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Acer’s Predator Orion 5000 gaming PC can house GTX 1080 Ti in SLI

While the Predator Orion 3000 is your midrange option

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Building a gaming PC is fairly straightforward, but it isn’t for everyone. For mainstream folks, pre-built gaming desktops are the way to go. Although that usually means settling for hardware that’s mainstream as well, that isn’t always the case. Just ask Acer.

Its Predator sub-brand has a new 5000 series of Orion gaming desktops, and it’s quite the beast. If you recall, the Orion 9000 blew us away last year with its massive size and all-powerful specifications. While the Orion 5000 doesn’t have as big a number, it may actually be more appealing.

The Orion 5000 can be decked out with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i7-8700K processor on a high-end Z370 chipset. To make load times even faster, up to 32GB of Intel Optane memory may be installed on top of the usual RAM and storage configurations. Finally, and this is the best part, two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards can fit at the same time for two-way SLI, meaning they’ll work together to push intense rendering during gaming and video editing.

Of course, it needs a worthy case to house all this hardware. Acer is equipping it with a transparent side panel to monitor (and show off) all the internals. That’s just for aesthetics, however; for cooling, IceTunnel 2.0 tech is on board for smart airflow management for every section of the case. It’s easy to open up too, in case you want to upgrade the components.

The Predator Orion 5000 will become available in North America in July with a starting price of US$ 1,499, while EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) will get it in June for EUR 1,699 and China in June as well for CNY 15,999.

If that pricing is too much for you, you can also go for the more affordable Orion 3000 series.

Predator Orion 3000

The Predator Orion 3000 isn’t as aggressive as its higher-end sibling, but offers a lot of the same power. You also get 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors and up to 32GB of Optane memory to complement up to 64GB of RAM. The only real downgrade is the limit of a single GTX 1080 card, but that’s still enough for 4K gaming.

This one starts at US$ 999 in North America beginning October, EUR 1,299 in EMEA starting July, and CNY 6,999 in China in July as well.

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New LG monitors to make your brand stand out

The latest marketing solutions

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LG is offering innovative marketing solutions for businesses’ brands to stand out as they have released new display monitors during the 2022 LG Reconnect event.

They range from rotatable monitors, all-in-one conferencing solutions, a high-tech transparent display, and even a giant 136-inch LED setup.

Displays for attention-catching ads

There’s the LSAC025, a 54-inch bezel-free HDR video wall display that is perfect for digital marketing. Advertisements will be even more attention-catching in train stations, malls, and more, with the monitor’s better colors and brightness.

An upgrade to usual LCD displays, the LSAC series uses an innovative cable-less signal transmission technology.

If that’s not enough, there’s the massive 136-inch Full HD LAEC series which comes with an embedded system controller and built-in speaker. It comes with three HDMI ports and is LG One:Quick Share compatible for seamless wireless connectivity.

LG Transparent OLED

Another impressive addition is the Transparent OLED, a 55-inch FHD display that is about 38 percent clearer than usual LCD transparent displays.

Ideal for galleries, the display comes with a protective tempered glass and transparent bezels. It has self-lighting pixels to allow for vivid colors and high contrast ratio. It also looks really cool, as owning it makes it look like you’re inside superheroes’ headquarters.

XE4F-M Outdoor displays

For graphics such as movie posters, drive-thru menus, or information at transport stations that need to be seen well in the outdoors or well-lit places, LG has the XE4F-M series which has a 49-inch and 55-inch high-brightness outdoor displays.

The vertical displays with a wide-viewing angle of 178 degrees have a powerful brightness capacity of 4,000nits, and come with anti-reflection coating for content to be seen even under direct sunlight.

They are also protected from harmful elements outdoors with an IP56 dust and water resistance rating.

Hospitality displays

For hotels, the new 55-inch Pro:Centric Hospitality UHD TVs will enhance the overall experiences of travelers.

The premium smart hotel TVs boast LG’s new NanoCell technology and also have the Pro:Centric Hotel Management Solution, providing both hotel operators and guests an interactive solution for the hospitality industry.

New 4K UHD displays

LG Monitors

Not to be left behind, offices will also enjoy LG’s new all-in-one video conferencing solutions as they have unveiled the 55-inch One:Quick Works and 43-inch One:Quick Flex. The displays come with movable stands which allow them to be rotated horizontally or vertically to suit presentations and other content better.

The One:Quick Works features an 4K Ultra HD display, built-in 4K camera and microphone, and In-Cell Touch for annotations and quick access to apps or programs on screen. It even supports AMD Radeon Vega graphics.

Meanwhile, the slightly smaller One:Quick Flex likewise has up to a 4K display and has a 2K camera and built-in microphone.

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ASUS, ROG announce Cool for School 2022 promo

Bundles worth up to PhP 23,000+

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As the Philippines is targeting to have 100 percent of schools back to face-to-face classes by late 2022, it’s best to invest in high-performing laptops and smartphones that can stand the test of time.

Luckily, ASUS and ROG Philippines are going on a Cool for School back-to-school promo to offer families exciting discounts and bundle deals on their range of devices, including the following:

These laptops are all powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics that will benefit students not only for academic purposes such as editing and content creation but also when they’re productive breaks such as entertainment and gaming. It’s all about the balance, after all.

There will be over 40 models going on sale, bundled with freebies worth up to PhP 23,315. For instance, you can score a free Type-C Portable SSD for every purchase of a Zephyrus laptop, while buying a Vivobook can get you Birkenstock vouchers and an Epson printer.

Buy an ROG FLOW or TUF gaming laptop and get a wireless gaming headset and ROG hoodie or 1,000 Steam credits, respectively. You can also get as much as PhP 7,000 off with every purchase of an ROG gaming phone.

The promo will last until August 31, 2022, available in ASUS Concept Stores and authorized partners both offline and online. Visit this link for more information about the Cool for School promo.

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New GeForce RTX, Esports PCs launched in the Philippines

Ultimate performance for gamers, creators

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The next wave of GeForce RTX and Esports PCs have finally arrived in the Philippines.

These computers are powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs to deliver the ultimate experience for both gamers and creators when it comes to graphics.

They will be available via the NVIDIA GeForce online stores on Shopee and Lazada, as well as all retail branches of PC Express and PCWorx, categorized into the following:

  • “Overachievers”: GeForce Esports PCs with GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs
  • “Competitive Player”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs
  • “Total Domination”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs

GeForce RTX PCs will feature NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX platform – its most advanced yet – that has AI and ray-tracing technologies.

NVIDIA DLSS is the only AI-powered super-resolution technology used in 200 games and applications to boost performance by up to two times. Ray tracing simulates how light behaves to produce realistic and immersive graphics.

Meanwhile, GeForce Esports PCs offer gamers the highest frame rates and lowest system latencies in games that need high-performing PCs such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege.

The PCs use NVIDIA Reflex, that has a suite of new technologies, including providing faster target acquisitions and responses.

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