You probably know Acer as a notebook and desktop brand. The company makes a range of productivity notebooks and its gaming division, Predator is known for some powerful notebooks, monitors and even some accessories. However, one thing Acer has always left to other brands to make are GPUs. The company has stayed away from making dedicated internal components such as motherboards, graphics cards, coolers etc. That is about to change with the new Acer Predator BiFrost GPU designed with Intel’s new Arc A770 technology.
The Acer Predator BiFrost GPU doesn’t use NVIDIA or AMD but instead is designed to incorporate Intel’s Arc GPU. The card includes two unique fans that are completely different sizes. These fans are the standout design feature of the Acer Predator BiFrost GPU and make it looks pretty cool.
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Acer says the card includes a blower and non-blower design that helps increase performance. The blower card is in the middle of the GPU and helps push out air towards the rear of the case. This helps expel hot air out of the case instead of circling it around the inside of the case. Overall, this should help improve the ambient temperature of your PC build.
The card also features RGB on both fans with the larger fan appearing brighter. The card is also completely black and features an RGB Predator logo. It is powered by two 8-pin power connectors.
Sadly, Acer didn’t share any technical specs regarding the Acer Predator BiFrost GPU. We only know that the card will either be an 8GB or 16GB GPU. No details regarding the card’s core specs are public yet.
Intel is set to release its new Arc GPUs on 12 October. The newly-announced A700 range includes A750 8GB, A770 8GB and A770 16GB variations. The Acer Predator BiFrost GPU is part of the A770 lineup.
Intel says the A750 cards include 28 Xe Cores, 3584 shader cores, 448 MXM engines and a clock speed of 2050MHz. The ram features 16Gbps modules operating on a 256-bit wide bus and 8GB of memory capacity.
These A700 series GPUs fall under Intel’s higher-end graphics cards. The best model is the A770 which features 32 Xe cores, 4096 Shader cores, 512 MXM engines and a frequency of 2100MHz. Both the 8GB and 16GB models operate on 17.5Gbps memory modules and a 256-bit wide bus.
We don’t know what plan Intel has at the moment to roll these cards out in South Africa. Last we heard, the release was delayed. We haven’t even received the earlier Intel Arc cards which launched globally in July.
Given that Acer doesn’t release much in our region when it comes to desktop hardware, it is unlikely that we will see a local release of the BiFrosft GPU.