Next-Gen Acer Predators Helios Rival Desktops with New Intel, NVIDIA Might

by Adeel Younas

In a significant boost to mobile computing, Acer’s latest Predator Helios series are now ready to hit the market. With the inclusion of Intel’s 14th Gen Raptor Lake-HX CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 40 GPUs, these laptops are shaping up as top contenders in the gaming and high-performance sectors.

Key Features of the New Predator Helios Laptops

ACER’s next-gen Predator Helios laptops will showcase remarkable hardware, catering to gaming and on-the-go professionals with high-performance computing needs. Key features include:

Laptop Model Processor RAM Storage GPU Price
ACER Predator 18 PH18-72 Core i9-14900HX 32 GB DDR5 2 TB SSD RTX 4080 £3,199.99
ACER Predator 16 PH16-72 Core i9-14900HX 16 GB DDR5 1 TB SSD RTX 4080 £2,799.99

Hardware Specifications

The Predator Helios laptops are set to showcase Intel Core i9-14900HX CPUs. These CPUs deliver 24 cores (8+16) and 32 threads. The base clock speed is 2.4 GHz, while the boost clock reaches up to 5.8 GHz.

You can choose between the 18″ model with WQXGA IPS 240Hz display and the 16″ variant featuring WQXGA MiniLED 250Hz. Both options support up to 32 GB of DDR5 memory and offer ample storage with 2 TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD.

Performance and Availability

Acer plans to release its Predator Helios laptops to meet the demand for high-performance, portable desktop alternatives. These devices aim to satisfy the needs of serious gamers and professionals. The rollout is scheduled alongside the launch of Intel’s Meteor Lake processors, with CES 2024 quickly approaching.

Acer’s Helios lineup introduces two versions, an 18-inch and a 16-inch model. Each features top-tier specs for gaming and content creation. Both models come with 32 GB of DDR5 memory and a large 2 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD. They also include a powerful 90Whr battery. The 18-inch model weighs 3.25kg. The 16-inch version is lighter, at 2.70 kg.

Acer Predators Helios

Acer Predators Helios Pricing

Enthusiasts looking to acquire these portable powerhouses can expect to invest a hefty sum for the premium experience:

  • ACER Predator 18 PH18-72: £3,199.99
  • ACER Predator 16 PH16-72: £2,799.99

The pricing reflects the cutting-edge components and the rugged build quality Acer’s Predator series is known for.

Availability and Future Sightings

These laptops are set to become available in concert with the release of the Meteor Lake processors on December 14th. However, many eyes are trained on CES 2024, where further reveals are anticipated.

Intel vs. Intel: The CPU Battleground

Acer’s infusion of Raptor Lake-HX CPUs into its Predator Helios lineup comes at a time when Intel has also introduced the Meteor Lake processors. However, despite the concurrent launch, the Raptor Lake-HX chips stand out due to their higher core counts and power limits. These chips max out at 24 cores compared to Meteor Lake’s 16, and offer a significant Base Power increase, up to 55W, with a striking Maximum Turbo Power of 157W.

CPU Name Family Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock GPU Cores TDP (Base/MTP)
Core i9-14900HX 14th Gen RPL-HX 24 (8+16) 2.4 GHz 5.8 GHz 32 EU 55 / 157W
Core i7-14700HX 14th Gen RPL-HX 20 (8+12) 2.3 GHz 5.5 GHz 32 EU 55 / 157W
Core i7-14650HX 14th Gen RPL-HX 16 (8+8) TBD TBD 32 EU 55 / 157W

The Predator Helios series from Acer is making a significant advancement with Intel’s 14th Gen Raptor Lake-HX CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 4080 GPUs. Even with Intel’s Meteor Lake on the horizon, the Helios remains a standout in the high-end segment due to its high core count and impressive power capacity. These laptops offer specs that rival desktop replacements, ensuring uncompromised portable computing.

Source: NotebookCheck

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