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Acer Aspire E5-575G (i5-7200U, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

Till Schönborn (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/29/2016

Lots of hardware for little money. Thanks to a GeForce GTX 950M and a cutting-edge Kaby Lake processor, Acer's Aspire E5-575G should render even sophisticated games smoothly - and this at a competitive price of just 600 Euros ($673). What is the catch?

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Not every gaming savvy customer is willing to spend several thousand Euros on a gaming-suitable, high-end laptop by manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI or Schenker. However, this is not really necessary: Many cheaper devices are quite capable of rendering up-to-date games smoothly – albeit with some concessions in resolution and details.

Acer promises just this with its new Aspire E5-575G. Not only has it incorporated a cutting-edge Core i5 processor from the Kaby Lake generation into the 15-inch device, but also a dedicated GeForce GTX 950M as well a fast GDDR5 memory, all for just 630 Euros (~$707). Although its other configuration features in the form of 8 GB of RAM, a traditional 1000 GB hard drive and Linux operating system (that we replaced with a Windows 10 64-bit version in the test) can be classified as mediocre, the Taiwanese manufacturer seems to have created a potential price-performance bargain here. The following test will clarify whether losses in quality have to be accepted elsewhere.

Consequently, we will compare the Aspire E5-575G with its F5-573G (GTX 950M, i5-6200U) sister model, Medion's Erazer P6661 (GTX 950M, i7-6500U), and the somewhat more expensive Nexoc M512 III (GTX 950M, i7-6700HQ) powered by a quad-core among others.

Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D (Aspire E15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 2048 MB, Core: 928 MHz, Memory: 5000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 362.03, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x 8 GB DDR4-2133, 1 of 2 slots filled
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei CMN15C4, TN, LED backlight, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, empty M.2 slot
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29.2 x 382 x 259 ( = 1.15 x 15.04 x 10.2 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Linux
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 90-watt power supply, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds)
Price
630 Euro

 

Differences to the Aspire F5-573G

Since the casing, connectivity and input devices (apart from the omitted keyboard backlight) of the E5-575G strongly resemble those of the F5-573G, we will not re-examine these components and use the screenshots from the previous test. However, it should be noted that the aluminum-reinforced display lid of the F series has been replaced by cheaper plastic in the E lineup, which consequently involves some losses in touch and stability. Overall, the  build is nevertheless functional and robust. The speed of the SD card reader and the Wi-Fi module (1x1 802.11ac) are also in a good midfield.

 
 
Left: Kensington Lock, vents, USB Type-C, Gbit-Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left: Kensington Lock, vents, USB Type-C, Gbit-Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right: 3.5-mm combo jack, USB 2.0, DVD-RW drive, power-in
Right: 3.5-mm combo jack, USB 2.0, DVD-RW drive, power-in
Front: SD card reader, status LEDs
Front: SD card reader, status LEDs
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces

SD Card Reader

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
77.6 MB/s ∼100% +48%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
57.36 MB/s ∼74% +9%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
52.6 MB/s ∼68%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
24.2 MB/s ∼31% -54%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
13 MB/s ∼17% -75%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
88.8 MB/s ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
80.9 MB/s ∼91%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
27.5 MB/s ∼31% -66%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
25 MB/s ∼28% -69%

Communication

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
317 MBit/s ∼100%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
293 MBit/s ∼100%

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Notwithstanding the comparatively low purchase price, the E5-575G has a relatively high-resolution Full HD screen. Its 1920x1080 pixels combined with a diagonal of 15.6 inches lead to a decent pixel density of 141 PPI. Thus, the reproduction is pleasantly sharp and users with normal eyesight should be able to recognize all the contents well, even without increasing the scaling factor (which can often cause problems with older programs).

Unfortunately, the TN screen from the manufacturer Chi Mei at most does a mediocre job in all other rating criteria. The average maximum brightness of 169 cd/m² in particular is far too low - we expect at least 230 to 250 cd/m² or more even in this price range. At the same time, the screen cannot be dimmed enough and still shines at a bright 26 cd/m² even at minimum settings. The relatively homogeneous illumination and flicker-free backlight control without PWM only compensates for this to a small extent. The screen's black level (0.47 cd/m²) that results in a very low contrast ratio (374:1) is not much better. The subjective image impression is correspondingly pale and lifeless.

164
cd/m²
167
cd/m²
166
cd/m²
162
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
166
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
162
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 178 cd/m² Average: 168.7 cd/m² Minimum: 26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 177 cd/m²
Contrast: 374:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.83 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 8.97 | - Ø
57.3% sRGB (Argyll) 36.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.43
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Chi Mei CMN15C4, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
Innolux N156HGE-EAL, TN WLED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
ChiMei N156HGE-EAL, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
CMN15BA, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
LG LP156WF6-SPK1, AH-IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-5%
-15%
4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 (21, 18)
44 (24, 20, starke Schwankungen mit/ohne PSU)
-13%
44 (25, 19, short plateau)
-13%
36 (13, 23)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (19, 5)
23 (7, 16, Plateau)
4%
28 (11, 17, short plateau)
-17%
24 (8, 16)
-0%
PWM Frequency
1000 (80)
200 (90)
50 (50)
Screen
18%
25%
42%
22%
Brightness
169
219
30%
240
42%
353
109%
270
60%
Brightness Distribution
91
80
-12%
86
-5%
83
-9%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.47
0.48
-2%
0.48
-2%
0.31
34%
0.38
19%
Contrast
374
488
30%
519
39%
1255
236%
766
105%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.83
11.8
-34%
10.15
-15%
11.53
-31%
8.6
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.97
13.3
-48%
12.13
-35%
13.46
-50%
8.5
5%
Gamma
2.43 99%
2.47 97%
2.48 97%
2.3 104%
2.31 104%
CCT
10234 64%
17098 38%
13445 48%
12024 54%
6184 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.8
74
101%
74
101%
46
25%
32
-13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.3
100
75%
100
75%
71
24%
59
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / 13%
5% / 17%
42% / 42%
13% / 18%

* ... smaller is better

AdobeRGB coverage (36.8%)
AdobeRGB coverage (36.8%)
sRGB coverage (57.3%)
sRGB coverage (57.3%)

The screen does an equally bad job in terms of color and grayscale reproduction. High DeltaE rates of 8.8 (colors) and 9.0 (Grayscale) in conjunction with the much too small color space (57% sRGB covered) do not lead to really satisfactory results, even when editing private photos as a hobby. Although calibration eliminates the visible bluish tint, the color space related restrictions at high color saturation persist.

Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (post-calibration)
Grayscale (post-calibration)
ColorChecker (post-calibration)
ColorChecker (post-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)

Although the E5-575G has a matte and thus largely reflection-free screen, we cannot recommend the laptop for outdoor use with a clear conscious. The maximum possible brightness of just less than 170 cd/m² are simply too low for recognizing the contents without problems. The screen is virtually illegible on sunny days.

Outdoors

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↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 5 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. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 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. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 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

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6262 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles: Acer Aspire E5-575G
Viewing angles: Acer Aspire E5-575G

As typical for TN, users only see a true reproduction at an absolute perpendicular viewing angle. The slightest deviations upward or downward quickly lead to an extreme brightening or darkening of the image, distorted colors and significant loss in contrast. The lateral elbowroom is somewhat bigger, but the device can only conditionally be viewed by several users at the same time. An IPS panel, such as the one in Medion's Erazer P6661, would have done a considerably better job here.

Performance

3.1 GHz maximum Turbo speed
3.1 GHz maximum Turbo speed

Acer's Aspire E5-575G is one of the first laptops based on the Kaby Lake architecture, the successor of the Skylake lineup introduced in 2015. Technically, not much has changed in the new generation. Thanks to the optimized 14 nm manufacturing, Intel can now offer somewhat higher clock rates at the same power consumption, while the per-MHz performance stagnates at a high level. This equates to a clock headroom of 2.5 to 3.1 GHz (2-core Turbo: also 3.1 GHz) in the case of the Core i5-7200U ULV model (TDP: 15 watts) installed here, which is 200 to 400 MHz higher than the previous Core i5-6200U (2.3 to 2.8 GHz, 2-core Turbo: 2.7 GHz). Most of the other technical specifications of the dual-core processor with Hyperthreading support have not been modified.

Although the HD Graphics 620 integrated into the Kaby Lake chip is somewhat stronger than the previous ones, Acer has opted for an additional dedicated graphic solution by Nvidia. The GeForce GTX 950M, which is still based on the Maxwell architecture built in 28 nanometers, promises three times the performance of the processor GPU and has 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The GTX 950M is only enabled during 3D application via the Optimus technology for reducing the power consumption, as opposed to simple desktop applications that are accelerated via the HD 620.

Considering the purchase price, the user has to be satisfied with a conventional hard drive that, however, offers a very generous capacity of 1000 GB. Furthermore, thanks to the empty M.2 slot, an SSD can be retrofitted as a second storage device. The 8 GB of working memory (1x8 GB DDR4-2133, single-channel, one empty bank) could also use an upgrade in the long run.

Processor

stabile 3,1 GHz bei Single-...
stabile 3,1 GHz bei Single-...
...and multi-threading
...and multi-threading

In our first test of a Kaby Lake CPU, we established astounding efficiency improvements that interestingly, are not seen in this case. The CPU displays a power consumption of approximately 16 watts at full 3.1 GHz in Cinebench R15 (slightly more than previous Skylake models), which in turn should lead to a slight decrease in clock rates after a few seconds. However, since Acer has increased the TDP limit from 15 to 25 watts, the maximum Turbo is maintained stably in all single and Multithread applications. Consequently, in our benchmarks the i5-7200U places itself at least on the same level as a Core i7-6500U  and in some cases even comes close to the former Core i7-6600U premium model. In short: Thanks to Kaby Lake, users now get roughly the same performance as that which used to be found in the next higher price class.

The Aspire E5's performance was the same in AC and battery mode.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
141 Points ∼95% +9%
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼95% +9%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
136 Points ∼92% +5%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼88% +1%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼87%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
Intel Core i5-6200U
119 Points ∼80% -8%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼78% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
677 Points ∼100% +105%
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
673 Points ∼99% +103%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
465 Points ∼69% +40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
347 Points ∼51% +5%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼49%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
Intel Core i7-6500U
300 Points ∼44% -9%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
Intel Core i5-6200U
295 Points ∼44% -11%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼43% -13%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼100% +14%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼100% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
1.57 Points ∼93% +6%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.48 Points ∼88% 0%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼88%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
1.46 Points ∼87% -1%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.35 Points ∼80% -9%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.33 Points ∼79% -10%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.48 Points ∼100% +102%
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.41 Points ∼99% +100%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
5.36 Points ∼72% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
3.83 Points ∼51% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.7 Points ∼49%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.33 Points ∼45% -10%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.24 Points ∼43% -12%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.19 Points ∼43% -14%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
31 fps ∼100% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
22.62 fps ∼73% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
21.68 fps ∼70%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
19.04 fps ∼61% -12%
Pass 1
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
149 fps ∼100% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s-20FA003GGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
120.37 fps ∼81% +7%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
112.11 fps ∼75%
HP ProBook 640 G2-T9X60ET
Intel Core i5-6200U
101.29 fps ∼68% -10%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4620
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11301
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5022
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
53.83 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
331 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
74.96 fps
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Storage Device

HD Tune benchmark
HD Tune benchmark

Acer has installed Toshiba's MQ01ABD100 storage device, which is a 1000 GB 2.5-inch HDD and spins at 5400 RPM. Comparable hard drives are also found in the entry-configurations of the competing models, although the industry is also increasingly relying on 128 or 256 GB SSDs. While the price per gigabyte still clearly speaks for the traditional magnet storage, SSDs have long since gained the upper hand in terms of performance. Toshiba's HDD is still roughly on the same level as a modern SSD with 86 MB/s in sequential read, but the difference in accessing smaller data quickly climbs by the power of two or more - one of the main reasons why almost every old laptop feels brand new when refitted with an SSD.

Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
5491%
29%
14969%
15639%
Write 4k QD32
0.722
73.15
10032%
0.884
22%
294.1
40634%
294.1
40634%
Read 4k QD32
0.647
112.2
17242%
0.895
38%
353.7
54568%
356.1
54939%
Write 4k
0.726
51.22
6955%
0.9
24%
90.62
12382%
100.1
13688%
Read 4k
0.366
30.69
8285%
0.413
13%
33.57
9072%
45.35
12291%
Write 512
25.93
90.61
249%
46.13
78%
302.2
1065%
383.6
1379%
Read 512
29.32
250
753%
35.32
20%
424.5
1348%
413.8
1311%
Write Seq
85.61
131.9
54%
105.6
23%
302.9
254%
459.4
437%
Read Seq
95.33
433.2
354%
108.1
13%
502.5
427%
509.3
434%
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 86 MB/s
Access Time: 18.1 ms
Burst Rate: 113.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 10 %

System Performance

Despite the fast processor, a moment or two will be needed when booting or launching programs. Here, the sluggish hard drive clearly slows the system down. Apart from that, the laptop's performance proved to be very high, and it copes with even higher requirement applications and multitasking (as far as the current 8 GB of RAM allows) without any problem. Nevertheless, we would recommend putting the purchase of a small SSD at the top of the upgrade agenda in order to at least move the operating system and the most important programs to the more responsive flash memory. A second 8 GB memory module is also a reasonable investment with current prices of just over 30 Euros (~$34).

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
4498 Points ∼69% +11%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4047 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3970 Points ∼61% -2%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3390 Points ∼57% +7%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
3266 Points ∼55% +3%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3162 Points ∼53%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3162 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3696 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4047 points
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Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 950M
GeForce GTX 950M

Since Nvidia's new GP107 mainstream chip (Pascal, 16-nanometers) has not yet been released, the older Maxwell GM107 in the 28 nanometer build is inside the Aspire E5. Nevertheless, the GeForce GTX 950M with 640 Shader units offers a solid computing performance with up to 928 MHz, which renders up-to-date games and 3D application smoothly - even if not at maximum settings in most cases. Only the related 2 GB GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface, 5 GHz effective) is relatively tight for today's standards. Thus, the texture resolution has to be more or less reduced. Compared with other competitors, the GTX 950M in the Aspire E5 delivers the expected performance, and this, without losses in the battery mode.

The integrated HD Graphics 620 is active during low load. Its biggest attraction (besides the low power consumption) is its excellent multimedia capabilities. The GPU can even decode the HEVC Main10 codec or the open alternative, VP9, efficiently in the hardware. However, in practice, driver problems apparently still exist - a 4K VP9 video in Google Chrome was obviously decoded in the software during the test and was rendered with minor stutters at 100% CPU usage.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5452 Points ∼100% +28%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4482 Points ∼82% +5%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
4350 Points ∼80% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4251 Points ∼78%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-6200U
4239 Points ∼78% 0%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
NVIDIA GeForce 945M, Intel Core i5-6200U
2759 Points ∼51% -35%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4249 Points ∼100% +19%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3574 Points ∼84%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-6200U
3555 Points ∼84% -1%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3238 Points ∼76% -9%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
3102 Points ∼73% -13%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
NVIDIA GeForce 945M, Intel Core i5-6200U
2816 Points ∼66% -21%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27162 Points ∼100% +21%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
22439 Points ∼83%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
21715 Points ∼80% -3%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-6200U
21635 Points ∼80% -4%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
20061 Points ∼74% -11%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
NVIDIA GeForce 945M, Intel Core i5-6200U
17980 Points ∼66% -20%
3DMark 06 Standard
18647 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4212 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
45360 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9392 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3218 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1614 points
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Gaming Performance

Ideal Turbo utilization in games
Ideal Turbo utilization in games

Both the CPU and GPU Turbo of the E5-575G are utilized ideally in games, and the laptop achieves the performance corresponding with its configuration. While the reserves are enough for older games such as "BioShock Infinite" or "Battlefield 4" in the native Full HD resolution and medium to high graphic settings, the latest 3D games often have to be reduced to 720p and minimum settings. At least in principle almost every game can be played without stutters, which should not be at all considered as a matter of course for a device from the 600-Euro (~$673) price range.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
29.6 fps ∼100% +57%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
21.1 fps ∼71% +12%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
18.8 fps ∼64%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
18.2 (min: 17) fps ∼61% -3%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.9 fps ∼57% -10%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
35.8 fps ∼100% +13%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
31.6 fps ∼88%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
30.6 (min: 29) fps ∼85% -3%
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
28.8 fps ∼80% -9%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
45.8 fps ∼100% +31%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
35.7 (min: 8.8) fps ∼78% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
35 fps ∼76%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
24 (min: 5.7) fps ∼52% -31%
1366x768 High Preset
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
110 fps ∼100% +27%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
GeForce GTX 950M, 6300HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
87.6 fps ∼80% +1%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
86.7 fps ∼79%
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
85.3 (min: 14.66) fps ∼78% -2%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
69.5 (min: 11.6) fps ∼63% -20%
Battlefield 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
28.5 fps ∼100% +6%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
26.9 fps ∼94%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
18.9 fps ∼66% -30%
1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
63.1 fps ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
61 fps ∼97%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
46.2 fps ∼73% -24%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 126.896.886.735fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 109.778.66126.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 144.179.345.224.6fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 33.830.618.4fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 45.231.618.816.9fps
The Division (2016) 63.841.520.415.4fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 34.634.111.6fps
Overwatch (2016) 152.7107.471.532.8fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 69.351.623.618.3fps
No Man's Sky (2016) 35.629.418.2fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 30.924.514.2fps

Emissions

Fan frequency response (idle, full load)
Fan frequency response (idle, full load)

System Noise

It is primarily the hard drive's muffled hum that prevents an absolutely silent system in idle and office mode, as well as when browsing. Although the fan is also sometimes active during low load, it spins at such a low speed that it does not drown out the hard drive's noise of almost 31 dB(A).

The Aspire is surprisingly quiet during games with just over 33 dB(A) and is not annoyingly loud even during prolonged gaming sessions. Although the good 40 dB(A) in the stress test proves that the cooling system can get considerably louder, in practice, this level will at most be observed in mid-summer.

Noise Level

Idle
30.8 / 30.8 / 30.8 dB(A)
HDD
31.2 dB(A)
Load
33.4 / 40.1 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   ECM8000 + Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.9 dB(A)

Temperature

The comparative low noise level of the Acer is achieved at the expense of a significant temperature development. While modern energy-saving features ensure pleasant idle casing temperatures of around 30 °C (~86 °F), the processor and graphics card allow the thermometer climb to over 40 °C (~104 °F) over large areas during load - a hot spot in the vent's area even reaches over 60 °C (~140 °F). However, these rates are much lower when synthetic load programs, such as Prime95 and FurMark, are removed.

The casing temperatures already indicate that it gets hot inside the Aspire E5. CPU temperatures of just below 100 °C (~212 °F) cause the Kaby Lake chip to throttle for thermal reasons after a few minutes in the stress test. However, this is a tolerable clock decrease from 3.1 to 2.8 GHz. The GPU's maximum of 86 °C (~187 °F) results in a loss of over 20% and its clock rate drops to 732 MHz. We would like to emphasize once again that both the processor and the graphics unit do not present throttling in real games, and thus this behavior should not be seen too critically.

FurMark
FurMark
Prime95
Prime95
Stress test
Stress test
Max. Load
 41.6 °C41 °C33.2 °C 
 42.3 °C48.1 °C33.1 °C 
 36.7 °C41.8 °C35 °C 
Maximum: 48.1 °C
Average: 39.2 °C
30.8 °C42.1 °C60.8 °C
31.5 °C50.7 °C44.1 °C
34.8 °C37.4 °C34.5 °C
Maximum: 60.8 °C
Average: 40.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  55.3 °C | Room Temperature 24.5 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Two inconspicuous stereo speakers situated on the device's underside are responsible for the laptop's sound output. Compared with other rivals, the speakers score with clear high tones and astonishing volume stability. However, basses are almost completely absent. Therefore, connecting an external sound system via the 3.5-mm jack (clear and static-free) or digital via HDMI is recommended for music, videos, and games.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.634.62534.736.43134.335.24033.834.85034.132.66333.635.5803436.710036.934.512537.237.116031.634.420031.347.625030.157.931530.259.840030.559.250029.163.163028.266.48003074.710003172.7125031.568.1160032.464.2200032.166.1250028.963.1315026.767.440002567.4500024.667.5630024.165.8800023.7631000023.559.81250023.361.71600023.154.6SPL41.279.8N3.946.4median 30Acer Aspire E5-575G-549Dmedian 63.1Delta2.66.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.8% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 74% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 35%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

idling. In the category comparison, the Aspire is even one of the most power efficient devices of its class with 6.0 to 9.8 watts.

The load power consumption looks similar: At the beginning of the stress test, our review sample consumes just over 80 watts for a short moment. However, it drops to well below 70 watts when throttling sets in. The laptop is satisfied with 50 to 55 watts during games, which is slightly below that of the comparable Skylake models, but this is also due to the relatively dark screen to some extent. The manufacturer has appropriately sized the included 90-watt power supply.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6 / 8.1 / 9.8 Watt
Load midlight 52.5 / 81.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, TN WLED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9, AH-IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-27%
-40%
-65%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
6
8.3
-38%
8.7
-45%
10.2
-70%
5.6
7%
Idle Average *
8.1
12.1
-49%
14.5
-79%
15.6
-93%
10.9
-35%
Idle Maximum *
9.8
15.4
-57%
15.6
-59%
17
-73%
10.6
-8%
Load Average *
52.5
56
-7%
61
-16%
79
-50%
61
-16%
Load Maximum *
81.6
70
14%
82
-0%
115.2
-41%
60
26%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The 62 Wh battery in the E5-575G is just as big as in the F5-573G sister model - but can the newer Kaby Lake platform provide longer runtimes? The clear answer: Yes! Our review sample lasts a good hour longer in Wi-Fi browsing (screen brightness: 150 cd/m²) and achieves a very impressive seven and a half hours - barely a rival comes even close to that. Almost 13 hours in idle are also quite remarkable. Only 3D load depletes the Aspire after a short 75 minutes. If that is too short, forcing the integrated CPU graphics would roughly double the runtime.

Reader's test
Reader's test
Wi-Fi test
Wi-Fi test
H.264 test
H.264 test
Classic test
Classic test
Charging
Charging
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 47min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
7h 31min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 15min
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 62 Wh
Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G-53V1
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 62 Wh
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M, 44 Wh
Nexoc M512 III (W650RC) (i7,GTX 950M)
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M, 62 Wh
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M, 56 Wh
Toshiba Satellite P50-C-188
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 45 Wh
Battery Runtime
12%
-33%
-40%
-14%
-20%
Reader / Idle
767
667
-13%
521
-32%
715
-7%
535
-30%
H.264
460
335
-27%
114
-75%
241
-48%
305
-34%
WiFi v1.3
451
386
-14%
230
-49%
270
-40%
255
-43%
303
-33%
Load
75
152
103%
93
24%
108
44%
87
16%

Pros

+ superb price-performance ratio
+ decent configuration
+ fast processor
+ gaming-suitable graphics card
+ Full HD resolution
+ USB Type-C
+ long battery life
+ empty M.2 slot
+ ac WiFi

Cons

- screen's very low brightness
- no Windows operating system
- slow hard drive
- throttling in the stress test

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire E5-575G. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Acer Aspire E5-575G. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

It should not be surprising that an uncompromisingly high-end device cannot be expected from the 600-Euro (~$673) laptop category. Acer, however, offers a solid configuration and gaming suitable device to the mainstream market with its Aspire E15 E5-575G-549D. Its low price involves some more or less painful austerity measures. There was obviously no room for a stylish metal casing, fast SSD or bright IPS panel in the budget - but a cutting-edge Kaby Lake processor, fast mid-range GPU, as well as 8 GB of DDR 4 memory and a big hard drive were still possible. This configuration makes the Aspire unconditionally suitable for gaming, although the screen's native resolution can be used only in a few cases. However, all newer games are principally playable with some visual losses - not necessarily a matter of course for a laptop.

We can give the Aspire a very good rating in terms of build and input device quality. Apart from the screen's far too low brightness, overall, the device hardly shows any major weaknesses and even surprises with unexpected strengths in some aspects: Seven to eight hours of practical battery life or fast ac-Wi-Fi (despite only 1x1 TX/RX) are not found in some even more expensive models. Thus, it can be summarized:

Buyers looking for an affordable multimedia laptop, with performance reserves for up-to-date games will not go wrong with Acer's Aspire E5-575G. However, the Aspire is not suitable in the outdoors due to its very dark screen.

Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D - 09/23/2016 v5.1
Till Schönborn

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
51 / 81 → 63%
Weight
60 / 67 → 85%
Battery
89%
Display
70%
Games Performance
74 / 85 → 87%
Application Performance
79 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
85%
Noise
91 / 95 → 96%
Audio
56%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
73%
80%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Till Schönborn, 2016-09-29 (Update: 2016-09-29)