Acer Predator Helios 300 2018 Gaming Laptop Review
My unit has an Intel, i7, 8750 H, CPU, so 6 cores 12 threads with the 4.1 gigahertz single core turbo boost. I'Ve got 16 gig of memory running at ddr4 2666, but the two slots can support up to 32 gig. This model came with a single stick in single channel, but I actually swapped it 2 to 8 gig sticks and dual channel because that's a common configuration that it's available with – and I want to compare it with other laptops in the future. For the storage there's, a 128 gig SATA SSD in the single m2 slot, although faster and via me, storage, is also supported and there's. A 1 terabyte hard drive in the single 2.5 inch drive bay. As for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1066 gig and this powers, the 15.6 inch 1080p 60 hertz IPS panel, although it's also available with the 144 hertz option 2 for network connectivity, there's a Gigabit Ethernet port support, fader 2 to 11 AC Wi Fi in Bluetooth. The Helios 300 has a black and red color scheme to it. It looks the same as the previous seventh gen model. The lid and interior are both the black brushed aluminium and overall, it felt quite sturdy. The edges felt a little sharp if you purposely brush up against them. It wasn't really an issue during normal use, though the dimensions of the laptop, a ' centimeters in width 26, point six centimeters in depth and two point: seven centimeters in height, so not exactly thin but a fairly typical size for a gaming laptop testing.
The weight. My unit came in just above 2.5 kilos and with the 180 watt power, brick and cables for charging the total weight increases to just under three point three kilos. As mentioned my 15.6 inch. 1080P IPS panel is 60 Hertz, but most of the ones for sale. I'Ve seen do have faster 144 Hertz panels, which will be better for gaming. Although no g sync available here, the viewing angles were good colors, looked clear to me on any angle: side to side or up and down at 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 246 nits in the center and with the 940 to 1 contrast ratio. Overall, it looked alright if a little dim, I've measured the current color gamut using the Spyder 5 prior and my results returned 64 of srgb, 45 of NTSC and 47 of Adobe RGB, so nothing special, but perfectly fine for gaming. I'Ve taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a worst case. Backlight bleed test and although the panel doesn't look great in the photo there wasn't actually any super obvious bleed to my own eyes. But this will, of course, vary between laptops and keep in mind. All these results applied to the 60 Hertz panel that I tested with the 144 Hertz panel would be different. Screenflex was on the lowest side as it's barely thick plastic with a metal lid. It can easily be opened with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, so you could use it on your lap with that.
A falling off above the display in the center is a 720p camera. The camera and microphone will berth about average for a laptop. Neither were anything special but you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The keyboard was alright to type with and has bread backlighting, which can only be turned on or off no brightness adjustments, the WASD Keys have red side highlighting and his have a key sound to type. With a little on the quiter side, there was minimal keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard. It was quite sturdy. The touchpad was smooth to the touch and what dole bright it clicks down anywhere and I didn't have any issues while using it for the io on the Left, there's a Kensington, lock, gigabit, ethernet port, USB 3.1 gen2 on type C port. No Thunderbolt support here. Unfortunately, HDMI output, USB 3.0 type, a port and SD card slot on the right there's, a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack 2, USB 2.0 type, a ports followed by 2 status LEDs and the power input on the back there's. Just an air exhaust fan on the left hand side as well as this red plastic trim, there's, nothing at all on the front, just smooth plastic on the back of the brushed black metallic lid there's, the predator logo, in the center, with the silver brushed finish as Well, as some red plastic strips fingerprints show up quite easily on both the like interior and lid, but they're pretty easy to wipe away as it's a smooth surface underneath there's some rubber feet, which did well at preventing sliding, as well as air, intakes toward the back.
The two speakers are found under here two on the left and right sides. They weren't too bad a little tinny. At latter volumes, though, there wasn't any base, the laptop can be opened up easily with a Phillips head screwdriver, and there are two panels that can be removed for easy access to the memory and 2.5 inch drive bay to get to the rest of the components. The rest of the base needs to be removed, giving us access to the Wi Fi card battery and single limb to slow powering. The laptop is a four cell 48 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness, keep it lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for four hours in two minutes. It was using the Intel, integrated graphics during this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings, an invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for an hour and was able to sit at 30fps the entire time without dipping. Overall, I thought the battery life was alright, similar to other gaming laptops with a specs that I've tested, but in some resource heavy games like Assassin's Creed origins. After a long time, I did notice the battery would start to drain if and well plugged in. Although the performance didn't really seem to be affected, and it would take a very long time for this slow rate to deplete the battery so it's – probably not a serious issue – thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, it's cold here at The moment as it's winter in Australia so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment.
The heat pipes were shared between the CPU and graphics, so a change in one component may affect the other at idle. Both the CPU and graphics were quite cool, as shown by the light blue bar at the bottom of the graph working our way up the graph we start with the gaming results in the green bar. This was tested playing watchdogs, dude and the results aren't too bad. So far, if we manually max out the fans, the temperatures drop back a few degrees on both CPU and graphics, as shown in yellow back with the fans on stock, but with the CPU under bolted by minus 0.15, our volts and GPU overcooked by 200 megahertz. We see the temperatures increase shown by the orange ball and with the fan maxed out in red, the temperature drop back a bit so we're now getting better temperatures than playing at stock settings in the green bar, but are also getting better performance. Now, as we'll see later, the stress tests were done by running a 264 and the heaven benchmark at the same time, in order to attempt to fully utilize both the processor and graphics moving up in the graph and starting with the dark red bar, I started to See both power limits throttling and thermal throttling we'll see how this affected clock speed in the next graph once the fans are maxed out shown by the pink bar just above the temperatures drop back a little and we actually stopped thermal throttling.
Although power limit throttling is, of course still present with the CPU under volt and GPU, overclock applied the temperature of the CPU doesn't change, but we'll see in the next graph how this improved performance and the GPU temperatures rise a bit from the overclock. Finally, with both the CPU Wonderbolt GPU overclocked applied and fans maxed out shown in the dark, blue bar temperatures drop a bit but paola myth Roebling was still present. These are the average clock speeds for the same temperature tests just shown. You might need to pause and refer back to the previous graph to get the full picture first off starting down the bottom in the gaming results, we can see that just boosting the fan, speed in yellow slightly improved clock speed. This rose much more in the orange and red bars with the CPU Wonderbolt applied as it helps reduce the power limit throttling taking place, as this particular game uses a fair bit of CPU. The 8750 H has a 3.9 gigahertz all quarter bow speed, and we can see that in the red bar with the under multiplied. We weren't too far from reaching this. In the same test, the graphics core clock speed was averaging just under 1900 megahertz, not bad. Moving up into the stress test results: the clock speeds in the dark red bar are the lowest due to the power limit and thermal throttling, and with the fan maxed out in pink, this doesn't really change anything as we're still hitting the power limit just slightly cooler.
Now, once the CPU under volt is applied in the purple bar we're, getting much better performance on the CPU, but with the fans maxed out, this appears to increase just a tiny bit, so the power limit is preventing us from reaching the 3.9 gigahertz or core turbo Speed of the 87 50 H CPU in this particular stress test workload for games. This will, of course, be less of an issue unless your game is maxing out all course consistently like watchdogs. These are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GP load, Pawel limit throttling was always present in his test. Even without the GP you lured and even with the cpu under multiplied Intel x2, you showed it sitting on a 45 watt TDP in a full multi core stress test, and I wasn't able to change this by modifying the values in X to you so I'm guessing It'S defined at a low level and can't be changed to demonstrate how this affects performance. I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, and we can see that we get a nice boost in performance with the minus 0.15 volt on the vault applied at the top of the graph. As mentioned power limit throttling was present in all CPU in these stress tests. So we're still not getting full performance here. This is about what I expected, based on other 8750 H laptops that I've tested, ideally with no throttling the CPU should be able to pass 1200 points.
So we're not too far behind the mark once under bolted, single core workloads are the same regardless as no throttling takes place so less threaded workloads. Many games, for instance, will likely just be fine and get full performance, but if you need full performance in multi core workloads such as video exporting or games that actually support multi core well, for example, then you may want to look at under building the CPU or Even if you just want to try and reduce temperatures, it can help. Here are the GPU in the clock speeds, while under a graphical Ernie stress, test, asus, predator sense software lets you apply GPU over clocks easily in two different levels, known as fast are in Tubber. The faster profile over clocks, the GPU core by 45 megahertz and memory by 50 megahertz, while the turbo profile doubles this 290 megahertz on the call and 100 megahertz on the memory. I was able to get a little further improvement by manually overclocking it with msi afterburner. As shown in red, but this will probably vary between laptops, as it depends on the particular chip, as for the external temperatures will actually be putting your hands at idle. The body of the laptop is sitting in the low 30s fairly cool while gaming. This increases to the mid 40s to what's the center of the keyboard and high 40s towards the back. This was just a little warmer than running my stress test and with the same test running, but with the C b12 vaulted and fans maxed out.
We can see an improvement of a few degrees. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop or lay of a listen to some of these tests at idle, it was always silent, early just audible, while gaming with the otter fan profile. It was about as loud as most gaming laptops, I've tested under the combined CPU and GPU stress test. This rose just a little and then finally, with the fans manually maxed out, it was fairly loud. You'Ve got the option of controlling the fan speeds of the CPU or graphics independently through aces predator sent software, so that should help in finding a good balance between temperatures and fan noise. Overall, the performance was about what I expected of a laptop like this. With the 87 58 CPU just to be clear, the power limit throttling isn't an issue unique to the Helios 300 I've, seen this in pretty much every eye: 78758 laptop I've tested, but as covered here there are steps we can take to mitigate this and improve performance. Finally, let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. All games run at 1080p with the latest Windows and NVIDIA driver updates installed. Fortnight was running nicely at all setting levels, even at Ultra. The 1 lows are above 60fps, so the dips and performance weren't too bad. Despite being maxed out, and we could improve the average framerate significantly by dropping the settings down over which was tested playing with the bots and even better results here, even while maxed out it played extremely smooth, it seems to be a well optimised game and we're averaging Above 100 FPS at ethic settings, pub G was tested using the replay feature, and the average frame rates at Ultra were acceptable in this test, but I'd probably be looking to playing at around medium settings for a better experience, as shown by the differences in 1 lows.
Csgo was tested using the, u Etica benchmark and even maxed out we're, seeing above 200 frames per second on average Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even at Ultra settings. The 1 lows is still above 100 with averages that are quite high. So it should play quite nicely, regardless of setting level far cry. 5 was tested with the built in benchmark and with ultra settings. It was still possible to average above 60fps here with 1 lows that weren't too far below the averages indicating that there are few dips in performance, assassin's creed origins was another that was tested with the built in benchmark and yet again pretty good frame rates. For this test, although I don't personally think you need that high of a frame rate to play this one dota 2 tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario. These results are not the same as playing the actual game. This benchmark is far more intensive than typical gameplay and, despite this, the frame rates here are quite good for this benchmark testing battlefield one in the first campaign mission read well at all. Setting levels with the one percent lows at Ultra is still above 60, so even the dips in performance weren't too bad here. I thought it played pretty well rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in bench mark and at max settings were able to average above 60 FPS, while the low levels got us closer to the 144 Hertz refresh rate option.
Ghost Recon was also tested with the built in benchmark and is a more demanding game, so enough great results at Ultra settings but should be playable at other setting levels. Watchdogs 2 was also somewhat demanding and I found it to play well. Let very high settings will lower, as I don't think it really needs a high frame rate to play. Doom was tested using Vulcan and regardless of setting level used, the results were quite nice at Ultra settings that still played smoothly. For me, with no problems, I've got a few more games covered in the gaming benchmark, video, if you're interested now for the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and superposition from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, I have said it before. The Nvidia 1060 is a great sweet spot for 1080p 60fps gaming with good settings and as we've seen in these gaming benchmarks, it's doing a really nice job. Some less demanding games, like csgo or overwatch, for instance, are able to achieve high frame rates to make use of the 144 Hertz screen option, but it really depends on the settings and specific game, as we saw earlier. We'Ve got the option of under vaulting the CPU and overclocking the graphics, so let's see how this actually helps improve gaming performance in the games tested the exact same windows, updates, game updates and Nvidia drivers were installed, so there shouldn't be any changes other than the CPU Under bolting and graphics, overclocking hub G was tested using the replay feature and an ultra settings we're just seeing a little 5 percent boost to the average frame rates, but just a 1.
5 percent improvement of very low settings. Far cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark and that ultra settings there was also a 5 percent improvement to the average framerate and around the same low settings Rainbow six siege was also tested with the built in benchmark and add ultra settings. There was just a 4 improvement to average frame rates, although the 1 lawyers didn't really change here. Overall results are quite close at all levels, so we're seeing a little improvement with the CPU under vaulting and GPU overclocking applied, although it depends on the particular game in question and setting levels in use. As for storage in crystal disk mark, the 128 gig M dough to SSD was getting around 550 megabytes per second in sequential reads and just 140 megabytes per second for the riots, but keep in mind you can upgrade to faster nvme storage. The one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive was getting speeds a bit lower than what I expected, but you could always put an SSD in the 2.5 inch Bay. The SD card slot was tested with a V 90 rated card, so the cod shouldn't be a bottleneck and the raids weren't too bad, but the writes weren't great for updated pricing. You can check the link in the description at the time of recording here in Australia. This model goes for around 2000 Australian dollars, although this particular one has doubled the harddrive space in the US on Amazon it's around twelve hundred US dollars, although that's with a 256 gig nvme SSD and with the 144 Hertz screen a pretty good deal when you compare It to say the Dell g5, for instance, which at a similar price doesn't, have the 144 Hertz screen and has lower max q graphics.
So what did you guys think if the predator Helios 300 from ASA overall, I thought it was a pretty nice gaming laptop for the price, as we saw it was capable of playing basically any game, no problem, and if paired with the 144 Hertz screen, it would Offer a great gaming experience in games that can achieve higher frame rates. The only issues I had with the slightly sharp edges, thermal and power limit throttling went under a full CPU load, although, as mentioned that seems to be pretty standard with AI 78758 laptops and that in some resource intensive games, the battery would drain what plugged in. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.