Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/hybk0 (affiliate link) – Acer’s Nitro 50 is an entry level gaming PC with a six core i5-8400 processor and an AMD RX 580 GPU. Specs aren’t bad for the price but its lack of an SSD will be noticeable. See more gaming: http://lon.tv/siwqp and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s
00:57 – Hardware Overview
01:33 – System Specs & Internals
01:42 – GPU
01:59 – RAM
03:41 – Ports
05:34 – No SSD, hard drive slowness
06:50 – Gaming: Rocket League
07:04 – Gaming: Witcher 3
07:22 – Gaming: GTA V
07:34 – Gaming: Fortnite problems
08:10 – 3dMark TimeSpy DX12 Benchmark Test
09:04 – VR Performance
10:08 – 3dMark Firestrike Stress Test
11:06 – Fan Noise
11:31 – DIY Price Comparison
13:02 – Conclusion
I’ve always liked Acer’s low cost desktops. They usually provide a nicely performing PC for a reasonable price. Can you build something similar for the same? Most likely, but you may not save all that much vs. buying a preassembled PC from them.
This PC packs in a decent AMD RX 580 GPU that performs about where the Nvidia GTX 1060 does. This means that it’s good for most AAA PC titles and is capable of driving current VR headsets. Note the VR performance is good for 1st generation headsets but will likely struggle with the newer higher res headsets coming out later this year. Stick to the Oculus Rift / Rift S or original HTC Vive.
I was pleased with the CPU performance too. The i5-8400 chip has six cores and performs at about the level of my i7 from a few year’s back. Perfectly adequate for most games and other tasks. Both the CPU and GPU are upgradeable.
Every game we tried worked fine with the exception of Fortnite. So Fortnite players may want to look elsewhere until they work out whatever software issues are plaguing it. We were getting a complete ‘white out’ on screen when booting up the game.
The only real show stopper here is the slow speed of its hard disk. The computer takes forever to boot up and load applications/games. You’ll notice this especially if you have a laptop that uses a solid state disk. It’s not difficult to swap out the slow drive for a faster SSD but it’s a shame they didn’t ship it with one.
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