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Acer ConceptD 5 Pro 17-inch review (CN517-71P – Core i7, Quadro RTX 3000)

Acer ConceptD 5 Professional 17-inch assessment (CN517-71P – Core i7, Quadro RTX 3000)

On this article, we’re taking a more in-depth take a look at the mid-range Acer ConceptD 5 Professional cell workstation, in its 17-inch variant (code identify CN517-71P).

We’ve coated the 15-inch Acer ConceptD 5 Professional in an earlier article as properly, however this 17-inch mannequin comes with a mid-tier Quadro RTX 3000 graphics which is able to higher cater to skilled’s efficiency wants.

That’s why we’re primarily going to concentrate on the efficiency, thermals, and acoustics of this mannequin, in addition to on the wonderful 4K wide-gamut show on this assessment, whereas referring you to our earlier article for extra particulars on the construct high quality, typing expertise and different facets of this pocket book.

Specs as reviewed – Acer ConceptD 5 Professional CN517-71P

Acer ConceptD 5 Professional CN517-71P
Show 17.Three-inch, 3840 x 2060 px IPS 60 Hz, non-touch, matte, AU Optronics B173ZAN03.zero panel
Processor Intel Espresso Lake Core i7-9750H CPU, six-core
Video Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 3000 80W 6 GB GDDR6 (Nvidia 431.70), with Optimus
Reminiscence 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)
Storage 2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID zero help (1x 1 TB WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-1T00)
+ 2.5″ bay (empty)
Connectivity Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500), Wi-fi 6 (Killer AC1650x), Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 3x USB-A Three.2, 1x USB-C Three.2 gen1, HDMI 2.zero, miniDP, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock
Battery 58 Wh, 180 W charger
Measurement 403 mm or 15.86” (w) x 280 mm or 11.02” (d) x 24.7 mm or zero.97” (h)
Weight 6.2 lbs (2.eight kg), 1.23 lbs (.56 kg ) for charger and cables, EU model
Extras amber backlit keyboard, 720p webcam, stereo audio system

It is a higher-tier configuration of the ConceptD 5 Professional, whereas lower-end fashions can be found with Quadro T1000 and T2000 chips. RAM and storage additionally fluctuate between fashions, however every part else is shared between the a number of variants.

Design and development

Head over to our earlier article for our in-depth impressions on this laptop computer’s construct, supplies, and ergonomics.

In only a few phrases, although, it is a well-made laptop computer principally crafted out of aluminum, with a easy black color-scheme and only a few branding components. It’s constructed on the identical chassis we’ve beforehand encountered on the Predator Helios 300.

It checks a lot of the proper packing containers for a cushty all-rounder, however its entrance lips and corners are nonetheless somewhat sharp. That’s much less of a difficulty on this bigger 17-inch body, although, with the extra spacious palm-rest. It additionally contains first rate IO, however it lacks a card-reader and Thunderbolt Three help, which you may require as knowledgeable consumer.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is a well-recognized implementation and much like what Acer has been utilizing on the Nitro and Predator Helios laptops previously years.

It’s a superb typer, however would require a while to get used to, because the keys solely click on on the backside, so it’s a must to be sure that to press all of them the best way in to register correctly. I’m used to barely shallower implementations and this one took a success on my accuracy, however I’d anticipate the typical consumer to get alongside simply nice with it.

The keys are backlit in amber, with a number of depth ranges. The sunshine nonetheless creeps out from a few of the keys, and the illumination is barely activated by hitting a key, not by swiping your fingers over the clickpad. I’ll additionally add that there’s no CapsLock LED indicator, which I discover annoying at occasions.

Down beneath, the ConceptD 5 Professional will get a mid-sized clickpad, with a easy plastic floor and beveled edging round. It really works nice with on a regular basis use and gestures, however in contrast to on the 15-inch model, the floor rattles with faucets on this one. The clicks, however, are about the identical: quiet and a little bit stiff.

The laptop computer lacks any form of biometrics, both a finger sensor or IR cameras.

Display screen

Very like with nearly all of Studio notebooks, the ConceptD 5 Professional will get an superior display screen.

Acer went for a wide-gamut matte UHD panel,  a variation of the AU Optronics B173ZAN03.zero additionally accessible within the Razer Blade Professional 17 or the Gigabyte Aero 17, each higher-tier gadgets.

It’s a wonderful choice for creators, with punching colours and 100% Adobe RGB protection, correct calibration, good distinction, brightness, and viewing angles. Particulars beneath, taken with our Spyder4 sensor.

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUO309B (B173ZAN03.zero);
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 99% NTSC, 100% AdobeRGB, 90% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.27;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 381 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1060:1;
  • White level: 6800 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.36 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

The panel is properly calibrated out of the field, however this shade profile additional tweaks the White level and minor gamma skew.

There’s additionally little or no to complain about both the colour or luminance uniformity on this pattern, in addition to about light-bleeding, which is nearly unimaginable to note with the bare eye on a totally darkish background at most brightness.

In fact, you’ll be able to anticipate a level of high quality variation between SKUs, and we absolutely drew a jackpot with this assessment unit. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself simply as fortunate.

, efficiency and improve choices

Our take a look at model is a mid-tier configuration of the Acer ConceptD 5 Professional CN517-71P, with the Core i7-9750H Espresso Lake-R processor, 32 GB of dual-channel 2666 MHz RAM, twin graphics (Intel HD and Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 80W) and an NVMe drive for storage.

Our pattern is a pre-production unit and runs on pretty immature software program: BIOS v0.07 and Nvidia 431.70 drivers. Thus, take our findings with a grain of salt. Though we haven’t observed something uncommon with our pattern, ultimate retail models may carry out higher in some checks and eventualities.

That being mentioned, we received 32 GB of RAM on this laptop computer, a single NVMe SSD, the broadly carried out Core i7-9750H hexa-core processor and the full-power variant of the Quadro RTX 3000 80W graphics chip. This will get 1920 shaders, RayTracing and Tensor Cores, thus it’s the equal of an RTX 2060 GeForce chip, with out accounting for the drivers and software program optimizations in particular skilled software program.

The CPU and GPU are soldered on the motherboard, however every part else is accessible when you take away the again panel.  You’ll want a plastic device to pry it open, because it’s held in by some cosy clips.

The interior design is equivalent to the 17-inch Predator Helios 300. Every little thing appears to be like regular inside, aside from the truth that no bodily HDD connector is included on this model that solely comes with an SSD, and might’t inform for certain whether or not you’ll get it with the retail variations, or how else are you able to get a maintain on it.

In fact, this laptop computer can simply deal with on a regular basis chores like searching, Netflix, and so on. Particulars beneath.

However that is primarily a cell workstation, particularly on this RTX 3000 variant, so the subsequent half touches on the system’s efficiency in taxing chores.

We begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in 100% hundreds, and we do this by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, with the laptop computer on the Most Efficiency Energy profile in Home windows and out-of-the-box settings.

Our pattern settles for speeds of three.zero – Three.1 GHz, a TDP of 45 W and temperatures of round 72-73 levels Celsius, in addition to scores of round 1050 factors. That’s increased than the inventory i7-9750H implementation on the 15-inch ConceptD 5 Professional and Nitro 7, with pretty low temperatures. Energy Throttling is the limiting issue right here, and the laptop computer may do even higher with a better TDP restrict, one thing different OEMs set-up on their related 17-inch cell workstations, and one thing Acer additionally gives on their gaming laptops.

Subsequent, we moved to enhance the conduct by undervolting the CPU, with both Intel XTU or Throttlestop (defined right here). Our pattern was steady at -125 mV, and on this case, the CPU settled for scores of round 1150 factors, Turbo Enhance speeds of three.Four – Three.5 GHz, a TDP of 45 W and temperatures of round 75 levels Celsius. The CPU nonetheless runs cooler than most opponents on this take a look at, however the 45W TDP limits the frequencies and efficiency, thus you’re nonetheless about 10% from the i7-9750Hs maximums.

Lastly, we reran the take a look at with the laptop computer unplugged, on the undervolted profile. It averaged 900+ factors in Cinebench, with a TDP of 25 W and frequencies of round 2.6 GHz, as you’ll be able to see beneath.

Given the character of this pattern, we additionally stress-tested it with Prime95. You’ll discover that the CPU runs at 65W+ in the beginning, after which rapidly drops and stabilizes at 45 W. That’s good efficiency, and the cores solely attain temperatures within the 73-76 levels Celsius, thus pretty cool for a compact workstation.

The following checks put each the CPU and GPU to work on the identical time.

First, we ran the less-demanding 3DMark Stress Take a look at. This pattern failed it by a minor margin (laptops want to attain above 97% to cross) on each inventory and undervolted settings, which means that the efficiency barely degrades over time. Undervolting results in a lot decrease element temperatures and a extra fixed general efficiency.

Then, we moved on to our Luxmark CPU+GPU stress take a look at. The GPU runs properly at 80W TDP, with very small fluctuations, for your entire period of the take a look at. It does get pretty sizzling although, going previous 80 levels after about 15 minutes of stress. The CPU, however, kicks in laborious at 65+ W, however rapidly drops to 25W and frequencies of round 2.zero – 2.1 GHz, thus it throttles beneath its inventory settings. Nevertheless, elevating the laptop computer from the desk by Three-5 cm majorly impacts the CPU/GPU temperatures, reducing them by 7-10 levels Celsius, and permitting the CPU to run at increased 2.Four-2.5 GHz inside the identical 25 W energy restrict.

Unplugging the laptop computer whereas operating the identical take a look at immediately causes a variation in each the CPU and GPU efficiency, which suggests you’ll have a tough time utilizing this laptop computer on battery in demanding hundreds.

Lastly, we ran the grotesque prime95 + Furmark take a look at and confirmed an much more aggressive throttling. On this take a look at each the CPU and GPU drop beneath their inventory frequencies and run at diminished energy, though their temperatures would enable improved efficiency.

Subsequent, we’ve run your entire suite of checks and benchmarks, on inventory settings.

  • 3DMark 11: 16766 (Graphics – 20024, Physics – 11530);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 12708 (Graphics – 15331, Physics – 11473);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5704 (Graphics – 5974, CPU – 4543);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3287;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 3595;
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5575, Multi-core: 24159;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1215, Multi-core: 6066;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1062 cb, CPU Single Core 182 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 2308 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 208.84 fps, Cross 2 – 64.72 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 56.12 s.

Then we reran a few of them on the -100 mV undervolted profile. We lowered our undervolt to -100 mV for the remainder of our checks to stop any form of stability points that received’t be acceptable on a workstation:

  • 3DMark 11: 17610 (Graphics – 20271, Physics – 12225);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13691 (Graphics – 15306, Physics – 14672);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5811 (Graphics – 5959, CPU – 5096);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3249;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 4002;
  • PassMark: Ranking: 5850, CPU mark: 15174, 3D Graphics Mark: 11568;
  • PCMark 10: 5491 (Necessities – 9267 , Productiveness – 7130 , Digital Content material Creation – 6802);
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1215, Multi-core: 6320;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 1272 cb, CPU Single Core 188 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 2609 cb, CPU Single Core 447 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 214.18 fps, Cross 2 – 72.16 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 51.88 s.

These numbers verify what we already present in our earlier checks: the GPU runs excellently on this construct, however the CPU struggles to maintain up, particularly with inventory settings. And whereas undervolting has a big impression, the laptop computer nonetheless scores roughly 7-15% decrease than a prime i7-9750H implementation in all our benchmarks.

You must, after all, take out findings from this pre-production pattern with a grain of salt and search for different opinions, however for what it’s value, we drew the identical conclusions in our ConceptD 5 Professional assessment. However, the 17-inch Helios 300, with whom this pocket book shares its inner design and thermal module, scored higher, however that one allowed the CPU to run at higher-power in advanced CPU + GPU hundreds. It additionally ran noisier, spinning the followers sooner to deal with the warmth. We’ll additional contact on this matter in our subsequent part.

Subsequent, we additionally ran some Workstation associated hundreds, most of them on the identical -100 mV undervolted settings:

  • Blender 2.80 – BMW Automotive scene- GPU Compute (CUDA): Time – 1:18.34 (UV);
  • Blender 2.80 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: Time – 18:03.10 (inventory), 16:26.16 (UV);
  • Blender 2.80 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute (CUDA): Time – 5:07.78 (UV);
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: 25513 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 152.79 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 190.13 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 178.76 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 30.48 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 174.87 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 64.64 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 79.43 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 211.02 (UV);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 113.58 (UV).

We lastly ran a couple of video games on this ConceptD 5 Professional 17-inch, simply to get a grip of the particular efficiency and CPU/GPU conduct from the logs. We examined these titles on the display screen’s native UHD decision, in addition to at FHD, which is extra acceptable for gaming with an RTX Quadro 3000 GPU.

Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 30 fps 83 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 70 fps 24 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four) 62-90 fps 32-40 fps
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.

The HWinfo logs beneath present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Witcher Three and Far Cry 5. The system performs alright, with wonderful GPU efficiency and a few variations from the processor, which continues to be constrained inside a decrease 22-26 W TDP. On prime of that, each the CPU and GPU attain excessive temperatures: 90+ for the CPU, 80+ for the GPU. Undervolting reduces the CPU temperatures and frequencies, however with a minimal impression on the GPU.

Elevating the laptop computer helps much more although, reducing the GPU temperatures to just a bit over 70 levels, and from the graphs beneath you’ll be able to see that the impression is nearly fast. There’s no vital achieve in GPU efficiency, as that’s already wonderful, to start with. The drop in temperatures ought to, nevertheless, translate in improved long-term reliability, and likewise has an impression on the outer-shell consolation, which will get extremely popular by default, particularly on the rear-side of the underbelly.

Lastly, gaming on the battery is feasible on this laptop computer, because the CPU and GPU run continuously and with out fluctuations on this take a look at. In fact, you’re not going to get almost the identical fps counts as when plugged in, because the CPU and GPU are each considerably throttled on this state of affairs.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The 17-inch ConceptD 5 Professional will get the identical thermal module we’ve beforehand seen on the 2019 Predator Helios lineup, which incorporates two high-cfm Aeroblade followers, three heatpipes and two massive switch plates that cowl each the CPU and the GPU.

Not like on the Helios 300 although, this implementation primarily favors low-noise, and that results in considerably increased inside and exterior temperatures with out-of-the-box settings. Undervolting the CPU helps decrease them to some extent, and elevating the laptop computer from the desk to enhance the airflow beneath helps much more. Nevertheless, with the laptop computer flat on a desk, the thermal module simply can’t draw sufficient contemporary air to correctly cool the CPU and GPU on this pattern.

The followers don’t ramp up previous 40-41 dB at head-level in video games and benchmarks, so the ConceptD 5 Professional stays quiet, very like the opposite 2019 Studio notebooks. They preserve spinning with day by day use, however are just about inaudible in a traditional room. We haven’t observed any form of coil whine or digital noise on our pattern, but that’s not a assure you received’t expertise any on yours.

For comparability, the identical followers contained in the Helios 300 ramp as much as about 45-46 dB with regular use, and as much as 55 dB on Cooler Enhance. General, I recognize having a a lot quieter laptop computer, however on the identical time, I don’t suppose this chassis fits that method. That’s why I’d additionally favor to have an alternate “Efficiency” setting within the ConceptD Palette software program (which proper now’s somewhat ineffective), one thing that might give me the choice to enhance the thermals and efficiency whereas sacrificing noise.

*Load, Flat on the desk – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes (followers ~ 40-41 dB)
*Load, Raised – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes (followers ~ 40-41 dB)

For connectivity, the ConceptD 5 Professional will get Intel’s newest WiFi 6 AX200 chip in a 2×2 implementation, in addition to Gigabit Lan via a Killer E2500 module. We’ve principally used our pattern on wi-fi, and it carried out flawlessly each close to the router and at 30+ ft away, with obstacles in between. Similar to with the 15-inch mannequin, that is additionally one of many quickest wi-fi we’ve examined to date with our setup.

So far as audio goes, there’s a set of audio system firing via cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly. they’re bigger and general higher than on the 15-inch ConceptD 5. We measured volumes of about 78-80 dB at head-level, with none distortions, and middling sound high quality, with correct mids and a good bit of bass, lows being noticeable from round 90 Hz.

There’s additionally a 720p webcam on the ConceptD 5 Professional, positioned on the prime of the display screen and flanked by microphones. It’s somewhat washed out, mediocre at greatest, very like with most different present laptops.

Battery life

There’s solely a 58 Wh battery inside this 17-inch ConceptD 5 Professional, identical to on the 15-inch mannequin, which interprets in restricted runtimes, particularly when paired with the UHD display screen.

Right here’s what we received on our assessment unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~50 brightness).

  • 15 W (~3h 45 min of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13 W (~Four 30 min h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12 W (~Four h 45 min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 21 W (~2h 40 min of use) – searching in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 55 W (~1 h of use) – Luxmark, Max Efficiency Mode, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.

Acer bundles this ConceptD 5 Professional configuration with a compact 180 W power-brick, adequately sized for the inside. There’s no fast charging, so far as I can inform, so the battery fills up in about 2 hours.

Value and availability

The 17-inch Acer ConceptD 5 Professional is listed in some components of Europe as of the start of November 2019, however not but accessible within the US.

Based mostly on these listings, the Core i7/Quadro RTX 3000 configuration reviewed right here, with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, MSRPs at round 2700 EUR.

Acer additionally gives the laptop computer with GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 client graphics, and people go for between 2100 and 2500 EUR. All of them get the identical UHD display screen. In fact, you’ll need to ask your self if getting a client GeForce graphics chip as a substitute of a Quadro GPU is definitely worth the price-cut, and it’d properly be, however that’s a dialogue for one more article.

We’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra. Within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs in your area, on the time you’re studying the article.

Remaining ideas

The Acer ConceptD 5 Professional is primarily a piece laptop meant for individuals who enormously worth a high-quality 4K show and the advantages of a Quadro GPU. Potential customers merely need to conform to pay the premium for these two particularities.

Meaning if you happen to’re after a reliable all-rounder or a gaming laptop computer, you’ll most probably discover higher worth someplace else, maybe in Acer’s personal Predator Helios 300 lineup or a few of the different good 17-inch notebooks available on the market, just like the Asus ROG Hero/Scar, the Lenovo Legion Y740 17 or possibly the MSI GE75 Raider, amongst others.

Nevertheless, if the display screen and Quadro graphics are a should, then this ConceptD 5 Professional is value a superb look. From what I can inform proper now, it’s priced competitively compared to different gadgets with related specs. The great construct high quality, the quick typing expertise, and the impeccable show are amongst its principal promoting factors. On the identical time, although, this isn’t as transportable as different choices, doesn’t run considerably higher or cooler, and doesn’t supply the enterprise options you’ll discover with a few of the beefier alternate options both, so it could be a tough promote in its area of interest. Acer’s help, guarantee and post-sale companies must also be an element to contemplate on this phase.

My principal nits with this ConceptD are the dearth of sure IO choices (card-reader, Thunderbolt Three), the small battery and the limiting thermal design. The laptop computer merely will get too sizzling with the quiet-fan profile Acer selected to implement, which impacts the consumer expertise in demanding hundreds and likewise has a possible long-term reliability impression. Tweaking the helps, however not sufficient to compensate for the slow-spinning followers.

That’s why, the 17-inch Acer ConceptD 5 Professional CN715-71P is a pocket book it’s best to contemplate in its phase, however not earlier than trying out the competitors as properly. The Asus StudioBook Professional W700, the MSI WS75, and the MSI Creator 17M are simply a few of the ultraportable alternate options, alongside the Blade 17 Professional Studio Version if you happen to’re in search of extra succesful graphics and also you’re prepared to spend nearer to $4000 in your cell workstation.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been overlaying cell computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you may principally discover opinions and thorough guides written by me right here on the location.

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