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Acer Predator Helios 18 laptop review: RTX 4080 gamer with MiniLED display at over 1,000 nits

Alien vs Predator? The 18-inch Predator Helios 18 is a true desktop replacement, particularly for gamers and creatives. This is ensured by the very bright MiniLED display in addition to the RTX 4080 and the strong i9-13900HX. Read on to find out whether the laptop also qualifies for gamers and creative people in terms of its other features.

The RTX 4060 equipped Acer Predator Helios 16 scored a full 90 percent in our review in July. Now, we take a look at the 18-inch high-end model with an Intel HX processor, an RTX 4080 and a MiniLED display.

For comparison, we use other 18-inch gamers as well as 17-inch gamers with similar specs, since the Predator Helios 18 is the first with an RTX 4080 among our reviews of 18-inch laptops. Competitors include the MSI Raider GE78 HX 13VH, the HP Omen 17, the Alienware m18 R1, the Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI and the Razer Blade 18.

Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 (Predator Helios 18 2023 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-13900HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.4 GHz, 157 W PL2 / Short Burst, 55 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU - 12 GB VRAM, 175 W TDP, Geforce 537.42, Advanced Optimus
Memory
32 GB 
, 2x 16 GB SK Hynix DDR5-5600
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 168 PPI, AUO45A8 (B180QAN01.2), IPS, glossy: no, HDR, 250 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Storage
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB, 2048 GB 
, 1860 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headset Jack, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29.15 x 405 x 311.6 ( = 1.15 x 15.94 x 12.27 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: Full HD Webcam
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo Speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet with RGB-MiniLED Backlight, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.24 kg ( = 114.29 oz / 7.14 pounds), Power Supply: 1.226 kg ( = 43.25 oz / 2.7 pounds)
Price
3699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.3 %
10/2023
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3.2 kg29.15 mm18.00"2560x1600
88.3 %
03/2023
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3 kg23 mm17.00"2560x1600
85.4 %
03/2023
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
2.8 kg27 mm17.30"2560x1440
90.7 %
04/2023
Alienware m18 R1
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.9 kg26.7 mm18.00"1920x1200
87.4 %
03/2023
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
3 kg31 mm18.00"2560x1600
91.4 %
02/2023
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
3 kg21.9 mm18.00"2560x1600

Case - Black aluminum for the Acer Predator

Acer designs the Helios 18 in dark, almost-inconspicuous black. But the device makes no attempt to conceal its gaming nature, characterized by the small Predator logo on the display lid and the protruding cooling system at the back.

The workmanship leaves no room for criticism: gaps are unnoticeable. The rear air outlets can even be customized - Acer includes another pair of ventilation grilles, which can be further customized with a 3D printer.

Interchangeable fan covers stick magnetically
Interchangeable fan covers stick magnetically
1 pair of alternative fan covers in the packaging
1 pair of alternative fan covers in the packaging

The display lid and base are made of aluminum, while the display edges, the rear cooling unit and the laptop's underside are made of plastic. The metal provides the Helios 18 with good rigidity and nothing creaks or cracks when subject to torsional stress. However, fingerprints easily accumulate here, and the base's upper side can be pressed in a little despite the metal, even when typing. But this remains within limits and is due to the large surface. 

Compared to the 18-inch competition, the Helios 18 falls in the middle in terms of size. The Alienware m18 is slightly larger, the Asus ROG Strix G18 is smaller. The latter is a bit thicker, while the Alienware m18 is thinner. In terms of weight, the Alien is clearly heavier, the G18 slightly lighter.

The 17-inch gamers are partly much smaller and also thinner.

Size comparison

410.3 mm / 16.2 inch 319.9 mm / 12.6 inch 26.7 mm / 1.051 inch 3.9 kg8.58 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 311.6 mm / 12.3 inch 29.15 mm / 1.148 inch 3.2 kg7.14 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 294 mm / 11.6 inch 31 mm / 1.22 inch 3 kg6.55 lbs397.1 mm / 15.6 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.8 kg6.1 lbs399.9 mm / 15.7 inch 275.4 mm / 10.8 inch 21.9 mm / 0.862 inch 3 kg6.68 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 298 mm / 11.7 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 3 kg6.62 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - 2x Thunderbolt 4 in the Predator Helios

The Helios 18 has all the necessary ports. Two Thunderbolt 4 ports in the form of USB-C are on board. Only PowerDelivery is not available. The SD card reader "only" accepts MicroSD cards.

The ports are spread out over three sides, although the back still has room and could have easily accommodated one of the many ports on the left. We would have preferred the LAN port on the back and one of the increasingly important USB-C ports on the side.

Left: LAN, USB-A 3.0, MicroSD reader, headset
Left: LAN, USB-A 3.0, MicroSD reader, headset
Right: 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen2, Kensington
Right: 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen2, Kensington
Rear: power, HDMI, 2x Thunderbolt 4
Rear: power, HDMI, 2x Thunderbolt 4

SD card reader

AS SSD
AS SSD

Inserted microSD cards slide into place and do not protrude. Inserting our AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60 proved a little fiddly because it had to be pushed inwards a little further than flush to lock it in and disengage.

The speed is on an unremarkable, medium level; card readers in the Blade 18 or the Alienware m18 are significantly faster.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
202 MB/s +181%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
190.7 MB/s +165%
Average of class Gaming
  (19 - 202, n=105, last 2 years)
98.5 MB/s +37%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
72 MB/s 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
72 (60.61min - 73.13max) MB/s
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
61.4 MB/s -15%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
208.5 MB/s +142%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
207.8 MB/s +142%
Average of class Gaming
  (26 - 269, n=96, last 2 years)
122.5 MB/s +42%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
88.7 MB/s +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
85.99 MB/s
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
85 MB/s -1%

Communication

Swappable Killer AX1675i
Swappable Killer AX1675i

Acer uses the Killer WiFi 6E AX1675i WiFi module, which supports 6E in 6 GHz mode and ensures good transfer rates of around 1.5 Mbps. In the 5 GHz network it is considerably slower, reaching around 900 Mbit/s.

The transfer rates prove to be very stable.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1586 (803min - 1641max) MBit/s +68%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1467 (733min - 1546max) MBit/s +56%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (942 - 1622, n=22)
1381 MBit/s +47%
Average of class Gaming
  (636 - 1780, n=150, last 2 years)
1299 MBit/s +38%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1272 (922min - 1396max) MBit/s +35%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1196 (618min - 1298max) MBit/s +27%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1145 (867min - 1272max) MBit/s +22%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
942 (475min - 985max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1627 (1381min - 1714max) MBit/s +87%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1611 (839min - 1699max) MBit/s +85%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (872 - 1714, n=24)
1474 MBit/s +69%
Average of class Gaming
  (685 - 1890, n=156, last 2 years)
1417 MBit/s +63%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1362 (1249min - 1437max) MBit/s +56%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1194 (839min - 1398max) MBit/s +37%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1155 (761min - 1320max) MBit/s +32%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
872 (330min - 895max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1593 (1545min - 1627max) MBit/s
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1229 - 1659, n=17)
1506 MBit/s -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (843 - 1878, n=73, last 2 years)
1506 MBit/s -5%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1495 (758min - 1574max) MBit/s -6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1230 (1091min - 1327max) MBit/s -23%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1192 (941min - 1283max) MBit/s -25%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1327 - 1742, n=18)
1534 MBit/s +4%
Average of class Gaming
  (853 - 1857, n=75, last 2 years)
1520 MBit/s +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1516 (769min - 1565max) MBit/s +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1473 (1448min - 1490max) MBit/s
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1465 (1277min - 1529max) MBit/s -1%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1360 (1300min - 1413max) MBit/s -8%
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Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1593 (1545-1627)
Alienware m18 R1 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1470 (758-1574)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1230 (1091-1327)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1472 (1448-1490)
Alienware m18 R1 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1359 (1300-1413)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1490 (769-1565)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø926 (475-985)
Alienware m18 R1 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1272 (922-1396)
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1559 (803-1641)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1175 (618-1298)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø861 (330-895)
Alienware m18 R1 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1154 (761-1320)
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1583 (839-1699)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1363 (1249-1437)

Webcam

The camera takes pictures and videos in FullHD. Quality is acceptable: color deviations remain within limits. The blue tones display the highest deviations.

ColorChecker
5.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2: 8.55 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 15.42 ∆E

Security

TPM is on board, as is a connection for a steel lock. However, there is no fingerprint sensor.

Accessories & warranty

On top of the laptop, power supply and the usual paperwork, a pair of alternative fan covers for the back of the Helios 18 are included in the scope of delivery.

Acer provides a 24-month standard warranty in Germany. This may differ in other countries, so potential buyers should double check before purchasing.

Maintenance

Opening the Helios 18 is not quite as easy because of the tight clamps and the rigid aluminum base, but it is still manageable. First, 14 Torx screws of the same size have to be loosened. Afterwards, it is best to pry the backside open from the front corners, preferably with a narrow-edged plastic tool.

Once inside the Acer Predator, users have access to the fans, the battery, the SSD (plus second slot), the RAM slots and the WiFi module.

Inside
Inside
2 RAM slots
2 RAM slots
SSD: taped, but without cooling pad
SSD: taped, but without cooling pad
Second M.2 slot
Second M.2 slot

Input devices - MiniLED for the keys as well

Keyboard

The MiniLED backlight
The MiniLED backlight

The Predator has a very tidy layout that includes full-size arrow keys, a number pad on the right and extra keys for calling up the Predator Sense software and switching performance modes.

The keys are 1.5 x 1.5 mm, have a medium travel and noticeable feedback, which could be a little firmer. Typing noise is moderate and typing speed is quick. 

According to Acer, the RGB-per-key backlight functions via MiniLEDs, just like the display, and can be adjusted in four levels.

The keyboard
The keyboard
The keys
The keys

Touchpad

The large touchpad
The large touchpad

The 18-incher's touchpad is downright huge (approx. 15.2 x 9.1 cm) and offers very good gliding properties that almost never cause stuttering.

The integrated click buttons are very quiet and have an extremely short travel, but trigger reliably and provide good feedback.

Display - MiniLEDs at over 1,000 nits

The Helios 18 is optionally available with the fantastic MiniLED display at 250 Hz, which is also installed in our test device. No halos are visible here, the black is rich without any annoying light artifacts, and the contrast is correspondingly good.

Subpixel grid of the Helios 18
Subpixel grid of the Helios 18
Measured peak brightness
Measured peak brightness

In normal SDR mode, the AU Optronics panel achieves around 350 nits. However, the screen produces even more brightness in HDR mode. Here, we measured a peak brightness of over 1,100 nits! The illumination is a very good 92% in both cases.

Display options of the Helios 18 (Source: Screenshot from the Acer website)
Display options of the Helios 18 (Source: Screenshot from the Acer website)

Illumination in HDR mode

Illumination in SDR mode

365
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
360
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
340
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO45A8 (B180QAN01.2) tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 368 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 354.7 cd/m² Minimum: 7.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 359 cd/m²
Contrast: 1714:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.82 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 2.24
ΔE Greyscale 5.06 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
91.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.8% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.52
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
AUO45A8 (B180QAN01.2), IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
AU Optronics B170QAN01.2, IPS, 2560x1600, 17.00
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
BOE BOE09BF, IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
Alienware m18 R1
Chi Mei 180JME, IPS, 1920x1200, 18.00
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NE180QDM-NZ2 (BOE0B35), IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
AU Optronics B180QAN01.0, IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Display
-3%
-19%
-1%
-3%
-3%
Display P3 Coverage
99.8
97.6
-2%
67.4
-32%
97.7
-2%
98.1
-2%
96.9
-3%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.9
0%
97.6
-2%
100
0%
99.9
0%
99.8
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
91.8
86.5
-6%
69.6
-24%
89.8
-2%
85.6
-7%
85.3
-7%
Response Times
55%
-28%
53%
38%
50%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.6 ?(4.4, 3.2)
4.2 ?(1.9, 2.3)
45%
15.6 ?(7.3, 8.3)
-105%
3 ?(1.5, 1.5)
61%
5.6 ?(2.7, 2.9)
26%
4.2 ?(2.1, 2.1)
45%
Response Time Black / White *
17.8 ?(15.6, 2.2)
6.4 ?(2.8, 3.6)
64%
8.9 ?(3.7, 5.2)
50%
9.9 ?(5.4, 4.5)
44%
9 ?(4, 5)
49%
8 ?(3.8, 4.2)
55%
PWM Frequency
2509
Screen
-17%
13%
20%
8%
-3%
Brightness middle
360
398.6
11%
371
3%
372.8
4%
471
31%
549.6
53%
Brightness
355
384
8%
350
-1%
367
3%
422
19%
524
48%
Brightness Distribution
92
89
-3%
90
-2%
97
5%
83
-10%
89
-3%
Black Level *
0.21
0.46
-119%
0.32
-52%
0.32
-52%
0.47
-124%
0.53
-152%
Contrast
1714
867
-49%
1159
-32%
1165
-32%
1002
-42%
1037
-39%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.82
4.05
-6%
1.74
54%
1.92
50%
2.05
46%
3.32
13%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.38
8.68
-18%
3.59
51%
3.65
51%
4.15
44%
6.63
10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.24
1.02
54%
1.01
55%
0.51
77%
0.8
64%
2.7
-21%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.06
6.5
-28%
2.8
45%
1.5
70%
2.8
45%
2
60%
Gamma
2.52 87%
2.11 104%
2.19 100%
2.34 94%
2.204 100%
2.29 96%
CCT
5657 115%
7518 86%
6474 100%
6607 98%
7122 91%
6319 103%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
12% / -4%
-11% / 1%
24% / 20%
14% / 10%
15% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

We measured against the P3 color space. The display covers sRGB and DisplayP3 almost completely. AdobeRGB has 92 percent coverage. Thanks to P3 in particular, the bright and high-contrast screen is also suitable for image and video editing.

sRGB
sRGB
DisplayP3
DisplayP3
AdobeRGB
AdobeRGB

However, out of the box, the display shoots above the important DeltaE value of 3 for colors and grayscale. Our manual calibration improves the color deviations and pushes the DeltaE values below the threshold. Lowering the brightness to 160 nits can also bring further improvement. Our calibrated icc file can be downloaded free of charge above.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Saturation calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
ColorChecker 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
17.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 2.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
7.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 3.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

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 2509 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 2509 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 2509 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18170 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM is used for brightness control in the display. At minimum brightness, the frequency is lowest at around 2.5 kHz, but still high enough not to cause problems for sensitive individuals.

20% brightness
20% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Outdoors, it may be worthwhile setting the screen to HDR to make it even brighter. In the shade, content can still be seen very well.

SDR: outdoors in cloudy conditions
SDR: outdoors in cloudy conditions
HDR: outdoors in cloudy conditions
HDR: outdoors in cloudy conditions
SDR: from the side
SDR: from the side
HDR: from the side
HDR: from the side
Stable IPS viewing angles, only at extreme viewing angles is some brightness lost
Stable IPS viewing angles, only at extreme viewing angles is some brightness lost

Performance - HX CPU and RTX 4080

Equipped with an Intel Core i9-13900HX and a GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, plus 32 GB of RAM and an 18-inch MiniLED display, we have an extremely powerful desktop replacement and high-end gamer that should render all current games smoothly, even in the native WQXGA resolution.

Thanks to the good display, the laptop can also serve as a workstation for creative people.

Testing Conditions

Acer installs, among other things, Predator Sense software on its gaming laptop. Four performance modes (Eco, Balanced, Performance, Turbo) as well as other options (e.g. for keyboard lighting) can be customized here. The software is quite clear, but does not offer nearly as many (manual) settings as competing devices. For example, we lack an option for GPU switching as well as settings for manually adjusting the performance parameters.

Unfortunately, Acer also installs other software such as McAfee or Acer Care, which is more about support. Furthermore, we received unsolicited advertising from Acer. Once we even received an unsolicited request to install the Opera browser. Such forced advertising via mandatory manufacturer software is a real nuisance and is unfortunately becoming more and more frequent, for example by Lenovo in the LOQ 16. Clicking on the "Planet9" games hub in Sense triggers a cookie request that includes annoying, various "legitimate interest" buttons, which all have to be individually deselected if users wish to opt out.

We mainly used Turbo mode for the best benchmark results, but we also list information about the other modes.

Predator Sense: home screen
Predator Sense: home screen
Predator Sense: performance modes
Predator Sense: performance modes
Acer Jumpstart with unsolicited advertising
Acer Jumpstart with unsolicited advertising
This Opera installation prompt pops up without warning
This Opera installation prompt pops up without warning

Processor

Turbo mode
Turbo mode
Performance mode
Performance mode
Balanced mode
Balanced mode
Silent mode
Silent mode
Battery - Balanced/Silent
Battery - Balanced/Silent

The Intel Core i9-13900HX is a true high-end CPU from the Raptor-Lake series. It can run 32 threads with 8 P-cores (including hyperthreading) and 16 E-cores. Its cores have a base clock of 1.6 (E cores) and 2.2 GHz (P cores) and reach a single-core turbo of 3.9 - 5.4 GHz.

In the Cinebench R15 loop (CB15 loop), the Helios delivers strong and, above all, consistent performance, which is, however, minimally outperformed by the MSI GE78HX and the Alienware m18 R1 with a slightly more powerful CPU (i9-13950HX und i9-13980HX). The Helios easily outperforms the HP Omen with the same CPU, as well as competing devices with H instead of HX CPUs.

We have listed all TDP values achieved for each performance mode during the CB15 loops in a table below. In battery mode, you still have the choice between the Balanced and Eco modes. In both modes, the TDP is still 25 W and the CB15 score around 1,300 points, a drop of over 70%! So there is no real performance difference between the two modes.

TDP/Performance mode Turbo Performance Balanced Silent Battery Balanced Battery Silent
Start of CB15 157 157 157 157 25 25
Later CB15 history 157 125 85 25 55 25

Cinebench R15 Multi Sustained Load

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Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø4541 (4495.39-4584.53)
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US Intel Core i9-13950HX: Ø4856 (4818.7-5120.98)
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø2810 (2649.18-4311.13)
Alienware m18 R1 Intel Core i9-13980HX: Ø4934 (4579.8-4989.4)
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI Intel Core i7-13650HX: Ø3111 (3067.01-3136.03)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
84.9 pt
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
84.2 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
80.3 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
79.4 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
 
77.8 pt
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
74.9 pt
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
61.6 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
56.3 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
32664 (29653.8min - 32664.5max) Points +7%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
32601 (28888.6min - 32601.4max) Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30631 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
28681 (25585.5min - 28680.9max) Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (24270 - 32623, n=22)
28225 Points -8%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
26407 Points -14%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
21006 Points -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (2435 - 34613, n=247, last 2 years)
18603 Points -39%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2113 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2106 Points +1%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2095 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2093 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2076 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (1867 - 2105, n=19)
2044 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
1903 Points -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (527 - 2227, n=245, last 2 years)
1782 Points -15%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
12574 Points +7%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
12423 Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
11726 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
10919 Points -7%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (9152 - 12541, n=20)
10766 Points -8%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
10118 Points -14%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
7999 Points -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (930 - 13769, n=245, last 2 years)
7068 Points -40%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
807 Points 0%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
805 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
804 Points
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
803 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
797 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (722 - 810, n=20)
784 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
728 Points -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (169 - 855, n=245, last 2 years)
686 Points -15%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
5121 (4818.7min - 5120.98max) Points +12%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
4989 (4579.8min - 4989.4max) Points +9%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4585 (4495.39min - 4584.53max) Points
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (3913 - 4970, n=21)
4522 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
4481 Points -2%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4311 Points -6%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
3136 (3067.01min - 3136.03max) Points -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (400 - 5663, n=250, last 2 years)
2953 Points -36%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
303 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
303 Points +3%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
301 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
297 Points +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
295 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (247 - 304, n=21)
292 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
275 Points -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (79.2 - 315, n=249, last 2 years)
264 Points -11%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (87 - 1259, n=242, last 2 years)
210 Seconds * -98%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
158 Seconds * -49%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
153 Seconds * -44%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (101 - 153, n=21)
117.9 Seconds * -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
111 Seconds * -5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
106 Seconds *
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
101 Seconds * +5%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
97 Seconds * +8%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
129804 MIPS +9%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
127033 MIPS +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
119590 MIPS
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
116665 MIPS -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (90675 - 127283, n=20)
111796 MIPS -7%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
94649 MIPS -21%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
80057 MIPS -33%
Average of class Gaming
  (11386 - 140932, n=242, last 2 years)
73683 MIPS -38%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
7064 MIPS +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6977 MIPS
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6925 MIPS -1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
6889 MIPS -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6880 MIPS -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (6340 - 7177, n=20)
6848 MIPS -2%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
6125 MIPS -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (2685 - 7581, n=243, last 2 years)
6024 MIPS -14%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
22200 Points +8%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
21853 Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20566 Points
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20245 Points -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20036 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (17614 - 21075, n=21)
19809 Points -4%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
14367 Points -30%
Average of class Gaming
  (1946 - 22200, n=248, last 2 years)
13071 Points -36%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2097 Points +2%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2079 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2062 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2054 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2035 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (1345 - 2093, n=21)
1988 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
1838 Points -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (158 - 2168, n=248, last 2 years)
1780 Points -13%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
34.5 fps +12%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
33.1 fps +8%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
31 fps +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30.7 fps
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (23.5 - 34.4, n=21)
29.1 fps -5%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
25.2 fps -18%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
23.6 fps -23%
Average of class Gaming
  (3 - 37.6, n=246, last 2 years)
20.4 fps -34%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
58.8 s * -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (32.8 - 332, n=240, last 2 years)
49.7 s * -0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
49.5 s *
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
46.8 s * +5%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
46.7 s * +6%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
44.2 s * +11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
43.4 s * +12%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (32.8 - 51.1, n=20)
42.5 s * +14%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Gaming
  (0.3609 - 4.47, n=243, last 2 years)
0.4768 sec * -19%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
0.4398 sec * -10%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (0.375 - 0.4564, n=21)
0.402 sec * -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3997 sec *
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3955 sec * +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
0.3931 sec * +2%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3862 sec * +3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3823 sec * +4%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
4585 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
277 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
295 Points
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Performance Rating
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
95.3 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
94.5 pt
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
92.6 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86.4 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
 
82.7 pt
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
66.1 pt
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64.4 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
60.5 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29553 KRay/s +8%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
27883 KRay/s +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
27414 KRay/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
25949 KRay/s -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (17589 - 27615, n=21)
24097 KRay/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
20012 KRay/s -27%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
17589 KRay/s -36%
Average of class Gaming
  (2585 - 60169, n=239, last 2 years)
17310 KRay/s -37%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148168 Points +8%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
141829 Points +4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
137015 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
129286 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (88686 - 137015, n=21)
120602 Points -12%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
97317 Points -29%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
88686 Points -35%
Average of class Gaming
  (12439 - 252486, n=239, last 2 years)
86918 Points -37%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7142 MB/s +4%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
6905 MB/s 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
6889 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
6338 MB/s -8%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (4362 - 7029, n=21)
6061 MB/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
4487 MB/s -35%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
4362 MB/s -37%
Average of class Gaming
  (629 - 10389, n=239, last 2 years)
4090 MB/s -41%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141758 Points +5%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
140103 Points +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
137876 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
135396 Points
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
134514 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (125644 - 141385, n=21)
133924 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
110093 Points -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (15371 - 200651, n=239, last 2 years)
106398 Points -21%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
16799 Points +5%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16656 Points +4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
16073 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
16046 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (12334 - 17179, n=21)
14889 Points -7%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
12334 Points -23%
Average of class Gaming
  (2137 - 32988, n=239, last 2 years)
11753 Points -27%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
10616 Points -34%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
73758 Points +7%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
69911 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
68687 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64736 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (43850 - 69202, n=21)
59821 Points -13%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
48323 Points -30%
Average of class Gaming
  (7135 - 134044, n=239, last 2 years)
44978 Points -35%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
43850 Points -36%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
237881 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (89413 - 237881, n=21)
139015 MB/s -42%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136520 MB/s -43%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
134830 MB/s -43%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
122159 MB/s -49%
Average of class Gaming
  (18146 - 328679, n=239, last 2 years)
103550 MB/s -56%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
89413 MB/s -62%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
85111 MB/s -64%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
2069 MB/s +8%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2003 MB/s +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
1913 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1829 MB/s -4%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (1284 - 1958, n=21)
1755 MB/s -8%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
1284 MB/s -33%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1251 MB/s -35%
Average of class Gaming
  (150.9 - 2409, n=239, last 2 years)
1152 MB/s -40%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16325 KRay/s +9%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
15367 KRay/s +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
15014 KRay/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
14066 KRay/s -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (9481 - 15279, n=21)
13066 KRay/s -13%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
10900 KRay/s -27%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
9481 KRay/s -37%
Average of class Gaming
  (1437 - 31796, n=239, last 2 years)
9400 KRay/s -37%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
52949 MPixel/s +5%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50563 MPixel/s 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50394 MPixel/s
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50323 MPixel/s 0%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
49634 MPixel/s -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (42994 - 51994, n=21)
48439 MPixel/s -4%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
41319 MPixel/s -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (8341 - 60161, n=240, last 2 years)
35588 MPixel/s -29%

System Performance

Just like CPU performance, the Helios is only marginally behind the MSI GE78HX and the Alienware m18 R1.

Most applications subjectively feel smooth. Only the graphics switching (Advanced Optimus) is a constant problem for the laptop. More about this and latency issues in the following sections.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 / Score
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8771 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
8758 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8549 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (7609 - 8549, n=3)
7996 Points -6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7609 Points -11%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
7609 Points -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (4477 - 9852, n=209, last 2 years)
7521 Points -12%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
6404 Points -25%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
11824 Points +8%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
11683 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (10982 - 11824, n=3)
11503 Points +5%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11488 Points +5%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
11242 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10982 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (7334 - 12334, n=208, last 2 years)
10658 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
9768 Points -11%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10488 Points
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10474 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (9976 - 10788, n=3)
10417 Points -1%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10125 Points -3%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
9976 Points -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (6161 - 11833, n=208, last 2 years)
9669 Points -8%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
9645 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
8886 Points -15%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
16012 Points +9%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
15221 Points +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
14720 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (10135 - 14720, n=3)
11725 Points -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (5288 - 18475, n=208, last 2 years)
11289 Points -23%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
10611 Points -28%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10135 Points -31%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
8212 Points -44%
CrossMark / Overall
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2194 Points
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2176 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2127 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1991 - 2194, n=2)
2093 Points -5%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1991 Points -9%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1899 Points -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (974 - 2295, n=171, last 2 years)
1861 Points -15%
CrossMark / Productivity
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2059 Points
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2005 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1969 Points -4%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1828 - 2059, n=2)
1944 Points -6%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1846 Points -10%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1828 Points -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (907 - 2166, n=171, last 2 years)
1776 Points -14%
CrossMark / Creativity
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2469 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2411 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2390 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (2239 - 2411, n=2)
2325 Points -4%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2239 Points -7%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2035 Points -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (1027 - 2514, n=171, last 2 years)
2018 Points -16%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1998 Points
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1904 Points -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1808 - 1998, n=2)
1903 Points -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1891 Points -5%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1808 Points -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (1029 - 2275, n=171, last 2 years)
1693 Points -15%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1681 Points -16%
PCMark 10 Score
8549 points
Help
AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
80776 MB/s +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
78590 MB/s
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
77973 MB/s -1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
77283 MB/s -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
77096 MB/s -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (67716 - 78835, n=21)
75033 MB/s -5%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64308 MB/s -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (18074 - 92565, n=239, last 2 years)
57665 MB/s -27%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
89096 MB/s +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
86406 MB/s
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
86248 MB/s 0%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86207 MB/s 0%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
85378 MB/s -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (73998 - 88462, n=21)
82199 MB/s -5%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
68497 MB/s -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (20318 - 90647, n=239, last 2 years)
61421 MB/s -29%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79917 MB/s +6%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
76988 MB/s +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
76482 MB/s +1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
75814 MB/s 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
75736 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (65472 - 77045, n=21)
73168 MB/s -3%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
60111 MB/s -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (15975 - 103259, n=239, last 2 years)
59951 MB/s -21%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Average Intel Core i9-13900HX
  (80.4 - 91.1, n=21)
86.3 ns * -4%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
84.7 ns * -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
84.5 ns * -2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
84.4 ns * -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (59.5 - 152.5, n=236, last 2 years)
84.3 ns * -1%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
83.7 ns * -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
83.2 ns *
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79.4 ns * +5%

* ... smaller is better

DPC latency

In the current driver state, the laptop has acute latency problems, as LatencyMon reveals. In Balanced mode, delays occur when opening the browser or moving a desktop window. These increase when opening multiple browser tabs on our website, and even playing a 4K/60 fps YouTube video results in a full 18 skipped frames. Acer needs to improve the driver here. However, rival laptops also have similar problems.

YouTube
YouTube
LatencyMon main
LatencyMon main
LatencyMon drivers
LatencyMon drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8290.5 μs *
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3493.7 μs * +58%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2669.6 μs * +68%
HP Omen 17-ck2097ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2103 μs * +75%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1169.3 μs * +86%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
965.6 μs * +88%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The Helios 18 is equipped with the Samsung PM9A1, one of the fastest SSDs in our SSD best list. Unfortunately, this doesn't perform well in the Predator and its performance is very quickly throttled, as our graph below shows. We repeated the same test later and got the same result because we were surprised by the rapid and strong drop. Similar SSD throttling behavior was also observed in the previously reviewed Predator Helios 16.

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 7106 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 5264 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 872 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 752 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 78.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 265 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 2971 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 2932 MB/s