Acer has announced a super powerful beast of a gaming laptop that can be spec'ed with overclocking-enabled 8th Gen Intel Core i9+ processing.

That, combined with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, makes it a real powerhouse for hardcore, full-on gameplay.

The Predator Helios 500 also comes with the option of a 17.3-inch 4K 144Hz display, or you can drop that down to Full HD 1080p if you're not too worried about Ultra HD gaming at present and want to save a bob or two.

Whichever you choose, Nvidia's G-Sync technology is supported at 144Hz sync for fluid motion.

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Ultra-fast NVMePCIe SSDs are available for storage, plus Killer DoubleShot Pro networking to ensure your online connection is as fast as your home connection. Up to 64GB of memory is available for really upping the speed of the notebook.

There are dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, plus display and HDMI 2.0 outputs to connect to up to three external monitors.

Dual speakers and a dedicated subwoofer are built into the Helios 500 and heat evaporation is handled through Acer's proprietary AeroBlade 3D metal fans and five heat pipes. Fan speed can also be adjusted manually.

The keyboard is backlit, with four lighting zones and up to 16.8 million colours available. As you can see from our pictures, special keys feature in a fetching blue colour by default, including the dedicated macro button keys up top beyond the F-keys.

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Acer has also announced the Predator Helios 300 Special Edition, an upgrade on last year's model that features and all-white aluminium chassis and gold trim. Check out our pictures of the 500's little brother here.

The new Predator Helios 500 will be priced from £1,799 and be available from July 2018. Spec it up some more, however, and that price will climb too.