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Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG Notebook Review

Manuel Christa, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 11/26/2015

Price-performance Nitro. Acer offers many configurations of the Aspire V 15. Equipped with an i5-ULV CPU and a GeForce 945M GPU, this model for 900 Euros (~$955) is the least expensive version of the high-end Nitro series yet. How does it hold up against the models with a four-digit price tag?

For the original German review, see here.

The Aspire V 15 Nitro series seems to be a success: Launched last year, Acer now offers a new version of its scalable Nitro lineup. We just reviewed the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-72L0 earlier in November. The spec sheet of the multimedia all-rounder already promised a decent performance, and the low-voltage Skylake processor Intel Core i7-6500U (15 Watts, 14 nm) in combination with the graphics card GeForce GTX 950M left a good impression. This was also the case for the display: It convinced with IPS, Full HD and a good color quality. A combination of SSD and HDD was a great solution as well.

This lush hardware equipment retails for around 1,200 Euros (~$1274). Our current review sample, the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG, only costs around 900 Euros (~$955). In return, you have to waive the SSD, because it "only" has a 1 TB hard drive. It is equipped with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor as well as a GeForce 945M graphics card. Chassis and display are identical, which is why we skip these sections in this update and refer to the detailed review of the VN7-572G-72L0.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG (Aspire VN7-572G Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 945M - 2048 MB, ForceWare 353.62, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, PC4-1700 DDR4
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG PHILIPS LP156WF6-SPB1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, 1024 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 868 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo jack, Card Reader: MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC, USB Type-C
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 (a/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUC0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 390 x 262.8 ( = 0.94 x 15.35 x 10.35 in)
Battery
53 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.3 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 514 g ( = 18.13 oz / 1.13 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Even though it is the same display that we checked in the review of the VN7-572G-72L0, we once again checked the quality to rule-out that Acer uses a worse panel in favor of the price. But this is not the case, we cannot determine any differences.

The LG display (LP156WF6-SPB1, IPS) not only features the Full HD resolution, but it can also convince with excellent measurements: The maximum brightness of more than 342 cd/m² is pretty rare in a device with a three-digit price point. The picture quality is exemplary with a low black value, a high contrast and comparatively low color deviations. A detailed analysis is available in the review of the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-72L0. We also included a comparison with the siblings.

CalMAN ColorChecker: low DeltaE
CalMAN ColorChecker: low DeltaE
CalMAN Grayscale: no blue cast
CalMAN Grayscale: no blue cast
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps: hardly any deviations from the sRGB target colors
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps: hardly any deviations from the sRGB target colors
308
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 342 cd/m² Average: 321 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 342 cd/m²
Contrast: 950:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.22 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.53 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
82% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 54% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.47

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Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Response Times
-5%
-74%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28 (8, 20)
36 (12.4, 24)
-29%
58 (30, 28)
-107%
Response Time Black / White *
20 (4, 16)
16 (4.4, 11.6)
20%
28 (7, 21)
-40%
PWM Frequency
Screen
10%
-10%
10%
Brightness middle
342
277
-19%
317
-7%
346
1%
Brightness
321
261
-19%
319
-1%
326
2%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
87
0%
88
1%
Black Level *
0.36
0.26
28%
0.46
-28%
0.32
11%
Contrast
950
1065
12%
689
-27%
1081
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.22
3.49
33%
5.79
-11%
4.01
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.53
3.27
28%
5.01
-11%
3.58
21%
Gamma
2.47 89%
2.35 94%
2.35 94%
2.23 99%
CCT
6900 94%
6801 96%
7347 88%
6426 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
54
61.5
14%
55
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
82
94.6
15%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 8%
-10% / -10%
-32% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

The situation could not be better for use outdoors: A matte IPS panel with a good luminance above 300 nits and excellent colors. Using the notebook under direct sunlight is still not really possible, even with such a good panel.

We already found out that the IPS display convinces with good viewing angles in the review of the sibling VN7-572G-72L0. Our photo montage shows that nothing changed and that the picture stays pretty stable even from flat angles.

Performance

The Skylake processor Intel Core i5-6200U as well as the graphics card GeForce 945M should be sufficient for multimedia and office purposes for the majority of private users without special requirements. Thanks to the dedicated GPU, the notebook can also handle games, even though we will see that it can require some compromises later in this review. You also get 8 GB DDR4 memory and a generous storage capacity of 1 TB. An SSD or at least a hybrid drive, however, is not included for this price. Flash storage is reserved for the more expensive models of the Aspire V 15 Nitro.

Processor

Just like all the other current Nitro devices, our review sample uses an Intel CPU based on the current Skylake architecture. It is the least expensive Nitro, so it is obviously equipped with the least powerful processor of all Nitro devices. The CPU has the designation Intel Core i5-6200U and is a frugal low-voltage CPU with Hyper-Threading support. The dual-core has a TDP of 15 Watts and runs at a nominal clock of 2.3 GHz. We can see the maximum Turbo Boost of up to 2.7 GHz in the single-core benchmarks of Cinebench R15.

The other tested devices from the Nitro series cost more than 1,000 Euros (~$1061, and sometimes much more) are equipped with quad-cores like the Intel Core i5-6300HQ in the Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF or the Intel Core i7-6700HQ in the Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4. Our benchmarks show that the ULV processor from the review sample obviously cannot compete with these chips, but this is the compromise you will have to make for an Aspire V Nitro that costs less than 1,000 Euros (~$1061).

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
95 Points ∼44%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
132 Points ∼61% +39%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
136 Points ∼62% +43%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
137 Points ∼63% +44%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
139 Points ∼64% +46%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
170 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
329 Points ∼8% +94%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
468 Points ∼11% +175%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
657 Points ∼15% +286%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
679 Points ∼16% +299%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.97 Points ∼40%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1.49 Points ∼61% +54%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
1.49 Points ∼61% +54%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1.53 Points ∼63% +58%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
1.63 Points ∼67% +68%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.89 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3.63 Points ∼13% +92%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
5.42 Points ∼20% +187%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
7.22 Points ∼27% +282%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
7.43 Points ∼27% +293%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5106
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6379
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3150
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
27.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.89 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.97 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
33.74 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
170 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
95 Points
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System Performance

A comparison of the PCMark results meets the expectations: The much more expensive Nitros also have an advantage in respect of the general system performance, because our model only uses a conventional hard drive, while the other Nitros are equipped with SSDs. The processor and the storage device are the bottlenecks in this case. Still, the differences are not that big at 6 up to 16%. The performance of the dual-core will be sufficient for many private users. A quad-core will only be the better choice if you plan to use workstation applications that benefit from multi-threading. This includes simulations, CAD or audio and video decoding.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2764 Points ∼32%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3624 Points ∼42% +31%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4633 Points ∼54% +68%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5879 Points ∼68% +113%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4671 Points ∼54% +69%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3237 Points ∼53%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3447 Points ∼57% +6%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3524 Points ∼58% +9%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3603 Points ∼59% +11%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3751 Points ∼62% +16%
PCMark 7 Score
2764 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3237 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3878 points
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Storage Devices

The majority of Nitros are equipped with HDD-SSD combinations for fast transfer rates as well as a decent storage capacity. Because of the low retail price of just 900 Euros (~$955), our review sample is only equipped with a 1 TB hard drive and around 868 GB is free. It is a mainstream drive from Western Digital (WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0) with 8 MB cache and 5400 revolutions per minute. Its read and write rates are average and nothing special.

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
HD Tune
HD Tune
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 42.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 115 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.2 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 103.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 10.8 %

GPU Performance

Due to the similar designations, you might think that the performance of the Nvidia GeForce 945M is similar to the 940M. But this is not the case: The 945M is actually much closer to the GeForce GTX models like the GTX 950M and 3DMark shows that it clearly beats the 940M. However, the big difference is already visible when you look at the specs: The GeForce 940M only has 384 shaders and a 64-bit memory interface, while the 945M has 512 shaders and a 128-bit interface.

For the sake of completeness, we also want to mention the integrated GPU of the Intel chip: It has the designation Intel HD Graphics 520 in the current Skylake processors and replaces the Intel HD Graphics from the Broadwell generation. The performance of the HD Graphics 520 can compete with entry-level GPUs from Nvidia like the GeForce 820M, for example.

Thanks to Nividia's Optimus technology, the device automatically switches between the GPUs. The more frugal Intel GPU is used for simple tasks on the desktop. By the way, Acer does not reduce the performance on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2877 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4160 Points ∼13% +45%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4025 Points ∼13% +40%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5124 Points ∼16% +78%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
5709 Points ∼18% +98%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2609 Points ∼8% -9%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2434 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2722 Points ∼10% +12%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
2575 Points ∼10% +6%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3630 Points ∼14% +49%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4061 Points ∼15% +67%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1460 Points ∼5% -40%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
11663 Points ∼20%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
7913 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
9618 Points ∼17% +22%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
11373 Points ∼20% +44%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
16111 Points ∼28% +104%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
17598 Points ∼30% +122%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
6577 Points ∼11% -17%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
49633 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
44588 Points ∼4% -10%
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
87210 Points ∼8% +76%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
108034 Points ∼10% +118%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
84659 Points ∼8% +71%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
36334 Points ∼3% -27%
3DMark 11 Performance
2877 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49633 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7913 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2434 points
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Gaming Performance

We just mentioned that the performance of the GeForce 945M is close to more powerful GPUs that can handle games. Even current titles will run on the reviewed Aspire V 15 Nitro when you look at the frame rates: The brand-new Fallout 4, for instance, runs completely smooth as long as you avoid the Full HD resolution and the highest details. Older but not necessarily less demanding games can even be enjoyed in the native FHD resolution and the highest details, like the four-year old Skyrim.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 504840fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 1331017317fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 54331815fps

Emissions

System Noise

Volume in dB(A) max. load, med. load, idle
Volume in dB(A) max. load, med. load, idle

The two fans are conveniently restrained as long as you are on the desktop or perform simple office tasks. The device is therefore almost silent, which we already noticed in the reviews of other models from this series. You can only hear the hard drive when it is active. We measured a pretty high noise of 33 dB(A) while idling, but it should not be distracting for the user.

Looking at the noise under load and we can see that this Nitro model is not quieter than other versions with more powerful hardware. The standard-voltage CPU does create more heat in these cases, but Acer obviously uses identical fans to dissipate the heat. You can clearly hear them in GPU-demanding applications. The ULV processor therefore does not necessarily result in a quieter cooling solution.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Noise
2%
12%
3%
2%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
33.5
29.6
12%
30.1
10%
29.6
12%
32.6
3%
Idle Average *
33.5
32.1
4%
30.1
10%
30.6
9%
32.6
3%
Idle Maximum *
33.5
32.8
2%
30.9
8%
31.4
6%
33.4
-0%
Load Average *
39.8
41.4
-4%
33.6
16%
44.4
-12%
36.5
8%
Load Maximum *
45.5
48.4
-6%
38.6
15%
44.6
2%
48
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
33.5 / 33.5 / 33.5 dB(A)
HDD
33.5 dB(A)
Load
39.8 / 45.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our stress test for the notebook uses the tools Prime95 and FurMark to determine if the device throttles due to temperature restraints. The chassis reaches more than 50 °C at the fan exhaust, so the keyboard can get pretty warm was well at some points. The CPU sensors determine a maximum temperature of up to 91 °C, which is not uncommon, while the clock is limited to the nominal clock of 2.3 GHz. There is at least no throttling.

Compared to other 15-inch devices from the Nitro series, we cannot determine significantly lower temperatures, which you might assume due to the less powerful hardware. Only the 17-inch devices have slightly lower temperatures thanks to their larger cases.

The models hardly differ while idling: All devices only reach about 30 °C.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-792G-55SF
GeForce 945M, 6300HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
Heat
5%
3%
-1%
4%
Maximum Upper Side *
56.4
48.4
14%
42.1
25%
48
15%
43.8
22%
Maximum Bottom *
43.2
46
-6%
42
3%
47.6
-10%
41.4
4%
Idle Upper Side *
30.6
28.9
6%
31.2
-2%
32.3
-6%
30.7
-0%
Idle Bottom *
30
27.9
7%
34
-13%
30.8
-3%
33
-10%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 24.6 °C
76 F
56.4 °C
134 F
53.8 °C
129 F
 
 25.4 °C
78 F
42 °C
108 F
45 °C
113 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
22.5 °C
73 F
32.4 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 56.4 °C = 134 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
24.7 °C
76 F
43.2 °C
110 F
42 °C
108 F
26 °C
79 F
38.4 °C
101 F
37.1 °C
99 F
22.3 °C
72 F
25.6 °C
78 F
31.5 °C
89 F
Maximum: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Average: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  50 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 22.4 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.6 °C / 98 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 56.4 °C / 134 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 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.3 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.4 °C / 90.3 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-3.3 °C / -5.9 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The notebook does not consume significantly less power than the more powerful siblings in practice. The low-voltage CPU is therefore not necessarily more efficient than the standard-voltage CPUs based on the same processor architecture. The Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-792G-55SF with an Intel Core i5-6300HQ, for example, only consumes between 6 and 14 Watts. The maximum performance, and therefore the maximum consumption, is obviously much higher.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.75 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.1 / 10.2 / 13 Watt
Load midlight 54 / 74 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Similar to all notebooks from the Nitro series, our review unit is equipped with a 52-Wh 3-cell battery. The power consumption does not differ from the siblings, either, so it is not surprising that the runtimes are similar as well. The reading test at the minimum brightness runs for almost 13 hours on the Aspire V 15 Nitro. The VN7-572G-72L0 with similar but slightly better hardware only falls 15 minutes short. Our review sample clearly beats this sibling in the Wi-Fi test: While we just determined almost 6 hours for this model, our review sample lasted almost 7.5 hours and does not fall behind the good runtime of the model from last year, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G. It can clearly protect its reputation as an enduring notebook.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Battery Runtime
-14%
4%
-39%
Reader / Idle
779
761
-2%
797
2%
596
-23%
WiFi v1.3
441
359
-19%
448
2%
Load
148
118
-20%
161
9%
68
-54%
H.264
427
221
WiFi
277
Gaming
45
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 59min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 28min

Pros

+ good price-performance ratio
+ excellent display
+ good chassis quality
+ good microphone
+ four speakers
+ keyboard illumination

Cons

- tricky maintenance
- bad webcam
- only HDD/no SSD
- USB Type-C only version 3.0

Verdict

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG, courtesy of edustore.
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG, courtesy of edustore.

Acer uses components for our review unit – including the case, input devices and the display – that it uses for the other Nitro devices, which retail for more than 1,000 Euros (~$1061). The processor and the graphics card are less expensive, but the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG is still a sophisticated multimedia notebook for around 900 Euros (~$955).

Except for the CPU, GPU and the hard drive, the review sample is identical to the previously reviewed model Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-72L0. We already called it a clever evolution compared to the successful Nitro from last year: The old Haswell and Broadwell generation was replaced by fresh Skylake hardware, and you get a USB 3.1 jack, even though it only supports 3.0 transfer speeds in combination with the Skylake architecture.

The majority of private users do not necessarily need the performance of i7 processors or GTX graphics cards. For these users, the "low-end Nitro" is a good alternative for a fair price. 

We still like the design, haptics and the build quality of the chassis, and the less expensive Nitro model uses the same high-quality display. Even though this model is a couple of hundred Euros cheaper, the CPU-GPU combination is still powerful enough for complex applications, like current 3D games.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG - 11/19/2015 v4(old)
Manuel Christa

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
63 / 81 → 78%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
71 / 92 → 77%
Temperature
85%
Noise
78 / 95 → 82%
Audio
88%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
77%
83%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG Notebook Review
Manuel Christa, 2015-11-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.