It is generally accepted that gaming laptops, especially the thinner ones, tend to be loud machines. However, this should not be taken as a license for them to be as recklessly loud as possible.
You might want good headphones nearby if you plan to play games on Acer’s latest 14-inch Predator laptop. The model is as tiny as an Asus Zephyrus G14, but it’s noticeably louder and sometimes even distracting.
Most ultra-thin models, such as the Razer Blade 15 or Asus Zephyrus G14, tend to come out at 45 dB(A) each when gaming, while some can go as high as 50 dB(A). The 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is one of the loudest we’ve ever recorded, with an alarming 60.1 dB(A).
Putting the laptop in Balanced mode instead of Performance mode significantly lowers the fan ceiling to only 47 dB(A). By doing so, however, GPU clock speeds and board power draw would drop from 1830 MHz and 93 W to 1605 MHz and 80 W, respectively, representing a 6 percent dip in graphics performance.
You don’t have to try hard to make the Acer laptop run that loud. We can reach the 60 dB(A) by playing titles like Witcher 3 in Performance (i.e., Turbo) mode. The fans are so loud that it becomes difficult to hear the in-game dialogue, footsteps, and other audio cues without headphones.
In other words, owners must turn on performance mode and endure the whirring fans if they want to fully utilize the Acer laptop. On the other hand, it is a minor drain on performance relative to the lower fan noise, so some users find it worthwhile.