Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Nitro 5 2020
Laptop announced date: 21st July 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor, the Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz, is excellent and can meet 2022 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile is not a gamers graphics solution. And while with some tweaks some games in 2022 might run, this is certainly not a gamers laptop option. Some AAA games can use a lot of VRAM. This laptop GPU comes with 4GB of VRAM, which isnt a lot by today’s standards. And while it is OK, the VRAM may start to cause a bit of a problem in future AAA games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2022 gaming laptop. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. You can get this laptop with 60Hz refresh rate which, for gaming, is an ok refresh rate.
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. The GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 252 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 0 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $1192 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
With a P2P rating of 9.9 today the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Here we look at how our version of this Nitro 5 2020 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 4th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
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|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$991.89||15%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$799.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,249.00||2%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,192.00||0%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$764.00||12%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$899.99||21%|
How about we compare our Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999) and our laptop is 41% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. The next best model is MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $1049. Our Nitro 5 2020 review laptop is 23% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
How does the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Nitro 5 2020 laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 33% better compared to our laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 452 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 14% better in performance. Compared to Star Citizen our laptop processor is 1% better.
How does the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Nitro 5 2020 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 157% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 0 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 252 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 49% worse performance while against Star Citizen it’s 19% worse and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 49% worse.
The Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15.6" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is available in 60Hz variety.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $311.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $618 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.