The much anticipated first test since the announcement of the new Turing GTX 16xx graphics cards, the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54 is a 15-inch notebook that shines not only with its state-of-the-art components, but also with its impressive battery life and impressive storage capacity. two arrays M.2 RAID 0. By cons, it heats a lot and its plastic frame forgets the SD card reader.
Technical Specs of Acer Nitro 5 AN515
|Slab||15.6 \’\’ Full HD LED IPS 144 Hz ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H Coffee Lake (2.2GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2667 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Storage space||2 x 512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) RAID 0 2 TB at 5400 rpm|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater Speakers v4|
|webcam||Yes, HD 720p CrystelEye HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 2.0|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Dimensions (mm)||363 x 255 x 25.9|
|Other||Backlit red chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis / Aesthetics
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54 looks like a more elegant version of its predecessor – the Nitro AN515-52. Of course, it does not lose its aggressiveness with its rear grilles inspired by the Predator line. If its predecessor was already using this type of design, the model 2019 revises its copy with a little more refinement. In addition, the Nitro 5 (AN515-54) weighs 2.30 kg and has a profile of 25.9 mm, measurements revised downward. The lid lifts with one hand without difficulty but with a small sensitivity to the axial pressure. It opens on a 15.6-inch screen framed by side edges.
On the left edge are an RJ-45 port, an HDMI 2.0 output, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen1) port and two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen1) ports, while the right hosts a USB Type-A 2.0 port and a headphone jack. Unfortunately, there is no SD card reader on this PC.
The Nitro 5 2019 is quite simple to disassemble but does not offer a maintenance hatch. It is therefore necessary to remove all the outer plate maintained by 11 Phillips screws to access the internal components. Inside, there are two DIMM RAM slots, supporting up to 32GB of DDR4 memory with speeds up to 2667MHz. The tester was also impressed by the fact that Acer has integrated a dual M.2 SSD configuration that supports RAID 0. In addition, there are metal plates that cool NVMe disks, which can become very hot in the process. passage.
Keyboard / Touchpad
First element that hits the tester at the discovery of the keyboard, the arrow keys are full size, a rarity nowadays. The shot is decent overall with a relatively short run and a good comeback. In addition, it features a highlighted ZQSD backlight and a dedicated NitroSense button. For its part, the touchpad is very responsive and combined with the display at 144 Hz, it is like lightning in the system.
The tester had not yet completed the full scan of the Full HD display (1920 x 1080 px) IPS 144 Hz at the time of the test.
Acer equips its Nitro 5 with 8th generation (Coffee Lake) or 9th generation processors (Coffee Lake Refresh, 2019), the latest generation taking advantage of higher base and Turbo frequencies. Here, we are dealing with an 8th gen Hexa Core i7-8750H with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage (2 x SSD M.2 512GB 1 TB HDD). This heart behaves adequately even if the processor is not exploited to the maximum here, so as to give more amplitude to the GPU but we will come back to it. Anyway, the PC can support all uses, creative as current and the fluidity of the system is exemplary.
On the graphics card side, the Nitro 5 can be delivered with a GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GDDR5, a GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 or a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6. It is the latter that is endowed with the model under test. And the least we can say is that it keeps its promises. It is tracking the GeForce RTX 2060 in most scenarios but obviously does not benefit from the capabilities of Ray Tracing. In fact, AAA games in 1080p High exceed all 80 FPS.
Temperatures / Noise
If the processor is mastered (74 ° C max) to allow the graphics card to “flourish” and limit the noise of ventilation, the graphics card climbs to temperature (84 ° C) and this is reflected in the surfaces with a hot spot measured between keys 6 and 7 at the top of the keyboard at 64 ° C!
The battery gains more than 10 Whr from the previous Nitro 5 with 58.75 Whr against 48 Whr. And the result is more than conclusive. The Acer AN515-54 was able to surf the Internet via Wifi for 8 hours before succumbing. Impressive.