AMD Ryzen 5 5500U to star in upcoming Acer Swift laptop with gaming-capable iGPU boost of 1.80 GHz
Another Ryzen 5000-powered laptop has appeared online, this time in the form of an Acer Swift SF314-43 device. This will be good news for fans of the brand or of thin and light laptops that don’t scrimp on performance for design. The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 laptop we reviewed earlier this year demonstrated how well the OEM combined necessary components with a Ryzen 7 4700 APU. The Renoir processor afforded the Acer device with high system performance, and its integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU (max. 1.60 GHz) allowed for some decent gaming benchmarks: 77.1 FPS in GTA V at medium settings.
Keeping that latter device in mind, it’s fair to start dreaming about what the Acer Swift SF314-43 with AMD Ryzen 5 5500U could deliver. The Lucienne APU is not even the direct successor to the Ryzen 7 4700U: The Ryzen 5 5500U is a 6-core, 12-thread part with a 2.10 GHz to 4.00 GHz clock range whereas the older Renoir chip has 8 cores and 8 threads (no simultaneous multithreading support) and processes at 2 GHz to 4.1 GHz. Comparing the Ryzen 5000 processor with a Ryzen 5 4500U highlights the iGPU difference too, as the latter part relied on a Radeon RX Vega 6 with six compute units and 1.50 GHz clock.
The Acer Swift SF314-43’s Geekbench result reveals the Ryzen 5 5500U’s iGPU as having seven compute units and a maximum clock rate of 1.80 GHz. That’s a handy 20% clock rate increase over the Ryzen 5 4500U’s graphics-processing component, and it should mean that future owners of this Acer Swift laptop should be able to enjoy some light gaming sessions when not utilizing the CPU part of the Zen 2 chip for work or study-related multitasking. AMD’s Ryzen 5000 mobile APUs are starting to look like they could be as big of a hit as the Renoir Ryzen 4000 series chips were.