Monday, May 28th 2018

Acer Readies Predator Helios 500 Variant with Ryzen 7 2700 and RX Vega 56

Acer is preparing one of the first few premium gaming notebooks to pack a combination of AMD Ryzen 7 2700 8-core processor and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics. Unlike the Intel+NVIDIA original, this Predator Helios variant makes use of desktop-on-mobile processors, as do most desktop-replacement notebooks and portable workstations. The variant benefits from the low TDP and high energy efficiency of the Ryzen 7 2700, and runs it at its stock speeds. This is no small feat, because the Intel+NVIDIA option of the notebook packs a Core i9-8950HK (6-core/12-thread) "Coffee Lake" processor with 45W rated TDP.

The Radeon RX Vega 56 is the other surprising component choice here, considering that the notebook's 17.3-inch display only has Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, which can be hauled by an RX 580, even at higher refresh-rate, and FreeSync thrown in. The Intel+NVIDIA model's GPU option is the GeForce GTX 1070 (which is slower than the RX Vega 56). Other components include 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, 256 GB NVMe SSD storage, 1 TB of HDD storage, and Killer Doubleshot Pro networking.
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11 Comments on Acer Readies Predator Helios 500 Variant with Ryzen 7 2700 and RX Vega 56

#1
Vya Domus
Color me impressed. Never though I would see one of these inside a laptop, a desktop Vega 56 is a 210W TDP part I'm sure this one is underclocked and undervolted but it must still use a fair bit of power and also generate a lot of heat.

As much as I liked AMD never did I think I would see anytime soon a comeback in the high end laptop space in both CPUs and GPUs.
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#3
Vya Domus
DeathtoGnomes, post: 3847581, member: 151150"
is undervolting the v56 possible?
Undervolting is in fact one of the most effective methods to overclock these cards , I don't see why AMD wouldn't do it with this. They would pretty much be forced to do it, actually.
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#4
Shamalamadingdong
This will undoubtedly be at reduced TDPs similar to Nvidia's Max-Q.
That means lower voltage and lower clock speeds.
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#5
therealmeep
I am far more impressed with the 2700 being in this, because this may well have a desktop socket on it lending to having potential zen 2 chips, not to mention this being a full on desktop replacement. May have to pick this bad boy up and stuff it full of ram to have a portable virtualization beast.
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#6
Darmok N Jalad
Vya Domus, post: 3847580, member: 169281"
Color me impressed. Never though I would see one of these inside a laptop, a desktop Vega 56 is a 210W TDP part I'm sure this one is underclocked and undervolted but it must still use a fair bit of power and also generate a lot of heat.

As much as I liked AMD never did I think I would see anytime soon a comeback in the high end laptop space in both CPUs and GPUs.
I’m sure it’s something tuned like the Radeon Pro Vega 56 found in the iMac Pro. That system uses a 500W PSU, and there’s up to an 18 core Xeon on the other side of the motherboard and the rest of the system to power. Maybe they can get it down to 100W or so?
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#7
GhostRyder
Vya Domus, post: 3847580, member: 169281"
Color me impressed. Never though I would see one of these inside a laptop, a desktop Vega 56 is a 210W TDP part I'm sure this one is underclocked and undervolted but it must still use a fair bit of power and also generate a lot of heat.

As much as I liked AMD never did I think I would see anytime soon a comeback in the high end laptop space in both CPUs and GPUs.
I don't think I expected to see one either but for a different reason. Far as power concerned its not going to be much different from the GTX 1080 laptop variant I am sure based on the desktop comparisons of both cards (Which is a rough 30-50 watts depending on variant). I would be interested to see how hot the Acer gets and how loud the fans will get however with this card and processor combo.
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#8
Nephilim666
I would have been all over this if it were 1440p :(
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#9
Fluffmeister
Ultimately who really cares, Vega 56 @ $399 please, these abominations need not take supply from beloved gaming friends.
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#10
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
GhostRyder, post: 3847706, member: 149328"
I don't think I expected to see one either but for a different reason. Far as power concerned its not going to be much different from the GTX 1080 laptop variant I am sure based on the desktop comparisons of both cards (Which is a rough 30-50 watts depending on variant). I would be interested to see how hot the Acer gets and how loud the fans will get however with this card and processor combo.
It would be like my XPS Gen 1 Laptop other than thickness.
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#11
DeathtoGnomes
Vya Domus, post: 3847582, member: 169281"
Undervolting is in fact one of the most effective methods to overclock these cards , I don't see why AMD wouldn't do it with this. They would pretty much be forced to do it, actually.
I know you can undervolt discreet cards. Assume nothing, your guess is as good as mine here.
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