Acer Philippines, in partnership with AMD, officially launched three Ryzen-powered devices.
In an event held at Chaos Manila inside City of Dreams, Acer introduced existing models from their lineup that now sport Ryzen processors instead of the usual Intel chipsets inside.
Acer Aspire GX-281
Headlining the launch was the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop PC.
The highest configuration available is powered by a Ryzen 7 processor (Ryzen 1700X) along with a Radeon RX 500 graphics card, 16GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, plus 1TB HDD for extra storage.
The other GX-281 configuration has a Ryzen 5 processor (Ryzen 1600), Radeon RX 500, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. Both come with an Acer KG271 24.5-inch 144Hz FreeSync gaming monitor.
The Ryzen 7 GX-281 will retail for PhP 96,499 while the Ryzen 5 GX-281 will retail for PhP 74,999.
AMD Director of Consumer Sales for APJ Peter Chambers discussed the capabilities of Ryzen 7 saying gamers previously needed two devices to game and stream, but with Ryzen, it’s possible to do both at the same time.
Ryzen 7 is equipped with Sense MI, which allows the processor to accurately and expertly monitor itself within a milliamp, millivolt, milliwatt, or even a single-degree Celsius which is used by Precision Boost to pinpoint its ideal clock frequency. Simply put, it’s efficient overclocking.
Veriton M desktop
Also on display during the event was the Veriton M desktop. Initially only available for enterprise, the Ryzen-powered version will be available commercially.
AMD’s Chambers also noted how the company will slowly bring Ryzen processors to more mobile machines like laptops — one of which is the Nitro 5, Acer’s entry-level gaming laptop. Acer also noted that a version of the Swift 5 equipped with a Ryzen processor will soon hit the market.
Ryzen is a new brand of processors created by AMD and was first introduced in December 2016. They have since been aggressive in positioning themselves as the processor of choice for gaming enthusiasts.
However, they’re not stopping there, as they also have their eyes on offering the processors to machines used by content creators.