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2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 Review

9.6

i7-9750H CPU (6 cores, 12 threads)

10.0/10

Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB VRAM

10.0/10

IPS Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate and 3ms Response Time

10.0/10

256GB NVMe SSD

9.0/10

16GB RAM at 2666MHz

9.0/10

Pros

  • Overclockable GPU
  • Dual Channel Memory
  • VR Ready
  • Supports 2 NVMe SSDs and 1 HDD
  • Supports up to 32GB of RAM

Cons

  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No G-Sync Support
  • No RGB Keyboard
  • Doesn't support 15mm thick HDD
  • No Video Signals through USB-C

Welcome

Want to buy a gaming laptop that is worth the trouble? Check this 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 review and you can rest assured you won’t regret it!

Intro

2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 Review - Dragon

If you are looking for the best value for money gaming laptop for 2019, you landed on the right place. Gaming laptops at this price might have at best a GTX 1650 or GTX 1660, not a GTX 1660 Ti.

Then for 200-300 dollars more you can buy a gaming laptop with the RTX graphics cards.

Also what is special about this laptop is that it has 2 NVMe SSD slots which support RAID 0. RAID 0 is using 2 disks to store data in a way that makes the fetching of data faster.

This laptop also offers 512GB of max capacity on the NVMe SSD slots. Well these days new games require each about 50GB of storage space so you can have like 8-9 (some space is required by the operating system).

If you are into competitive games, they might require lower storage spaces. I’m a LoL player and it requires almost 9GB. I installed Dota 2 once and it was over 20GB.

Detailed Youtube Video – Best Gaming Laptop 2019?

Check out the video below which provides lots of details and perspective for the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300, which (as I saw) is considered the best gaming laptop for 2019 not only by, but also by others.

What Games Can This Beast Play?

A better question would be, what games this beast cannot play?! Everything that exists today, the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 can play. There is only the exception of DXR (DirectX Ray Tracing).

DXR requires the RTX cards to be installed. Below I will mention some of this year’s games and their requirements so that we have “hands-on” proof that these games can be played.

Metro Exodus

Recommended GPU

GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD RX VEGA 56 with 8GB VRAM.

If you saw the whole Youtube video from above, it mentions that the GTX 1660 Ti can outperform the RTX 2060 and is almost on par with the RTX 2070.

The recommended VRAM is 8GB. With 6GB the GTX 1660 Ti provides, it would be enough and not cause any issues. Between the minimum(2GB VRAM) and the recommended (8GB VRAM), 6GB is above the middle.

Most RTX 2060’s come with a 6GB of VRAM so all is good.

Recommended CPU

Intel Core i7-4770K or equivalent. the i7-4770K has 4 cores and 8 threads (2 threads per core) and a maximum Turbo Frequency of 3.9GHz.

The i7-9750H has 6 cores, 12 threads and a maximum Turbo Frequency of 4.5GHz so even if the game is CPU-Bound (uses mostly the CPU), there won’t be any perfomance issues.

Recommended RAM

8GB is the recommended RAM for Metro Exodus. With 16GB of RAM, it’s more than enough to play this game. This laptop offer RAM upgrades up to 32GB so even the most RAM hungry games can be played.

Anthem

Recommended GPU

Nvidia GTX 1060/ RTX 2060, AMD RX 480 with 4GB of VRAM. Nothing that the GTX 1660 Ti can’t handle.

Recommended CPU

Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz.

I7-4790 has 4 cores, 8 threads and AM Ryzen 3 1300X has 4 cores, 4 threads. With the i7-9750H, it looks like it will be a summer breeze!

Recommended RAM

16GB is the recommended RAM. If you decide to play this game, make sure you close all the programs you don’t need before you start it otherwise you might experience lag (that comes from the RAM being filled up).

Note: If you experience lag problems and the RAM usage is below 90%, the lag isn’t the RAM’s fault.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Recommended GPU

Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB (Current available GPU RTX2060) or AMD equivalent. GPU-wise we are good.

Recommended CPU

AMD FX-9370/Ryzen 5 1600X or Intel Core i7-4770. CPU-wise we are good as well.

Recommended RAM

16GB – just like Anthem. 16GB is currently the maximum RAM capacity required for gaming. The good thing about RAM is that you put higher capacity sticks and reach it up to 32GB (at least for this laptop).

So if you play these games that require 16GB of RAM, you better make sure the laptop can upgrade to 32GB. That way you can upgrade easily with only buying the sticks and not a new machine.

Cooling Issues

2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 Review - Windmill

According to Amazon reviewers (and the video in this review), the cooling is much better than the 2018 Version Helios 300. Let’s see some quotes:

Cooling:
This is by far the best vented laptop I’ve ever seen. The heatsink fins and fans are clearly visible through the myriad slits on the bottom, sides and back.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2JE7VHPN5O26C/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07QXLFLXT

Laptop performs great. You’ll be able to run pretty much any AAA title at Max – Ultra at reasonable frame ratesCooling much better then the 2018 model and I didn’t notice any thermal throttling.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R20679YBR8UNX8/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07QXLFLXT

So all good with the cooling too.

Warranty

The warranty is 2 years inside US or Canada. For other places, there is the International Travelers Warranty.

Comparison To Helios 300 2018 Edition and Acer Nitro 5

This post is just a review of the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300. I have made an article where I compare the 2018 and the 2019 version along with Acer Nitro 5 (with i7 CPU). It’s more detailed than this review so feel free to check it out.

Final Words

Acer Predator Helios 300 - 2019 Version

The best value for money gaming laptop you can get in 2019 (no exaggeration). The closest competitor, the Asus TUF 505 - 2019 Version is still no match for it even though they have the same graphics card. The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 has also 2 NVMe slots which support RAID 0, making it more ideal for games that require fast load times.

Editor's Rating:
5

If you are living in the UK, it’s not a good deal because the price is quite high. But in the US, it’s certainly a good value for money. It costs 2 hundred dollars more than the 2018 Version.

I hope you found this review helpful. Feel free to drop any comments or suggestions, don’t be shy!

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