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|GPU||GTX 850M 2GB GDDR5|
|Screen||matte 1080p, CMN N173HGE-E11|
|Weight||7.05 lbs (3.159 kg)|
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GTX 760M, 1080p
The Acer top 17.3″ gaming machine refresh. Comes with a GTX 850M GDDR5 (very close to the 860M), I5-4210M (in this case), 8GB DDR3 and 1080p display. The notebookcheck review shows the throttling issue is of no real concern while gaming, so you get about the optimal performance. The GTX 850M GDDR5 is very close to the GTX 860M with being the same chip with lower core clocks, so you can OC the GTX 850M GDDR5 in case you feel it isn’t enough.
The 1080p screen is quite good, though viewing angles could be better (it’s not an IPS panel). Battery running times are around 3-4 hours for light use, with WiFi on. Temperatures are average and it’s quite quiet.
For $800 for this I5 model, I don’t see any real competitors in the 17.3″ realm. The Clevo W370SS costs around $950-$1000 w/o an OS, but with a 860M and also weighs around 0.5kg more. Even compared to 15.6″ laptops, it is quite a bargain as most competitors are not as fast for $800 and the only one is the Y510p for around $850 with 755M SLI.
Bottom line, it’s a good deal. You could shove in some $100 250GB mSata drive too.