LET’S REVIEW AND UPGRADE – AMAZON’S BEST SELLING GAMING LAPTOP – ACER NITRO 5

LET'S REVIEW AND UPGRADE - AMAZON'S BEST SELLING GAMING LAPTOP - ACER NITRO 5

The Acer Nitro 5 is a low-cost gaming laptop, but with a few modifications, you can get your money’s worth.

It’s no wonder that low-cost PCs are popular. However, it may surprise you that this is still true for folks looking for gaming power. Hey, just because you’re a PC gamer doesn’t mean you’re flush with cash or willing to spend it all on the latest and greatest equipment. Given this, Gordon Ung decided to investigate the most popular gaming laptop on Amazon.

LET’S REVIEW AND UPGRADE – AMAZON’S BEST SELLING GAMING LAPTOP – ACER NITRO 5

This Nitro 5 model comes with a 10th-generation Core i5 processor and a relatively modest RTX 3050 graphics card. The rest of the specs aren’t particularly impressive: it has only 8GB of DDR4 RAM (the bare minimum for functional Windows 11), 256GB of SSD storage, and a 15-inch 1080p screen that can thankfully manage 144Hz.

LET’S REVIEW AND UPGRADE – AMAZON’S BEST SELLING GAMING LAPTOP – ACER NITRO 5

If you’re familiar with the gaming laptop industry, you can probably anticipate where this older, lower-priced laptop ranks in terms of performance. While it performs admirably in multi-core CPU testing, its single-core and GPU power place it in the bottom of all of our standard tests. That’s not to say it’s horrible, because it competes with computers that cost twice as much, if not more. Gordon describes it as “absolutely adequate” dollar for dollar. In terms of battery life, the Nitro 5 ranks towards the middle of the pack and competes well against more expensive machines.

LET’S REVIEW AND UPGRADE – AMAZON’S BEST SELLING GAMING LAPTOP – ACER NITRO 5

However, benchmarks are all hypothetical. How about in-game performance? The long and short of it is that you can still play older, less strenuous games, some of which can even reach the triple-digit framerates that look best on that high-refresh screen. Esports-focused games like Rainbow Six Siege and Counter-Strike play admirably on the RTX 3050, and even older high-end titles like GTAV may exceed 100 frames per second. It struggles to hit 60 frames per second in anything newer and more intense, such as Horizon Zero Dawn or Cyberpunk 2077. You should take use of Nvidia’s image-enhancing DLSS technology wherever it is accessible.

This Nitro 5 is rather basic, however it shares essential components such as the motherboard with considerably more expensive models of the same laptop. You already know what that means: there’s room for improvement! Because the Nitro 5 only has one DDR4 RAM stick, it’s simple to remove the bottom of the computer and replace it with a matched DIMM to double the memory. Because of the way dual channel memory works, this will provide significantly greater performance than simply doubling the RAM on a computer with two DIMM slots already filled. The best part is that this extra 8GB of 3200mhz DDR4 laptop memory costs approximately $30 to $40.

Typically, an increase in RAM will not result in a significant increase in in-game speed because most games prioritise the GPU over other aspects. However, the Nitro 5 basic model is so limited that this modest, simple modification results in a massive improvement in some games. GTAV, for example, increased from 110 to 150 frames per second, allowing it to fully utilise the 144Hz screen! (And that wasn’t even using the quickest memory available.)

Gordon shows you how to disassemble and upgrade the Acer Nitro 5 in the video – it’s about as simple as any laptop upgrade could be, with multiple M.2 slots and even room for a 2.5-inch SATA drive. If you’re looking for nerdy reviews, testing, and guides, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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