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Much like the Predator Helios we reviewed last year, the Nitro 5’s metal cover makes it feel more sturdy than years past, but I still would have wanted it all over the laptop. If this looks familiar, it’s because it is the same base Aorus 15G model we reviewed earlier this year (and which earned our Editor’s Pick award), but with beefier specs. Going back to the GPU, not all mobile Ampere parts are created equal, even among the same model. That’s to say, you can’t swap it out like you can the RAM or storage (which also depends on the model). Out of the laptops we’ve tested, the Nitro 5 finds itself trading positions with the Asus TUF Gaming A15 laptop on CPU and GPU performance, which is perhaps its closest competitor. The rule of thumb when shopping for the best gaming laptop is to opt for the highest end GPU you can afford, because way more often than not, it is a permanent part of the system. In this case, this is the lower end mobile RTX 3080 variant (105W) with 8GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 16GB and 1,245MHz boost clock. Gigabyte has not said when the Aorus RTX 3080 Ti Gaming Box will be available or how much it costs.

The more the size of the display, the better you will enjoy the games. The Pro doesn’t expand input options any more than its predecessor; there’s still a standard layout of two side buttons and one up top to control DPI sensitivity. The 11 customizable buttons and one-millisecond response time make it an excellent choice for competitive gamers. The main buttons are from Omron that are rated for a lifespan of 50 million clicks. The main drawbacks are the dim display and flimsy chassis, which make this system feel a tad overpriced at $1,700. It became more evident when playing the demo of wonderfully colorful Sable, where I was consistently trying to make the screen brighter to no avail as I was looking for parts for my cool hoverbike. I even dipped into playing through the new Doom Eternal DLC, and it was nice to see that the only tearing on-screen happening was Doomguy ripping some poor demon in half. This Nitro 5 sports a fast 165Hz, 1440p display that looks great in motion when playing shooters like Call of Duty Warzone.

Works great on an analog monitor but look very ugly on an LCD. Not only do they offer pairs for most every budget, but they come with all sorts of features like THX or Dolby Atmos, haptic feedback, and great battery life for the wireless options. The underwhelming 85 minutes of battery life was a surprise as well. Keep in mind that the cheap laptops can go just about anywhere with you and with a few simple adjustments and additions you can have an amazing gaming experience right at home as well. I was able to play Resident Village and a few matches of Apex Legends at around 110fps at 1440p, at Max settings with only a couple of dips in performance. For others, it’s a low-key laptop that they wouldn’t be embarrassed to take out in public to sneakily play video games at a coffee shop. Video cards allow you to be able to see visual graphics better.

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Still, external graphics boxes are viable ways of upgrading your system’s GPU capabilities, especially on a laptop with integrated graphics. Not that it really matters at the moment-GPUs fly off store shelves as quickly as retailers can stock them, and this will likely end being another GPU that is next-to-impossible to find. Moving on to graphics, we also run 3DMark Time Spy to gauge the GPU performance of laptops. When you consider other gaming laptops around the $1,700 price point like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, the Nitro 5 feels like it wouldn’t fare well in an accidental drop. Now that we’ve played around with a bunch of AMD Ryzen 5000 series-powered RTX 3070 gaming laptops, we’re getting a sense of how well some of these machines are stacking up against each other, especially in that $1,500-1800 price range. The Nitro 5 has a 2.5 drive bay in case you plan on going for a more cost-effective SSD/HDD combo as well. It’s nowhere near as bad as the Alienware Ryzen Edition but still expected more from the 57.5Wh battery. Weight: 4. The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R7S0 is another Ryzen 7 5800H. RTX 3070 combo we’ve been seeing a ton of in recent days.

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