It’s indeed a popular thing to build your own gaming desktop, but some people prefer to buy a “plug and play” model. Acer Predator AG3-710-UR54 is such a brand desktop, offering a set of gaming-friendly components like Core i7 processor, 16GB fast DDR4 memory and a GeForce GTX950 graphics card. Below, I’ll tell you what I really think about this desktop and whether you should get it or not.
It’s the slowest card of the high-end GeForce 900 series you’ll find in this desktop. The name is GeForce GTX950 with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory. Despite it being the slowest member of the family, the GTX950 is still a very decent gaming card (just keep in mind the popular GTX970 is around 60% faster). You can expect the GTX 950 to run all games using high/very high settings and Full HD resolution. Using that kind of a setup, GTA 5 would give ~60 and The Witcher ~30 frames per second.
So even though GTX950 is quite a strong card you can always upgrade it if you want to. Just remember that SLI (two or more cards) wont work here, as only one PCI-e x16 slot is available and other PCI-e slots support just x1 bandwidth rate.
The processor of Acer Predator AG3-710-UR54 should work for gamers, after all it’s the quad-core Intel Core i7-6700 with 3.4 – 4.0GHz clock speed (the latter with turbo boost activated). To be honest, the i7-6700 is one of the fastest units currently available, getting ca. 10000 points in CPU Mark. Only a handful of processors can beat that score!
There’s also a plenty of memory for everybody, 16GB DDR4 RAM is installed – sadly I don’t know whether it’s one or two sticks. As far as I can tell, the mainboard houses four memory slots, which means that 64GB should be the most RAM this desktop takes.
Not everybody likes the storage solution in this Acer. It’s a one-terabyte hard drive (7200RPM SATA 3), and I know many would’ve liked to see a solid-state drive instead. On the other hand, on this HDD you can easily install even the biggest games no problem. I think there are no M.2 slots available inside, but extra bay should be, so installing a solid-state drive there is a possibility.
What connections does it have?
Acer Predator AG3-710-UR54 is equipped with eight USB ports, two USB 2.0 and six USB 3.0. Count at least two of them taken already, as the mouse and keyboard occupy USBs. Thanks to the dedicated graphics card, you’ll also get a full set of video outputs: HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI. I’ve heard that at least three simultaneous monitors are supported here.
There should be microphone, audio out and line in ports in the back panel. And in the front, you’ll find a microphone/headphones port.
Connecting this desktop to Internet should be a walk in the park, there are 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card and Gigabit RJ-45 port at your disposal.
For transferring some data locally, you can use the 16x DVD burner or SD card slot in the front.
Other important features
Acer Predator AG3-710-UR54 has a pre-installed Windows 10 Home (64-bit) operating system on the hard drive.
Don’t forget the computer ships with USB gaming keyboard and mouse, but monitor is not included.
The desktop’s PSU is rated at 500W, you can replace it if you like.
Summing it up
There’s nothing Acer Predator AG3-710-UR54 couldn’t do for a serious gamer. The most essential thing, the graphics card, is rather strong here, however getting the golden 60FPS on all settings maxed out won’t happen if your game is very demanding like The Witcher 3. Anyway, all games will be smooth as a silk if you can lower the settings a bit. For other activities, like image editing and multitasking this computer also works great. So, if you want a decent gaming machine that you don’t have to build yourself, then choosing something like this Acer should be a good idea.