Gaming performance is good but there are caveats
The Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming notebook first and foremost, sporting an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU.
This particular version of the Nitro 5 is a bit nerfed, especially when you compare it to the more capable Core i7, GTX 1050 Ti version Jamie reviewed earlier this week. While the GTX 1050 GPU is capable of running most games, you’ll have to sacrifice detail for the sake of frame rate, unless you like low framerates when you play.
Let’s get into the nitty gritty of benchmarks. Take note of the graphic settings of both Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Farcry 5 – we did two runs per game in medium and high settings. Both games have the files installed in the 1TB HDD.
As you can see you’ll have to sacrifice a bit of detail to get buttery smooth frames.
In normal use, the Nitro 5 fared pretty well. We didn’t hit any bottlenecks even with RAM-hungy Chrome, and the Nitro 5 kept up with all our open windows and multitasking.
Battery life is unimpressive
The Nitro 5 is a gaming notebook and just like any other gaming notebook, you shouldn’t expect a lot of battery life from it. Like its bigger brother, we recorded around 4 hours of useful battery life with the notebook. That’s with regular use and with WiFi on. You’ll definitely be lugging the power adapter with you when you’re out and about with it unfortunately.