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Acer Predator 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Mark Riege), 06/03/2017

Kaby Lake upgrade. Acer's gaming racer runs all current games smoothly on the Full HD display. The features are also appealing: IPS display, NVMe SSD, HDD, 16 GB RAM, and Thunderbolt 3.

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The Predator 15 G9-593-751X is the newest representative of Acer's gaming notebook series. This is a sibling model of the Predator 15 G9-593-765Q that has an identical build and we have already tested. Differences between the computers can only be found inside: The new model brings a Kaby Lake processor. In terms of the graphics core, nothing has changed. Both racers have a GeForce GTX 1070 on board. The competitors of the Predator include computers such as the MSI GT62VR 7RE-223, the Alienware 15 R3, and the Asus Strix GL502VS.

Since both of the Predator models have an identical build, we will not further discuss the case, features, input devices, display, and speakers here. That information can be found in the Predator 15 G9-593-765Q Review.

Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X (Predator 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, 256-Bit connection, ForceWare 382.33, No Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual channel, 4 storage slots (2 occupied), 64 GB max.
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP1 (LGD04D5), IPS, G-Sync, 60 Hz, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 256 GB 
, SSD + Western Digital WD10JPVX, 1 TB HDD, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone port, microphone port, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, TPM 2.0
Networking
Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 39 x 391 x 300 ( = 1.54 x 15.39 x 11.81 in)
Battery
90 Wh, 6000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo + subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 230 Watt power supply, additional fan, MS Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.7 kg ( = 130.51 oz / 8.16 pounds), Power Supply: 930 g ( = 32.8 oz / 2.05 pounds)
Price
2100 Euro

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
153 MB/s ∼100% +91%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
80 MB/s ∼52%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
79 MB/s ∼52% -1%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
74 MB/s ∼48% -7%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
209 MB/s ∼100% +135%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
89 MB/s ∼43% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
89 MB/s ∼43%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
84 MB/s ∼40% -6%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
692 MBit/s ∼100%
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
670 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
669 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
623 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
608 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
579 MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
560 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Predator 15 is equipped with a matte IPS display, which offers a good contrast and a decent brightness value. This is the same display as that of the Predator 15 model we have already tested. Nonetheless, the measurements come out slightly different. This is normal since two similar panels will never have values that are 100% identical.

281
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 295 cd/m² Average: 274.3 cd/m² Minimum: 21 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 295 cd/m²
Contrast: 922:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.59 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.03 | - Ø
85% sRGB (Argyll) 56% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.3
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP1 (LGD04D5), 1920x1080
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP1 (LGD04D5), 1920x1080
Alienware 15 R3
HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), 1920x1080
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080
Response Times
4%
43%
1%
4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
35 (14, 21)
3%
25 (12, 13)
31%
37 (16, 21)
-3%
38 (16, 22)
-6%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 (15.2, 11.2)
25 (5, 20)
5%
12 (4, 8)
55%
25 (4, 21)
5%
23 (5, 18)
13%
PWM Frequency
20830 (90)
Screen
9%
-33%
3%
-0%
Brightness
274
267
-3%
382
39%
311
14%
290
6%
Brightness Distribution
88
83
-6%
93
6%
85
-3%
85
-3%
Black Level *
0.32
0.27
16%
0.39
-22%
0.3
6%
0.32
-0%
Contrast
922
1011
10%
990
7%
1033
12%
984
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.59
3.77
18%
10.2
-122%
4.82
-5%
4.88
-6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.03
2.48
38%
11.28
-180%
3.94
2%
4.17
-3%
Gamma
2.3 104%
2.37 101%
2.23 108%
2.45 98%
2.53 95%
CCT
7229 90%
6854 95%
11383 57%
6877 95%
6683 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
56
55
-2%
59
5%
54
-4%
55
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
85
84
-1%
90
6%
83
-2%
83
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / 8%
5% / -18%
2% / 2%
2% / 0%

* ... 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 detected 20830 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 20830 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 20830 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 55 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8622 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Acer Predator 15 vs. sRGB (85%)
Acer Predator 15 vs. sRGB (85%)
Acer Predator 15 vs. AdobeRGB (56%)
Acer Predator 15 vs. AdobeRGB (56%)

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
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 11.2 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. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Performance

With the Predator 15 series, Acer presents a series of gaming notebooks in the 15.6-inch format. Our test unit costs about 2100 Euros (~$2352). Other options are available. The prices start at around 1800 Euros (~$2016). (Note that while the exact same G9-593-751X model is not available in the US, many similar models with other designations and options are available. For example, the Acer Predator 15 G9-593-71EH with Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070, 15.6” Full HD, 16 GB DDR4, 256 GB SSD, and 1 TB HDD costs around $2075 in the US.)

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

As most of the gaming notebooks we tested recently, the Predator 15 is also equipped with the Core i7-7700HQ (Kaby Lake) four-core processor. Since this CPU offers a good compromise between computing power and power demands, it offers the best choice for (mobile) gaming notebooks. It runs at a basic clock speed of 2.8 GHz, which can be increased via Turbo to 3.4 GHz (four cores), 3.6 GHz (two cores), or 3.8 GHz (single core). With that, the clock speeds are between 200 and 300 MHz higher than those of the Skylake predecessor (Core i7-6700HQ). Accordingly, the 7700HQ achieves results that are up to 10% better in the CPU tests we ran. There are no performance improvements through architectural changes since there are hardly any technical differences between Kaby Lake and Skylake.

In mains and battery operation, the CPU runs through our tests with 4 GHz (Multi-thread) and 3.4 to 3.8 GHz (Single thread). We test whether the Turbo is used over a longer duration by running the Multi-thread test of Cinebench R15 in continuous loops for about 30 minutes. After the first run, the result drops minimally (1% - 2%) and then remains on that level, so there is no drop in performance.

Single core rendering
Single core rendering
Multicore rendering
Multicore rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6823
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22161
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5991
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
71.59 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.82 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
109.28 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
740 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼92% -8%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
143 Points ∼89% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
740 Points ∼100%
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
737 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼91% -9%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
661 Points ∼89% -11%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.63 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.56 Points ∼86% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.13 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.3 Points ∼89% -10%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.29 Points ∼89% -10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5991 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5906 Points ∼99% -1%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22171 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22161 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13936 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13357 Points ∼96% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3797 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3492 Points ∼92% -8%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13979 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12553 Points ∼90% -10%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4423 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4376 Points ∼99%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14783 Points ∼100%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4419 Points ∼100%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
268.68 Points ∼100% +5%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
255.76 Points ∼95%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
234.17 Points ∼87% -8%

System Performance

A powerful processor and an extremely fast NVMe SSD assure a system that will run very fast. This is accompanied by excellent results in the PCMark benchmarks, which attest that the Predator 15 will also cut a fine figure in applications beyond gaming, such as image processing and video editing. The overall performance of the computer can be increased slightly by adding two further memory storage modules to the notebook.

PCMark 7 Score
7004 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5169 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
8034 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5426 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5426 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5406 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5299 Points ∼98% -2%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
5088 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
5011 Points ∼92% -8%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5169 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5011 Points ∼97% -3%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
4966 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
4692 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4651 Points ∼90% -10%

Storage Solutions

For the system drive, Acer bets on the extremely fast PCIe/NVMe SSD by Samsung. This is an M.2 model (2280) with a total capacity of 256 GB. The transfer rates of the SSD are excellent. We used the standard NVMe driver by Microsoft. Samsung's NVMe driver does not lead to any increase in the transfer rates.

The Predator also offers a second M.2 slot, which is unoccupied. There is also a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive (1 TB, 5400 rpm), which serves as data storage. 

CrystalDiskMark - Standard NVMe driver
CrystalDiskMark - Standard NVMe driver
CrystalDiskMark - Samsung NVMe driver
CrystalDiskMark - Samsung NVMe driver
AS SSD - Standard NVMe driver
AS SSD - Standard NVMe driver
AS SSD - Samsung NVMe driver
AS SSD - Samsung NVMe driver
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1939 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1262 MB/s
512K Read: 1078 MB/s
512K Write: 1192 MB/s
4K Read: 50.76 MB/s
4K Write: 141.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 572.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 375.3 MB/s
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
LiteOn CV1-8B512
Alienware 15 R3
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-55%
-28%
-47%
-64%
Write 4k QD32
375.3
273.8
-27%
429.8
15%
257.9
-31%
256.3
-32%
Read 4k QD32
572.9
290.9
-49%
541.7
-5%
388.4
-32%
149.4
-74%
Write 4k
141.9
72.93
-49%
122.9
-13%
122.8
-13%
75.74
-47%
Read 4k
50.76
27.69
-45%
37.8
-26%
38.55
-24%
21.44
-58%
Write 512
1192
433.7
-64%
428.1
-64%
286.9
-76%
287.8
-76%
Read 512
1078
355.3
-67%
833.2
-23%
462
-57%
294.8
-73%
Write Seq
1262
449.7
-64%
429.2
-66%
422.8
-66%
312.4
-75%
Read Seq
1939
516.5
-73%
1123
-42%
521.4
-73%
485.4
-75%

Graphics Card

The Predator 15 does not offer a switching graphics solution. The integrated HD Graphics 630 GPU is turned off and cannot be activated. Thus the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is always running. The GPU lies in the middle of the upper range of the current GPUs. The Pascal core supports DirectX 12 and reaches speeds up to 1898 MHz. However, this value cannot be maintained for a long time. During our tests, we measured an average operating speed of about 1600 MHz. The GPU has a total of 8192 MB of GDDR5 graphics storage. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks range on a normal level for this graphics core.

3DMark 06 Standard
29731 points
3DMark 11 Performance
16110 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
139109 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
28014 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13584 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
7411 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5133 points
Help
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware 15 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17675 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17477 Points ∼99% +2%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17175 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17106 Points ∼97%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16525 Points ∼93% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11173 Points ∼63% -35%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11134 Points ∼63% -35%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware 15 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22810 Points ∼100% +4%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22704 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22246 Points ∼98% +1%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22022 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21955 Points ∼96%
Gigabyte Aero 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14265 Points ∼63% -35%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14233 Points ∼62% -35%

Gaming Performance

The hardware of the Predator 15 is powerful enough to bring all the titles represented in our database smoothly to the display. You can always select the Full HD resolution and high to maximum quality settings. The graphics core still offers enough reserves for 4K gaming, but you would have to connect the corresponding external monitor.

With the help of the game The Witcher 3, we evaluate whether the frame rates remain constant to a large extent. To do this we let the game run for about 60 minutes in Full HD resolution and the maximum quality settings. The character that embodies the player is not moved for the whole time. The frame rates remain mostly constant (54 to 61 FPS). With increasing duration, a slight drop is noticeable, since the Turbo drops off slightly.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU and GPU run through the Witcher-3 test at high speeds.
CPU and GPU run through the Witcher-3 test at high speeds.
The heat development of the CPU and GPU remain within limits.
The heat development of the CPU and GPU remain within limits.
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
59.6 fps ∼99%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
55.2 fps ∼92% -7%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
37.7 fps ∼63% -37%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
35.5 fps ∼59% -40%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
112.5 fps ∼100%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
109 fps ∼97% -3%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
104.5 fps ∼93% -7%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
138.4 fps ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
130.6 fps ∼94% -6%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
99.51 fps ∼72% -28%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 456.5446.2408.4207.3fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 270230.1213.6138.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 236.2178110.159.6fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 184.6159.7123.6112.5fps
For Honor (2017) 245.3150.6143.3105.6fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 127.995.384.151.6fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 151.389.564.255.1fps
Prey (2017) 142.5139.3134.5131.6fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

When idle, the fans are constantly running at low speeds. However, they are not really audible, since the whirring of the 2.5-inch hard drive is louder than the fans. During load, the fans speed up noticeably. During our stress test, the noise level rises to 50 dB(A). While running the Witcher 3 test, the noise level varies between 38 and 45 dB(A).

An electronic hum can be heard from inside the computer, when large amounts of data are moved on the SSD.

Noise level idle
Noise level idle
Noise level load
Noise level load
Volume level speakers
Volume level speakers

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 36 / 38 dB(A)
HDD
36 dB(A)
Load
41 / 50 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: 32 dB(A)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Alienware 15 R3
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Noise
3%
-1%
4%
6%
off / environment *
32
30
6%
30
6%
30
6%
30
6%
Idle Minimum *
34
31
9%
31
9%
34
-0%
32
6%
Idle Average *
36
35
3%
32
11%
35
3%
33
8%
Idle Maximum *
38
38
-0%
42
-11%
36
5%
34
11%
Load Average *
41
43
-5%
49
-20%
40
2%
39
5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42
Load Maximum *
50
49
2%
50
-0%
46
8%
51
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Predator runs through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in different ways in mains and battery operation. In mains operation, the processor runs at 2.8 to 3.5 GHz and the graphics core runs at about 1200 MHz. With this, the operating speed remains below the basis clock speed. This should not give reason for worry. During normal gaming operation, the GPU speed is not throttled. When the stress test is run in battery operation, the speeds drop to between 2.3 and 2.4 GHz (CPU) and between 750 and 760 MHz (GPU).

The computer heats up only very moderately. During the stress test, it exceeds the 40-degree-Celsius mark (104 °F) only at a few measuring points. During the Witcher 3 test (the game runs for one hour in Full HD resolution at maximum quality settings), it warms up a tad less.

Stress test
Stress test
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 42.3 °C41 °C40.1 °C 
 31.8 °C37.5 °C36.4 °C 
 27.5 °C31 °C32.1 °C 
Maximum: 42.3 °C
Average: 35.5 °C
39.2 °C38.4 °C40.9 °C
37.6 °C38.6 °C28.1 °C
27 °C28.5 °C24.6 °C
Maximum: 40.9 °C
Average: 33.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Alienware 15 R3
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Heat
2%
-29%
-3%
-17%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.3
40.5
4%
46
-9%
40.6
4%
48
-13%
Maximum Bottom *
40.9
42
-3%
51.8
-27%
48.4
-18%
46.8
-14%
Idle Upper Side *
28.4
28.2
1%
36.5
-29%
26.8
6%
33.7
-19%
Idle Bottom *
25.2
24.3
4%
38.2
-52%
26.4
-5%
30.5
-21%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.237.32536.131.33129.430.24037.236.95032.732.56327.8388028.746.310028.252.212525.748.216024.960.32002368.12502572.131522.271.540021.269.250020.371.463020.276.880019.479.1100019.478.8125019.480.516002076.7200020.173.1250020.180.7315020.680.6400021.179.2500021.679.7630022.380.6800022.776.11000023.670.61250024.266.61600024.859.5SPL33.390.5N1.991.5median 21.6Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751Xmedian 73.1Delta1.96.837.638.233.436.426.529.128.429.924.926.725.22625.527.123.131.12336.721.543.42150.121.353.318.955.619.359.218.662.119.366.419.672.418.275.218.372.618.870.817.774.317.470.91768.917.269.917.368.717.564.117.465.317.36217.455.317.549.730.282.51.452.3median 18.3Alienware 15 R3median 64.11.68.9hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 23% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Alienware 15 R3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 66% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be checked/un-checked!)

Power Management

Power Consumption

When idle, the deactivation of the integrated GPU has a noticeable negative effect. The power consumption rises up to 30 watts. During load, the power consumption is at a normal level for the hardware used here, and the consumption rises to 213 watts during the stress test. While running the Witcher 3 test, we measure a value of 168 watts. The included power supply is rated at 230 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 18 / 23 / 30 Watt
Load midlight 89 / 213 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Alienware 15 R3
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
2%
2%
1%
1%
Idle Minimum *
18
18
-0%
19
-6%
20
-11%
20
-11%
Idle Average *
23
24
-4%
23
-0%
24
-4%
24
-4%
Idle Maximum *
30
29
3%
29
3%
29
3%
29
3%
Load Average *
89
86
3%
85
4%
82
8%
86
3%
Load Maximum *
213
201
6%
192
10%
193
9%
183
14%
Witcher 3 ultra *
168

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically relevant WLAN test, the Predator achieves a runtime of 5:32 hours. We simulate the load when calling up websites with a script. The "Balanced" profile is active, energy-saving functions are deactivated, and the display brightness is adjusted to about 150 cd/m². One battery charge keeps our video test running for 4:55 hours. Here we run the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a constant loop. The wireless module and the energy-saving functions are deactivated and the display brightness is lowered to 150 cd/m².

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 22min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 40)
5h 32min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 57min
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 90 Wh
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),  Wh
Alienware 15 R3
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 99 Wh
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 62 Wh
Battery Runtime
-5%
-17%
-21%
-48%
Reader / Idle
502
382
-24%
377
-25%
243
-52%
H.264
295
298
1%
266
-10%
252
-15%
WiFi v1.3
332
285
-14%
264
-20%
246
-26%
196
-41%
Load
117
114
-3%
102
-13%
98
-16%
58
-50%

Verdict

Pros

+ matte IPS screen
+ NVMe SSD
+ G-Sync
+ optical drive or additional fan

Cons

- limited maintenance possibilities
The Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X, provided by notebooksbilliger.de
The Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X, provided by notebooksbilliger.de

The Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X mainly represents a Kaby Lake upgrade. The Core-i7-7700HQ four-core processor offers only a slight performance advantage against the Skylake predecessor. The built-in hardware brings all the current titles to the screen fluidly in Full HD resolution with high to maximum quality settings. Nvidia's G-Sync technology assures a fluid presentation of the images on the 60-Hz display. The matte IPS Full HD screen appeals with good contrast and stable viewing angles. The brightness value is okay, but could have been higher.

With the Predator 15, Acer delivers a rounded gaming notebook.

The noise development of the computer is on a normal level for a high-end laptop. The heat development of the computer turns out relatively low, however. A fast NVMe SSD assures a quickly running system. A 2.5-inch hard drive that is also present provides for the necessary storage space with 1 TB capacity. Exchanging both drives would not be a problem since the computer has a maintenance flap.

Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X - 05/28/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
72 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
70 / 81 → 86%
Weight
52 / 66 → 75%
Battery
82%
Display
86%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 94%
Noise
67 / 90 → 74%
Audio
75%
Average
79%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-06- 3 (Update: 2017-06- 6)