A model of the Predator G6, the Predator G1 is a new addition to the Acer gaming PC range. Its mission is simple: to compete with Asus, MSI or Zotac in this segment, all of which are already well established. The version we had the chance to review is undoubtedly one of the most high-end models in the catalog this end of the year. Code name: G1-710. Let’s see what this little one has in the belly!
Acer never stops drawing PCs for gamers! After the 15 and 17 inch Predator laptops, then the G6 desktop, the G1 is now on its way. Mission of the latter: surf the wave of small format PCs cut for the game, to come and stay on a cluttered desk or in a TV cabinet. Or even accompany the user in LAN Party. Indeed, the G1 measures only 35.8 x 11.59 x 42.5 cm and weighs 8.5 kilos, power supplies not included.
Yes, you read that right, there are two external blocks needed to supply power. Acer, however, had the good idea to deliver two mini clogs into which the power supplies are inserted to form a single block … thus avoiding having a few additional lianas in the cable jungle of the house. Anyway, everything fits easily in a suitcase if transport there should be.
Predator G1: a small PC with great connectivity
Using the red and black color code as well as the particular aesthetics of the G6 case, the G1 also adopts its forms. In addition small, of course. However, Acer has endeavored to provide as complete a machine as possible.
Thus, for example, on the front, there is a DVD reader / writer placed vertically as well as a small part of the connectors: an SD card reader, a USB Type-C socket, another in standard USB 3.0 format and, of course, a stereo output and a microphone input.
Also note the two retractable supports for your favorite gaming headset, located on the top of the front.
We pass on the rear part to discover the rest of the connections offered by the G1. This consists of 4 additional full-format USB 3.0 sockets, a whole set of audio connectors for connecting a speaker kit (stereo or 5.1 analog) and, finally, a network socket (Killer Ethernet E2400) for connections to the web.
A Wi-Fi module compatible n / ac as well as Bluetooth is also housed in the box. Finally, on the video output side, there is only the embarrassment of the choice on the back of the graphics card: 1 DVI, 1 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort.
Finally, note that Acer delivers a wired keyboard and mouse stamped Predator. The first is massive, quite heavy because of its metal tray and equipped with noisy but quite pleasant backlit mechanical keys. The field mouse is the opposite: light, small, all plastic and leaving an overall impression of fragility.
Big aspirations, configuration accordingly
Acer has seen big for the configuration of its small PC. Core i7-6700 processor, 16 GB of DDR4 memory (2133 MHz) and, for storage, a 128 GB SSD on which Windows 10 is installed and which will be able to accommodate some games (or large applications that consume a lot of resources). there is also a traditional hard drive for videos, music and other documents.
Additionally, inside the case is NVIDIA’s lareview high-end graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. The same model sold by the GPU designer on its website. Is it still useful to demonstrate the power of this 3D chip?
Based on the Pascal architecture, it is one of the best and most efficient cards on the market. With 1080, playing in Full HD (or 1440p) is so easy that setting the options fully on all games becomes almost … an obligation.
Thus, coupled with the rest of the configuration, it obtains very good marks on all our analytical reviews but also practical, on games a little old (between 200 and 255 frames per second) as on the new ones (The Division, with the lareview NVIDIA pilots: between 91 and 119 fps measured).
When games or large software are running on the G1, the (small) ventilation of the case and the components is clearly heard (42.3 dB); on the other hand, apart from these phases, the G1 knows how to be very discreet (31.9 dB).
The overall consumption of the machine, it remains wise in all circumstances and oscillates between 30 watts in idleness against 300 watts in intense play phase.
To improve it, you will have to dismantle everything (or almost)
Screwdriver in hand, we started to dismantle the small box. First observation, to reach certain components like the SSD in M.2, for example, you have to be patient because it is hidden behind the basket containing the DVD player and the 1 TB 3.5-inch hard drive. A good big dozen screws are to be removed before you can even begin to see the module. Not to mention the obligation to unscrew several other elements in order to be able to access other … screws.
Speaking of storage, let’s mention that adding a solid state drive or a standard 2.5 inch hard drive inside the G1 is possible. Just screw it into a small basket provided for this purpose and easily accessible.
The machine’s motherboard offers 4 slots for DDR4 memory modules, two of which are vacant. Enough to add 16 GB more if Photoshop, Premiere or even After Effect adventures are your daily life and you want to improve processing and rendering times.
As we expected the case ventilation is rather thin. Fresh air is drawn in passively from the front of the machine. Extraction is ensured by a very small fan placed at the rear, on the upper part of the housing. The cooling system of the Core i7 for its part is active (fan and radiator) resembling that which Intel can provide, that is to say that it dissipates heat inside the G1 …
At the graphics card, isolated from the rest of the configuration, the supply of fresh air is made via an opening made on the bottom of the structure. Malin.
The verdict of the review
Acer Predator G1-710
The Predator G1 gaming PC offers a very good compactness / power ratio. With more than 2000 euros registered on the label, we expected no less! And good news, unlike some other small PCs where everything is thought of to the millimeter, upgrading the G1 remains possible. That said, in all honesty, with the equipment already present, you are quiet for a moment. We would simply have appreciated that Acer found a more … optimal solution for food.
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