But so was the older 2018 version last year. So lets compare the two and see what the differences are help you decide, which you should get and find out if its worth upgrading from the older model. First lets cover the differences in specs between the two units. Im testing with. The older 2018 model had an 8th, gen Intel i7 8750H CPU, while the newer 2019 model has the 9th gen i7 9750H CPU.. The older model has a GTX 1060, while the newer has a GTX, 1660 Ti.. Both laptops came to me in single channel, so Ive tested both with the same 16gb memory kit from Teamgroup, which runs in dual channel. For storage. My old model has a 128GB M.2 SATA SSD and 1TB hard drive, while my new one has a 256GB M.2, NVMe, SSD and 1TB hard drive, but storage options will vary.. They both also have a 1080p screen and while the 2018 model is available with a faster 144Hz option, mine had a 6 bit 60Hz panel, while the 2019 model came with 144Hz.. Both laptops have a gigabit ethernet port and 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 5.. Both laptops are available with different specs, though you can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. This should be a good comparison, though, as weve got the top end config from 2018, compared against 2019s higher specced option at a similar price point.. On top both have metal lids, though the old model has a brushed finish, while the new one is matte.

. The predator logo is also smaller on the new model and lights up blue when powered on. While the old one has a red theme instead and does not light up. Inside both have pretty much the same keyboard layout, though again we can see the old model has the red accents with brushed metal finish, while the new one is matte and blue and has Accenting. The build quality of both was good. However Id say the older model felt a bit cheaper due to some extra and thicker plastic.. The new model is also a fair bit lighter both by itself and when combined with the power brick for charging., Both have a 180 watt power. Brick, though the new one was noticeable, thinner and weighed less.. As for size differences, the newer 2019 model is noticeably smaller in every dimension, and this allows it to have significantly thinner screen bezels compared to the old chunkier design of the older 2018 model.. The screen in the new model was definitely better. Its got higher brightness levels and much higher colour gamut. However, my old 2018 model does have the 60Hz screen. This would be different with the 144Hz option. In terms of backlight bleed. There was noticeably more with the older model, while the newer one was much better. Comparatively though this will vary between panels and laptops., Both had about the same level of screen flex granted, the 2019 model does feel more solid, its also thinner.. I could easily open both up with one finger.

The older model was a little more back heavy though, but both felt fine on my lap.. Both laptops have the 720p camera above the screen.. This is what the webcam and microphone look and sound like on the older Helios 300, and now this is what they look like and sound like on the newer Helios 300.. As mentioned, the keyboard layout is pretty much the same, and I had no problems typing on either. They both worked well in that regard, heres. What typing sounded like with both.? The old model is only available with red backlighting, which can either be turned on or off, while the new model seems to vary by region between just one colour or RGB. In 4, zones like mine., Both have accented WASD keys, while the new model also extends this. To the arrow keys., The new model has a turbo button above the keyboard which will boost, fan, speed, raise the CPU power limit and overclock the graphics for increased performance.. Turbo mode can be enabled, through the predator sense software on both though, but as well, see in the performance results later. This does a lot more for the newer model, plus its convenient to have the physical button available. If youre in a game., Both models have precision. Touchpads and worked well, I measured them to be the same size so like the keyboard very minimal difference. There. If I had to pick Id say the new model felt better when pressing, though it was less hollow feeling, as there was less flex.

. That seemed to just be around the mouse area, though, while actually pushing down hard on the keyboard deck. The old model seems to have less flex, though both were quite solid., Fingerprints and dirt show up easily on both, though Id say, theyre more noticeable. On the brushed finish of the older model compared to the new one. Lets check, IO Ive got the old Helios on the bottom and the new one on top. On the left. Both have a kensington, lock and gigabit ethernet, not too much else in common.. The new model has an air exhaust vent power input, two USB 3 Type, A ports and 3.5mm audio combo jack.. The old model has a USB 3 Type C port, no thunderbolt support, though HDMI output and SD card slot. On the right. The old model has far less connectivity to get in the way of your mouse hand, just the 3.5mm audio jack, two USB 2.0 Type, A ports and power input.. The new model has a USB 3 Type C port, again, no thunderbolt third Type, A port and mini DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, as well as another air exhaust.. So, to summarise, the older model has an SD card slot and USB 2 ports, while the newer model has air exhausts to improve cooling and the addition of a mini DisplayPort. On the back. Weve got the older model on bottom again, which has thick red plastic and just one air exhaust on the left hand, side.

The newer model on top, has air exhausts on either side, in addition to the side ones and well see how this helps with cooling soon.. Meanwhile, on the front theres, nothing really going on with either., Underneath both have similar amounts of air intake vents towards the back.. The older model allows you to easily remove covers to access the memory and 2.5 inch drive bay, so much easier access compared to taking off the whole panel, which is the only option with the new model.. Both panels can be removed with a phillips head screwdriver. The new model had far less screws and was also easier to open. The panel was just easier to take off, plus with the old model. You need to unscrew the 2.5 inch drive as its screwed into the bottom panel and plugged into the motherboard. Inside. We can see the cooling designs are a bit different, though still two fans for both. Both have two memory slots and a 2.5 inch drive bay, while the old model just has one M.2 slot, and the new model has two despite being physically smaller. The battery. In the older model takes up more space physically, however, its a smaller 48 watt hour battery compared to the larger 58 watt hour battery found in the new model., Both were tested with the screen at 50 brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled., While just streaming Youtube videos: the new model lasted 45 longer than the new model, a much better result.

, While playing the Witcher 3 with Nvidias battery boost capping frame rate to 30 FPS. The new model lasted around 38 longer and both were able to sustain 30 FPS the entire time. Well, the new one dropped frame rate at 4 charge left, but its still lasting longer. Ill. Also. Note that I didnt have any battery drain with either machine. During all of my testing. Now lets take a look at thermals.. Both laptops were tested in an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, so these results should be apples to apples. Ive only tested, combined, CPU and GPU stress test so with the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings running at the same time as the Aida64 CPU stress Test with stress cpu only checked. Any time max fan is specified, turbo mode was in use and heres what that does for each machine. However, the new 2019 helios 300 comes undervolted on the CPU out of the box, regardless of what mode we pick. Under this combined CPU and GPU load. Well, first, look at the CPU temperatures as there was too much data for one graph.. Ive got the older 2018 model shown by the red bars and the newer 2019 model shown by the purple bars.. Basically, in every instance, the new model was cooler. Its worth keeping in mind. The newer Helios is undervolted out of the box, so when I specify undervolted here, Ive pushed it further to 0.17v, while the older model was run at 0.

15v.. Basically, the old one was thermal throttling on the CPU, regardless of undervolting or using a cooling pad. There was no saving it.. These are the GPU temperatures for the same combined CPU and GPU workload, so the CPU was also fully utilized during this test. As a worst case. Again, in all cases, the newer model was running cooler with larger improvements. Seen as we make improvements., These are the clock speeds for the CPU of each machine, while under these same combined CPU and GPU workloads., The older Helios 300 in red was performing far worse due to the constant thermal throttling. However, we did see the clock speeds raise as we made improvements to the cooling, particularly with the undervolt., To be fair, when I originally tested the 2018 model, I was getting higher clock speeds than this unit, but I did also test in a cooler room and thermals Are definitely the limitation with the older model. In comparison, the new model is able to hit its full 4GHz all core turbo speed under this workload.. These are the GPU clock speeds, while under these same combined CPU and GPU stress tests.. In most cases, the GTX 1060 was clocking slower than the newer 1660 Ti. However, as they are different architectures, these results probably arent too directly comparable, though the 1660 Ti was also running up to 90 watts, while the 1060 went to 80 watts. Heres. What were looking at in terms of Cinebench R20 scores from both machines, as expected, the better CPU performance from the newer model is putting it ahead, though.

This has nothing to do with the fact that its a newer, 9th gen model. Its because the old model thermal throttles under this CPU only workload, while the new model does not and has a higher CPU power limit, while also being undervolted out of the box.. As for the areas where youll actually be putting your hands under combined CPU and GPU stress test the old model wasnt actually getting that hot, mid 30s on the keyboard, while thermal throttling at 90 plus inside is actually quite impressive.. The new model is around 10 degrees warmer in the center of the keyboard and was warmer to the touch, but honestly, not really hot enough to cause practical issues, and we can see the hot air exhausting out the sides, something the old model. Doesnt do due to less exhausts.. As for the fan noise produced by these laptops Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests., While under the same stress test with the fan at default, the newer 2019 model was running a little quieter, while performing much better, as we saw earlier. With The fan at max speed, however, the new model does get louder.. Personally, I think this is a positive, as you can customize the fan speed. This at least gives us the option of running louder and cooler if we want, whereas theres less room for choice with the 2018 version. Next let's compare some games. Ive tested both laptops with all Windows updates, applied and the same Nvidia 430.

86 drivers.. Both laptops also had turbo mode enabled so higher fan, speed and overclocked graphics. Assassins, Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and in the upcoming graphs. Ive got the newer 2019 model shown by the top bar and the older 2018 model underneath. In this test. Even the 1 low from the new model is close to the average FPS from the old one, while the average FPS is 32 higher.. Apex legends saw the lowest improvement with the new 2019 model out of all games tested with just a 14 higher average frame rate. When compared with the older model. Shadow of the Tomb, Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and there was a huge difference between the two laptops here, with the newer 2019 model scoring 43 higher in average FPS. For this test., Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the built in benchmark and was a game where even the 1 low from the 2019 model was ahead of the average FPS from the 2018 one. In terms of average FPS. The 2019 model was 36 higher.. Csgo was tested with the ulletical FPS benchmark and saw the biggest difference between the two laptops out of all games tested with a massive 66 higher average frame rate from the newer 2019 machine. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane with an average amount of Action going on and was pretty much right on the average out of all games tested with a 36 higher average frame rate with the newer model.

Fortnite was tested using the replay feature, and I retested the 2019 model since my review. So I could use the exact same replay on both laptops.. The 2019 model was scoring 32 higher average FPS in this test, with even the 1 low approaching the averages the older model could offer.. Pubg was also tested with the replay feature, and I also retested, with the same fresh replay file on both machines, though in this case there was now a larger 40 improvement to average frame rate with the newer Helios 300. Overwatch was tested in the practice range as It allows me to perform the exact same test, run on both machines and were seeing a 31 higher average FPS on the newer machine in this test. Rainbow. Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even the 1 low from the 2019 model was ahead of the average FPS from the 2018 model., As for average FPS. This one was also right. On average, out of all games tested and saw a 36 higher average frame rate on the newer machine. Watch Dogs 2. Didnt see too much of an improvement with the newer Helios. Just a small improvement to 1 low, with a 15 increase to average FPS, putting it in second last spot out of the games tested in terms of improvement., Ghost Recon was tested with the built in benchmark and also didnt, see that big of a difference well, at Least when compared to the other games.

, The newer 2019 model was still able to get 25 higher average frame rate with the 1 low right on the average from the older model. But despite this, this game saw the third lowest improvement out of the 14 tested.. The Witcher 3 saw a big 41 increase to average frame rate with the newer Helios 300 and like many other games, the 1 low from the newer model was close to the average from the older model.. Strange Brigade was tested using Vulkan with the built in benchmark and the 1 low from the new Helios was significantly above the average FPS from the older one.. This game saw the second largest improvement with the 2019 model out of all games tested with a large 48 higher average FPS. On average over all 14 games tested. The newer 2019 model of the Helios 300 was around 36 faster than the older 2018 model. In terms of average FPS at the highest setting preset. As we can see, it really varies by game, though. However, this is still a pretty massive performance improvement from a single generation., Its not just the hardware, differences that are at play here, as weve seen. The newer model cools better doesnt thermal throttle while gaming and is just better tuned overall, and these things really show in the gaming differences. Ive also got the overall scores for the 3DMark Fire Strike and Time. Spy benchmarks. With the newer 2019 model were getting a 43 higher score in Fire Strike and 51 higher in Time.

Spy. Ive tested storage with Crystal disk mark. However, results will vary with different drive sizes and models may vary by region. Too., The M.2 drive in the old model was SATA and also 128gb, while the newer model was double the size and also NVMe, so quite a bit faster.. The old model does also have the SD slot, which performed quite well with a V90 card. For updated pricing. Check the links in the description as prices will change over time.. The older 2018 model of the Helios 300 is going for 1000 USD, while the newer 2019 model is going for 1200 USD.. Is it worth paying 20 more money to get the newer Helios? 300? In my opinion, based on the information shown here absolutely., It performs so much better and is superior in almost every regard.. If youre really tight on money, the older helios 300 does still work. Ok for the price, but the thermals are a concern. Id seriously suggest saving up for a bit longer, if possible, to get something that will better last into the future. Overall. The new 2019 model of the Acer Helios 300 is a significant upgrade over the older 2018 model in just about every aspect.. The 2019 model is smaller in every dimension. Lighter has a smaller power. Brick is available with more powerful specs and yet runs cooler than the older model.. The new model also has a bigger battery two M.2 slots compared to the single in the old model.

A better screen, less chunky design, runs better in games and comes well tuned for optimal performance out of the box.. Something I did like with the old model was the option to easily access the memory or 2.5 inch drive bay by simply removing a single screw. But honestly, at this point, that seems to be one of the few positives going for it.. If youve currently got the 2018 Helios 300, is it worth the upgrade? I almost never recommend upgrading between a single generation of machine as theres, usually not that many improvements. However, I dont think thats the case here.. If youre able to sell the 2018 model for a fair price, I think youll really enjoy the upgrades. The newer model has to offer.. Let me know which one youd go for and why? Down in the comments the older but cheaper, 2018 version of the Helios 300 or the significantly improved newer model And if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future comparisons and tech.