Acer Predator 15
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
| 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.
You’ll probably only need to activate Acer FrostCore when you’re literally gaming in an oven.