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How’s it Going everybody, the Predator Triton 500 is one of Acer’s slimed downed gaming laptops that looks all nice and sleek but definitely packs a ton of horsepower underneath the body.
So specs wise the latest Triton 500 models comes out with a 6 core 12 thread i7- 9750H that can turbo boost to 4.5ghz. Your GPU options range from a RTX 2060 MaxQ up to an RTX 2080 MaxQ then for memory you get 2 DDR4 SODIMM slots that is specced up to 32gb but should be upgradeable to 64GBs, but well get into that later. For storage you get space for 2x m.2 NVMe SSDs and a 2.5” SSD or harddrive. Then finally for pricing the Triton 500 ranges from around $1700 or R30’000 to $2700 or R50’000 here in South Africa.
Now even though that isn’t the cheapest its very well balanced between all the other thin and light gaming laptops on the market. Also all those specs in a laptop that is only 18mm thick and weighs 2.1kg is still crazy to me.
So then for that thin body you get this very sleek matte black aluminum shell that definitely does not feel cheap. It still attracts fingerprints but not as bad as some others. At the back of the display you get the light blue backlight Predator logo which might be a bit much for some but I liked it, it’s not too crazy gamery.
For IO you actually get a good amount for this thin body and if you really wanted more you can always get a thunderbolt 3 hub for even more options.
When lifting up the screen which you can do with a single finger you get a compact 3 zoned RGB backlight keyboard with some dedicated keys on the right side and gaming themed keycaps on some of the keys. The switches do have a nice soft and silent keypress that I had no issue using writing numerous reviews on already. The more medium sized track pad was honestly pretty much perfect with smooth and precise tracking.
As for the display you get a 15.6” full HD IPS display that runs at 144hz and has G-Sync for smoother frames. I actually used Triton for a couple of my game streams and it was great to game on, with super smooth high frame rates. Also I have used the Triton to edit around the last 8 videos on the channel and it worked great. With the screen having a color accuracy of – 95% for sRGB, 60% for Adobe RGB and a DeltaE of 3.22. Its not perfect but good enough for most work and definitely for gaming.
Then for a last note it does look that you will get a 300hz model in the near future. So looking forward to that.
DeltaE deviation of 3.43 (Grayscale) and 3.22 (Color)
sRGB- 95% – Adobe RGB – 60%
Moving on to the speakers you get 2x 2W front bottom firing speakers that was decently loud and crisp but with no sub the bass was lacking.
Then Just before we get into the performance, let’s talk about the cooling because that’s usually a problem with these thin and light gaming laptops especially if you don’t have a aircoon like I do. For the cooling solution you have air intakes at the top and bottom and exhaust on the sides. The Triton has 3 fans 1 for the CPU and 2 for the GPU. Not sure why but the CPU one is the slowest at 4700 rpm which does impact performance whereas the other 2 range between 6300 and 6600 RPM.
On idle the CPU hovers around 50degrees and 4.3ghz and the GPU at 43degrees.
When running a CPU only blender workload the CPU jumps up to around 90degrees and drops clock speeds to around 2.8ghz.
Then for a GPU only Furmark stress test the GPU reaches a max of around 76degrees but the idle CPU also jumps to around 75 degrees at 4.1ghz because of the shared cooling.
Then when jumping into a match of battlefield 5 the cpu hovered around the 80s and 90s and clock speeds at 3ghz. The GPU stayed at 75 degrees at 50% usage, but we’ll get into that later.
So then jumping into performance, I have the high end RTX 2080 MaxQ model here again with the six core i7 9750H. I was able to run every game at max settings where it ranged from 76 to 174 fps. For ray tracing its not really the best because of the heavy RT Core reduction Nvidia did on the Max-Q cards but still useable. More synthetic benchmarks like Fire Strike and Heaven did also do quite well and more productivity benchmarks was also good on the CPU. For the Overall the performance was definitely good for a thin and light.
But something interesting I found out because this is my first High High end laptop and thanks to the guys at Hardware Unboxed is that you actually get 2 variants of the RTX 2080 Max-Q. You get a 80W veriant that boosts to 1095mhz and a 90W variant that boosts to 1230mhz which roughly gives you around 7% more performance and unfortunately the model I have here has the 80W variant. Now I’m not blaming Acer for this I’m not even sure if they have a say over which one they get because Nvidia hasn’t even addressed this and just says RTX 2080 Max-Q. So in effect you get 4 RTX 2080s now the Desktop, laptop, max-Q 90W and Max-Q 80W each with different performance. And by looking at the benchmarks it does seem that the Triton 500 hits the power limit of the RTX 2080 Max-Q before the thermal limit. In some games the CPU does bottleneck the GPU. But currently there isn’t really any other mobile CPUs at this level except the i9 mobile CPUs but because of temps that’s just kinda a waist in such a thin laptop.
Then as for upgradeability that’s going to be really hard because to upgrade anything you need to take out the entire motherboard which for MANY is not an option, so make sure you spec your model correctly.
Finally, for the battery you get a quite large 180w power adaptor and a 54 Watt-hour 4 cell Lithium-Ion battery that will last around Around 2 and a half hours of casual media consumption 1 hour 15min gaming