Acer Predator Helios 700 (PH717-72) vs Helios 700 (PH717-71) – the beast gets updated

The new Acer laptop is sporting a new look as well as new hardware. The CPU and GPU have been upgraded to the newest generation in both configurations, making it a pretty good choice for a gaming laptop. The size of this big boy is the same, with a 17.3” screen and a thickness of 41.7mm, but it is 100 grams lighter, which makes it 4.8 kg. Still a bit on the heavier side but it is to be expected with such a powerful beast.

Now, let’s see what did Acer do in order to improve this mighty machine, and if there are some surprises hiding behind the corner.

You can see the PH717-72’s configurations in our Specs System:

You can also see its predecessor, the PH717-71’s prices configurations in our Specs System:



Design: similar, yet different

At first, both laptops seem the same – the PH717-72 only has the logo on the back of the screen. Additionally, the HDMI port has been moved to the side, and perhaps the biggest difference here is that the laptop now requires two chargers – hence, the two power ports on the back.

Display: like fine wine

Acer has decided to use the same 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz IPS display for the new device, so we can expect smooth experience while gaming or doing video editing. Provided that it is the same panel as last year, it shouldn’t use PWM to adjust the screen brightness, which would be good for the eyes.

Hardware: SUPER Gen

Once again, Acer has added new Gen CPUs to their new laptop, which pushes its performance even further.
The standard CPU for this model is the Core i7-10875H with 8 cores and 16 threads, which is plenty for almost anything you do. This time, however, Acer has outdone themselves, giving you the option of the monster Core i9-10980HK, which offers the same core and thread count as its Core i7 counterpart, but its frequency is 2.40-5.10 GHz, and its multiplier is unlocked.

When it comes to the GPUs we have the SUPER versions of the NVIDIA cards, which is quite the boost compared to the normal ones. The RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER are faster than a speeding bullet, while still having plenty of room to breathe normally, even when pushed.

Connectivity and ports: lightning-fast

The three type-A and two type-C USB ports have remained the same, which is still very good. The Ethernet port is now connected to the new Killer e3100G controller for lower latency, ensuring you always get a blazing fast connection of up to 2.5 Gpbs. The headset and microphone jacks also make a return.

Storage and other specs: glowing Wi-Fi

This laptop offers up to 2TB SSD, meaning you will always have plenty of room for your files. The glowing keyboard has not changed, which is still good. And to sweeten the deal the new Wi-Fi format is present, Wi-Fi 6 which allows your internet speed to be up to 9.6Gbps.

Spec comparison

Display17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS
CPUIntel Core i9-10980HK, Core i7-10875HIntel Core i9-9980HK, Core i7-9750H
Base / Max CPU frequency2.40 – 5.10 GHz, 2.30 – 5.10 GHz2.40 – 5.00 GHz, 2.60 – 4.50 GHz
MemoryDDR4 2933MHzDDR4 2666MHz
Storage2x M.2 PCIe x4 slots, with RAID 0 support2x M.2 PCIe x4 slots, with RAID 0 support
Gigabit WiFi802.11ax802.11ac
Battery70Wh, 4-cell
ReviewIn-depth review


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william blake
william blake
3 years ago

290 nits in a 3,5k usd machine?
5 kilos but still noisy as hell?(you have all the room to put big, low rpm coolers in it)
19inch case but 17 inch screen? how cool is that?
this machine is an epitome of gaming laptop market, absolute crap.