Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Nitro 5 2020 AN515-54-5812
Laptop announced date: 27th April 2020
Last reviewed: 12th August 2021
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
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Is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This portable Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz cpu, is OK and can play some 2021 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. Modern AAA gaming uses CPU cores for simultaneous processing activities and increases game performance. The processor we find in the laptop here has 4 cores. This is a good number of cores for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics solution is not up to modern 2021 AAA gaming. This GPU has 4GB VRAM, which is an OK amount for most modern games, but there are certainly graphics solutions that provide plenty more VRAM than this.
System Memory - This laptop system memory meets most modern AAA game requirements in 2021 and is a good amount for a gaming laptop.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2021 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. 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. Ok, after considering those thoughts on refresh rates, we have 60Hz refresh rate in the review laptop here. This isn’t great but would be mostly ok for gaming. That is unless you felt like this laptop could achieve higher FPS than the refresh rate offered here. In this case, and providing your budget allowed, look for a better refresh rate screen.
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Far Cry 6 at 1080p ultra settings. Coming loaded with the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 266 games at their minimum system specs and 0 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 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 Nitro 5 2020 comes with. What we have done in this Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We score the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 9.2 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. With a number of Nitro 5 2020 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 5th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$991.89||29%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$799.99||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,249.00||15%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,192.00||12%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$764.00||0%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$899.99||8%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 58% 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 $999. 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 Nitro 5 2020 laptop currently has 38% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB 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. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 131% better performance than our laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz.
Currently 0 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz. Or it is 394 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
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 New World which currently our Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz is 1% worse next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 22% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 56% worse.
How does the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 157% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 0 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 266 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the New World which currently our GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile is 19% worse next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 56% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 50% worse.
The Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 15.6" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. It’s worth noting that the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 60Hz.
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.
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
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
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $618 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $618 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
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4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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 Priced Mouse and Headset for Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.