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Acer Predator Orion, Nitro, Triton and Helios (2021): RTX Series 30 conquers Acer’s new gaming computer batch

Important day for Acer today, which during the Next@Acer has presented many devices from all its ranges. The one at hand in this text is Predator, which encompasses its desktops and gaming laptops and has been renewed with nothing more and nothing less than four computers: two towers and two laptops.

The new devices are equipped with the latest intel, AMD and NVIDIA. Intel and AMD put the 11th Generation Intel and Ryzen 5000, respectively, while NVIDIA has been in charge of endowing computers with the new RTX Series 30. What do Acer’s new gaming devices offer us? Well, let’s go in parts.

Acer Predator Orion and Predator Nitro Data Sheet

ACER PREDATOR ORION 3000 ACER PREDATOR NITRO 50 (INTEL) ACER PREDATOR NITRO 50 (AMD)
PROCESSOR Intel Core 11th Generation i5/i7 Intel Core 11th Generation i5/i7 AMD B550A
Chipset Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900 Series
GRAPHICS CARD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 3060 Ti, 3070
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1160 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 3060Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 3060Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 SUPER
RAM 4/8/16GB DDR4 3200MHz
UDIMM Up to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz
4/8/16GB DDR4 3200MHz Up
to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz
4/8/16GB DDR4 3200MHz Up
to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz
STORAGE 1/2/3 TB HDD 7200 RPM
256/512/1.024GB M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
1/2/3 TB HDD 7200 RPM
256/512/1.024GB M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
1/2/3 TB HDD 7200 RPM
256/512/1.024GB M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
REFIGERATION 2x 92mm Predator
FrostBlade RG3
N/D N/D
CONNECTIVITY Killer E2600 1G Ethernet
WiFi 6 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
EXPANSIONS 1x PCIe x16
2x M.2 for
SSD 1x M.2 for WLAN
1x PCIe x16
1x M.2 for
SSD 1x M.2 for WLAN
1x PCIe x16
1x M.2 for
SSD 1x M.2 for WLAN
PRICE From 949 euros From 799 euros N/D

 

That’s what Acer’s new gaming towers are like

We start with towers or desktops. The first is the Acer Predator Orion 3000, which consists of a half tower platform. As it could not be otherwise, the computer is full of RGB lighting thanks to the two custom-designed Predator FrostBlade 92-millimeter fans and the front RGB bars. An aggressive design typical of a device in this segment.

The Acer Predator Orion 3000 is only available with Intel processors that, in this case, can be the latest generation i5 or i7. The graphics card can be an RTX 2060, 3060 Ti, or 3070 (which will allow us to access ray tracing and technologies such as the DLSS), although it can also be achieved with a GTX 1660 SUPER.

 

For RAM, up to 16 GB DDR4 at 3200 MHz expandable up to 64 G.B. (all three models share this) and for storage, up to 3 T.B. of hard drive at 7200 RPM and up to 1 TB of M.E SSD that we can always expand through the available slots.

The pre-installed operating system will be Windows 10 Home 64-bit. Acer didn’t want to fall short for connectivity and has implemented Gigabit-class Ethernet, WiFi 6 MU-MIMO, and Bluetooth 5.0. The price of this tower is part of the 949 euros for the simplest version.

Then we have the Nitro 50, which are precisely the same as each other with the difference that one of the mounts 11th Generation Intel processors (i5 or i7) and the other has an AMD B550A chipset that can mount up to a Ryzen 9 5900. Otherwise, the same.

Thus, Acer Nitro can be equipped with RTX 2060 or 3060Ti GPUs or, if not, GeForce GTX 1650 or 1660 SUPER. You are accompanied by up to 16 G.B. ddr4 3200 MHz RAM that can be expanded up to 64 G.B. and the same storage configuration as the Acer Predator Orion 3000. Its price is part of 799 euros.

 

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE and Predator Helios 500 Data Sheet

ACER PREDATOR TRITON 500 SE ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 500
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 358.5 x 262.4 x 19.9 mm
2.4 kilos
400 x 319.2 x 35.3 mm
3.98 kilos
SCREEN 16-inch IPS WQXGA Resolution (2,560 x 1,600
pixels) 165 Hz, 3 ms
Format 16:10
100% sRGB
500 nits
17.3-inch
17.3-inch MiniLED UHD 4K at 120 Hz, QHD at 165 Hz, FHD at 360 Hz
PROCESSOR Intel Core 11th Gen i9-11900H
Intel Core 11th Gen i7-11800H
Intel Core 11th Gen i9-11980HK
Intel Core 11th Gen i7-11800H
RAM Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 32GB DDR4
GRAPHICS CARD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, 3080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070
STORAGE 1/2 TB NVMe, RAID
0 SSD 512GB / 1TB PCIe Gen4, 16Gb/s, NVMe
SSD:
512GB/1/2TB NVMe, RAID
0 SSD 512GB/1TB PCIe Gen4,17Gb/s, NVMe HDD:
1/2TB
2.5″ 5400 RPM 1TB 2.5″ 7200 RPM
SOUND DTS X:
Ultra Space
Sound
windows Acer Purified Acer TrueHarmony
DTS X:
Ultra Space
Sound
Windows Acer Purified Acer TrueHarmony
True 5.1 Channel Surround Sound
CONNECTIVITY Killer WiFi 6 AX1650i
Killer Ethernet E3100G
Killer WiFi 6 AX1650i
Killer Ethernet
E3100G 5G optional
BATTERY N/D N/D
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
HARBOURS 2x Thunderbolt
4 1x USB 3.2 Gen
2 1x
HDMI 2.1
with
HDCP Combo 3.5mm S.D. Ethernet Reader
N/D
OTHER Webcam FullHD
Video HD@60 FPS
PRICE From 1,999 euros From 2,499 euros

MiniLED displays reach gaming laptops

Acer Predator

Although the towers don’t look bad, the truth is that Acer’s new gaming laptops have grabbed much of the interest. The most powerful model in the range is the Acer Predator Helios 500, a portion of almost four kilos, 35.3 millimeters thick. That can be achieved with a screen of 17.3 inches MiniLED 4K screen at 120 Hz or an AUO FullHD panel at 360 Hz. For hertz, it’s not going to be, of course.

Facing the engine, Acer gives the option to get Intel’s flagship, core 11th Gen i9-11980HK (overlock-ready) or i7-11800H, complete with up to 32GB DDR4 memory and different dual storage configurations (hard drive and NVMe SSD).

All of this will cause the temperature to rise. Still, Acer has implemented a cooling system based on a metal alloy polymer located on top of the processor (Acer PowerGem, called) and three fans, including a fifth-generation AeroBlade.

Eye-catching is also the keyboard. In addition to RGB lighting, WASD keys feature Pressure Sensitive MagTek mechanical switches to work like the joysticks on a console controller for practical purposes, ergo will offer more precision in driving games.

Reviewing connectivity, Acer has mounted its WiFi 6 and Ethernet systems and, interestingly, 5G optionally. You’ll have to see how it works in day-to-day life (especially now that 5G is starting to unfold), but Acer’s idea is that the player can play online anywhere without latency. A matter of waiting to get out of doubt.

What Acer hasn’t revealed about this device is its battery (which we know is four cells, but nothing else) or the number of ports. What we can advance is that its price will start at 2,499 euros.

The other model Acer proposes is the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE. It is a more affordable model but equally powerful. It weighs 2.4 kilos, is 19.9 inches thick, and mounts a 16-inch IPS display with WQXGA resolution (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) in 16:10 format, with a 165 Hz refresh rate, three milliseconds of response, and a brightness of 500 nits with peaks of 1,250 nits.

This device can be achieved with the Intel Core 11a Gen i9-11900H or i7-11800H, up to 32 G.B. of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080 GPU. For internal storage, SSD in all cases up to 1 T.B. PCIe Gen4 NVMe.

 

Like the previous model, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE mounts a Vortex Flow cooling system consisting of three fans (including a fifth-generation AeroBlade), five dedicated CPU and GPU heat pipes, and air inlet and outlet fans.

Finally, it should be noted that this laptop has WiFi 6, Ethernet, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and all kinds of connections necessary for the day today. The operating system is Windows 10 Home, its autonomy claims to be 12 hours, and its price starts at 1,999 euros.

Versions and price of Acer’s new gaming equipment

Acer Predator

New Acer equipment can be purchased soon in different configurations. The price will therefore depend on them. The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE will be available from July, the Predator Helios 500 from June, and the two towers from October. The starting prices are as follows:

  • Acer Predaton Orion 3000: from 949 euros.
  • Acer Predator Nitro 50: from 799 euros.
  • Acer Predator Triton 500 SE: from 1,999 euros.
  • Acer Predator Helios 500: from 2,499 euros.