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ACER Predator Triton 300 SE, the review of the notebook for gamers with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

With the ACER Predator Triton 300 SE review we tested the combination between the Intel Core i7-11370H and the GeForce RTX 3060, a GPU designed for 1080p with active ray tracing in a mobile key. A double evolution that has allowed us to reduce the size of gaming laptops by stuffing good quality hardware into a gaming laptop 14 inches with 144 Hz panel and 16 GB of memory at 3200 MHz.

With a recommended price of €1499 for Italy, the Triton 300 SE model that arrived in the editorial office relies on the combination between the Core i7-11370H, a 4 core and 8 thread processor that certainly doesn’t aim for the stars, and the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, a mobile GPU that guarantees good performance in 1080p and which thanks to DLSS can also get by with ray tracing. Of course, it suffers a bit with heavier titles, but we must consider that we are talking about a device which, thanks to its 14-inch diagonal and small bezels, sports almost ultrabook dimensions. The width of the screen, let’s be clear, is a limit but the compactness translates into great ease of transport.

The screen of the Predator Triton 300 is a FullHD IPS with 144 Hz refresh which allows you to play any type of game easily. The brightness is not exceptional, but it is around the declared 300 nits and, thanks to a decent contrast, it guarantees a rather lively image. The color coverage, it must be said, is not amazing, but we are close to 100% of the sRGB space for a screen designed mostly for gaming in small spaces and for portable office work. In this regard, it is worth specifying that the tests highlight a pinch of ghosting, which upon closer inspection is slightly visible even in some games, but generally the experience is more than good, both in terms of cleanliness and actual fluidity. The viewing angle, however, is relatively limited, but with a device of this size this is a problem of relative importance. And the same goes for the sound, with DTS:X support, predictably not very powerful and lacking in bass. However, the issue of storage is different 512GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, now limited although rather fast.

Also in terms of connectivity the compromises depend on the small dimensions which include the need to leave large spaces for the exhaustion of the hot air. For this reason ACER, with the exception of the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 module optimized for gaming, limited itself to the essentials with a USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 for each side, a much appreciated Thunderbolt 4 USB-C which can also be used as a DisplayPort and an HDMI 2.1 video output, capable of reaching 4K at 120 frames per second. The laptop’s hardware is not designed for gaming at these levels, but it still has good power which makes this possibility welcome, even if only for very light games. Finally, there is also a headphone jack and obviously the power supply, the only source of energy given the impossibility of powering the laptop via USB-C. But the reason also depends on the automatic overclocking, available only by connecting the 180W power supply and reaching 40% battery charge level.

On the other hand, we are talking about a desktop replacement that is satisfied with one 60 Whr battery, certainly not designed for uncompromising gaming on the move. However, it manages to last for at least ten hours in the case of previously downloaded 1080p videos, as well as guaranteeing around 6 hours of operation using office applications together with network connectivity. It is therefore average, from this point of view. To give the best, however, it requires an active power socket and automatic overclocking options, including a turbo mode that can be selected with a button, placed at the top left of the keyboard, which adds a gamer’s touch to everything. The option, however, is also available from the software which allows you to manage fans, saveable profiles for each individual game and RGB lighting.

The dimensions reached by the small ACER laptop represent a notable achievement for a device that guarantees desktop replacement power, albeit mid-range, despite measuring 17.9 cm in height, 32.3 cm in width and 22.8 cm in depth . The approximate weight is not negligible, given the approximately 1.8 kg, but not even high considering the high refresh screen and the materials used.

Among other things, ACER has not neglected theaesthetics for this special edition all in aluminium. However, it must be said that while the chassis and lid are actually made of metal, the belly is made of plastic, but the performance of the material is such as to make the laptop seem like a uniform and homogeneous product that does not get lost in whimsy, excluding the Predator logo on the lid, aiming for a certain solidity. The same one that we also find in touchpad, all in all large considering the limited dimensions of the Triton 300 SE, which is made of tempered glass, is nice and firm, and has excellent tactile feedback when pressed. It also includes a fingerprint reader, useful for speeding up Windows security procedures, as well as obviously the 720p webcam, a simple little hole that does not interfere in any way with the design.

The look, inside, relies largely on the perforated surface at the base of the screen, which acts as an outlet for both the speakers and part of the hot air, as well as the keyboard RGB inevitably compact and low profile, but still characterized by well-spaced and rather solid keys. The lighting of the latter is limited to only three zones, but we are talking about a model that focuses more on the combination of power and compactness, saving something on aesthetics and something also on the internal frames. In any case, between the aggressive rear grilles, the quality of the materials, the dimensions and a certain elegance, the Triton 300 SE can be looked at with pleasure, both as a gaming device and as a smart working laptop.

We obviously put the ACER Predator Triton 300 SE to the test in this version equipped with a Core i7-11370H, a 4 core and 8 thread processor with a 35W TDP, and with a GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, as we said designed for gaming in 1080p, ray tracing included. Of course, it is neutered compared to the desktop version, it has to deal with the consumption of a small laptop and is held back by a CPU which, while stably maintaining 4300 MHz on all cores with a boost of 4800 MHz on the single, does not it is designed to give the best in gaming. But NVIDIA GPUs have theDLSS upscaling which in version 2.0 guarantees a clear performance boost while maintaining excellent visual quality. The configuration can also count on 16 GB of memory at 3200 MHz and a 512 GB Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD which is limited in terms of storage space, but guarantees excellent speeds which we have confirmed with CrystalDiskMark, detecting 3456.41 MB /s in sequential read and 2994.24 MB/s in sequential write.

Once we had written down the advantages and tradeoffs of the configuration, we moved on to the benchmark real ones that put us in front of a configuration that was limited due to consumption and size, but still capable of guaranteeing a reactive and rather satisfying experience even with different games. We carried out the tests in standard mode and found 49 decibels in the game noise average and 52 peak decibels compared to temperatures of around 76 degrees for the CPU and 73 degrees for the GPU. Thanks to the renewed cooling which at normal speed pushes the new 0.08 mm AeroBlade fans to 3500/4000 rpm and is not too noisy. In basic mode, however, it is not enough to completely keep it at bay temperature of the CPU in decoding, where it reached 87 degrees, and in the stress tests where the processor came close to 93 degrees while the GPU exceeded 90 degrees.

As a result we decided to push ventilation, along with performance, with the mode Turbo, reaching 5900 rpm which put us in front of a significant air flow, capable of keeping the processor between 70 and 75 degrees during the stress tests. Enough therefore to guarantee the possibility of using the Triton 300 SE for prolonged work sessions, as long as it can tolerate a noise level capable of exceeding, albeit not by much, the barrier offered by a pair of gaming headphones. In any case, the basic mode allows you to play adequately with a large number of games, as highlighted by the graphs. Of course, the numbers also highlight the limits imposed by consumption and the CPU, but with a bit of work on the graphics settings it is possible to play with good fluidity and excellent image quality even very demanding titles.

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