Acer announced its Orion 7000 gaming desktop at the [email protected] event, and it looks like it might be one of the best gaming desktops out there when it launches. Although it technically sits below the Orion 9000 that Acer currently offers, it’s hard to imagine a machine more powerful than the Orion 7000. It’s packed with an RTX 3090, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, and – most seriously – an Intel Elder Lake processor. .
We’ve seen an Elder Lake desktop leak, but the Orion 7000 is the first Elder Lake gaming desktop we’ve featured on the big stage. Intel hasn’t announced any specific Elder Lake chips yet, and Acer hasn’t confirmed what type of chip the Orion 7000 comes with, but given its specs, we’d expect up to a Core i9-12900K. Huh.
Noting that Intel hasn’t announced when the Elder Lake chips will arrive, Acer didn’t give a specific date for the Orion 7000. The company said the desktop is coming in mid-2022, which should be months after Elder Lake launched. Although Acer didn’t provide US pricing, the machine should start at between $2,500 and $3,000, depending on prices in other regions.
An interesting note from the presentation is that Acer said that the Elder Lake chip will be overclockable out of the box. We’ve assumed that the Elder Lake chips will be overclockable – there’s no reason not to have them – but that’s a public confirmation.
Keeping the chip cool is an all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler, which features a 240 mm radiator. The cooler comes with a microchannel cold plate to remove as much heat as possible from the processor, as well as reinforced sleeving. Acer’s Predator Frostblade 2.0 fans keep the air moving for the AIO, and throughout the case are the other three Frostblade 2.0 fans. All of them also support ARGB lighting.
Orion 7000 also comes with latest connectivity options. It includes multiple USB ports, including 2.5G LAN, Wi-Fi 6E, and two USB-C connections. You can pack up to 2TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 storage in the machine — with an upgrade to PCIe 5.0 when it’s available — but the Orion 7000 also comes with upgradeable storage. You can add another two 2.5-inch SSDs and two 3.5-inch HDDs.
To add your drive, or swap out any other components, you can take advantage of the tool-less case. The case looks more in line with a standard midtower than the Orion 9000 and its Alienware-like design.
Acer also announced a slew of other products at the event, including a range of eco-friendly devices like the Chromebook Spin 514. For gamers, Acer unveiled the GD711 4K projector with variable refresh rate and support for Full HD at up to 240Hz. As well as the Predator gaming desk, which comes with a mouse pad for the top.
The desk and projector are coming to Europe in December, but there’s no word yet on whether they’ll come to the US.