Predator Orion 9000 – Acer’s new gaming PCs include an 18-core liquid-cooled desktop

Acer has a lot of exciting new hardware on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but if you’re a fan of raw power, there’s nothing in the lineup that compares to the Predator Orion 9000. With options for everything up to a Core i9 CPU and dual GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, it stands above everything else if you’re looking for the ultimate in prebuilt gaming power and have deep pockets.

The Predator Orion 9000 will ship in February for a starting price of $1,999. But as you read through the kinds of features and specs to expect, don’t kid yourself: Acer already told u  s at IFA that the topmost configuration (with four Radeon Vega cards and other luxuries) will set you back a cool $9,000.

Predator Orion 9000 features and specs

CPU: Up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition, with 18 cores and 36 threads

RAM: Up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory

GPUs: Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti in SLI with dedicated blower fans

Connectivity is plentiful, including: 

  • Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), one Type-C and one Type-A
  • Eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), one Type-C and seven Type-A
  • Two USB 2.0 Type-A (480Mbps)
  • Two M.2 slots
  • Up to four PCIe x16 slots

The Predator Orion 9000 manages its thermals with liquid cooling and IceTunnel 2.0, a system of chambers with their own management system. There are up to five fans, and plenty of ventilation through mesh panels on the front and top.

The case features a clear window panel (see above), the better to see the internal lighting. The side panels are tool-less, and the top pushes open, to make it easier for builders to work inside the chassis.

In other news, Acer has also upgraded it’s Nitro 5 gaming laptop with just enough power to run moderately demanding titles. It packs a Ryzen mobile processor and Radeon RX560 video, and you also get upto 32GB of RAM.

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