Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 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 Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2022. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2022. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 32GB, is excellent for meeting 2022 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2022, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. We normally look at 17 inches for a gaming laptop, but 15 is still the most popular choice for portability versus viewing screen size. But when looking for a portable gaming the larger screen size offered by a 17 inch means you can enjoy your games that little bit more. Its always going to come down to personal preference and there will surely be something to meet everyone’s tastes.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. 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.
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
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, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 495 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 416 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare 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 Predator Triton 500 configuration is placed at 7th position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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|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||$1,596.89||65%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1999||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||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699||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||0%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Predator Triton 500 range. It currently offers 191% 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. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The Predator Triton 500 laptop in this review is 154% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 43% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 420 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 497 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is 13% worse next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 3% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 3% better.
How does the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. We choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. This comparison shows that laptop to be 36% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 416, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 495.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 4% worse performance while against Star Citizen it’s 53% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 4% worse.
The Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2’s 1080p panel? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is available in 144Hz variety.
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. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
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.
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
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $311.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. 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.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $618 and should be a nice accompaniment to the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.