If you’re a casual gamer, you probably won’t need Acer’s Predator Orion 5000 – with an i7-8700K and up to two GTX 1080 Tis, it is both immensely powerful and (most likely) immensely expensive. However, for the entry-level gamers out there, Acer’s Nitro 50 desktops could be just the ticket.
At the heart of these more wallet-friendly desktops, instead of the overclockable K SKUs – like the 8700K – the Nitro 50 uses locked processors, like the i5-8400 and i7-8700. Casual or first time gamers are unlikely to want to overclock, so this is a smart decision as the locked-multiplier chips are cheaper and run cooler.
Graphics card options range from the GTX 1050 up to the GTX 1070, with AMD’s RX 580 also an option. At the lower end, even an i5-8400 and GTX 1050 will be able to comfortably run esports titles at 1080p, which again reinforces the fact that the Nitro 50 range is geared towards new or casual gamers who don’t need to run AAA titles at 120+ FPS.
As for the design, while the Nitro 50 is certainly a gaming desktop, it is a bit more understated than the Orion 5000. There’s no windowed side panel, but red accents are visible on the front edges, while there is also some front-facing LED action as well.
Rounding the system off, the Nitro 50 also supports a wireless charging pad for Qi devices – perhaps the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE? – and storage options of up to 3TB of HDD space and up to 512GB of SSD space.
The Nitro 50 range starts at £599 and will also be available in July.
KitGuru says: The Acer Nitro 50 desktop range looks like a solid bet for entry-level or casual gamers. If you want something more bombastic – and more expensive – the Orion 5000 may otherwise appeal.