So lets check it out in this detailed review and see what its offering., Starting with the specs Ive, got an Intel. I7. 9750H CPU Nvidia RTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel: a 15.6 1080p 60Hz IPS screen and a 512gb M.2 NVMe SSD. For network connectivity, its got gigabit, ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.. There are a few different configurations available, though including i5 CPU, 1050 or 1650 graphics, as well as AMD CPU and GPU options too. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The lid is black plastic. Most of it is a smooth matte finish, while the sides have a triangle: grooved texture., Inside its all matte black with plenty of red accenting and the build quality seemed about average for a plastic machine with no sharp corners or edges anywhere.. I found my Nitro 5 to weigh just under 2.2kg. Without a 2.5 inch drive installed. Once we add the 180 watt power, brick and cables, the total rises up to around 2.9kg.. The dimensions of the Nitro 5 are 36.3cm in width 26cm in depth and 2.5cm in height, so while not as thin as many others, its got noticeably thinner bezels compared to the older 2018 model. Let me know if you want to see a full comparison between those two.. The 15.6 1080p 60Hz 8 bit IPS screen has a matte finish. Viewing angles: looked fine and theres; no G, Sync here. Ive, measured the colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro and got 95 of sRGB 69 of NTSC and 74 of AdobeRGB.

At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 300 nits in the center and with an 8801 contrast ratio, so decent results for a gaming laptop., The Nitro Sense software allows you to enable or disable LCD overdrive, but I didnt personally find this to make a noticeable difference.. Many of you asked me to try and overclock the screen, as Linus was able to get his Nitro 5 up to 90Hz, with the 6 bit panel., Based on my panel being 8 bit, it would appear to be different. I wasnt even able to get mine to 70Hz, but this will vary by panel.. Backlight bleed was looking alright, I didnt actually notice any issues while viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was some screen flex due to the plastic build, but the hinges felt pretty sturdy and are found out towards the far corners.. It was possible to open it up with one finger. The weight was pretty evenly distributed and it felt fine sitting on my lap.. The 720p camera is found above the display in the center.. The camera looks alright and the audio sounds ok. Here's. What typing sounds like and here's what it sounds like when you set the fan speed to maximum., So it does get pretty loud, but it also attempts to isolate my voice, so you can still hear me. The keyboard worked. Alright, the keys were a little mushy, but overall I liked typing with it.

. Its only got red backlighting, which lights up all secondary key functions and brightness can be adjusted in 4 levels or turned off by pressing the function and F9 or F10 keys. Heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.? There was some keyboard flex due to the plastic body, especially in the middle, but I never found this to be an issue during normal use. Fingerprints show up easily but are kind of hidden by the matte finish and as a smooth surface, they were easy to clean.. On the left from the back theres, a Kensington, lock, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, 2.0 output, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C port, no thunderbolt, though, and two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports. On the right from the front theres, a 3.5mm, audio, combo jack, USB 2.0 Type, A port Status, LEDs power input and an air exhaust vent. On the back theres, an air exhaust vent on the left, with some subtle Nitro branding on the back red plastic. While the front is just plastic with more of that triangular texture that was found on the lid. Underneath theres air intake, vents found up towards the back and the rubber feet did a good job of preventing movement, while in use. The two speakers are found towards the Front left and right corners and Id say they were pretty average. There was no bass and they sounded a little tinny. At maximum volume. They got loud enough while playing music and the Latencymon results looked good.

. The bottom panel can be easily removed by taking out 11 Phillips head screws. Once inside from left to right. There are two M.2 slots, a single 2.5 inch drive bay and there was a cable for this provided in the box. The battery WiFi card, above that and two memory slots towards the right., My Nitro 5, came with single channel memory, which was unfortunate, Ive upgraded to dual channel for all of this testing to show best case performance. Powering the laptop is a 4 cell 58 watt hour. Battery. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and all keyboard lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos. It lasted for 5 hours and 29 minutes and it was using the Intel, integrated graphics due to Nvidia Optimus., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 1 hour and 8 minutes and it was able to sustain a solid 30 FPS, the entire time., The 180 watt power. Brick. That Acer include with the Nitro 5 appears to be adequate for these specs. I wasnt seeing any drain during my testing. Lets. Move onto the thermal testing.. Just to recap, on the bottom of the laptop weve, got some air vents towards the back for air intake. Then air is exhausted. Out of the back., While it looks like there are vents on both sides, air is only exhausted on one side and on the back right hand, side.

. There are a couple of heatpipes shared between the processor and graphics, and we can see why air is only exhausted from one corner.. Unfortunately, some of the head of the power cable does partially block the side. Air vent, though I didnt find this to actually cause any problems.. The Nitro Sense software allows us to control, fan, speed, theres, granular control of each separate fan. However, Ive only tested either with the auto or max setting., Unlike the Acer Helios 300 and Acer Triton 500. No CPU undervolting is done out of the box with the latest BIOS and version of Nitro Sense. In use., Thermal testing was completed in an ambient room. Temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments. At idle. Both the CPU and GPU were on the cooler side, no issues there. The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workloads and are meant to represent worst case scenarios, as I ran them for extended periods of time.. The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with only the stress, CPU option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system.. Any time I had the fans on auto speed, both the CPU and GPU were thermal throttling so 92 on the CPU and 86 on the GPU, and this was still happening even with the CPU undervolted, however, well see how this helped improve performance in the next graph.

. Simply by setting the fans to max speed saw nice improvements to the thermals under both workloads, while undervolting the CPU helped cool things. Just a little more., With the cooling pad added into the mix, temperatures drop down a little further.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown. Were seeing the lowest performance with the fans on auto speed due to the thermal throttling that was taking place on both the CPU and GPU in this state.. We do, however, see decent improvements to CPU clock speed with the CPU undervolted, so, despite still thermal throttling its now throttling less and we see higher performance. Setting the fan, speed to maximum helped improve clock speed over stock. For the same reason, though, we saw a much higher boost to the GPU here, as I wasnt doing. Gpu undervolting, just CPU. When combining higher fan speeds with undervolting were seeing much better results, though not quite the full 4GHz. All core turbo boost speed of the 9750H. In any of these workloads, but pretty close., These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info. During these same tests., We can see the GPU in the green bars failing to hit its 80 watt power limit when the fans are on the default. Auto speed due to the thermal throttling., Likewise, the CPU TDP is down for the same reason until things cool down.. Otherwise, once we are no longer thermal throttling power limit, throttling becomes the next limitation.

. The CPU was maxing out at the 45 watt PL1 limit, and I was not able to boost this further with Intel XTU.. These are the average CPU clock speeds, while under a CPU only workload so with no GPU load. In both cases were hitting that 45 watt power limit. So, even with the best undervolt, I could achieve it still wasnt possible to hit the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed. Most other machines are able to hit this in this test.. We can see why, when we look at the power limit in both tests were averaging the same TDP and again, I couldnt raise this with Intel XTU.. As a result, weve got basically the same. Temperatures in this case. Same amount of power equals same heat. To demonstrate how this translates into performance. Ive got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks., While the single core performance was about. As expected, the multicore scores were noticeably lower when compared with other laptops, with the same CPU Ive tested, and this was due to the 45 watt power limit on the i7 9750H. Undervolting did help improve performance, but this was still noticeably lower compared to the 2600 2800. I usually see., As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle. It was around the normal 30 degrees Celsius., While gaming or under stress test, with the fans on auto speed, its actually getting quite hot, mid 50s in the center, and it didnt feel comfortable to rest.

My fingers, on. With the fans at max speed in the exact same workloads, were seeing around a 10 degree reduction to the hot spots.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. There was some fan noise, however, it alternated between this and being completely silent., While gaming or under stress test with the fans on auto speed its about the same and noticeably quieter compared to most gaming laptops when, under this same load. With the fan at max speed, It gets a fair bit louder in comparison. However, I think this is a good thing, as we do have the option of customizing fan speed, so you should be able to find a sweet spot that works for you.. Overall, the Acer, Nitro 5 gaming laptop runs on the hotter side and thermal throttles on both the CPU and GPU, while gaming with the fans on auto speed.. Fortunately, we do have the option to increase fan speed and by doing this, thermal throttling was removed and the machine became noticeably cooler to the touch.. Despite the thermal throttling in the games I tested with the fans on auto, I wasnt actually seeing much performance loss compared with max fans, so you do have the option of running quieter but hotter. If you prefer. Its also worth remembering Im testing the Nitro 5 with the highest specs available, so with lower hardware, it probably wont get quite as hot, though even in this worst case, we could improve it.

. Unfortunately, it was not possible to raise the power limit of the CPU above 45 watts to boost performance, though to be fair. That would also raise thermals higher, and that is technically the Intel spec at least its not under like say the Dell G3 or Lenovo L340.. I didnt find the Acer, Nitro Sense, software or latest BIOS to perform GPU overclocking or CPU undervolting.. Given the performance and temperatures weve seen here, I think it would be good for them to undervolt the CPU like they do with the Helios 300 and Triton 500 models out of the box. That way, we wouldnt need to run the fans quite as loud to compensate.. Hopefully, this happens in a future update until then, you can, of course, change this yourself to improve the performance.. Next lets take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these with the fans at max speed to minimize the throttling just discussed, however, well also test games with different fan speeds, later., Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and it was playing well at ultra settings still above 60 FPS even for the 1 low Result with much higher average frame rates possible at lower settings but well see how this game compares with other laptops. Soon. 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.. It was playable at max settings, but we could boost average FPS by 46 at minimum settings.

. An Nvidia driver update came out while I was in the middle of testing that improves performance of this game. Though. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and even at maximum settings were still able to average 70 FPS, which is a fair result for these specs and well see how this game stacks up against other laptops. Soon. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark theres, not really much to note, except the 1 low and average at ultra settings were a little lower than expected for this level of hardware, around 10 FPS lower for 1 low than the Lenovo Y540. With same specs for instance., Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and even maxed out at epic settings were still able to average above 100 FPS. So its still playing well without compromise with well above 200 FPS reached at lower settings. Overwatch, is another well optimized game and was tested in the practice range again great performance, even maxed out at epic settings. The 1 low was easily surpassing 100 FPS. Absolutely no issues at all running this game. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and, as is pretty much always the case high FPS from this test.. The results arent too different from other machines, Ive recently tested with similar specs above 200 FPS. Even with all settings, maxed out seems to be a fair result. Rainbow. Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark.

. Even with maximum ultra settings were still close to 100 FPS, even for the 1 low, with a 100 render scale so again, high frame rates without any issues, here. PUBG was tested using the replay feature and while ultra settings were a little lower than most other laptops. I test the rest of the results are quite high.. Ive noticed this change over the last few machines, Ive tested, so Im, not sure if it was an update to the game that resulted in higher FPS at lower settings. Assassins. Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and seems to be a CPU heavy test. So, as a result, the frame rates arent that different from others Ive tested.. When I compare with the Y540 with same specs, the averages here are a little ahead, while 1 lows are a little behind, but it varies either way quite close for the most part. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane with an average amount of action Going on and the results were quite good here with above 200 FPS at low settings and still around 170 at ultra, without any issues that I was able to notice. Watch Dogs 2 hits system resources hard. However, I can play it just fine with a stable, 30 FPS and as were seeing higher than this, even for the 1 low at ultra settings, it was playing just fine for me, regardless of setting level., The Witcher 3 was playable at ultra settings.

It still played quite well the 1 low wasnt too far behind the 60 FPS sweet spot, while high settings and below took us to over 100 FPS for the averages.. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner, where Ive tested 20 games in total. Lets, also take a look at how this config of the Acer Nitro 5 compares with other laptops to see how it stacks up use these results. As a rough guide, only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the Nitro 5 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. Its right in line with the Lenovo Y540 with same specs, but behind Acers own Helios 300. Due to the modifications that has out of the box, which include CPU, undervolt boosted, CPU power limit and GPU overclock., These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. Again, the results are quite close to the Y540. Just a couple of FPS behind. As a CPU heavy test, it seems to just be ahead of the ASUS Scar II with RTX 2060. My guess is due to the 9th gen CPU in the Nitro 5. However, the Helios 300 is still ahead with same specs again, due to those customizations Acer, give it out of the box.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings.. This time the Nitro 5 was coming out ahead of the Y540 with same specs and was performing the same as the Scar II with RTX 2060.

, Its only just a few FPS behind the Helios 300 with same specs in this test. So a pretty good result. Comparatively.. Overall, the Acer, Nitro 5 gaming laptop is performing pretty well here. The i7 9750H and GTX 1660 Ti make for a great combination and can play pretty much any modern game even with higher settings.. As we saw earlier, we could improve performance with some simple changes, so lets see how these affect gaming, performance., Ive, also tested with the fans at stock and max speeds to see if the thermal throttling identified earlier affects results. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with The built in benchmark at highest settings. In this test. There was almost no change between auto and max fans, a single frame on average, while the custom changes just listed made. A larger improvement. Battlefield 5 was tested in Campaign mode at ultra settings., Again, not too much of a difference was seen between auto and max fans, while the CPU undervolting and GPU overclocking made a much larger difference. This put the 1 low performance near the averages from the others.. Far Cry, 5 was tested with the built in benchmark at ultra settings.. There was more of a difference between auto and max fans in this test, but also less of a difference with the custom settings in place, though, still an improvement. Nonetheless. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy and VRMark from 3DMark just pause.

The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD was performing. Alright, though results will vary. Based on the storage configuration you buy. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. I cant currently see this exact, spec config available, so Im not sure if its just not available yet. In the UK, its around 1000 pounds, while here in Australia, were looking at 2000 AUD. Here in Australia, thats about 200 AUD less than Helios 300. So 10, more money for the Helios, with better build quality and better tuned out of the box. But let me know if you want to see those two compared in a future video.. I also cant ignore that the Lenovo Y540 with same specs can be picked up in Australia for 500 AUD less than this when on sale, but that will vary by region. Lets conclude by covering the good and bad aspects of the Acer Nitro 5.. Overall, there are some nice improvements over the older Nitro 5, including better features, and just nicer looks. But again, let me know if you want a detailed comparison.. The Nitro 5 seems to be on the more entry level side in Acers gaming lineup, coming in below the Helios and Triton series.. As a result, the body is made of plastic and it did have some flex to it, but I didnt have any issues with the build quality during normal use.

With the specs Ive got here. There were no problems playing any games, however, with the fans at default. Speeds there was some thermal limitations.. This could easily be fixed by raising the fan. Speed, though, and the Nitro 5 does allow you to independently control the speeds of the two fans, something many others dont offer., The thermal and power limits would likely be less of an issue with the i5 or Ryzen configurations anyway.. Unfortunately, my unit came with single channel memory, Im, not sure if theyre selling them all like this or if some will come with dual channel, but that will negatively affect performance.. Although the screen in my unit looked good in terms of colours and brightness, it was only a 60Hz panel and while this may be fine with the lower specced configurations available, I think it would have been good to have a 144Hz panel, but Im not currently sure. If thats an option. Everywhere, I looked didnt actually specify the refresh rate.. The battery life was alright, no complaints there, it lasted long enough for the size and there were no frame dips. While gaming on battery power., The storage options were also pretty good. Two M.2 slots and a single 2.5 inch drive bay allows you to upgrade to plenty of storage space.. In the end, it comes down to price and, as I havent been able to find US pricing for this exact config its hard for me to compare it.

Id, be hoping that its at least 100 cheaper than the Helios 300, though, while here in Australia and other Countries, options like the Y540 are cheaper while offering similar performance and better build quality, so make sure you shop around. Historically in the US, though, Acer gaming laptops have been priced competitively.. Let me know what you thought about the new Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.