So does this result in any performance loss Ill, be taking a detailed look at thermals and seeing how much we can improve performance with some simple changes. Lets start out with the specs Ive got in my unit theres an Intel i7 8750H CPU, Nvidia, RTX, 2060, graphics And 16gb of memory running in dual channel so expect different results with different specs.. You can find examples of other configurations, as well as updated prices linked in the description. On the bottom of the laptop weve, got some air vents towards the back, while the rubber feet lift it up a bit to assist with air flow. Air is exhausted. Out of the back left and right corners and from the vents on the left and right sides towards the back. 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. 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, though as well see later.

This was different under a CPU, only load. Theres, a turbo button above the keyboard, which 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. I also found the CPU was undervolted by 0.1v. This did not seem to be the case with older BIOS.. 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.. 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 weve seen, 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.. These differences in performance shown arent hard and fast rules. There are different factors which will vary results, primarily the temperature of the room, youre running in application of thermal paste, and even the specific hardware which comes down to the silicon lottery.. You may not be able to undervolt or overclock your hardware the same as me. It depends on the chip and its specific power requirements, so dont just blindly copy my settings and do some testing to find out where your stable point is for best results.. It may be possible to further improve temperatures by swapping the thermal paste, however, with review unts that get sent back Im, not able to change the paste. Otherwise, the next reviewer will unknowingly report different results due to what Ive, done., Undervolting or using a cooling pad are much easier for most people to do than changing paste anyway and as weve seen, these tweaks did help improve performance and temperatures with the Triton 500.. Let me know what you thought about the thermals from the Acer Triton 500 gaming laptop down in the comments.