Acer, known from their budget laptops, is also manufacturing fancier models. Especially interesting for players, their Predator line is full of gaming-friendly components and a tolerable price tag. In this post, I’ll take a look at the Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM notebook and tell you if it would be a good pick or not.
The gaming aspect
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM is equipped with GeForce GTX970M (3GB GDDR5), a high end mobile graphics card. In case you’re interested in comparison to integrated engines, let me tell you the GTX970M gets ~4200 points in G3D Mark while integrated Intel HD units are in the range of 400-700. So yeah, expect some nice FPS here. For example, using very high settings and 1080p resolution, GTA 5 will easily run at +40FPS. Even The Witcher 3 is going to give you ~30FPS.
Of course, also other components rock in this laptop. The processor is Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a top-notch quad core model with 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. Again, if we want to make a comparison, the i7-6700HQ gets ~8000 points in CPU Mark – around the same than the older i7-4720HQ (8100 points) that was considered the pinnacle for gaming laptops half a year – year ago.
By default, Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM include 16GB DDR4 memory. There are 4 memory slots in total, and as far as I know, the current distribution is two 8GB modules. The maximum RAM would be 64GB, that you can achieve with four 16GB sticks. But rest assured, the 16GB you now have is well enough for any activity, including hardcore gaming.
These more expensive laptops tend to have a quality storage solution. It’s also true here: on one hand, the laptop includes 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. On the other hand, there’s also a 128GB SSD. Operating system (which is Windows 10 Home 64-bit) is installed on the solid-state drive part. Both drives can also be replaced if you want to.
It’s a plenty of ports in Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM, starting with five USBs. Four of those are USB 3.0 and one is state-of-the-art USB 3.1 Type C. Video outputs include the two most used ones: HDMI and DisplayPort.
Networking interfaces are a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 connector and a WiFi adapter supporting dual-band, 2×2 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.1.
You can install games from discs since there’s a DVD burner included. Secure Digital card reader is also available.
The front-facing webcam features 1280×720 video resolution.
Miscellaneous yet important stuff
I can see the display has received positive comments, and that is understandable: it’s a 15.6″ screen supporting the sweet 1920×1080 resolution and IPS panel (= closer to 180 degree viewing angles, also colors are better than on cheaper TN panels). Touch sensitive the display is not, but that’s often alright for gamers anyway.
The laptop is quite a heavy, weighing 7.5 pounds it’s not too convenient to travel with. The 8-cell battery seems to last for ~2 hours under heavier use like movie or gaming, and hour or two more if just surfing the web on a dim screen.
The keyboard is backlit with a red light.
Summing it up
You can stop wondering: I can tell you right away that Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM runs all games, new and old, lightweight or heavy, with good FPS, maxed out settings and 1080p. But the catch is, the notebook is quite pricey; however not the most expensive gaming laptop, not by a long shot. If you have that extra money to spend and want a rig that certainly does not give troubles to your gaming sessions, then choosing this Acer would be the right thing to do.