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Acer Helios 300 Review – It’s Bad, But Can Be Fixed!


Acer’s Helios 300 is so poor this year it’s practically remarkable. I’m going to cover the 4 major problems that I have actually got with this pc gaming laptop computer as well as what you can do to boost it in this review. My Helios 300 has an 8 core Intel i7-11800H cpu, Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics, 16 jobs of memory, and also a 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz screen. Construct top quality feels alright due to the metal cover and interior, though the front side and corners can really feel a little sharp if you clean up versus them. There’s some flex to the cover, but it’s a quite standard amount as well as it does not relocate while keying. There’s some keyboard flex if you’re pressing hard, but again it had not been really a trouble throughout routine use. The laptop alone considers 2.3 kg or 5.1 pound, after that 3.1kg or 6.8 lb with the 230 watt power block and also wires, it still feels relatively portable and also it’s not particularly huge or anything, it’s quite similar to a whole lot of other 15 inch video gaming laptop computers. My Helios 300 has a 144Hz display. The shade gamut is pretty negative, it is just one of the worst I have actually ever gauged. Unfortunately there’s no MUX switch, so no G-Sync, but it does at the very least have adaptive sync. Illumination was low as well, I constantly really felt like it was also dim. Maxed out at complete illumination we’re looking at around 229 nits, ideally I like to see at the very least 300 here. There’s more problem, we’re taking a look at a 19ms ordinary grey-to-grey display reaction time, so blur city when it involves fast paced

gaming. It’s not looking fantastic when compared to others, particularly for a 144Hz panel. Even the one in in 2014’s Helios was dramatically far better, yet the panel being used might vary by area. The slower display and absence of MUX change help lead to a slower total system latency contrasted to others. This is the total quantity of time between a computer mouse click as well as when a gunshot fire occurs on the screen in CS: GO. Basically the screen is simply basically negative in all concerns, which’s the first major problem I have actually obtained with this laptop computer. Competitive players will certainly either wish to look elsewhere or take your chances with the greater rate 1440p choice, which I’m guessing would possibly do a bit far better than this since that wouldn’t be difficult. Yeah as common I guess that’s a problem that can be fixed with more cash. Backlight hemorrhage really did not look excellent either, though I really did not observe this when just using it typically, as well as results will range laptops. There’s a 720p cam over the display in the middle, but there’s no IR for Windows Hello encounter unlock. This is what the video camera and also microphone appearance and seem like on the Helios 300, this is what it seems like while inputting on the key-board, and this is what it appears like if I establish the fan to full rate, so it’s refraining the best job of isolating my voice over the fan

sound, provided opportunities are you’re most likely not going to be doing hardcore gaming while in the center of a meeting or something. My keyboard has 4 areas of RGB backlighting, as well as all keys and additional functions get cover up. Key illumination can be changed in between 4 levels with the F9 and F10 faster ways. I kind of like how the keys really feel, they’re not truly clicky or mushy, just ordinary tricks that behave to kind on. The accuracy touchpad worked fine, though the appropriate side of mine was a little loosened compared to the left, yet this really did not trigger any kind of issues. On the left from the back there’s a Kensington lock, an air exhaust air vent, gigabit ethernet, 2 USB 3.2 gen1 Type-A ports as well as a 3.5 mm audio combination jack. The right has a Type-C Thunderbolt 4 port, something previous generations of Helios did not have, a USB 3.2 gen2 Type-A port, HDMI 2.1 and also Mini DisplayPort 1.4 results, as well as there’s an air exhaust on this side also. The back just has a power input in the direction of the center in between two more air exhausts at the edges. Unfortunately the Type-C port can not be utilized to charge the laptop computer, and also although it does have DisplayPort support, it links to the Intel incorporated graphics. Both the Mini DisplayPort and also HDMI outputs attach directly to the RTX 3070 graphics, bypassing optimus, so you can connect an outside display to either to improve pc gaming performance, and also I’ll examine this also. There’s nothing on the front, however there’s a kind of groove along the whole edge that makes it rather easy to open the lid. The Predator logo on the lid gets lit up blue from the display’s backlight, so it can not be managed. Obtaining inside calls for

getting rid of 11 Phillips head screws of the exact same size, and it was reasonably simple to pry open utilizing the devices connected in the summary listed below the video clip. There seems appropriate air flow on the bottom panel when seeing where light sparkles with. Inside we’ve got the battery down the front, 2 M. 2 storage space ports, Wi-Fi 6 card above the SSD left wing, two memory slots in the direction of the center and also a 2.5″ drive bay alongside the battery. Acer does give the called for SATA cable television and screws in the box if you’re mounting a 2.
5″ drive. The Wi-Fi efficiency was around the center of the results, normally the Intel/ Killer alternatives are higher up on the graph contrasted to MediaTek/ RealTek. Based upon my recent laptop computer testimonials, typically I would certainly grumble about x16 memory right here, but Acer has actually made use of a double rank x8 stick here, so suitable stuff. The trouble exists’s just one stick, so we’re limited to single channel out of the box. This is an arrangement that Acer markets in my country, so if they want to limit performance then I presume that’s their choice. I’m unsure if the goal is to conserve some cash or what. Seriously, that’s selling a 3070 gaming laptop computer in 2021 with solitary network memory? Begin. This is the second issue that I’ve obtained with this laptop computer. I’ve shown before in this committed video clip just how much of a efficiency boost this easy change can make, however yeah I suppose like the very first concern, the

display, this is an additional problem that can be resolved with more cash. It’s truly not a great individual experience if someone buying this equipment has to go out and spend even more cash to get another stick of RAM, and also of training course this presumes that the customer even knows what single and also dual channel memory are. Believe me, I’m pretty certain technology enthusiasts like us recognize this, however yeah many people acquiring an Acer Helios 300 will probably have no concept as well as may never understand. They’ll just be losing out on efficiency that they could or else be delighting in. I have actually additionally evaluated the Helios with a dual network memory upgrade to show the differences in some examinations where it makes good sense, but think the default solitary channel was examined unless dual channel is explicitly mentioned. Another thing worth noting is that when I updated the RAM in this laptop computer as well as powered it on, the screen was just black and it did nothing. In order to reset the setups and repair this, I had to get rid of the CMOS battery, which is located under the laptop computer’s battery. The third problem that I have actually got with the Helios 300 is the GPU power restriction. When this laptop first arrived I upgraded it to BIOS version 1.06, which was the current at the time, and also with this variation installed I never ever located the RTX

3070 graphics to run above 75 watts, and also RTX 3070 graphics are implied to be 80 watts as a minimal according to Nvidia’s spec. So it was running below spec whether I was running a GPU just work or GPU plus CPU workload. So it appeared like dynamic increase just directly had not been functioning, as the Nvidia control board did checklist the 3070 as up to 110 watts. Though, the day after this laptop arrived Acer published version 1.07 of the Biographies, so I was able to upgrade to that prior to doing all the screening. Now with the newer 1.07 BIOS mounted I still located 75 watts can happen in a CPU plus GPU cardiovascular test, and now when running in a GPU only evaluate it was appropriately improving as much as 110 watts. It’s sort of odd however, because I was just seeing that 75 watt maximum for a short duration of time when at first running the test, as well as that was in the greatest turbo setting also. As you’ll see quickly in the thermal examinations, when running long term cardiovascular test it was actually running effectively at 80 watts. Yeah I do not understand, something unusual is going on and also it appears like it can run at 75 watts in some cases but also up to 110 watts if the CPU is idle, which isn’t truly something that’s going to happen when playing most video games. So for that reason I’m claiming that this 3070 has a power limitation variety of 75 to 110 watts, yet when running most video games I ‘d claim 80 is most likely most usual. Acer does note some modifications to the GPU in the biography changelog. I imply it’s not specifically helpful or comprehensive, but it sounds like they have

actually included some type of GPU protection, so probably greater power restrictions were creating problems and also they needed to turn to decrease limitations, I’m uncertain. I presume I can have tried rolling back to an older biography variation to see if higher GPU power limits were feasible, but the method I see it, if this is just how Acer desire to run their maker in the most up to date updates it’s just how I’m mosting likely to test it. In Shadow of the Burial Place Raider the supply outcome is kind of dismaying. It’s beaten by even the last gen Helios 300 with 90 watt 2070 graphics. Or else a variety of 3060 laptops lead it. Things really begin boosting once we make other modifications, twin channel memory for example is sufficient to offer us a 20% boost to ordinary FPS. If we instead use an outside display as well as keep the stock single network memory we’re able to obtain a bigger 24% increase. If we integrate both the double channel memory upgrade as well as outside display, we’re taking a look at a 28% increase, as well as in spite of the lower power restriction of the GPU, in this game the Helios is now in line with various other 3070 equipments, and also even beating the 3080 in the Mark 15 just below it, granted that doesn’t have a MUX button either, so an outside screen would certainly further boost that as well. Currently this is just a one video game instance, thankfully even the lower powered RTX 3070 graphics can execute pretty well with some fundamental

tweaks, yet as you’ll see soon, it’s a little bit of a various tale in GPU heavy video games. The two speakers are found beneath on the left as well as ideal sides in the direction of the front. I believed they sounded standard, just minor bass yet they obtain audible without being also loud, though there was some palm rest vibration, as well as the latencymon outcomes weren’t as well negative. Talking of audios, by default it plays this on boot. The good news is you can disable this either through the Killer sense software, the control panel for the laptop computer, or biography. The Predator Sense software program additionally allows you establish a custom boot photo, I transformed it to my logo and also this additionally gotten rid of the boot audio, I didn’t see a choice for tailoring the sound also. This year’s Helios has the exact same dimension 58Wh battery as previous years. Battery life isn’t fantastic compared to others, especially AMD Ryzen alternatives which control the top half of the chart. The Helios 300 from in 2014 had to do with the same in the YouTube playback test, while the older 9th gen model with reduced rate specs yet exact same battery dimension was able to last much longer. Let’s have a look at thermals following. There’s one heatpipe shared between CPU and GPU with a couple of followers that tire out of the left, right and also rear. The Acer Killer Sense Software program allowed’s us transform between 4 various efficiency settings, which from most affordable to greatest are peaceful, default, extreme and turbo mode. Turbo mode automatically sets the follower to max rate and also attempts to use the complying with GPU overclock, as well as outside of this mode we can establish the fan to max any time or

separately alter the speed of either follower. There’s a specialized turbo switch over the keyboard which brighten when enabled, though with the boosted fan there won’t be any kind of question regarding whether it gets on. Currently I pointed out that turbo mode tries to use a GPU overclock, and this is the fourth issue that I’ve obtained with this laptop. If I establish turbo mode in the Predator Sense software application, it functions great and also uses the overclock. If the laptop is powered off and I power it on then press the turbo button immediately, it sounds like it functions. The power limitations and also fan speed both boost, however it doesn’t actually use the GPU overclock. The only means I can get this turbo switch to apply the GPU overclock was to initially open the Killer Sense software program and after that press the turbo switch, so I presume this is simply some sort of software program bug. I expect it’s not actually completion of the world because in the majority of gaming laptop computers I don’t locate GPU overclocking to do all that much. Yeah it appears like a little bit of a silly point that has been an attribute in Helios laptop computers going back for years. As a software program concern, unlike a few of the various other troubles I mean this does a minimum of indicate they can probably fix it in an upgrade. I presume the major problem that I’ve got is that standalone this isn’t truly a big offer, however just combined with all the various other issues they’re starting to build up. I need to likewise keep in mind that you can not change the

efficiency modes on battery power, you’re stuck to skip mode, and also also the turbo switch not does anything when on battery. The internals were on the warmer side when simply sitting there idle, and as you’ll hear soon that’s with the followers being audible. I have actually run cardiovascular test with both the CPU and also GPU filled up to represent a worst case, along with playing an actual video game, with the CPU shown by the blue bars and GPU in the eco-friendly bars. The GPU in the green bar was thermal throttling in quiet setting with the cardiovascular test running, however it’s a quieter performance setting, so with reduced follower speed that’s not also unanticipated. The CPU gets a little warmer tipping up to skip mode, but the GPU hangs back a little bit currently. Both CPU as well as GPU obtain cooler in extreme setting, and after that turbo mode is also cooler as this maxes the extend, while the air conditioning pad I test with, linked in the description below, was able to additional decrease temperature levels. These are the clock rates for the same examinations just shown. Both CPU and also GPU speeds raise with greater modes. The CPU does not really alter between severe and also turbo settings, while the GPU remains to raise, likely as a result of the GPU overclocks that extreme and turbo settings apply. I’m guessing the air conditioning pad has the

highest possible GPU clock rate as Nvidia’s GPU boost likes lower temperature levels. We can see the CPU power limit is around 35 watts in quiet mode, 45 watts in default setting, after that turbo setting improves it as much as 55, not bad, as a great deal of various other Intel gaming laptop computers will certainly cap this at 45 in a consolidated CPU plus GPU work. More power equals more efficiency, yet additionally more heat, yet in spite of this as we saw previously, in the higher efficiency settings I don’t think the temperatures were that negative. Currently I was complaining concerning a 75 watt GPU power limitation previously, it appears that this is just at the beginning of my mixed CPU as well as GPU cardiovascular test, due to the fact that in these longer term examinations which are each run for at the very least half an hour, we can see the 3070 is in fact running stable near 80 watts. There will not actually be much performance difference with 5 watts in any type of instance, yet as the 3070 can still run below 80 at times I’m stating its array is 75 to 110 watts, however your gas mileage may vary depending on bios variation. Right here’s exactly how CPU just efficiency searches in Cinebench R23, so the GPU is now still. For some reason, the various efficiency settings didn’t alter anything below. Acer has to be letting the CPU max out regardless of the performance setting, the 4 performance modes just influence combined CPU plus GPU work. It’s not impressive when contrasted to various other 8 core laptop computers, yet it’s not the worst i7-11800H a minimum of, though there are a number of others that perform far better contrasted to the Helios 300. The performance

goes down like a block when working on battery power. The multicore rating was listed below some of the 6 core laptop computers now, and only a little in advance of the quad core in the ASUS TUF Dashboard F15, ouch. The keyboard area was a little warmer compared to others at still, a lot of laptop computers are around 30 levels Celsius in this examination, not much distinction though and it was only a little cozy sensation. With the tension trial run it’s fairly warm in the middle currently, but the followers are quieter according to the name to make sure that’s a tradeoff. In default setting it’s similar, yet the fans are louder as it’s doing better also. Severe setting was significantly cooler, the center was still cozy however not unpleasant like previously. Turbo mode is fairly comparable, as well as I intend to note the WASD area was trendy as well as so was the left of the palm rest where your hand would be, yet the fans are of course louder now, let’s have a listen. The followers were still distinct when it was simply sitting there doing nothing in silent mode. It’s of training course louder with the cardiovascular test running, and also the follower sound gets considerably louder as we step up to greater modes, however again there is some level of user follower control offered for modifications. Currently allow’s learn just how Acer’s Helios 300 does in games and also compares against other laptop computers, as well as we’ll consider both the stock solitary channel memory and also the double channel memory upgrade. Cyberpunk 2077 was examined the same on all laptops, and I have actually got the Helios 300 highlighted in red. The lower result is with the stock RAM, while the one a pair of FPS

greater is with dual network memory, so two physical sticks as opposed to one. The twin network memory appears to make a larger difference in the 1% lows compared to the standards. In basic I assume the average FPS difference is low between them because at high setups the GPU is the bottleneck as a result of its low power limit. This is why it’s near the TUF Dash F15 which likewise has a reduced power limitation 3070, though that just has a 4 core CPU. The reality is, also with a memory upgrade the 3070 in the Helios is getting beaten by other RTX 3060 devices. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with the video game’s benchmark, and the memory difference is a little bit larger right here. We’re able to get an 8% boost to average FPS by making use of two sticks of memory in twin network instead than one in solitary channel, and also although the 3070 in the Helios is at least currently a lot more ahead of the quad core F15, it’s still being beaten by a few laptop computers with lower tier 3060 graphics. Also the 100 watt 3070 in the Omen 15 is doing much better, and that’s not particularly excellent. It’s a little bit of a various story in Control, this game is really GPU bound, so the memory modification primarily isn’t helping in any way below. The double channel configuration is actually slightly behind, though

realistically we’re chatting a margin of mistake distinction there.
Once again there are a few 3060 laptops that are ahead, both due to the fact that they have greater electrical power GPUs in spite of the GPU being a lower tier, yet also probably since much of them additionally have a MUX switch and can disable the incorporated graphics for a further boost. Directly, I simply think it’s a little bit unfortunate for Acer to see cheaper 3060 laptop computers doing much better. The differences between solitary as well as twin network memory will certainly rely on points like the game, resolution and also also setting level in the video game. While we really did not see excessive of a distinction in these more GPU heavy titles, as we saw earlier in Darkness of the Burial Place Raider, updating the memory could offer us a 20% boost, which is quite substantial. I have actually examined the Helios 300 in 14 more games in the specialized video game benchmark here, so inspect that out following if you desire to see exactly how well it performs whatsoever setup degrees in even more titles. Right here are the 3DMark results for those that discover them valuable, currently for some web content creator tests. Adobe Premiere was examined with the Puget Equipments benchmark, and also I have actually obtained outcomes again with solitary network and also double network memory highlighted in red, as these workloads are affected by the change. We’re looking at a 28%

greater rating with the memory upgrade, which was really giving a terrific outcome. Adobe Photoshop usually depends extra on CPU performance, and also while twin channel was improving performance, the difference had not been as huge below. Still however, despite the lower power restriction of the 3070 the memory upgrade places the Helios near other greater specced laptops. DaVinci Willpower is much more GPU heavy, so it’s no shock to see greater power restriction GPUs ahead of it, though dual network memory might still assist it out. I have actually also evaluated SPECviewperf which evaluates out numerous specialist 3D work, and we’re back to the stock single channel RAM right here. Intel 11th gen sustains PCIe gen 4, and so does the 512gb NVMe M. 2 SSD, which is why we’re seeing superb read speeds. The composes are much reduced in contrast, yet not as well poor. The biography looks nice and has a couple of useful choices. Somehow the touchpad really did not operate in the BIOGRAPHIES, I had to attach a USB computer mouse, and it has TPM 2.0 assistance for Windows 11. Linux assistance was tested by starting an Ubuntu 21 live CD. By default the key-board, touchpad, Wi-Fi, ethernet, speakers as well as cam all functioned. The quantity readjust faster ways and also key brightness faster ways function, yet the display brightness shortcuts did not, and also the turbo switch does not work, it must require software support. Let’s discuss rates and schedule following. These will obviously change over time so refer to those web links in the description for updates. At the time of

recording, I can just discover the more affordable 3060 version offered in the US, as well as this is around $1370 USD currently, though I have actually seen it on sale for about $100 less on Amazon, which is definitely on the more affordable side for a 3060 based laptop computer to be fair. The 3070 design I have actually evaluated is regarding $3000 AUD in my nation, if you remove our tax obligation as well as transform currency that’s around $2000 USD, so on the extra expensive side for a 3070 laptop computer with this degree of performance. Then, is Acer’s 2021 Helios 300 in fact worth considering?Allow’s wrap up both the great and also the poor to help you determine if it deserves it. Directly I simply think there are just better laptops than this with less negatives for comparable money in the situation of the RTX 3060 version, or less money in the case of the 3070 I’ve obtained here. The screen in my unit is simply fairly poor. It’s got reduced shade gamut, reduced brightness, backlight bleed, as well as a sluggish reaction time, but this could vary by area depending on the panel. Video gaming performance was lower contrasted to various other laptops with similar specifications because of a low GPU power limitation for the 3070, as well as of course the solitary network memory. The front side might really feel sharp at times, battery life isn’t fantastic, and the turbo switch seems to be bugged as talked about. Like GPU power limitations, I expect that could alter in an

upgrade. There simply wasn’t a whole great deal that I suched as regarding this laptop computer. It’s obtained decent ports, but Type-C billing would have been wonderful to have. Or else I liked inputting on the key-board, and also those are basically the only positives I’ve obtained. It’s crazy to assume how things have actually transformed in simply a number of years, because if I remember in 2019 I think I was stating the Helios 300 with 1660 Ti was among the very best options readily available. Are you still able to get this laptop computer, run video games on it as well as having fun? Definitely. They’ll do well adequate and you might never know much better, it’s just that there’s most likely better efficiency for similar cash with an RTX 3060 laptop. Inspect out this video alongside see how the Helios 300 carries out in 14 games at all setting degrees, or this one beside see just how RTX 3070 graphics are in fact implied to execute. Make certain you’re subscribed to the channel for future laptop testimonials like this one, and come as well as join me and also the area in Dissonance and also support the scenes videos by supporting the network on Patreon.

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