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Acer Nitro AN17-41-R7G3 Review

Acer AN17-41-R7G3 is positioned in perhaps the most lucrative price segment in the gaming laptops market.

The $1000-$1200 price range sees some of the most bought and reviewed gaming laptops out there and Acer is no stranger to leaving its mark here. It does so with both its Nitro as well as with the predator Helios series

So how does this particular laptop stack up to its competition? and how good of a gaming laptop is this for you?

Well, judging by the core hardware it features, I am of the opinion that this is one of the best gaming laptops for its price in this segment (for the current generation) and I will prove it by comparing it with the rest.

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Here are the Key Highlights:

  • The laptop features AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS top-of-the-line CPU
  • RTX 4060 – a mid-high-end graphics card by the current standard, but really the standard depends upon what kind of resolution / FPS you game at.
  • A 165Hz Quad HD IPS display measuring 17.3 inches – if the gaming laptop itself is the primary display, I personally would not want it to be anything less than 17.3 inches, ESPECIALLY if you want to experience that QHD crispiness.
  • 16 GB DDR5 RAM along with 1 TB Gen 4 SSD

What Kind of Gamer is this for?

So, the RTX 4060 mobile variant is a graphics that is essentially a beast IF you still love to play at full HD resolution.

Now on most AAA titles, old and new, the RTX 4060 can maintain great playable frame rate at QHD resolution with ultra graphics. Here are some of the titles from notebookcheck.net

Game Best FPS / Graphics (QHD) Verdict
COD MW3 Ultra @ 61 FPS Excellent
Alan Wake 2 Ultra @ 35 FPS Playable
Total War Pharaoh Ultra @ 79 FPS Excellent
Assassin’s Creed Mirage Ultra @ 66 FPS Excellent
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 PL Ultra @ 46 FPS Good
Starfield Ultra @ 33 FPS Playable
Armored Core 6 Ultra @ 74 FPS Excellent
Atlas Fallen Ultra @ 78 FPS Excellent
BG3 Ultra @ 56 FPS Excellent

Now, of course, my verdict is entirely subjective because, for someone who wants nothing but 120FPS minimum, the baseline will be entirely different.

For me personally, the baseline of 60FPS is still fairly good (especially given that this gen gaming consoles are struggling with FPS anyway).

The only way you can expect to play at frame rates higher than 100 FPS is if you tweak the resolution down to FHD and personally, I wouldn’t mind that either.

Unless you are sitting very close to the laptop screen, the difference that you see between FHD and QHD on 17.3″ will be marginal (but of course more pronounced as compared to QHD on a 15.6″ screen).

So in short RTX 4060 is

  • Great for QHD @ Ultra Settings

  • Outstanding for FHD @ Ultra Settings.

As for the CPU, all I can say is that it is amazing. AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS isn’t some low-powered variant of the Ryzen 7 CPU. The only CPU more powerful than this is the Ryzen 9 CPUs from the same generation – which are an absolute overkill for gaming machines.

How Does Acer AN17-41-R7G3 Stack Up To Its Competition?

As mentioned, this laptop belongs to one of the most coveted price segments for gaming laptops e.g. $1000-$1200.

And in my opinion, it offers an amazing value. Here why,

1. ASUS ROG Strix G614JV-AS73

16″ FHD | Core i7-13650HX | GeForce RTX 4060 | 512GB SSD | 16 GB DDR5

So this has a comparable CPU (10% better according to Passmark), same GPU, LOWER storage space, same RAM amount, inferior screen (FHD only) BUT….it is more expensive at the same time.

The gaming performance per dollar certainly favors Acer AN17-41-R7G3.

2. Dell G15

15.6″ FHD | Core i7-13650HX | GeForce RTX 4050 | 1TB SSD | 16 GB DDR5

Nope, cant have anything lower than RTX 4060 for a fair comparison.

Acer AN17-41-R7G3 wins again.

3. Acer Predator Helios 16 PH16-71-74UU

16″ FHD (165 Hz) | Core i7-13700HX | GeForce RTX 4060 | 1TB SSD | 16 GB DDR5

The only real good competition (and from the Acer brand itself)

Offers a better CPU at a slightly higher price tag but a smaller screen albeit with 16:10 aspect ratio so you get a higher resolution of 2560×1600.

I mean you cannot go wrong with this or the Acer AN17-41-R7G3

4. MSI Katana B13VGK-484US – A Potential Winner?

15.6″ FHD (144 Hz) | Core i7-13620H | GeForce RTX 4070 | 1TB SSD | 16 GB DDR5

So this laptop is slightly more expensive, has an inferior screen both in size and FPS, and has a slightly inferior CPU BUT…it has one thing going that can melt a gamer’s heart…and that is a better graphics card.

Look, as a gamer, the CPU does not really matter much (so long as it is from the Core i5 / Ryze 5 series or better). What really matters to me is the graphics card.

And RTX 4070 is certainly a step up in comparison to the RTX 4060.

So in short, while this laptop may set you back another extra $100 bucks or so, you get a higher-end GPU in return. I think that is a bargain which in some eyes, the Acer Nitro AN17-41-R7G3 cannot beat.

 

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