• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700 Quad-Core
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 1050 2GB
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD, 128 GB m.2 SSD
  • Connectivity: Wireless LAN, SD Card Slot, 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 1x USB C Port, 4x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D
  • Dimensions: 396.4 x 175.5 x 462.9 mm
  • Weight: Approx. 8 KG
  • Pros:
  • Good specs for a pre-built desktop
  • Decently sized desktop
  • Cons:
  • Could do with a better GPU
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMARK 8 Home: 4,525 points
  • PCMARK 8 Creative: 4,915 points
  • PCMARK 8 Work: 3,800 points
  • 3DMark TimeSpy: 2,023 points
  • 3DMark FireStrike: 6,255 points
  • 3DMark FireStrike Extreme: 3,221 points

Aspire To Be Great

Acer recently announced a new laptop, two new monitors and a new desktop that are available on local grounds. We got the chance to review the Acer Aspire GX-781 this time around.

Measuring 396.4 x 175.5 x 462.9 mm, it’s decently sized. It also comes boxed and bundled with a keyboard and a mouse, so you wouldn’t have to purchase them separately. The GX-781 that we got comes with an i7-7700 Quad-Core 3.6 GHz processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM inside, which you can upgrade to a maximum of 32GB of RAM. Storage wise, it comes with a 1TB HDD, and a 128GB m.2 SSD. You wouldn’t need to worry about boot times and game storage thanks to these.

A powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB is also present on the desktop, giving you a decent card that should be able to run many of your favourite games out of the box. Windows 10 comes preinstalled and setting up can be done in 10 minutes, without any hitches.

The desktop looks sleek with its dark colour scheme and splashes of red around the desktop that compliment the whole look. On the inside, we noticed a custom-built motherboard that’s a little longer than your standard micro ATX form motherboard. But if you’re looking to upgrade the components inside, it would not be difficult.

It is also worth mentioning that there are only two RAM slots on the board, so if you wish to upgrade to 32GB, you would have to purchase a pair of 16GB RAMs. The internal components are all neatly arranged, so there is no need for you to re-cable them.

In terms of performance, it’s powerful enough thanks to its top of the line processor. But considering its price, if you’re capable of building your own desktop, you can hammer together a desktop with a better performance.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A good prebuilt desktop if you want one that can game straight out of the box, without you having to do much tweaking.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

Acer Aspire GX 781