Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF
designer gaming laptop, theAcer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF benefits from a powerful Intel Octo Core i9 Tiger Lake-H processor and 16GB of RAM, which accelerates multimedia processing like the advanced NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 ray-tracing graphics card capable of running the latest games. With a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective display that improves fluidity in games with its 144Hz frequency, this versatile laptop is designed for gaming and benefits from improved responsiveness thanks to its fast (but limited capacity) SSD storage . , a backlit keyboard or even connectivity with Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Wi-Fi ax, all under Windows 11.
Best known price: €1499
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF
|screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 300cd/m² 3ms ComfyView thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-11900H Tiger Lake-H (2.5 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated (up to 1485 MHz, TDP 75W), Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)|
|plug||3 USB 3.2 (Gen2, 1 powered) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX 1650i), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer Ethernet E2600)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|Sound system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.7 kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF against the competition
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF is currently showing promotion at Baker and is positioned as one of the few in its class that offers such a powerful processor with such a powerful graphics card.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF
It has a gamer look with its black design with angular lines and touches of red.
This creative gaming laptop is cooled with CoolBoost technology via 2 adjustable fans via the NitroSense app, heat pipes and air vents.
This versatile laptop for gamers and creatives is well equipped in terms of connectivity with its USB-C Thunderbolt, its Bluetooth 5.1 wireless modules and Wi-Fi ax (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, its practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example its Ethernet and audio ports or its 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit so that we can better distinguish its keys in the dark.
The screen is well suited for displaying High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a frequency of 144Hz, which improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz. Thanks to IPS technology, the screen also offers more accurate than average colorimetry with significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. In addition, since it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors) than a glossy panel, while being more relaxing for the eyes during prolonged use.
Performance, autonomy for Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-90GF may appeal to those looking for a versatile 17-inch laptop that is powerful in gaming and creation.
It incorporates one of the most powerful mobile processors, the Core i9-11900H Intel Octo Core Tiger Lake-H here associated with 16 GB of RAM to provide overall power capable of satisfying demanding users.
In particular, this core guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4, and the difference is especially noticeable during work that uses CPU and RAM resources by exploiting multicores, such as video editing, 3D rendering or retouching. Photo.
Creators will therefore be delighted, especially since the onboard dedicated GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card accelerates multimedia processing under software using GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
However, the advanced GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture is primarily aimed at gamers. However, it is possible to play the latest titles that require graphics resources at a good level of detail thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing is activated by the Optimus technology to perform graphics work that is considered too heavy for the Iris Xe located directly in the Core i9, typically for games. With one or the other of these graphic parts, it is of course possible to view images and videos.
Iris Xe is maximally preferred by Optimus, despite its much more modest advantages, because it uses little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this connection, aim for around 6 hours of battery operation with light use.
Best known price: €1499
On the storage side, there’s an SSD, which clearly improves responsiveness and fluidity on a day-to-day basis compared to a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, you can get to online game cards faster, and you get much faster game/software launch, processing and start/stop.
It must be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard drive, at the same time that it requires less energy, is more robust and silent.
The 512GB of capacity offered here matches the standard for hard drives, which may be too tight for some.
But if you need more space, you can use an external storage device. Favoring a USB-C / Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting possibility to achieve fast transfers.
Finally, if it is not the most portable due to its weight and its large format, a 17 inch is nevertheless comfortable for mainly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
In any case, you can expect this versatile multimedia-creator-gaming laptop to heat up and be heard when pushed hard (eg gaming, treatments).
A ventilated rack can be attached to this computer as needed to maintain its temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).