Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 5th February 2020
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
Is the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 6 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2021. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. We would normally be aiming for 17 inch panels for a good gaming laptop dimension. However, they are heavier and bigger, so it really depends on how portable you want your laptop.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 144Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Grand Theft Auto VI, Battlefield 6 and Resident Evil 8. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 495 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 435 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
We really want to see how the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Predator Triton 500 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
This laptop gets a 5.7 for P2P. This version of the Predator Triton 500 laptop is currently positioned at 7th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2400MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,566.99||68%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1999.00||33%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||17%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||7%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2499.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2899.00||0%|
How about we compare our Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 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 ($999.00) and our laptop is 191% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Predator Triton 500 laptop against the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 175% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $853.00 to consider.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Predator Triton 500 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. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz which delivers 53% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Interestingly we can see 443 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 3% better, and compared to Battlefield 6 it is 12% better , where as against Resident Evil 8 it delivers 9% worse performance.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Lets look at the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile which we compare to the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 41% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 435 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 495 games.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 4% worse, and compared to Battlefield 6 it is 4% better , where as against Resident Evil 8 it delivers 4% better performance.
With 4K monitors being ever present and often talked about in the same breath as the term ‘future proof’, its always worth exploring the idea that you should be looking at 4K instead of this 1080p laptop. Our Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2’s physical 15.6" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. 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. We can see 144Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $299.00 and would work well with our Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $629.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $629.99. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
[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.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. Just for quick reference this mouse has increased its price by $12.99 over the past two weeks. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $39.99. Looking a little deeper at this headset’s pricing history shows it has increased its price by $39.99 over the past two weeks. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.