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Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 4k) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martin Jungowski), 06/14/2017

Slender gamer. Acer's mobile 17.3-inch gaming notebook is capable of running all current games smoothly. The system is well-equipped and offers a decent selection of ports. Particularly interesting are the notebook's 4k display and its eye-tracking system.

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We have already had quite a few Aspire V17 Nitro BE models in our lab, but the VN7-793G-738J is the king of the hill and the apex of Acer’s Nitro-series. Besides a Core i7 processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, the device is also equipped with a 4k display and an eye-tracking module. Its competitors are notebooks such as the Gigabyte P57X v7, the MSI GE72VR-6RF, or the HP Omen 17.

Due to the fact that we have already reviewed several Aspire VN7-793G models, we will not go into detail in terms of case, connectivity, input devices, and speakers. Details on these can be found in our extensive Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN review.

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405-1671 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, 192-bit bus, ForceWare 382.33, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, two slots (both occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840x2160 pixel 255 PPI, AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, 512 GB 
, 440 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone-in, headphone-out, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: eye-tracking sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.62 x 423 x 296 ( = 1.09 x 16.65 x 11.65 in)
Battery
69 Wh, 4605 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: four speakers (dual stereo), Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MS Office 365 (trial version), Norton Security (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.1 kg ( = 109.35 oz / 6.83 pounds), Power Supply: 771 g ( = 27.2 oz / 1.7 pounds)
Price
1899 Euro

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte P57X v7
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.2 MB/s ∼100% +240%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73 MB/s ∼93% +217%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
72.1 MB/s ∼92% +213%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.7 MB/s ∼30% +3%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.2 MB/s ∼30% +1%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23 MB/s ∼29%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼26% -13%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
90.59 MB/s ∼100% +289%
Gigabyte P57X v7
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90.4 MB/s ∼100% +288%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼96% +273%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25 MB/s ∼28% +7%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼27% +6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.3 MB/s ∼26%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼22% -14%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
674 MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (I210-T1)
638 MBit/s ∼95%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 (I210-T1)
599 MBit/s ∼89% -6%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (I210-T1)
594 MBit/s ∼88% -7%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
547 MBit/s ∼81% -14%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
308 MBit/s ∼46% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 (I210-T1)
664 MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (I210-T1)
638 MBit/s ∼96% +2%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (I210-T1)
626 MBit/s ∼94%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
533 MBit/s ∼80% -15%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼79% -16%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
299 MBit/s ∼45% -52%

Display

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix

The matte 17.3-inch 4k display runs at a native resolution of 3840 x 2160. We are already familiar with this particular panel, after all it was used in the pre-production models as well. Both brightness (335.6 nits) and contrast ratio (1188:1) are superb, and PWM flickering is not an issue with this panel either.

327
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
380
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 380 cd/m² Average: 335.6 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 380 cd/m²
Contrast: 1188:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.32 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 87.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.61
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Gigabyte P57X v7
IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w100ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w010ng
IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Response Times
-10%
-49%
-83%
37%
-7%
-37%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29
36
-24%
50.8
-75%
55.6
-92%
28
3%
35
-21%
49
-69%
Response Time Black / White *
27
26
4%
33.2
-23%
46.8
-73%
8
70%
25
7%
28
-4%
PWM Frequency
1000
Screen
-2%
-9%
-1%
5%
-2%
-3%
Brightness
336
307
-9%
309
-8%
408
21%
254
-24%
331
-1%
312
-7%
Brightness Distribution
81
84
4%
90
11%
86
6%
86
6%
84
4%
90
11%
Black Level *
0.32
0.26
19%
0.37
-16%
0.44
-38%
0.26
19%
0.32
-0%
0.29
9%
Contrast
1188
1331
12%
880
-26%
1003
-16%
1038
-13%
1069
-10%
1090
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.32
4.32
19%
6.5
-22%
5.1
4%
3.33
37%
4.35
18%
5.69
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
5.76
-18%
5.6
-14%
4.3
12%
3.46
29%
3.73
24%
6.12
-25%
Gamma
2.61 92%
2.35 102%
2.59 93%
2.08 115%
2.13 113%
2.23 108%
2.56 94%
CCT
6558 99%
6447 101%
5860 111%
7345 88%
7419 88%
6801 96%
5875 111%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
87.2
59
-32%
87
0%
87
0%
75
-14%
57
-35%
87
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
90
-10%
100
0%
100
0%
100
0%
86
-14%
100
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-6% / -4%
-29% / -17%
-42% / -18%
21% / 11%
-5% / -3%
-20% / -10%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 4396 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Out of the box, DeltaE 2000 deviation is at 5.32, and therefore much higher than the ideal target value of less than 3. There was, however, no blue tint, and we have managed to improve color accuracy somewhat through calibration. DeltaE decreased to 3.72, and gray scales were much more balanced as well.

As always, the resulting ICC profile can be downloaded from the box above. Make sure your panel manufacturer and model number matches ours, otherwise you might end up making matters worse instead of improving color accuracy. More often than not an OEM will ship its notebooks with several different panels from several different manufacturers.

AdobeRGB color space coverage was at a good 87.2%, sRGB coverage was at a full 100%.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - gray scales (calibrated)
CalMAN - gray scales (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (27.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (43.7 ms).

The matte IPS panel offers decent viewing angles, and can even be used outdoors. We would advise you to avoid direct sunlight, though.

The Aspire outdoors (slightly overcast)
The Aspire outdoors (slightly overcast)

Performance

The Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-738J is Acer’s portable 17.3-inch gaming notebook. Our review unit currently sells for a little over $2100. Various differently equipped models can be had for much less, and prices currently start at around  $1200.

Processor

Our review unit was equipped with Intel’s quad-core Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake processor. The CPU represents an acceptable compromise between performance and power consumption, and can thus be found in most portable gaming notebooks. The CPU’s base clock speed is 2.8 GHz, and turbo boosts up to 3.4 GHz (four cores), 3.6 GHz (two cores), or 3.8 GHz (one core), respectively. Turbo boost is applied on battery and mains.

In order to figure out whether or not the CPU is capable of maintaining its full turbo boost speed for prolonged periods of time, we ran a 30-minute Cinebench R15 loop. While results fluctuate slightly, overall performance remained consistent.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5930
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22323
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4841
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
734 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
102.18 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼98% -2%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
157 Points ∼98% -2%
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼94% -6%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
145 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
141 Points ∼88% -12%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼87% -13%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
133 Points ∼83% -17%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
132 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Gigabyte P57X v7
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼99% 0%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
620 Points ∼84% -16%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
515 Points ∼70% -30%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
503 Points ∼68% -31%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
464 Points ∼63% -37%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5930 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5525 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4920 Points ∼83% -17%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
4815 Points ∼81% -19%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4720 Points ∼80% -20%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22323 Points ∼100%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19720 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18296 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17618 Points ∼79% -21%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
16456 Points ∼74% -26%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13937 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9728 Points ∼70% -30%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
9307 Points ∼67% -33%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3806 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3195 Points ∼84% -16%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
3168 Points ∼83% -17%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13993 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10525 Points ∼75% -25%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
10421 Points ∼74% -26%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4611 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4061 Points ∼88% -12%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
3933 Points ∼85% -15%
Geekbench 4.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14633 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
11039 Points ∼75% -25%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4803 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4159 Points ∼87% -13%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40)
272.1 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
251.67 Points ∼92% -8%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40)
247.82 Points ∼91% -9%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
236.37 Points ∼87% -13%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ (Edge 38)
220.38 Points ∼81% -19%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
213.9 Points ∼79% -21%

System Performance

Subjectively, the system feels very snappy and smooth thanks to its powerful CPU and fast NVMe SSD. Performance is thus not only sufficient for gaming, but also for demanding tasks such as video or photo editing. The Aspire scores pretty well in our PCMark benchmarks, but it still has to bow to the likes of MSI's GE72VR 6RF and other FHD notebooks due to its higher 4k display resolution. With the Aspire’s resolution lowered to FHD, it managed to outperform the GE72VR. Further performance improvements are thus not feasible.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3444 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5002 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4207 points
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PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
5252 Points ∼100% +25%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4940 Points ∼94% +17%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4831 Points ∼92% +15%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4486 Points ∼85% +7%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
4218 Points ∼80% 0%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4207 Points ∼80%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
4054 Points ∼77% -4%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2213 Points ∼42% -47%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
4711 Points ∼100% +37%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
3985 Points ∼85% +16%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3899 Points ∼83% +13%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3596 Points ∼76% +4%
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
3569 Points ∼76% +4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3444 Points ∼73%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV512
3309 Points ∼70% -4%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3056 Points ∼65% -11%

Storage Devices

The Acer is equipped with a 512 GB m.2 2280 Intel NVMe SSD. Out of the box, roughly 440 GB is available, and the rest is used up by the Windows installation and a recovery partition. Overall and even though we have seen faster models, the SSD performed fairly well. A free 2.5-inch SATA slot is available as well, but it is only accessible after the case has been opened.

Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Sequential Read: 880.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 580.8 MB/s
512K Read: 724.8 MB/s
512K Write: 429.3 MB/s
4K Read: 10.46 MB/s
4K Write: 123.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 459.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 496.9 MB/s
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Gigabyte P57X v7
Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
HP Omen 17-w100ng
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-16%
0%
-17%
-25%
-39%
Write 4k QD32
496.9
267
-46%
405.2
-18%
296
-40%
178.1
-64%
170.8
-66%
Read 4k QD32
459.2
344.6
-25%
282.7
-38%
281.3
-39%
335.4
-27%
141.6
-69%
Write 4k
123.4
76.21
-38%
116.2
-6%
82.25
-33%
86.83
-30%
76.14
-38%
Read 4k
10.46
28.4
172%
20.09
92%
26.04
149%
21.23
103%
20.25
94%
Write 512
429.3
267.8
-38%
472.3
10%
306.1
-29%
247.2
-42%
172.4
-60%
Read 512
724.8
325.8
-55%
694.6
-4%
315
-57%
427.2
-41%
315.5
-56%
Write Seq
580.8
270.2
-53%
263.2
-55%
305.7
-47%
274.6
-53%
180.2
-69%
Read Seq
880.4
493.1
-44%
1076
22%
516.8
-41%
509.7
-42%
495
-44%

Graphics Card

The Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 GPU represents Nvidia’s latest entry-level high-performance model. It supports DirectX 12, runs at clock speeds of up to 1,671 MHz, and has 6144 MB of GDDR5 VRAM at its disposal. Accordingly, the 3DMark benchmark scores were at a level expected of this GPU. GPU switching between the Nvidia GPU and Intel’s HD Graphics 630 is supported.

3DMark 06 Standard
27081 points
3DMark 11 Performance
12613 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9575 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5090 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3615 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
23243 Points ∼100% +60%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20656 Points ∼89% +42%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15019 Points ∼65% +3%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
14785 Points ∼64% +2%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-6300HQ
14642 Points ∼63% +1%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14556 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14233 Points ∼61% -2%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10270 Points ∼44% -29%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7903 Points ∼34% -46%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7840 Points ∼34% -46%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
17170 Points ∼100% +49%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15806 Points ∼92% +37%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11617 Points ∼68% +1%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11546 Points ∼67%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-6300HQ
11326 Points ∼66% -2%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11134 Points ∼65% -4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10984 Points ∼64% -5%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
7883 Points ∼46% -32%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6041 Points ∼35% -48%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5863 Points ∼34% -49%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Omen 17-w110ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
86780 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte P57X v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
75190 Points ∼87%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-6300HQ
74982 Points ∼86%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
66856 Points ∼77%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
66406 Points ∼77%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
59879 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
50683 Points ∼58%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
34679 Points ∼40%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14979 Points ∼17%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire is capable of running all current games on FHD on high details quite smoothly. More often than not this is also true for maximum details, and our games database only lists one game – “X-Plane” – that requires reduced resolution/details in order to run smoothly. Unfortunately, the panel’s native 4k resolution of 3840x2160 is too much for most current games, but it works well on older and less demanding games.

low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 247227.9210.5108fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 11684765824fps
For Honor (2017) 220.3103.598.271.329fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 145.170.463.836.221.5fps
Prey (2017) 141.8136.7117.399.135.1fps
Rocket League (2017) 247.1233.5169.463.4fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 214.4162.390.251.831.5fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Gigabyte P57X v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 (TS256GMTS800)
130 fps ∼100% +20%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
108 fps ∼83%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
103.8 (min: 19.8) fps ∼80% -4%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
99.51 fps ∼77% -8%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
99.1 fps ∼76% -8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
98 (min: 11.6) fps ∼75% -9%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
92.5 fps ∼71% -14%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
71 fps ∼55% -34%

Emissions

System Noise

When idle, both fans are on and run at very low speeds. Still, they emit a quiet hum even then. Under load, they quickly rev up, and we have measured a sound pressure level of 44.3 dB(A) during our stress test. In real world gaming scenarios, the notebook remains a bit quieter and settles down at around 40 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
31.4 / 31.4 / 31.4 dB(A)
Load
38.6 / 44.3 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.535.135.434.734.52534.835.637.934.534.83141.839.842.143.141.84032.338.13332.132.35032.94734.138.932.96331.139.433.633.431.18028.329.428.627.928.310027.926.626.426.227.912529.828.528.527.829.816027.826.225.324.727.820027.72623.223.527.72502924.821.622.72931531.928.222.421.531.940031.627.822.220.731.650025.323.42019.725.363025.623.119.519.625.680029.424.919.118.529.4100030.125.919.418.130.1125032.127.119.318.232.1160032.42819.21832.4200033.928.919.217.933.9250036.13018.81836.1315035.128.318.518.135.1400033.825.318.618.433.8500032.224.118.618.432.263002922.418.818.629800023.820.2191923.81000022.420.81919.122.41250021.220.619.21921.21600021.923.219.619.521.9SPL44.338.631.430.944.3N4.631.61.54.6median 29.4Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738Jmedian 25.9median 19.3median 19median 29.4Delta3.22.11.91.63.2hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

Acer Aspire stress test
Acer Aspire stress test

Our stress test (running Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously for at least one full hour) returned different results on battery and on mains. On battery, the CPU remained mostly at 800 MHz, but boosted up to 3.5 GHz every now and then. The GPU remained between 800 and 1100 MHz. When plugged in, the CPU at first starts out at between 2.8 and 3.5 GHz, but eventually settles down at 2.8 GHz after around 10 minutes. The GPU runs at clock speeds of between 1.4 and 1.7 GHz.

Temperatures during the stress test were at a level expected of a modern gaming notebook: pretty high. However, since our stress test is an extreme load scenario that rarely ever occurs outside of our lab, real-world temperatures should not be too much of a problem.

Max. Load
 46 °C56 °C51 °C 
 35 °C52.6 °C43 °C 
 26.8 °C31.5 °C31.2 °C 
Maximum: 56 °C
Average: 41.5 °C
48.7 °C44 °C47.4 °C
40.3 °C35 °C34 °C
27.6 °C26.5 °C25.5 °C
Maximum: 48.7 °C
Average: 36.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  58 °C | Room Temperature 23.5 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
heat map top (load)
heat map top (load)
heat map bottom (load)
heat map bottom (load)
heat map top (idle)
heat map top (idle)
heat map bottom (idle)
heat map bottom (idle)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.636.242.62540.432.240.43143.931.743.94045.22945.25046.428.846.4635030.8508051.428.351.410053.428.953.412554.824.554.816057.62457.620058.724.658.725061.222.161.231565.32265.340063.720.863.750065.820.365.863070.819.370.880070.118.670.1100068.517.968.5125070.317.770.3160071.81771.820006417.164250066.116.966.1315063.31763.3400060.616.960.6500057.616.957.6630063.11763.1800068.617.268.6100006717.1671250054.717.254.71600051.317.451.3SPL79.53079.5N481.448median 63.7Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738Jmedian 17.7median 63.7Delta5.425.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 87% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 32%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire behaved as expected in terms of power consumption. When idle, we found it to draw around 22 W – quite normal for a 4k gaming notebook. During our stress test, power consumption shot up to 166 W. The 180-W charger is thus amply dimensioned.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.85 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10.5 / 20.5 / 22 Watt
Load midlight 91 / 155 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our real-world Wi-Fi test simulates a load typical for browsing the web. The energy profile is set to “Balanced”, energy saving features are disabled, and display brightness is normalized to 150 nits. With these settings, the Aspire only lasted for a mediocre 4:37 hours.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 40)
4h 37min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
374 min ∼100% +35%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 63 Wh
286 min ∼76% +3%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52.5 Wh (Edge 40)
278 min ∼74% 0%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh (Edge 40)
277 min ∼74%
HP Omen 17-w110ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 95 Wh (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
247 min ∼66% -11%
HP Omen 17-w010ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 62 Wh
240 min ∼64% -13%
Gigabyte P57X v7
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75.81 Wh
155 min ∼41% -44%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 51 Wh (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
142 min ∼38% -49%

Verdict

Pros

+ bright, matte display with high contrast ratio
+ decent input devices
+ NVMe SSD
+ free SATA slot
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- no maintenance flap
- slow SD card reader
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-738J, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-738J, courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Acer’s 4k gaming notebook is capable of running all current games smoothly. However, the full 4k resolution is all but unplayable with most games because of its entry-level high-performance GPU. However, settling for FHD resolution results in a smooth and very pleasant gaming experience. Furthermore, Tobii’s eye-tracking module allows you to control games with the movement of your eyes.

The Aspire VN7-793G-738J is a perfectly balanced gaming notebook.

In everyday use, the notebook remained quiet and cool, and performed very well thanks to its NVMe SSD. And, if more storage space is required, the notebook also features a free 2.5-inch SATA slot.

The matte 4k display offers decent viewing angles, a very crisp image quality, and last but not least high levels of brightness and contrast ratio. Battery life is mediocre at best, but not too shabby for a 4k gaming notebook. The Thunderbolt 3 port is a very welcome benefit.

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J - 06/12/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
72 / 81 → 89%
Weight
56 / 66 → 82%
Battery
79%
Display
89%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
86 / 95 → 91%
Noise
86 / 90 → 95%
Audio
71%
Camera
56 / 85 → 66%
Average
80%
88%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-06-14 (Update: 2017-06-15)