Acer’s Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop blazed a bit of a trail at IFA 2017 with its high-end hardware and clever integrated wheels. At CES, it’s back again with a more solid release date.
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 us 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.
We can’t get over the wheels
Wheels seem like such a little thing, but when gaming rigs abound, this sort of convenience could tip a buying decision in favor of the Predator Orion 9000. They nestle discreetly in the lower rear corner, so your rig won’t look like a kiddie wagon. Dual handles on top of the case add to the portability.
The Predator Orion 9000 can stand tall among the competition with all the right parts, and some nice details. Acer may not be the edgiest gaming PC brand, but it knows how to get some attention. If the buyer gets some bragging rights as a result, that sounds like a win-win.
Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.