Acer Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD vs Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C comparison.
Do you want to know which one you should choose, between the AN515-54-728C and PH315-53-72XD?
I understand you might be in doubt since these two are like siblings that are produced by the same manufacturer, Acer.
Both are great brands of gaming laptops and almost have similar features, but read our report below.
To start off, we will use quite similar specs-ed laptops, which are the Acer Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD and the other one is the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C.
Note: I believe AN stands for Acer Nitro, PH stands for Predator Helios
Acer Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD vs Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C
|Product name:||Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6" Full HD IPS 144Hz Display, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Waves MaxxAudio, Backlit Keyboard, AN515-54-728C||Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD|
It’s common that when we compare two laptops, we want to know the price of each them first.
In terms of price, the AN515-54-728C is about 150 bucks cheaper than the Acer Helios 300 (the PH315-53-72XD version).
Beware, we are not talking about 2020 Acer Nitro 5 with the 1650 GPU model that is sold about under $600 here. We are talking about the one that has RTX 2060 model.
Note: all prices mentioned above are the prices when this report was written, the price may change without prior notice.
Now we know the price difference, let’s go to more details in a bit on what differences both laptops have for that price gap.
Specs – AN515-54-728C vs Helios 300
|Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C||Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD|
|Display||15.6″ Full-HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz IPS||15.6″ Full-HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz IPS|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-9750H||Intel Core i7-10750H|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060|
As seen from the table, both come with the same NVIDIA GTX RTX 2060 Graphics, and the same 16GB Memory capacity (but different memory speed, see below).
Both also have the same 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display with the same refresh rates, the stunning 144Hz.
Surprisingly, their dimension is also the same! The weights though are different. The Helios 300 is about 2 pounds lighter than the Acer Nitro.
Other than the weight and the price differences, let’s not forget they also come with different technical specs.
9th gen vs 10th gen i7 CPU
Yes, that’s correct, both laptops come with the same Cores and Threads (6C/12T) Intel i7 CPU but they have different generation models, along with many differences we will find out below.
Source of the benchmark: https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-10750H-vs-Intel-Core-i7-9750H/m1053158vsm766364
The Acer Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD comes with 2020’s 10th generation of Intel i7, the i7-10750H whereas Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C comes with 2019’s 9th generation of the i7, i7-9750H.
If you want the 2019 Helios model that has the same 9th gen i7 CPU, click this link (The Helios PH315-52-710B edition review).
Although both laptops CPU has the same 12MB Smartcache, 45W max TDP, 14nm lithography, and the same 2.6GHz base frequency, however, the 10th gen has a slightly higher max Turbo boost speed, which is 5.0GHz vs 4.50GHz.
Other than that, because the 10th gen is the newer generation it supports the higher speed of memory (DDR4-2933 vs DDR4-2666).
256GB vs 512GB NVMe SSD
Another important factor of a laptop is its storage.
Both are equipped with fast speed storage, the NVMe SSDs. However, their capacity is different. The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C comes with only 256GB storage, vs the 512GB storage inside the Acer Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD.
All of this does not matter if you are comfortable doing the upgrade. If you are not, you need to consider that Windows 10, the operating system of both devices do have frequent updates, and they will take spaces from your storage.
Single-Zone vs 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard
I personally do not mind having only a single-zone backlit keyboard.
But if you fancy the 4-Zone RGB backlit ones, then opt for the Helios 300 since it features one. This Nitro 5 model has one colored backlit keyboard.
Good news, both can be turned off or on, and have highlighted WASD keys.
Turbo Button vs No-Turbo Button
The Acer Predator Helios 300 has the Turbo shortcut button on the top left on its keyboard deck, which the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C does not have.
The Turbo button can help the heat management of your gaming laptop better and faster.
However, our Acer Nitro AN515-54 has more than adequate cooling system you can access inside the software inside your laptop.
Automatic vs Manual Undervolted
The Helios 300 comes with the automatic undervolted CPU whereas the Nitro doesn’t.
Undervolting your laptop’s CPU can help your laptop to remain cooler, but it is time-consuming and it needs knowledge.
If you don’t know how to do it, it will bring more harm and may void the warranty of your laptop.
Should I choose AN515-54-728C or PH315-53-72XD?
As mentioned previously, the AN515-54-728C is sold about 150 bucks cheaper, but it does not have things that the Helios 300 does. But you may not need them anyway.
Like the storage gap, if you can upgrade then I would not mind it much.
But for the CPU’s different generation, faster RAM speed, 4-Zone RGB Keyboard, and the factory undervolted features for extra 150 bucks are worth it.
To end this Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-728C vs PH315-53-72XD Acer Helios 300 comparison, to us, the Predator Helios 300 is the better option.