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My impressions of the Acer Predator Orion 3000 Gaming Desktop (2024)

My experience with the Acer Predator Orion 3000: gaming performance, design, connectivity and software.
Sid Metcalfe

Cartesian Mathematics Foundation


December 28, 2023


Mainly for gaming I recently got my hands on an Acer Predator Orion 3000. Below are my thoughts on its performance, connectivity, design, software, and more.


Property Value Property Value
Specific Uses For Product Multimedia, Gaming, Business Brand acer
Personal computer design type Computer Tower Operating System Windows 10 Home
Memory Storage Capacity 512 GB Screen Size 0.1
Ram Memory Installed Size 12 GB Model Name PO3-620-UR13
Included Components Desktop, Mouse, Power Cord, Keyboard CPU Model Intel Core i5


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Performance and Gaming Capability

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When it comes to the Acer Predator Orion 3000, I’ve found that the performance and gaming capability are solid, especially for its category. We’re looking at a machine designed for gaming enthusiasts who aren’t trying to break the bank but still want a solid experience. Here’s my quick breakdown of how this gaming desktop holds up:


  • The 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400F processor packs enough punch for most modern games.

  • The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER with 6GB GDDR6 is a workhorse when it comes to mid-tier gaming.

  • I’ve seen considerable gaming performance, with frame rates that keep gameplay smooth.

  • The initial 12GB DDR4 memory is decent and expandable to a whopping 64GB, which means there’s room to grow.


  • While the GTX 1660 SUPER is reliable, it’s not the latest GPU, so ultra settings on newer games might be a stretch.

  • The 512GB SSD is speedy but can fill up fast with the size of today’s game installs; however, storage upgrades are always an option.

  • It did come with generic peripherals despite the advertised Predator-branded RGB mouse and keyboard.

Performance-wise, the system runs games like Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA 5, and PUBG pretty well and, for the most part, I’m satisfied with the visuals and responsiveness. But I do notice that when the action gets intense or with the newer, more demanding titles, I can’t always max out the settings without sacrificing some performance. That’s a trade-off typical in this price bracket, and it’s a matter of priorities.

I appreciate the FrostBlade cooling system pre-installed, as it does a decent job keeping things cool and quiet, which is crucial for long gaming sessions. Plus, the upgrade path for this rig is clear. As demands increase, I can pump up the RAM and drop in a larger or secondary SSD, giving the Orion 3000 longevity in the ever-evolving landscape of PC gaming.

Having said that, one of my personal disappointments and a significant drawback was the misleading information about the peripherals. I got the standard black keyboard and mouse, which are okay but not what I was hyped for. It’s a letdown, but peripherals can be changed, and they don’t affect the tower’s actual performance.

To sum up, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 is a competent middle-ground gaming machine. Yes, there are sacrifices, but the core experience – immersive gameplay and solid fps – remain uncompromised. If you are like me, looking for a system that strikes a balance between cost and performance, this might just be the beast for you.

Connectivity and Expansion Options

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When choosing a gaming rig, one thing I always look at keenly is its connectivity and expansion options. After all, what’s a powerful setup if you can’t hook up all your gear or extend its capabilities down the line, right? On paper, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 seemed to promise a good range of ports and expansion potential. Now that I’ve had ample time to assess it personally, here’s where it stands:

Front Accessibility:

1 - USB 3.2 (Type C) Gen 2 port (up to 10Gbps) 1 - USB 3.2 Gen 2 port

Having these at the front is super handy for quick plug-ins – think high-speed data transfer for my external drives or charging up devices.

Rear Ports:

4 - USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports 2 - USB 2.0 ports * Dedicated DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI options for multi-monitor setups

There’s sufficient juice in the back for peripherals and multiple displays, which for any multitasker or streamer is a blessing.

Now, the Wi-Fi 6 and Killer Ethernet are kind of the unsung heroes here. They ensure my gaming sessions stay lag-free online, which anyone in competitive gaming will cherish. I’m also digging the onboard Bluetooth 5.1 for connecting everything from speakers to controllers without a hitch.

Expansion-wise, while the RAM is upgradable to a whopping 64GB, one drawback to note is the sole 512GB NVMe SSD. In an era where games chew through storage like there’s no tomorrow, this can feel a bit limiting. Fortunately, with the case design, adding more storage shouldn’t be too much of a headache.

However, I’m not going to ignore a few hiccups. It claims a 500W power supply, which is decent, but if you plan on upgrading to more power-hungry components in the future, you might need to swap it out. As far as the included Predator RGB gaming keyboard and mouse go, they’re a nice touch for the aesthetics but may not meet the mark for everyone’s performance needs. And while it’s great to see a variety of ports, I’ve noted some disparities in what’s advertised versus what some users have received, so keep a keen eye when unpacking.

In summary, while the Orion 3000 offers an impressive array of connectivity options out of the box, and a fair degree of future-proofing with expansion potential, there are considerations to bear in mind – especially when it comes to storage and possibly upgrading the power unit down the line.

Design and Aesthetics

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In assessing the design and aesthetics of the Acer Predator Orion 3000, my initial thoughts zeroed in on its striking presence. The machine sports a compact yet bold look, with sharp edges and a black chassis that screams gaming. The RGB lighting is a neat addition - customizable to illuminate up to 16.7 million colors, setting a personalized ambiance for every gaming session. Here’s the deal, keeping this desktop on the desk is not just a space-saver; it’s a statement.

However, it’s not all flash without function. For starters:

  • The tempered glass side panel is more than just a preview window into the beast’s heart; it’s also EMI compliant, which is a smart tech tip of the hat to safety.

  • You’re not just getting a powerful PC; the included Predator RGB keyboard and mouse are a nice touch — though buyer beware, not everyone receives the advertised RGB peripherals.

  • The headset cradle is a handy feature, tucking away your headphones and avoiding clutter on your gaming station.

On the flip side, the description and the actual product seem to have a disconnect. There’s chatter in forums about buyers receiving non-RGB peripherals, and that’s a letdown. Let’s be honest - when you’re forking over a wad of cash for a gaming rig, every bit of advertised flair counts.

The size is a surprising plus - it’s an 18L chassis, compact enough to fit on most desks easily, yet it still packs a punch inside. This can be a major plus for those of us with limited space who don’t want to compromise on raw power.

But it’s not all about looks. The construction feels robust, capable of withstanding the accidental knocks it might encounter during heated gaming moments or when rearranging your battlestation. And yes, it’s pretty cool to show off the internals through the side panel, especially if you’re trying to impress your friends with the hardware.

There’s something about the Orion 3000’s visual impact that amplifies the gaming experience - an amalgamation of aesthetics and functionality that doesn’t always strike the right balance in gaming rigs, but Acer seems to tread this line with a measured grace.

While some aspects of design and aesthetic deliveries fall short of expectations, particularly with accessory inconsistencies, the Orion 3000 generally stands out in a crowd. The design has a purposeful direction, which coupled with the lighting and compact form factor, makes it a formidable presence in any gamer’s arsenal.

Software and Ecosystem

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After spending significant time with the Acer Predator Orion 3000, exploring its nuances and capabilities has been enlightening. While Performance and Gaming Capability, Connectivity and Expansion Options, and Design and Aesthetics are essential components, the Software and Ecosystem surrounding this gaming desktop cannot be overlooked.

  • PredatorSense Software: This is Acer’s own management software and it’s where you get to overlock, manage system monitoring, and even control the RGB lighting of the case and peripherals. It’s easy to navigate and offers a comprehensive interface for tweaking the Orion 3000 to your liking.

  • Windows 10 Home: The operating system is fluid, and the familiar environment means immediate access to countless software options and games through the Microsoft Store or other platforms like Steam, ensuring you’re always just a few clicks away from the latest gaming adventure.

  • NVIDIA GeForce Experience: Bundled with the GTX 1660 SUPER, this software keeps your drivers up to date and optimizes game settings according to your hardware, which is handy for maintaining smooth gameplay.

  • Killer Control Center: Accompanying the Killer Ethernet, this software allows for network optimization and prioritization of games and real-time traffic, which is crucial for those non-negotiable gaming sessions where lag is just not an option.

While these are positives, there are some caveats to consider. The bloatware is a familiar annoyance – third-party software trials and unnecessary apps that I inevitably uninstall to keep the system running smoothly. Also, the future-proofing of this rig is somewhat mitigated by the choice of Windows 10 Home; with Windows 11 on the horizon, there’s a certain unease about how soon an upgrade will be necessary to keep up with the latest in gaming and software support.

The pre-installed Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet software provides an excellent example of a useful utility that can truly enhance online gaming, reducing latency significantly. However, sometimes the software can be over-zealous in prioritizing traffic, which can need manual adjustments.

In my personal use, software and gaming compatibility have been largely seamless. Games from my Steam library fired up without any issues, and less demanding titles ran without the need to tweak any settings. But even with more demanding games, the GeForce Experience often provides the optimal settings to ensure the best performance given the hardware constraints.

In conclusion, the Acer Predator Orion 3000 offers a robust gaming ecosystem brimming with potential, despite some room for software improvements and updates. This machine provides a gateway to hours of entertainment with essential software foundations that support both novice gamers and more seasoned digital adventurers. While it’s not without its software foibles – a common pain point for almost any pre-built system – the Orion manages to strike a commendable balance between out-of-the-box readiness and the capacity for personal customization and optimization.