Acer Predator Orion 9000 Beastly Gaming PC Boasts 18-Core Intel Skylake-X CPU And 4-Way Radeon RX Vega Graphics

When it comes to gaming desktops many gamers feel like you can never have enough power inside your rig, especially if you plan to game at high resolutions with all the eye candy turned on. Acer has announced a new gaming desktop at IFA in Berlin, and the machine is high-end to say the least. Acer says that the Predator Orion 9000 is an "extreme platform for gaming and content creation."

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How extreme you ask? Well, the Predator Orion 9000 can be fitted with up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with 18-cores and up to 36-threads. Graphics can be up to 4-way AMD Radeon RX Vega video cards or a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI. All of that hardware is crammed inside a black and silver chassis, and has customizable RGB lighting along the sides and front bezel and a big window to show off the innards.

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Gamers can order the Predator Orion 9000 with optional fans that also have customizable RGB lighting. The chassis has two handles and wheels covered in a carbon fiber pattern to make it easy to move the PC from one location to another. The side panels are tool-less for easy component upgrades and for changing fans as needed. Acer also fits the 9000 with a headset cradle and cable management area.

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"The Predator Orion 9000 is the most powerful PC we've ever made," said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Products Business, Acer. "With 4-way graphics and 18-core processors, it is a platform that takes gamers and intense graphic users beyond their dreams."

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The machine features liquid cooling and Acer IceTunnel 2.0 tech to keep heat in check. IceTunnel 2.0 is an airflow management solution that separates the system into thermal zones each with its own airflow tunnel to expel heat. The chassis holds up to five 120mm fans on front, back, and top to pull in cool air and push out the hot.

Connectivity options include a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports with one being Type-C and the other Type-A, there are eight USB 3.1 gen 1 ports with one a Type-C and the others Type-A, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports. The Predator Orion 9000 and has a trio of M.2 slots along with four PCIe x16 slots for video cards. The Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktops will launch in December in North America starting at $1,999. You can certainly expect a fully optioned machine to massively increase that price tag. If a gaming laptop is more your thing, Acer rolled out a new gaming laptop called the Acer Nitro 5 Spin earlier this month that packs an NVIDIA GTX 1050 and 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor.