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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

By: Anthony Garreffa from Jan 3, 2017 @ 11:30 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.


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.


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.


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.

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