Hands-on with the Acer Nitro 7 with RTX graphics

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Hands-on with the Acer Nitro 7 with RTX graphics

Acer’s Nitro 7 has long been the middle child Jan Brady in the company’s gaming laptop family, sandwiched between the bulkier, but lower-cost Nitro 5 and the more luxurious Predator Triton 500-series. 

The latest Nitro 7 is finally stepping out. Acer gave us a chance to go hands-on ahead of the laptop’s announcement Tuesday at the company’s next@acer virtual event.

The biggest change to the latest Nitro 7 is the top GPU. The previous iteration stopped at Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. That’s a very decent GPU and great for gaming, but it lacks a key feature: hardware ray tracing support.

The newest Nitro 7 gets a GeForce RTX 2060 with 8GB of GDDR6. As part of our preview, we’re not allowed to disclose benchmarks of this pre-production unit, but on paper, we can say it should perform very decently.

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The Nitro 7 features a four-zone keyboard with 10-key number pad.

The GPU’s base clock is 1,005MHz, and its boost clock is 1,350MHz. Those numbers don’t really mean much though, as the dynamic boosting will see far higher clock speeds depending on the workload, power, and cooling of the laptop. 

The GPU’s memory uses a crop of low-voltage GDDR6 memory, which Nvidia has introduced with its latest GPUs and which is rated at 1,353MHz on our unit. 

While we can’t comment on performance of this pre-production Nitro 7, we figure it’ll be very competitive with some of the original GeForce RTX 2060 laptops we’ve seen.

Also new is is a move from a 6-core 9th-gen Core i7-9750H  to 6-core 10th-gen Core i7-10750H. That’s less of a mover for most gaming laptops, but most of the 10th-gen CPUs we’ve seen do offer decent bumps in performance.

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