As racing games and simulators continue to evolve, so does the technology surrounding them. The PC gaming market, in general, is a volatile one in which something bought is usually “outdated” not too long after. The need to “future-proof” with the highest-end bells and whistles is something I’ve looked at a great deal personally.
The latest Desktop PCs to come across my desk are the latest in the Predator Orion series of PCs from Acer, another set of product reveals during the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show.
The Acer Predator Orion 5000 Series is back and refreshed in 2022 with all of the latest and greatest for “supreme performance” and with the ability to easily upgrade it further down the road. Complete with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor and up to 64GB of 4,000MHz DDR5 ram, buyers can choose to also include up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU for a slightly larger cost.
The base model of the 5000 Series will cost $2,599 in North America and will be available in February. For the EMEA market (Europe, Middle East, Africa), the cost will be €1,999 and will hit shelves in March.
Alongside the 5000 Series, a new mid-range Acer Predator Orion 3000 Series is also entering the market in the first quarter of 2022. This new mid-tower PC is still a pretty good get for price, and should be able to run most racing games and sims with decent quality based on the revealed specifications. At least, everything that I’ve seen is loads better than what I currently have, and that can run most of the higher end simulators well.
The 3000 Series will also feature 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU for a little extra cost, and up to 64GB of 3,200 MHz DDR4 memory. This base will go for $1,999 in North America, also available in February, and will be €1,299 in the EMEA market starting in March.
Of course, these are both just pricing and availability that the company listed for the base models with the lowest possible specs. There will be plenty of options to customize and add better components, like the RTX 3080 GPU in the 5000 Series, but that will drive the price up.
More information on pricing and availability can be found on the Acer website. If you’re looking for a new PC build this year, have you looked at Acer’s Predator line? I’ll likely be working on a new build myself later this year, but with the current market as it stands, prebuilt systems like the Predator Orions might be the way to go until things finally calm down. In any case, let us know your thoughts on these new PCs down in the comments.
Images thanks to Acer