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Acer Nitro 5: QHD gaming for $1,699

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45 in review: Compact QHD gaming laptop
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45 in review: Compact QHD gaming laptop
The Ryzen 7 5800H APU and the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU bring all modern games smoothly onto the matte 15.6-inch display (2560x1440 pixels, IPS, 144 Hz). Due to the low TGP, the GPU performs below its potential. The laptop offers room for three storage drives (2x M.2 SSD, 1x 2.5-inch).
Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

The Ryzen 7 5800H APU, the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, 16 GB of RAM (dual-channel mode), and a 1 TB SSD equip the computer for all common application scenarios. Gaming, video editing, and image processing don't pose major challenges for the Nitro. In addition, the RAM can be expanded up to 64 GB without any problems. The storage capacity is also expandable: The 15.6-incher offers room for a total of two NVMe SSDs in the M.2-2280 format. Furthermore, the laptop can also accommodate a 2.5-inch storage device.

The laptop brings all modern games smoothly onto the matte QHD screen (2560x1440 pixels, IPS, 144 Hz). Usually, the full screen resolution and high to maximum quality settings can be selected. Furthermore, the frame rates are below those of an average RTX 3070. The reason for this can be found quickly: Acer has opted for a fairly low TGP of 85 watts.

By installing a firmware update released by Acer, the TGP can be increased to 100 watts. As a result, the GPU performance increases a bit, and the benchmark results get closer to the RTX 3070 average.

The laptop heats up noticeably under load, but not excessively. Noise development is on par with the device's class. The installation of the firmware update is likely to increase the noise and heat a bit.

Further information and many benchmark results are available in our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-545-R1JH.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 866 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Sascha Mölck, 2021-08-23 (Update: 2021-08-23)