Monday, May 16, 2016

Acer Expands its Predator Gaming Line with VR-Ready Desktops

At the Acer next@acer Global Press Conference in New York held recently, Acer announced new notebooks, desktops and monitors under its powerful and award-winning Predator gaming line. The new Predator 17 X notebook and compact Predator G1 desktop include top-of-the line computing technology and are NVIDIA GeForce VR-Ready[1], as well as for virtual reality (VR) devices from Oculus, HTC Vive, OSVR and StarVR.
“The new Acer Predator gaming systems are designed to deliver the ultimate gaming and virtual reality experiences for our customers,” said James Lin, general manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc.  “Virtual reality offers unlimited new possibilities, not just in gaming but across a wide variety of industries and applications in professional environments. As we showed in our VR partner demos, Acer intends to give our customers the tools they need for both playing and working in this new digital world.”
“Acer continues to bring innovations to the gaming community through their Predator line,” said Peter Han, vice president Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “With Windows 10 they are pushing the limits of the modern PC experience, allowing gamers a choice in where and how they want to play.”
Predator 17 X Notebook
Ramping up the performance of its successful Predator gaming notebooks, the new Predator 17 X brings overclocking and desktop grade performance[2] to mobile gaming. Powered by a 6th Generation Intel® Core i7-6820HK processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 graphics, and a custom triple-fan cooling system, it delivers an uncompromising combination of power and portability2. With overclocking, gamers will enjoy turbo speeds of up to 4.0GHz for the CPU; up to 1310MHz for the GPU; and up to 3.7GHz for VRAM. Fully ready to tackle virtual worlds, its top-end GPU and the high performance CPU makes it an ideal “VR-to-go” platform.

“The Predator 17 X incorporates the world’s only notebook GPU powerful enough for virtual reality—the GeForce GTX 980,” said Kaustubh Sanghani, general manager of notebook business, NVIDIA.  “Gamers and VR content developers will embrace the Predator 17 X’s performance, design and mobility, allowing VR to be experienced anywhere and everywhere.”
For the ultimate in game play, buttery smooth visuals are delivered on the notebook’s 17.3-inch G-SYNC panel.  Available with either a FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) or UHD IPS (4K 3840 x 2160) display, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology matches the refresh rate of the screen with the powerful GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stuttering.
All this muscle is enhanced with DDR4-2133 memory and enterprise level NVMe PCIe solid state drives2 in a three-SATA-SSD RAID 0 array for immense data transfer speeds. Killer DoubleShot Pro enables Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to work together, so gamers can use Ethernet for gaming or use WiFi for watching, listening to music or Skyping with friends. Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, or up to 8X faster than USB 3.0 and 4X faster than USB 3.1.
The Predator 17 X’s triple-fan cooling system maximizes heat dissipation and ensures extreme overclocking performance. An Aeroblade fan located near the GPU uses the world’s thinnest metallic blades (0.1mm) to simulate aircraft wing flight behavior to enhance fan speed, reduce drag and noise. Together, the three fans optimize air flow while an efficient front intake system brings cool air into the laptop. A vapor chamber, usually used in server environments for high-performance and cooling efficiency, also helps dissipate the heat for better overclocking performance. The Predator 17 X also includes DustDefender and CoolBoost, with reverse rotating, dual high-speed fans to remove dust build-up and improve heat dissipation.
Acer’s PredatorSense software offers advanced customization options for gaming features like overclock modes, keyboard macro profiles and programmable keys for favorite games and adjustable lighting configurations. The Predator 17 X’s backlit keyboard also includes customizable RGB illumination so gamers can change and personalize lighting zone colors for specific game or profile setups.
Predator G1 Desktop – Power and Portability 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 body 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 provides enthusiasts and mainstream gamers the horsepower for the most immersive gaming experience,” said Frank Soqui, general manager, Desktop Enthusiast Group, Intel Corp.

The new Predator desktop also includes 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 to ensure 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, either via 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 also offers a range of optional accessories for the Predator G1 gaming desktop, including a mechanical keyboard, headset and wheeled carrying case.
Predator Z1 Display – Curved Monitor with G-SYNC Delivers Total Gaming Immersion
Acer’s new Predator Z1 monitor line introduces mainstream high-performance curved monitors featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to Acer’s gaming line up.  They are available in 31.5-, 30-and 27-inches, and feature a tight 1800R curve to make it easier to get fully immersed and surrounded by the action. The curved display improves immersion by having more depth, provides a wide field of view and broad viewing angle. G-SYNC matches the monitor’s refresh rate with the PC’s powerful GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stuttering.

The 30-inch model features an 1800R ultra-wide FHD (2560 x 1080) display with 21:9 resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut, delivering incredible detail for identifying enemies and exploring new worlds. Combined with a fast 4ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time and up to 200Hz refresh rate, it provides the smoothest possible graphics for unbelievably realistic visuals; fast-moving action and dramatic transitions will be all rendered smoothly without the annoying effects of smearing or ghosting. Lastly, support for 6-axis color adjustment results in beautifully smooth gradation, keeping the intermediate shades of extremely fine colors vibrant and lifelike.
The Predator Z1 series’ 178-degree viewing angles and curved design are perfect for multiple monitor set ups, giving an uninterrupted view free of blind spots. An ergonomically designed stand provides tilt and height adjustments for easy finding of the ideal viewing position, while a useful swivel feature automatically adjusts images from portrait to landscape. A quick-release design releases the monitor from the stand for wall-mounting. Cables can also be hidden inside the stand to keep the gaming area organized and clutter free. Select models include an ambient lighting feature which offers multiple and customizable colors (red, green, blue, white, orange) and styles (fixed, pulsing, flashing or rippling). 
The Predator Z1 monitor also includes AcerVisionCare and BlueLight Shield for less eye fatigue, and GameView for special settings like dark boost, which fine-tunes visuals for more details in darker scenes, and aim point assistance for those perfect shots.
The new Predator line up was unveiled at the next@acer event at 4 World Trade Center in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals.  To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices, visit

[1] VR-ready only for models with GeForce GTX 970 and above.
[2] Specifications vary depending on model.
[3] Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)


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