Desktops computer as a technology is old, very old. Laptops, and after that smart phones and tablets, have conquered the computer world. But not totally. There are still people who want good old desktops. The question “why” can vary, but one of the most common reasons is that they offer better bang for your buck than laptops. Desktops are more spacious and hence their components don’t need to be crammed into very tight spaces. Indeed, Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 looks exactly like that, with a heavy processor and RAM under its black case. I’ll tell you my thoughts on it below!
The meat and potatoes of Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 is the processor, Intel Core i5-7400. You will find it surprisingly fast for any type of use thanks to its 3.0GHz clock speed and four cores. The chip surely offers a turbo boost as well which momentarily ups the frequency to 3.5GHz. The i5-7400 is a new 7th generation model from 2017, and in CPU Mark (a popular benchmark to measure processor’s speed) it reaches a good 7400 points. Both casual and power users will surely find enough oomph in this i5 for their activities.
By default this desktop includes two 4GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM sticks, meaning the total memory is eight gigabytes. There are no more memory slots inside, but you can always replace the current chips with up to 16GB ones. Hence, the most RAM this system takes is 32 gigabytes. That is an overkill for sure, I would recommend eight gigabytes for almost anyone.
The storage drive section is big, first and foremost. You will find a huge 2 terabytes 7200RPM SATA 3 hard drive there. Chances are you will never need more space than that – to illustrate this, I estimate that the drive can take around 400,000 images of JPEG quality. Yep, four hundred thousand. Anyway, installing more drives would be hard anyway as the mainboard doesn’t have free SATA connectors. What it however has is two M.2 slots, meaning you can easily add a compact-size SSD inside!
Does it run games fine?
Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 is affordable for a reason: it has an integrated graphics engine, this time called Intel HD 630. It’s not much joy if you’re really a heavyweight gamer since many games can only be played on low settings. Those include Battlefield 4 and GTA 5 that would be in the 30-40FPS range if you fed them with low-medium presets and resolution less than Full HD. But let me tell you, types like Counter-Strike: Go, Minecraft and sports games (F1, Fifa) do well even with eye candy on.
As a side note, there is one free PCI-e x16 slot reserved for graphics card upgrade. However, remember the PSU is 300W and as far as I know it uses special connectors. Your best bet is to use GPU that draws power directly from the PCI-e slot. A good example of such a card is GeForce 1050 Ti, probably the fastest one you can install in this rig.
How about ports and connections?
The back panel of Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 has a collection of ports just as any desktop. The video ports are brought by HDMI and VGA technologies, the integrated graphics engine has both connectors in the rear. There’s been some confusion as to exact number of ports, but many users have reported it’s indeed one HDMI and one VGA you will find there.
The number of USB ports is decent – seven in total. Three are USB 3.0 of which two are front and one is rear. The rest are USB 2.0 and all of them are located in the rear. If you are unsure which is which, the USB 3.0 has the inner connector colored blue. Use primarily the USB 3.0, it provides greater bandwidth than the older version.
This desktop has two options for connecting to networks. First, there is the traditional “way of the wire”, the RJ-45 port with Gigabit Ethernet support. But in addition, the manufacturer has installed a WiFi card inside. And what is best, it’s the 802.11ac standard with faster speed and greater range than the 802.11bgn standard. Bluetooth 4.0 is working too.
Essential for transferring data locally, the desktop features a DVD burner and media card reader. The latter supports at least SD type cards.
Anything else you should know?
Well, just remember that extras shipped with Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 included only keyboard and mouse. It does not have a monitor. This is common for all desktops, especially those cheaper ones. Buying a decent display for this will make a 100-200 bucks dent in your wallet.
The operating system is, as you might guess, the Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition.
Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 surely has social proof. At least on Amazon.com, it is the number one best seller currently in desktops. There are hundreds of reviews for it, and the overwhelming majority is positive. From the specifications and price point of view I can certainly understand this: the desktops packs a lot of power however it is priced very reasonably. It is a good choice for home use or a tool for offices or businesses. The only thing it doesn’t shine in is gaming – for that, installing a graphics card would be a must. But for the money it still delivers tremendous performance for any software-oriented use. So check it out!