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Acer Predator 15 g9-593 (GTX 1060) uses the latest Pascal GPUs from Nvidia for Predator 15. We also got some additional features that were missing from the previous models. The design of the bulky 15-inch gaming notebook is still a matter of taste, though. This is already the third iteration of the Acer Predator 15, and the two predecessors (G9-591 & G9-592) managed good scores in our reviews (86 and 84%, respectively). Now, we will have a look at the current Predator 15 G9-593. Besides minor visual changes, Acer updated the hardware – primarily the graphics card. The latest Predator is now available with Pascal GPUs from Nvidia as well.
Our test model with the designation Predator 15 G9-593-765Q is currently the high-end SKU of the series. For around 2,500 Euros (~$2660), you will get a quad-core processor from Intel and the mighty GeForce GTX 1060 combined with a G-Sync Full HD IPS display (15.6-inch). The system does not have to hide in terms of memory equipment, either, because a total of 16 GB RAM (DDR4-2400) and a dual-storage solution consisting of a 512 GB SDD and a 1 TB HDD is pretty good.
What isAcer Predator 15 g9-593 (GTX 1060) in the Box?
In addition to the notebook, its box covers a robust mount (Chicony A12-230P1A), which delivers 230W (19.5V, 11.8A), and the old-style FrostCore fan. The latter can be exchanged for the DVD optical drive, which you perhaps won’t need (like ever). It will be stimulating to see if (and how much) the FrostCore unit can reduce the interior temperatures during high load. We’ll check that a bit more in the review.
Features of Acer Predator 15 g9-593 (GTX 1060)
Don’t get burned by the heat and pressure of hardcore gaming. Keep calm with advanced thermal technology.
Inject some Cooler Master cold to keep the heat down and presentation up. Swap in Predator FrostCore for penetrating gaming sessions.
We could all use a slightly less lag—income control of your internet connection with Killer DoubleShot Pro.
Intergalactic battlecruisers inspired hard angles and aggressive accents.
Architecturally designed air exhaust vents ensure a bold look from any angle.
Make It Yours
PredatorSense software offers advanced gaming nips for a unique gaming experience.
Predator SoundPound 2.1 boasts two speakers, a powerful subwoofer, and Dolby Audio for deep sound immersion.
Review Acer Predator 15 g9-593 (GTX 1060)
Not every update has to be from the ground up. Likened with the first version we studied last year, the new Acer Marauder 15 (G9-593-72VT) (starts at $1,499; $1,699.99 as verified) adds an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card—but doesn’t alteration much else, including the bulky chassis and the bland console backlighting. Better graphics do mean better gaming presentation, though, and overall, the Predator 15 brings good value. But for $100 additional, our Editors’ Excellent in this price range, the HP Sign 17, gets you quicker overall performance, a more robust GTX 1070 graphics card, a superior 4K shade, and a somewhat slimmer design.
Design and Construction
G9-593’s predecessor, Acer Predator 15 G9-591 (a minor upgrade named G9-592), had nearly the same design as the latest model we’re looking at today. If you’re in front of the two laptops, chances are you won’t find any difference. The most notable one is on the back side – the central exhaust vents have been massively redesigned and now are much more violent. Except for the rear side, the G9-593 looks attractive, much the same as its precursor, and that’s not bad at all – both have fantastic-looking and functional designs.
img_2679The keyboard is “Island Style” (chiclet) with long essential travel, distinct feedback, three backlight color zones, and a large area – 15.5 x 15.5 mm (0.61” x 0.61”). The arrow keys have enough space around them, so you can comfortably play competing games if you don’t have a wheel.
Series: “The last Predator cohort with GTX 9xx GPU remained a great hit, and this was the laptop that proved that Acer can build one of the best gaming pads on the market” (quoted from page LaptopMedia). Last year (2016), the announcement of the Predator 15 aimed at the gaming segment is the most apparent evidence of Acer for the statement above. With improved performance and reduce price, the Acer Predator 15 is built in a 15-inch solid chassis with the high-end Intel Core i7 computer and Pascal-technology Nvidia GeForce graphics card. Despite minor flaws, this one might be one of the most favorite laptops for gaming.
Regarding the design, page TechRadar said that the Acer Marauder 15 boasted an entirely inconvenient design: “It’s awkward and clumsy to lug about, what with its ventilation system protruding from the rear.” With the same opinion, the critic from page Notebook Check also showed that the update had not changed the violent design with its red visual elements and the red light. Also, from this sheet, only the fan exhaust at the rear differs slightly from the old model, but we will have to see both plans to notice the differences. However, according to page PC World, “The 15-inch model, whose sleek, rubberized malleable shell looks calm and does a fantastic job of repelling prints.
It’s huge: 15 inches extensive and 12 inches deep, and just a splash over 8 pounds, not including its sizable power brick”. Similarly, the page Digital Trends left a positive remark that the Predator 15 was an aesthetic need to see a thousand times, and some elements were starting to show their age. Specifically, as said on page Computer Shopper, “The difficult, edgy exterior is predominantly black, with red pronunciations. The spiky silver Marauder logo is positioned in the center of the lid and recurrent under the show. The logo on the spinal of the lit in red remains the two stripes flanking either side.” “But on the side, the laptop appearances are pretty much the same as its predecessor, and that’s not bad at all – both have an overwhelming look and a useful design” (LaptopMedia).
They feature a 15-inch 1080p shade and about 141 pixels per inch. As an appraisal on page DigitalTrends, the Predator’s IPS panel brings rich, lifelike colors with a lively contrast ratio capable of competing with much bigger and more luxurious desktop displays. In a similar perspective, “Contrary to its larger sibling Acer Predator 17, the Marauder 15 is only obtainable with a Full HD IPS panel. 1920 x 1080 pixels consequences in a pixel thickness of 141 PPI on the 15.6-inch screen, which is a decent compromise between acuity and size”, stated NotebookCheck.
In addition, the new Marauder 15, as a comment on page PCMag, adds provision for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which organizes the frame rates of the display with those of the willing we are playing to decrease screen tearing and give us a smoother gaming experience. The ComputerShopper showed their mind for this display: “We have nothing to complain about regarding its picture quality.
The colors are vibrant, with excellent contrast. There’s plenty of illumination for most situations, even limited outside use, and the display’s matte surface keeps reflections at bay”. Also, for LaptopMedia, Acer Predator 15 has a perfect screen, which is expected considering that they’re testing a high-end machine. It has excellent brightness, contrast, and watching angles. The resolution is Full HD, and they think it is ideal for a 17-inch screen.
The Acer Predator 15 G9’s sound system can be noisy and manages linear mids and high tones, but the system lacks bass despite the dedicated subwoofer at the bottom. Despite 90 dB(A) and the Dolby Audio software, which provides several presets, the result is disappointing.
Contrary to some other gaming notebooks, Acer is pretty restrained in terms of audio ports on the Predator 15. We only get one connector for headphones and one for microphones, so you can at least attach high-quality headsets. The quality of the golden 3.5 mm jacks does not cause any criticism.
We had a pretty unusual problem when we performed our battery runtime tests because the test model just turned off or could not be started without the attached power adapter. The problem was the Frost Core, but we could not reproduce the issue. Battery operation would sometimes work with the Frost Core, sometimes not. The following runtimes were still determined with the additional fan. We never had this issue with Predator laptops until now, so we assume this is an isolated incident.
We can notice the missing Optimus support in the practical runtime tests at an adjusted luminance in particular. While the predecessor still managed almost 8 hours, the current model has to be recharged after 4:45 hours (WLAN test). Because of the limited mobility of the Predator 15, however, we think this compromise is acceptable. The results are not that bad in comparison with the other rivals. The 8-cell battery provides a runtime of almost 2 hours under load, but as mentioned before, the GPU performance is limited.
Because of the G-Sync display, the system cannot use the integrated GPU of the processor. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is, therefore, always active. The idle results are a bit higher than Optimus devices, but 18-29 Watts is still okay.
At 86 Watts on average, the test model is one of the most efficient devices under medium workloads, but we can notice the powerful components under maximum load. Our measurement device shows up to 201 Watts. It is nice that Acer seems to have accepted the criticism for the 180-watt power adapter. The 230-watt module of the current Predator 15 G9-593 (all SKUs) is about 300 grams heavier, but the battery will not be drained under maximum load in return, which was still the case with the previous model.
The Predator 15 G9 is almost silent under perfect conditions, but the fans are always running. However, this is only the case while idling and when the mechanical hard drive is not running. As soon as the latter is active, it is audible at 34 dB(A). The fans will react to peak load pretty quickly in general.
The fans will reach 40-45 dB(A) while gaming, which is typical for this class. The murmur is audible, but we could not determine any annoying frequencies. Overall, we would still recommend headphones while gaming. The fans will be loud at up to 49 dB(A) in the stress test.
Trackpad and Keyboard
Evaluated from page PCWorld, the Marauder 15 has room to replace a full-size keyboard with several gaming-centric features such as an LED strip everywhere the trackpad, red solutions for WASD and directional arrows, and customizable backlighting. Moreover, the island-style keys from a mechanical keyboard fan are straightforward to type with. The input devices did not differ from the precursors, so NotebookCheck abridged the most important aspects: “The floodlit chiclet keyboard is one of the better inputs on the market, and persuades with a comfortable typing experience thanks to the suitability key travel.” Yet, TechRadar showed a complaint that the membrane keyboard and trackpad both feel relatively decent to the touch, but they’re nonentity special. Anyway, “This is a great keyboard; it’s a joy to use, and it even topographies a full-sized numpad. It won’t put a motorized desktop keyboard to shame, but it feels irritable and responsive” (DigitalTrends).
Design and Features
This iteration of the Marauder 15 ( at Amazon) seems nearly identical to the previous one: the measurements, the keyboard layout with five devoted macro keys, the screen sizes and resolution, the I/O ports, and the swappable fan module—are the same. Please read our appraisal of the Acer Predator 15 (G9-591-74KN) ($1,899.98 at Amazon) for a thorough rundown.
The eagle-eyed might spot one design leaving. Like the new Acer Marauder 17, the vertical grille in the back has been substituted with a more three-sided discharge project. The new laptop is a smidge heavier at 8.26 pounds technically moveable, but just barely; the MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro-005 ( at Amazon) is around the similar size (it’s 1.56 by 15.36 by 10.47 ins, HWD, to the Acer’s 1.52 by 15.39 by 11.79 inches). Still, it weighs noticeably less (6.45 pounds).
Pressing Button 5 on the keyboard transports up the PredatorSense GameBar, which lets you start up the Xbox app, the best video of your shade, take screenshots, or expose the Settings page. In addition, the new Predator 15 supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which organizes the frame rates of the display with persons of the game you’re playing to decrease screen tearing and give you a smoother gaming experience.
The major update for this Marauder 15 is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. (The 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ computer is the same.) Newer visual cards almost always result in a bump in performance, and we saw that on our 3D and betting tests, which liken to the preceding Predator 15. On 3DMark Cloud Gate, the new model counted a reputable 23,827 points, up after 22,872, and better from 4,355 to 5,161 on the more concentrated Fire Strike Extreme.
It was too on par with the Alienware 13 (22,990 on Mist Gate, 4,990 on Fire Strike Dangerous), which has the same processor and graphics card, and outdid the most recent Razer Blade, which counted 22,215 on Cloud Gate and 4,120 on Fire Strike Dangerous. But together, the Omen 17 (25,433 on Cloud Gate, 7,118 on Fire Strike Extreme) then the MSI GT62VR (25,278 on Mist Gate; 7,366 on Fire Strike Extreme) scored higher—predictable, as they’re both armed with the GTX 1070.
Predator 15 also returned strong Heaven and Valley gaming test results. At 1,366-by-768 resolve with the graphics quality set to Medium, it averaged 196 edges per second (fps) on Heaven and 103fps on Valley. At 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, and with the graphics excellence increased to Ultra, it is around 68fps and 73fps, correspondingly, on similar tests. That aligns with the MSI GT62VR on the lower-level test (173fps on Bliss, 95fps on Valley). However, that machine brought better scores at higher resolutions (97fps on Paradise, 89fps on Valley). A similar pattern for our Editors’ Choice pick, the HP Omen 17.
Acer Predator 15 g9-593 (GTX 1060): There’s nothing new with the Predator 15, but Acer has improved gaming performance on an excellent laptop. There are snazzier replicas out there with more robust components, better displays, and sleeker designs; for just $100 more, the HP Sign 17 will get you an even better visuals card, a 17-inch 4K screen, and it considers more than 2 pounds less so that leftovers our Editor’s Choice. But if the extra juice, weight, and gamer aesthetic matter less to you than redeemable the extra money, you won’t be “settling” for this Acer Marauder 15.
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