Acer Orion 7000 

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This is a very powerful and also large tower system. This tends to buck the trend of making things smaller and smaller. It is also quite heavy so will need a strong table or desk. It was sent to me as just the unit with just the mains lead.

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The Acer Orion 7000 measures 51x49x22cm and you will need a further few centimetres clear behind for any connections.

Both the front and back have a clear covering so you can see the fans and various coloured lights. The top has a large ventilation grill as well as four USB ports (three are USB, one USB 'C') and a couple of audio ports, there is also one other item.

The rear has five USB, a USB ‘C’, three further audio connections and an Ethernet port all in an area near the top, the right side of the back has a very large fan for cooling, further down are three potential expansion slots, one is occupied by the three Display Port connections and a single HDMI one, further down the mains input and further ventilation.

The Setup Sheet is in six languages with just basic instructions, connect mouse and keyboard, connect monitor, connect network, pull out dust filter from top and connect power lead.

At this point locate the on/off button which is near the four USB ports on the top and switch on.

Quite by chance an AOC Gaming panel arrived for review a couple of days after this so I was able to review one with the other.

You then start the Windows 11 installation, after around 15 minutes you are ready to work or play.

So you have a 1TB SSD drive (952GB) a 2TB hard drive (1.81TB) there is also a USB ‘C’ drive that fits into the top of the machine this would add extra quickly removable storage but on my unit it was a dummy unit.

The processor is a 13th Generation Intel Core i9 running at 3GHz. It has NVIDIA RTX3090 graphics. There is 32GB of memory. It is running a 64bit version of Windows Home 22:H2 and during install you get the chance to try before you buy a large number of games.

Speed is what gamers want and there is plenty of it here, I tested it mainly with an AOC panel which has both DisplayPort and HDMI connections, I used both during the review. Most reviewers would say it was so fast with certain games using various ways of testing. My way is a little different before returning all my details and test files are removed by doing a complete reset and reinstall of Windows. This has often taken up to a couple of hours here it was 12 minutes, need I say more.

While most gamers will be upgrading just remember all you get is the Acer Predator Orion PC, you need keyboard and mouse and  panel as well.

At the time of publication this model is priced at £3299 and is available from Currys.

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