Picking a gaming laptop is a hard choice even for a tech-savvy gamer. Aside from the processor, graphic card, RAM memory and screen resolution you have to keep at mind price, hard disk space, weight, battery life… It all becomes a nightmare once you start comparing models and brands. Lucky for those of you who go after newly released hardware – processor in this case – there are not so many options and the decision should be easy. The only con to have the latest processor in your laptop is the price tag.
What we have at the lowest price point at the moment is the latest Acer laptop – Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7.
A quick summary of the hardware:
- Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK processor Hexa-core 2.90 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology up to 4.8GHz
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8 GB Dedicated Memory
- 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM
- 2 TB HDD and 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS
Other hardware components are: Backlit four-zoned RGB Keyboard, Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AC 1550 802.11ac, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0, 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C)port, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 X Display port, Full HD display at 144Hz, two built-in Speakers and Subwoofer.
Lowest price to pay as of now for those of you who want to have the latest Intel i9 processor is $2,374.21(as of writing the article) for the laptop. At 1.5″ thick and 8.82 lb heavy, this is not so bad compared to other more expensive models – ASUS ROG G703, XPC MSI GT75 TITAN, CUK GT75 Titan or slightly less equipped for gaming Dell XPS 15 9570. The chart below shows the major components in each one of those.
|component||Acer Predator Helios 500||ASUS ROG G703||CUK GT75 Titan||Dell XPS 15 9570||MSI GT75 TITAN|
|VGA||GeForce® GTX 1070 8 GB||GeForce® GTX 1080 8 GB||GeForce® GTX 1080 8 GB||GeForce® GTX 1050Ti 4 GB||GeForce® GTX 1080 8 GB|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4||32 GB DDR4||32 GB DDR4||32 GB DDR4||32 GB DDR4|
|Screen||17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS||17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS||17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS||15.6″ Ultra HD |
(3840 x 2160)
|17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS|
Even though it comes with 16 GB of ram you can always expand. The laptop comes with a total of 4 memory slots with the support of up to 64gb(not confirmed).
And the last drawback for this model – it is expected to be shipped mid-November. So you will have to wait a bit for it.
|Processor||8th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK 2.90GHz|
|HDD||2TB HDD, 512GB SSD|
|Display||17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 with 8 GB Dedicated Memory|
|Wireless||802.11 a/c, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x Display Port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Port, 1 x Thunderbolt port, 3 x USB 3.0|
|Camera||HD Webcam (1280 x 720)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Battery||4-cell 4810 mAh Li-Ion|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||16.9 x 11.7 x 1.5 in|