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Acer Preda­tor 15

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Peter Chu

Less than a year ago, Acer un­veiled a com­pre­hen­sive lineup of gam­ing ma­chines as part of its new Preda­tor se­ries, which com­prises desk­tops, note­books, and even a tablet. One such note­book is the Preda­tor 15. It has a men­ac­ing name, but does it right­fully de­serve it?

The Preda­tor 15 that we re­ceived bears the model num­ber G9-591-70LU, which comes equipped with a 15.6inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS dis­play, a 2.6GHz In­tel Core i7-6700HQ pro­ces­sor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128GB M.2 SSD that’s paired with a 1TB HDD.

As with most Acer prod­ucts, the Preda­tor 15 is packed to the brim with plenty of the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary fea­tures, in­clud­ing Acer Blue­Light Shield, Acer CoolBoost, Acer SoundPound, Acer Preda­torSense, Acer DustDe­fender, and fi­nally, the Acer FrostCore.

Due to space con­straints, we won’t be able to elab­o­rate on each and ev­ery one of the Preda­tor 15’s afore­men­tioned fea­tures, but you can prob­a­bly al­ready tell what they do from their names alone. Acer

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| MARCH 2016 DustDe­fender, for ex­am­ple, helps pre­vent dust from build­ing up in­side the Preda­tor 15 by briefly re­vers­ing its cool­ing fans’ ro­ta­tion once ev­ery three hours.

But out of all the in­ter­est­ing fea­tures, it was Acer FrostCore that re­ally piqued our cu­rios­ity. What is FrostCore, you ask? Well, FrostCore is es­sen­tially a re­mov­able cool­ing fan (that has been de­signed by Cooler Mas­ter, no less) that can be swapped with the op­ti­cal DVD drive of the Preda­tor 15 when you need that ex­tra bit of cool­ing. But then again, you prob­a­bly wouldn’t need to any­way, as the Preda­tor 15 ran cool as a cu­cum­ber de­spite be­ing co­erced into run­ning sev­eral syn­thetic bench­marks back to back. If it’s any in­di­ca­tion, its palm rest area re­mained sur­pris­ingly cool to the touch through­out the or­deal.

Now, the num­bers. The Preda­tor 15 man­aged to score 5,845 on PCMark 8’s Cre­ative bench­mark, while scor­ing 6,753, 3,463, and 1,756 for 3DMark’s Fire Strike, Fire Strike Ex­treme, and Fire Strike Ul­tra bench­marks, re­spec­tively.

Be­ing the preda­tor that it is, it’s hardly any sur­prise that the Preda­tor 15 like­wise man­aged to de­vour the string of games we fed it with as well, in­clud­ing Fall­out 4, Far Cry 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Rise of the Tomb Raider – which were all run­ning in 1080p and at their high­est pos­si­ble graph­ics set­tings.

Out of the four graph­i­cal­ly­de­mand­ing ti­tles, the Preda­tor 15 ran Fall­out 4 the smoothest, with an av­er­age frame rate of 55.1 fps. Fol­low­ing closely be­hind is Far Cry 4, which ran at 50.0 fps, while both The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Rise of the Tomb Raider 4 gave the Preda­tor 15 a good run for its money, as they both charted an av­er­age frame rate of 43.4 fps, and 42.3 fps, re­spec­tively.

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You’ll prob­a­bly only need to ac­ti­vate Acer FrostCore when you’re lit­er­ally gam­ing in an oven.

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