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Acer Ships Gaming, Business PCs With Ivy Bridge

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer has announced two new range of desktop computers based on the newly launched Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

The Acer Predator AG3620 will zero on power users and gamers and comes with a Core i7-3770 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, a four core beast that has a maximum turbo frequency of 3.9Ghz, 8MB L3 cache and a TDP of 77W.

There's also 16GB RAM, an Nvidia GT630 graphics card, 2TB onboard storage (not sure whether that's two 1TB in RAID-0 or one 2TB hard disk drive), a mouse, keyboard, eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Wi-Fi, a fairly elegant casing tower casing with a big stylised G at the front and an Ethernet port. Starting price is $1200.

The other desktop on offer with an Ivy Bridge chip is the Gateway D4860-UR14P which costs $799. It is aimed at the business/enterprise market and would rely on the integrated graphics unit within the i5-3450 processor that powers it, a HD 2500 graphics controller.

The chip is clocked at 3.1GHz with a maximum turbo frequency of 3.5GHz, it has four cores and four threads, 1MB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache and a TDP of 77W. Other features include 6GB RAM and a 1TB hard disk drive.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.