Acer recently just got done introducing their new Helios 500 high-end gaming laptop. As expected from the “High-end phrase” the laptop comes with top-notch hardware, including a 144HZ 4K 17inch IPS panel with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The graphics processing unit is being powered by Nvidia’s GTX 1070 and all of the horsepower to drive all of these components comes from the new Intel i9-8950HK, a 6 core 12 threaded beast.
However, Now Acer is updating the Helios 500 series with an AMD variant. This not only lists the GPU as being AMD Radeon-based, but the CPU is AMD Ryzen-based as well. In place of the GeForce GTX 1070 is AMD’s latest Radeon RX Vega 56. Furthermore, instead of G-Sync, it will come with FreeSync technology support.
Strangely enough, the CPU it lists on the landing page states an AMD Ryzen 7 2700. This is the 6-core 12-threaded version and not the 4-core 8-threaded Ryzen 7 2700U mobile version.
Some worthy mentioning features are the memory and storage options on the Intel version. With the exception of Intel Optane support.
Acer hasn’t revealed pricing or any such information regarding to the release date information yet. Only the 1080p i7-8750H version of the laptop is currently listed on the models section so far.
However, we can contemplate from pricing trends that the AMD variant is going to cost less than the NVIDIA version. NVIDIA G-Sync alone adds several hundred dollars to the price. Whereas AMD’s FreeSync solution does not require special additional hardware like NVIDIA does. AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700 processors also costs less than Intel’s i9-8950HK by almost $200 USD.