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Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, T. Hinum (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 02/03/2019

All-rounder with flaws. Acer’s 15.6-inch multimedia notebook is an all-rounder with very decent hardware that can handle all modern games at 1080p. Despite its price tag of 1200 Euros (~$1374), the device is not free from flaws.

The Aspire 7 comes with a hexa-core Coffee Lake CPU and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. Therefore, it is faster than the predecessor model (Aspire 7 A715-71G) that we previously reviewed. Our current review device has good hardware: IPS screen, SSD, HDD, and 8 GB of dual-channel RAM. The competing devices include: The HP Pavilion Gaming 15, the Dell G3 15 3579 and the Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH

Because both the A715-72G and the A715-71G are identically built, we shall skip the sections that deal with the case, connectivity, input devices and the speakers. You can find all the appropriate information in our review of the Aspire 7 A715-71G.

Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q (Aspire 7 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1493-1620 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 128 bit wide bus, Nvidia 417.71, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 2400, dual-channel, two RAM slot (both occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WFC-SPP1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8, 256 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ04ABF100 (1 TB, 5400 rpm)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm combined audio jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHX/SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.95 x 381.6 x 262.8 ( = 0.94 x 15.02 x 10.35 in)
Battery
48.9 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, Mozilla Firefox, Norton Security (trail version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.35 kg ( = 82.89 oz / 5.18 pounds), Power Supply: 565 g ( = 19.93 oz / 1.25 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

381.6 mm / 15 inch 262.8 mm / 10.3 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs381.6 mm / 15 inch 262.8 mm / 10.3 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.4 kg5.34 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 22.7 mm / 0.894 inch 2.5 kg5.58 lbs365 mm / 14.4 inch 256.5 mm / 10.1 inch 25.4 mm / 1 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.5 MB/s ∼100% +1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.1 MB/s ∼99% 0%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.8 MB/s ∼99%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=174)
57 MB/s ∼78% -22%
Dell G3 15 3579
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25 MB/s ∼34% -66%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.4 MB/s ∼100% +46%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.5 MB/s ∼95% +39%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=171)
73.2 MB/s ∼87% +27%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
57.8 MB/s ∼68%
Dell G3 15 3579
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.02 MB/s ∼28% -58%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
637 MBit/s ∼100% +13%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
624 (min: 509, max: 654) MBit/s ∼98% +10%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
619 MBit/s ∼97% +9%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
566 (min: 424, max: 629) MBit/s ∼89%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 949, n=136)
497 MBit/s ∼78% -12%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Wireless AC 9462
329 MBit/s ∼52% -42%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
721 MBit/s ∼100% +23%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
655 (min: 646, max: 660) MBit/s ∼91% +12%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
584 (min: 511, max: 602) MBit/s ∼81%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
512 MBit/s ∼71% -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 949, n=135)
474 MBit/s ∼66% -19%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Wireless AC 9462
339 MBit/s ∼47% -42%
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Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø566 (424-629)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø623 (509-654)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø583 (511-602)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø655 (646-660)

Display - IPS screen with a poor contrast ratio

The 15.6-inch display of the Aspire 7 has a native resolution of 1920x1080. Both the brightness (247.7 cd/m²) and the contrast ratio (500:1) are too low for a device in this price range. Here, we expected to see a contrast ratio of more than 1000:1 and a screen brightness of at least 300 cd/m². Things do not look any better when it comes to the rest of the competition. Positive: The screen does not suffer from PWM flickering.

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding
259
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WFC-SPP1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 280 cd/m² Average: 247.7 cd/m² Minimum: 24.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 276 cd/m²
Contrast: 500:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.75 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1, calibrated: 4.93
ΔE Greyscale 3.21 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
57% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.59
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
a-Si TFT-LCD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell G3 15 3579
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-45%
-32%
5%
-45%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35 (17, 18)
49 (25, 24)
-40%
47 (23, 24)
-34%
32.4 (14.8, 17.6)
7%
43.2 (25.2, 18)
-23%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (14, 10)
36 (20, 16)
-50%
31 (17, 14)
-29%
23.2 (13.2, 10)
3%
40 (21.2, 18.8)
-67%
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
208 (90)
21740 (99)
Screen
14%
21%
-7%
11%
Brightness middle
280
267
-5%
241
-14%
208.2
-26%
286.5
2%
Brightness
248
250
1%
236
-5%
203
-18%
269
8%
Brightness Distribution
81
82
1%
75
-7%
81
0%
84
4%
Black Level *
0.56
0.31
45%
0.15
73%
0.34
39%
0.33
41%
Contrast
500
861
72%
1607
221%
612
22%
868
74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.75
4.65
2%
4.85
-2%
4.65
2%
6.3
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.04
8.2
-2%
8.82
-10%
15.99
-99%
10.01
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.93
3.84
22%
4.17
15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.21
2.65
17%
5.15
-60%
4.1
-28%
5.6
-74%
Gamma
2.59 85%
2.44 90%
2.49 88%
2.3 96%
2.23 99%
CCT
6601 98%
6820 95%
7042 92%
7352 88%
6822 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
38
6%
38
6%
36.7
2%
55.7
55%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57
59
4%
59
4%
57.9
2%
85.1
49%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / 4%
-6% / 12%
-1% / -6%
-17% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

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

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Right out of the box, the DeltaE 2000 color deviation of the display is 4.75. Therefore, it is not very far from the desired value (DeltaE less than 3). The display does not suffer from a bluish cast. The screen cannot fully cover both the AdobeRGB color space and the sRGB color space. It can only cover 36% of AdobeRGB and 57% of sRGB.

By means of our color profile, the color reproduction can be improved. However before downloading it, you should make sure that your laptop has the same display model (manufacturer + model number) as our review device, because otherwise our color profile can result in worse color reproduction. Displays from different manufacturers can often be found within notebooks from the same model range.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)

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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40 ms).

Acer has equipped the A715-72G with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. Therefore, the screen content can be read from any position. The display brightness is only sufficient for indoor use. Outside, the screen is readable only when the sun does not shine too brightly.

The Aspire 7 outdoors (shot under an overcast sky).
The Aspire 7 outdoors (shot under an overcast sky).
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Good enough for years to come

The Aspire 7 A715-72G is a 15.6-inch multimedia notebook. It is powerful enough for such usage scenarios as playing 3D video games and consuming media content. Our review device can be had for about 1200 Euros (~$1374). Other hardware configurations are also available. The prices start at 900 Euros (~$1031).

Intel XTU
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The Aspire A715 comes with a Core i7-8750H. It is a hexa-care (Coffee Lake) CPU from Intel with a TDP of 45 watts. The CPU represents the best compromise of energy efficiency and performance and therefore is a good choice for the Aspire 7. The processor has a base clock of 2.2 GHz and a boost clock of 3.9 GHz for six cores, 4 GHz for four cores and 4.1 GHz for one/two cores.

In the multi-core section of the Cinebench R15 benchmarks, the processor operates at 2.8 to 3.9 GHz. In the single-core benchmarks, the CPU runs at 3.9 to 4.1 GHz. This is the level of performance that we see when the laptop is plugged in. When it is running on battery power, the clock rates sink to 2.2 GHz. 

Multi-core benchmark (plugged in)
Multi-core benchmark (plugged in)
Single-core benchmark (plugged in)
Single-core benchmark (plugged in)
Multi-core benchmark (on battery power)
Multi-core benchmark (on battery power)
Single-core benchmark (on battery power)
Single-core benchmark (on battery power)

We check if the Turbo boost can be used over an extended period of time by running the Cinebench R15 multi-core benchmark in a continuous loop for 30 minutes. The results drop by less than 10% after the first benchmark run and then stay consistently on the same level. The Turbo boost is utilized.

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Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1021 (1009.77-1077.38)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU Intel Core i5-7300HQ, Intel Core i5-7300HQ: Ø513 (510.14-516.12)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø988 (977.49-1049.42)
Dell G3 15 3579 Intel Core i5-8300H, Intel Core i5-8300H: Ø805 (798.21-830.56)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H Intel Core i5-8300H, Intel Core i5-8300H: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)
Clock rates in the Cinebench R15 continuous loop
Clock rates in the Cinebench R15 continuous loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6594
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
32879
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6831
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1077 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
108.64 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=85)
172 Points ∼99% 0%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
168 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼96% -3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
147 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 201, n=362)
127 Points ∼73% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=92)
1109 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
1077 Points ∼97%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1049 Points ∼95% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼74% -24%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
768 Points ∼69% -29%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
513 Points ∼46% -52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (73 - 1550, n=378)
483 Points ∼44% -55%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (29664 - 35307, n=25)
33163 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
32879 Points ∼99%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
32391 Points ∼98% -1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18299 Points ∼55% -44%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1568 - 34776, n=761)
9554 Points ∼29% -71%
Shading 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (4597 - 13126, n=25)
7541 Points ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
6831 Points ∼91%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
6692 Points ∼89% -2%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6435 Points ∼85% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38.8 - 13571, n=749)
5168 Points ∼69% -24%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (20725 - 22665, n=13)
21871 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
21215 Points ∼97% +2%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
20831 Points ∼95%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2385 - 20831, n=108)
7514 Points ∼34% -64%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (3734 - 4163, n=13)
3995 Points ∼100% +2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
3955 Points ∼99% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
3932 Points ∼98%
Average of class Multimedia
  (445 - 4008, n=108)
2778 Points ∼70% -29%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (17048 - 22006, n=8)
19665 Points ∼100% +6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
19159 Points ∼97% +3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
18567 Points ∼94%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3909 - 18567, n=27)
10555 Points ∼54% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
4854 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (4548 - 4997, n=8)
4839 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
4831 Points ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2343 - 4831, n=26)
3946 Points ∼81% -18%
Geekbench 4.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (17709 - 23313, n=17)
21069 Points ∼100% +9%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
20235 Points ∼96% +4%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
19416 Points ∼92%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1707 - 19416, n=32)
11755 Points ∼56% -39%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
5009 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (4669 - 5146, n=17)
4982 Points ∼99% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
4940 Points ∼99%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1024 - 5331, n=32)
3996 Points ∼80% -19%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (598 - 23050, n=177)
1896 ms * ∼100% -70%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1158.4 ms * ∼61% -4%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
1117.7 ms * ∼59%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1113.2 ms * ∼59% -0%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (695 - 1272, n=49)
1107 ms * ∼58% +1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1102.3 ms * ∼58% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
1019.7 ms * ∼54% +9%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
36008 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
35441 Points ∼98%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
34775 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (27460 - 44549, n=46)
34141 Points ∼95% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
33533 Points ∼93% -5%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
33272 Points ∼92% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1895 - 52403, n=173)
25723 Points ∼71% -27%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ (EDGE: 41.16299.15.0)
252.48 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
251.17 Points ∼99%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H (Edge 44)
248.57 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (205 - 299, n=48)
247 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
242.97 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36.1 - 352, n=142)
213 Points ∼84% -15%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
208.08 Points ∼82% -17%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The combination of the Core i7-8750H, 8 GB of dual-channel-enabled RAM and an NVMe SSD creates a very responsive system. We did not encounter any problems. The hexa-core CPU will not become obsolete for years to come. The dedicated graphics card is powerful enough to be able to run the latest games smoothly. The PCMark results show the system to be quite well-rounded.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 7 Score
6380 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4125 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5255 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5310 points
Help
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5616 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (5070 - 5616, n=10)
5305 Points ∼94% -6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5088 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
4665 Points ∼83% -17%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4111 Points ∼73% -27%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
3770 Points ∼67% -33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 7161, n=93)
3681 Points ∼66% -34%
Productivity
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
7332 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (6607 - 7332, n=10)
6989 Points ∼95% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
6739 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
6385 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 8020, n=94)
6105 Points ∼83% -17%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
6088 Points ∼83% -17%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4175 Points ∼57% -43%
Essentials
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
9065 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
8457 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
8388 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (7142 - 9110, n=10)
8371 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 9701, n=94)
7410 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
6867 Points ∼76% -24%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4892 Points ∼54% -46%
Score
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5162 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (4532 - 5162, n=10)
4851 Points ∼94% -6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4732 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
4527 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4092 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 5469, n=94)
3905 Points ∼76% -24%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
3050 Points ∼59% -41%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (4973 - 5461, n=10)
5312 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5310 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5249 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
5208 Points ∼98% -2%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4922 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4908 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=276)
4290 Points ∼81% -19%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4259 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (3894 - 4371, n=10)
4162 Points ∼98% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
4125 Points ∼97%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4055 Points ∼95% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
3931 Points ∼92% -5%
Dell G3 15 3579
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
3930 Points ∼92% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1371 - 4693, n=297)
3377 Points ∼79% -18%

Storage Devices

The Aspire 7 features an NVMe SSD from Intel. It comes in the M.2-2280 form-factor and has a capacity of 256 GB. Only 203 GB thereof is available to the user. The rest of the storage space is occupied by the recovery partition and the Windows installation files. NVMe SSDs achieve significantly faster transfer speeds than SATA-III models, because they are connected via PCI Express 3.0 x4.

In addition to the SSD, there is also a 2.5-inch hard drive (1 TB, 5400 rpm) inside the Aspire 7. Therefore, users of the Acer notebook should not run out of storage space. While the HDD can be accessed via a maintenance hatch, to replace the SSD you will have to open up the case.

An SSD serves as the system drive.
An SSD serves as the system drive.
Furthermore, there is a 1 TB HDD onboard.
Furthermore, there is a 1 TB HDD onboard.
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
Sequential Read: 2001 MB/s
Sequential Write: 635.6 MB/s
512K Read: 1187 MB/s
512K Write: 528.3 MB/s
4K Read: 21.41 MB/s
4K Write: 115.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 547 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 349.1 MB/s
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
Dell G3 15 3579
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
Average Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-41%
-38%
-96%
-28%
20%
Write 4K
103.4
74.28
-28%
59.22
-43%
0.202
-100%
66.88
-35%
125 (103 - 147, n=2)
21%
Read 4K
55.97
18.65
-67%
91.32
63%
0.461
-99%
118.5
112%
59.7 (56 - 63.4, n=2)
7%
Write Seq
808.2
405.8
-50%
158.3
-80%
53.48
-93%
157.7
-80%
837 (808 - 866, n=2)
4%
Read Seq
1939
480.7
-75%
879.5
-55%
107.2
-94%
886.3
-54%
2333 (1939 - 2726, n=2)
20%
Write 4K Q32T1
281.3
235.7
-16%
161.8
-42%
0.882
-100%
162.4
-42%
318 (281 - 355, n=2)
13%
Read 4K Q32T1
326.5
307.2
-6%
286.5
-12%
1.057
-100%
353
8%
381 (327 - 436, n=2)
17%
Write Seq Q32T1
474.1
451.6
-5%
159.8
-66%
63.74
-87%
159.8
-66%
828 (474 - 1182, n=2)
75%
Read Seq Q32T1
2735
519.6
-81%
929.3
-66%
77.14
-97%
926.2
-66%
2727 (2719 - 2735, n=2)
0%

Graphics Card

The Aspire 7 comes with Nvidia’s dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. It is a Pascal-based mid-range GPU. It features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, supports DirectX 12 and it has a core clock of up to 1620 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on the normal level for this kind of GPU.

Nvidia’s Optimus technology is supported. In everyday use and when running on battery power, the UHD Graphics 630 is utilized. Nvidia’s GPU is used when gaming. 

Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark 06 Standard
34938 points
3DMark 11 Performance
9518 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
108541 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
27353 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6997 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
3647 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2595 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
9805 Points ∼100% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (8304 - 10402, n=36)
9591 Points ∼98% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
9479 Points ∼97%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
8304 Points ∼85% -12%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
7917 Points ∼81% -16%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
7658 Points ∼78% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 20837, n=632)
2952 Points ∼30% -69%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
2365 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (1990 - 2536, n=16)
2309 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
1990 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 4734, n=58)
1601 Points ∼68% -32%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
8004 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7786 Points ∼97%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (6792 - 8376, n=38)
7743 Points ∼97% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
6792 Points ∼85% -13%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
6183 Points ∼77% -21%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6164 Points ∼77% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 16100, n=406)
2848 Points ∼36% -63%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
52138 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
50922 Points ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (43721 - 53978, n=37)
50013 Points ∼96% -4%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
46618 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
39385 Points ∼76% -24%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
36956 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 77755, n=409)
16679 Points ∼32% -68%

Gaming Performance

The Acer laptop is powerful enough to be able to run all current games smoothly at 1080p and on medium to high settings, and in some case even on the highest settings. Quality settings/resolution will have to be reduced in very graphically demanding titles to achieve high frame rates.

We use the video game The Witcher 3 to check if the frame rates can be maintained consistently over an extended period of time. For this, we run the game on the highest graphics settings at Full HD resolution (1920x1080) for one hour. Over the entire run of gameplay, the player-controlled character stands still. We did not observe any frame rate drops.

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Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8; The Witcher 3: Ø28.2 (24-31)
Frame rates in The Witcher 3
Frame rates in The Witcher 3
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 433306.7201.594.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 270.6216.5195.476.7fps
GTA V (2015) 150.114184.337.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 145.586.55029.7fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 1131049488fps
World of Warships (2015) 179.8152.8127.5111.4fps
The Division (2016) 14760.347.336.4fps
Civilization VI (2016) 127.2102.258.648fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 87.878.265.9fps
F1 2018 (2018) 146866339fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 95423731fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 75514534fps
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (2018) 114.752.952.347.7fps
Hitman 2 (2018) 71.649.444.942.3fps
Battlefield V (2018) 118.664.453.352fps
Darksiders III (2018) 167.370.455.346.3fps
Just Cause 4 (2018) 83.15442.539.9fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
76.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
74.8 fps ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (61 - 97, n=23)
73.2 fps ∼95% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
71.9 fps ∼94% -6%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
65.4 fps ∼85% -15%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
64.3 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.62 - 149, n=219)
28.3 fps ∼37% -63%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
29.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
27.9 fps ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (14 - 38, n=31)
26.4 fps ∼89% -11%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.1 fps ∼78% -22%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
22 fps ∼74% -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.9 - 80.8, n=96)
19.2 fps ∼65% -35%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
51.9 fps ∼100% +4%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
50 fps ∼96%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (21.3 - 51.9, n=26)
45.1 fps ∼87% -10%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40 fps ∼77% -20%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
39.4 fps ∼76% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 117, n=106)
29 fps ∼56% -42%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
91.5 fps ∼100% +6%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
86.5 fps ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (48.4 - 91.9, n=17)
83.7 fps ∼91% -3%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
69.7 fps ∼76% -19%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
68.9 fps ∼75% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 206, n=104)
43.9 fps ∼48% -49%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
145.5 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
142.2 fps ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (95.3 - 146, n=13)
130 fps ∼89% -11%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
116 fps ∼80% -20%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
113.9 fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.9 - 296, n=109)
63.7 fps ∼44% -56%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Medium Preset
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
42 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (38 - 42, n=4)
39.3 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6 - 65, n=20)
25.9 fps ∼62% -38%
Battlefield V - 1920x1080 Medium Preset
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
64.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
  (53.2 - 64.4, n=2)
58.8 fps ∼91% -9%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
53.2 fps ∼83% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.1 - 73.7, n=11)
45.5 fps ∼71% -29%

Emissions - Coil whine

System Noise

The Aspire 7 does not produce too much noise for a device with such powerful hardware. When idle, the fan often stands still, which leads to silent operation - except when the 2.5-inch hard drive is being accessed. Under full load, the fans spin up. During the stress test, we measured a sound pressure level of 43.8 dB(A). 

Unfortunately, our review device suffers from permanent coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.4 / 30.4 dB(A)
HDD
32.2 dB(A)
Load
36.2 / 43.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.130.530.933.1253330.230.7333136.335.335.236.34034.732.629.334.75030.72726.930.76328.628.526.728.68030.125.725.330.110027.424.424.527.412527.124.924.927.116027.62523.627.620027.724.32227.725029.424.220.829.431530.225.320.130.240029.624.519.629.650027.924.318.827.963029.423.318.229.480028.524.51828.5100032.325.91832.3125033.726.717.833.7160033.626.117.933.62000342618.234250034.824.817.934.8315033.624.21833.6400030.721.218.430.7500029.820.718.329.8630027.620.418.427.6800025.819.918.625.81000024.320.318.624.31250026.821.518.626.81600025.822.418.925.8SPL43.936.230.543.9N4.22.21.34.2median 29.4median 24.3median 18.6median 29.4Delta1.71.311.734.232.832.431.934.233.931.231.83133.935.434.433.235.335.432.131.430.331.632.129.930.929.63729.928.827.429.429.828.827.425.327.925.627.426262626.12626.825.32524.226.828.72524.523.828.727.526.123.42327.532.924.122.221.332.931.826.12121.131.831.425.220.620.431.429.623.119.919.529.630.623.218.818.930.630.822.218.418.430.833.623.918.31833.632.722.317.617.932.734.422.917.717.634.434.722.417.817.334.732.620.717.817.732.630.41917.617.730.429.618.817.917.829.627.918.81818.127.925.918.518.218.325.925.918.418.418.425.922.118.518.418.522.119.818.718.318.619.819.42018.318.619.443.433.530.530.443.44.521.41.44.5median 29.6median 22.4median 18.4median 18.5median 29.63321.9336.233.731.431.836.233.830.233.630.733.832.33231.632.932.33228.931.130.23229.63132.23029.631.831.328.927.831.827.32827.727.427.325.926.426.126.525.926.226.225.625.826.226.326.524.825.326.326.826.223.922.726.827.327.722.722.727.328.829.422.32228.828.429.324.92128.428.328.622.220.128.328.528.420.619.828.531.431.22618.931.432.432.423.318.332.431.531.721.31831.534.134.421.718.134.131.832.219.717.931.834.234.619.718.134.231.331.319.118.131.330.630.41918.330.62626.719.118.42623.123.118.818.623.120.720.718.918.820.719.819.918.818.819.819.519.218.718.619.52019.319.118.72042.84333.230.942.83.83.91.71.33.8median 28.3median 28.4median 21.3median 18.8median 28.33.33.22.91.73.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704QAcer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TUHP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-53TU
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G3 15 3579
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Noise
1%
-5%
-1%
-2%
-6%
-2%
off / environment *
30.4
30.4
-0%
30.6
-1%
28
8%
28.9
5%
29.4 (27.7 - 30.9, n=32)
3%
31.4 (22 - 304, n=172)
-3%
Idle Minimum *
30.4
30.4
-0%
30.6
-1%
29.8
2%
32.2
-6%
30.7 (28 - 34, n=35)
-1%
31.1 (27.8 - 40.1, n=973)
-2%
Idle Average *
30.4
30.8
-1%
30.6
-1%
29.8
2%
32.5
-7%
31.7 (28 - 35, n=35)
-4%
32 (27.8 - 42.2, n=975)
-5%
Idle Maximum *
30.4
30.8
-1%
33.2
-9%
30
1%
32.7
-8%
33.8 (28.5 - 44, n=35)
-11%
32.6 (27.8 - 47, n=975)
-7%
Load Average *
36.2
33.6
7%
42.8
-18%
38.6
-7%
33.2
8%
41.3 (32.7 - 50, n=35)
-14%
36.4 (28.9 - 51.8, n=975)
-1%
Load Maximum *
43.8
43.4
1%
43
2%
49.4
-13%
45
-3%
47.2 (40.8 - 53, n=35)
-8%
41.9 (32.5 - 62.7, n=975)
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.1
46.9
43.1

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Aspire 7 during the stress test
The Aspire 7 during the stress test

The Acer laptop completes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running continuously for at least one hour) with different results. When plugged in, the CPU runs at 2.4 to 3.9 GHz. Here it spends most of the time at 3.2 GHz. The GPU runs at full power. However, when running on battery power, the CPU is throttled down to 800 MHz and the core clock of the GPU fluctuates between 800 MHz and 1.6 GHz.

The notebook does not become excessively hot. During the stress test, the 40 °C (104 °F) mark is exceeded at several measurement points. In everyday use, the temperatures always stay well within reasonable bounds. The stress test is an extreme case scenario, which is very unlikely to occur in real life. We use it to test system stability.

Max. Load
 39.3 °C
103 F
45.2 °C
113 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
38.6 °C
101 F
26.9 °C
80 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
24.1 °C
75 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 45.2 °C = 113 F
Average: 31.9 °C = 89 F
41.1 °C
106 F
43.8 °C
111 F
35.8 °C
96 F
22.8 °C
73 F
29.2 °C
85 F
30.7 °C
87 F
22.6 °C
73 F
23.3 °C
74 F
23.9 °C
75 F
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  51.4 °C = 125 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25.1 °C / 77.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+4 °C / 7.2 F).
Heat distribution under load (top)
Heat distribution under load (top)
Heat distribution under load (bottom)
Heat distribution under load (bottom)
Heat distribution when idle (top)
Heat distribution when idle (top)