Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS: Should buyers rather choose the Core i5?

More battery life with less power: The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
More battery life with less power: The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Laptop manufacturers often offer their devices with different CPU options. With Intel processors, i5 and i7 models are usually available in addition to Core i3. But do users really need the higher performance?
Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

Some time ago, we could already get an impression of the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 with the Intel Core i7-1065G7. Its performance was on a decent level even if Turbo wasn't used very well. After our review of the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS with the Intel Core i5-1035G4, the question  as to which model prospective buyers should choose arises now. 

The obvious differences can be seen in the data sheet, which not only shows the somewhat weaker CPU in the Core i5 variant of the Swift 3 SF313 but also 8 instead of 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD instead of a 1 TB one. The RAM is soldered but was built into both models in a dual-channel configuration.

What does the CPU offer in everyday use?

An Intel Core i3-1005G1 from the current Ice Lake generation is perfectly sufficient for patient users. During daily use, the internet browser and the Office programs run smoothly. Smaller pictures can also be edited well combined with the internal graphics unit; only when saving might it take a bit longer.

If you want to play it safe, you can go for the Intel Core i5-1035G4 that is built into the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS. It doesn't falter even with a lot of open browser tabs; it opens databases and large Excel files quickly too. In addition, most cooling systems aren't pushed to their limits here and are usually not put to the test in everyday office use.

The increased performance of the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71AS configured with the Intel Core i7-1065G7 is reflected in better benchmark results, but it also provides for a shorter battery life and significantly higher core temperatures. The real advantage of this model is the 16 GB of RAM; therefore, the combination of Core i5 and 16 GB of RAM would definitely be the better choice here.


A more detailed impression of the laptop mentioned here can be found in the Notebookcheck review of the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS.

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Mike Wobker, 2020-06- 9 (Update: 2020-06- 6)
Mike Wobker
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.