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Acer Aspire 5 A517 laptop review: Attractive 17.3-incher with Tiger Lake CPU and MX350 GPU

Battleship with Tiger Lake. Acer offers a range of 14 to 17.3 inches in its Aspire 5 model series. The big A517 model scores points with an Intel i7-1165G7 and a GeForce MX350. Our review reveals how the all-rounder with its 43.9 cm display diagonal performs in practice.
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After we recently reviewed the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A, we now have the 17.3-inch Acer Aspire 5 A517. With its Intel Core i7-1165G7 and GeForce MX350 paired with 16 GB of RAM, it's much more powerful on paper. So, is it also superior in terms of performance and not only in terms of display size? This is one of the central questions that we will address in our review.

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Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX350 - 2048 MB, Core: 1468 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, 75 W TDP, GDDR5
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200 SDRAM, dual-channel mode, on-board, no memory slots
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 130 PPI, BOE084E, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00, 1024 GB 
, 840 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 403.5 x 263.7 ( = 0.78 x 15.89 x 10.38 in)
Battery
50.2 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.215 kg ( = 78.13 oz / 4.88 pounds), Power Supply: 307 g ( = 10.83 oz / 0.68 pounds)
Price
1,049 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82.7 %
03/2021
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX350
2.2 kg19.9 mm17.30"1920x1080
78.6 %
11/2020
HP 17-ca1149ng
R5 3500U, Vega 8
2.5 kg24.5 mm17.30"1920x1080
85.8 %
11/2020
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
i5-10300H, UHD Graphics 630
2.3 kg19.5 mm17.30"1920x1200
76.4 %
09/2020
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
2.8 kg24.65 mm17.30"1920x1080
81.4 %
02/2021
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080
83.4 %
12/2020
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
i7-1165G7, GeForce MX350
1.8 kg16.1 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case

As is familiar from the Aspire series, this model is also wrapped in a classy and sober case. It's made of sand-blasted aluminum, which not only feels good and looks high-quality, but it also effectively protects the case from fingerprints. The entire device itself is relatively resistant to torsion. It can even be carried around holding it by a corner in an opened state without it creaking. There's nothing to criticize in terms of our test device's workmanship. It's what you would expect from a brand like Acer.

The hinges are pleasantly tight, providing a high-quality impression and supporting the screen reliably in every position. As a result, however, the device is quite difficult to open, so that two hands are required. When attempting to open the lid with just one hand, the device is lifted completely off the table. The maximum aperture angle is about 140 degrees, and the base unit becomes slightly raised due to the overlapping lid.

Compared to the 15.6-inch Aspire, the 1.7-inch difference compared with the A517's display diagonal size translates into 3 additional centimeters in width and around 4 centimeters in depth. With just under 20 mm compared to 18 mm, it can't quite keep up in terms of thickness, either.

However, if we compare the Aspire 5 A517 with other 17-inch laptops, the device cuts quite a fine figure. Compared to the Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD, it's about 2 cm more compact on both sides and also 5 mm thinner. The device doesn't have to shy away from competing with the HP 17-ca1149ng, either.

Among the 17.3-inch comparison devices, only the Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H is clearly more compact, but it also costs considerably over 500 Euros (~$599) more. However, even this device is a bit heavier than the pleasantly light Aspire 5 A517 with its 2.2 kg.

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Size comparison

419.5 mm / 16.5 inch 289.5 mm / 11.4 inch 24.65 mm / 0.97 inch 2.8 kg6.17 lbs414.8 mm / 16.3 inch 272.2 mm / 10.7 inch 24.5 mm / 0.965 inch 2.5 kg5.4 lbs398.6 mm / 15.7 inch 290 mm / 11.4 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.42 lbs403.5 mm / 15.9 inch 263.7 mm / 10.4 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.2 kg4.88 lbs375 mm / 14.8 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.5 mm / 0.768 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 239 mm / 9.41 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs

Connectivity

As usual, the ports of the Acer Aspire 5 A517 are distributed on the left and right sides of the device, with the left side having more ports. Besides the connection for the included power adapter, there's a LAN port with Gigabit speeds as an alternative to the built-in WLAN module. An external monitor can be connected via HDMI as can two USB-A devices and one USB-C device. On the opposite side, another USB-A port is available as well as a combined 3.5 mm audio jack for headsets and the like. The device can be secured via the Kensington slot, which is also located on the right side.

All ports can be used without issues. There are no restrictions as long as you don't use oversized connectors. All in all, the A517 offers quite a generous connectivity, which is certainly also due to the space available in the 17.3-inch case. Having a LAN port in particular isn't a given for today's laptops.

Most ports are located on the left side of the case.
Most ports are located on the left side of the case.
The rest are found on the right side.
The rest are found on the right side.

Communication

Acer uses the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 for wireless network connections. In our test setup, it lags behind the identically equipped competition when receiving data; consequently, it falls short of its capabilities. On the other hand, the speeds for sending data were on par with or even higher than those of the identically equipped rivals; they were even significantly above average.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1422 (1330min - 1712max) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1415 (1340min - 1589max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=287)
1155 MBit/s ∼81% -18%
Average of class Office
  (54.8 - 1775, n=120, last 2 years)
947 MBit/s ∼67% -33%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
844 (423min - 919max) MBit/s ∼59% -40%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
670 (647min - 687max) MBit/s ∼47% -53%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
336 (312min - 349max) MBit/s ∼24% -76%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
246 (212min - 262max) MBit/s ∼17% -83%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1328 (778min - 1391max) MBit/s ∼100% +61%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1252 (1156min - 1322max) MBit/s ∼94% +52%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=287)
1252 MBit/s ∼94% +52%
Average of class Office
  (60.8 - 1722, n=121, last 2 years)
1024 MBit/s ∼77% +24%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
902 (860min - 921max) MBit/s ∼68% +9%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
825 (551min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼62%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
346 (337min - 353max) MBit/s ∼26% -58%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
213 (106min - 287max) MBit/s ∼16% -74%
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Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø825 (551-1155)
HP 17-ca1149ng Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø213 (106-287)
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW); iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1252 (1156-1322)
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø346 (337-353)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1328 (778-1391)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø901 (860-921)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1415 (1340-1589)
HP 17-ca1149ng Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø246 (212-262)
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW); iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø830 (423-919)
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø336 (312-349)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1422 (1330-1712)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø670 (647-687)

Webcam

Acer integrates a simple 720p webcam into the Aspire 5 A517. It's located in the usual position in the center of the upper display edge and is qualitatively sufficient for the usual purposes such as video calls. A superior picture quality shouldn't be expected, though. A certain amount of image noise and blurriness is noticeable in indoor images in the absence of daylight.

Security

In terms of security features, the test device has a fingerprint scanner for unlocking as well as a slot for a Kensington lock to secure the device to a table or similar.

Accessories

Acer only includes the mandatory power adapter with the Aspire 5 A517. Other accessories like a protective case or a docking station can optionally be purchased directly from the manufacturer.

Maintenance

There are 14 Phillips screws on the bottom that block the way to the device's interior. In addition, the battery is not removable. 

Warranty

Acer grants buyers the usual 24-month warranty out of the factory. Warranty extensions can be optionally purchased.

Input devices

Keyboard

Thanks to the display diagonal and the resulting large case, there is enough room for a keyboard including the adjacent number pad. The device's size also benefits the key size. The backlit keys are easy to read and pleasantly large, which makes for a comfortable typing feel and speed. The key travel, which is quite pronounced for a laptop, and a clearly perceptible pressure point also contribute to this. However, we would have liked the keyboard to be a bit quieter. The space bar in particular makes a rather cheap-sounding and loud rattling noise when pressed.

Touchpad

The touchpad is offset to the left under the space bar due to the number keys and, thus, not even close to the center of the case. If you use the pad with your right hand, this might be a bit annoying when browsing the web, for example. Furthermore, the hands are also offset to the left when typing, so the distance to the touchpad is short here at least. The size of around 10.5 x 8 cm is absolutely sufficient.

The mouse jumps from one side of the display to the other if you glide your finger quickly over the smooth and haptically pleasant surface. Two fingers can be used to scroll vertically. The click mechanism of the two buttons is pleasantly quiet and sounds high-quality. However, there is no clearly perceptible border between the left and right buttons, so that the wrong "mouse button" can easily be activated with a relatively centered click. The fingerprint scanner for unlocking is not hidden in the keyboard, but it's a small black field in the upper left corner of the touchpad. It does its job satisfactorily.

The large keyboard including a number pad.
The large keyboard including a number pad.
The touchpad also includes the fingerprint scanner.
The touchpad also includes the fingerprint scanner.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Screen bleeding (with extended exposure time)
Screen bleeding (with extended exposure time)

Acer accommodates 1920x1080 pixels in a 17.3-inch display. This provides a pixel density of 130 ppi, which is sufficient to only be able to identify individual pixels when looking very closely. The IPS panel is matte, which makes the problem with reflections obsolete. Consequently, there are no unwanted reflections from lamps or windows. This also benefits outdoor work, even though the device clearly isn't the best choice in terms of mobility due to its dimensions. The 14-inch or 15.6-inch models are more advisable here.

The device reaches a peak brightness of 321 cd/m² in the center. The surrounding areas show slightly lower values of around 280 cd/m². Overall, these aren't particularly good brightness rates but moderate instead. The brightness distribution of 81% is solid and also average. However, compared to the considerably more expensive Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H, this test candidate clearly lags behind. There's noticeable screen bleeding at the upper display edge as well as at the two upper corners.

277
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE084E
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 321 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 282.4 cd/m² Minimum: 25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 320 cd/m²
Contrast: 892:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.3 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.26 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
59% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
41.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
59.25% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
39.98% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.36
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
BOE084E, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
HP 17-ca1149ng
Chi Mei CMN175E, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
SHP14D7, IPS, 1920x1200, 17.30
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
BOE CQ NV173FHM-N41, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
LG Philips LGD065A, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Panda LM156LF-5L04, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
50%
83%
53%
-4%
-2%
Display P3 Coverage
39.98
61.4
54%
77.44
94%
63.44
59%
38.32
-4%
39.01
-2%
sRGB Coverage
59.25
86.57
46%
100
69%
86.89
47%
57.47
-3%
58.55
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
41.3
61.97
50%
76.56
85%
63.21
53%
39.6
-4%
40.33
-2%
Response Times
-206%
-351%
-104%
-207%
-205%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14 ?(2, 12)
40 ?(22, 18)
-186%
60.4 ?(30.8, 29.6)
-331%
29 ?(14, 15)
-107%
37 ?(19, 18)
-164%
38 ?(19, 19)
-171%
Response Time Black / White *
8 ?(2, 6)
26 ?(16, 10)
-225%
37.6 ?(20, 17.6)
-370%
16 ?(8, 8)
-100%
28 ?(16, 12)
-250%
27 ?(15, 12)
-238%
PWM Frequency
250 ?(40)
2500 ?(30)
2500 ?(90)
Screen
6%
58%
9%
-4%
-26%
Brightness middle
321
327
2%
636
98%
261
-19%
285
-11%
287
-11%
Brightness
282
287
2%
580
106%
258
-9%
255
-10%
261
-7%
Brightness Distribution
81
80
-1%
86
6%
81
0%
84
4%
84
4%
Black Level *
0.36
0.25
31%
0.34
6%
0.17
53%
0.325
10%
0.51
-42%
Contrast
892
1308
47%
1871
110%
1535
72%
877
-2%
563
-37%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.3
4.03
6%
2.4
44%
4.25
1%
4.23
2%
4.72
-10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.1
7.35
-4%
3.5
51%
7.39
-4%
7.94
-12%
17.94
-153%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.26
4.84
-114%
2
12%
4.48
-98%
2.51
-11%
2.2
3%
Gamma
2.36 93%
2.39 92%
2.08 106%
2.5 88%
2.57 86%
2.51 88%
CCT
6650 98%
6850 95%
6704 97%
7264 89%
6626 98%
6758 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
56
47%
67.5
78%
56.8
49%
36
-5%
37
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
87
47%
100
69%
86.7
47%
57
-3%
58
-2%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.5
2.1
3.75
3.74
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-50% / -13%
-70% / 8%
-14% / 3%
-72% / -31%
-78% / -45%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of contrast, the panel of the Acer Aspire 5 A517 scores below average when pitted against the comparison models. The same applies to the black levels, since they aren't very deep. Furthermore, the device won't win any trophies with its sRGB color-space coverage of only 59%. However, this is sufficient for normal users without professional demands, especially since color reproduction looks pleasing and quite balanced. However, the matte IPS panel can't keep up with the brilliance of glossy displays.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
sRGB
sRGB
AdobeRGB
AdobeRGB
 

As already mentioned, the display doesn't offer very good brightness values. However, this is still sufficient for normal use, especially in combination with the matte display. The rates should also be sufficient for outdoor use.

Thanks to the matte display, there are no annoying reflections outdoors even in sunshine. Brightness is just about sufficient.
Thanks to the matte display, there are no annoying reflections outdoors even in sunshine. Brightness is just about sufficient.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected ≤ 8 % brightness setting

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The screen of the Acer Aspire A5 A517 is always easy to view and read even from very sharp angles. However, this is not surprising since viewing-angle stability is one of the strengths of IPS panels like this one.

The screen of the Acer Aspire A5 A517 is easy to read from any angle, no matter how slanted.
The screen of the Acer Aspire A5 A517 is easy to read from any angle, no matter how slanted.

Performance

With its equipment consisting of an Intel Core i7-1165G7 with 4x 2.8 GHz, the Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics card, and 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM, the Acer Aspire 5 A517 is a good all-rounder. It offers enough computing power for all office and Internet applications, and it can also be used for the occasional game.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z (Nvidia GeForce MX350)
GPU-Z (Nvidia GeForce MX350)
GPU-Z (Intel Iris Xe)
GPU-Z (Intel Iris Xe)
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

Processor

The built-in Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor belongs to the latest generation, i.e. the 11th one, which goes by the name of Tiger Lake. The base clock speed of the four processor cores is 2.8 GHz. They can be boosted up to 4.7 GHz if required. Hyper-Threading with two threads per core is also supported.

The clock rate hardly drops during the stress test, and it remains quite constant at a level that is slightly above the Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T that is equipped with the same CPU. Both devices engage in a close duel across all CPU benchmarks, where sometimes one and sometimes the other is ahead by a few points. Overall, the processors are tuned very similarly, and they show their higher potential compared to, for example, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A with the slightly less powerful Intel Core i5-1135G7.

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Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø798 (785.79-831.69)
HP 17-ca1149ng AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø588 (568.32-652.11)
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø822 (807.51-895.96)
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø498 (487.88-537.21)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø636 (630.73-668.34)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø731 (710.18-922.13)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
585 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
573 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (471 - 589, n=69)
554 Points ∼95% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
521 Points ∼89% -9%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
460 Points ∼79% -20%
Average of class Office
  (191 - 606, n=126, last 2 years)
451 Points ∼77% -21%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
420 Points ∼72% -27%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
367 Points ∼63% -36%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
2110 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2001 Points ∼95% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1994 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2657, n=69)
1975 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Office
  (159 - 3672, n=127, last 2 years)
1718 Points ∼81% -14%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1597 Points ∼76% -20%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1463 Points ∼69% -27%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
1215 Points ∼58% -39%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
222 Points ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
220 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (158 - 230, n=64)
216 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
198 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
189 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Office
  (75 - 230, n=126, last 2 years)
177 Points ∼80% -20%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
168 Points ∼76% -24%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
142 Points ∼64% -36%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
922 Points ∼100% +11%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
896 (807.51min - 895.96max) Points ∼97% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (599 - 1027, n=72)
854 Points ∼93% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
832 (785.79min - 831.69max) Points ∼90%
Average of class Office
  (134 - 1614, n=130, last 2 years)
743 Points ∼81% -11%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
668 (630.73min - 668.34max) Points ∼72% -20%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
652 Points ∼71% -22%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
537 Points ∼58% -35%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
871.5 Seconds * ∼100% -50%
Average of class Office
  (302 - 3319, n=118, last 2 years)
808 Seconds * ∼93% -39%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
735 Seconds * ∼84% -27%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
724.3 Seconds * ∼83% -25%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 958, n=68)
610 Seconds * ∼70% -5%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
581 Seconds * ∼67%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
578 Seconds * ∼66% +1%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
545 Seconds * ∼63% +6%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5396 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5380 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4625 - 5507, n=68)
5211 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
4938 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4846 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
4567 MIPS ∼85% -15%
Average of class Office
  (2389 - 5565, n=118, last 2 years)
4463 MIPS ∼83% -17%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3528 MIPS ∼65% -34%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
24259 MIPS ∼100% +2%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23940 MIPS ∼99% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23768 MIPS ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27405, n=68)
23035 MIPS ∼95% -3%
Average of class Office
  (4963 - 43914, n=118, last 2 years)
20679 MIPS ∼85% -13%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
19022 MIPS ∼78% -20%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
17130 MIPS ∼71% -28%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
16409 MIPS ∼68% -31%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1569 Points ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1557 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1265 - 1595, n=65)
1525 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1397 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
1225 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1648, n=114, last 2 years)
1178 Points ∼75% -25%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
1176 Points ∼75% -25%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
889 Points ∼57% -43%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=65)
5193 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5056 Points ∼97%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5055 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4629 Points ∼89% -8%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
4378 Points ∼84% -13%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6502, n=114, last 2 years)
3953 Points ∼76% -22%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
3173 Points ∼61% -37%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3043 Points ∼59% -40%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.38 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.37 fps ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=68)
6.37 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.21 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Office
  (1.15 - 11.1, n=117, last 2 years)
5.51 fps ∼86% -14%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5.13 fps ∼80% -20%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.21 fps ∼66% -34%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3.68 fps ∼58% -42%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
86.23 s * ∼100% -67%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
60.72 s * ∼70% -17%
Average of class Office
  (21.5 - 180, n=109, last 2 years)
60.3 s * ∼70% -17%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
53.3 s * ∼62% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
51.7 s * ∼60%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
49.7 s * ∼58% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=66)
48.5 s * ∼56% +6%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
44.2 s * ∼51% +15%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.736 sec * ∼100% -30%
Average of class Office
  (0.542 - 1.578, n=114, last 2 years)
0.691 sec * ∼94% -22%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.679 sec * ∼92% -20%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.67 sec * ∼91% -18%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.629 sec * ∼85% -11%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=68)
0.59 sec * ∼80% -4%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.568 sec * ∼77% -0%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.566 sec * ∼77%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
832 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
109 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
222 Points
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System performance

The Acer Aspire 5 A715 keeps up with its peers when it comes to the overall system performance measured with PCMark. Compared with the quite similarly equipped Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T, one test candidate has the edge at times, while the other scores better in other cases.

The device shows a clear difference and achieves a significantly higher score compared to the cheaper and inferiorly equipped Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD 17.3-incher; the same is true in comparison with the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A 15.6-incher, which is also equipped with less powerful hardware. The more powerful CPU and graphics card configurations are noticeable here. This is also evident in everyday use, where the device is equipped for all common applications.

PCMark 10
Score
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5306 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
5278 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (4855 - 5306, n=4)
5140 Points ∼97% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
4527 Points ∼85% -14%
Average of class Office
  (1900 - 5690, n=121, last 2 years)
4341 Points ∼82% -18%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
4162 Points ∼78% -21%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4097 Points ∼77% -22%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3841 Points ∼72% -27%
Essentials
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
9368 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
9282 Points ∼99% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
9160 Points ∼98%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8930 Points ∼95% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (8026 - 9551, n=4)
8917 Points ∼95% -3%
Average of class Office
  (4469 - 10608, n=121, last 2 years)
8704 Points ∼93% -5%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8490 Points ∼91% -7%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7725 Points ∼82% -16%
Productivity
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
9071 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (8519 - 9071, n=4)
8734 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8519 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
7750 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
7138 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Office
  (2917 - 9512, n=121, last 2 years)
6658 Points ∼73% -27%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
6234 Points ∼69% -31%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5781 Points ∼64% -36%
Digital Content Creation
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5330 Points ∼100% +11%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
4804 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (4373 - 5330, n=4)
4749 Points ∼89% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
4353 Points ∼82% -9%
Average of class Office
  (1270 - 5878, n=121, last 2 years)
3908 Points ∼73% -19%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3446 Points ∼65% -28%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
2928 Points ∼55% -39%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
2838 Points ∼53% -41%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
4878 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (4141 - 4878, n=2)
4510 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4141 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
3976 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Office
  (2142 - 5686, n=65, last 2 years)
3718 Points ∼76% -24%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3615 Points ∼74% -26%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3538 Points ∼73% -27%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
5695 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (5681 - 5695, n=2)
5688 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5681 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5068 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
5037 Points ∼88% -12%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4727 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Office
  (2201 - 5695, n=62, last 2 years)
4599 Points ∼81% -19%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4878 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5695 points
PCMark 10 Score
5278 points
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DPC latencies

The Aspire 5 A517 shows average latencies in the test. The solid rating suggests that the device is also suitable for more demanding tasks like video editing or real-time audio. Nevertheless, this is still only a momentary snapshot.

Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
9205.1 μs * ∼100% -503%
HP 17-ca1149ng
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
1780.4 μs * ∼19% -17%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
1526.2 μs * ∼17%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
1271.8 μs * ∼14% +17%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
1092.3 μs * ∼12% +28%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
GeForce MX350, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
685.3 μs * ∼7% +55%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The 1 TB SSD (WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00) installed in the 17.3-inch Acer Aspire 5 delivers good performance in the test. It achieves the best rates in most of the CrystalDiskMark and ASSSD tests in comparison with its contenders, and it often even leaves the more expensive Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H behind.

Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
HP 17-ca1149ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Average WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-37%
-28%
-16%
-10%
-8%
-9%
Write 4K
242.2
133.5
-45%
106.94
-56%
185.3
-23%
86.77
-64%
214.4
-11%
183 ?(117 - 263, n=6)
-24%
Read 4K
51.58
53.04
3%
41.49
-20%
62.7
22%
66.38
29%
58.5
13%
48.6 ?(43.9 - 52.4, n=6)
-6%
Write Seq
1970
967
-51%
1025.39
-48%
1681
-15%
1851
-6%
1678
-15%
1979 ?(1963 - 2001, n=6)
0%
Read Seq
2010
1602
-20%
1429.13
-29%
1570
-22%
1707
-15%
1648
-18%
1828 ?(1455 - 2010, n=6)
-9%
Write 4K Q32T1
578.5
230.4
-60%
342.77
-41%
426.9
-26%
542.2
-6%
643.9
11%
498 ?(373 - 648, n=6)
-14%
Read 4K Q32T1
673
337.9
-50%
364.16
-46%
513.9
-24%
588.9
-12%
599.8
-11%
573 ?(461 - 767, n=6)
-15%
Write Seq Q32T1
1976
976.1
-51%
1714.4
-13%
1738
-12%
1960
-1%
1760
-11%
1979 ?(1965 - 2002, n=6)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
2420
1817
-25%
3205
32%
1780
-26%
2227
-8%
1853
-23%
2336 ?(1927 - 2456, n=6)
-3%
AS SSD
-39%
2%
-4%
32%
-8%
8%
Seq Read
2216.62
1583.11
-29%
2424
9%
1752.95
-21%
2022.79
-9%
1753.96
-21%
2054 ?(1804 - 2217, n=6)
-7%
Seq Write
1919.57
838.66
-56%
1159
-40%
1583.87
-17%
1780.71
-7%
1566.75
-18%
1805 ?(1334 - 1929, n=6)
-6%
4K Read
31.52
45.09
43%
34.68
10%
52.32
66%
61.89
96%
52.97
68%
39 ?(28.7 - 45.9, n=6)
24%
4K Write
215.26
87.03
-60%
101.7
-53%
124.31
-42%
128.68
-40%
167.86
-22%
173 ?(105 - 233, n=6)
-20%
4K-64 Read
301.35
325.94
8%
984.61
227%
591.66
96%
903.69
200%
586.35
95%
757 ?(216 - 1039, n=6)
151%
4K-64 Write
1395.23
590.01
-58%
955.71
-32%
827.57
-41%
975.91
-30%
857.61
-39%
1433 ?(1150 - 1556, n=6)
3%
Access Time Read *
0.052
0.099
-90%
0.116
-123%
0.097
-87%
0.0455 ?(0.033 - 0.052, n=4)
12%
Access Time Write *
0.035
0.052
-49%
0.036
-3%
0.04
-14%
0.031
11%
0.038
-9%
0.0765 ?(0.035 - 0.166, n=6)
-119%
Score Read
555
529
-5%
1262
127%
819
48%
1168
110%
815
47%
1001 ?(466 - 1292, n=6)
80%
Score Write
1802
761
-58%
1173
-35%
1110
-38%
1283
-29%
1182
-34%
1670 ?(814 - 1953, n=6)
-7%
Score Total
2635
1540
-42%
3020
15%
2357
-11%
3053
16%
2421
-8%
3345 ?(2513 - 3845, n=6)
27%
Copy ISO MB/s
1662.35
1172.56
-29%
1128
-32%
1479.54
-11%
1476.61
-11%
1653 ?(1305 - 2320, n=6)
-1%
Copy Program MB/s
640.54
239.32
-63%
585.31
-9%
432.43
-32%
495.32
-23%
528 ?(285 - 681, n=6)
-18%
Copy Game MB/s
1266.41
589.09
-53%
902.27
-29%
760.5
-40%
719.42
-43%
1173 ?(786 - 1588, n=6)
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-38% / -38%
-13% / -9%
-10% / -9%
11% / 13%
-8% / -8%
-1% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2420 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1976 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 673 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 578.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2010 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1970 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 51.58 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 242.2 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

Instead of only relying on on-board graphics, Acer has equipped the Acer Aspire 5 A517 with the mid-range GeForce MX350 graphics card, which is equipped with 2 GB of DDR5 graphics memory with a 64-bit connection. For less demanding tasks, the device alternatively uses the CPU's Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics.

The device delivers solid graphics performance in the test, which is above the MX350 average. The Aspire 5 is on par with the Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T that is identically equipped in many aspects and also features the same graphics solution. As expected, it leaves the less powerful competition, such as the smaller Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A with the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7, a good deal behind.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6332 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6166 Points ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (5191 - 6448, n=12)
6108 Points ∼96% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5192 Points ∼82% -16%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
4648 Points ∼73% -25%
Average of class Office
  (599 - 11538, n=123, last 2 years)
3909 Points ∼62% -37%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3871 Points ∼61% -37%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
1717 Points ∼27% -72%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
26239 Points ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
24967 Points ∼95% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (23194 - 26239, n=8)
24701 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
21604 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
21490 Points ∼82% -18%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18828 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Office
  (3280 - 39502, n=102, last 2 years)
16635 Points ∼63% -37%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
9507 Points ∼36% -64%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4536 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (3999 - 4536, n=13)
4369 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4364 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3574 Points ∼79% -21%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3263 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Office
  (449 - 8114, n=119, last 2 years)
2699 Points ∼60% -40%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2556 Points ∼56% -44%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
1158 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1338 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (1123 - 1595, n=11)
1318 Points ∼99%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
1101 Points ∼82%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-511A
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1079 Points ∼81%
Average of class Office
  (194 - 2886, n=102, last 2 years)
917 Points ∼69%
HP 17-ca1149ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
763 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 17 9700 i5-10300H
Intel UHD Graphics 630, Intel Core i5-10300H
373 Points ∼28%
3DMark 11 Performance
6038 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15340 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4013 points
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Gaming performance

For reasons that can't really be explained, the performance of The Witcher 3 at the lowest graphics settings remains clearly behind expectations - and also behind competitors with even weaker configurations - even after several test runs. The game can still be played well, but some potential is wasted. The device settles at around the MX350 average in the higher graphics settings, but it can't quite keep up with the Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T. In the second highest graphics setting, the title gradually no longer runs smoothly, while there are no problems at all in the second lowest setting.

Less demanding games like DOTA 2 run more than smoothly in all tested settings. Xplane 11 shows a similar picture as The Witcher 3. Overall, the Acer Aspire 5 A517 is certainly not a gaming laptop. However, it's suitable for one or two rounds if the game or the graphics settings aren't too demanding.

The Witcher 3
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
46.9 fps ∼100% +11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.2 - 49.7, n=12)
44.6 fps ∼95% +6%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
42.27 (23min - 54max) fps ∼90%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 76.3, n=62, last 2 years)
38 fps ∼81% -10%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
36.2 fps ∼77% -14%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
27 fps ∼100% +9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.6 - 29.9, n=12)
26.2 fps ∼97% +6%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
24.67 (2min - 31max) fps ∼91%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21.9 fps ∼81% -11%
Average of class Office
  (5.3 - 47.9, n=68, last 2 years)
20.5 fps ∼76% -17%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus VivoBook S15 S533EQ-BQ002T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
15.6 fps ∼100% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (10.1 - 17.5, n=11)
15.2 fps ∼97% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-52G-79Z5
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
15.1 (2min - 19max) fps ∼97%
Average of class Office
  (3 - 25.3, n=48, last 2 years)
12.7 fps ∼81% -16%
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
12 fps ∼77% -21%
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