Coffee Lake H Benchmarks And Details Break Cover With Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Notebook

Acer Predator Helios 500

Acer has not shied away from offering big and burly desktops for gamers, even if it means attaching a price tag that many people will find cost prohibitive, like the $8,999 Predator X21. A little more sane (a lot more, actually) is the company's upcoming and unannounced Predator Helios 500. This is one of several laptops in the pipeline to incorporate Intel's also-unannounced Coffee Lake-H processors.

The Predator Helios 500 showed up on a Polish retailer's website, and though the listings have since been removed, the Internet has a speculator memory. In this case, there were two configurations shown, one with a Core i7-8750H processor inside and the other wielding a Core i9-8950H. Both are 6-core/12-thread processors, giving users plenty of multi-threaded muscle to throw at workloads.

Based on previous leaks, the Core i7-8750H has a 2.2GHz base clock, 3.9GHz all-core boost clock, and 4.1GHz single-core boost clock, along with 9MB of L3 cache and a 45W TDP. The Core i9-8950H is a beefier processor with a 2.9GHz base clock, 4.3GHz all-core boost clock, and 4.8GHz single-core boost. It also has more L3 cache at 12MB, while maintaining the same 45W TDP.

Coffee Lake-H Cinebench R15
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Leaked benchmarks show both of these processors strutting their stuff in Cinebench R15, a particularly demanding benchmark that is tuned to tap into all available processing cores and threads. We need to take these with a grain of salt, of course, especially with the Core i9-8950HK posting the slowest multi-threaded score of the bench. All three are strong scores, though.

So yeah, the Predator Helios 500 means business. This is a 17.3-inch laptop with a Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) display by way of an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. This appears to be a gaming oriented screen with G-Sync support and a 144Hz refresh rate, powered by a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Other features include 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM and a 256GB M.2 solid state drive (like NVMe, though the listing did not specify between and SATA). For connectivity, it has three USB 3.0 ports, two USB Tyep-C ports with Thunderbolt support, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, a GbE LAN port, and both headphone and microphone jacks.

According to the listings, the Core i9-8950HK model will cost 11,999 PLN (~$3,500 USD), while the Core i7-8750H will run 8,999 PLN (~$2,630).