Our review of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S
l’Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S can interest creatives and gamers as this creative gaming laptop is powerful thanks to the large amount of 32 GB RAM and the Intel Core i9 Tiger Lake-H processor that accelerates multimedia processing such as the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX graphics card from playing recent games . Equipped with fast SSD storage that boosts its responsiveness, this versatile black laptop benefits from a 15-inch 2.5K DCI-P3 display with colors that are much more natural than the average, ready for (Very) High Definition that enhances the smoothness in games with its 165Hz frequency , a backlit keyboard or even connectivity to USB-C Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi ax and dual video output, all under Windows 11.
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Features of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S
|Screen(s)||15.6” QHD 2.5K LED IPS 165Hz ComfyView 100% DCI-P3 300cd/m² thin bezels (2560×1440, matte/anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-11900H Tiger Lake (2.1GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB GDDR6 reserved, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2, rechargeable) + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, mini DisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2600)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|audio system||2 speakers, DTS X:Audio|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced runtime / Battery||3 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3815mAh 58.7 Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.5kg / 363.4 x 255 x 22.4-22.9mm|
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S against the competition
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S is currently shown in promotion at Baker and offers an interesting configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the few to offer such a large amount of RAM under Windows 11 with Thunderbolt connectivity, as well as a display with such natural colors and such high definition.
If this Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S doesn’t meet all your criteria, check out our gaming laptop guide to find other configurations to play with on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, which has the most impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S
It has a clear gamer look with its black design with angular lines, cooled by 4th class AeroBlade 3D technology using 2 fans (59 0.1mm metal bionic blades), heat pipes and air outlets.
This creative gamer laptop is well equipped in terms of connectivity with its USB-C Thunderbolt 4, its practical HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example, its Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi modules. fi ax (more efficient and more recent than WiFi ac) to communicate and connect wirelessly remotely, the Ethernet and audio ports or the 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The chiclet keyboard can be naturally backlit, making it easier to distinguish them in the dark.
As a bonus, it includes 2 special keys to entice gamers: Turbo at the top left for instant overclocking and PredatorSense at the top of the numeric keypad to open the appropriate application (fan control, backlighting, overclocking, etc.).
The screen is interesting for both creators and gamers. Because it adopts DCI-P3 and IPS specifications with much more faithful colorimetry than the average with significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles. In addition, thanks to the 2.5K definition, which is superior to Full HD, the screen is excellent for displaying (Very) High Definition content such as videos with its 16:9 format.
And the screen also improves the smoothness in games thanks to the 165Hz frequency, which is higher than the 60Hz standard. Because it is anti-glare, it is also more readable than a glossy panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-979S may be of interest to those who want to acquire a versatile 15-inch laptop PC that performs in games and creation.
The total power it delivers is incomparable to that of the vast majority of laptops on the market. Because it relies on a whopping 32GB of RAM associated with a high-end Octo Core i9-11900H Intel Tiger Lake-H processor.
Something that appeals to demanding users, such as players and creators.
The latter in particular will be pleased with much faster processing with this core than with 8 GB DDR4 and a Quad/Hexa/Octo Core processor. We strongly feel the difference in areas that require RAM and CPU resources using multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Creatives will be all the more pleased that multimedia processing is accelerated even more by the dedicated GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card on board, and this under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
However, the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing is mainly aimed at gamers. Because it can run recent games, despite the display’s 2.5K definition requiring more computations from the GPU than Full HD, causing lower fps.
In fact, the GeForce RTX 3070 is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus prefers the Iris Xe as much as possible, a graphics solution integrated directly into the Octo Core i9. Thanks to the Iris Xe, you can view photos and videos, but you can also play modest titles. But it is much less powerful than the GeForce RTX 3070. If Optimus prefers the Iris Xe, it is because it consumes little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this area you can expect about 3 hours of battery life with light use.
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In terms of storage, there is an SSD that clearly improves responsiveness and fluidity on a daily basis compared to a simple hard drive.
It must be said that an SSD is quiet, more resistant to shocks, more energy efficient and much faster.
In practice, the SSD guarantees that, for example, you can get to online game cards faster than with a simple hard drive. Or much faster launch, processing and start/stop of games/software.
Finally, in the event of severe stress (e.g. games, treatments), expect this versatile creator-focused gaming laptop to heat up and make a statement.
To control temperatures if necessary, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the dimensions carefully!†