There is something about a unified gaming system that makes a purchase attractive. The Acer Predator G6 is an example of where convenience comes at a premium price tag, with a gorgeous design to it, as well as some exclusive features that will give you the upper hand while gaming in Turbo Mode. You just turn on the Acer Predator G6, and it runs like a charm. No need to worry about ventilation, over-heating, or any other worries that come with PC gaming. The Acer Predator G6 is like a console in theory that runs Windows 10, and kills the competition with its powerful hardware.

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Acer Predator G6 Tech Specs

Although the specs listed below are for the Acer Predator G6 model we reviewed, the PC comes in other models too, with different hardware like a GTX 1080, 1070, and other cards.

Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Processor Intel Core i7 4.00GHz
Memory 16GB DDR5
Windows OS Windows 10 Pro
Storage 256GB SSD for OS + 2TB 7200rpm HDD
Optical Drive Yes – Blu-Ray RE Drive
Other Turbo Mode, Liquid Cooled Thermal System, LED Lights
Price R34 999

Acer Predator G6 Design

The Acer Predator G6 is a marvel to look at. It looks like a black hole opened up from the year 2200, and left a PC pod behind, a PC pod that is so darn sexy. On the front we have hidden features like a Blu-Ray drive that opened up a flap as it ejects and closes, with another flap revealing a hard drive slot, so you can plug in a HDD at any time. Some useful USB 3.0 slots in the front, make it nice for copying data to and from the Acer Predator G6, as well as a headphone stand that comes out, for handy placement of your headset while gaming.

Acer Predator G6

The most superb part of the Acer Predator G6, is the overall theme of it. Its dark and mysterious look and feel, as the lights that shine on it, make it something to really look at. When in Turbo Mode, the side pulses as the PC is working, with a thin strip of LED lights dimming and brightening as it works. The Acer Predator G6 is also dead silent thanks to the water cooling, and unibody design. The top has a scale-like design to it, that makes it look like a dragon’s back. The only ugly side of it, is its back as the steel grate sticks out like a sore thumb. We suppose no one will really be looking at that side of the Acer Predator G6 anyway.

Performance

Probably the most stunning part of the Acer Predator G6 is its ease of use. You switch it on, and it runs without the worry of it over-heating, upgrading hardware, tweaking any bolts and wires, or anything of the sorts. During our time with it, the Acer Predator G6 gave us that console feeling we get when we play on PS4. We copied a few games across to the Acer Predator G6, plugged in a Xbox One controller, and we played without an issue at all. The Acer Predator G6 boots up in a couple of seconds thanks to the SSD, and even loading content is super fast thanks to the 7200rpm 2TB HDD. We wished that the Acer Predator G6 came with some pre-installed games, as all we got was Counter Strike: Go. That game is not really the game we want to use to show off the power of the console. We spent some time playing Borderlands 2 in 4K on a 55-inch LG 4K OLED TV, with max settings, and it ran beautifully. Rise of the Tomb Raider, needed some tweaking in order to run at 4K, as the max settings, with the high resolution, resulted in some frame rate drops.

Acer Predator G6

Without beating around the bush, the Acer Predator G6 has a high performance CPU, and enough RAM to run even Forza Horizon 3, but the GPU is only a GTX 980. With the GTX 1080s, and 1070s on the market, the Acer Predator G6’s graphical capabilities are great, but they could be better. You can however get the 1080 and 1070s installed into your custom build, at a premium price. Still, the Acer Predator G6 has been optimized so well, that the games will run as if you are running a 1080 card. We compared our in-house PC, which has a GTX 1080 with the same RAM, to the Predator, and it too could not handle Rise of the Tomb Raider in 4K with max settings, without frame rate drops.

The Turbo Mode is started with a press of a button, and, in theory, it overclocks all the internal hardware like the CPU to run at a higher clock, and the GPU. It sometimes gave us the upper hand in gaming, as it just boosted the performance a little to get that extra push in the settings. It is nice to have the button in an easy position to press as you start up a game, or just want to run the Acer Predator G6 in Turbo Mode to look at all the pretty lights that shine in the dark.

Predator G6

We know that the Acer Predator G6 is also one of the few VR ready PCs on the market, so given the ability to plug in Oculus and play, is very attractive. The most attractive part of the Acer Predator G6 is the all-in-one feeling we got while using it. It is not only a gaming PC, it is a media centre, and a gorgeous piece of furniture.

Verdict

We loved the Acer Predator G6 so much, that we did not want to give it back. Its bold look and powerful hardware, makes the Acer Predator G6 something anyone would want to own. Although it lacks the latest GTX cards, the Acer Predator G6 is still powerful enough to run any of today’s games. Its steep price tag might keep gamers away, but you cannot put a price on beauty and power.

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Acer Predator G6 Review
The Predator G6 is a monster of a machine that not only looks fierce, but also has the power to match.
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