Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD review, including today's price to performance
Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
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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 Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 6 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution we find in this gaming laptop can run most modern AAA titles and is an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice of GPU. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern 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 - Today’s 2021 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. 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 - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop
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: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition or Far Cry 6. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. We find a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 495 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is also capable of running 425 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
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.
With a P2P rating currently of 6.2 out of 10 for the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. This version of the Predator Triton 500 laptop is currently positioned at 5th 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.
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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 1.0TB SSD model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,596.89||54%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1999||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||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699||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||7%|
Our Predator Triton 500 laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 172% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Predator Triton 500 laptop currently has 137% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. 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 43% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 429 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 497 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop CPU is 36% better in performance. Compared to God of War 2018 our laptop processor is 26% better.
How does the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Predator Triton 500 laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 36% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q from our review laptop.
Our laptop GPU beats 425 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 495 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at God of War 2018 which shows our laptop video card has 35% better performance than it. How about Far Cry 6, where we see our GPU is 6% worse. Then there is 53% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.
The Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
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. Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. This review laptop has 144Hz refresh rate versions available.
It would be more likely that we would have to lower the AAA game resolution to 1080p or maybe 1440p and by doing so get back some of the FPS to a playable level. But by doing this the game moves away from its native 4K resolution and starts to look unclear. 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.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $311.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $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 1.0TB SSD laptop. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. 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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
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If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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 Priced Mouse and Headset for Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD laptop
A mouse 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 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. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. 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|
|**||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|
You could pick up a headset 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 Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.