New Acer® Aspire Predator is geared for gaming combat with radical power and design and over a terabyte of storage at an aggressive price; Stunning 24-inch LCD display features industry’s highest 50000:1 contrast ratio SAN JOSE, CALIF., Oct. 2, 2008 – Ready, aim, fire! Acer, the third largest vendor in the PC market,(1) today announced that the Acer® Aspire Predator desktop PC and Acer G24 widescreen LCD display are now available to customers in the United States. This unique, power-packed gaming system takes modern design to a new level in cool. Specially engineered for cost-conscious gamers who push performance limits, the latest technologies make the Aspire Predator a top pick for gaming enthusiasts. This radically appealing gaming rig combines the power of Intel® Core 2 Quad processors with NVIDIA® GeForce® 9000 Series graphics for dominating the gamut of games on the market today. “Boasting advanced technology for exceptional speed, visuals and sound, our gaming powerhouse will fire up even hard core gamers,” said Stephanie Eggert, Senior Manager, Retail Desktop Product Planning for Acer America. “It’s a killer system at a price that won’t break the bank. Aggressive in design, price and performance, the Aspire Predator is gaming nirvana.” Hot, Futuristic Design A powerful showcase of Acer’s innovation, the striking and edgy chassis design sports state-of-the-art technology. Its deep metallic copper color virtually shouts power. The front of the chassis can be raised for convenient access to a rewritable SuperMulti DVD burner. Located on the top of the chassis, the USB and audio ports are within easy reach and complemented by a front-mounted multi-card reader. Topping off the slick, futuristic look, the power button and front hard-drive door emanate cool blue rays of light. Making upgrades quick and simple, this monster desktop provides easy entry to the hard disks via a special door on the front of the chassis. Plus, the standard Acer Easy-Swap hard drive bays allow the Serial ATA high-capacity hard disks to be quickly and easily added. Blazing Speed + Screaming Graphics + Advanced Cooling = Powerful Performance The Aspire Predator comes geared for combat and ready to destroy opponents with the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor. In addition, NVIDIA® GeForce 9 Series graphics fuel games with dynamic video and picture quality for life-like play. The Aspire Predator also features an advanced state-of-the-art liquid cooling system that protects PC performance even during the most intense gaming matches. RAID 0, 1, 5, 1+0 modes with NVIDIA® MediaShield® Storage technology keep data secure at all times. Optional high-speed Raptor 10,000 rpm hard drives offer superior reliability, especially in the RAID 0 striping configuration, which distributes data across several disks to improve speed and utilize full disk capacity. Bringing even more excitement to game dynamics, this action-packed desktop comes with an arsenal of accessories, such as a specially designed gaming mouse and a multimedia keyboard featuring illuminated keys that light up for play in the dark. Enabling a powerfully dynamic audio experience, the Aspire Predator also boasts high-definition 7.1-channel audio with EAX® (Environmental Audio Extensions) 4.0 and Dolby® Home Theater®. Highly Scalable And finally, for users who want to continually keep their PC up to date with the hottest innovations, the Aspire Predator permits integration of some of the most sophisticated technologies and components. The Aspire Predator comes with two 5.25-inch optical drive bays and is easily expandable with a variety of PCI Express® slots, including three x16, two PCI Express® x1, one PCI Express® x8 in addition to a standard PCI 2.3. The systems also offer a host of connectivity options including 8 USB 2.0 ports (four in front, four in back), IEEE 1394, two eSATA ports, two Ethernet ports, two DVI-D ports (up to six with three graphics cards), a TV-out port, six audio jacks and various other ports. Brilliant Acer G24 LCD Display Stunning in form and function, the cutting-edge G24 24-inch widescreen LCD display matches the radical look and feel of the Aspire Predator system chassis, while also providing top video performance. At 50000:1, it has the highest contrast ratio available in the market today. Combined with 1920 x 1200 maximum resolution, a super fast 2msGTG response time and crisp 400 cd/m2 brightness, the G24 boasts outstanding picture quality. The screen swivels both horizontally and vertically with a 160-degree viewing angle from both positions. It also offers D-Sub, DVI and HDMI with HDCP inputs as well as VESA wall mounting. Specifications, Pricing and Availability The Aspire Predator desktop PCs are available online at ABS.com with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) starting at $1,649. The Acer G24 LCD display is also available at ABS.com with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399.99. Acer® Aspire G7700-UQ9550A: Available now for a MSRP of $2,199 * Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz) Processor * NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 GTX Graphics * 2GB x 4 DDR2 Memory (Dual Channel Support on Four DIMMs) * Three 640GB SATA II Hard Drives (2) * 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive * 16x DVD-ROM * Multi-in-One Card Reader * Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1 * 8 USB 2.0 ports (Four in Front, Four in Back) Acer® Aspire G7700-UQ9300A: Available now for a MSRP of $1,649 * Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz) Processor * NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600 GT Graphics * 2GB x 4 DDR2 Memory (Dual Channel Support on four DIMMs) * Two 640GB SATA II Hard Drives (2) * 16x DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM SuperMulti, Double-Layer Drive * 16x DVD-ROM * Multi-in-One Media Card Reader * Windows Vista® Premium 64 with SP1 * 8 USB 2.0 ports (Four in Front, Four in Back) Practical Software The Aspire Predator gaming desktop comes with Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium. In addition, it comes with Adobe® Reader®, McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2008, eSobi™ online search efficiency software, NTI Media Maker™ for multimedia fun and back-up as well as Acer Arcade™ Live, a powerful software package for editing, viewing, burning and managing media content. Acer Empowering Technology, a suite of management applications, is also bundled. It features eRecovery back-up and recovery and eSettings for viewing system information, changing boot options and monitoring components.