Acer Triton 900 Review – Thinnest RTX 2080 Laptop?
, My configuration of the Triton 900 has an Intel: i7 9750H CPU, 180 watt, Nvidia RTX, 2080 graphics, 32gb of memory in dual channel, a 17.3 4K 60Hz screen with G Sync and a 1TB RAID 0 array made up of two NVMe M.2 SSDs. For network Connectivity theres 2.5 gigabit ethernet, WiFi, 5 and Bluetooth 5.. The Triton 900 is also available with some different specs, such as with i9 CPU. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The lid is a clean, matte, black, aluminium and the interior and bottom are the same.. The whole laptop felt very well built and sturdy, and I didnt find any of the edges sharp.. The weight is listed at 4.5kg, although mine was around 400g under this.. The single 330 watt power, brick and cables are another 1.5kg, so were looking at about 5.6kg total, not that portable.. The Triton 900 is on the larger side for a 17 inch laptop in terms of width and depth. However, it is on the thinner side, considering the RTX 2080 graphics inside.. The extra width seems to be due to the custom screen hinges and in order to maintain structural integrity, it seems that the screen needs a gigantic 2.4cm bezel.. The screen is really what makes the Triton 900 unique, so lets check out how it works. The 17.3 4K 60Hz IPS touchscreen has a glossy finish. Viewing angles looked fine and it has G Sync. Theres no option of enabling Optimus, so its stuck using the RTX 2080 graphics.
Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 99 of sRGB 92 of NTSC and 96 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 315 nits in the center, with a 8101 contrast ratio so fairly average brightness and contrast, but above average colour gamut. Backlight bleed wasnt ideal, but I never noticed any problems when actually viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was almost no screen flex at all. The metal lid was extremely sturdy due to the massive hinges on the sides. Acer call. These Ezel Aero hinges and theyre made out of metal and felt very sturdy.. There are four different ways you can use the screen. Theres, the normal default laptop position. Otherwise, you can pull the screen out of the hinge and rotate it around pretty much how you like., You can have it on the same angle as a normal laptop screen, but pull it forward closer to you.. You can also pull it out all the way and basically use it like a tablet which would be better for drawing on with the touchscreen. Although no pen was included., You can even turn the screen around and use it from the back. If you want to do that for some reason. To me personally, it mostly felt like a bit of a gimmick.. The most practical scenario was using it as a drawing tablet. So depends if thats useful for you.. I found it stable enough when using it like this, the screen only moves if you intentionally push hard towards an edge, so you can draw on it.
Ok on different angles, but there is some wobble.. It was much more stable in tablet mode, though, as theres more points of contact between the screen and chassis.. This is marketed as a gaming, laptop afterall, and I doubt most gamers would care about the different screen positions at the expense of a larger and heavier machine.. If you do also want to use it for other tasks, though, like drawing, then its definitely a unique product that will give you the best of both worlds., I found it a little awkward to pick up due to the hinges.. If you pick it up by the sides, youre grabbing the hinge which is stuck to the screen, so it starts to open the lid.. It was possible to open it up with one finger most of the way, but due to the heavy screen hinges once its almost open. It starts tipping back as a result of the balance shift.. The 1080p camera is found up the top no Windows, Hello, support, though.. The camera and microphone are both below average. Heres. What typing on the keyboard sounds like, and this is what it sounds like if we set the fan to max speed. So you can kind of hear me, but its not doing a great job of isolating my voice. As its got the option of moving the screen forward. The keyboard has been moved towards the front so that the screen doesnt cover it.. I didnt personally mid the position as long as youve got space on your desk to push it back a bit, but I wasnt really a fan of the touchpad being on the right.
. The precision touchpad doesnt click down as its instead got physical left and right click buttons below, and you can double tap the top right icon to enable numpad mode.. Unfortunately, in numpad mode you cant use it like a normal touchpad, which has been the case with other laptops, Ive tested that use this feature. Back to the keyboard, its got low profile, mechanical switches with per key RGB backlighting.. Unfortunately, the secondary key functions are not backlit.. The lighting can be adjusted between 4 brightness levels or turned off by holding the function key and pressing F7 or F8. The predator sense. Software can be used to control the lighting. There are 17 built in effects included, and you can also control effect, speed and direction.. I had some problems with the keyboard. The right shift is tiny and its in the spot, where the forward slash key, normally is which has been moved down, so that was annoying when I needed it.. I didnt expect compromises like that from an already large 17 laptop.. It took a little getting used to, but I liked typing on the keys after a while, due to the clicky feel. Heres, how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. There are some extra buttons above the keyboard on the left.. There are three numbered keys that can be used as macro keys and the P key on the left lets you swap between different groups, which are colour coded meaning.
The 3 macro keys can be used for 9 different functions. Theres, a turbo button on the right which boosts performance and fan speed more on that soon.. The back half of the laptop has a glass panel, so you can sort of see the heatpipes inside for cooling. Theres, an air intake for the fan on the left, while the fan on the right is covered by glass. However, that one has RGB lighting.. The fan. Light is very subtle, though, and you can set it to any colour through the Predator Sense software.. There are two front facing speakers right down the front on either side of the keyboard and two underneath at the front. So four in total. They sounded above average and there was a little bass, although it was harder to notice at higher volumes as they get pretty loud at maximum volume and the latencymon results looked good. Speaking of sounds. It also makes this sound by default. When you turn it on., Thankfully youve got the option of turning this off through the predator sense software or BIOS.. As for the BIOS theres, not too much option or customization available there., There was only a little keyboard flex when pushing down hard. Overall, the metallic body felt quite solid., Fingerprints and dirt show up on the matte finish and although its smooth, it was a little harder to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, an air exhaust vent USB 3.
1 Gen1 Type, A port 3.5mm Mic and headphone jacks and a USB 2 Type, A port that swivels out and has a protective cover on it. Im, not exactly sure why it works. This way, the board on the left for the other IO could probably have just been extended. Acers Concept D9 Pro, which is basically the same chassis doesnt, seem to require it. On the right from the front theres a Kensington, lock kind of awkwardly placed. If you use a mouse with your right hand, the power button, Type C, Thunderbolt, 3 port, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port with DisplayPort support, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port 2.5 gigabit, ethernet port and another air exhaust vent.. There are a couple more air exhaust vents on the back towards the corners, then from left to right, theres, full size, DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 outputs, both of which are connected directly to the 2080, rather than Intel graphics, along with the power input.. The front is just all smooth metal., The predator logo on the lid gets lit up blue when powered on., It seems to be lit from the screens. Backlight so cannot be controlled.. There are some air vents underneath towards the back. To open it up. Youve got to remove 12 phillips head screws from the bottom, then flip it over open the lid and pull off the keyboard. Panel. Youve got to be careful, as there are 3 ribbon cables connecting the keyboard panel to the motherboard.
. Once inside weve got the thin battery down the front, two M.2 drives just above this on the left, one of which appears to be covered by a heatpipe so getting to that may involve taking it apart. Further. There are two memory slots in the center below the heatpipes and the WiFi card to the right of that.. The Triton 900 is powered by a 4 cell 72wh battery. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and keyboard lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos, it only lasted for 2 hours and 5 minutes.. The poor battery life is a result of there being no optimus, its always using the RTX 2080 graphics, so this boosts performance at the expense of battery life.. Considering the larger battery size, the battery life was pretty pathetic, but I guess thats to be expected with the high end graphics., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 63 minutes and it ran at a solid 30 FPS, the entire time without dipping., Despite the RTX 2080 graphics, the Triton 900 just has a single 330 watt power. Brick. However, during my testing, after an hour of gaming, the battery did dip down to 91, though that seems to be pretty normal with many laptops. Now lets find out how hot the Triton 900 gets. If you want in depth information on thermals check the detailed video linked in the top right Ill.
Just summarise: the results here., The Acer, Predator Sense software lets us to swap between normal, fast and extreme modes, and these overclock the graphics and adjust power limits. As listed here., The software also allows fan, control and Ive tested with the fans either on the default, auto speed or at maximum. By default. The Triton 900 undervolts the CPU by 0.1v. So all testing was done with this default configuration in place.. There are a few heatpipes shared between the CPU and GPU, and both fans are using metal. Blades. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were cool. Worst case. Stress tests were done with Aida64 and the Heaven benchmark and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2.. The CPU was thermal throttling any time it was at 90 degrees Celius. However, it could be removed simply by increasing fan speed. By raising fan. Speed were able to pretty much hit the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed of the i7 9750H. So, although it was thermal throttling, the clockspeeds are actually quite good for this CPU considering the laptop is just 2.3cm thick., The higher CPU temperatures are a result of the power limit being capable of going above. The 45w limit we usually see under combined CPU and GPU workloads, and we can see extreme mode – is required to get full performance from the GPU. In CPU. Only workloads like Cinebench, the 9750H would run up to 77 watts before being capped to the 70 watt PL1.
So much higher is possible when the GPU is idle.. Ive tested Control to see how the different modes actually affect gaming performance. Theres, not that big of a change between normal and fast modes, probably as both still cap, the GPU power limit to 150 watts. So theres a larger boost in extreme mode. Heres, how it looks in the areas youll actually touch at idle. It was quite cool below the usual 30 degrees of most laptops., As the heat generating components are at the back. The keyboard and touchpad are still cool, even under worst case stress test.. The back area gets a little warm to the touch, but its not hot, and given you dont need to touch there anyway. This is perfectly fine.. Lets have a listen to how loud the fans get.. The fans were still audible at idle, but even under stress test in normal mode theyre below average, compared to most gaming laptops, Ive tested and as we saw earlier, you can still play games with good results in normal mode.. It was quite loud in extreme mode or at max fan speed, though youll probably want headphones for that.. Next lets take a look at some gaming benchmarks to see how the Triton 900 performs well. Look at 1080p, 1440p and 4K performance.. Some games crashed in extreme mode as the GPU overclock seemed a bit optimistic, so I had to lower it. A little to these values. Battlefield, 5 was tested playing in campaign mode and Ive tested, with both RTX enabled, as shown by the green bars and RTX off shown by the purple.
Bars. At 1080p. Rtx on was actually playable with ultra settings, as it was able to average above 60 FPS. However, we could almost double this with RTX off. At 1440p. Rtx on still went kind of ok at high settings, but medium was needed to sustain good frame rates. Making it a little more pointless given RTX off with ultra settings, looks and plays much better. At 4K. Rtx is basically a write off, however. Ultra settings with RTX off was still close to the refresh rate of the screen. Control was also tested with and without RTX enabled.. At 1080p, with max settings, RTX was still almost able to average 60 FPS, although RTX off felt smoother, as shown by the 1 lows from RTX off, which are higher than even the averages from RTX on. At 1440p. Rtx on was sort of ok at low settings, but at this point Id stick to not using it for improved performance, as the high setting preset was still able to average above 60 FPS with it off. This game, wasnt running that well, at 4K low settings was Still a playable experience with almost 60 FPS averages so depends if you want to sacrifice graphical settings to run at this higher resolution. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool., Even with all setting set to ultra the Triton 900 was able To average above 60 FPS at 1080p, with 100 FPS and above achieved at medium settings and below.
At 1440p, the high setting preset was needed to maintain an above 60 FPS average, while low was just behind 100 FPS. Now. Performance drops back quite a bit at 4K with low settings only just holding on with the 60 FPS average result. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature and is a far less demanding title compared to the others. At 1080p, even maxed out at epic settings. The 1 low results are well above the refresh rate of the display, so absolutely no issues here. Its a similar story at 1440p. Although the results drop back even at epic settings, this level of performance is still more than enough.. At 4K, it was still possible to average 60 FPS even at epic settings, while high settings was close to this in terms of 1 low performance. So even with good settings at this worst case resolution, you can play it without issue.. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner, where Ive tested way more games on the Triton 900., Now lets see how the Acer Triton 900 compares with other laptops 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 900 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines., In this case its performing very similarly to the other RTX 2080 laptops that Ive tested, at Least, in terms of average FPS., The 1 low is notably lower compared to most of the machines above it likely because they all have higher powered i9 CPUs, while my Triton 900 has the i7, although you can get it with an i9 too.
. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the games built in benchmark at highest settings. Again. The Triton 900 was very close to the other RTX 2080 laptops above it just slightly behind, but still a nice step up over even the 2080 Max Q laptops below it.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings with the games benchmark tool.. This test is typically more CPU heavy, so the lower results compared to the i9 machines above it were expected. However, I found it interesting that the Aorus 17, with higher specs, was beaten so easily in this test.. Overall, the gaming performance from the Acer Triton 900 is next level, as expected, due to the RTX 2080 graphics., The i7 CPU does seem to limit it a little in some more CPU heavy titles, though, as we saw it does still perform better than most other i7 Based laptops, Ive tested as most cap out at 45 watts in combined CPU and GPU workloads like gaming., If youre playing at higher resolutions that are more GPU bound, though the CPU matters less., As weve got G Sync were seeing higher levels of performance as Optimus isnt. A bottleneck in addition to smooth tear free gameplay., Although the performance is pretty good at 1080p, and even 1440p resolutions were frequently limited by the 60Hz 4K panel.. If youre after a 4K gaming laptop, though and willing to take the compromise of 60Hz, then plenty of games can still run quite well at this resolution with fair settings, just maybe not maxed out for modern, AAA titles.
Ive used Adobe Premiere to export. One of my laptop review videos at 4K. As theres no Intel graphics for quicksync export times, arent, quite as good as many other laptops, despite the RTX 2080 graphics.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal 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 1TB RAID 0 array was performing very well for both read and write speed as youre getting the performance of two 512gb NVMe M.2 drives together. For Updated pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US, were looking at around 4200 USD for the specs Ive tested here, or an extra 500 USD for the i9 version. Youre, definitely paying a premium for The unique screen design of the Triton 900 as we can get similar specs in, say the Aorus 17 for 1000 USD less. However, the Aorus is also 1.5cm, thicker too, and thinner comes at a cost with laptops.. Here in Australia were looking at around 6000 AUD. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the Triton 900 laptop. In terms of raw gaming performance. The Triton 900 does well due to the 180 watt RTX 2080 graphics.. Even the i7 CPU is performing better than most other gaming laptops Ive tested as its undervolted by default and can run with an above average power limit, while realistically not getting too hot, especially if youre willing to boost fan speed.
. It still performs very well even with lower fan speed, though so decent levels of performance at better operating volumes are certainly possible. Externally, where you actually touch is, was quite cool. Despite the high powered hardware., This is all while being in machine just 2.3cm thick, the thinnest Ive ever tested with a full blown 2080.. The overclocks from extreme mode seem to be a bit optimistic, though, as I had some games crash until I dialed the settings back through MSI Afterburner.. Despite this level of power, it still only needs one power brick rather than the two most other 2080 laptops have.. The mechanical keyboard was nice to type with, but despite being a larger 17 laptop, it still makes compromises such as smaller keys in strange spots and theres no secondary key backlighting., As the keyboard has been moved to the front to accommodate the swivelling screen. The touchpad is crammed over to the right.. Although the camera was 1080p, it was one of the worst Ive ever tested in a laptop.. Despite the 72wh battery, the battery life was low, as theres no MUX switch, so youre stuck with using the 2080 graphics.. I think this is a fair decision, considering the weight of this thing, its unlikely youll be moving it and running on battery that much.. If youre getting something this pricey at this size and weight, you probably want performance. Getting inside was a little more involved than usual due to the three ribbon cables.
Attaching the keyboard panel to the motherboard and accessing one of the M.2 drives appears to require removing the cooling solution. Then theres, the 4K 60Hz touchscreen., Although the specs are definitely capable of playing many games at 4K. Even if you want to use 1440p or 1080p resolutions, youre limited by the 60Hz refresh rate., The brightness and contrast were about average, but colour gamut was good.. Having G Sync also offers improved performance and smoother gameplay.. Personally, I found the swivelling screen to be a bit of a gimmick. I can only really see the tablet position being useful for people that want to draw with it, but given its marketed as a gaming laptop Im, not sure how big of a cross over there is there., I could understand it from a content creator perspective, but Acer. Also have the Concept D9 Pro, which uses a similar chassis but has a better screen with options of quadro graphics.. I could see that being better for that use case. So, from the perspective of a laptop designed for gaming, I cant say I found much use from the screen myself, especially considering how much extra size and weight it adds on to a device. Thats meant to be portable.. All things considered. The Triton 900 performs quite well considering its thickness, although it is quite wide and heavy.. The main feature is clearly the swivelling screen design. So, if thats something you may benefit from, then its worth considering otherwise in terms of performance for the price, there are better options available if youre willing to go a bit thicker.
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