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Acer's hot new gaming PC: the Predator G7700

Looks like a robot -- plays like a beast

  • A very nifty feature found behind a detachable panel on the lower section of the front-face is the hot-swappable four-drive bay with RAID configurability.

  • You get two high-end NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX cards in SLI mode and 8GB of RAM. More could be done to make the cabling neater though.

  • As you can see, the showcase machine's CPU is liquid cooled and its radiator sits neatly where the case's extraction fan normally would. Acer won't overclock the system itself, but says the CPU is 'highly overclockable'. All Predator systems will be liquid cooled.

  • The price will range from $4500 to $8500, and the computers will include a matching 24in monitor with a native resolution of 1920x1200. The top-end device uses a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor, while the low-end setup has a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 CPU.

  • Although stretch Humvee limos have nothing to do with Acer or computing, being driven around in over-the-top transportation seems to occur fairly often in technology journalism.

  • “Robotic” arms, which are essentially hydraulic supports that can be unscrewed, raise and lower the front cover — giving the G7700 that special Transformers feel.

  • The quasi-robotic-looking new gaming rig took centre stage. A primary reason for paying a massive price to buy a pre-prepped unit like this one is the bling-factor, which the Acer Predator G7700 has in spades.

  • No DDR3 in this beast. Acer has stuck with an NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI platform that supports DDR2 memory modules. The ones in the showcase machine run at 1066MHz.

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