Having been engaged heavily in the tech industry for the last 10 years, I’d say I have a few opinions to throw out there. Ranging from dealing with subpar computers and entry-level smartphones and other gadgets to the more expensive and durable ones, I’ve seen what it takes to take your game to the next level. Rarely does a gadget come out and makes my jaw drop to the floor but it has happened! Ladies and gentlemen, it has indeed happened! The Acer Predator Orion 9000 has done it. My eyes have started oozing liquid and I cannot seem to stop it.
This computer is VR ready but we will get to that in a moment. It’s running on 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700K processor with up to 4.7GHz which will be able to process everything you throw at it. You can order the Intel i9 processor but that choice does come at a hefty price as well so I decided to stick with the i7 (at least for the time being). If needed, you can use the one-punch overclock button, or the Turbo button to take the cores up to 4.7GHz, be it for gaming, video encoding or rendering. Adding the 32GB of DDR4 RAM (2666MHz) will make sure that this beauty stops at nothing while it’s accessing its way through the convoluted computer tasks. Storing your files has never been done so seamlessly but now – coupled with a 2TB HDD and a 256GB SSD will satisfy your thirst – only for a while, though, because, if you are keen on having all your stuff in one place like I am, you will need more storage. As such, I added another 2TB HDD which will prove itself worthy in the long run. The Orion 9000 comes with the Ice Tunnel 2.0 Cooling System which is capable of cooling you down even when you are feeling as hot as this beast. The cooling system comprises separate thermal zones with individual tunnels. I’ve opened the case a few times and have realized that it’s like Antarctica inside – even the backside of the motherboard gets some airflow, along with my HDDs and the SSD. The company claims that the case has been designed in such a fashion that these thermal zones are separated in order to maximize cooling where it’s needed the most. There’s some RGB lighting as well, and even though I am not a huge fan, it does spruce up pretty nicely.
Audiophiles also have a lot to bargain for here – the 7200 Sound Blaster is equipped with powerful and professional tools for the best audio engine which will yield excellent results during those long gaming sessions as well as if you are enjoying yourself to some music, preferably classical. No pun intended. As if all of the above wasn’t already enough, the Predator is VR ready so you’ll be able to dive into the virtual reality and see the world as you wish it to be. This machine is ready and able for all your realities. Having coupled it with 2xGTX 1080 Ti graphics cards is going to take your gaming experience to new heights and your inner feels will never be the same again. This is the best I’ve seen thus far and I am yet to check out the new RTX card which is something I’m hopeful of upgrading to in the future. For the time being, the GTX 1080 Ti will have to suffice. Kidding, this honey has been tucking me to sleep every night and I will not need a new partner for a long time. Windows 10 is the operating system behind all the architecture and with all the upcoming upgrades, your computer will stay safe for a long period of time. All of the aforementioned is being powered by a Corsair 1000W power supply, though this machine is as silent as they come.
I’d have to say that the Orion has come pretty close to being the perfect constellation as far as my needs go: it’s eaten up everything I’ve put on its plate, it has a bold and reassuring style and you can upgrade it as you wish. The cons? Well, the price, as the original and the least expensive model costs $2499.99 while the most expensive one will leave you empty of $7999.99 but it comes with a 2-year warranty so that’s what you got to count for something, right? If you are happy with your current set-up, imagine having the Acer Predator Orion 9000 at your desk. Would one need to get out of the house ever, ever? You probably would because you’d need to siphon off the money from somewhere considering how much this beast costs but in the end, it’s worth it if you are an avid gamer or a video enthusiast because you will be set for years to come.