Acer Nitro 5 Review– In November 2018, we reviewed the $ 700 version, the AMD Ryzen 5-with Acer’s 15.6-inch Nitro 5 laptop gaming budget. Today, we do it again. What has changed, other than the new Nitro for $ 30 ($ 669.99 in Best Buy for our test model)? Yes, the 2018 rig had a quad-core processor Ryzen 5 2500U, and could not be properly controlled by 30 frames per second (fps) at 1080p game.
This one has the new Ryzen 5 4600H AMD – a six-core chip that has the same price as the Intel Core i5 but pulls it out with the Core i7 CPUs – and comes close to 60fps with higher specifications. It makes concessions at its lowest price, but if you can’t afford our $ 999 Editors’ Choice, MI Bravo 15, you’ll find it a bit of a hassle.
While both Nitro 5 and Bravo 15 benefit from AMD’s new build of the “Renoir” CPU, Acer has a lot more to offer at a low price of $ 330. In addition to packing six basic Ryzen 5 compared to the eight Ryzen 7, Nitro 5 has 8GB of memory compared to 16GB and 256GB than 512GB NVMe solid-state drive.
A small SSD is the biggest cutting edge for most people; it will make it harder to install more games. But the opening of the bottom panel reveals the reception area: the second M.2 space is another SSD, and a 2.5-inch drive bay up to a 2TB hard drive. There is a drive cable in the box.
The graphics are powered by 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, so Acer naturally fails to get laptops to play with the GTX 1660 Ti. Since you will not see frame rates above 60fps, the IPS screen adheres to a standard 60Hz refresh rate instead of a 120Hz rendering or faster panel.
Acer Nitro 5 Overview Review
- MD Ryzen 9 5900HX + RTX 3080 is a powerful combo
- A comfortable 4-zone RGB keyboard
- 1440p 165Hz display
- Decent array of ports
- Doubles as an emergency power bank
- Upgraded to HDMI 2.1
- Build quality can be improved
- Would be better if they made it lighter
- Slight thermal throttling
- Lacks SD card reader
- The display is a little dim
Unboxing the new Acer Nitro 5
In this review of Acer Nitro 5, we will look at the variants powered by AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. To start with unboxing, you should be able to find at least the following items inside:
- Setup guide
- International warranty guide
- Planet Stickers9
- HDD upgrade cable
- Additional screws
- Brick charging
- Power cord
- Acer Nitro 5 portable gaming computer itself
For the most part, this variant of Acer Nitro 5 is the same. Basically, the update so the most important thing is inside the laptop, but we will find out later. The lid itself has the Acer logo in the center, with some lumps in the left and right parts facing the center as it descends with a more aggressive look.
Open the cover and get a 15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz IPS display, a full 4-zone RGB chiclet keyboard with Numpad, and your own track-of-mill-trackpad. The bezels are also on the big side but nothing excessive. This is where you start to see more about Acer focusing more on the interior to attract the most important buyers. The display is slightly loose, especially if you type hard.
On the left, you have a Kensington Lock, an air vent, an RJ45 LAN port, two USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. On the right, you have a USB-C port, another USB-A port, an HDMI port, and an air vent. In case you are wondering, the charging port is located at the back, connected between the two rear ends. You should note that the background is mostly red, allowing it to glow slightly in the dark of its construction.
Moving downstairs, you have some air vents, speaker grilles, product stickers, and five stands. It is worth noting that only four of the five tents are made of rubber and the only one left is small and only plastic. One thing is that you get a clear view of the 10 screw holes here, the other hidden with an Acer warranty void sticker in the center.
All in all, the Acer Nitro 5 looks like your standard gaming computer. The quality of the construction is decent and the look can be improved. Given the scope and design choices of this product, we are sure that they are more focused on the interior and work better than anything else.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX @ 3.3 GHz (up to 4.6 GHz Boost), 16M, 8C/16T, 7nm FinFET, 45W TDP|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz (Can be upgraded up to 32GB)|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6|
|GPU||1TB NVMe PCIe SSD (WD PC SN530)|
1 x HDD slot (HDD upgrade kit included)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, 2×2 MU-MIMO, (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Bluetooth 5.0
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (supports power-off USB charging)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 x RJ45 LAN (Killer Ethernet E2600 with Wake On LAN support)
|DISPLAY||15.6″ QHD (2560 x 1440) 165Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB|
1 x HDMI 2.1
|AUDIO||Speakers Array microphones HD Audio 1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack|
|OTHERS||4-zone RGB keyboard 720p HD webcam with Super HDR|
|POWER||180W power adapter 57.5Whr 4-cell Li-ion battery|
|DIMENSIONS||363.4 x 255 x 23.9 mm|
Starting our standstill with CrystalDiskMark, the Acer Nitro 5 has a good speed as you can see above here. Basically, loading speed and start times will be much faster, and you will be able to enjoy high-speed transfers as well. Storage space is definitely plentiful but if that is not enough, there is empty SATA space so you can install an HDD or SATA SSD if you wish.
Moving on to the Cinebench R15, the Acer Nitro 5 has one of the highest scores on our list of branded devices to date. This is not surprising given the power of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX but it is still very interesting to see the statistics with our own eyes in both layers and in many.
As for the Cinebench R20, the same pattern can be seen as it is able to get high scores and in both unmarried and different parts. The only computer out there is a laptop that uses the same CPU, indicating that it may be due to better upgrades or temperatures.
This is the part where it gets fun as the GPU also starts working. On Unigine SuperPosition’s 4K Optimized bench, the Acer Nitro 5 holds some excellent points. Laptops above them use the same GPU, though it’s interesting to see it lose RTX 2070 SUPER.
It starts to look better on the benchmark of 3DMark’s Time Spy as the Acer Nitro 5 holds quite high points, with the top 3 laptops here using the same RTX 3080 GPU. This should give you a solid indication of how well the machine can play.
As for the Port Royal 3DMark bench that tests the power of real-time tracking, I still find it strange that the Acer Nitro 5 loses the same machine that uses the RTX 2070 SUPER. In this particular case, I believe that software development is necessary to unleash the true power of the RTX 3080 as it was not a hot heat during the test, but we will have to wait for that.
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