Dell G5 vs Acer Helios 300 2018 – Gaming Laptop Comparison
First let's check out the differences in specs. The g5 I'm testing with is the highest spec model, so keep in mind that it's also available with lower specs to both of these laptops have the same Intel. I7. 8750 H CPU, although the g5 is also available with the i5 8300 H, which is still faster than the i7 from the seventh generation in the previous models. Both laptops have 16 gig of memory in dual channel running at ddr4, 2666 speeds. So no difference is there. Although both are also available in 8 gig configurations, as for graphics, both laptops have the nvidia 1060 with 6 gig of memory. However, the one in the g5 is the max q version, while the Helios has the regular 1060. So the g5 should run at lower clock speeds and performs slightly less. Both laptops have a 15.6 inch 1080p IPS panel, in my case, both are 60 Hertz. However, the Helios is available with the faster 144 Hertz panel, which will be nicer for gaming. Although the g5 is also available with a 4k screen for storage, both laptops have a single m2 slot, which supports nvme storage and a single 2.5 inch drive bay in both of my laptops. I'Ve got SATA based SSDs and one terabyte hard drives, but both are available with different storage configurations for network connectivity. Both have Gigabit Ethernet ports, support, fado, 2.11, AC, Wi, Fi and bluetooth. Both laptops have an overall black and red theme.
Although the Helios has a brushed metal on both the lid and interior, while the g5 is a matte metal overall let's say the g5 had slightly better build quality, but both were fairly solid. The Helios does have this metal edge, though, which felt a little sharp, while the g5 was all smooth. As for the size, differences they're quite similar, the g5 is a little thinner, but also has a bit more depth to it. The g5 weighs about 250 grams. More than the Helios and with them 180 watt power bricks and cables for charging the difference lowers to 230 grams, with the g5 still heavy. On the io. On the left hand, side has some similarities. The g5 has a noble, lock slot, while the Healy us has a Kensington look: Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3 type, a port and SD card slot, while the g5 has its power input here and HDMI port and the Helios 300 has a USB 3.1 gen2 on type C, port no Thunderbolt, either on the right both have a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack 2 USB type, a ports, although the ones on the helio say USB 2.0, while the g5 SR 3.1 Gen 1. The g5 has its HDMI 2.0 port here and USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with Thunderbolt support, while the Helius has its power input on this side on the back there's, just some air exhaust fans. The g5 has thicker plastic fence, while the Helius has a red plastic trim up on the lids.
Both have a logo in the center. The g5 was a little less unobtrusive compared to the predator logo. There nothing too interesting on the front either. The g5 has a grill with its speakers on the left and right sides, while the Helios is just smooth plastic. The speakers on the Helios are found underneath toward the front left and right corners and both sounded about average. No major difference underneath both have rubber feet. The prevented sliding wall in use and air intakes towards the back the base of the g5 can be removed by simply removing one screw, giving us easy access to the 2.5 inch drive bay, m2 slot Wi Fi card battery and two memory slots. The Helios, on the other hand, has two separate panels that can easily be removed with one screw, each giving us easy access to the 2.5 inch drive bay and two memory slots. The rest of the panel needs to be removed. If you want to access the battery, Wi Fi card and single them got to, swap both were quite simple to access to perform basic upgrades, but the g5 was a little easier to get into as the whole bottom panel can be removed with just one screw, especially If you want to access more than just the disk in memory, as mentioned, the screens here are fairly similar. 15.6 inch, 1080p 60 Hertz IPS panels. Although most of the Helios 300 laptops do come with faster 144 head screens, which are an option in the g5 for a gaming laptop, I personally think a higher refresh rate screen as an advantage so that's a nice positive with the Helios I've measured, the color gamut Of both displays using the Spyder 5 Pro, and I found that the results of the Helios, which is slightly better than the g5, although there was little difference, the contrast ratio was a little better with the Helios, although the brightness levels were around the same, if I Had to pick between them just looking at them, I'd say I like the one in the Helius more but again remember I didn't have the 144 Hertz panels, so that will likely be a little different.
The bezels on both laptops are fairly thick, the ones on the g5, maybe just a little thicker, and both have a 720p camera placed at the top I'd say. The quality of the g5s camera was a little better. There was very minor backlight bleed detected with both laptops, but this was in a dark room with a long exposure photo a worst case scenario to my own eyes. I honestly couldn't see bleed myself in either, but this will vary between laptops. Both laptops would really solid and had minimal keyboard flex, while pushing down hard, no real difference there both were quite sturdy. As for the keyboards, I personally preferred typing with the g5, although it did have small error Keys, which was annoying at times. My g5 had no key backlighting just painted on red keys, which made it difficult to see in a dark room, although it is available with backlighting in some regions. The Helios, on the other hand, only seems to be available with red backlighting and both had highlighted WASD keys. Both touch pads were alright, although I personally preferred the one in the Helios they were smooth to the touch and can be pressed down anywhere in my g5. I did have this strange double tough issue where, if you lightly press it, it would feel like a click and sometimes register, but it wasn't a full click. So you could still press again for the full click here's. A demonstration in my recent g5 verse.
G7 comparison. Most people said they didn't have this issue with their g5. Although a couple did so, your mileage may vary. The batteries in both laptops were fairly similar for cell. Although the g5 s is a 56 1 l battery, while the Helios has a slightly smaller 48 one hour battery and this difference shows in the battery testing in my gaming test, the g5 lasted around 50 longer, while just watching YouTube, the g5 lost it around 25. Longer I'm, guessing the difference is due to the max Q graphics in the g5, using less power in gaming, so there's a larger difference between the MER. Both laptops were tested with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. They were tested in winter, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment both also have shared heat pipes, so a temperature change in either CPU or GPU will affect the other starting at the bottom of the graph. In the light, blue and green bars at idle. The g5 was just a little warmer than the Helios on both the CPU and graphics, moving up into the gaming tests, the Helios, which is three degrees warmer on both the CPU and graphics, shown by the yellow and orange bars, respectively, with the same minus 0.15 EV Volt under multiplied to the CPU, the temperatures don't change, much in the red and pink bars, but we'll see how this affected performance in the next graph moving up into the stress tests, which were done by running a to 64 and the heav'n benchmark.
At the same time, to try and fully utilize both the processor and graphics again, the Helius was a little warmer than the g5 on both the CPU and graphics shown by the purple and dark blue bars with the same CPU under multiplied. The CPU temperatures on the illios dropped back quite a bit, but no change on the g5, which is now higher with the same stress test running. Although the graphics in the Helios are warmer than the g5, which should be expected, as the g5 has the lowest ACT max q, graphics, 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 for gaming results in the bottom, yellow orange red and purple bars, unfortunately, aren't directly comparable here, as I tested the g5 with pub G and then the Helios with watchdogs. I made that change recently as watchdogs used more resource and seems better for this test, but still wanted to include this daughter. I had for completeness the stress tests were the same there. The purple and black bars show us that the CPU clock speeds of the g5 were coming out ahead of the Helios. However, the GPU speeds in the Helios warhead shown by the dot blue and white pause as it's got the more powerful 1060 over the g5 s. Max q1, here are the average CPU clock speeds, while under a CPU, only load and yet again, with all caused utilized we're, seeing very similar results in both laptops with the g5 just slightly ahead again, neither reach to the full 3.
9 gigahertz turbo boost speed due to Parliament'S ruling there, even with the under multiplied, although a berth got close to demonstrate how this affects performance. I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here at stock. The g5 is a little ahead of the Helios and then once under halted. The results are extremely close. Together. Both were still being power limit, throttled without any throttling. The 87 58 should be able to pass 1200 points, so both laptops aren't too far behind the mark, once under vaulted single coil workloads we're about the same regardless as no throttling takes place there. So, unless threaded workloads, many games, for instance, will likely just be fine and get full performance, it just depends on the game and the resources it needs. Although the g5 is slightly ahead in multi core here, keep in mind, this may vary a little between laptops based on the silicon lottery. Here are the average GPU clock speeds well under a graphic learning workload and we're, seeing that the Helios 300 was running at higher speeds, as expected, the g5 is lower as it's running the max q version of the 1060. I thought it was interesting that even its stock speeds, the healing us was above the g5, even while overclocked, but also goes to show that even while overclocked the max q graphics was close to the Helios since 10 60s for the areas we'll actually be putting your Hands at idle, the g5 was just slightly warmer while gaming, the Helios got a little warmer and both heated up towards the center of the keyboard and up the back under the full, CPU and GPU stress test.
The g5 was just a little warmer, although the Helios also had the option of maxing out the fans which called it a bit. More fan, control wasn't an option with the g5 Asus predator sent software actually lets you easily independent. We control the fan, speed of the processor or graphics. As for the fan noise produced by the laptops Saleh, you ever listen to some of these tests. Idle berths were fairly silent. The g5 was just a little louder, which was interesting as it had warmer idle temperatures. While gaming, the Helios was just a little louder, although it was close and then under stress test and with the fans maxed out, the Helios was still louder likely as it was running hot, Oh as shown before, possibly due to the slightly more powerful graphics. Now let's check out some gaming benchmarks. All tests run at 1080p, as this was the resolution of the screens. Also remember that the Helios has a regular 1060, while the g5 has the max q10 60, which has lower clock speeds. All other specs, like the CPU and memory, are the same, so we're expecting the Helios to come out slightly ahead in games due to the GPU difference. Starting out with fortnight, I was just seeing a 4 improvement to the average frame rates of epic settings with the Helios, although this difference increases significantly as we drop down in settings over which was tested playing with the buds and epic settings with the Helios was performing Over 20, better in average frame rates, but a larger 27 improvement to the 1 learn.
Although there's less of a difference at the lowest settings, pub G was tested with the replay feature and the Helios 300 was coming out ahead in old tests, except ultra. Not too sure why the g5 was winning the other csgo was tested with the Aletta, chol benchmark and a max settings. The Helios 300 was almost 13 better at average frame rates but, more importantly, a 30 improvement to the 1 lower rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and it max settings. The Helios was around 10 percent better than the g5, but just a 7 improvement at the lower settings. Ghost Recon was also tested with the built in benchmark and just a 6 improvement to average frame rates at Ultra settings with the Helios, and this rises to just under an 8 boost at low settings. Shadow of war was another tested with the built in bench mark and at Ultra settings the Helius was close to 10, better in terms of average frame rates. Far cry 5 was again tested with the built in benchmark and the results weren't too different, just 6, better average frame rates at Ultra settings with the Helios in watchdog's there wasn't very much of a performance difference in the average frame rates, just a 3 boost at Ultra settings, but a much larger 60 increase to the 1 alone. Although these get close together at lower settings, Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in bench mark and at Ultra settings there was a 16 improvement to the average frame rates and a 22 boost to the 1 lower, and this rises more at lower settings.
Dota 2 was tested using an intensive replay. These results are not the same as actually playing the game and should be considered as a worst case. The Helius was around 10 better at Ultra settings and 12 better at minimum settings. Doom was tested using Vulcan and yet again the Helius was ahead of the g5 performing around 8, better at Ultra settings rising to a 9 improvement at low settings. I'Ve also got the results from some benchmark tools, including heaven valley and super position benchmarks from Unigine, as well as biased, ranked time. Spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a closer look at these results as expected, the Helios 300 is coming out ahead in old tests, as it's got slightly better graphics at maximum settings in these games tested on average, the Helius was performing 9 percent better than the g5, which Matches up to the 10, or so that I got last time I compared the 1060 and 1060 max gear, but it really depends on the specific game. Realistically, both are great gaming options, but keep in mind that this is the high spec g5. If you get one with the 8300 H, CPU, 1050 or 1050 Ti graphics then expect lower results. I'Ve also just briefly retested pub G with the CPU under bolted and graphics overclocked in both and we're. Just seeing a little performance increase in this game at least it doesn't look like overclocking, the max Q.
Graphics in the g5 was enough to get it to perform at the Helios stock levels. I'Ve used crystal disk mod to test the drives both have MDOT to solder ssds installed in their single MDOT two slots. The g5 had better write speeds, although this will probably vary between regions based on the specific SSD in use. Both do support faster and vme storage. They both also have a single 2.5 inch drive Bay, which was populated with a 5400 rpm hard drive and the one in the g5 was performing a little faster. But again this will vary based on the specific drive configuration. The SD card slots were both tested with the same v9 e rated card, so the card shouldn't be a bottleneck and the reader in the Helios was performing a fair bit better than the one in the g5. Now, for one of the most important differences, the price you can check up to date, pricing using the links in the description, but at the time of recording both were available for twelve hundred US dollars with the same 16, gig of memory, 256 gig SSD and one Terabyte hard drive configuration, although that's with the g5 on sale at the moment, which may change in the future so which laptop? Should you pick if you're, just after a better gaming performance today than the Helios 300 is the clear winner, especially as it's available with the 144 Hertz screen, but it's worth keeping in mind that the g5 has a Thunderbolt port while the helios doesn't so you've got The option of using an external GPU enclosure in the future, with the g5 a great option, as you can't, swap out the graphics cards in either laptop.
Otherwise, the g5 had slightly better build quality in my opinion, and also better battery life. So overall, it does seem a little better outside of gaming performance. Personally, I probably stick to the g5, as it has a more professional look and I prefer the battery improvements at the expense of slightly lower gaming performance, but that's.