth, too, by means of its sheer dimension and insane elements inside, like an 18-core Intel Core i9 processor, twin Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti’s and a whopping 128GB of RAM.

Sadly, this gaming PC comes with an egregious worth, which is able to make it accessible to a choose few. Then, there’s truthfully an excellent smaller group of people that will want this a lot energy.

However, on the very least, for that extremely tiny subset of customers, they’ll come to be amazed by how performant this final gaming PC is, and it’s a transparent signal that Acer’s PC constructing chops have improved enormously.

Spec sheet

Right here is the Acer Predator Orion 9000 configuration despatched to TechSwitch for evaluation:

CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i9-7980XE (octadeca-core, four.2GHz with turbo increase)
Graphics: 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11GB GDDR5X VRAM; SLI)
RAM: 128GB (DDR4 2,666MHz)
Motherboard: TK
Energy Provide: 1,000W modular energy provide
Storage: 512GB SSD (NVMe M.2); 2TB HDD (7,200 rpm)
Optical drive: 16X DVD-RW Drive
Ports (entrance): three x USB three.1 Gen 1 Sort-A, 1 x USB three.1 Gen 1 Sort-C, headphone jack, microphone jack
Ports (rear): four x USB three.1 Gen 1 Sort-A, 1 x USB three.1 Gen 2 Sort-C, 1 x USB three.1 Gen 2 Sort-A, 2 x USB 2.zero, 6 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI 2.zero, optical out, 6 x audio jacks, Ethernet
Connectivity: Intel AC 8265 802.11ac, Bluetooth four.2
Working system: Home windows 10 House
Weight: 42.33 kilos (19.2kg)
Measurement: 11.eight x 27.6 x 25.three inches (30 x 70 x 64.3cm; W x D x H)

Pricing and availability

After reviewing the $four,311 (about £three,zero50, AU$5,440) Origin Millennium and $four,129 (about £three,175, AU$5,225) Alienware Area 51, we didn’t suppose there may very well be a dearer gaming PC. However, lo and behold, the worth of our evaluation unit right here is $7,999 (£7,186, AU$10,583).

We’re not going to enter the entire “this PC prices greater than a down fee in your automotive” rhetoric once more. At this level, what couldn’t you purchase for $eight,000?

Sadly for the Orion 9000, there are extra inexpensive machines you can spec as much as meet this  insane spec sheet. An Alienware Space 51 geared up with the identical processor and twin GPUs rings up for $6,599 (£6,119, AU$10,471) for those who possibility solely 64GB of reminiscence. In the meantime, we configured the Origin Millennium to the identical specs on the suitable for a grand whole of $7,956 (about £6,110, AU$10,798)  – so marginally extra inexpensive.

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Design

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is an enormous step up in each dimension and aesthetics from the design of Predator G6 and G9 that preceded it. Standing in at 11.eight x 27.6 x 25.three inches (30 x 70 x 64.3cm; W x D x H) with a beginning weight of 42.33 kilos (19.2kg), it is a monolith of a gaming desktop.

A distinctly trapezoidal form and sheer dimension make this PC appear like a Stargate chevron that fell off its ring. On the similar time, it additionally reminds us just a little of the Tyrell constructing within the authentic Blade Runner film. Contemplating the vast majority of the Predator gaming-related promotional supplies revolves round area, we’d say that Acer efficiently evokes the sci-fi motif it was aiming to realize with this gaming desktop.

Fortunately, the Orion 9000 strikes away from the area tire look that the Predator G6 featured for a less complicated stack of three, giant steel grilles jutting out the entrance of the case in sequential order. You’ll additionally discover some strips of Acer’s now signature blue lighting traced across the gaming PC’s entrance panels.

After all, it wouldn’t be an Acer gaming desktop with out hidden compartments, as flipping down the top-most panel reveals a stealth disc tray. In the meantime, pushing within the button between the second and bottom-most grilles additionally releases a retractable stand so that you can dangle a gaming headset from.

Acer Predator Orion 9000 review

Above all this, close to or alongside the highest of the chassis, you’ll discover the Nabla-shaped energy button and a handy Turbo button that may routinely overclock the processor. There’s additionally the same old set of headphone/microphone jacks, USB three.zero ports and a USB-C port – however no front-side HDMI to assist digital actuality headsets.

Across the again, you’ll discover a rear wheel and even handles alongside the highest of the chassis designed that can assist you tote it round. It really works nicely sufficient whenever you pitch the PC again just a little and drag it alongside by its entrance angle, however as a result of the PC weighs about 50 kilos, don’t anticipate to go very far earlier than you tire out. Moderately, the dolly system comes extra in useful for roughly positioning the PC into place, the place it’ll doubtless sit endlessly.

You additionally get a transparent acrylic window – sorry, no tempered glass right here – constructed into the left panel. Pulling off both of the facet panels makes you’re feeling as for those who’ve simply taken off an entry panel on a spaceship as they each function an nontraditional, five-sided form, steel construct and have a center-positioned deal with with built-in button launch.

That mentioned, we wished the window was just a little greater contemplating how giant the principle chassis is and a very good little bit of the clear materials is roofed up by Acer’s somewhat giant brand printed within the heart.

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Upgradability

Opening up the Orion 9000 additionally reveals an inside chassis that’s surprisingly smaller than it appears to be like from the surface. In actual fact, the quantity of obtainable inner quantity is nearer to that of a mid-tower than the full-size tower it resembles from the surface, on account of a big plastic fairing that measures practically six-inches large across the backside.

Regardless of all of the exterior padding although, there’s loads of packed into this PC and room for much more of it. Our highest-end system already got here packed to the gills with two graphics cards and all eight reminiscence slots already crammed, however we might see ourselves simply including one other GPU and extra RAM to a lower-tier system.

Across the different facet of the motherboard tray, there’s room for as much as two laborious drives and 4 SSDs – all of which might be mounted onto tool-less drive trays. Sadly, you’ll nonetheless want a screwdriver to get to the graphics playing cards, however it is a half you’ll doubtless solely change out just a few occasions.

Whereas we’ll commend Acer for the Orion 9000’s clear inside and wonderful cable administration, we’re not thrilled that the inside of the chassis options unpainted, naked steel at this excessive worth level.

Acer Predator Orion 9000 review

Benchmarks

Right here’s how the Acer Predator Orion 9000 carried out in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Sky Diver: 65,886; Hearth Strike: 30,059; Time Spy: 15,160
Cinebench CPU: three,332 factors; Graphics: 167 fps
GeekBench: four,971 (single-core); 40,699 (multi-core)
PCMark eight (House Check): four,zero83 factors
Whole Battle: Warhammer II (1080p, Extremely): 71 fps; (1080p, Low): 166 fps
Center-Earth: Shadow of Battle (1080p, Extremely): 138 fps; (1080p, Low): 174 fps

Efficiency

It will be against the law for this extraordinarily costly gaming desktop to not ship one of the best efficiency we’ve ever seen. Fortunately, the Predator Orion 9000 totally delivers.

With its octodeca-core Intel Core i9-7980XE CPU, the Acer Predator Orion 9000 completely destroys ever single processor-intensive benchmark.

We’ve by no means seen greater Cinebench and Geekbench scores, and that features the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X-powered Alienware Space 51, which managed to attain 2,994 and 30,434 factors in single and multi-core assessments, respectively. Comparatively, the Origin Millennium and its extra pedestrian hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700Ok processor racked up 1,526 factors in Cinebench and 24,978 factors in Geekbench.

These twin Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti’s additionally are available mighty useful for tackling probably the most demanding graphics benchmarks and video games. As we anticipated, the Orion 9000’s excessive core-count processor opens up a bottleneck we noticed within the Origin Millennium for greater frames per second in Shadow of Battle and improved general 3DMark scores.

Acer Predator Orion 9000 review

Apparently, although, Warhammer II truly causes the Acer’s gaming desktop to falter just a little with decrease frames per second. If something the XE-series CPU within the Orion 9000 ought to the sport run even smoother by powering a larger variety of AI models. This may very well be because of the sport not being optimized for the Intel Core i9-7980XE or the truth that the processor runs at a slower clock pace than mainstream Coffee Lake processors.

Outdoors of benchmarks and assessments, we took to enjoying a number of rounds of Overwatch at a stable 70 frames per second (fps) with the sport working at 4K with all of the graphical choices maxed out. We additionally cautiously roamed the halls of Talos 1 in Prey at equally maxed out 4K setting for a easy 90-110 fps expertise.

Actually, although, have been a bit upset that the body charges weren’t greater. We have been much more despondent upon realizing that even this eight-grand gaming PC nonetheless isn’t sufficient machine to drive a 4K, 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync HDR gaming monitor, just like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, at full tilt.

The one extra infuriating factor in regards to the Acer Predator Orion 9000 is it nonetheless comes with a ship load of preinstalled functions, like Norton Anti-Virus, Store Ebates and Sweet Crush Soda Saga regardless of its huge price ticket. We really feel as if Acer might have spent no less than just a little extra on an bloatware-free model of Windows 10, contemplating the high-profile side of this machine.

Acer Predator Orion 9000 review

Ultimate verdict

It virtually goes with out saying that you just in all probability can’t purchase this gaming PC just because so few of us may have the expendable revenue to afford it – ourselves positively included. As for the ‘must you purchase it’ issue, you actually ought to take into consideration whether or not you’re simply going to be gaming with this PC or doing different duties, like streaming and rendering video, on the similar time.

An 18-core processor is overkill for purely PC gaming or any single process. Having two of the top-end graphics playing cards on the earth is a barely extra affordable buy, particularly for those who plan to play on a high-frame fee or Extremely HD show.

And so for the extraordinarily small subset of streaming/leisure avid gamers that may want a gaming PC as highly effective as this, you gained’t be upset with the overbearing quantity of efficiency you’ll get out of this machine. The desktop pads out its overt dimension is just a little, and there are some things we want have been higher about its tool-less design, however what you’ve gotten right here is one fantastically nicely put collectively and configured pre-built machine able to tackle regardless of the gaming world dishes.

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