There is no question of making jealousy between the two major CPU suppliers in the PC world.
Still very active, Acer took advantage of CES in Las Vegas to discuss new features on all its ranges of laptops for gamers, Nitro, Predator Helios, and Predator Triton.
Helios and Triton: the top of the range gets muscle
To all credit, honor, we are starting with the refreshes carried out on the most muscular ranges of laptop gaming signed Acer, the Predator Helios, and Predator Triton. The latter is also presented as a portable ” very powerful in a featherweight “. Its 14-inch FHD screen effectively allows it to be limited to a thickness of 17.9 mm.
The logical consequence, the laptop accuses only 1.7 kg on the scale and is relatively discreet in a backpack. Its power, the Predator Triton 300 SE owes it mainly to its duo Intel Core i7 H35 / NVIDIA RTX 30601 Max-Q series, which Acer wanted to make as discreet as possible by combining heat pipes, Vortex Flow technology, and AeroBlade fans.
For the rest, the offer is finally quite classic with, jumble, a screen capable of a refresh rate of 144 Hz, Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4 and, a little Acer touch, support for DTS: X Ultra audio technology. Availability is set for the second quarter of 2021 for a price of 1,799 euros.
For its part, the Predator Helions 300 seeks to boost performance with the presence of the laptop version of the RTX 3080 from NVIDIA. The CPU looks like it should only be “just” a 10th Gen Intel i7, and it’s backed up by 32GB DDR4 memory and 2TB NVMe SSD in RAID 0.
Acer also mentions the presence of an IPS panel capable of a refresh rate of 240 Hz and a response time of 3 ms. On paper, you don’t see much better for a video game machine. Obviously, such a level of equipment is felt on pricing: when it comes out in the spring of 2021, it will be billed from 2399 euros.
The Nitro hesitates between Intel and AMD
More accessible, the Nitro range is an opportunity to spare the susceptibility of two partners of Acer, Intel, and AMD. Thus, the Nitro 5 can be equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core H35 processor to which Acer has associated NVIDIA GTX GPUs and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM.
The idea here is indeed to offer a kind of gateway into the gaming world. Acer is indeed planning a release in spring 2021 at affordable prices: from 999 euros for the 15-inch version and from 1,099 euros for the 17-inch model.
Regardless of the diagonal chosen, the Nitro 5 has a 144 Hz refresh rate and a response time of 3 ms. On the storage side, two M.2 PCIe / SATA SSDs can be integrated, and that the connection is based on Wi-Fi 6 and a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C interface.
The AMD variant of the Nitro 5 is significantly more expensive from 1,299 euros for the 15-inch and from 1,399 euros for the 17-inch with availability still set for spring 2021.
Logically, these are more muscular machines with a Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA RTX 3060 or 3080 GPUs all supported by a maximum of 32 GB of DDR and the same “duo” of M.2 PCIe SSD / SATA. Wi-Fi 6 remains in place, but Thunderbolt 4 is no longer mentioned by Acer who insists on the refresh rate of its baby: in 1440p, it is 165 Hz and climbs to 360 Hz in 1080p.
Source: press release