Acer’s Predator Orion 3000 Overview: Don’t Worry Gaming’s Darkish Facet

Everyone knows constructing your individual PC is one of the best ways to maximise your efficiency for the cash. Nevertheless it’s not the one means. Acer’s Predator Orion is one such choice. Up to now, the 3000 mannequin quantity signifies this PC’s place because the entry-level member of the Predator gaming household – in comparison with the 5000 and 9000 sequence — however Acer has made vital inside upgrades that blurs the road the excellence due to trendy silicon.

Regardless that this gaming desktop begins at $1,599, critical avid gamers and people seeking to cling on to this PC for a minimum of a number of years will need to select the upgraded configuration utilized by our $2,299 evaluate unit. At its costlier beginning worth level, you’re getting Intel’s up to date Ninth-gen Core processor – reasonably than an older Eighth-gen silicon – alongside Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, making certain that the unit can double as a PC for content material creation in addition to for gaming.

With this type of efficiency, the Orion competes evenly in opposition to different gaming desktops on this class, together with these from HP and Dell’s Alienware. However with fierce competitors on this worth vary, can the Predator Orion 3000 stand out from the group?

Don’t worry the darkish aspect

The angular contours on the entrance panel of the Orion 3000 offers this gaming rig its putting look. Cloaked in black with a perforated grill design and angular LED lighting, the Orion 3000 can go for a stylized Darth Vader helmet in a compact Yoda-sized kind.

All the Orion 3000’s aggressive styling is concentrated on the plastic entrance panel, leaving the edges, high, and rear of this desktop retains an unassuming boxy silhouette. Whereas the entrance face plate’s plastic building feels a bit flimsy, the Predator Orion 3000’s aspect panels are thankfully product of metallic giving it a stable, sturdy feeling. The metallic building provides a premium really feel, one thing we wished Alienware integrated into the Aurora R8’s design. Moreover, these panels are constructed of metallic, making it extra sturdy and premium than the plastic panels that adorn the Alienware Aurora R8. Like its rival, Acer is especially concentrating on avid gamers with the Orion 3000’s design, and despite the fact that this desktop has an aggressive entrance fascia, every little thing is tastefully executed to keep away from feeling overly garish.

Predator Orion 3000 review

Predator Orion 3000 review

Predator Orion 3000 review

Predator Orion 3000 review

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Elsewhere, the Orion 3000 is basically devoid of gaming prospers discovered on many trendy rigs, just like the tempered glass aspect panel discovered on Digital Storm’s Lynx and HP’s Omen Obelisk. The extra utilitarian industrial design probably helps to maintain the tower’s footprint all the way down to a minimal. Moderately than specializing in the flashy inside design, Acer opted to as an alternative stack the elements in a structure that maximizes using area. When the case is opened, the layered structure isn’t that interesting to have a look at, and hiding It behind a metallic sheet additionally helps conceal a number of the messiness inside, however that design alternative additionally implies that this desktop is devoid of some cooler gaming tech, like liquid cooling radiators and plumbing.

In the event you play video games or take heed to music in your PC with a headset, the Orion comes with a intelligent trick: Flip out levers on both aspect to deal with your headphones. As soon as flipped down, the levers function a house to relaxation your headset when not in use and assist to maintain desk area tidy and freed from pointless litter.

Too cramped for comfy upgrades

The compact measurement of the Predator Orion 3000 is that this desktop’s greatest asset and its weak point. With out moving into micro kind issue GPU-enabled desktop kind components, like Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC, the Predator Orion 3000 is among the most compact gaming towers we’ve examined. It’s 13.Four x 13.eight x 6.Four-inch dimension makes it almost 2 inches shorter and nearly 2.5 inches much less deep than the already compact and competing Origin PC Neuron. Apparently, this makes the Orion 3000 barely shorter than the Corsair One Professional i180.

The 3000 sequence was traditionally thought of the entry-level member of the Orion household, however that distinction is now blurred.

In comparison with conventional towers, the Orion 3000 will occupy much less desk actual property in compact areas, like dorms and small sport rooms. It additionally means that there’s much less inside area, making future upgrades difficult however not unimaginable to perform.

Entry to the Orion 3000’s insides is completed by the use of a metallic aspect panel, which is secured to the rig by two screws on the rear of the unit. Due to the unit’s compact measurement, Acer needed to make some modifications to the inner construction to accommodate elements, like mounting the exhausting drive to a metallic sheet. Although this design is a workaround for the dearth of a drive bay, the metallic plate blocks a couple of third of the entry to the Orion 3000, and eradicating it to dive deeper into the inner of this desktop requires eradicating one more set of 4 screws. Eradicating the exhausting drive mount plate will provide you with entry to the 2 8GB RAM sticks – for a complete of 16GB. In the event you want extra efficiency, you possibly can add as much as 64GB of DDR4 reminiscence.

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Moreover, the Kingston PCIe NVMe solid-state drive, although replaceable, is hid behind the vertically-mounted optical disc drive, and attending to this half would require in depth elimination of neighboring elements. In contrast to trendy gaming techniques with tempered glass aspect panels that provides visible curiosity to the inner elements – like liquid cooling pipes and RGB-lit graphics playing cards – and retains the inner design clutter-free, the Orion’s inside design is extra industrial to maximise obtainable area.

Although the Orion 3000 delivers loads of efficiency out of the field due to its RTX 2080 setup, fans will discover restricted attraction to this desktop. Although you possibly can simply improve to Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti client graphics or swap to AMD’s Radeon GPU, the Orion 3000’s case received’t accommodate a second GPU, making this method much less versatile than the multi-graphics capabilities of techniques like Dell’s Alienware Aurora R8. Given the marginal efficiency return of multi-GPU techniques, the tradeoff for a extra compact tower measurement could also be effectively justified on this case for many avid gamers.

Unleashing the drive

The Predator Orion 3000 could look small in measurement, however it’s each bit as highly effective as a bigger mid-sized tower, and that features having loads of choices to attach your favourite peripherals. The Orion helps HDMI, three DisplayPort connectors, 4 USB-A ports, two USB-A three.1 Gen 1, USB-C port, RJ-45 Ethernet port, Audio enter and output jacks, and headphone jack on the rear along with a USB-C port, USB-A port, and speaker and microphone jacks on the entrance of the unit stacked vertically in the direction of the underside of the case.

All the system is powered by a 500-watt energy provide unit, which delivers a ample quantity of energy on condition that this desktop can’t accommodate multiple graphics card. Curiously, whereas the underside placement of the entrance ports make the Orion 3000 an excellent companion on high of a desk, versus a desktop that sits on the ground adjoining to a desk, the highest placement of the facility wire on the unit may result in awkward cable administration – we’d want to see the PSU mounted on the underside like on competing gaming desktops.

Versatile processing efficiency

Whereas many high-end gaming rigs ship with Intel’s Ninth-gen eight-core Core i9-9900Ok processor, the Predator Orion 3000 saves on price by going with a barely scaled down Core i7-9700Ok CPU. As we’ve seen with our Alienware Aurora R8 evaluate unit, efficiency of this 14nm chip is not any slouch, and the Core i7 does an excellent job maintaining with its costlier Core i9 sibling.

The Predator Orion 3000 could look small in measurement, however it’s each bit as highly effective as a bigger mid-sized tower.

When benchmarked utilizing the artificial Geekbench Four check, the Orion 3000’s single-core of 6,153 factors locations it barely forward of the 6,056 factors scored by the equally configured Alienware Aurora R8 and barely behind the 6,357 factors of Origin Millennium with its Intel Core i9-9900Ok. The multi-core rating of 28,904-point efficiency of the Orion 3000 is once more much like that of the Aurora R8. Nevertheless, the stronger 34,309 multi-core rating of the Intel Core i9-9900Ok on the Origin Millennium exhibits that Intel’s costlier processor will carry out higher in multi-threaded functions. Each present Core i7 and Core i7 processor fashions present generational single- and multi-core efficiency features when in comparison with the prior Eighth-Gen Intel Core i7-8700 processor on our HP Omen Obelisk evaluate unit, which delivered scores of 5,606 factors and 26,359 factors, respectively.

Given the similarity of the processor between the Acer Predator Orion 3000 and the Alienware Aurora R8, efficiency is once more comparable between the 2 items when encoding a 4K video utilizing Handbrake. Each items accomplished the duty in roughly 95 seconds, which is slower than the 77 seconds it took the Origin Millennium to complete the encoding job. Nevertheless, this time continues to be significantly better than the Eighth-Technology Core i7 processor, which required almost 125 seconds.

With real-world utilization, the Ninth-gen  Core i7 delivered comparable efficiency to the Core i9 in dealing with Microsoft Workplace information and different productiveness duties. The Core i9 was a couple of seconds quicker at opening giant sport information, however you’d actually must have each techniques on-hand to watch the slight distinction in load occasions right here, suggesting that until you want the best-in-class gaming-focused processor, stepping all the way down to a Core i7 ought to nonetheless offer you loads of pace with out denting your pockets too considerably. Moreover, when you’re inside a sport, graphics efficiency issues way over CPU scores.

The 256GB Kingston solid-state drive additionally helps hold the Orion 3000 preserve its speeds. Although not the quickest or most spacious drive we’ve examined on a desktop, we didn’t have any issues with the 769 MB per second common learn speeds and 958 MB per second common write speeds of the drive. To assist with storage, the Orion 3000 additionally comes with a 1TB Western Digital Blue exhausting drive the place you possibly can offload bigger information and video games.

4K succesful gaming

Like its rivals from HP and Alienware, Acer’s new Predator Orion 3000 is available in a number of configuration, with our evaluate unit topping out with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics. Regardless that Acer provides a base configuration that comes outfitted with Intel’s Eighth-gen Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics for informal avid gamers, fans who demand extra energy, sadly, received’t be capable of select an upgraded construct with GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics out of the field. Nonetheless, the non-Ti RTX 2080 is a succesful card for 4K gaming, and until you’re taking part in the restricted variety of ray tracing-enabled titles, the efficiency hole isn’t too drastic between these two high-end playing cards.

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This configuration locations the Orion 3000 within the firm of very respectable gaming rigs, like Origin PC’s Neuron – although the Neuron could be outfitted with twin GPUs – HP’s Omen Obelisk, and extra. Within the 3DMark Time Spy check, efficiency of the Orion 3000 is much like the RTX 2080-equipped Alienware Aurora R8, with each items scoring roughly 9,600 factors. Nevertheless, efficiency of the Ti variant continues to be stronger, and the Corsair One Professional i180 scored greater than three,000 factors increased. In comparison with fanatic techniques, unsurprisingly, efficiency of the dual-Ti setup on the Origin PC Millennium is sort of double the rating of the Orion 3000 utilizing the identical benchmark.

The outcomes from the artificial benchmark solely paint a partial image of the capabilities of the Orion 3000. Titles with much less demanding graphics, like Fortnite and Civilization VI, keep above 60 FPS at 4K decision, even when performed with excessive sport particulars. Civilization VI with Extremely mode enabled with 4K decision performed at 92 FPS, for instance.

Titles with extra advanced graphics, like Battlefield V and Murderer’s Creed Odyssey, are playable with excessive sport particulars in as much as 1440p or 2K resolutions. At 4K, when the small print are turned up, these titles drop to under 60 FPS, making the video games seem uneven. With Battlefield V, for instance, the sport performed at almost 80 FPS when Extremely mode is enabled at 2K decision. Nevertheless, with the identical mode below 4K decision, the body price dropped to only 50 FPS. The drop in efficiency in Murderer’s Creed Odyssey is extra pronounced at 4K Extremely, as the sport solely carried out at 36 FPS.

Given the efficiency tax on these titles, you’ll need to keep at 2K particularly with ray tracing enabled. For many avid gamers, nevertheless, sturdy efficiency of RTX 2080 graphics in 1080p and 1440p resolutions throughout a wide range of titles can be greater than ample, and solely probably the most demanding avid gamers will need to push the envelope with 4K gaming on the highest sport settings.

Although it’s marketed as a gaming system, the Orion 3000 can even function a workstation for GPU-intensive duties for creatives who have to take work dwelling on occasion. In the event you want a succesful workstation for inventive workflows, we’d suggest stepping as much as the Ti variant of the cardboard discovered on the Corsair One Professional i180 workstation or upgrading to the skilled grade Titan RTX graphics. Nevertheless, for reasonable picture modifying, video encoding and fast rendering, the RTX 2080 card on the Orion 3000 may be very succesful, and the system was very adept at dealing with even medium-sized Photoshop information when working in Adobe’s Artistic Cloud.


Acer’s restricted two-year guarantee coverage for its gaming system is beneficiant, as most client techniques ship with one 12 months of protection. The coverage covers each components and labor, although on-site repairs aren’t a part of the deal, so that you’ll must ship your faulty system in for service. Acer additionally provides 90 days of software program assist.

Along with the usual guarantee, Acer additionally provides its prolonged Care Plus protection. This non-compulsory improve choice might help cowl unintentional harm or lengthen the size of your protection, however not like conventional PC manufacturers like Dell, HP, and Lenovo, the Care Plus packages are hidden on Acer’s web sites and aren’t offered as choices that may be added on on the time of buy.

We want Acer would make it simpler to acquire prolonged protection info and supply up-front pricing info. Each HP and Alienware supply normal one-year restricted guarantee insurance policies, however each manufacturers make it straightforward so as to add and customise prolonged guarantee choices. Moreover, boutique customized gaming model Origin PC additionally provides an Evolve choice that makes it straightforward to promote again current components while you’re upgrading inside elements, one thing that isn’t obtainable on the Orion 3000 or many competing manufacturers as we speak.

Our Take

Acer’s Predator Orion 3000 is a no-frills, compact gaming PC that provides stable efficiency at an affordable price. Whereas the Predator Orion 3000 is out there in plenty of configurations to satiate your efficiency wants, our upgraded evaluate configuration with a Ninth-Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics delivers stable efficiency, making certain that this desktop could be comfortably used for content material creation, content material consumption, gaming, and workplace work for years to come back.

Is there a greater various?

Opponents to the Predator Orion 3000 embody the Alienware Aurora R8, which was reviewed in a configuration outfitted with comparable CPU and GPU choices, and the HP Omen Obelisk.

Our $2,300 Alienware Aurora R8 evaluate unit is maybe probably the most evenly matched unit in opposition to the Orion 3000. Each items include Ninth-Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, inserting them on a stage taking part in subject. And in actuality, each techniques carried out very equally in our suite of benchmarks and video games. In the event you select the Aurora R8, you’ll get a unit that’s extra upgradeable and may assist twin graphics, however the tradeoff is that the Alienware’s case is greater, constituted of plastic, and bulkier.

In the event you want a cheap gaming PC to get began as we speak, HP’s Omen Obelisk is out there in a wide range of configurations that begin at simply $749, making it a wonderful candidate for a starter rig. Although the Omen Obelisk ships with a bigger case, this makes it straightforward to improve the internals. The open glass panel design means that you may showcase your PC’s construct and add a liquid cooling system if you would like one thing a bit extra ostentatious than the quiet black body discovered on the Orion.

For one thing a bit extra reasonably priced, Digital Storm’s Lynx is one other reasonably priced and stable choice. Topping out with the identical Intel Core i7-9700Ok processor seen on the Orion 3000, the Lynx manages to maintain its price down to only $1,999 by going with a barely weaker RTX 2070 graphics card. Although this mid-range GPU received’t do a lot for fans, most avid gamers will discover the efficiency to be ample for 1080p gaming, and you’ll all the time improve to newer or quicker graphics sooner or later due to the unit’s upgradeable tower design.

How lengthy will it final?

Although it could be the entry-level tower in Acer’s Predator Orion sequence, this 12 months’s Orion 3000 comes with quite a lot of endurance due to highly effective silicon upgrades below the hood. The aggressive entrance plate design could make this desktop look dated as time passes, however given the Intel Core i7 processor and RTX 2080 graphics, it ought to hold operating for a very long time. Seemingly, you’ll need to improve to 32GB of RAM and bigger 512GB solid-state drive if you happen to intend to hold on to this desktop for a while.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, the Predator Orion 3000 is a good pre-built PC that delivers stable efficiency at an affordable worth level that’s aggressive with different rigs.

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