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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52 Laptop Review: Powerful and Greedy 17.6 Inch Gaming PC

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52 Laptop Review: Powerful and Greedy 17.6 Inch Gaming PC

Acer Nitro 5 is a small PC with 17.3 inch screen and 2.7 kg Gaming Imposes. All sides of its frame are covered in plastic. The cover is brushed aluminum finish on the edges, with a slight sheen in matte black. Around the keyboard, this glitter is very sensitive to fingerprints. Screen borders are made of grain plastic to avoid reflections.

Nitro 5’s coating retains fingerprints. © Digital

The keyboard is nice to use. The key presses are well marked and without false references. It is obviously an RGB backend with many possibilities: 5 different effects, split into 4 zones, colors and speeds are also customizable. The Z, Q, S and D keys, the arrow keys and the shortcut key for Acer’s Nitro Sense software are outlined in white. We notice the plastic being “pumped” located between the keyboard and the touchpad. This does not affect the usability of the keyboard, but the rendering is not very efficient.

The keyboard and touchpad are well made.  © Digital

The keyboard and touchpad are well made. © Digital

The moderate touchpad is rounded with a red border. It’s nice to use and compatible with Windows 10 gestures.

The connector consists of a USB-C3.2 Gen 2 port, three USB-A32 ports, an HDMI port and an RJ45 port. Wireless connectivity The Intel AX 201 chip offers WiFi 6 (2400 MB / s) and Bluetooth 5.2. Like most laptops, the Nitro 5 comes with an HD webcam with decent quality.

Connection complete.  © Digital

Connection complete. © Digital

To ensure the cooling of the processor and graphics card, Acer fitted its Nitro 5 with four extractions: one on each side of the chassis and two behind the screen. The Taiwanese manufacturer has provided two vents under the chassis to provide fresh air to the fans and to cool the components properly.

The sheer size of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517 allows heat to dissipate easily.  © Digital

The sheer size of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517 allows heat to dissipate easily. © Digital

In view of the hot pictures we took Benchmark d ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Nitro 5 dissolves properly given the heat given by its components. On the front side, the hottest point between the keyboard and the screen is 42.1 C. The Z, Q, S, D keys and their neighbors are relatively protected because they are located above a fan. The touchpad is also kept cool, which sits slightly away from the processor and graphics card. The side exhausts leave much cooler air than the rear exhausts. So you are saved by the hands that are right-handed or left-handed.

There are plenty of more rooms in this chassis.  © Digital

There are plenty of more rooms in this chassis. © Digital

Extraction involves the removal of 12 Phillips screws, the most complicated of which is disassembling the bottom shell. If you want to open your Nitro 5 AN517-52, we recommend that you start at a corner near the fan and move slowly towards the front of the engine, eventually blocking the power plug.
Access to SST, RAM modules and WiFi card is a breeze. A good point for measuring is that the Nitro 5 has a 2.5-inch SATA slot (provided in the connection cable box), and a second M.2 2280 NVMe slot.
The battery is also easily replaceable.

As a reminder, Nvidia offers different thermal covers for its GeForce RTX 3060. Manufacturers can choose from a value of 60 W to 115 W and Acer chose the 80 W model, thanks to the addition of 5 W to Dynamic Boost 2.0.

GeForce RTX 3060 85W works very well.  © Digital

GeForce RTX 3060 85W works very well. © Digital

Laptop Gaming The Acer Nitro AN517-52-505S thus gets a gaming performance index of 133 and is compatible with the GeForce RODX2070 Super Max-Q of the Gigabyte Aero 15 – 25% more efficient than the Intel Core i7-10875H ‘after our CPU tests.

When choosing our games, the Acer Nitro 5 is equipped with its GeForce RTX 3060, which allows you to play in full HD with all the details at least 60 fps. Overwatch 178 fps for minimum runs with details Diablo3 ; A screen refresh rate exceeding 144 Hz is sufficient.

The RTX 3060 does this with DLSS and Radiation enabled cores.  © Les Numarix.

The RTX 3060 does this with DLSS and Radiation enabled cores. © Les Numarix.

We also introduced the Nitro 5i for racing and new games that support DLSS. Cyberpunk 2077 With the details in the “Ultra” is currently the most greedy game of our group and the Acer Nitro 5 works perfectly. However, DLSS must be enabled to use retracing.

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