CES 2018: Acer Unleashes Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop Powered By Ryzen Mobile

Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2018 - 04:46 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, acer, nitro 5, ryzen mobile, RX 560, Polaris, amd

Acer is showing off a new 15.6" gaming laptop at CES using both AMD's Ryzen Mobile processors and RX 560 discrete graphics cards. The Acer Nitro 5 is a stylized gaming notebook aimed at mainstream and casual gamers that are looking for a mobile platform for LAN parties and portable PC gaming.

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The laser etched top cover and stylish chassis holds a large 15.6" 1080p display and webcam up top and a full backlit keyboard and trackpad on the bottom half. A large crimson red hinge accents the slate gray and black angular body. There is support for USB 3.1 with three USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C, one headset jack, one HDMI output, one SD card reader, and one Gigabit Ethernet jack. Audio is handled by Dobly Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony powered speakers. There is a numpad and the trackpad appears fairly large, but the arrow keys are somewhat squished between the standard keys and the numpad. The WASD keys can be outlined with brighter backlighting and CPU and GPU temps can be monitored with NitroSense software though, so there's that (heh).

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Acer did not provide exact specifications, but the Nitro 5 will be able to be configured with Zen-based Ryzen Mobile processors and Polaris-based AMD RX 560 graphics. It is not clear which specific Ryzen Mobile chips Acer will use or if the Vega-based onboard GPU will be able to be used with the discrete graphics active (perhaps in DX 12 games). The AMD chips are paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB of PCI-E based SSD storage. In addition to the wired networking, the Nitro 5 also has dual stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The AMD-powered Acer Nitro 5 will be available in North America in April starting at $799. EMEA (countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) availability is also slated for April starting at €1,099. It is nice to see AMD getting some design wins with Ryzen Mobile, though discrete mobile Vega would be a nice thing to see happen sooner than later.

Source: Acer

January 8, 2018 | 05:50 PM - Posted by DesktopRRAPUsInlaptopsOrBust (not verified)

looks thick enough to support a Ryzen/Raven Ridge desktop APU instead of any Ryzen/Raven Ridge 15 watt mobile targeted variants, but who Knows what they will offer.

I'm seeing some Vega diecrete mobile(1) GPUs listed. So I'm really more interested in seeing Desktop Raven Ridge inside gaming laptops paired with a Vega discrete mobile GPU and with at least 4GB of HBM2. If ASUS can get a Desktop Ryzen 7 1700 into a laptop form factor then other laptop OEMs should be able to get gaming oriented laptops with a desktop Raven Ridge APU at 65 watts for some nice gaming laptop options with Desktop Ryzen/Raven Ridge APUs options with or without a discrete mobile GPU.

There is also the Laptop as a desktop replacment maket that would greatly appreciate some laptop Options with Desktop Ryzen/Raven Ridge APUs for laptops with a little more power than can be had at 15 watts.

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"AMD finally announces discrete mobile Radeon Vega"

https://videocardz.com/74712/amd-finally-announces-discrete-mobile-radeo...

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