The first day of the #AcerBlogLive2016 is over and it has been great so far. I am loving the focus on the high end gaming equipment. The monitors are the things that really stand out from the event, but there is also pre-built gaming PCs and laptops. I am not a huge fan of pre-built systems, especially from large companies, as they tend to be over priced for the specification, and often have components that are already out of date by the time they are launched.

Out of the 3 PCs at Acers event, the Predator G1 is the most interest, and the one that has been launched most recently. It is a small form factor PC, with some aggressive styling. The styling is clearly gaming focussed, it looks good for what it is, but it is not to my tastes personally. I guess a simple black case has less marketing potential than something with LEDs etc.

However, the specification is things get really interesting. It is a little hard to get specifics on pricing and the exact requirements but there will be options for either Intel Core i5 and i7 (not specific model of either) but also GPU options ranging from a GTX 960 with 2 GB of GDDR5, all the way up to GTX Titan X with 12 GB of GDDR5.

Having a Titan or more sensibly a 980ti in such a small form factor is some pretty impressive stuff. Unfortunately for Acer, the 1080 is around the corner which is more power efficient and therefore better for a small form, but the current specification they have on offer is the best that is currently available.
Memory options go up to 64GB DDR4.

Hard drive options include:
• 4 TB 3.5-inch 5900 RPM
• 3 TB / 2 TB / 1 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM
• 512 GB / 256 GB / 128 GB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive
• 2 TB / 1 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM Solid State Hybrid Drive
Networking is handled by Killer, and the Ethernet has double shot, which allows you to team up both the Ethernet ports to effectively give you 2Gbps of bandwidth. This is a feature that is typically found on high end motherboards.

You also have Bluetooth 4.1 and sound handled by a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5.

Expansion slots include:
• PCIe x16 slot
• M.2 slot (for SSD)
• M.2 slot (for WLAN)

The confusing part comes down to pricing. Acer is advertising it from £549.99 but the price sheet didn’t have the exact specification for that. Currently, nowhere online seems to be selling it, so I can’t say what sort of mark-up Acer have made on the more expensive variations.

Concerns about pricing and specific specification aside, this an amazing little gaming PC, that is perfect for anyone short on space, or even LAN parties if that’s your thing, it would easily fit in a back pack like Acers own gaming pack.

The exact specification of the unit at the event is:

I have asked Acer for pricing on the specification above, and should have it in a couple of days.

During my brief time with it, it performed just as you would expect, all games ran buttery smooth on the Predator Z35 monitor it was connected to. I haven’t had enough time to run any proper benchmarks, but I am sure you can look up similar specifications online. It also seems to run relatively quiet, though how quiet is a little hard to tell in a room full of PCs.

The following is the official press release from Acer. Later I will hopefully be able to get more details on exact pricing, specification and maybe even some benchmarks.
Predator G1 Desktop – Power and Portability Make it Perfect for LAN Parties and Gaming on-the-Go

Predator G1 Desktop – Power and Portability Make it Perfect for LAN Parties and Gaming on-the-Go
The Predator G1 (G1-710) gaming desktop squeezes awe-inspiring power into a compact 16-liter body and is designed for gaming at home or on-the-go. This highly transportable gaming beast easily fits under an arm or in an optional carrying case, making it the ultimate war machine for serious gamers and LAN parties.

The perfect balance between compact size and great power, the Predator G1’s 16-liter chassis supports full size NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics (up to Titan X), 6th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 64GB DDR4 memory for supremely smooth gameplay2. For gamers interested in virtual reality, just plug in a VR headset and get ready to explore new worlds with the Predator G1 leading the way.

“The growing popularity of eSports coupled with the new compute intensive usage models like 4K gaming, game streaming and Virtual Reality put PCs right at the heart of the gaming revolution. The 6th gen Intel Core based Acer Predator gaming systems will provide the enthusiasts and mainstream gamers the compute horsepower for the most immersive gaming experience,” said Frank Soqui, general manager, Desktop Enthusiast Group, Intel Corp.

The new Predator desktop also includes another must-have gaming feature – Killer DoubleShot Pro, which picks the fastest network connection (Ethernet or Wireless) and sends all high priority traffic over that interface, while standard traffic is sent over the other. This ensures the highest priority traffic is always delivered over the fastest and most reliable link.

With support for G-SYNC and 4K2K Ultra High Definition visuals, the Predator G1 provides stunningly smooth high-quality images, delivering games and movies with unparalleled precision and clarity, while Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB5 and 7.1 channel audio support provide immersive sound.

The Predator G1 also offers massive storage, including up to a 4TB (7200 RPM) hard disk drive or a 512GB solid state drive[3], while a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 port adds huge expandability and fast data transfer.

Acer’s PredatorSense software can be used to check and control system vitals, set up hotkeys and adjust the multicolored lighting on the customizable “growl lights” along the PC’s front chassis. For extra convenience, dual slide-out headset cradles on each side of the PC let gamers place the G1 against a wall and still have a cradle available for use.

Acer also offers a range of optional accessories for the Predator G1 gaming desktop, including a mechanical keyboard, headset and wheeled carrying case.

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