Laptop announced date: 5th February 2020
Last reviewed: 5th February 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - This portable Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz cpu, is OK and can play some 2020 games. Obviously you can make some graphics setting adjustments here and there to improve game performances. But over the coming months the processor will start to struggle against the higher game requirements that come around. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2020 gaming. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - Our review laptop here has an excellent quantity of RAM for 2020 AAA games. The 16GB of RAM will meet the game requirements of the foreseeable future as well.
Screen Size - Today’s 2020 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. 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 - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 144Hz gaming laptop refresh rate. But otherwise for peace of mind, try and find a laptop panel that is more than 60Hz and that will still be ok.
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 497 games at minimum system requirements and 451 games at their 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 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We score the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD 5.9 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Predator Triton 500 lineup, is currently placed at 6th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,499.00||71%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1999.00||29%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||14%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB SSD||$2699.00||4%|
|i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2499.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2899.00||3%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 186% 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. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $858.54. Our Predator Triton 500 laptop currently has 166% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
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. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 94% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 204 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 486 games.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 2% worse, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 2% worse , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 2% worse performance.
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K 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 2080 Super 8GB 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 36% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Interestingly we can see 451 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU 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 497 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop GPU is 35% better in performance. Compared to Watch Dogs Legion our laptop graphics performance is 35% better.
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 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD’s physical 15.6" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. This review laptop has 144Hz refresh rate versions available.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. If the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
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 well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $294.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would cost $272.99.
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $829.99 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $799 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[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?
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $11.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $19 during these past two weeks. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Acer Predator Triton 500 i7-8750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB SSD. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $47.14. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.