•  Date Published: 11 Feb 2022
  • Intel Core i9-11980HK
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 165W)
  • 17.3”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), 120 Hz, IPS
  • 1000GB SSD
  • 2x 16GB DDR4, 3200 MHz
  • 3.90 kg (8.6 lbs)

Pros

  • Loaded with RGB
  • A ton of fast, high-res display options
  • Monstrous cooling
  • 97% sRGB coverage and accurate color representation with our Gaming and Web design profile
  • Fast refresh rate with quick pixel response times
  • PWM-free
  • Analog trigger-like WASD options
  • Top tier GPU supports 165W TGP
  • 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 + 2.5-inch SATA
  • Great input devices
  • Has a MUX switch

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Quite pricey
  • Bulky chassis

Specs

CPU Performance #22in Top CPUs
  • Intel Core i9-11900H 2.1%
  • Intel Core i7-11800H 2.4%
  • Intel Core i9-11980HK 
  • Intel Core i7-12650H 0.6%
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX 0.6%
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2.3%
GPU Performance #1in Top GPUs
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 165W) 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 130W) 1.0%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Laptop, 140W) 5.5%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Laptop, 130W) 10.8%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 100W) 10.8%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 105W) 12.0%
  • HDD/SSD
  • 1TB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 2x 2280 M.2 NVMe slots  See photo
  • RAM
  • 2x 16GB DDR4, 3200 MHz
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Dimensions
  • 400 x 319.2 x 35.30 mm (15.75" x 12.57" x 1.39")
  • Weight
  • 3.90 kg (8.6 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • HDMI
  • 2.1
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Audio by DTS:X Ultra
  • Optical drive

Acer Predator Helios 500 in-depth review

Forget about low-cost, budget-oriented devices. Here we go big. The device we have with us has all the bells and whistles, including an overclockable Core i9-11980HK, and an RTX 3080 with a 165W TGP. In recent years, gaming laptops have shrunk massively, when compared to their relatives from 5 years ago. We are seeing sub 2-kilo devices with a lot of power. However, what will happen if you combine the abilities of modern hardware with enough space for decent cooling? Well, the Predator Helios 500 (PH517-52) is what happens. It is an abomination of aggressive gaming looks, tons of RGB lighting, and of course, desktop-matching hardware. Ultimately, there are other things that make the device even more exciting. For example, it is extremely easy to upgrade, thanks to the service door, [...]

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Disassembly, maintenance and upgrade options

The Predator Helios 500 is one of few old breed devices that aim to provide the full gaming experience to their users. Thankfully, Acer has made upgrading this laptop really accessible. Check out all Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-52) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review. 1. Remove the service lid and battery First things first, let's talk about upgrade options. To get access to them, you need to undo two Phillips-head screws. Then, pry the plastic door, and lift it away. Before we go any further we would advise removing the 74Wh batte[...]

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GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 165W)

Some games you can play on this laptop

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HIGH PERF
HIGH QLT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 165W) 1082 FPS PLAY VIDEO 527 FPS PLAY VIDEO
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
LOW
HIGH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Laptop, 165W) 383 FPS 303 FPS

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