Acer Unleashes Predator Helios 500 Gaming Notebook: Up to Core i9+, GTX 1070
Acer on Wednesday introduced its new 17.3-inch gaming notebooks based on Intel’s 8th Gen Core processors. Dubbed the Predator Helios 500, these notebooks feature Intel's latest hex-core Coffee Lake CPUs as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. Meanwhile, unlike the relatively thin and light Predator Triton mobile gaming machines released last year, the Predator Helios 500 laptops are designed for people looking for the highest performance possible in a clamshell form-factor, so, they are rather thick, heavy and expensive.
The flagship versions of Acer’s Predator Helios 500 notebooks are based on Intel’s overclockable six-core Core i9+8950HK processor as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 video card. Both key chips are cooled down using Acer’s Dual AeroBlade 3D cooling system that uses all-metal fans offering improved cooling performance and therefore ensures that end-users can overclock their mobile PCs efficiently. Acer will preinstall its PredatorSense app that can control and monitor the notebook’s vitals to avoid overheating.
Moving on, Acer intends to equip its flagship gaming notebooks with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, in line with mobile workstations. And in a bid to speed up storage sub-system of the Predator Helios 500 to the max without using RAID (and doubling the storage costs), the systems will come with Intel Optane Memory caching SSDs as well as high-end drives with a PCIe interface. As for connectivity, the Predator Helios 500 comes with a rather standard set of features and connectors: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GbE, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB Type-A headers, a DisplayPort 1.4, and an HDMI 2.0 output.
Various versions of the Predator Helios 500 will be equipped with display panels featuring a Full HD or an Ultra HD resolution and the G-Sync technology with up to a 144 Hz refresh rate. As for audio, like many other 17.3-inch class gaming notebooks, the Predator Helios 500 feature a 2.1-channel audio subsystem (with a built-in subwoofer) with Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio software enhancements.
A particularly interesting feature of the Predator Helios 500 is that it will be shipped in an optional rugged case (just like the ultra-exclusive Predator 21 X was last year) that can be reused to transport the device to LAN parties and other eSports events safely.
The Acer Predator Helios 500 will be available in the USA this June and will start at $1,999. In Europe, the product will start from €1,999, whereas in the U.K. it will be priced at £1,799.
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