Acer Predator gaming systems, Gateway desktops receive Intel Ivy Bridge update

Ivy Bridge launch talk has focused on laptops, but Acer and Gateway subsidiary have taken the occasion to update some of their desktop lineup with the new CPUs.

All the talk about the launch of Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors has focused on laptops, but Acer (and its Gateway subsidiary) has taken the occasion to update some of its desktop lineup with the new CPUs.

Several models of Acer's gaming PC series, the Predator, will get an Ivy Bridge injection. For instance, the Predator AG3620-UR21P will feature a 3.4GHz Core i7-3770 processor, along with 16GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630 graphics for $1,199.99.

Gateway's performance line, the FX series (pictured above), will likewise receive an Ivy Bridge infusion, as will the more value-priced DX line. The DX4860-UR14P will come with a 3.1GHz Core i5-3450 CPU, 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive for $699.99, and will rely on Ivy Bridge's improved integrated graphics in lieu of a discrete card.

We know that Intel expects a roughly 20-percent performance boost from Ivy Bridge along with a 20-percent reduction in power usage. Benchmarks will no doubt be rolling out today that will give us a better idea how accurate that expectation is, and whether those who have waited to buy a new system will find the hyped processors worth the wait.

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