The Acer Predator Orion X just got its first price drop

Acer Predator Orion X review image with a "first discount" stamp on top
(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)

If you've been saving your money up for a high-end gaming PC, I have some news you should know about.

The Acer Predator Orion X, Acer's newest (and tiniest) gaming PC is still practically brand new. It only started rolling out in the UK in December of 2023, and in a big plot twist, it's already seen a £500 price cut. That brings the POX down to £3,299 at Currys, which is pretty ludicrous for a brand new RTX 4080 gaming PC that's powered by an Intel Core i9 processor. 

Now, I won't lie to you - this is still a very expensive gaming PC. If you're shopping for specs like these, you're going to need to part with a lot of coin first. Usually, I tend to recommend gaming PC deals that cater to the budget buyer, but since our Acer Predator Orion X review is still hot off the press, I'm inclined to highlight this offer. 

If you're like me, you're a fan of the best gaming PCs that don't dominate the majority of your desktop, or bulge out from underneath it like a hulking great mass of RGB. The trouble is, small form factor gaming PCs aren't always the most trusted. Their motherboards can have quirks to make up for their smaller size, and they can prove difficult to cool because their cases pack everything so closely together. 

Acer, however, crafted something truly innovative with the Orion X, and it somehow managed to sneak a water cooler into a tiny case that could already squeeze the biggest size of graphics card inside it. 

Before I tell you more about why this PC jumped straight to our UK gaming PC top spot, here are the important parts of the deal.


Acer Predator Orion X | £3,799 £3,299 at Currys
Save £500 - The POX-950 is currently the only available configuration, and it comprises an RTX 4080, Unlocked Intel Core i9-13900KS, 32GB of DDR5, and 2TB of SSD storage with plenty of room for more, should you need it. This is the first discount we've seen for this rig, and it's well worth jumping on compared to the price of larger PCs of this stature.

What makes the Orion X worth buying?

Acer Predator Orion X review of the PC next to another ITX chassis

(Image credit: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Putting its innovative design to one side, this PC is just a little behemoth. As I said in my review of this machine, there's very little you can throw an i9 and a 4080 at and be disappointed. I spent plenty of time gaming on this PC, but I also did a fair bit of content creation with it as well, editing an entire video for my YouTube channel, and the Orion X made it all as speedy and easy as possible. 

Playing games in exclusively 4K admittedly trounced the admirable frame rates of my own machine, and despite slower-than-expected SSD speeds, there wasn't much to fault here. Everything, especially its cooling, was a vast improvement over the last Acer gaming PC I tested. The Acer Predator Orion 7000 (2023) refreshed its motherboard for the DDR5 generation, but its BIOS was extremely prohibitive and didn't let you change timings or access XMP. Similarly, its reliance on air cooling only couldn't keep up with its new 13th generation i9 processor, which frequently reached boiling point when I benchmarked it. The noise from its fans was pretty unruly as well. 

The Orion X improved on all of those things - XMP was easily accessible in the BIOS, temperatures remained under control, and even when using the Turbo settings, the noise was kept to an absolute low. 

The price of this little PC is considerably lower than the larger Orion 7000, which is surprising in my opinion. According to our recorded benchmarks, and from my experience, the Orion X is a much, much better gaming PC. While it is still over £3,000 in this deal at Currys, I'd say it's worth buying because of that fact alone - this is already great value when you pit it against similar brands like Asus or compare it to the prices of the best Alienware gaming PCs

For a brand new rig like this to drop by £500 for no real occasion, it makes it very worth buying.

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Duncan Robertson
Hardware Editor

Ever since playing Journey at the age of 15, I’ve been desperate to cover video games for a living. After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Journalism, I contributed to the Scottish Games Network and completed an Editorial Internship over at Expert Reviews. Besides that, I’ve been managing my own YouTube channel and Podcast for the last 7 years. It’s been a long road, but all that experience somehow landed me a dream job covering gaming hardware. I’m a self-confessing PlayStation fanboy, but my experience covering the larger business and developer side of the whole industry has given me a strong knowledge of all platforms. When I’m not testing out every peripheral I can get my hands on, I’m probably either playing tennis or dissecting game design for an upcoming video essay. Now, I better stop myself here before I get talking about my favourite games like HUNT: Showdown, Dishonored, and Towerfall Ascension. Location: UK Remote