Laptop announced date: 16th June 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Welcome to our Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice for CPU. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile, is good at running 2021 AAA titles and a good choice for a gamer on the move. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM which is a good amount, that will help deliver smooth gaming experiences. There are laptop GPU solutions with more VRAM, but there are certainly some with less as well.
System Memory - A good amount of RAM for gamers, this laptop has 8GB and is capable of running plenty of new release titles during the 2021 gaming year.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2021 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. We would probably prefer the larger 17 inch size laptop for an ideal gamers laptop, but perhaps this smaller size would tick your requirement for smaller and more portable.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card that's powering the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 489 at min system specs and will run 307 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Predator Helios 300 model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We currently give the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop a 0 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. Today the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop sits at 5th place compared to all the other permutations of the Predator Helios 300 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1499.99||100%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,495.99||100%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,580.00||100%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,570.00||100%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Predator Helios 300 range. It currently offers 100% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999.00. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $853.00. Our Predator Helios 300 laptop is 100% worse on Price to Performance.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Predator Helios 300 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 45% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz which is found in this review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 463, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 9% better in performance. Compared to Battlefield 6 our laptop processor is 17% better.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Predator Helios 300 mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Housing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile GPU that performs 73% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 307 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 489 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Resident Evil 8 recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 18% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 28% worse performance. We also see the 18% worse performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Battlefield 6 for it’s graphics requirements.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15.6" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. The Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 144Hz refresh rate versions.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB 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 $299.00. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
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 $629.99. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $629.99 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. It’s price, over the past couple of weeks, has increased a bit, by $12.99. So with a little look around you should be able to find some more savings on this mouse. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$57.95|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Acer Predator Helios 300 i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. As a point of interest this headset has increased its price by $39.99 over the past two weeks. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.