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Acer Predator Helios 500 has Intel’s fastest chip and is ‘built to overclock’

Acer has announced a new flagship gaming laptop – the Predator Helios 500.

The firm says the beastly £1,799 laptop is “built to overclock” and features an 8th-generation Intel Core i9+ 8950HK processor, alongside the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.

The 17.3-inch display has a 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s also compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which’ll ensure you can game free of screen tears.

Acer is packing in 8GB of memory and 64GB of RAM for this “anchor product”. Naturally, there’s all the LED keyboard lighting you’d expect from an Acer Predator gaming machine.

Announced at the company’s global press conference on May 23, the new Predator Helios 500 features the company’s Dual AeroBlade 3D cooling system. There are a whopping 59 metal fans within the laptop, with the company claiming it can handle the heat without compromising performance as gamers overclock those internals.

The company has also announced a special edition version of the 15.6-inch Helios 300. The new white-and-gold colour scheme arrives alongside a new series of matching gadgets and accessories.

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The update also includes a new 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate (up from 60Hz), as well as new 8th-gen i7+ processors, along with the Nvidia GTX 1060 processors.

Helios 300

Predator X incoming

Acer also offered a preview of the forthcoming Predator X desktop that’s designed for gamers who may also be making a living from live streaming activities.

It has a dual Xeon processor designed for multitasking, which means gamers will be able to live stream while editing and rendering video. The company says the machine will be powerful enough for everyone to hook up to without taxing the internals too much.

In other news from the event, Acer a new customisable Cestus 510 mouse with 8 customisable buttons, 16,000 DPI and 400 IPS. There’s also a new gaming chair and a hard carry case for the elite gamers out there.

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