Acer Helios 300 2020 Game Retesting – 20 Games Tested!
. Ive done a similar video to this with the Helios 300 already, but that was back in June 2019 with older games, older BIOS, older Windows and older drivers. Given Acers. Helios 300 is such a popular model that still offers great value going into 2020. I thought it would be useful to provide updated test results, including newer game titles, plus this way Ill have fresh data for future. Comparisons. Well also compare some games with those tested previously and see if these updates have changed performance over time., The configuration Ive got has an Intel: i7 9750H CPU 80 watt Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel and a 15.6 1080p 144Hz screen.. You can find updated pricing for this configuration and others linked in the description.. The Helios 300 allows us to enable turbo mode with the press of a button, and this sets the fans to max speed and overclocks the graphics by this much. By default. The Helios 300 comes undervolted by 0.125v on the CPU.. These modifications should give it an edge over the competition out of the box. Well start out. By going through all games at all setting levels then afterwards well see how the Helios 300 compares with some other gaming laptops. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool and wasnt out. The last time I tested the Helios 300. High settings was just below a 60 FPS average, while medium took us all the way.
But this is a pretty resource. Intensive game to run., Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and the performance was decent and still playable. At ultra settings, where even the 1 low performance was above 60 FPS, however, lower settings were needed to take advantage of the 144Hz screen. Control was running alright with the high setting preset. I think the game still runs well even with lower frame rates, but medium was a much better experience where even the 1 low performance was near 60 FPS and ahead of even the average that high settings could offer. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at Maximum or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesnt have predefined setting presets. The 144 FPS frame cap was being hit at minimum settings, and the performance at max settings was still great. Call of Duty. Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode and Ive also tested it with the settings either maxed out or at minimum.. I thought it was still running well, even with max settings in use, the 1 low was still above 60 FPS and while minimum settings didnt change that much there was a larger 20 FPS boost to average FPS. Borderlands 3 was tested using the games built in benchmark And high settings was needed to maintain a 60 FPS average. In this test, though low settings and below was capable of delivering above 100 FPS. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results were quite impressive when compared against other laptops.
With the same specs., There was even a nice boost compared to the Helios when I tested it last year. Well, look at the comparison. Graphs soon. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also tested with the benchmark tool and with ultra settings it was still possible to hit 60 FPS averages. Granted the 1 low performance was down substantially here, but could be improved nicely with lower settings.. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and as a less demanding game, epic settings was running well with above 100 FPS, while high settings would be a nice match up for the 144Hz screen. Overwatch is another less demanding game and was tested in the practice. Range. Epic settings was hitting average FPS above the refresh rate of the screen, and we could even go higher than this. For 1 lows with high settings and below while low was able to hit the 300 FPS frame. Cap. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and the results are pretty similar to most other laptops. Ive tested with these specs, perhaps a slight edge as the CPU is undervolted, and this is more of a CPU heavy test. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane and it also seems to depend more on the CPU than the graphics.. The results were similar to most other i7 gaming laptops, Ive tested, regardless of GPU, and absolutely no issues even at max settings as it doesnt take much to run this game. Rainbow.
Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and is another title that doesnt need too much to run, which is why weve almost got 100 FPS for the 1 low, even with the ultra setting preset. While high settings was averaging above the refresh rate of the screen. Metro, Exodus was tested using the built in benchmark. Most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this. So dont take these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game its more of a worst case.. The Division 2 was also tested with the built in benchmark, and although it was possible to average above 60 FPS at ultra settings, the 1 low performance at ultra to medium was down significantly, though this is something Ive seen from other laptops too, so likely some issue With the game. PUBG was tested using the replay feature., The frame rates look pretty decent, almost 100 FPS, even with the ultra setting preset, while low settings was capable of surpassing the refresh rate of the screen with a 1 low thats still above 100, FPS. Assassins Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and as a resource heavy game. The frame rates arent all that much better compared to many other laptops, though 60 FPS with very high settings, is a decent result and likely helped by the Helios being well tuned out of the box.. Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games benchmark again, the results were quite similar to most other laptops with similar specs that Ive tested.
. The Witcher 3 was playing. Ok with ultra settings. However, simply dropping down to high settings would push the average frame rate up significantly and would offer a better all round experience, while still looking pretty good., F1 2019 was tested using the games benchmark tool and although max settings had decent average FPS, the 1 low performance Was down substantially, however, stepping down just one level to high increased performance significantly where even 1 low performance was now ahead of the average FPS of max settings. Lets also take a look at how this config of the Acer Helios 300 compares with other laptops use. These results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. Ive tested Battlefield 5 with the highest ultra setting preset. Ive got the new 2020 results highlighted in red and the results from June 2019 highlighted in green.. Interestingly, we can see that performance was a little worse now, and these results are averages taken from 3 test, runs. Its hard to say, whats caused the difference, as a number of things have changed since the original testing, including BIOS Nvidia drivers, Windows updates and games updates, Though, realistically these are still decent results and the 1 low is still higher than most other 1660 Ti laptops, Ive tested likely due to the CPU undervolt.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. The results are much closer together here.
The 1 low performance is slightly behind with the new results, while the average is slightly ahead. Granted, the results are so close Id consider. This within margin of error ranges anyway., Although there are no major differences between the two. The results of both are still noticeably ahead of all the other 1660 Ti laptops Ive got data for.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings.. This time there was a noticeable performance uplift with the newer results, which equates to a 4 higher average frame rate, not much but its something, and it puts the Helios 300 back in the lead out of all 1660 Ti laptops, Ive tested for this game.. So there dont appear to be major changes, even after all this time, when looking at a few different games, but it looks like results, will vary by game.. Battlefield 5 saw slightly lower performance 7 months later Far Cry 5 saw essentially no change. While Shadow of the Tomb Raider saw an improvement. In the end, the Acer Helios 300 is still offering great performance, especially for its price.. When I originally reviewed it, it was going for 1200 USD now its often found for under 1100 USD, and it even went as low as 930 USD on sale during Black Friday, which is quite crazy for the performance on offer. Even going into 2020. Its still easy to suggest the Helios 300 for gaming as its tuned well out of the box, giving it an edge in most games when compared to many other gaming laptops with similar specs, which typically cost more the lower price just makes it better value.
You can Of course, tune many other laptops, similarly yourself for similar performance gains, but for those that just want to buy something and not worry about the details, its still a good pick. With Ryzen 4000 Intel, 10th gen and new Nvidia graphics just around the corner, though its tough To say whether you should buy today. Its still going to offer a great experience for years to come. So if you need something now then go for it.. I doubt well see that big of a boost with the new 10th gen Intel CPUs as theyre still 14nm based. So there will probably just be a small clock, speed boost. When new Nvidia graphics come its likely well see some sort of Super variation to fill in the gaps that exist rather than an entirely new generation. So again, I dont expect the performance the 1660 Ti offers to suddenly suck.. The only real unknown is the Ryzen 4000 CPU launch. However, Acer told me at CES 2020 recently that theyre not refreshing their laptops with Ryzen at this time, and it still remains to be seen how that will compete against the Intel options in gaming.. In the end, it comes down to whether or not you want to wait a few more months to see what happens or if you need a great gaming laptop for the money today, then, the Helios 300 is still a good choice.. Let me know what you thought of the gaming performance from the Acer Helios 300 down in the comments.