Acer updates its Predator 17 X with Kaby Lake, GTX 1080

Acer refreshes its Predator 17 X gaming laptop with Kaby Lake and Pascal, with an optional 4K display.

Published Tue, Jan 3 2017 11:30 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

CES 2017 - Acer rolled out the beautifully unique 21:9 gaming laptop with its uber-expensive Predator 21 X, but Acer also made some tweaks to its Predator 17 X model, too.

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Acer has refreshed the Predator 17 X with Intel's new Kaby Lake architecture, while swapping out a Maxwell-based GPU for NVIDIA's new Pascal architecture. Now we have the Core i7-7820K processor alongside the GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X. Both the CPU and GPU are desktop-grade, so you'll be able to overclock both, which should stay cool with its custom triple-fan cooling solution - where Acer is using front air intake and a server-class vapor chamber.

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The laptop can have its Core i7-7820K overclocked to 4.3GHz, while the GPU will hit 1723MHz, and up to 5.4GHz on the 8GB of GDDR5X. The 17.3-inch 1080p display can be optioned out for a 4K panel, but you should be fine with the GTX 1080.

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Inside, we have up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, an enterprise-level NVMe PCIe-based SSD or 3 x SATA SSDs in RAID0 for maximum speed.

Acer's new Predator 17 X will have a much cheaper starting price than its 21:9 brother, with prices kicking off at $2599. It'll be available in the US and EMEA markets later this month, and in China next month.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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