Acer Triton 500 Gaming Laptop Review
, Starting with the specs mine, has the Intel I7 8750H CPU Nvidia, RTX, 2060, graphics and 16gb of memory in dual channel. For storage, theres, a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and a 15.6 1080p 144Hz 3ms screen. For network connectivity, its got gigabit, ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.. There are a few different configurations available, though including with 9th gen CPUs and up to RTX 2080 Max Q, graphics. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The Triton 500 is mostly an all metal build., Its matte black, with blue accents around the logo on the lid and some of the keys on the keyboard. So its a fairly clean, design., All edges and corners were smooth and it felt quite well built for a thinner machine.. The weight is listed at 2kg on Acers website, and I found mine to be a bit more than this. Then over 2.7kg, with the 180 watt power, brick and cables for charging included., The dimensions of the laptop are 35.8cm in width 25.5cm in depth and around 1.8cm thick. So on the smaller side for a 15 inch machine.. This smaller footprint allows for thinner screen, bezels, which I measured at around 8mm on the sides.. The 15.6 1080p 144Hz IPS screen has a matte finish good viewing angles, though no G Sync, with the 2060 config. I believe you need to go for the 2070 Max Q or above for G Sync Ive, measured the colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro and my results returned 97 of sRGB, 68 of NTSC and 74 of AdobeRGB.
At 100 brightness in the center. I measured 336 nits with a 9001 contrast ratio, so decent results for a gaming, laptop. Backlight bleed wasnt too bad here. Just some minor imperfections that I wasnt actually able to notice while viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel. In order to utilize. The 3ms response time you need to enable overdrive mode from within the Predator Sense software. I cant say I was personally able to notice the difference with it on or off, but Im not particularly sensitive to that.. There was some screen flex as its on the thinner side. However, as its metal, it felt sturdy and the hinges being out towards the far corners aids with stability.. There were no problems, opening it with one finger demonstrating that weight is somewhat evenly distributed and it sat fine on my lap.. Despite the thinner screen. Bezels Acer have still included the camera above the screen. It's about average for a 720p average and the microphone sounds. Ok. Here'S, what typing sounds like and when you press the turbo button to max the fan out, it takes a while to kick in., So you can hear the fan, speed and it's quite loud for me, but you can also hear me pretty fine too. So it seems to be doing a pretty good job of isolating my voice.. The keyboard has three zone: RGB backlighting, which lights up even secondary key functions. As the predator sense shortcut, WASD keys and arrow keys have blue accenting.
They still stand out regardless of the colours you configure.. Brightness can be configured between four levels or turned off either through the Predator Sense software or with the F7 or F8 shortcuts.. The right shift key is smaller than usual and theres no numpad here.. Overall, I liked typing on the keyboard heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. Theres, also a turbo button above the keyboard on the left. More on that soon., I didnt like that. The power button was on the keyboard itself, just one mispress away from delete. However, you could always set it to do nothing through the Windows power options.. There was more flex while pushing down on the keyboard than expected, considering the metal build. However, this was never a problem during standard everyday use., The touchpad has precision. Drivers was smooth to the touch and worked well.. I liked using it and also liked that theyre making use of all available space with it. Fingerprints happened easily, but were a little harder to see on the matte finish and as a smooth surface, its easy to clean. On the left from the back theres. An air exhaust vent power input, gigabit, ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port HDMI, 2.0 output and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. On the right from the front theres status, LEDs USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port, with both DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 support mini DisplayPort output. Two more USB 3.
1 Gen1 Type, A ports, another air exhaust vent and Kensington lock.. On the back. There are two blue air exhaust vents towards the corners. While the front is just smooth metal.. The matte black metal lid has the predator logo in the center, which lights up blue. Its lit by the panels backlight and cannot be controlled.. Underneath there are some air intake vents towards the back, otherwise, its pretty clean.. The bottom panel can be easily removed by unscrewing 10 TR6 screws.. Once inside we can see that the motherboard is upside down, so doing any sort of storage or memory upgrades are going to be annoying as you need to first unplug the motherboard to take it out.. All we get access to here is the WiFi card and battery. Underneath are two M.2 slots and two memory slots.. The speakers are towards the front left and right corners.. I thought they sounded good well, at least above average, for a laptop anyway. At about half volume. There was some bass, but then they were more tinny at higher levels. Heres. What were looking at while playing music at maximum volume and the Latencymon results were looking pretty good. Like most Acer laptops. It makes this sound when you start it up.. You can turn this off through the Predator Sense software or BIOS though. Powering the laptop is a 4 cell 84 Watt hour battery and Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and keyboard lighting off.
, While watching YouTube videos the battery lasted for 5 hours and 4 minutes before getting to 5 left and going to sleep. It wouldnt. Let me start it back up. The screen just showed a low battery icon.. I managed to trick it by sticking the power cable in for a few seconds and turning it back on which then got me 5 hours and 13 minutes of total life.. It was using the Intel, integrated graphics due to Nvidia Optimus, but if you have a higher tier model with G Sync then expect lower battery outside of gaming with it enabled., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 1 hour and 34 minutes in total, and it was able to sustain a solid 30 FPS, the entire time, a good result., The 180 watt power brick. That Acer includes with the Triton 500 seems to be enough for these specs, as I wasnt experiencing battery drain and Ill also note that turbo mode could not be used on battery power. Lets move onto the thermal testing.. Just for a recap of the cooling design. Air comes in through the bottom and is exhausted out of the back vents towards the left and right, corners. Theres, also some ventilation holes above the keyboard.. I wasnt able to get a quick look at the heatpipes as the motherboard is upside down in this model, so it would require further disassembly to access, though we can see.
Weve got three fans.. The Triton 500 uses Acers Predator Sense software to control performance of the machine.. We can control, fan, speed and swap between three overclocking profiles. Normal fast and extreme. Ill be considering normal. The stock setting. I didnt find fast to do anything while extreme boosted the power limit of the GPU from 80 to 90 watts., Turbo mode or the extreme profile, also boosted. The CPU power limit from 33 watts at normal to 45 watts, while under combined CPU and GPU load.. The turbo button above the keyboard basically sets the fan, speed to maximum and sets the overclocking profile to extreme.. I didnt find turbo mode to perform any overclocking. However, by default, the GPU memory was always overclocked by 120MHz., With the latest version 1.06 BIOS. At the time of testing, I also found the CPU was undervolted by 0.1v. This did not seem to be the case with older BIOS. Ill quickly. Note BIOS version 1.08 came out a couple days after I started my testing, but I didnt find it to change these settings. Ill. Also note that the machine came to me with version 1.02, which actually limits the memory to DDR4 2400, so its definitely worth checking youre up to date for best performance. Thermal testing was completed in an ambient room. Temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments. At idle. The temperatures were looking normal.. 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.. Lets start with the stress test results in normal mode. The temperatures are looking. Alright, no thermal throttling at least just power limit throttling. As turbo mode raises. The CPU power limit were seeing a hotter CPU, though the GPU actually lowers slightly as a result of the higher fan speed introduced by this mode. Despite the GPU also seeing a power limit boost. My additional undervolt on the CPU didnt change the temperature, but well see how this affected performance in the next graph.. Keep in mind that with the latest BIOS at the time of testing, the CPU is already undervolted by 0.1v, so Im not actually changing it by too much more here. By adding the cooling pad the CPU temperature dropped by 7 degrees, while the GPU dropped by 4.. The gaming results didnt see much differences. Basically, the temperature of the CPU drops down as we make these same changes with not much difference to the GPU temperature in this particular game.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests just shown.
. We can see an improvement to average clock speeds of both the CPU and GPU, with turbo mode enabled, while under stress test due to the power limit increase.. Despite this, were still power limit throttling., While undervolting the CPU did improve the performance. Further power limit throttling is still preventing us, hitting the full 3.9GHz all core turbo boost speed of the i7 8750H. In this worst case, workload., The cooling pad changes. Nothing as thermals are not the limitation here.. With the gaming tests, the change to turbo mode boosts the GPU clock speed. As the limitation. There was also the power limit, while the CPU undervolt again boosts the clock speed.. These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info during these same tests.. We can see at normal mode, weve got the lowest numbers as turbo mode increases the limits. In the game test. This didnt really seem to matter for CPU performance.. These are the average CPU clock speeds, while under a CPU only workload. With Aida64 and just the stress CPU option checked, I could only hit the full 3.9GHz all core turbo boost speed of the 8750H once the power limit was manually raised.. This is because of the power limits in a CPU only stress test. I found both normal and turbo mode would cap out at 45 watts pretty standard, but by raising the power limit, this workload needed around 51 watts to achieve full performance.. Its worth noting, I couldnt raise the power limit with Intel XTU for combined CPU and GPU loads that we saw before only for CPU.
Only load. Raising the power limit does result in increased temperatures as more power equals more heat, though these were also lowered in turbo mode. Due to the increased fan, speed and the additional undervolting at the bottom helped improve this further. To demonstrate how this translates into performance. Ive got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks. The results with turbo mode, which again is undervolted by default and with my extra undervolt are honestly quite low again due to the power limitations. As boosting the power limit did affect CPU only performance. This was the best way to further increase performance.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was around the normal 30 degrees Celsius., While under combined CPU and GPU stress test in normal mode, it gets to the mid 40s at the hottest points. Then, while gaming with turbo mode enabled its perhaps just a little warmer in the center and towards the back., The keys were warm to the touch, but I didnt think they were hot.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. It was completely silent, no fans at all., Whether gaming or under stress test, with the fan at default. It got to the same volume, so youve got the option of running it quieter for a bit less performance. With the fan at max speed. It is louder, but now pretty much similar when compared to most other gaming laptops, Ive tested.
. Overall, the results arent too bad. The thermals are under control and its not getting too hot.. Even under these worst case scenarios, I didnt see higher than 88 degrees Celsius, notably cooler compared to most other machines tested with the same specs and thats, despite it being thinner.. This seems to be due to the power limits in place on the CPU, though, and while this does prevent higher clock speeds, the clock speeds that we are getting in these tests. Arent bad at all. Just a couple hundred MHz behind the max possible boost clock, at least in these specific workloads that I always test.. There are plenty of people who prefer this sort of limitation over a hotter machine, so I think its a fair compromise., Many 2060 laptops dont have the option of boosting the power limit from 80 watts either. So this was a nice addition which, as well see, does directly result in better game performance. If youre on an older BIOS youll, definitely want to consider upgrading for the default undervolt on the CPU without this Id expect worse performance due to those power limitations. Next lets. Take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games with turbo mode enabled so with all of these changes in place., Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and Ive got the results with RTX off in purple and RTX on in green.. It was mostly playable with RTX on at high settings, but generally in a game like this.
Youll want to preference higher frame rates. Personally, instead of RTX Id rather use ultra settings with RTX off which, in my opinion, looks better than RTX on at lower settings while still giving decent FPS. 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 playing fine even with all settings at maximum, but it was possible to boost average FPS by 36 at minimum settings.. The Division 2 was tested with the built in benchmark. From what Ive seen so far. Ultra settings always seems to have much lower 1 low results compared to average FPS.. Just for a quick comparison, the Lenovo Y540, with 1660 Ti, saw a similar 1 low. However, the Triton 500, with 2060 reached 13 higher average FPS. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results here are again decent at higher settings, but well see how this game compares with other machines. Soon. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark.. This game seems to be fairly CPU heavy, so the results arent really too different when compared to other machines with lower or higher tier graphics. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and at max settings it was running very well only just below 100 FPS for the 1 low at maximum epic settings with even higher possible at lower settings if needed. Overwatch is another well optimized game and was tested in the practice range again great performance only just below the 300 FPS frame cap at low.
While epic settings was still very smooth with over 100 FPS, even for the 1 low. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and, as is pretty much always the case high FPS, from this test and in line with most other laptops, Ive tested, given it depends More on the CPU and most machines, Ive tested have the same CPU thats expected., Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark.. Even with maximum ultra settings were getting well above 100 FPS for the 1 low on a 100 render scale so great performance. Once more. Assassins Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and seems to be a CPU heavy test. At ultra high settings. The 1 low wasnt too different compared to the thermally, throttled Dell G5 Ive tested in the past. With same 2060. Graphics, though, averages were higher. Performance at lower settings was below the ASUS Scar II with 2060. I recently tested too. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane with an average amount of action going on, and the results were quite good here, noticeably above other 2060 machines, Ive tested, both in terms of 1 low and average FPS by a fair amount.. I suspect this is due to the CPU undervolt, though this game doesnt really care about high end graphics. Watch Dogs 2 uses a lot of resources. However, 60 FPS averages at ultra settings is quite a good result, considering I can play it just fine with a consistent 30 FPS.
So no noticeable issues for me, while playing even at max settings.. The Witcher 3 was playing fine with ultra settings, while the 1 low is a fair bit behind the average, its not that bad and again still a fair bit better compared to other 2060 laptops tested with much higher possible at lower settings.. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner, where Ive tested 20 games on the Triton 500. Lets also take a look at how this config of the Acer Triton 500 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 Triton 500 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. In this game. Its easily outperforming the other two RTX 2060 machines that Ive got here. The Dell G5, which is lower due to thermal throttling and ASUS Scar II., The 1 low result, is significantly higher most likely due to the default CPU undervolt thats in place on the Triton 500 with latest BIOS.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark. Theres, less of a difference now, as this seems to be more of a CPU driven test and for the most part, these machines have similar CPUs. With. That said, though, the results from the Triton 500 are still above the other RTX 2060 machines shown here, though, realistically not by much.
. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Again, the Triton 500 is ahead of the other RTX 2060 machines covered most likely due to the modifications Acer are doing to the machine, including higher GPU memory, speed higher Gpu power limit and a CPU undervolt by default with the latest BIOS. Overall, the Acer Triton 500 is performing quite well considering the specs that its got as weve seen its often outperforming other machines tested with similar hardware inside.. In most cases, you could, of course, further improve those other machines by manually, making similar changes yourself, but its still nice to see Acer doing these performance improvements by default, which will greatly benefit those just buying a laptop and using it with out of the box. Settings. Believe it or not, the majority of users dont tweak their machines. Its worth, noting that the Helios 300 with 1660 Ti was beating this config of the Triton 500. This seems to be because it has a slightly newer, CPU, higher CPU undervolt at stock, higher CPU power limit made possible due to it being a thicker machine and also overclocks the GPU core in turbo mode.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy, Port Royal 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 M.
2 NVMe SSD was getting great, read and write speeds, though this will vary between different storage. Options. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. Ill also have the prices for different specs there too. At the time of recording in the US, with these specs, its going for around 1670 USD while here in Australia, were looking At 2500, AUD. Thin and powerful machines tend to cost more though this doesnt seem to be too much above many other 2060 laptops. Just for comparison, Acers own, Helios 300 with 2060, is around 100 USD less, and it would be interesting to see how that compares. Given the 1660 Ti model was beating my Triton 500. With all of that in mind. Lets summarise the good and the bad aspects of the Triton 500 gaming laptop.. I personally like the overall look of the machine. Maybe I just prefer the blue accents over the overdone. Gamer red., Despite these, it was fairly clean and the all metal build felt nice, though not quite as premium as say, the more expensive Razer Blade.. It was performing quite well in games beating other RTX 2060 laptops that Ive tested due to the modifications that Acer have put in place with the newer BIOS versions, including undervolting, the CPU, by default., Despite being in a thinner machine. On the lighter side, I never saw the temperatures pass, 88 degrees Celsius even under extended and worst case stress testing.
. This does come at the cost of power limit throttling, as there are power limits in place to prevent it getting too hot. Its a trade, off. Turbo mode does still boost the power limit of the RTX 2060 from 80 to 90 watts, though something many other 2060 machines. Dont do and I believe its this combined with the undervolt that gives us the above average performance for this level of hardware.. If you get a higher tier model with G Sync, then you should expect higher performance too. As disabling the Intel graphics removes a potential bottleneck.. Otherwise, the Triton 500 had decent battery life for its size and a fairly nice looking 144Hz screen with 3ms response time., While I like what its offering its also hard to recommend over Acers own Helios 300. At the same time, that thing is just great value., As we saw before even the 1200 USD Helios 300 with 1660 Ti was outperforming this config of the Triton 500, due to the newer GPU extra CPU undervolt higher CPU power limit and GPU overclock. However, you could of course, manually apply many of these tweaks to the Triton 500 yourself too.. The main benefits of the Triton 500 are that youre getting a thinner machine with the option of going up to 2080 Max Q, graphics, with G Sync for even better performance. As well as Thunderbolt 3., Let me know what you thought about: Acers Triton 500 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.