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Acer Predator Triton 500 (2020) Full Review: Thin But Super Fast

Recently, Acer introduced a new product for the Predator Triton line, namely the Acer Predator Triton 500 (2020), where this product is also the latest variant of last year's Predator Triton 500 with various new improvements.

This Predator Triton 500 (2020) is at the same time a top-class gaming laptop that comes with a thin body, a short description that best fits this Predator Triton 500. Equipped with an RTX 2080 and a 300Hz display, this laptop comes as a gamer's dream. However, what is the performance of this new Predator Triton 500 like? Read more in our discussion this time.

Specifications of Acer Predator Triton 500

Basic Info
Product namePredator Triton 500 PT515-51 | Core i7
CategoryLaptop
BrandAcer
Laptop TypeGaming
OSWindows 10
Screen
Screen Size15.6 inch
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixels
Hardware
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i7
Processor Number8750H
Number of CoresSingle Core
Processor Speed4.1 GHz
cache9 MB
Memory
RAM16GB
Memory Slots2 slot(s)
Memory TypeDDR4
Storage
Number of Hard Drive1 Hard Drive(s)
HDD Capacity512GB
Storage Speed7200RPM
Storage TypeSSD
GPU
Graphics Card TypeGeForce® RTX 2080
Graphics Card Memory Size8GB
Graphics CardNVIDIA
Port
USB 2.01 Port(s)
USB 3.01 Port(s)
USB 3.11 Port(s)
USB Type-C1 Port(s)
Design
Weight2.1 kg
ColorBlack
Dimensions17.9 x 358.5 x 255 mm
Battery
Average Battery Life8 Hours
Battery4-cells, 5400 mAh

Full Review of Acer Predator Triton 500

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Design and Specification

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This Predator Triton 500 (2020) comes with a main kitchen runway using a Core i7-10875H (8C/16T, 45 Watt TDP, clocked up to 5.1 GHz), 32 GB DDR4 RAM (2x 16 GB, operating at DDR4-2933), main storage SSD 2x 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe (RAID 0), GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8 GB GDDR6, and connectivity brings Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (Wi-Fi 6/AX, Bluetooth 5), and Killer E3100 ( 2.5 GBE).

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The screen from the latest Predator Triton 500 uses a large 16.6″ screen with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), with an IPS panel and has a refresh rate of 300 Hz. The form factor is a metallic Clamshell with dimensions of 358.5 x 255 x 17.9 mm and a weight of only 2.10 kg, and the keyboard has RGB per-key.

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The connectors and buttons on the left side of the laptop consist of DC In, 2.5 GbE, USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0, Microphone Jack, and Headphone Jack. As for the right side, it consists of Thunderbolt 3, Mini Display Port, and 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1.

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This gaming laptop has software called Predator Sense, where this software functions to regulate Lightning on the keyboard, set Fan, do Overclocking to Monitoring the overall condition of the laptop.

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Performance Test


To test the performance of the Predator Triton 500 (2020), we ran a set of benchmarks that we generally use when testing a gaming laptop. The tests that we run this time consist of tests that measure the consistency of laptop performance, measure graphics scores to the speed performance of the main storage.

CPU Max. Core Ratio – Single Core

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Cinebench R15 (Performance Consistency)

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3DMark (Fire Strike, Time Spy, Port Royal)

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Max-Q Dynamic Boost (3DMark Fire Strike)

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CrystalDisk Mark

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Gaming Test

It's not complete to test a gaming laptop, but it's not accompanied by tests when playing games. Of course, we tested a number of games on this Predator Triton 500, both standard to AAA games. In the condition that the laptop is powered on with the adapter, here are the results we get:

  • CS:GO (1080p, Low): 300 fps and up
  • Valorant (1080p, Max): 200 - 300 fps
  • PUBG (1080p, Medium): 115 – 145 fps
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (1080p, Ultra): 215 – 250 fps
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (1080p, High): 90 – 120 fps
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p, DX12, High, RTX Off): 110 – 120 fps
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p, DX12, High, RTX Ultra): 50 – 65 fps
What about when a gaming laptop is used without an adapter and relies entirely on the built-in battery? We tested it playing one game, Shadow of the Tomb Rider (benchmark), comparing it when playing with the adapter and with the battery; with the following results:

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Benchmark)

  • Plugged On: Average 107 fps
  • On Battery: Average 31 fps

Battery Life

We used the 1080p Video Playback test to test the battery life of this new Predator Triton 500. Video Playback itself is divided into two, where one test uses Discrete GPU Only, while the other is Switchable with a Refresh Rate of 60 Hz.

As a result, with Discrete GPU Only, the laptop lasts up to 2 hours 10 minutes. While Switchable with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, the laptop can last up to 5 hours 10 minutes.

For the speed of recharging the laptop until the battery is fully charged, the Predator Triton 500 takes approximately 2 hours.

Cooling System & Working Temperature

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This Predator Triton 500 (2020) uses 3 4th Gen Aeroblade fans as its cooling system, with the working temperatures we tested for the CPU and GPU showing the following working temperatures:

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  • CPU – Cinebench R20 (30 minutes):
  • Average at 85°C
  • Max. at 95°C
  • GPU – 3DMark Fire Strike Stress Test
  • Normal Mode: Max. 70°C
  • Turbo Mode: Max. 63°C (Fan Max)
It's quite interesting to see how the CPU performance can be higher compared to the GPU temperature which is much cooler when used, even when Turbo mode is running. For information, when Turbo mode is run, the fan works very fast and may tend to be "noisy" for some people, so if you want to use the laptop in fast mode, it's better to use headphones or the like so as not to be disturbed by the sound of the fan running fast. .

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Predator Triton 500 comes with prices ranging from $1,699.99 - $2,599.99.