Acer Predator Orion 3000 Gaming PC Review
Take an in depth look and find out what its got to offer and see how well it performs in games. The Orion 3000 is available with different hardware configurations. My unit here has a 6 core: i7 8700 CPU Nvidia GTX, 1070 graphics, 16GB of DDR4 2666 memory running in dual channel, a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD and 2TB hard drive.. Its also got gigabit network connectivity with 802.11ac WiFi and bluetooth. Its available in a few different configurations, including with GTX, 1060 or 1080 graphics, or Intel i5 8400 CPU. Instead, you can check the links in the description to see some of the other options. Available., The Orion 3000 is smaller than your typical PC too, at just 34cm high 16cm in width and 35cm in depth and weighs in at around 7.1KG.. The metal case has a matte black finish to it with a plastic front panel. Overall, I thought the exterior design looked pretty good, but that will always be subjective.. It also came with matching Acer, Predator gaming keyboard, mouse and mouse pad, which I found to work well.. The front panel has a couple of blue lighting strips towards the top, and a blue LED fan down the bottom behind the plastic grill, which also features the Predator logo.. The blue lighting appears to be static and cannot be changed. There are no effects or other colours. Possible. Nearby on the side theres the front IO, which includes 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, a USB 3.
1 Gen1 Type, A and Type C port.. The DVD drive is found on the upper half and it comes out by pressing the button and the power button is found in the center towards the top and lights up blue when on.. The left and right sides also have headphone holders which pop out, so you can store up to two sets at a time on either side. Theres, nothing on top of the case, just flat black metal. On the back theres, a 500 Watt power supply up the top. An 80mm exhaust fan underneath the rear IO, which contains 6 USB Type, A ports, four of which are USB 2.0. While two are USB 3.1 Gen1 gigabit, ethernet port and 3.5mm audio ports. Down the bottom. From the GTX 1070, we get three DisplayPort outputs, HDMI and DVI port., Underneath theres, just some rubber feet. The right hand. Side panel is riveted to the case and cant be removed. While the left panel has a grill for airflow with the Predator logo up the top and can be removed by simply taking out two screws with a Phillips head screwdriver from the back and sliding it off. Inside isnt, quite as nice, looking as the exterior, which is Pretty common with many prebuilt systems and seems fine anyway, as it doesnt have a side window to look through., We can see weve got what appears to be a stock Intel. Cpu cooler well see the temperatures for that soon.
Two of the four memory slots in use: the WiFi card just below the CPU cooler and the GTX 1070 graphics card down the bottom. Ill cover off the upgrade options towards the end of the video.. It comes with Acers, Predator Sense software, but theres not much. You can do with this unit. Pretty much all you can do is monitor the system and adjust the fan. Speed of the front fan. No other fans can be adjusted here, but I was able to adjust the fan on the graphics card using MSI Afterburner. Now lets look at the thermals testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 24 degrees celsius and Ive tested both with the stock 65W TDP Limit that the 8700 CPU is set with by default, but also with the power limit boosted using Intel XTU, along with a 150MHz overclock to the graphics, using MSI Afterburner., Starting at the bottom of the graph. In the light blue bar at idle. Both the CPU and graphics were fairly cool.. Moving up to the green bar, I tested gaming with Watch Dogs 2, as I find that it uses a good combination of CPU and GPU, and the temperatures were perfectly fine here. With the CPU power limit, boosted for full performance and graphics overclocked by 150MHz, the temperatures Rise a little shown by the yellow bar, but if we boost the fan speeds shown in the orange bar, the temperatures drop back, particularly the graphics.
. The stress test results are from running the Aida64 stress test and Heaven benchmark at the time time. In order to try and fully utilize both the processor and graphics in a worst case, scenario. Continuing up in the graph in the red bar the temperatures are about the same as our worst case. Gaming result.. When we boost the power limit, the CPU gets quite hot. No thermal throttling in my test, but it must have been close shown by the purple bar., With the fans maxed out. The CPU drops back to manageable levels and the graphics get quite a lot cooler. Despite the weak, looking cooling solution. For the most part, it was able to run well enough at stock and with the fans boosted, it still ran fairly cool, even with our graphics, overclocked and CPU power limit increased.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests just shown. At stock, while gaming and under stress test shown by the green and red bars, the CPU was power limit, throttling to the defined 65 Watts and thats. Why it wasnt able to reach the full 4.3GHz. All core turbo speed under stress test., As soon as the CPU has the power limit boosted were able to get full performance even in a multi core stress test and the graphics. While gaming see a nice boost from the 150MHz overclock and well see how this improves gaming performance, later. Here are some Cinebench CPU benchmarks, which show the difference in performance at stock and then with the extra performance gained from boosting the power limit and allowing the CPU To run at the full 4.
3GHz all core turbo speed constantly., This resulted in 15, better multicore performance and the CPU was running with a 116 Watt TDP now in this workload and did start thermal throttling, although it sat at around 80 watts in my previous Aida64 stress, Testing., As for the fan noise produced by the system Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. It was fairly quiet and even while gaming at stock, it wasnt too bad perfectly fine. In my opinion, and not too different, while under stress test., We only start to get louder fan noise once we get into overclocking the graphics or boosting the power limit of the CPU, and if we manually max out all fans for best cooling performance, it can get Very loud., Despite the CPU cooler, which didnt look good based on first impressions, it is at least able to keep temperatures in check and do its job granted. The fans may need to spin up and become louder as a result of the smaller cooler. If you start boosting the power, limits. Ive, also measured total system power draw from the wall and at stock under a combined, CPU and GPU stress test its using around 270 Watts and then with 10 more with the CPU power limit boosted and GPU overclocked. So there appears to be a little headroom for upgrades with the 500 watt unit.. Finally lets get into some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games at stock settings as thats, probably how most people will use the PC.
Ive tested at 1080p and 1440p resolutions at all setting levels, as I think those are the best resolutions for this level of hardware, its not quite up to 4K gaming. Fortnite Was tested with the replay feature and starting with 1080p, were getting pretty good results well over 100 FPS, even at epic, so it was playing very nicely even maxed out. Moving up to 1440p. I still found it to run very smoothly, even at max settings, but if youve got a high refresh rate 1440p display, you might want to lower the settings a bit for the best experience. Overwatch was tested in the practice range, with the same test run and at 1080P, medium and low settings were able to hit the 300 FPS cap with epic settings still giving us really high levels of performance. At 1440p. It was still very playable at epic settings without issue still averaging above 100 FPS here with much higher possible with lower settings. Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode rather than multiplayer as its easier to consistently reproduce the test. At 1080p. It was playing well with no problems even at ultra settings, but you might want medium or low settings to average above 100 FPS, which may be useful in this game.. At 1440p, ultra settings were just able to average around 60 FPS with almost 100 possible with low settings. Assassins. Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark, and I was able to get above 60 FPS averages with very high settings here and closer to 100 at low settings.
Going up to 1440p still saw acceptable performance. I dont think this game really needs a high frame rate to play well and medium settings still saw it scoring above 60 FPS in this test.. Far Cry 5 was also tested using the built in benchmark, and there was some pretty nice results from this test. 120. Fps at low settings and above 90 at ultra. With 1440p, the frame rates drop back a bit, but still pretty good and definitely playable, with over 60 FPS, still possible at ultra settings. Shadow of the Tomb. Raider was another game that was tested using the built in benchmark. At ultra settings. This test was still producing above the 60 FPS sweet spot and around 120 at lowest settings. At 1440p. The results drop back a bit, but still pretty respectable results and definitely playable. With this resolution on this hardware. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical benchmark and at 1080p were seeing extremely high frame rates from this test, which is to be expected, as this game should run. Well, on pretty much any modern hardware. At 1440p were still seeing very high frame rates, so it should be easily playable at this resolution. PUBG was tested using the replay feature and for a less optimized game. It was still performing quite well at 1080p, with 100 FPS possible at high settings and below.. Even at 1440p, 100 FPS averages were still possible with very low settings, so it should still run well with lower settings.
Just quickly. Ive also got the results from 3DMarks Firestrike Timespy and VRMark benchmarks., As expected. The i7 8700 and GTX 1070 are offering great performance in 1080p and still nice results at 1440p.. Ive also retested Far Cry 5, with the CPU power limit, boosted and graphics overclocked, to see what sort of a performance difference this actually makes in games. At 1080p with ultra settings. This resulted in a 7.7 improvement to the average frame rate pretty nice for some simple tweaks. At 1440p there was an even larger 10.8 improvement to average FPS with ultra settings, so you can definitely squeeze out extra performance if youre fine with running a little warmer and Louder. Ive used Crystal disk mark to test the storage and the 256GB M.2 NVME SSD was scoring nicely on the reads and alright for the writes.. The 2TB 7200RPM hard drive was performing fairly well too. For up to date, pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording here in Australia, with these specs its going for around 3000 AUD, while in the US its Around 1600 USD at Newegg., As always with prebuilt systems. You can, of course build your own for less money, but thats, not the audience. These types of machines are targeted towards theyre, for people that just want to buy a system ready to go to start playing games and, as shown, the Orion 3000 is doing a good job at that.
. Now lets talk about upgrade options as it does seem. There are quite a few upgrades you can make with this PC. Ive left this to the end, as I suspect, most people buying a prebuilt system like this just want it to work out of the box. But if you know a bit about what youre doing this information may be useful if youre after some upgrades.. First up the 4 memory slots support up to 64GB. So you could always add more memory in future. Theres. Only one M.2 slot on the motherboard, which is in use for the operating system drive, but you could look at either. Transferring the OS or doing a fresh, install onto a new, larger SSD. Getting to the SSD might be a little tricky though youve got to first remove the hard drive bracket pull out. The DVD drive then open the front panel to get access.. The hard drive, on the other hand, is quite easy to get to its just behind this metal bracket, which you can unscrew.. The motherboard has 3 SATA ports in total, one in use for the hard drive and the second is used by the DVD drive. So I had one free.. I didnt really see any room for mounting another, but you could, in theory, connect a third drive to the SATA port and just stick it in there with ghetto mounting. Although powering it may be challenging as the power supply didnt appear to have a spare SATA power.
Connector, but you may be able to get a splitter cable to do this. The power supply also provides 6 and 8 pin connectors for the graphics card. So with that in mind, you could swap out the graphics too.. I roughly measured the space available at 29cm in length, and maybe just over 13cm in height.. The reference blower style 1070 installed takes up 2 slots, but there is at least 3 slots worth of space. So again, upgrading should be possible.. There is a single PCIe, 1x slot under the graphics card, but its covered by the 2 slot card and not usable. Im, not sure about upgrading the i7 8700 CPU we have here and, as we saw its got, what appears to be a stock cooler.. The only CPU above this in the 8th generation is the 8700K and you might be able to upgrade to that, but Im honestly, not sure about compatibility with the motherboard. In theory it will work, but the board appears to use the B360 chipset. So you wont be able to overclock, even if you could upgrade the cooling. Im, also not sure if there will be BIOS updates that bring 9th gen support, as was the case with other B360 motherboards, so CPU upgrading might not be possible or worth it here.. If youve got the i5 8400 unit, though you should be able to upgrade to the 8700 like, I have here. The other limitation when looking at upgrading the CPU or graphics may be the power supply.
Its a 500 Watt unit. So if you start using higher powered components, there may be issues., It appears to use the standard, 24 pin and 4 pin ATX cables so should be possible to replace.. It was able to keep working fine with my graphics, overclocking and CPU power limit increases, though so it seems, alright. Acer actually show how to open it all up and replace the graphics, hard drive and M.2 SSD in the user manual. So check that if you need detailed information with step by step pictures., The only component they dont talk about upgrading is the CPU and cooler so again, not sure whats supported there. Overall. The Acer, Predator Orion 3000 is a pretty capable gaming machine and quite a lot smaller than the massive Orion 9000 that I previously covered on. The channel. Youll be able to play pretty much any game at 1080p and even 1440p with decent settings with this hardware without issue., It does seem to cost quite a bit compared to other alternatives here in Australia such as building it yourself or even other prebuilt systems. But if youre after a prebuilt system that runs well, I didnt have any other issues with the Orion 3000 and, as we saw it, played all games well.. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and dont forget to subscribe for future tech.