Predator Orion 3000: The Compact Juggernaut

edited April 19 in Gaming

When it comes to choosing a gaming desktop, balancing power and size can be a hassle. If you lack floor or desk real estate, opting for a smaller PC, or even a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC may be the natural choice, although you may find yourself needing to upgrade sooner than you had hoped. For those of you with sufficient space, a towering, powerful monster of a gaming setup may be the obvious answer, but you do run the risk of cluttering your gaming zone, or negatively impacting the feng shui

If you’re getting into gaming and want a gaming PC that balances power and size, then we have some good news for you, because Acer’s Predator Orion 3000 is a powerful, yet compact gaming tower, unlike any Acer gaming desktop you may have encountered before.  

It’s time to think big with the Orion 3000, a compact gaming PC bristling with state-of-the-art hardware and stunning gaming performance at a reasonable price. Featuring 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, new performance hybrid architecture, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3070 graphics, Acer Predator Orion 3000 is prepared to take your gaming, editing and streaming to the next level. Read on to discover all you need to know about this compact gaming PC. 

Predator performance 

In days gone by, Predator Orion 3000 series all-in-one gaming PCs used to represent the entry level series of the Predator family, while models in the 5000 and 9000 series were higher-spec beasts. Today, the 3000 series features an array of upgrades, and the distinction between the various classes of Predator is not so clear. Let’s jump straight in and take a closer look at the tech specs of a mid range Acer Predator Orion 3000, namely the PO3-650-UB92 Gaming Desktop Computer:

  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home 
  • Operating System Architecture: 64-bit 
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-13700F Hexadeca-core (16 Core) 1.50 GHz 
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR5 (5600 MHz) upgradable to 64GB 
  • Storage: 1TB  
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11ax, Bluetooth 
  • Interfaces/Ports: USB 2.0 x 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C x 1, Audio In/Out 
  • I/O Expansions: PCI Express x 1 Slots x 1, PCI Express x 16 Slots x 1, M.2 Interfaces x 3 
  • Dimensions: Height 15.2” x Width 6.9” x Depth 14.8”

The diminutive size of this compact juggernaut is one of the major attractions of the Orion 3000 series. With a height just over 15 inches, this gaming tower is more like a mid-rise than a tower! These dimensions mean that the Predator Orion 3000 fits comfortably on most desks, without dominating your precious table space. Minimizing the size of PCs, be they desktops or laptops has often meant sacrificing performance power, but not in the case of the Predator Orion 3000. Let’s look at what’s under the hood. 


Running on the Windows 10 and 11 Home 64-bit operating systems, Predator Orion 3000 PCs feature 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors. Armed with up to 16 cores, advancing highly flexible hybrid architecture, the i7 processor will help you to push the boundaries of your gaming and creativity. Whether you’re tackling the latest games, or dealing with other workloads, i7 processors are paving the way for the next generation of breakthrough performance. 


Next level, accelerated processing power, coupled with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 30 series graphics cards, make the Predator Orion 3000 an affordable, high performance gaming PC. Sit back, lean in, or stand: get ready to cruise your way through even the most demanding of AAA titles with GeForce GPUs that offer the ultimate performance for both gamers and creators. NVIDIA’s 2nd Gen RTX Ampere architecture features new Ray Tracing cores, as well as Tensor cores and streaming multiprocessors, resulting in greatly enhanced performance. If immersive gaming and creation is on your radar, the GeForce RTX Ray Tracing and variable rate shading will bring every pixel to life, with ultra-realistic visual effects and speedy frame rates. 


With all of this powerful hardware crammed into such a compact case, perhaps staying cool could pose a problem? Well the Orion 3000 stays frosty by sectioning off the cooling between the CPU/GPU and power supply/hard drives. Predator FrostBlade™ 2.0 fans power the airflow, utilizing static pressure design to maximize cooling, while reducing vibration via sealed rifle bearings. The result: quiet, cool, seamless gameplay. 

Connect and upgrade 

As you can see from the tech-specs above, Predator Orion 3000 series desktops come with a slew of ports and interfaces, both at the front and back of the unit. This solid selection of ports means you most likely won’t require a USB hub, or similar, unless you intend to use USB-C accessories.  

The upgradability of this desktop is another standout feature. As you’ll find out below, the siding is easily removable, while inside the case, there’s space to maneuver. Swapping out the storage drives, CPU, GPU, and RAM on the Orion 3000 should be relatively hassle-free.

 Predator by design 

The stylish, sleek, classic appearance of the Acer Predator Orion 3000 will turn the heads of even the most seasoned gamer and aesthete alike. The spartan-inspired, compact black chassis, exudes mystery and sophistication, and is customizable. Tone it down with the standard matte black siding, or amp it up with the (supplied as standard) dark glass panel siding. The glass siding reveals the RGB-lit internal glory of the Predator Orion 3000, lit-up by 16.7M colors. With all this talk of side panels, don’t forget: if you want to safeguard your internals against outside interference, an optional EMI-Compliant side panel is also available. 

The RGB Pulsar Lighting can be customized in Predator’s custom utility app: PredatorSense. Set the mood, and experiment with a rainbow of cool and hot colors by lighting up the front and rear fans as well as the light bar. PredatorSense lets you take control of your PC by tweaking the Pulsar Lighting, as well as adjusting fan levels, mouse button bindings, and monitoring the overall performance of the compact juggernaut. If overclocking is your thing, PredatorSense has normal, fast, and extreme settings to increase the clock speed and frequency of the GPU and/or CPU for better performance and higher FPS. 

The takeaway 

We hope that you have enjoyed our brief introduction to Acer’s Predator Orion 3000, a compact, powerful desktop PC. Great today, and ready for upgrades tomorrow, or as and when you decide they are necessary, Predator Orion 3000 series desktops are handsome, efficient gaming juggernauts. If you’re looking for a gaming-ready desktop that offers stellar gaming performance, (as well as coming with a serviceable mouse and keyboard), while looking great on your desk, then check out the​ Predator Orion 3000 today.

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Edmund is an English copywriter based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is a widely published writer and translator with two decades of experience in the field of bridging linguistic and cultural gaps between Chinese and English.


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