The Bottom Line
Dec 1 2010 - The Predator AG5900-U3092 is a more affordable performance desktop option from Acer when compared to the more expensive AG7750 but it doesn't really set itself apart from other desktops in a similar price range. Performance is good and it does have a large number of USB ports but it doesn't have as much upgrade potential internally. The case is certainly distinctive for those looking at something different but there are options out there that offer more features for roughly the same price.
- Good Performance
- Large Hard Drive
- Huge Number Of USB Ports
- Power Supply And Slots Prevent Using Second Graphics Card For CrossFire
- No Blu-Ray Drive
- Lacks FireWire And eSATA Ports
- Intel Core i7-870 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1.5 TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB Graphics Card
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Twelve USB 2.0, Two DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - Acer Predator AG5900-U3092 Performance Desktop PC
Dec 1 2010 - The Acer Predator AG5900 is a scaled down performance desktop system that isn't as focused on gaming as the larger AG7750 model. This includes a more subdued case design that still features a black with orange accents but without the extra panels and cooling ports. With a bit less focus on performance, it also has a scaled down price of around $1300 instead of $1900.
The heart of the Predator AG5900-U3092 is the Intel Core i7-870 quad core desktop processor using the Intel H57 chipset. The processor itself provides some very strong performance and supports Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost for auto overclocking when fewer cores are in use. It does extremely well for just about any type of application but will lag behind the new six core processors when it comes to tasks like video encoding. The 8GB of memory allows it to run smoothly even with memory intensive applications or heavy multitasking.
Storage is somewhat mixed. The storage space is very large thanks to the one and a half terabyte hard drive. Performance is good thanks to the 7200rpm spin rate unlike some of the variable speed green drives. The downside is that some systems in the price range mix a large drive with SSDs for faster booting. The system also comes with a dual layer DVD burner which is typical of most desktops. It would have been nice to see Acer include a Blu-ray compatible drive which is becoming much more common for $1300 desktops.
Graphics performance is strong thanks to the ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card with 1GB of memory. This performs extremely well for those looking to do some gaming at resolutions up to 1920x1200. The 1GB of GDDR5 memory also allows the system to help boost applications such as Photoshop CS5. Those hoping to add some addition graphics performance by adding a second card for CrossFire will be disappointed to learn that there is only a single PCI-Express graphics slot and the power supply is only rated at 750W.
Connecting peripheral devices to the system is quite easy thanks to the copious number of USB ports. There are a total of twelve ports between the front and back of the system. The front ports actually reside on the upper portion of the case which makes it easy to reach when the system is store below a desk. The downside is that the system doesn't support other ports such as FireWire or eSATA.