Inside Acer Predator Helios 300 17 (2019, PH317-53) – disassembly and upgrade options
Acer Predator Helios 300 is shaping to be one of the most awaited gaming laptops. We’ve received a ton of requests to take it for a review and since we did, let’s start with a short “what’s inside” article.
1. Remove the bottom plate
In order to remove the bottom plate, you have to deal with some Phillips-head screws. Then pry the panel with a plastic pry tool. Pretty standard for a modern laptop – no service lids, no fancy panels.
2. Battery, memory, and storage
Acer has equipped the Helios 300 2019 with a modest 59Wh battery pack. It can be removed by unscrewing two Phillips-head screws and unplugging the battery connector from the motherboard. On the memory side, there are two RAM DIMMs, able to hold 32GB of DDR4 memory, while the storage comprises two M.2 drives working in RAID 0 (optionally) and a SATA 2.5″ drive.
4. Cooling system
Interestingly, there are only three heat pipes cooling the powerful internals of this laptop – one common for both the CPU and the GPU and one more each for them. Additionally, the design includes a pretty substantial plate cooling the rest of the area around the graphics card.