Intel recently introduced the world to its powerful and efficient Haswell line of fourth-generation Core processors. While our lab found that Haswell is only five to 10 percent faster than Intel's previous generation CPU, the all-new microarchitecture crushes AMD's best consumer CPU in every test except graphics performance. Haswell processors will begin making its way to consumers over the next few months including a bevy of new toys from Acer hitting markets this month.
The new line of beefy digital guts are aimed directly at consumers who are still in the market for the formidable computing functionality that a pocket-sized phone can't (yet) handle--those for whom "the post-PC world" is still more theoretical than fact.
Acer, for their part, appears to be latching on to this next-gen Haswell tech as a means to maintaining consumer interest in its line of PCs. The Taiwan-based manufacturer announced that they will include no less than 23 Haswell-fitted Aspire-brand notebooks that range anywhere between $600 to $1700 and six Aspire-brand desktops ranging anywhere between $700 and $1500.
Some new toys coming our way
Among Acer's new offerings will include the skinny Acer Aspire V7 482PG-9884-U ultrabook that boasts a 14-inch full high-def IPS display powered by the new Haswell processor along with 12GB of memory, NVIDIA GeForce GT750M graphics with 4GB of video memory, and a voluminous 1TB hard dive. While the V7 was announced in early May, this is a whole new configuration featuring a new processor. This particular V7 will be an exclusive through Acer.com and retail for $1300.
Aimed directly at gamers, the Aspire V3-772G series of notebooks come with a 17.3-inch full high-def display and will have have the option of NVIDIA GeForce GTX760M graphics and 2GB discrete video memory. It can feature-up to 12GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. These models will be available at various manufacturers and start out at $1000.
For those looking for a top shelf desktop computing the Acer Predator AG3-605-UR20 line comes with a Core i7 processor running at 3.4GHz and can utilize Turbo Boost Technology to juice up to 3.9Ghz. The model starts with 32GB of memory and 3TB of storage. It has a suggested retail price of $1500.
While the world increasingly turns its attention towards the latest in pint-sized mobile technology, there is still a lot of innovation and forward-looking on the consumer PC front. Acer is one of the first out of the gate, but we will see what other manufacturers will do with this heady new generation of processors down the line.