Acer Aspire GX-281, a gaming desktop that performs and is friendly to your wallet

By Kurtis Chan on Sep 5, 2017

Trying to own a gaming desktop nowadays can be a pain in the butt. You want to spend less and buy a pre-build desktop but the specs are not up to your standard, and when you want to have good specs, building a gaming rig will cause you a bomb. Now, these will not be your problems anymore as Acer recently launched the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop, which performs well when you game and treats your wallet well when purchasing it.

Thanks to Acer Malaysia, we got a chance to test out the Acer ASpire GX-281-1700W10D, which comes with Windows 10 Home Edition, AMD 8-Core RYZEN 7 1700X processor, AMD Radeon RX480 4GB GDDRV graphics card, a hybrid storage of 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD, an 8GB DDR4 RAM, and much more. I can play games like Overwatch at the highest graphic settings and streaming it at the same time with the desktop continue to run smoothly. The time needed for the PC to start-up is just a few seconds thanks to the SSD in it, and with the 1TB HDD, there is more than enough space to store all your favorite games in it.

The are plenty of front-mounted ports for you to plug in your headset, microphone, external hard disk or USB, and there is even a USB Type-C port for all the new phones. If you don't own a mouse or keyboard, Acer has got you covered as the desktop comes with a set of wireless Acer mouse and keyboard so that you don't have to spend extra time to shop for one.

Here are the specs for the Acer Aspire GX-281 review unit that we got: 

Operating system Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor 
- 3.4GHz, 8M cache
- Max Turbo Frequency 3.8 GHz
Memory 8GB DDR4 RAM (8GB x 1,upgradable to 64GB)
Storage 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB SATA HDD
Optical Drive DVD SuperMultiplus Writer
Graphics AMD RadeonTM RX 480  4 GB GDDR5
Network & Communication 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
Audio Integrated high-definition sound
Interface

• Card reader

• Audio jack(s): 2

•USB 3.1 port Gen 1 Type-C port(s): 1

•USB 3.1 port Gen 1 port (s): 1

Rear I/O connectors :
• LAN port(s): 1 • Audio jack(s): 3 • USB 2.0 port(s): 4 • USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s): 2

Expansion :
• PCIe x16 slot(s): 1 
• M.2 slot (for SSD): 1 • M.2 slot

Accessories Acer Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Dimensions 175 (W) x 463.3 (D) x 397.9 (H) mm
Weight Approximately 8kg

 

The AMD powered unit is currently priced at RM5,499. If it is still too expensive for you, you can opt for the Intel and NVIDIA powered one which will cost RM4,399, and here are the specs:

Operating system Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor 
- 3.4GHz, 8M cache
- Max Turbo Frequency 3.8 GHz
Memory 8GB DDR4 RAM (8GB x 1,upgradable to 16GB x 2)
Storage 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB SATA HDD
Optical Drive DVD SuperMultiplus Writer
Graphics AMD RadeonTM RX 480  4 GB GDDR5
Network & Communication 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
Audio Integrated high-definition sound
Interface

• Card reader

• Audio jack(s): 2

•USB 3.1 port Gen 1 Type-C port(s): 1

•USB 3.1 port Gen 1 port (s): 1

Rear I/O connectors :
• LAN port(s): 1 • Audio jack(s): 3 • USB 2.0 port(s): 4 • USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s): 2

Expansion :
• PCIe x16 slot(s): 1 
• M.2 slot (for SSD): 1 • M.2 slot

Accessories Acer Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Dimensions 175.5 (W) x 462.9 (D) x 396.4 (H) mm
Weight Approx. 8kg

You can find out more about the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop in Acer Malaysia official website and also search where you can buy it.

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Kurtis Chan
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Assistant Editor at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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