Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test

JT JT 09 November
Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test

The Acer Helios 300 is a popular gaming  laptop, but just how well does the latest   10th gen model perform in games? I’ve tested  the highest specced configuration in 20 games   at all setting levels and compared it with  other laptops to show you the differences. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test

Software settings

All testing was done with turbo mode enabled,  which basically maxes out the fan speed and   applies the following GPU overclock. Unlike the  9th gen model from last year though, the processor   is not undervolted by default and you can’t do it  yourself either, it’s locked with the latest BIOS.

While I personally would have preferred the GTX  1660 Ti model for an easy comparison against the   HP Omen 15 or Lenovo Legion 5, the 2070 Max-Q  does at least have the option of dynamic boost,   though I only found it to get up to 90 watts  with this enabled, or 80 watts with it disabled. With all of that in mind let’s first  see how the Helios performs in 20 games,   then afterwards I’ll compare  it with other laptops.

20 games tested

Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test  It was still above 30 FPS with all settings maxed  out, which I think is still fairly playable,   though the low-end preset was needed  if you want to push past 60 FPS.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the game’s  built in benchmark tool, and as another resource   heavy game we’re seeing lower frame rates at max  settings, though high was still above 60 FPS. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestDeath Stranding wasn’t running all that  differently between the different setting levels,   it was running fine and above 100 FPS  even with the highest setting preset. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestBattlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode,  and the highest ultra setting preset was   still just above 100 FPS. I’ll show you how  other laptops compare in this game soon,   and it was able to beat more powerful options. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestControl was tested with and without RTX.  I’ve got RTX off results in the purple bars,   RTX on in the green bars which was much worse  comparatively, then RTX on with DLSS enabled   in the red bars, which is able to offer  a good mixture of looks and performance. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestShadow of the Tomb Raider was  tested with the built-in benchmark,   the high setting preset was just above  100 FPS, and was scoring the same as   medium - this is another title I’ll use  to compare other laptops with shortly. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestApex Legends was tested with  either all settings at maximum,   or all settings on the lowest possible values,  as it doesn’t have predefined setting presets.   The average FPS at max settings was right on the  screen’s refresh rate, while minimum settings   boosted even the 1% low above this which  would be useful for competitive players.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested  in campaign mode with either max or   min settings for the same reason. Again no  problems at all playing with max settings,   though there were less gains to be had  with lower setting levels in this one. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestFortnite was tested with the replay feature,  it generally runs quite well on modern hardware   and that was seen here with over 100 FPS  even at the highest epic setting preset,   while medium settings pushes even the  1% low near the screen’s refresh rate. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestCS:GO was tested with the ulletical FPS benchmark,   and the results were similar to a lot of other  gaming laptops tested that make use of Optimus.   Generally we see nice performance improvements  from laptops that let you disable Optimus as   it’s one less bottleneck, unfortunately  that’s not possible with the Helios.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane with  bots, and like always it’s performing about the   same regardless of the hardware, you can easily  achieve similar frame rates on much lower specs. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestOverwatch was tested running through the  practice range. Again no problems at all here,   even the 1% low result with the highest epic  setting preset is above the screen’s refresh rate. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestRainbow Six Siege was tested with  the built-in benchmark using Vulkan,   again no problems here, almost 200 FPS  with the three highest setting presets. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestMetro Exodus was tested using the built-in  benchmark, most parts of the game perform a   fair bit better than this, so don’t take these  results as a good indication of what to expect   throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst  case that can be compared against my other data. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestMonster Hunter World was tested running through  the main town. It played well with the highest   setting preset, and it was possible to get  above 100 FPS with high settings or lower. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestBorderlands 3 was tested using  the game’s built in benchmark,   in this more resource demanding test we’re only  just able to scrape 60 FPS with max settings, but   we can almost double this with very low settings. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestAssassin’s Creed Odyssey is another that was   tested with the games benchmark, and we’re  just below 60 FPS at max settings in this one,   but able to reach up to 90 FPS with low settings. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestThe Witcher 3 was running above 100 FPS with ultra   settings, but it was possible to boost this by 30%  by stepping down just one level to high settings,   while medium was needed to average  above the screen’s refresh rate. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestF1 2020 was tested with the games benchmark tool,  the high setting preset allows us to make good use   of the 144Hz panel, and we could boost this up to  just under 200 FPS with the lower setting preset.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test Far Cry New Dawn was also  tested with the games benchmark,   low settings was above 100 FPS while ultra  was scoring above 60 FPS for the 1% low.

Compared to other laptops

Now let’s take a look at how the Helios  300 compares against other laptops, use   these results as a rough guide only, as they were  tested at different times with different drivers. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestI’ve tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at  ultra settings, and the Helios 300 is highlighted   in red. Interestingly the average frame rate was  ahead of the Legion 7i, which has the same GPU but   with a higher power limit and better CPU, well at  least in terms of average frame rate, the 1% low   was lower, but still the Helios is very close  to the m15 R2 with 2080 Max-Q, a good result. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestThese are the results from Far Cry  5 with ultra settings in the built-in benchmark. The Helios is still  beating higher wattage GPU options,   but as this test is heavier on the processor  an undervolt would have given it an edge.   It’s unfortunate to see that Acer have removed  the default undervolt that was present previously. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestShadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with  the games benchmark tool with the highest setting   preset. It’s just 1 FPS behind the 2070 Super  Max-Q with same power limit in the Aorus 15G,   and like BF5, ahead of the Legion  7i with same GPU but better CPU,   so a good result and is probably down to the  overclock on the GPU applied by turbo mode.

Gaming performance was decent, but yeah the  lack of undervolting is a bit of a downer.   My Helios actually shipped to me with single  channel memory too, I did all testing here   with dual channel for best results, so  hopefully single channel isn’t a common   configuration, or we’re starting to go backwards  on what was the best available option last year.

Screen response time

My Helios 300 has a 1080p 144Hz  screen, no FreeeSync or G-Sync,   and it’s not possible to disable optimus for  a speed boost. The Predator Sense software   gives us the option to enable or disable  overdrive which affects screen response time.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test With overdrive off, we’re getting pretty  typical results from a 144Hz panel,   just under an 8ms average grey-to-grey  response time. I’ve got a link in the   video description explaining  what all these numbers mean. Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game TestWhen we enable overdrive, the  response time drops to 4.66ms,   below the 6.94ms needed for all  transitions to occur within the   refresh window. This does introduce  some overshoot and undershoot though.Acer Helios 300 (2020) 20 Game Test When we look at how it stacks up against  others, well it’s tied with the Legion 5   for fastest 144Hz laptop panel that  I’ve tested so far, a great result. your website with a free trial   and save 10% off your first  website or domain purchase.

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