The Bottom Line
Aug 9 2013 - The Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR24P is a surprisingly high performance desktop system from a company that is better known for its budget offerings. It fills the gap between its low end and its gaming specific Predator lineup by offering strong general performance from its new quad core processor, large RAM and a solid state drive. It is also a good choice for those that don't want to ever have to go inside the case to do upgrades which is good considering its limited internal expansion space. The thing is many people don't necessarily require this much performance and can save a bit by opting for a bit lower specs from competing systems
- Strong Performance From Quad Core CPU
- Solid State Drive Gives Slight Storage Performance Gains
- Easy Swap Hard Drive Bay
- A Bit Higher Price Tag Than Competition
- Limited Internal Expansion Space
- Low Wattage Power Supply Prevents More Powerful Graphics Cards
- Intel Core i7-4770 Quad Core Processor
- 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive and 24GB Solid State Drive
- Dual Layer DVD Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 Graphics Card With 4GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio Support
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Card Reader
- Windows 8
Review - Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR24
Aug 9 2013 - The Acer Aspire T3 is a new model to its desktop lineup that looks to offer performance for those that need it but aren't necessarily looking for it to be used for gaming. It offers a fairly compact desktop case design that is relatively plain unlike the flashy designs it uses for the gaming focused Predator lineup. In fact, looking at the case one would probably assume that this is almost no different from Acer's much more affordable desktop products.
Powering the Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR24P is the new Intel Core i7-4770 quad core processor. This new processor design does not add a lot of performance over the previous i7-3770 but it is still preferred for a few tweaks that help boost other aspects of the system. In terms of processing power, it should provide more than enough performance for just about any type of application including desktop video work. This is especially true since Acer has elected to include 16GB of DDR3 memory in the system which is very beneficial for memory intensive applications and will likely negate any need for memory upgrades in the future. The only real downside here is that the processor is not an unlocked version meaning that users will not be able to overclock it for additional performance.
The storage setup for the Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR24P is very different from many in this class. It still uses a two terabyte hard drive that provides it with plenty of storage space for applications, data and media files. The difference is that it also includes a Kingston 24GB solid state drive mSATA module on the hard drive that is used to help cache the hard drive for increased performance. Now this uses the B85 chipset so it is not using the Intel Smart Response Technology but other software based methods. This certainly helps the system boot up faster and launch frequently used data over a traditional hard drive only but it is not quite as fast as a dedicated solid state drive. If the two terabytes is no enough space, there are two big easy ways to expand the storage. The first is your typical USB 3.0 ports that can be used for high speed external storage. If you are interested in internal storage, behind the front panel and below the DVD burner, there is an easy swap bay that can be used to install any standard SATA based hard drive which is convenient give that the internal bays are not really easy to work with.
For the graphics system, Acer has elected to use a modest NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics card instead of just relying on the internal graphics of the Core i7 processor. This provides it with decent performance for 3D applications with the ability to go up to 1920x1080 resolution in some games but detail levels will likely need to be turned down because of the limits of the 3D processor. The card itself has 4GB of memory which is a bit overkill since the card is a more budget oriented one but this is beneficial for accelerating non-3D applications such as using it for Photoshop or media encoding. It should be noted that the system features a very low 300 watt power supply which essentially prevents the system from really have a more powerful graphics card that this.
Pricing for the Acer Aspire AT3-605-UR24 is just below $1000 which puts it on the high end of cost for a computer in its class. In terms of features, it does have a few slight advantages over competitors including the easy swap hard drive bay and the solid state drive. If you don't need to be running high end applications though, you can save a lot of money and get an HP Envy 700 for under $800 that basically sacrifices dedicated graphics and processing power has much of the same but a much larger 128GB solid state drive for a bit more responsiveness. If you don't need the storage performance, you can also save several hundred and go with a Dell XPS 8700 with the same processor but have the memory and hard drive space with no cache.