2 minute review
The most obvious thing to note about the Acer Predator Orion 3000 is the compact size. Unlike the more massive mid-towers, the Orion 3000 is small enough to fit more realistically on a desk next to your monitors. This convenience is complemented by a number of easy-to-access front ports.
Once we set up the PC, we are impressed with the amazing Orion 3000 effects. The front FrostBlade fan, positioned between two lighting strips, is drenched in customizable RGB lighting. And if you want to show off a little more, the side panel of the tower can be replaced with a tempered glass alternative. This not only helps your RGB profile stand out more, but also gives you a peek at how organized and clutter-free your internal component setup is.
Here’s the Acer Predator Orion 3000 configuration submitted to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-10700 at 2.90 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
RAM: 16 GB
storage: Western Digital 500 GB SSD, Western Digital 1 TB HDD
Ports (front): 1 x USB 3.2, 1 x USB-C 3.2, 2 x 3.5mm audio jack
Ports (rear): 2 x USB 3.2, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x WiFi Module
Connection: Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Weight: 22 lbs (10 kg)
size: 6.9 x 15.2 x 15.4 inches (175 x 386 x 392 mm)
It’s all cosmetic, of course, but that’s not a bad thing. Especially with the pre-installed PredatorSense app that allows a good degree of RGB customization, allowing you to set different effects, speed and duration of color rendering.
However, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 isn’t just a pretty face, as you’ll find when loading some games. Powered by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and Intel Core i7-10700, this highly capable gaming rig can handle 4K gaming while often meeting the 60fps limit – although with this GPU it’s a better fit For games with a resolution of 1440p.
With the right screen, like the LG UltraGear 38GN950, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 is also capable of hitting 120fps at lower resolutions like 1080p, which is really nice when playing fast-paced games like Doom Eternal, Apex Legends or CS:GO.
Heat is simply not a problem under normal conditions either. The PC features exceptional cooling thanks to the FrostBlade fans and extensive component assembly. As a result, the machine is incredibly well ventilated, and the fan speed can be increased, if necessary, via the pre-installed PredatorSense control panel.
While it’s obviously great to play on the Acer Predator Orion 3000, that’s not all it suits him. With a powerful Intel CPU, fueled by a super fast SSD, your PC can handle multitasking and productivity tasks with ease.
Size is another huge plus for the Orion 3000, because it’s lighter and more compact than a mid-tower like the CyberPower iCUE Infinity gaming computer, and while the Orion 3000 is a touch less powerful than that machine, it’s easier to store or move to a different location.
However, the machine has some flaws. While it’s nice to have a selection of front ports, having just one USB 3.0 port means you might be doing a lot of switching connectivity, especially if you’re playing with a wired controller.
There’s also a headphone grip on the front of the tower which, while a good idea, can block these ports depending on your choice of headphone. On top of that, a 500GB SSD is great, but not ideal if you plan on downloading a lot of games. You can always count on a 1TB hard drive, but that’s definitely not nearly as efficient as running games from an SSD.
The price point may be unacceptable for some as well. The cost of the form sent to TechRadar is £1,499 (about $2,059, AU$2859). There’s a lot to pay up front, but it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to get an elusive GPU like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070.
Price and availability
The Acer Predator Orion 3000 gaming PC is by no means cheap. A form sent to us will set you back £1,499 (about $2,059/AU$2859). For that price, you get an Intel Core i7-10700 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, and 16GB of RAM, making it a very powerful 1440p gaming PC.
Other configurations exist, allowing you to spend more or less money on a platform that works for you. Some feature the less powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, or 11th generation Intel CPUs for better processing power.
Unfortunately, there’s no configuration for the Orion 3000 that features an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re interested in unlocking higher frame rate 4K games. However, the Orion 3000 handles 4K admirably with the RTX 3070, but expect some frame drops when playing more graphically demanding titles at both high and ultra settings.
While it’s definitely on the pricey side, the Orion 3000 is totally worth the price of admission, especially considering what the device is built with. With the constant shortage of components, it’s not easy to get the latest Nvidia GPUs. As such, the Orion 3000 could be your gateway to high-end PC gaming if you’re willing to pay more on a brand new hardware.
So far, the Orion 3000 is only available for purchase in the UK, but we’ll update this section with US and Australian prices if PC becomes available in those countries.
One of our favorite things about the Acer Predator Orion 3000 gaming PC is its size. It’s compact and easy to move around if you need to, and the relatively compact chassis also means it’s easier to place on a desk and not on the floor. This gives you a lot of options as to where you want to keep your horoscope.
Despite the compact design, the internal components of the PC are not pressed close to each other. In fact, there is plenty of space inside the device that allows FrostBlade fans to work more effectively. It’s a very cleverly designed PC in this regard, featuring everything it needs without any stuffing or poor build quality.
This precision extends to the device’s cable management. As a pre-built PC, Acer has taken all the hassle out of building a machine from scratch but also made sure to keep the interior of the machine as tidy as possible. This is great for anyone who wants the RGB’s Orion 3000 to really shine, undisturbed by messy cables.
If you’re a fan of RGB, the Orion 3000 is more than you’ve covered. Not only does the RGB effect itself look great, but there’s also a separate frosted glass panel that can easily be installed virtually with relative ease. This is a great option if you plan to put your horoscope in a place where friends and family can see it, if you want to show off.
It is also useful that the tower itself is very elegant. The angular design in black immediately catches the eye, aided by the RGB-lit FrostBlade fans, internal components and lighting strips on either side of the tower. If aesthetics are important to you when it comes to building a PC, the Orion 3000 is definitely a spectator in that regard.
While we’re happy with the many ports on the back of the device, unfortunately, the front ports leave little to be desired. Up front, there’s only one USB 3.2 port, connected to a single USB-C 3.2 port and two 3.5mm audio ports for headphones and a microphone.
It’s a little abstract, especially if you use a lot of wired devices. If you use a console frequently while gaming, for example, you may have to reach behind the device for one of these ports, if you often use your computer to charge devices or connect external peripherals.
It was also possible to improve the placement of the headset grip at the front of the computer. It’s located just above the front ports, so depending on your headset, it can block those ports until the headset is removed.
While nothing on the system gets in the way of bloatware, the pre-installed Norton Antivirus can be ridiculously intrusive, with numerous popups routinely plaguing the experience of using the Orion 3000. We’ve had several occasions where we’ve had to re-switch To a game after Norton made himself known for the 100th time.
Here’s how the Acer Predator Orion 3000 performed in our benchmark test suite:
3DMark: night raid: 45795; fire strike: 24310; time spy: 12242
Cinebench R20: 4000
GeekBench 5: 1181 (one core); 7596 (Multi-core)
PCMark 10 (home test): 6607
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p, Ultra): 101.9 fps; (1080p, Low): 238.0fps
subway displacement (1080p, Ultra): 93.6 fps; (1080p, Low): 160.9fps
As you’d expect from an RTX 3070-powered machine, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 will not only eat high-speed 1080p performance for breakfast, nor slack at 4K either, with many modern titles hitting and keeping 60fps in HD.
Download Forza Horizon 4 (certainly not because of the high anticipation we have for the sequel), a graphically demanding and action-heavy game, and we’re glad to barely report a performance glitch at Ultra settings.
Likewise, intense AAA games like Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077 were more than capable of 4K performance at 60 fps, although it’s worth noting that we saw occasional frame drops with the latter. This is largely due to the overcrowded world of Cyberpunk as well as its notorious improvement thus far.
However, the Orion 3000 is capable of running some of the most stunning looking games in 4K resolution, while maintaining a consistently high frame rate, thanks to the device’s high-end GPU.
But if you’re not worried about 4K, the performance at the 1080p setting gets even better, as you can expect to play games at a high, unlocked frame rate. This is great if you are into multiplayer titles like Apex Legends or League of Legends or are planning to buy upcoming titles like Battlefield 2042.
We definitely recommend you to try ray tracing modes when applicable as well. We took Control for a spin, which has arguably one of the best lighting apps to date, and we were more than satisfied with the resulting performance. If you are remotely curious about how good the games are maybe See, so Orion 3000 is a solid starting point.
Of course, one of the big drawbacks to ray tracing is the blow it can take on overall performance. And while our console session certainly didn’t throttle the game, frame rates did take a bit from time to time, and the PC temperature and fan speed saw a slight spike. Not to worry, however, and the device’s excellent cooling system was up to the task.
Finally, the Orion 3000 is VR ready, and performance when testing with the Valve Index VR headset was nothing short of stellar. If you own a VR device like this or an Oculus Quest 2, you can be sure that graphically demanding VR titles like Half-Life: Alyx will work great on the device.
Graphical accuracy isn’t the only thing the Orion 3000 considers useful, although its processing is similarly great. The Intel Core i7-10700 processor keeps high-impact processes and games under control. And as such, it’s a great companion to your GPU and SSD.
Speaking of this solid state drive, it is as fast as you would expect from the technology. Games with excruciatingly long load times (when installed on a hard drive) like Baldur’s Gate 3, Final Fantasy 14 and The Ascent have seen load times reduced dramatically on an SSD.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that games installed on an SSD will share space with the operating system. And with a paltry 500GB, you won’t have much space to store your favorite games, especially if they contain files of larger sizes. We definitely recommend investing in a second SSD for the Orion 3000 if you want to avoid installing games on the hard drive.