A new gaming laptop has leaked via a German electronics retailer. That in and of itself is not unusual, but the specs of the leaked computer are interesting. The new variant of Acer’s Nitro 5 has an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU. However, neither of those parts officially exist yet. Oops.
The computer appeared on the Electronic Partner website for a short time before removal, but you can still see a cached copy. The laptop configuration (model AN517-41-R9S5) looks like it will slot into the high-end of Acer’s product portfolio. There’s a 17.3-inch 1080p LCD with a 144Hz refresh, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Thanks to the substantial footprint, the Nitro 5 has a full number pad in the backlit keyboard.
What really makes the unreleased computer a beast is the CPU and GPU configuration. While these parts don’t officially exist, we can surmise what they’ll offer based on leaks and the model numbers. The CPU, for instance, is listed as a Ryzen 7 5800H. On the desktop side, the 5800X is one of the most powerful Zen 3 chips available. Although, “available” might be a little misleading. These CPUs have been in very short supply. AMD reportedly plans to mix and match Zen 2 and Zen 3 in the mobile Ryzen 5000-series, but we believe the 5800 will be a 45W Zen 3 CPU with eight cores and 16 threads with a 3.2GHz base clock speed (4.5GHz max).
The mobile-optimized RTX 3080 is more mysterious, but it’s possible the hardware will be more akin to the RTX 3070 with a boosted clock speed. Regardless, that would still make it one of the most powerful GPUs in any Windows computer, and you might actually be able to buy one. Desktop versions of the 3000-series RTX GPUs have been almost impossible to find ever since launch, and the shortage is expected to continue well into 2021.
The combination of two hard-to-find components will no doubt make this a popular computer, whenever it’s official. It won’t come cheap, though. The retailer had it listed at €1,948.61, which converts to about $2,375. That would put it solidly at the high-end for a Windows gaming laptop. Although, you can’t find a desktop RTX 3080 for anything south of $1,200 right now. You might save money buying this fancy laptop.
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