Acer today announces a number of updates to its AMD product lineup, with the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop and Acer Swift 3 updated with the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile processors. We looked at both the Nitro 5 and the Swift 3 with the processors Ryzen 2500U and 2700U. The Nitro 5 is a gaming system and as such also equipped with a Polaris based GPU. However, both laptops showed that AMD has achieved tremendous performance improvements over its previous offerings.
Acer Nitro 5
The updated Nitro 5 offers up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H second generation, which features four cores, eight threads and a 2.3GHz base clock with 4GHz boost. The standard TDP is 35 watts with a cTDP between 1
The GPU is still the AMD Radeon RX560X, which we found to be similar in performance to a GTX 1050 laptop, although performance was somewhat higher for gaming workloads that were more CPU-bound subsided. Hopefully not with the new Ryzen 7 3750H.
Otherwise, the laptop is more or less identical to its predecessor. It also offers a 15.6-inch IPS display (1920 x 1080) and an attractive design. Acer's Nitro 5 range offers a lot of value for a gaming system, and with these internal updates, this value should be even better. Acer has not yet announced the price, but it should match the previous model, which began at $ 669.99.
Acer Swift 3
The 14-inch Swift 3 from Acer is also updated. The CPU gets a bump from the Ryzen 7 2700U to the Ryzen 7 3700U as the best AMD choice. It has the same specifications as the 3750H with a four-core eight-thread design, a 2.3GHz base clock and a 4.0GHz boost clock. The main difference is that the 3700U has a standard TDP of 15 watts, compared to 35 watts in the H model. It also offers a cTDP between 12 and 35 watts, but as a notebook of the Ultrabook class, Acer will almost certainly offer this with the standard TDP.
On the GPU side, the new 3700U comes standard with a Vega 10 With a maximum frequency of 1.4 GHz, Acer now offers an optional discrete Radeon RX 540X, which uses the same Polaris-based GPU as the Nitro 5 but reduced from 16 arithmetic units to 8. This may not be a big performance update compared to the already impressive integrated Vega graphics of the Ryzen 7 3700U, but that's why it should offer a little bump, because you do not have to share the TDP with the CPU.
The 14-inch panel is IPS at 1920 x 1080 and can be opened 180 degrees if required. The Swift 3 has an aluminum design that provides a great finish for a not-too-expensive laptop. As with the Nitro, Acer has not yet announced the pricing at this time, but expect a similar price to the original Swift 3, which began at $ 699.99.