Acer’s refreshed Orion series desktops, unveiled at CES 2022, are now available for purchase
Offering some of the best value prebuilds money can buy, the updated Orion 3000 PO3-640 and Orion 5000 PO5-640 boast excellent specs and are now in stock in the UK. The Orion 3000 with the Intel i5-12400 and RTX 3060 can be yours for just £1,199 at Currys (and other retailers). If your budget is a little higher, you can get an Orion 5000 with a 12th Gen i7-12700 and RTX 3080 GPU, available for £1,999.
ACER Predator Orion 3000 PO3-640
“With up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (on an Intel B660 chipset) and up to an NVIDIA
GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, the Predator Orion 3000 series is designed for gamers seeking the best experience that a mid-tower rig can deliver: gamers who want to max settings in their favourite titles and dive into streaming or video editing with little to no impact on performance. Up to 64 GB of 3,200 MHz DDR4 memory and 2 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage top the hardware off to increase responsiveness and load times, all supporting lightning-fast gaming action. Just in case 2 TB of SSD storage isn’t quite enough, 6 TB of SATA3 HDD storage can also be included.
The Predator Orion 3000 Series features the same attractive design as the Orion 5000, wreathed in darkened glass, plastic, metal and mesh, with an optional transparent EMI-compliant side panel. Three 92×92 mm Predator FrostBlade ™ 2.0 fans optimize airflow and cool the internals. Additionally, the hub of the front and rear fans have RGB LEDs built directly onto them, the lighting of which can be controlled via the PredatorSense ™ software.
An Intel Killer E2600 Ethernet controller, Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (Gig+) and Control Center 2.0 provide players with all the tools necessary to clear out the online competition, while DTS:X Ultra lets them experience their favourite movies, music and games with real-world spatial sound.”
ACER Predator Orion 5000 PO5-640
“The Predator Orion 5000 combines up to the latest 12th Gen Intel ® Core ™ i7 processor (on an Intel H670 chipset) with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU in order to deliver high frame rates and incredible gaming experiences, even in the most graphically demanding games. Alongside Windows 11, 64 GB of 4,000 MHz DDR5 RAM and up to 2 TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs, ARGB-infused Predator FrostBlade™ 2.0 fans support the powerful internals, keeping the system cool. This generation of fans utilises a static pressure design to optimize airflow, while sealed rifle bearings and a new arc-shaped design along the ends of the fans’ fins reduce vibration and noise.
Housed within an obsidian-hued chassis made of darkened glass and metal mesh, all this bleeding-edge hardware and ARGB flair show through a transparent side panel—the panel is also EMI-compliant, serving to protect users and their peripherals from potential electromagnetic interference. DIY enthusiasts will appreciate the chassis’ tool-less design that allows for easy access to the computer’s internals—such as to upgrade the CPUs’ air cooler to up to a 240 mm liquid cooler—and also its flexible configuration options that maximize future upgradability. Latency-reducing features include Killer E3100G 2.5G Ethernet Controller and Intel Wi-Fi 6E for more reliable internet, while DTS:X® Ultra allows gamers to turn any pair of headphones or speakers into a high-end 360-degree sound system. Four USB ports (3x Type-A and 1x Type-C) and audio jacks conveniently positioned on top of the chassis allow for ease of access, while several more on the back of the tower keep infrequently moved cables out of sight.”