Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 5th February 2020
The Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2020 gaming. 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 laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2020. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - A laptop with 32GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2020 and into the future.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2020 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. Look to the 17 inch laptops for a better physical screen size, so you can enjoy the games more clearly. That is our normal ideal gaming laptop screen size.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop So refresh rates are pretty important.This laptop has an excellent screen for gaming with its 144Hz refresh rate. But look for a panel that is over 60Hz for a gaming laptop and that should be ok too.
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 497 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 451 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Predator Triton 500 comes with. What we have done in this Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We currently give the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop a 6.2 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. Looking at how this configuration of the Predator Triton 500 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 4th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop 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 1.0TB SSD model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,499.00||64%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1999.00||24%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||0%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2499.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2899.00||7%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 175% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $986.99. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 155% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $858.54.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Predator Triton 500 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 43% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 466 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 in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 499 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 24% better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 24% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 24% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 36% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 451 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 497 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q against Cyberpunk 2077. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 35% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop was 35% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we saw our review laptop get 35% better compared to our laptop gpu.
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 1.0TB SSD’s physical 15.6" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. You can find the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD panel with 144Hz refresh rate variants.
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. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
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?
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.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $294.99. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 5th Aug 2020, where we saw it was costing $272.99.
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $829.99 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $799. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where it was seen at $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $11.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $19 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
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 1.0TB SSD laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $47.14. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.