Acer announces the refreshed Predator Triton 500 and Nitro 5 gaming laptops with Comet Lake-H CPUs
Intel’s Comet Lake-H mobility CPUs are now official, and laptop OEMs like Acer can finally announce refreshed laptop lineups. Among the first to receive upgraded components are the Triton and Nitro 15.6-inch gaming models, which will also get improved cooling systems and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Do note that the new models will actually ship in May.
First up is the budget-friendly Nitro 5 model that will pack CPUs up to the Core i7 SKUs coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and a choice between 512 GB SSD or 1 TB HDD storage. There will also be a few GPU options topping out with the RTX 2060. Unlike other budget solutions, the Nitro 5 does not seem to be compromising in the display department, as it will be getting either a 120 or a 144 Hz IPS screen with 3 ms response time. The port selection includes 1x USB-C and 3x USB-A connectors, HDMI as well as miniDisplayPort video outputs, plus audio out. Acer claims that the improved cooling system that now features dual-fans and four heat vents is supposed to deliver 25% better thermal performance over the 2019 lineup.
For the updated premium Triton 500 models, Acer is offering GPU options up to the freshly released RTX 2080 Super Max-Q along with 300 Hz, 3 ms IPS displays capable of 100% sRGB color reproduction. Unfortunately, the press release does not mention which CPUs are offered with this lineup, but we suspect it will get options up to the i9 octa-core SKUs. The Triton 500 supports up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and can accommodate up to 2 TB of NVMe SDD storage in RAID 0. Furthermore, the port selection is essentially the same as the one on the Nitro 5 except it does not feature a miniDisplayPort for some reason. With the new Triton models, Acer is introducing an improved cooling system called Vortex Flow that integrates three fans placed in key zones throughout the case plus an all-metal gen 4 Aeroblade 3D fan with 5 heat pipes. This should help lower temperatures by an additional 33%. Adding to the premium look, the all-metal case is only 0.7-inch thick and the whole system weighs just over 4.6 lbs.
More detailed specs will be revealed closer to the May shipping dates. Prices for the Nitro 5 start at US$649.99 (Core i5-10300H + GTX 1650) , while the Triton 500 models will set you back at least US$2,199.99 (Core i7-10750H + RTX 2070 Super Max-Q).