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