Laptop announced date: 27th April 2020
Last reviewed: 21st July 2020
Today's review of the gaming Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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 - Our laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz processor is just about OK as a gamers processor. However, in a year or so this bit of hardware will start to show its age and performance when up against modern game requirements. With 4 processor cores, this hardware is well suited to modern processor actions and good for today’s gaming setup.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, is a poor gamer choice for 2020 AAA games. Look elsewhere for a gamer focused laptop. This GPU has 4GB of VRAM. This is considered an OK amount of VRAM for some of the modern game releases. If you are a gamer then perhaps look for a laptop with more VRAM.
System Memory - A good amount of RAM for gamers, this laptop has 8GB and is capable of running plenty of new release titles during the 2020 gaming year.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2020 gaming laptop. While a smaller laptop provides better portability than perhaps a 15 or 17 inch gaming laptop, it will also compromise your viewability when in game.
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. The refresh rate for this laptop is just ok by modern gaming standards, with a 60Hz version panel available. You will want a higher refresh rate laptop screen if the laptop regularly gets a higher game frame per second number than the refresh rate number. So if you are getting 85FPS and your screen refresh rate is 60Hz, the laptop will always cap off at 60FPS, regardless of what the hardware can return.
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 Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Lets compare the GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 315 at their minimum system requirements and then 0 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
We really want to see how the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Nitro 5 2020 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 9.8 for P2P. 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|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||$858.54||35%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$995.00||30%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$944.95||28%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$769.00||15%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$692.53||0%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$899.99||19%|
How about we compare our Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($986.99) and our laptop is 45% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $858.54. The Nitro 5 2020 laptop in this review is 35% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Nitro 5 2020 laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 131% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU 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 425 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz is 22% worse next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 22% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 22% worse.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. 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 GTX 1650 Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 157% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 0 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 315 games.
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 GTX 1650 Mobile against Cyberpunk 2077. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 40% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop was 40% worse in graphics performance and another popular title today is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we saw our review laptop get 40% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
The Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. What refresh rate does the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 60Hz refresh rates.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. 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.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 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. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $272.99, which was taken on 5th Aug 2020.
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. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $799 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. 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]
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.
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.
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $19, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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|
|*||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|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, priced at $47.14. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.