The Acer Predator Triton 500 is a great gaming device that can be equipped with a six-core Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. At the same time, this notebook is really thin and light (for a powerful gaming machine) – 17.8mm and 2.09 kg. When we add a keyboard with an RGB backlight and a superb screen in the mix, we have one great gaming notebook that is able to produce high FPS values no matter the game. If you haven’t checked our in-depth review about this Acer laptop you can find it here.
Here are our Top 5 picks about the Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-51).
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3 reasons to BUY the Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-51)
1. The build
This is a really good looking gaming laptop – its design isn’t too intrusive unlike some other laptops from this category that are screaming “I’m a gaming notebook”. As we already mentioned, its a light and thin machine that is made almost entirely of aluminum.
2. Great screen
The IPS screen (AUO B156HAN08.2 AUO82ED) offers comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio – 1220:1 (1030:1 after profiling), a 93% sRGB color gamut coverage, and it’s completely PWM-free. Thanks to our “Gaming and Web design” profile the panel can show some good average dE values – 1.6.
For such a thin device, thew upgradability options are fine. We have two RAM DIMMs and two M.2 NVMe slots that support RAID 0.
2 reasons not to BUY the Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-51)
1. Hot and loud
Thin, light, powerful – unfortunately, there are some sacrifices. The cooling solution looks like a well designed one but it really struggles to cool down the internals. The CPU temperature is acceptable, the GPU thermals are on the high side, the fans are producing a lot of noise during gaming, and the shell is getting really hot – 57 °C.
Average core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i7-8750H||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|Acer Predator Triton 500||2.89 GHz (B+31%) @ 76°C||2.79 GHz (B+27%) @ 85°C||2.65 GHz (B+20%) @ 77°C|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)|
|Acer Predator Triton 500||1220 MHz @ 74°C||1216 MHz @ 81°C|
2. Not-so-easy to upgrade
Ok, the upgradability of this laptop is good. Sadly, the whole process of disassembly is really hard. If you want to add new M.2 SSD you have to remove a lot of screws, then you have to remove the battery, after that, there are more screws waiting for you as well as some ribbon cables, and (of course) more screws (some are a bit hidden).