Acer boosts its Nitro 5 gaming laptops with Intel's eighth-generation chips

Among the first companies to announce laptops updated with Intel's latest mobile processors today is Acer, which has detailed some refreshes to its Nitro 5 gaming notebook.

As part of the refresh, Acer emphasizes that the updated Nitro 5 now includes options for Intel's eighth-generation Coffee Lake Core i7 and i7+ processors. While it's certainly not the new, powerful Core i9, Intel's latest i7 chips, and particularly the i7+ with Optane memory, should represent a significant boost.

The Nitro 5's graphics prowess is also getting a slight boost, thanks to the addition of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics. The new option complements the GTX 1050 graphics available with lower-end models, and should provide smooth gameplay for casual gamers.

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While there's no pricing or availability for the new i7 models just yet, Acer has also introduced two additional, more modest models. The $749 Nitro 5 variant (AN515-53-52FA) packs an eighth-generation Core i5-8300H processors, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. For $849, the Nitro 5 (AN515-53-55G9) steps things up a notch by subbing in NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 256GB of SSD storage. Both models will be available in May, Acer says.

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