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Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

Acer Nitro 5 evaluate (2019 AN517-51 mannequin – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

Nitros are Acer’s entry-level gaming laptops, units meant to supply glorious specs and worth for not some huge cash.

On this article, we’re masking the 2019-edition of the Nitro 5 collection, the 17-inch AN517-51 model. There’s additionally a 15-inch Nitro 5 AN515-54 mannequin, which we’ll contact in one other devoted evaluate.

In contrast to the Nitros of the previous, this replace is slightly totally different, with a extra compact and sturdier construct, a barely cleaner design and the options patrons would count on in a succesful 2019 gaming gadget, even when buying on a finances: a 144 Hz IPS display screen, the newest specs, with a ninth gen Core i7 processor and the Turing GTX 1660 Ti GPU on our check mannequin, in addition to a bigger battery than on the earlier era.

We’ve spent about two weeks with an early manufacturing mannequin of the 17-inch Acer Nitro 5, and gathered all our impressions beneath, with the robust factors and the quirks you have to be conscious of earlier than shopping for one in every of these.

Specs as reviewed

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51
Show 17.Three-inch, 1920 x 1080 px IPS 144 Hz, non-touch, matte, Chi Mei N173HCE-G33 panel
Processor Intel Espresso Lake Core i7-9750H CPU, six-core
Video Intel HD 630 + Nivida GTX 1660Ti eight GB GDDR5 (GeForce 430.86), with Optimus
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)
Storage 2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID zero help (2x 512 GB WDC PC SN520)
+ 2.5″ bay (1 TB WD Blue WD10SPZX)
Connectivity Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500), Wi-fi AC 1×1 (Intel 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 2 x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C, HDMI 2.zero, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock
Battery 58 Wh, 180 W charger
Dimension 405 mm or 15.9” (w) x 286 mm or 11.25” (d) x 27.9 mm or 1.1” (h)
Weight 6.05 lbs (2.74 kg), 1.52 lbs (.69 kg ) for charger and cables, EU model
Extras pink backlit keyboard, 720p webcam, stereo audio system

Acer affords this line in a bunch of various configurations, with Core i5 and i7 processors, Nvidia GTX 1650 or 1660 Ti graphics, numerous quantities of reminiscence and storage,  in addition to both a 60 Hz or a 144 Hz IPS panel. You shouldn’t look previous the i5/GTX 1650 fashions when you’re buying on a really low finances, however I’d be sure that to get dual-channel reminiscence, SSD storage, and the 144 Hz display screen, particularly when you’re into fast-action video games.

Design and development

As of 2019, Acer affords each a Nitro 5 and a Nitro 7 collection. The previous is the base-level model within the lineup, with a plastic case, whereas the latter is the upgraded variant with an entire metallic construct and cleaner aesthetics, with fewer flashy pink parts.

Even so, this 2019 Nitro 5 is unquestionably a step-up from the earlier mannequin. Sure, it’s nonetheless solely made out of plastic, and sure, there are nonetheless some pink accents on the within and out of doors, however the footprint is way smaller now and the general build-quality is considerably studier. There’s little or no flex in the principle chassis and the lid, and the plastic used for the inside doesn’t present smudges as simply as different black supplies, so that you’re going to have a better time maintaining this neat.

As for the general measurement, this 17-inch Nitro isn’t as moveable as a number of the different higher-tier 17-inchers available on the market, but it surely will get pretty small bezels and an general weight of 6 lbs, so that you’re not going to wrestle with it in your backpack. There’s additionally that energy brick to contemplate although, with the 180W model on this configuration weighing an additional 1.5 kilos, however when you go for the i5/GTX 1650 fashions you’ll get a smaller and lighter 135W brick as an alternative.

The design nonetheless leaves a pointy entrance edge and pointy corners although, identical to on the Nitro 5, which may chew into your wrists when utilizing the laptop computer on a cramped desk, with out ample arm help. That apart, this laptop computer is sensible and neatly put collectively.

The display screen is held in place by two robust hinges that enable it to lean again to about 165 levels, in addition to enable to open it up and alter the angle with a single hand. The standing LEDs have been moved to the perimeters, so there’s no pesky gentle to trouble you when watching a film at the hours of darkness, as soon as the keyboard turns off. Flipping the laptop computer the wrong way up you’ll discover that giant rubber ft are positioned on the stomach, maintaining the entire thing tightly anchored on a flat floor, as effectively the ample air consumption grills and the small, tiny, speaker cuts, which trace at some tinny audio system inside (we’ll get to that additional down on this article).

The IO is fairly good as effectively, with a number of USB-A slots, a USB-C connector, LAN and HDMI. There’s no help for Thunderbolt Three and no card-reader, and it’s additionally value mentioning that the facility plug and the headphone jack are inconveniently positioned on the entrance half of the precise aspect, which may intervene together with your mouse.

All in all, whereas there’s little question that is merely an entry-level gaming laptop computer, there’s little or no to complain concerning the Nitro 5’s construct and design, and just a few nits when analyzing its practicality. For what’s value, although, the usual has gone up considerably on this part of budget-friendly units, and whereas a hefty improve from the earlier Nitro 5s, this 2019 mannequin continues to be nearly on par with rivals just like the Asus TUF FX705, HP Pavilion Gaming 17 or the Lenovo Legion Y540 17.

Keyboard and trackpad

On a primary look, the keyboard hasn’t modified a lot from the earlier Nitro 5 lineups, however you’ll see that it feels slightly friendlier when you get to make use of it.

The format is customary and on account of cost-cutting measures, similar to the 15-inch fashions, with a fundamental set of correctly spaced and sized 15 x 15 mm keys and a smaller NumPad Part at its aspect, with full-size arrow keys this time round, a slight separation between the Numpad part and the remainder of the keys, in addition to the Energy button nonetheless applied because the top-right key. In contrast to different OEMs, although, Acer robotically disables this in Home windows, so that you’re not going to place the pc to sleep when you’ll by accident press it.

keyboard clickpad - Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

The Nitro 5 nonetheless will get a Black and Purple themed keyboard, with emphasised arrows and WASD keys. The keys are backlit, with brilliant pink LEDs beneath every keycap and three depth ranges to select from. The illumination continues to be not utterly even and light-weight creeps from beneath a number of the keys, as they’re pretty tall, however I doubt that’s one thing most will even discover. The dearth of precise indicators for CapsLock or NumLock, then again, that may get irritating at occasions, in addition to the truth that the illumination can’t be activated by swiping your fingers over the clickpad, you really must hit a key for it.

As for a way this keyboard sorts, effectively, it’s a reasonably good implementation, with softly coated keys, good journey, and agency suggestions. Identical to on the Nitro 7 I’ve examined earlier, I discovered the keys a bit too stiff for my typing model, which took a toll on my accuracy, however when you’re coming from an older laptop computer or a desktop keyboard, you’ll almost definitely get used to this keyboard in a really quick time.

The clickpad hasn’t modified from the outdated Nitros, both. It’s averagely sized and it’s a plastic floor with Elan and Precision drivers, thus handles on a regular basis use easily and reliably. The bodily clicks are bit stiff, but quiet, and the floor nonetheless rattles when tapped firmer, not like on the sturdier Nitro 7 variant.

As for biometrics, there are none on this laptop computer.

Display

Acer affords this 17-inch Nitro 5 AN517-51 with both a 60 Hz or a 144 Hz display screen, and we obtained the latter on our check unit, which is unquestionably the smarter possibility in a gaming laptop computer. Decrease finish configurations may be paired with the usual 60 Hz display screen, which continues to be alright for every day use, however slower, thus ghosting and tearing will happen with quick video games, so I’d advise you to intention for this 144 Hz variant as a lot as attainable.

Acer went with the succesful Chi Mei CMN175C (N173HCE-G33) panel on our check mannequin, the identical you’ll usually discover on larger tier units just like the Acer Predator Helios 300 or the MSI GS75 Stealth.

For some motive we weren’t capable of set up our calibration software program on this pattern, so can not supply the usual display screen readings, however it is best to head over to the Helios 300 evaluate for extra particulars.

In just a few phrases, although, count on brightness ranges of 300+ nits, distinction of 900:1, 77% protection of AdobeRGB and an evenly lit panel, with out gentle bleeding. That is additionally one of many sooner 17-inch panels available on the market, with 10 ms GTG response time, and whereas it makes use of PWM for the bottom brightness ranges (< 25%), the excessive 25 KHz frequency ensures that even probably the most flicker-sensitive amongst you received’t discover it on this panel.

and efficiency

Out check variations is a mid-tier configuration of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51, with the Core i7-9750H Espresso Lake processor, 16 GB of dual-channel 2666 MHz RAM, twin graphics and triple-storage.

It will get two M.2 SSDs connected in RAID0, in addition to a HDD for storage, whereas the Intel HD 630 iGPU built-in throughout the Core i7 processor is supplemented by an Nvidia GTX 1660Ti 6GB dGPU.

The 1660Ti is Nvidia’s mid-range finances pleasant Turing chip as of 2019, and a direct follow-up for the Pascal GTX 1060s, however efficiency smart it sits someplace near GTX 1070 ranges and inside 10% of the RTX 2060 Turing variants, as you’ll see beneath. Acer additionally affords the Nitro 5 with the extra primary GTX 1650 Ti graphics, as you may see how the 1650 and 1660Ti evaluate from this text, in addition to from this evaluate of the GTX 1650 outfitted Nitro 7 variant.

The CPU and GPU are soldered onto the motherboard, however the RAM, storage and the WiFi module are accessible. To get to them you’ll must take away the again panel, maintain in place by a handful of Philips screws, which is a reasonably easy process and offers unobstructed entry to all these parts, in addition to the cooling answer, battery, and audio system.

Earlier than we proceed to speak concerning the efficiency, it is best to know that our evaluate unit is a pre-production mannequin, however with the newest drivers from Nvidia (model 430.86) obtainable on the time of the article, so when you ought to take our findings with a grain of salt, I wouldn’t count on any important modifications on the retail variations you’ll discover in shops.

The Nitro 5 is primarily an all-around laptop meant for on a regular basis use, work and gaming, so it must cope with mundane actions typically, not simply the extra demanding duties. Our pattern dealt with these every day duties easily (looking, Netflix, Youtube, text-editing), as you’ll discover from the logs beneath, operating cool and quiet, and though the followers don’t change off with primary actions, you’ll solely hear them in very quiet environments,

On to extra demanding duties, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in 100% hundreds, and we try 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 within the Nitro Sense app and out-of-the-box settings. Most implementations of the i7-9750H CPU return high-scores for the primary Cinebench runs, after which settle slightly decrease because the CPU heats-up and may not keep its most Turbo speeds for quite a lot of seconds.

This one carried out simply as anticipated, and settled for speeds of two.eight+ GHz, a TDP of 45 W and temperatures of round 75 levels Celsius, in addition to scores of 950+ factors. Particulars beneath.

perf temps cinebench 1 - Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

These are pretty low frequencies and scores for the 45W TDP, and Energy Restrict Throttling is the limiting issue, however the habits will be additional addressed with undervolting, and our check unit ended up steady in benchmarks and real-use at -150 mV.

On this case, the CPU settled for scores of 1100+ factors, Turbo Enhance speeds of three.Three+ GHz, a TDP of 45 W and comparable temperatures of 75 levels Celsius. Particulars beneath.

perf temps cinebench undervolted - Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

Energy Restrict Throttling is the limiting issue right here, and XTU didn’t enable us to additional up the TDP restrict, in order that leaves or Nitro 5 pattern at roughly 85-90% of what the ninth gen i7 processor is able to delivering in a best-case implementation. Thermally, there’s a hefty headroom that would enable Acer to additional enhance the efficiency in the event that they resolve to up the Energy Restrict in a future BIOS replace, however I wouldn’t maintain my breath for it.

Regardless of this habits within the Cinebench loop check, the CPU really runs effectively with video games and benchmarks as soon as undervolted, as you’ll see beneath, however out-of-the-box it does wrestle with sure demanding hundreds.

We first ran our set of normal benchmarks on the default Max Efficiency profile with out-of-the-box settings, and right here’s what we obtained:

  • 3DMark 11: P16041 (Graphics: 19482, Physics: 10500);
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 12608 (Graphics – 14535, Physics – 13111);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5614 (Graphics – 5641, CPU – 5466);
  • Uniengine Superposition Excessive: 3116;
  • GeekBench four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5465, Multi-core: 21306;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 954 cb, CPU Single Core 175 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): 2072;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 202.45 fps, Move 2 – 63.84 fps.

Subsequent, we additionally ran a number of the exams on what we name a Tweaked profile, with the CPU undervolted at -150 mV and the GPU overclocked at + 200 MHz Core, + 1000 MHz reminiscence within the Asus GPU tweak II utility.

  • 3DMark 11: P17811 (Graphics: 21513, Physics: 11498);
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 13931 (Graphics – 15885, Physics – 14942);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6060 (Graphics – 6048, CPU – 6131);
  • Uniengine Superposition Excessive: 3360;
  • PCMark 10: 5485 (Necessities – 9265, Productiveness – 7613, Digital Content material Creation – 6348);
  • PassMark: Score:6442, CPU mark: 13748, 3D Graphics Mark: 10089;
  • GeekBench four 64-bit: Single-Core: 5241, Multi-core: 22351;
  • CineBench R15: CPU 1165 cb, CPU Single Core 172 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): 2392;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 214.98 fps, Move 2 – 66.62 fps.

Take into account that our configuration comes with a quick SSD Raid0 storage array, and that impacts a number of the outcomes, like PCMark and PassMark.

The Tweaked profile results in 7-12% good points in CPU scores, on account of undervolting, besides, a number of the extra demanding chores like Cinebench and X264bench can not match the platform’s most potential. The GPU scores additionally improve by 5-7%, because of the +200 MHz frequency enhance, which applies to each Base and Turbo clock speeds, however the efficiency is Energy throttled and can’t profit from the total potential of this improve.

It’s additionally necessary so as to add that the Tweaked profile additionally results in a small drop in CPU and GPU temperatures in demanding hundreds, as you may see within the following 3DMark logs, in addition to down beneath, within the gaming efficiency part. Even so, the CPU/GPU ran unusually sizzling with this check on this pattern, at round 90 levels Celsius every, so I’d count on improved thermals from the retail variations, in addition to probably improved efficiency.

With that out of the best way, let’s have a look at some gaming outcomes. We ran a few video games consultant for DX11 and DX12 architectures, each on the Commonplace and the Tweaked profiles:

  • FHD Default – Max Efficiency in Nitro Sense, followers on Auto, default settings;
  • FHD Tweaked – Max Efficiency in Nitro Sense, -150 mV CPU undervolt, followers on Auto with CoolBoost ON, GPU overclock with GPU Tweak II: + 200 MHz Core, + 1000 MHz reminiscence.

The Auto fan profile shortly ramped the followers as much as most ranges with video games, after which tamed them down with every day use. That’s passable habits, though higher fan management with the power to set a fan curve based mostly on temperature brackets can be welcomed. Choosing CoolBoost didn’t appear to have an affect on this check pattern, but it surely ought to on the retail variations, based mostly on our expertise with different Acer laptops prior to now.

Anyway, right here’s what we obtained in video games:

FHD Default FHD Tweaked
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 74-88 fps 82-94 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 83 fps 86 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 144 fps 156 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 82 fps 82 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 68 fps 75 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On four) 54-78 fps 56-84 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 Farcry 5, Battlefield V and Witcher Three on the Default profile, with the followers on Auto, which retains them operating at 6000+ rpm and noise ranges of 52-53 dB at head degree on our evaluate unit.

Switching to the Undervolted CPU profile, with out tweaking the GPU, results in a major drop in CPU/GPU temperates and a slight improve in GPU speeds.

perf temps gaming witcher3 justundervolted - Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

Switching to the Tweaked profile, with the undervolted CPU and overclocked GPU, results in additional good points in GPU efficiency.

Lastly, unplugging the laptop computer limits the CPU and GPU’s efficiency, however most video games are nonetheless playable on this case, because the CPU nonetheless averages Three.5 GHz and the GPU 1.68 GHz, one thing most different laptops can not rival on battery.

perf temps gaming witcher3 oc battery - Acer Nitro 5 review (2019 AN517-51 model – i7-9750H, GTX 1660Ti)

For those who don’t wish to dig via the logs, that is what we obtained in Witcher Three:

  • Commonplace profile (followers on Auto, 52-53 dB): CPU: ~Three.7 GHz, 91 C; GPU: ~1.6 GHz, 76 C;
  • Undervolted CPU + customary GPU  (-150 mV undervolted CPU, followers on Auto): CPU: ~Three.1 GHz, 76 C; GPU: ~1.68 GHz, 71 C;
  • Tweaked profile (-150 mV undervolted CPU, GPU +200 MHz Clock/ +1000 MHz Reminiscence, followers on Auto, nonetheless 52-53 dB): CPU: ~Three.9 GHz, 82 C; GPU: ~1.76 GHz, 71 C.

All in all, the parts on our pattern ran sizzling with out-of-the-box settings, which restricted each the CPU and GPU efficiency.

Undervolting the CPU helps, however the temperatures stay excessive with demanding video games (round 90 C for CPU, 75+ for GPU in FarCry 5, decrease in Witcher and Battlefield), and that stops the GPU from reaching the excessive frequencies we’ve seen on different GTX 1660Ti implementations with higher thermals, just like the MSI GL63, which stays the reference among the many 1660Ti units we’ve reviewed to date. Even so, the Nitro 5 is inside 5-10% of the MSI in most titles, and totally on par with the common 1660Ti implementation within the entry-level area of interest, so the excessive CPU/GPU temperatures stay the most important regarding issue right here.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system

The Nitro 5 will get a reasonably primary thermal implementation, with a design we’ve beforehand seen on many different Acer laptops. Two high-cfm Aeroblade followers are used, in addition to three heatpipes that cowl each the CPU and the GPU. Acer makes use of the identical design for the 15 and 17-inch fashions, and in consequence, there’s fairly a niche between the radiator on the left aspect and the laptop computer’s exterior.

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As proven within the earlier part, this cooling answer reveals its limitations on this i7/GTX 1660Ti (80W) configuration, at the least based mostly on our expertise with our pattern. For comparability, the GTX 1650 (50W) Nitro 7 configuration we’ve reviewed earlier saved the CPU/GPU at a lot cooler temperatures, whereas additionally operating quieter. Apart from the apparent reality of getting to chill a decrease energy GPU, the metallic chassis almost definitely helped with the warmth dissipation on the Nitro 7. Because of this, the Nitro 5’s plastic shell doesn’t warmth as simply or as a lot, however the internals run hotter and the followers spin sooner and noisier (52-53 dB at head degree).

The 2 followers maintain spinning with every day use (motion pictures, looking, textual content modifying), but they’re just about inaudible in a traditional surroundings and also you’ll barely discover them in a quiet room. It’s additionally value including that we haven’t seen any kind of coil whine or digital creaking on our pattern, however that’s not a assure you received’t get some with yours.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (36-38 dB)
*Load Default– taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (52-53 dB)
*Load Tweaked– taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (52-53 dB)

For connectivity, so far as I can inform there’s solely a 1×1 Intel 9560 wi-fi implementation inside this laptop computer, with Bluetooth 5.zero, in addition to Gigabit Lan via a Killer E2500 module. We’ve largely used our pattern on wi-fi, and it carried out effectively each close to the router and at 30+ ft away, with obstacles in between, however didn’t attain the excessive speeds attainable on different laptops, together with the Nitro 7.

So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing via small cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and so they’re fairly poor. We measured most volumes of about 78 dB at head-level, with none distortions, however the sound is harsh at most volumes, missing within the mids and the lows. The bass was solely noticeable from round 115 Hz, and judging by the tiny measurement of the particular speaker chambers contained in the laptop computer, the mediocre sound comes as no shock. I’d have really anticipated Acer to place some bigger audio system on this 17-inch variant, however they caught to the identical modules they’re utilizing on the 15-inch fashions.

There’s additionally a 720p webcam on the Nitro 5, positioned on the prime of the display screen and flanked by microphones. It’s grainy and fairly washed out, however really a bit higher than what most different OEMs placed on their mid-tier laptops as of late.

Battery life

There’s a 58 Wh battery contained in the Nitro 5, which isn’t massive by at present’s requirements, however on the identical time not unhealthy both for the entry-level gaming section.

Sure, I complained about its measurement on the Nitro 7 and Predator Helios 300, as these are higher-tier laptops, and sure, it will have been good for Acer to place a bigger capability battery inside this bigger 17-inch SKU, as there’s loads of house for it inside, however on the identical time this Nitro 5 can be one of many extra inexpensive variants in its area of interest, and that comes with some understandably required price cuts.

Right here’s what we obtained on our evaluate unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~20 brightness).

  • 15 W (~3h 45 min of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 20%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16.four W (~3h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 20%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16.Three W (~Three h 30 min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 20%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 20.four W (~Three h of use) – looking in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 20%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 50 W (~1+ h of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Max Efficiency Mode, display screen at 20%, Wi-Fi ON, fps restrict of 40.

I’d count on higher runtimes with Youtube/Netflix on the ultimate retail models, in addition to further enhancements when you go together with the 60 Hz display screen variants, of round Three.5 hours of every day use and 5 hours of video.

Acer bundles this Nitro 5 configuration with a reasonably chunky 180 W power-brick, adequately sized for the inside, although. Decrease finish GTX 1650 variants ship with a smaller 135W charger.

There’s no fast charging, so the battery fills up in about 2 hours. USB-C charging isn’t supported.

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Worth and availability

The 17-inch Nitro 5 is available in shops around the globe, beginning at $879 within the US and 1099 EUR in Europe.

That’s for the bottom degree Core i5-9300H / GTX 1650 fashions with eight GB RAM, 256/512 GB SSD and based mostly on area, almost definitely the 60 Hz display screen possibility. Take into account that when you’re getting this with simply eight GB of RAM, it is best to positively add one other eight GB stick of RAM to learn from dual-channel reminiscence in video games, it makes a giant distinction.

The upper-tier GTX 1660Ti configurations aren’t as widespread for now, however they begin at 1299 EUR in Europe.

You may observe this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs in your area, on the time you’re studying the article.

Closing ideas

We’re primarily going to attract conclusions on the 17-inch Nitro 5 right here, the unit we’ve reviewed, and evaluate it to the alternate options available on the market.

You must also needless to say our evaluate unit was pre-production, and though it ran on the newest drivers obtainable as of June 2019, the efficiency and thermal habits of the ultimate retail models may be barely improved, so I’d advise you to look into additional detailed evaluations if efficiency is one thing you’re primarily occupied with.

That being stated, the 17-inch Nitro 5 AN517-51 is unquestionably a really aggressive possibility in its class, as some of the inexpensive 17-inch laptops with the newest era Intel and Nvidia platforms. It checks many of the proper bins within the construct, IO, keyboard, efficiency, thermals and battery-life departments, and falls quick at inner temperatures on our reviewed configuration, in addition to on speaker high quality. Nevertheless, so long as you’re choosing the GTX 1650 fashions, the thermal module ought to maintain them in examine simply positive, as hinted by our evaluate of the equally designed, and smaller, 15-inch Nitro 7. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t neglect that this base model comes with a 60 Hz panel, thus slower and general poorer in high quality than the Chi Mei 144 Hz possibility on our evaluate unit.

The competitors consists of units just like the inexpensive Asus TUF FX705 collection, with an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU, the MSI GL73 (17-inch model of the GL63 reviewed right here) and the newer GF73, in addition to the Lenovo Legion 540 17 or the HP Pavilion Gaming 17, every with their execs and cons. These are dearer than the Nitro 5 on the time of this evaluate, however it is best to examine them out rigorously on the time of your buy, with the intention to get the very best worth product to your wants and finances.

That apart, when you’re primarily occupied with a GTX 1660Ti configuration, I’d additionally extremely advocate contemplating the higher-tier 17-inch Acer Predator Helios 300, which comes with a 144 Hz display screen by default, an RGB keyboard, a metallic chassis, barely higher audio system and a a lot improved thermal module.

That just about wraps up our evaluate of the 17-inch Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51, however we’re searching for your suggestions and impressions down beneath, within the feedback part, so get in contact when you’ve got something so as to add or any questions.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been masking cell computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you will largely discover evaluations and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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