It’s not all doom and gloom in the world caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Tech brands continue to churn out new products despite the sombre mood, albeit sans physical launch events. Acer today announced two new gaming products—the Predator Triton 500 and Acer Nitro 5 gaming notebooks. The polarising duo packs the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, newly-announced NVIDIA GeForce RTX Super and GTX GPUs, alongside enhanced thermal performance.
Predator Triton 500
For the serious gamer, it’s hard to not to seriously consider the Predator Triton 500. Now with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors and up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super or 2070 Super GPUs with Max-Q Design, the scorcher of a notebook delivers what you’d expect—ultimate gaming performance. On top of that, the notebook supports up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2TB of NVMe RAID 0 SSD storage.
Impressively, it will give you 7.5 hours of battery life, so whether you’re gaming or doing work, the Predator Triton 500 will keep going until you’re spent.
What more, it has a industry-leading 300Hz IPS panel with a 3ms overdrive response time. It’s a superb panel delivering 100% sRGB colour gamut and typical IPS-panel 178-degree viewing angle. Also, expect tear-free, silky smooth performance thanks to NVIDIA G-Sync.
With narrow bezels all-round, the Predator Triton 500 offers an impressive 81 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Connectivity-wise, you can expect the lag-free, high-speed performance from the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i wireless controller, E3100G ethernet controller and Control Center 2.0.
Keeping things super cool is Acer’s Vortex Flow technology—a new design involving three custom-engineered fans strategically placed in the all-metal chassis. The fans work in tandem to increase airflow while also reducing noise. This is enhanced by CoolBoost technology which dynamically increases fan speeds for optimal performance. Furthermore, you can monitor the device’s temperature and adjust fan speed manually through PredatorSense UI.
Pushing things further is the all-metal 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan that’s designed to maximise airflow and reduce noise. The serrated edges, winglet and curved fin result in up to 45 percent increase in airflow. By adding five heat pipes to the mix, the 2020 Predator Triton 500 delivers 33 percent better thermal performance compared to its predecessor.
Acer Nitro 5
At the other end of the spectrum is the new Nitro 5, the gaming notebook for the budget conscious. “Budget conscious” is a little misleading though because the Nitro 5 neither lacks good looks nor performance. Which is why the Nitro series does so well in the mid-level gaming market.
The 2020 Nitro 5 rocks up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (5GHz) with graphics options including the GeForce RTX 2060 or latest GeForce GTX 1650Ti or 1650 GPUs. These are paired with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to two m.2 PCIe SSDs and a 1TB HDD storage.
You will appreciate the Nitro 5’s 15.6-inch FHD IPS display, available with 144Hz or 120Hz refresh rates. It delivers 3ms response time, 72 percent NTSC and a peak brightness of 300 nits.
Not left out are several new innovations in terms of thermal solutions. It packs a dual-fan cooling system that features strategically-placed intake/exhaust ports and four heat vents that achieve an overall 25 percent thermal improvement over the 2019 model. This is further optimised by CoolBoost technology, which increases fan speed by 10 percent and improves CPU/GPU cooling by 9 percent.
The 2020 Nitro 5 also packs Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (802.11ax) and Killer Ethernet E2600 for ultimate network stability and performance.
Price and availability
The Predator Triton 500 will be available in North America in May starting at USD2,199.99 (~MYR9,597); in EMEA also in May starting at EUR1,899; and in China in May starting at CNY14,999.
Meanwhile, the Nitro 5 will be available in North America in May starting at USD749.99 (~MYR3,272); in EMEA in May from EUR899; and in China starting April, from CNY6,499.
Pricing and availability in Malaysia are currently unknown.
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