Laptop announced date: 27th April 2020
Last reviewed: 21st July 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - The CPU in this laptop is OK, capable of meeting a few 2020 game requirements, but unfortunately it is not ideal for a gamer looking for any future proofing. It will soon start to struggle. AAA games are increasing the number of cores that they can use during the running of a game. This laptop processor has 4 cores, which is a good number of cores for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile graphics card is not a gamers graphics solution for 2020. If some games run it will certainly struggle to run the latest releases. Indy titles and casual gaming might be ok though. Your GPU VRAM is important in modern gaming. The laptop’s GPU here has 4GB of VRAM which is just OK by todays game requirements. There are laptop GPU solutions with much more VRAM, which would be better if you are looking for a gaming laptop right now.
System Memory - This laptop system memory meets most modern AAA game requirements in 2020 and is a good amount for a gaming laptop.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2020 gaming laptop. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. This laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Which is just ok for gaming. There are better and if you want to enjoy higher frame rates you will look for a gaming laptop with a higher refresh rate.
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. This laptop has the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 340 games at minimum system requirements and 0 games at their recommended system requirements.
We really want to see how the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti 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.
The Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 is getting a 8.9 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This version of the Nitro 5 2020 laptop is currently positioned at 6th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$855.02||61%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$999.99||55%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$944.95||53%|
|R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$769.00||37%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$683.00||21%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$899.99||0%|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $934.95. This Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is currently 63% worse rating when comparing price to performance. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $855.02. We see our Nitro 5 2020 laptop scores 61% worse against it for price to performance.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 120% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
Today there are 0 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 449 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 16% worse performance while against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it’s 16% worse and finally compared to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it has a performance difference : 16% better.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Nitro 5 2020 by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 118% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile from our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU 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 340 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 18% worse, and compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it is 18% worse , where as against Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it delivers 5% worse performance.
This Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. We can see 60Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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 are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p LG 32GK650F-B 32 inch 1440p FreeSync 1ms 144Hz is our favourite today. It has a 144Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $296.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 23rd Nov 2020, where it would cost $296.99.
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Nixeus EDG XB273K 27 inch 4K FreeSync IPS 4ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $635.04 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 21st Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $635.04.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons, priced at $10.87. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 23rd Nov 2020, where it cost $10.87.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$10.87|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$30.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$53.00|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Acer Nitro 5 2020 i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.