Acer Predator Helios 300 review (2021 PH315-54 model – i7-11800H, RTX 3070)

16 Comments

  1. Billy Mach

    August 8, 2021 at 3:54 am

    I just wondering what is the max capacity of 2x M.2 NVMe SSD for the new 11th gen models of Acer Predator Helios 300? Will it be up to 4TB (2x2TB M.2 NVMe SSD)? To the max like 8TB (2x4TB M.2 NVMe SSD)? I know the maximum capacity for HDD or Sata SSD is 2TB.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

      I think it's up to 4 TB, but Acer doesn't provide any details on that. You should contact their support for more details

  2. Jorge Aguilar

    August 13, 2021 at 12:08 am

    When will the 3070 version with the 11800h be available? I've only really seen the 3060 version around. I much rather buy the 3070 version of this model.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 13, 2021 at 9:36 am

      No idea. You'd have to ask your local Acer reps about the configurations. They might not even bring the 3070 in some regions, based on past experience.

      • Superguy

        August 16, 2021 at 8:48 am

        What model are the SSDs? They look like Samsung drives. Did you bench the SSDs at all?

      • Andrei Girbea

        August 16, 2021 at 9:55 am

        There are images in the article that answer your questions.

  3. Superguy

    August 26, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I ended up buying it. Upgraded the Wifi to an AX210 (performs better IME), went up to 32 GB, and added a WD Black SN850 drive.

    Drive it ships with is based on the Samsung PM9A1 controller, which seems to be the OEM version of the 980 Pro. Very snappy drive. I was pulling right around 7000MB/s and 5300 MB/s R/W on CrystalDiskMark.

    I got the 3060 version (PH315-54-760S). Display is an AUO 156HAN09.2 display. Can't find much info on it though. If you run across it and either find info or are able to test it, I'd appreciate it. It looks decent to me though. I've seen far worse. Haven't had a chance to game on it yet.

    I'm pretty happy with it overall. Great value for the money overall. I'm not a big fan of the touch pad, and wish the ports were placed in better locations. Relatively small potatoes though.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for your feedback! I can't find about that AUO panel. How are the colors and do you see any ghosting in games?

      • Superguy

        September 6, 2021 at 12:59 am

        I've spent some time with it but haven't gamed with it yet. I'll be away on business this week, and I'll be gaming in my free time (nothing else to do) so I'll give you more info about that this week.

        As far as color, it's pretty good out of the box. I'm picky about screens and I really hate washed out screens with poor color. I've been pretty happy with it so far.

        One thing that sucks is that there's a fair amount of backlight bleed when the screen's all black (most noticeable when booting). It doesn't seem noticeable when the screen's bright. Haven't tried it in a dark scene to see if it pops up there.

      • Superguy

        September 23, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        The colors seem to be decent. I'd like to calibrate the screen but I don't have software to do it.

        I didn't notice any ghosting or tearing in games. It seemed to do pretty well overall.

        No doubt there are better panels out there, but this one is pretty decent for the price range this laptop sits in. I've definitely had worse in other laptops. I seem to have pretty decent luck with the panels in Acer laptops I've owned though.

    • ferry

      September 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

      How much is the TGP on the 3060? I heard it was bumped up to 115w from 95w MAX from a BIOS firmware update?

      Also how is the temperature? I'm really scared because some reviewers say it reaches 94-95…
      While those aren't BAD but it does decrease longetivity of the laptop itself..

  4. Pramodana Haekal

    September 3, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Decided to purchase this laptop as it is the best option to buy based on the price to specs in my country area. Although, I'm a bit worried about the type of RAM used in the unit. I heard a lot of PC companies nowadays decided to use cheaper quality RAM (i.e. Legion 5 Pro using 1RX16 with higher tRFC timing instead of 1RX8, saw 10% decrease in fps) to cut cost. With that being said, i'd like to know what type/spec of the ram used in the unit? If it comes with a single 1RX16 ram, should i just add another 16gb 1RX16 RAM, or should i buy 2x8gb RAM with 1RX8 specs? As the price of both options quite similar and my main purpose of the laptop is only for gaming, I don't see 32gb of RAM is necessary.
    Thank you in advance for your reply!

    • Superguy

      September 6, 2021 at 1:08 am

      Mine came with 2×8 GB DDR4 3200 Samsung RAM, single rank. I believe it was C22.

      I upgraded mine to 32GB (2×16 GB) G.Skill Ripjaw DDR4 3200 C22 RAM, dual rank. Picked it up at Newegg on sale for about $114. I've always had good luck with G.Skill.

      I wasn't happy with the Killer Wireless card. I replaced it when an Intel AX210. Works very well and also gives you the 6 GHz band.

      • Geroge

        September 6, 2021 at 11:20 am

        Can you undervolt your unit? I tried and I couldn't do it. Both Throttlestop and Intel XTU were grayed out.

  5. Superguy

    September 7, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Geroge,

    I haven't tried to undervolt.

    Perhaps try an MSI tool? I used MSI's Afterburner was able to successfully muck with the GPU settings on my son's Acer Swift X. I didn't try the CPU though as it was a Ryzen based CPU and it was already pretty darn efficient.

    Perhaps try your luck with that?

  6. Billy Mach

    September 9, 2021 at 3:23 am

    If you you looks back the Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-53) model, I can see that you can upgrade to possible 8TB SSD (2X4TB M.2 SSD), 64GB RAM, and 2TB 2.5" SSD

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