THE UNDERRATED CHAMP
The G3-710 is Acer’s late 2015- early 2016 attempt to coax the enthusiast gaming market to shell out some cash. It is the lesser hyped sibling of the Acer G series which is mostly hailed for its “4K” game crusher elder brother the G6. But unless you are willing to shell up upward of US$2,000 for the G6 the G3 will be the one to look at.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Acer G3-710 is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much for a pre-built system while not sacrificing future potential to upgrade the system.
Being a console gamer most of my life (PC master-race don’t be hattin) I found that the G3-710 was a surprisingly good PC to taste the waters of PC gaming. For most of my life, I was overwhelmed by the thought of building my own PC. The entire process of hunting for parts, installation of those parts, installing windows and BIOS set-up and probably worst of all (for me at least) the varying warranty period of different components. Online I have seen that vendors provide a 1-year warranty on graphics cards whereas the hard-drives come with 5-10 years’ warranty! Registering all parts and keeping track of these is a chore that I was not willing to sign up for.
Anyway, the main takeaway from this is that in the G3-710 I found the perfect balance between peace of mind for its extensive warranty and upgradability.
- Warranty- The entire system comes with a 3-year on-site warranty, that means if anything goes haywire Acer will send their servicemen to your location to fix the issues (note that this may not be available everywhere in the world).
- Upgradability- the G3-710 is surprisingly ripe with options for future upgradability (you can swap in different GPUs, add up to 64GB pf DDR4 memory, add up to 4 storage devices including an M.2 drive and 3 SATA drives, and even additional cooling case fans!). Look out for my future article on upgrading the G3-710. The 500watt power supply is even able to take on a Nvidia 1070 or 1080 in the future if you choose to upgrade down the line.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Setting up the Acer G3-710 is a simple affair and takes only about 10 min. To my surprise, the system came with a reasonably decent Predator branded wired keyboard and mouse (mouse is better than the keyboard in my opinion). So, the user only needs a monitor to hook up the system and it is good to go.
- Acer G3-710 system
- Predator branded keyboard and mouse
- Acer-branded mouse pad
- DVI to DVI-D adaptor (great if your monitor does not have HDMI port)
- Power cord
- Instruction print-outs
Watch my unboxing here.
THE SPECIFICATION OF MY UNIT
Just like most pre-built PCs from most major manufacturers, there are several hardware combinations of the Acer G3-710. Here are the specifications of my unit which cost US$1,400 in January of 2016. Prices are expected to go down as the Acer just launched the new more portable (less upgradable) G1-710 with Nvidia 10 series cards hit the market . Check latest prices of G3-710 here.
- Intel Core i7-6700 (3.4GHz, up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost)
- 16GB DDR4 DDR4-2133 (1066 MHz) RAM (2*8GB sticks by SK Hynix )
- 256GB SSD(LITEON CV1-8B256)
- 1TB HDD (Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-21M2NA0)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX970 4GB DDR5 (Similar to Zotac GTX970 version)
- DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (MATSHITA DVD-RAM SW840)
- Integrated AC Wireless LAN and Bluetooth (Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A Wireless Network Adapter) 802.11ac wireless networking, 802.11a/b/g/n compatible & Bluetooth, Integrated LAN 10/100/1000
- Creative Sound Blaster Cinema audio capability
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- 3 Years On-Site Warranty
CAN IT GAME?
The performance of this PC will vary depending on which version of this PC you decide to get. The performance comments in this section are based on my specification and your millage may vary. I have run this PC through its paces using several gaming benchmark tests and those can be found in my video here:
All benchmark tests were conducted at default settings for the hardware (no overclocking of any sort). Capture resolution was capped at medium to not hinder actual graphics performance too much.
Observations- Graphics Benchmark scores without screen capture running in the background is quite a bit Higher from what is observed in the video, scores below:
- Unigen Heaven average FPS 88.1, Overall Score 2218, GPU temperature – 75-80 “C
- CineBench OpenGL score – 78.24 fps, CPU score – 8.95 fps
- CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 test for LITEON M.2 SSD drive
- Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 003 MB/s
- Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 182 MB/s
- Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 792 MB/s [ 67576.2 IOPS]
- Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 626 MB/s [ 75836.4 IOPS]
- Sequential Read (T= 1) : 619 MB/s
- Sequential Write (T= 1) : 824 MB/s
- Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 590 MB/s [ 8444.8 IOPS]
- Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 710 MB/s [ 28493.7 IOPS]
Watch the benchmarking video here.
Gaming performance for most modern day titles is pretty awesome for 1080p resolution.
Here are some games that I have tested on this system:
- Shadow of Mordor (Ultra and High Settings). FRAPS Benchmark scores- Frames: 334 – Avg: 61.083 – Min: 57 – Max: 65
- DOOM (2016) Ultra settings- FRAPS Benchmark scores- Frames Avg 91, Max 110, Min 82
- Team Fortress 2 Max Settings FRAPS Benchmark scores- Frames Avg 150.
- Warframe – FRAPS Benchmark scores- Frames Avg 210
- Dirt 3 – FRAPS Benchmark scores- Frames Avg 190
The Acer G3-710 (my configuration) is an admirable 1080p gaming machine (even 4K gaming is possible for many titles) that is able to hold it’s ground well against some of the heavy hitters of last year such as the Overclockers Marvel 4K (available in the UK) or ASUS G11CD G11CD-US007T Core i7 Gaming Desktop with Nvidia GTX970. It is surprisingly upgrade friendly and good choice for anyone willing to take the plunge into PC gaming in 2016.