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Acer upgrades Nitro 5 with 8th-gen Intel CPUs

The Acer Nitro 5 laptop is no-frills, but we liked that. With the addition of the latest Intel 8th-gen processors, it’s slightly frillier.

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The Acer Nitro 5 laptop is no-frills, but we liked that. With the addition of the latest Intel 8th-gen processors, it’s slightly frillier.

“The Acer Nitro 5 has definitely been built with a price point in mind… but on the flipside, it’s well-designed and mostly looks like a normal, non-gaming laptop,” we said of the laptop, in our review. We also said it “performs admirably for gaming and other intensive tasks – so long as you have reasonable expectations for a £900 laptop.”

But now, Acer have upped the spec, so you might want to up your expectations.

Specifically, they’ve added the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors to the Nitro 5. That means both the 8th-gen Intel Core i7 and i7+ will be making an appearance. We haven’t had confirmation on exactly which Intel SKUs that will be, but given that it’s a gaming laptop, expect it to be the H variants.

“Acer is excited to be among the first to offer the new Intel Core i7+ processors with our new Nitro 5 gaming notebook. The new Nitro 5 provides exceptional performance at an accessible price point which exceeds the needs of most casual gamers, and also professional users that need to power through their tasks.” – Jerry Hou, general manager, consumer notebooks, IT products business, Acer. 

To go with the latest processors, Acer will offer a GTX 1050 Ti graphics option, which will bring a welcome bump over the GTX 1050 we tried in the review unit. There’s also a bump up to the latest Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2×2 802.11ac adaptor, which is dual-band and offers up to gigabit speeds.

It’s still a budget device, but expect it to be a little beefier soon.


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