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Acer Predator Triton 500 laptop review: Superstar

Performance update. Nvidia has recently updated its energy-saving Max-Q chips. The Predator Triton 500 from Acer is one of the first laptops to be equipped with a matching Super GPU. Read our review to find out about the performance offered by this high-end model.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
Acer Predator Triton 500

Apart from the updated graphics card, the 2020 edition of the Predator Triton 500 also offers a fresh CPU. In this way, the PT515-52-70N3 model tested by us features a hexa-core processor from Intel's 10th Core-i generation. The Core i7-10750H replaces the very successful hexa-core model from 2019, the Core i7-9750H.

The remaining components are also pretty good. 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (2x 8 GB in dual-channel mode) and a 512 GB NVMe SSD are now part of the standard repertoire in gaming laptops. Meanwhile, a Full HD screen with lightning-fast 300 Hz takes care of the image reproduction. The package is rounded off by Windows 10 64-bit in the Pro Edition. Cost of the test device (we couldn't find a completely identical configuration in German online shops so far): About 2,500 Euros (~$2,702).

Note: Since this was a presample, the measurement and benchmark results of the final product may differ slightly.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3 (Predator Triton 500 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 815 MHz, Memory: 1353 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 445.87, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 3200, dual channel, all slots occupied, Max. 64 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AUO B156HAN12.0 (AUO7A8C), IPS, Full HD, glossy: no, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, 512 GB 
, NVMe, slots: 2x M.2 Type 2280
Soundcard
Intel Comet Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1 headphone, 1 microphone
Networking
Killer E3100G 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (201NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 359 x 255 ( = 0.71 x 14.13 x 10.04 in)
Battery
84 Wh, 5550 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 230-watt power adapter, Predator Sense, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 736 g ( = 25.96 oz / 1.62 pounds)
Price
2500 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
04/2020
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
2.1 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080
84 %
06/2019
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080
89 %
05/2019
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.2 kg17.8 mm15.6"1920x1080
83 %
09/2019
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.2 kg18.3 mm15.6"1920x1080

Among the competitors of the Predator Triton 500 are other 15-inch laptops with a hexa-core CPU and the (old) GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU like the MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG, the Razer Blade 15 and the Alienware m15 R2These laptops appear in the tables as comparison devices.

Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500

Since the chassis has remained the same except for minor details (missing lettering on the lid, a bit less ventilation slots on the bottom), we won't go again into the case, the ports and the input devices in this article. You'll find the respective information in the review of the (previous) predecessor.

Size comparison

360.5 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.2 kg4.87 lbs

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (201NGW)
1390 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=318)
677 MBit/s ∼49% -51%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (201NGW)
1340 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=318)
628 MBit/s ∼47% -53%

Webcam

ColorChecker
15.4 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
8 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3: 10.61 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 18.71 ∆E

Display

While the 2019 models had to make do with a 144 Hz display (also very fast), the new Triton 500 - as mentioned at the beginning - trumps with a 300 Hz display. However, the change from 144 Hz to 300 Hz is subjectively much less noticeable than the change from a 60 Hz to a 144 Hz monitor, which is why buyers of last year's version shouldn't be too sad, especially as there are no advantages in terms of the measured response times.

310
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO B156HAN12.0 (AUO7A8C)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 335 cd/m² Average: 318.4 cd/m² Minimum: 18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 320 cd/m²
Contrast: 1333:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.03 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 0.98
ΔE Greyscale 5.94 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
99% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 66% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.42
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
AUO B156HAN12.0 (AUO7A8C), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Sharp LQ156M1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-5%
6%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.4 (7.2, 7.2)
13.6 (8, 5.6)
6%
12.8 (6.8, 6)
11%
16.4 (7.6, 6.8)
-14%
Response Time Black / White *
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
12 (7.6, 4.4)
-15%
10.4 (6, 4.4)
-0%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
15%
PWM Frequency
23260 (19)
23810 (10)
23810 (24)
Screen
10%
7%
-26%
Brightness middle
320
282.3
-12%
293
-8%
324.2
1%
Brightness
318
269
-15%
270
-15%
304
-4%
Brightness Distribution
88
90
2%
87
-1%
90
2%
Black Level *
0.24
0.32
-33%
0.29
-21%
0.38
-58%
Contrast
1333
882
-34%
1010
-24%
853
-36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.03
1.17
71%
1.69
58%
5.01
-24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.43
3.29
61%
3.37
60%
12.7
-51%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.98
1.06
-8%
1.24
-27%
1.64
-67%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.94
1.3
78%
2.3
61%
7.9
-33%
Gamma
2.42 91%
2.2 100%
2.3 96%
2.35 94%
CCT
6751 96%
6643 98%
6758 96%
8455 77%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66
63.8
-3%
63
-5%
60.8
-8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99
97.5
-2%
98.5
-1%
95.5
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 7%
7% / 7%
-13% / -22%

* ... smaller is better

Speaking of measured values: With an average brightness of just under 320 cd/m², the Full HD panel from AUO (B156HAN12.0) isn't extremely bright but can be used for the occasional outdoor application as long as the sun doesn't shine excessively. In combination with the relatively low black value (0.24 cd/m²), a contrast of over 1,300:1 is achieved - a good result that is above the level of competing devices. The viewing angles are also convincing, as is typical with IPS.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Acer could or should improve a bit in terms of color accuracy. If you look at our measurements with the CalMAN tool (see screenshots), the display only makes a mediocre impression out of the box. In order to get the grayscales and colors into the ideal range, calibration is necessary. Users who don't have any hardware for this can resort to our ICC file that is linked above.

Acer Predator Triton 500 vs. sRGB (99%)
Acer Predator Triton 500 vs. sRGB (99%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Acer Predator Triton 500 vs. AdobeRGB (66%)
Acer Predator Triton 500 vs. AdobeRGB (66%)

The color space, on the other hand, doesn't deserve any criticism. 99% of sRGB and 66% of AdobeRGB are more than enough for a gaming laptop.

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
10.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
14.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 7.2 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.2 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 not detected

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18068 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Test conditions

The preinstalled Predator Sense program not only lets you monitor the CPU and GPU but also allows you to adjust various system settings (including the color and mode of the keyboard lighting). Of particular interest is the Overclocking menu, which contains three performance profiles. Our measurements (with the exception of the battery tests) were conducted in Fast mode, which raises the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q's base clock speed from the standard 735 to 815 MHz (855 MHz @Extreme). The fans ran in automatic mode.

Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Predator Sense

Performance

The Predator Triton 500 clearly belongs to the high-end segment. As long as you don't connect a QHD or 4K display, the 15-incher should have enough (gaming) power for the next few years.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark
 

Processor

Despite the flat design, Acer packs a hexa-core CPU under the hood. Compared to the old Core i7-9750H, the Core i7-10750H reaches a maximum clock rate of 5.0 instead of 4.5 GHz, which promises a certain performance plus. Nonetheless, the processor doesn't quite reach its turbo limit in practice. According to the Cinebench R15 test, the speed is between 4.2 and 4.7 GHz under single-core load, whereas the load of all cores leads to 4.0 to 4.2 GHz.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load

As is known from most laptops, the CPU speed drops a bit with longer use. However, the almost 6% performance loss that the Triton 500 showed in our Cinebench loop is bearable with such a compact and slim device. Other gaming laptops have a much stronger drop in performance here (e.g. the Razer Blade 15).

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Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3 Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1213 (1201.27-1287.87)
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1110 (975.73-1185.01)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1056 (1046.13-1175)
Alienware m15 R2 P87F Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1026 (960.41-1036.48)

Depending on the comparison device, the Core i7-10750H sprints a good 10 to 20% past the Core i7-9750H in multi-core benchmarks, which corresponds to the usual performance gains in a new Intel generation.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Intel Core i7-10750H
190 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Core i7-9750H
179 Points ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 215, n=577)
159 Points ∼84% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Intel Core i7-10750H
1288 (min: 1201.27, max: 1287.87) Points ∼100%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
1185 Points ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
1175 Points ∼91% -9%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Core i7-9750H
1046 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=581)
884 Points ∼69% -31%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Intel Core i7-10750H
468 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (340 - 511, n=95)
441 Points ∼94% -6%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Core i7-9750H
429 Points ∼92% -8%
CPU (Multi Core)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Intel Core i7-10750H
2932 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (1530 - 6321, n=96)
2834 Points ∼97% -3%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Core i7-9750H
2429 Points ∼83% -17%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
37299
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7478
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
13620
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
14.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
82.13 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.22 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
190 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
149 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1288 Points
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System performance

The Triton 500 showed no abnormalities in system performance. With a total score of 5,484 points, the 15-incher makes itself comfortable between the Alienware m15 R2 (5,374 points) and the MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG (5,725 points) in the PCMark 10 test. The operating system reacts very quickly thanks to the PCIe SSD and keeps loading times and program launches pleasantly short.

PCMark 10 - Score
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5839 Points ∼100% +6%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5725 Points ∼98% +4%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5484 Points ∼94%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
5374 Points ∼92% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=268)
5301 Points ∼91% -3%

DPC latency times

The gaming machine doesn't score quite as well in the latency test. The LatencyMon tool measures relatively high values here, which can lead to short interruptions with real-time audio, for example.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6243.8 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

An M.2 SSD from Samsung is built into the test device as a mass storage device. The extremely popular PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ 512 GB model cuts a very good figure in both writing and reading. The SSD RAID of the Alienware m15 R2 can only stand out to a limited extent.

Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-21%
-11%
1%
Write 4K
131.7
91.32
-31%
137.2
4%
108.8
-17%
Read 4K
47.34
40.73
-14%
46.82
-1%
45.41
-4%
Write Seq
2884
1915
-34%
1221
-58%
2467
-14%
Read Seq
2303
2051
-11%
1217
-47%
2456
7%
Write 4K Q32T1
423.9
308.3
-27%
526.6
24%
532.3
26%
Read 4K Q32T1
487.7
417.4
-14%
614
26%
589.8
21%
Write Seq Q32T1
2822
1922
-32%
1986
-30%
2801
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
3478
3395
-2%
3234
-7%
3172
-9%
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3478 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2822 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 487.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 423.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2303 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2884 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 47.34 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 131.7 MB/s

Graphics card

The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q differs from the old Max-Q version primarily in terms of the number of shaders. Instead of 2,944 CUDA processing units, the successor has 3,072 CUDA cores, which slightly increases performance. There are hardly any changes in the clock speeds. The GDDR6 video memory is once again 8 GB in size and uses a 256-bit interface. More details about the graphics accelerator can be found in our performance article and our GPU article.

3DMark 06 Standard
38265 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
60306 points
3DMark 11 Performance
22730 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
38107 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
18678 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
8043 points
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As expected, the Triton 500 pulls a little ahead of the comparison devices in the graphics benchmarks. While the Alienware m15 R2 can still keep up quite well, the Razer Blade 15 and the MSI GS65 9SG fall behind by more than 10% at times in the 3DMark tests. This is probably mainly related to the Turbo utilization, which varies greatly depending on the cooling system. In the case of the Triton 500, we were able to draw about 1,400 MHz from the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q in 3D applications.

3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
5086 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
5006 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
4275 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (1097 - 6005, n=92)
4068 Points ∼80% -20%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
4032 Points ∼79% -21%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
8379 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
8342 Points ∼100% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
7840 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
7266 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=213)
5879 Points ∼70% -30%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
22326 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
21758 Points ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
20718 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
18962 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=600)
11913 Points ∼53% -47%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
30456 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
28369 Points ∼93% -7%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
27762 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
24926 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=677)
14220 Points ∼47% -53%

In the sixty-minute test with the role-playing game The Witcher 3 (1920x1080, Ultra settings), there were no nasty surprises. The frame rate remained quite constant the whole time. No performance drops or other problems could be found.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3 GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ: Ø84.4 (72-91)

Gaming performance

When using the native resolution of 1920x1080, the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is fast enough to fire up all modern games smoothly with maximum details. Only extremely demanding titles like Anno 1800 and Red Dead Redemption 2 push the frame rate below the 60 FPS mark. Otherwise, the 300 Hz screen usually comes into its own.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10750H
83.4 (min: 67) fps ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
81.3 fps ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
78.3 fps ∼94% -6%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
66.9 fps ∼80% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=368)
51.9 fps ∼62% -38%

By the way, if you want a particularly smooth/clean image, you can go from the Optimus graphics-switching solution to the G-Sync image-enhancing technology within the BIOS or in the Predator Sense tool.

low med. high ultraQHD4K
GTA V (2015) 179 172 153 85.8 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 236 143 83.4 58.2 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 146 134 123 118 fps
Fortnite (2018) 121 114 99.5 80.3 44.5 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 103 80.8 37.6 fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 119 100 72 56.1 31.9 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 107 93.4 79.5 fps
Monster Hunter World (2018) 105 97.7 90 63.3 31.9 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 111 105 97 72 39 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 92 78 58 53 32 fps
Hitman 2 (2018) 86.7 78.6 77 76 46.1 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 139 127 119 96.1 58.7 fps
Darksiders III (2018) 112 109 103 82.1 43.2 fps
Just Cause 4 (2018) 152 113 105 73.9 41.3 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 194 165 163 118 65 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 103 97 87 71 48 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 101 77.8 63.4 51.2 31.6 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 166 162 98.8 76.4 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 129 112 80 59 31 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 94 74.4 44.9 38.8 23.2 fps
Rage 2 (2019) 126 106 103 68.4 34.1 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 174 141 138 122 74 fps
Control (2019) 107 79.8 48.4 24.9 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 107 84.3 68.1 49.1 26.6 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 251 241 240 239 190 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 102 92 70 53 31 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 85.9 77.7 72 66.4 46.9 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 134 129 107 78.9 44.5 fps
Need for Speed Heat (2019) 93 86.6 83.3 66.9 40.9 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 95.7 93.1 89.9 76.2 42.7 fps
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2019) 98 67.4 43.7 37 23.8 fps
Escape from Tarkov (2020) 121 121 119 83.1 39.7 fps
Hunt Showdown (2020) 119 101 68.8 32.4 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 164 150 147 108 58 fps

Emissions

Noise emissions

The Triton 500 reveals weaknesses especially in terms of noise development. Analogous to many other gaming laptops, the 15-incher gets very loud under load. An average of 48 dB(A) in games almost forces you to use a headset. For comparison: The competition ranges between 45 and 49 dB(A) here.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.532.533.730.633.92539.734.435.438.534.93131.328.329.229.928.94033.73031.228.331.55042.628.729.627.241.26335.526.92826.938.98029.628.127.624.230.11003027.528.124.63012532.726.627.723.933.416037.827.227.623.432.720035.525.427.121.733.725036.125.625.820.536.73153724.626.719.936.740038.224.626.318.637.950039.724.227.918.739.36303721.924.717.936.880037.321.724.917.637.7100038.621.124.917.338.2125038.921.625.619.338.8160039.12125.518.739200039.922.425.217.540250039.619.124.817.339.6315039.118.920.517.338.6400038.618.82017.438.4500034.618.419.217.534.4630031.618.318.317.331.5800028.518.318.217.428.41000024.5181817.324.41250021.11817.917.320.91600019.218.218.117.318.8SPL49.932.935.830.149.7N7.31.92.41.37.1median 37median 21.6median 24.9median 17.6median 36.7Delta3.63.23.51.74.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3

In idle mode, the background noise draws little criticism. Although the fans aren't always off, a base sound level of around 33 dB(A) shouldn't disturb most buyers. It's rather rare for the fans to turn up unnecessarily or in an annoying way. 

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 33 / 36 dB(A)
Load
50 / 50 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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 dB(A)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
7%
13%
-3%
4%
off / environment *
30
28.3
6%
28.3
6%
28.3
6%
29.4 (27.7 - 32, n=370)
2%
Idle Minimum *
30
30.4
-1%
28.8
4%
28.5
5%
31.4 (28 - 42, n=793)
-5%
Idle Average *
33
30.5
8%
28.8
13%
28.5
14%
32.6 (28 - 46.6, n=793)
1%
Idle Maximum *
36
30.6
15%
29
19%
49
-36%
34.7 (28 - 52, n=793)
4%
Load Average *
50
37.6
25%
33.5
33%
49
2%
40.9 (28 - 59, n=794)
18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
48
46
4%
45
6%
49
-2%
Load Maximum *
50
55.1
-10%
45.2
10%
55
-10%
48.4 (38.9 - 64.1, n=794)
3%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

If you exclude the rather hot Alienware m15 R2, the heat development roughly follows the competition. While the chassis reaches a bit less than 30 °C (~86 °F) in idle mode, our measuring device showed up to 44 °C (~111 °F) (top) and 50 °C (~122 °F) (bottom), respectively, under full load.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test

As usual, it gets considerably warmer inside the case. The sixty-minute stress test with the FurMark and Prime95 tools brought the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q to just over 70 °C (~158 °F), whereas the Core i7-10750H settled between 80 °C (~176 °F) and 90 °C (~194 °F). As you can see on the first screenshot, the values in The Witcher 3 were similar. Throttling, i.e. a reduction of speeds to below the base clock speed, didn't occur with the CPU or the GPU under load.

Max. Load
 40 °C
104 F
44 °C
111 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
41 °C
106 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
39 °C
102 F
36 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 44 °C = 111 F
Average: 40 °C = 104 F
50 °C
122 F
49 °C
120 F
40 °C
104 F
46 °C
115 F
46 °C
115 F
41 °C
106 F
40 °C
104 F
40 °C
104 F
40 °C
104 F
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Power Supply (max.)  49 °C = 120 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 50 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 42.4 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.9 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 40.7 °C / 105 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 40 °C / 104 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-11.2 °C / -20.2 F).
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-5%
-1%
-11%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
44
45.6
-4%
47
-7%
53.8
-22%
45.9 (28 - 68.8, n=758)
-4%
Maximum Bottom *
50
53.8
-8%
49.2
2%
58
-16%
49.7 (25.9 - 78, n=756)
1%
Idle Upper Side *
29
28.6
1%
28.6
1%
29.8
-3%
30.7 (21.6 - 46.8, n=710)
-6%
Idle Bottom *
31
33.2
-7%
31.4
-1%
32.2
-4%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=708)
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.633.32538.536.63129.929.44028.334.35027.232.36326.932.18024.228.910024.630.212523.933.516023.445.120021.75025020.560.831519.962.540018.66750018.767.163017.970.480017.672.3100017.371.3125019.372.2160018.773.3200017.573.2250017.372.8315017.370.4400017.467.2500017.564.8630017.369.7800017.473.51000017.369.41250017.364.31600017.356.9SPL30.183.1N1.358.1median 17.6median 67.2Delta1.77.444.243.839.440.638.838.938.338.136.636.538.236.736.636.534.238.633.342.333.447.432.951.331.456.231.460.230.361.929.967.429.372.128.779.828.379.428.280.62881.128.380.427.874.127.974.327.673.227.268.627.173.426.880.526.77226.767.126.660.240.389.43.979.6median 28.3median 721.87.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.38 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 81% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management

Energy consumption

In view of the performance offered, the energy requirement is kept within limits. Thanks to graphics switching, the Triton 500 only consumes 11 to 25 watts in idle mode. When the Nvidia GPU turns on under load, the consumption increases to 95 to 211 watts. The power adapter is of sufficient capacity with 230 watts. Typical RTX 2080 laptops (without Max-Q) usually require a 330-watt power supply.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 1.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 11 / 15 / 25 Watt
Load midlight 95 / 211 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-22%
-2%
-71%
-30%
Idle Minimum *
11
18.3
-66%
12.5
-14%
19
-73%
19.1 (1.9 - 113, n=754)
-74%
Idle Average *
15
22
-47%
15.3
-2%
40.5
-170%
24.6 (6.6 - 119, n=754)
-64%
Idle Maximum *
25
28.8
-15%
20.7
17%
52
-108%
30 (8.3 - 122, n=754)
-20%
Load Average *
95
93
2%
90.2
5%
132.3
-39%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=745)
-9%
Witcher 3 ultra *
140
142.6
-2%
162
-16%
183.3
-31%
Load Maximum *
211
215.9
-2%
209.3
1%
217.2
-3%
174 (21.9 - 590, n=744)
18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The runtimes are definitely respectable for a high-end laptop. Slightly more than 6 hours of internet surfing via WLAN with medium display brightness don't need to hide behind the competition. The 84 Wh battery manages over 8 hours under ideal conditions (no load, low display brightness). Meanwhile, you can only expect a runtime of about 1 hour at maximum brightness in everyday gaming use.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 18min
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-70N3
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, 84 Wh
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 82 Wh
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 80 Wh
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 76 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-4%
43%
-15%
-19%
Reader / Idle
495
953
93%
554
12%
356 (39 - 1174, n=706)
-28%
WiFi v1.3
378
362
-4%
393
4%
332
-12%
264 (62 - 622, n=418)
-30%
Load
78
102
31%
44
-44%
79.4 (18 - 202, n=673)
2%

Pros

+ light and compact case
+ responsive 300 Hz panel
+ G-Sync and Optimus
+ very good performance
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- high noise development in 3D usage
- annoying boot sound (can be deactivated)
- limited maintenance

Verdict

Predator Triton 500: Review device provided by Acer Germany
Predator Triton 500: Review device provided by Acer Germany

In 2020, the Predator Triton 500 continues to impress with its combination of low weight, compact dimensions and generous power.

The relatively light and flat 15-inch chassis can take on significantly thicker colleagues in many benchmarks, but the Max-Q version of the RTX 2080 Super is not exactly the best choice from a price-performance perspective. In any case, the fast GPU ensures smooth Full HD frame rates even with modern titles (at maximum settings, of course). A further highlight would be the 300 Hz screen, which isn't only responsive but rich in contrast too.

All in all, there's hardly anything to criticize about the new version of the Triton 500. The biggest point of criticism is, as so often, the background noise under load.

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Florian Glaser, 2020-04-23 (Update: 2020-05- 6)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.