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Acer Predator Triton 700 review: Great gaming laptop with one major flaw

By Koh Wanzi - 27 Mar 2018
Launch SRP: S$5888

Test setup & Performance

Test setup & Performance

I’ll be comparing the Predator Triton 700 against a handful of other Max-Q notebooks listed here:

  • Acer Predator Triton 700
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501
  • Gigabyte Aero 15X
  • MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro

The ROG Zephyrus GX501 is obviously the Triton 700’s closest rival, both in terms of specifications and price. However, I’ve also included the Aero 15X and GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro to give an idea of what you’d be getting with a step down the ladder to a less extreme configuration. Hopefully, this should help you decide whether the extra luxuries on the Triton 700 are worth the additional cash.

Test notebooks compared
  Acer Predator Triton 700 ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gigabyte Aero 15X MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro
  Acer Predator Triton 700 ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gigabyte Aero 15X MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro
Launch SRP
  • From S$5888
  • From S$4898
  • From S$3699
  • From S$3799
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
System Memory
  • 32GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM
  • 24GB (8GB + 16GB) DDR4-2400 RAM
  • 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM
  • 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM
Video & Display
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 120Hz G-Sync display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design
  • 15.6-inch Full HD with 120Hz Anti-glare, G-SYNC
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel VA X-Rite Pantone-certified display
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 120Hz display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Max-Q
Storage
  • 1TB PCIe SSD (RAID 0)
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 1TB HDD
Optical Drive
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
Connectivity
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535
  • Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11 AC (2 X 2) 10/100/100 Base-T
  • Bluetooth: 4.1
  • Wireless 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Wireless 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
Audio
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in Stereo 2 W speakers And array mic
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
I/O Ports
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 3x USB 3.0
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 1x microphone jack
  • 1x headphone jack
  • 1 x microphone-in, headphone-out jack
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (GEN2) Thunderbolt
  • 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) Type A ports
  • 1 x HDMI (2.0 support)
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1)
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x audio combo jack
  • 1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1)
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Mic-in
  • 1x Headphone-out (HiFi / SPDIF)
  • 1x RJ-45 LAN port
  • 1x SD (XC/HC) card reader
Miscellaneous
  • RGB illumination
  • HD webcam, illuminated chiclet keyboard
  • Per-key RGB illumination
  • RGB illumination
Battery Type
  • 54Wh
  • 50Wh
  • 94.24Wh
  • 51Wh
Dimensions
  • 390 x 266 x 18.9mm
  • 379 x 262 x 16.9-17.8mm
  • 356.4 x 250 x 19.9mm
  • 380 x 249 x 17.7 mm
Weight
  • 2.4kg
  • 2.25 kg
  • 2.1kg
  • 1.8kg

All the laptops were put through our usual suite of benchmarks. The full list can be found below:

  • PCMark 10
  • 3DMark
  • VRMark
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

I used the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Stress Test for temperature measurements, and the battery life benchmark in PCMark 8 Home to test the battery (PCMark 10 doesn’t yet come with a built-in battery benchmark).

 

PCMark 10 Extended

PCMark 10 Extended assesses the performance of systems in a variety of workloads, including basic computing tasks, productivity applications, digital content creation, and gaming. Compared to PCMark 8, it also adds in new test metrics, such as app startup times, which quantifies how long it takes to launch a variety of real-world apps, and a rendering and visualization workload to simulate professional graphics and engineering applications. In addition, existing workloads have been updated to reflect modern usage.

However, this is a balanced benchmark that takes into account performance in varied scenarios, and as such does not highlight the strengths of these gaming systems. But since there’s a good chance that you’ll be using one of these notebooks for more than just gaming, the figures here are of interest as well.

It’s no surprise then that the Acer and ASUS laptops came ahead, given that they’re the only two laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. Their lead was not insignificant either, amounting to a roughly 14% advantage in the overall scores.

The more detailed score breakdown also shows them coming ahead in the Essentials and Productivity benchmarks as well, so their advantage encompasses more than just gaming. It’s also worth noting that the Triton 700 managed to inch ahead of the ROG Zephyrus, perhaps on the back of its larger helping of RAM, faster RAID 0 storage, and slightly higher clocked GPU.

While both of these laptops feature an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, the Triton 700’s card features a base clock of 1,290MHz to the Zephyrus’ 1,227MHz. Similarly, the MSI laptop has a lower base clock of 1,101MHz compared to the 1,215MHz on the Gigabyte, even though both of them have the same GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU.

 

3DMark

3DMark is a more relevant assessment of gaming performance, and it puts the system through a range of graphics and computational performance tests at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q notebooks once again left the competition behind in 3DMark. Compared to the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q in the MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro, the Acer Predator Triton 700 was around 19% quicker in 3DMark Fire Strike.

Even in the more computationally intensive Time Spy benchmark, the Triton 700 was 25% quicker than the MSI notebook.

Finally, it doesn't seem like the higher clocked GPU on the Triton 700 made much of a difference here when compared to the ASUS laptop. The two were neck-and-neck in all the benchmarks, and took turns taking the pole position.

 

VRMark

Futuremark’s VRMark benchmark is designed to assess a PC’s ability to handle high-performance headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If a PC passes the Orange Room test, it is ready for the latter two systems.

All the laptops had no trouble passing the target frame rate of 109FPS, but the Acer and ASUS notebooks once again had a clear edge here. In fact, the Triton 700 was a good 35% quicker than the MSI laptop.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a demanding real-time strategy game that puts thousands of units on screen, and it’s capable of pushing even the most powerful GPUs (even if it can be CPU-bound at the lower settings).

All the notebooks benefited from moving to DirectX 12 mode, with the Acer and ASUS laptops continuing their strong lead. At Crazy settings, the Triton 700 was 25% faster than the Gigabyte Aero 15X and its GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q card.

The MSI laptop also continued to lag behind here, likely due to its lower clocked GPU.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

All the notebooks are quite capable of running Mankind Divided on Ultra settings, but it was only the Acer and ASUS laptops that managed to push past 60fps. On average, they had a lead of just under 30% over the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q models on High settings, so there’s no question of what to look at if top-notch performance is a priority.

 

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division isn’t as demanding to run as Ashes of the Singularity or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but its Snowdrop engine can still stress cards with the use of dynamic lighting and the like.

That said, the Triton 700 and ROG Zephyrus managed the game handily, where they were roughly 23% quicker than the Gigabyte Aero 15X at Ultra settings.

8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 6
  • Mobility 6.5
The Good
Beastly specifications
Slim, lightweight design
Excellent mechanical keyboard
The Bad
Uncomfortable trackpad placement
Trackpad gets hot when in use
Poor battery life
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