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Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 Laptop Review: Fast, slim and with good battery life - The Ryzen subnotebook is almost completely convincing

Well done, AMD. Acer's new 14-inch laptop has AMD's brand-new Ryzen 7 4700U APU on board, which lacks neither CPU nor GPU performance. Good battery life has not been compromised on despite the machine's large computing power, though. The new Swift 3 is well-equipped in other areas too, with Acer including an NVMe SSD, a matte IPS screen, a backlit keyboard and dual-channel RAM.
Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Alex Alderson),

Acer's Swift 3 SF314-42 is a chic and compact 14-inch laptop. The device succeeds the SF314-41, a device that AMD released last year. While the SF314-41 had an AMD Picasso APU on board, the new Swift 3 has a Renoir APU. In the case of our review unit, we find a Ryzen 7 4700U, an eight-core APU that does without Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT). Competitors of the SF314-42 include the Honor Magicbook 14, MSI Modern 14 A10RB, Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA, Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL, IdeaPad S540-14API and the HP Pavilion 14.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ (Swift 3 Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8 x 2 - 4.1 GHz, Renoir (Zen 2)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, Core: 1600 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, Dual-Channel, 27.20.1002.34
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X, dual-channel, memory soldered (no memory banks)
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B140HAN04.0, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB, 1024 GB 
, 915 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ AMD K17.6 - Audio Processor - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo port, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.55 x 323.4 x 218.9 ( = 0.65 x 12.73 x 8.62 in)
Battery
48.85 Wh, 4471 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.25 V
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MS Office 365 (trial version), Norton Internet Security (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz / 2.65 pounds), Power Supply: 273 g ( = 9.63 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87 %
06/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
1.2 kg16.55 mm14"1920x1080
83 %
11/2019
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.5 kg18 mm14"1920x1080
87 %
05/2020
Honor Magicbook 14
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
01/2020
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250
1.2 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
02/2020
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
84 %
12/2019
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.4 kg15.9 mm14"1920x1080
85 %
07/2019
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
i5-8265U, GeForce MX250
1.4 kg15.9 mm14"1920x1080
78 %
01/2020
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
1.6 kg18 mm14"1920x1080

Case - Stylish metal housing for the Swift SF314

Acer has given the SF314-42, like its predecessor, a stylish and slim metal case. The chassis has a matte silver finish, which Acer has contrasted with a black plastic display frame. Acer has used smooth surfaces throughout. There is no maintenance hatch though, so accessing the machine's internal components requires some disassembly. We shall discuss this in the Maintenance section of this review.

The processing of our review unit does not give rise to any criticisms. Gaps between materials are precise, and nothing protrudes in any way. The device also does not reveal any serious stability problems. The base unit can be twisted a bit, but not concerningly so. The same applies to the lid. Applying pressure on the back of the lid does not cause the display to distort at all. The display is held in place by pleasingly tight hinges. These hold the lid firmly in place, with the display barely teetering as we use it. The hinges allow the display to be opened up to 180°, for reference. It is possible to open the lid with one hand, too.

The dimensions of the devices in our comparison field do not differ excessively. The Swift 3, along with the MSI Modern 14, weigh the least of the eight devices. The previous Swift 3 is slightly heavier and bulkier than its successor.

Size Comparison

327 mm / 12.9 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.4 kg3.11 lbs322.5 mm / 12.7 inch 214.8 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.69 lbs

Connectivity - USB Type-C is on board

The laptop has two USB Type-A ports, with one operating at the USB 2.0 standard and the other on the newer USB 3.2 Gen1 standard. There is also a USB Type-C port that utilises the latest USB 3.2 Gen2 standard. The latter supports both DisplayPort and USB Power Delivery (PD), meaning that the device can output audio and video while being charged. Acer has still included a full-sized HDMI port and a power connector though, giving the Swift 3 two charging and video outputs. The laptop does not have a memory card reader.

Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Left-hand side: power connector, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm audio combo, USB 2.0 Type-A, cable lock slot
Right-hand side: 3.5 mm audio combo, USB 2.0 Type-A, cable lock slot

Communication

Acer has equipped the Swift 3 with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, a modem that not only supports the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, but also the newer ax standard. Additionally, the AX200 offers Bluetooth 5.0 functionality. Our table below represents optimal Wi-Fi conditions with no other Wi-Fi devices placed between our review unit and our router. We positioned the laptop and our router closely, too.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1620, n=43)
1071 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1070 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
904 (min: 879, max: 923) MBit/s ∼84%
Honor Magicbook 14
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
685 (min: 640, max: 694) MBit/s ∼64% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=163)
596 MBit/s ∼56% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
587 MBit/s ∼55% -35%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
450 (min: 234, max: 544) MBit/s ∼42% -50%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
416 (min: 375, max: 465) MBit/s ∼39% -54%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
335 MBit/s ∼31% -63%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (553 - 1645, n=42)
1021 MBit/s ∼100% +55%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
928 MBit/s ∼91% +41%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
672 MBit/s ∼66% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
660 (min: 642, max: 680) MBit/s ∼65%
Honor Magicbook 14
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
646 (min: 583, max: 663) MBit/s ∼63% -2%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
598 (min: 519, max: 628) MBit/s ∼59% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=163)
572 MBit/s ∼56% -13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
558 (min: 428, max: 613) MBit/s ∼55% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
276 MBit/s ∼27% -58%
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Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø904 (879-923)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø450 (234-544)
Honor Magicbook 14 Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø685 (640-694)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø415 (375-465)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø660 (642-680)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø558 (428-613)
Honor Magicbook 14 Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø646 (583-663)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø598 (519-628)

Webcam

Acer has also equipped the Swift 3 with a 720p webcam. The results are somewhat washed-out and lacking in colour accuracy. With a Delta E deviation of just under 12, the Swift 3 misses our ideal target of 3 by a wide margin.

ColorChecker
18.1 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
19 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
23 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Magicbook 14: 18.32 ∆E min: 2.53 - max: 30.88 ∆E
ColorChecker
11.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
0 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ: 11.75 ∆E min: 0 - max: 19.63 ∆E

Accessories

In addition to the usual documents like warranty information and a quick-start guide, Acer includes a power supply in the box. No other accessories are included, though.

Maintenance

The Swift 3 does not have a maintenance hatch, as we mentioned earlier. Nevertheless, the innards are relatively easy to access. After removing all of the screws on the underside of the device, the lower shell can be removed using a pry tool or a flat spatula.

A look at the inside of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32
A look at the inside of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32

Warranty

Acer grants its slim 14-inch laptop a two-year warranty. The warranty coverage extends to a pick-up service. Acer offers a three-year warranty package for around 50 Euros (~$57). Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices - Acer has included a backlit keyboard

Keyboard

Acer has equipped its 14-inch device with a backlit chiclet keyboard. Its flat, smooth keys offer a short drop and a clear pressure point. The keys have an acceptable level of resistance, too. The keyboard gives way a little while typing, but not excessively so. The single-stage backlight is controlled using a function key. All in all, Acer has included a good everyday keyboard here.

Touchpad

The multi-touch touchpad occupies an area of ​​approximately 10.5 x 6.5 cm. This means that there is plenty of space on which to perform gesture controls. The touchpad has a smooth finish, which makes it easy for one to glide their fingers across its surface. Our review unit remains accurate into its corners, while the integrated mouse buttons have a defined stroke and clear pressure points.

A look at the keyboard deck on the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42.
A look at the keyboard deck on the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42.

Display - A matte but dark IPS display

The matte 14-inch screen of the Acer Swift 3 works natively at 1920x1080 pixels. It offers a good contrast ratio of 1,170:1, but its maximum brightness of 244.1 cd/m² is too low in our view. A 1,000-Euro (~$1,134) laptop should offer more in this regard or at least a peak brightness of 300 cd/m². Positively, the display does not suffer from any PWM flickering.

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding
231
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140HAN04.0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 269 cd/m² Average: 244.1 cd/m² Minimum: 20 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 270 cd/m²
Contrast: 1170:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.94 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 5.03
ΔE Greyscale 1.71 | 0.64-98 Ø6
56% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.52
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Honor Magicbook 14
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-1%
-23%
-19%
4%
3%
-13%
-33%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (19, 22)
38 (20, 18)
7%
44.8 (24.4, 20.4)
-9%
39.2 (20.8, 18.4)
4%
36 (19, 17)
12%
38.8 (21.2, 17.6)
5%
39.6 (21.6, 18)
3%
60.8 (29.2, 31.6)
-48%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (14, 11)
27 (16, 11)
-8%
34 (19.2, 14.8)
-36%
35.6 (21.2, 14.4)
-42%
26 (15, 11)
-4%
24.8 (14.8, 10)
1%
32 (18, 14)
-28%
29.6 (13.2, 16.4)
-18%
PWM Frequency
250 (10)
5952 (99)
25000 (28)
44 (20)
352.1 (99)
Screen
-14%
6%
37%
-14%
-24%
-0%
10%
Brightness middle
269
233
-13%
311
16%
324.1
20%
253
-6%
271
1%
316
17%
395
47%
Brightness
244
219
-10%
296
21%
301
23%
245
0%
257
5%
301
23%
375
54%
Brightness Distribution
83
75
-10%
92
11%
87
5%
78
-6%
91
10%
88
6%
91
10%
Black Level *
0.23
0.14
39%
0.18
22%
0.22
4%
0.225
2%
0.27
-17%
0.28
-22%
0.26
-13%
Contrast
1170
1664
42%
1728
48%
1473
26%
1124
-4%
1004
-14%
1129
-4%
1519
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.94
5.9
-19%
5.3
-7%
1.63
67%
8.89
-80%
6.8
-38%
5.3
-7%
5.92
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.37
22.8
-12%
18.5
9%
4.25
79%
4.56
78%
14.2
30%
18.5
9%
9.79
52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
5.03
4.2
17%
1.42
72%
4.9
3%
4.2
17%
4.8
5%
0.91
82%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.71
4.8
-181%
3.5
-105%
2.2
-29%
6.33
-270%
6.3
-268%
2.4
-40%
6.69
-291%
Gamma
2.52 87%
2.06 107%
2.1 105%
2.26 97%
2.52 87%
2.49 88%
2.05 107%
2.78 79%
CCT
6535 99%
6589 99%
7078 92%
6887 94%
6745 96%
7845 83%
6644 98%
7596 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
39
11%
42.5
21%
60.2
72%
60
71%
36.9
5%
37.6
7%
63
80%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
62
11%
65.8
18%
95
70%
91
63%
58.3
4%
58.3
4%
98
75%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -12%
-9% / 2%
9% / 29%
-5% / -11%
-11% / -20%
-7% / -2%
-12% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

When delivered, the screen had a fairly decent colour-space coverage and a Delta-E-2000 colour deviation of just under 5. This still falls short of our ideal DeltaE target of 3, though. The display does not suffer from a blue tint, either. Calibrating the display yielded minimal improvements. Even after additional calibration, the display can only cover 35% of the AdobeRGB and 56% of the sRGB colour spaces.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Colour saturation
CalMAN - Colour saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Colour saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Colour saturation (calibrated)

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
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 22 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. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17927 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The SF314-32 comes with an IPS panel that has stable viewing angles. Thus, the screen can be read from practically any position. The display's low maximum brightness prevents the Swift 3 from being used outdoors, though. Hence, the device is primarily designed for use indoors.

Using the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32 outdoors on a cloudy day.
Using the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32 outdoors on a cloudy day.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - This Acer laptop has a lot of performance

The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 is a stylish and slim 14-inch laptop, as we have mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, it offers more than enough computing power for all common programs and uses. Our review unit retails for just under 1,000 Euros (~$1,134), but other configurations are available from 600 Euros (~$680).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo

Processor

The Swift 3 is powered by a Ryzen 7 4700U, an APU that AMD has based on its Renoir architecture. Overall, the APU has made an excellent impression upon us. The Zen 2 architecture used here provides a clear increase in performance compared to the Zen+ architecture found in the Ryzen 3000 Picasso APUs. The improvements made by AMD, which include changes to the microarchitecture, a smaller structure width, and improved branch prediction, have paid off.

The CPU part of the APU consists of an eight-core processor that works at a base clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The processor can turbo up to 4.2 GHz, but it does not support Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT), meaning it can only execute one thread per core.

In our tests, the Ryzen 7 4700U can briefly maintain 3.5 GHz in multithreaded benchmarks like Cinebench before dropping to 3.1-3.2 GHz and then eventually to 2.7-2.8 GHz. By contrast, the APU fluctuates between 1.4 and 4.2 GHz in single-threaded benchmarks. This only applies when the Swift 3 is on charge, though. Unhooking it from the mains results in recorded clock speeds of 3-3.1 GHz (multithread) and 1.4-4.2 GHz (single-thread), respectively.

Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit (mains power)
Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit (mains power)
Cinebench R15 Single 64bit (mains power)
Cinebench R15 Single 64bit (mains power)
Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit (battery power)
Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit (battery power)
Cinebench R15 Single 64Bit (battery power)
Cinebench R15 Single 64Bit (battery power)

We also checked whether the CPU used its turbo clock speeds permanently when running on mains power. We did so by running the Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit on a continuous loop for at least 30 minutes. The results drop from the first to the second run and then remain at a relatively constant level. The turbo is used throughout but not permanently so.

Nevertheless, the processor does an excellent job compared to the competition. It leaves the Intel Core i7-1065G7, its direct competitor, in its wake. The Core i7-1065G7 is a quad-core processor that supports Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, for reference. Our database currently contains the Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit loop test results from 19 different Core i7-1065G7 powered laptops, but not one can match the performance that the Ryzen 7 4700U in the Swift 3 offers. However, the Renoir APU ties with the Core i7-1065G7 on single-threaded performance, which is more important for everyday usage.

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Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø932 (907.83-1035.01)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø549 (530.85-646.18)
Honor Magicbook 14 AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø651 (646.48-668.95)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø565 (559.89-595.69)
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø512 (499.03-642.87)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø640 (634.34-662.55)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø548 (543.22-613.69)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø625 (592.25-691)
CPU clock speeds while performing a CB R15 Multi 64bit loop
CPU clock speeds while performing a CB R15 Multi 64bit loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5573
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
23834
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
10630
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1035 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
63.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
190 Points ∼100% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
180 Points ∼95%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (176 - 182, n=5)
180 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
170 Points ∼89% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
152 Points ∼80% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
146 Points ∼77% -19%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
145 Points ∼76% -19%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
145 Points ∼76% -19%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
133 Points ∼70% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=317)
120 Points ∼63% -33%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (1035 - 1189, n=6)
1103 Points ∼100% +7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼94%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
691 Points ∼63% -33%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
675 (min: 643.4, max: 674.64) Points ∼61% -35%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
668 (min: 646.48, max: 668.95) Points ∼61% -35%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
646 Points ∼59% -38%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
642 Points ∼58% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
600 (min: 548.41, max: 619.74) Points ∼54% -42%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
596 Points ∼54% -42%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=331)
375 Points ∼34% -64%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=50)
1303 Seconds * ∼100% -149%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
793 Seconds * ∼61% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
792.9 Seconds * ∼61% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
703 Seconds * ∼54% -34%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
703 Seconds * ∼54% -34%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
523.9 Seconds * ∼40%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (452 - 537, n=3)
504 Seconds * ∼39% +4%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (26652 - 30794, n=3)
28222 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
26652 MIPS ∼94%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
17606 MIPS ∼62% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
17606 MIPS ∼62% -34%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
17508 MIPS ∼62% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
16931 MIPS ∼60% -36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 27115, n=45)
14825 MIPS ∼53% -44%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4208 - 4470, n=3)
4323 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4292 MIPS ∼99%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
4193 MIPS ∼97% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
4193 MIPS ∼97% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=45)
4026 MIPS ∼93% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3638 MIPS ∼84% -15%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3555 MIPS ∼82% -17%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
474 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
466 Points ∼98%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (448 - 476, n=5)
465 Points ∼98% 0%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼89% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
401 Points ∼85% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
372 Points ∼78% -20%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
369 Points ∼78% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
366 Points ∼77% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 466, n=58)
351 Points ∼74% -25%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (2401 - 2814, n=5)
2613 Points ∼100% +9%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼92%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1543 Points ∼59% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1506 Points ∼58% -37%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1492 Points ∼57% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
1367 Points ∼52% -43%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1294 Points ∼50% -46%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
1225 Points ∼47% -49%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2410, n=58)
1167 Points ∼45% -51%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4792 - 5869, n=3)
5171 Points ∼100% +8%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4792 Points ∼93%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3154 Points ∼61% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 4855, n=40)
2973 Points ∼57% -38%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (1101 - 1159, n=3)
1123 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1101 Points ∼98%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1324, n=40)
946 Points ∼84% -14%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
904 Points ∼80% -18%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
7.81 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (6.79 - 8.68, n=3)
7.76 fps ∼99% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.7 fps ∼60% -40%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.69 fps ∼60% -40%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3.99 fps ∼51% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3.9 fps ∼50% -50%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 7.81, n=45)
3.84 fps ∼49% -51%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=30)
90.2 s ∼100% +51%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (57.1 - 116, n=3)
77.5 s ∼86% +30%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
59.83 s ∼66%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0 s ∼0% -100%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.629 - 2.43, n=35)
0.929 sec * ∼100% -48%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
0.734 sec * ∼79% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (0.613 - 0.651, n=3)
0.631 sec * ∼68% -0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.629 sec * ∼68%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (740 - 30250, n=202)
1836 ms * ∼100% -92%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U (Edge: 44.17763.1.0)
1285.1 ms * ∼70% -35%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Edge 44)
1266.1 ms * ∼69% -33%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge: 44.18362.1.0)
1139.5 ms * ∼62% -19%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
1109.1 ms * ∼60% -16%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Chrome 82)
1101 ms * ∼60% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (Edge 44)
954.4 ms * ∼52%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (Chrome 82)
835 ms * ∼45% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (805 - 954, n=4)
859 ms * ∼47% +10%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (34607 - 51878, n=3)
40763 Points ∼100% +18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (Edge 44)
34607 Points ∼85%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge: 44.18362.1.0)
33485 Points ∼82% -3%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
31011 Points ∼76% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Edge 44)
28573 Points ∼70% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U (Edge: 44.17763.1.0)
27500 Points ∼67% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3963 - 50464, n=176)
26586 Points ∼65% -23%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
24623 Points ∼60% -29%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U (Edge 44)
261.03 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (241 - 265, n=3)
256 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
243.88 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Edge 44)
207.68 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=164)
191 Points ∼73% -27%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (Edge 44.18362.449.0)
150.8 Points ∼58% -42%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Our review unit works smoothly and quickly. We have not encountered any problems during our tests, with the computer offering enough performance for general office and internet-based applications. The relatively powerful iGPU also makes the Swift 3 capable of some light gaming. PCMark benchmark results are good, too. Positively, the machine's 8 GB of RAM works in dual-channel mode.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4191 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4436 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5361 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4459 - 5037, n=3)
4735 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4709 Points ∼99%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4461 Points ∼94% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3637 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3501 Points ∼74% -26%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3494 Points ∼74% -26%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3466 Points ∼73% -26%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3453 Points ∼73% -27%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3233 Points ∼68% -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4728, n=131)
2618 Points ∼55% -44%
Productivity
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
7433 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
7273 Points ∼98%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7040 Points ∼95% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6654 Points ∼90% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (5348 - 7273, n=3)
6475 Points ∼87% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5952 Points ∼80% -18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5952 Points ∼80% -18%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5931 Points ∼80% -18%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5823 Points ∼78% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=131)
5339 Points ∼72% -27%
Essentials
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9244 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (8303 - 9559, n=3)
9035 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
8912 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8264 Points ∼89% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7877 Points ∼85% -15%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7861 Points ∼85% -15%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
7685 Points ∼83% -17%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
7544 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7312 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=131)
7041 Points ∼76% -24%
Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4886 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4527 - 4886, n=3)
4658 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4497 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, i7-1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4289 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4192 Points ∼86% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3907 Points ∼80% -20%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3862 Points ∼79% -21%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3851 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3829 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4886, n=134)
3275 Points ∼67% -33%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
5361 Points ∼100%
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5039 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4992 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4965 Points ∼93% -7%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
4842 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4839 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4633 Points ∼86% -14%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (3010 - 5361, n=3)
4491 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=245)
4096 Points ∼76% -24%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Honor Magicbook 14
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4235 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4220 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4191 Points ∼99%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4015 - 4207, n=3)
4138 Points ∼98% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3993 Points ∼94% -5%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3604 Points ∼85% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
Vega 8, R5 3500U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3566 Points ∼84% -15%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
3464 Points ∼82% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4251, n=274)
3091 Points ∼73% -26%

DPC Latencies

We saw high DPC latencies in our standardised latency monitor test, during which we browse the web, play 4K videos and run the Prime95 benchmark. The system is therefore not suitable for real-time video and audio-editing.

Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
1086.5 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Acer has equipped our review unit with a 1 TB NVMe M.2 2280 SSD. The Samsung PM991 delivers excellent transfer speeds, but the device does not have a secondary drive bay for adding more storage.

A look at the Samsung PM991 in the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32.
A look at the Samsung PM991 in the Acer Swift 3 SF314-32.
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Sequential Read: 1435 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1528 MB/s
512K Read: 872.1 MB/s
512K Write: 1365 MB/s
4K Read: 38.24 MB/s
4K Write: 133.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 461.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 365.2 MB/s
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Honor Magicbook 14
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Average Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-5%
28%
-14%
-22%
22%
17%
50%
0%
Write 4K
98.85
134.3
36%
137.66
39%
107.7
9%
118.8
20%
144.3
46%
157.6
59%
181.6
84%
98.9
0%
Read 4K
32.44
43.56
34%
42.49
31%
39.73
22%
41.62
28%
44.88
38%
46.39
43%
57.41
77%
32.4
0%
Write Seq
1582
1434
-9%
2340.76
48%
926.3
-41%
795.7
-50%
1940
23%
1214
-23%
1982
25%
1582
0%
Read Seq
1471
1448
-2%
2435.95
66%
1014
-31%
1101
-25%
2175
48%
1295
-12%
1899
29%
1471
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
375.4
239.1
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Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB: Ø2284 (1368.61-2314.43)

Graphics Card

AMD's integrated Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU handles graphics tasks. This impressed us too, with the GPU outperforming the RX Vega 8 of the Ryzen 2000U/3000U series by up to 25% in 3DMark benchmarks. The RX Vega 7 even comes close to matching dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA GeForce MX250.

It is worth pointing out that the RX Vega 7 has seven compute units (CUs) compared to the eight in the RX Vega 8, along with 448 shaders to the 512 in the RX Vega 8. So, how can the RX Vega 7 outperform the RX Vega 8 when it has fewer compute cores and shaders? Well, AMD has increased the clock speed from 1,400 MHz to 1,600 MHz for a start. Additionally, the RX Vega 7 benefits from being paired with faster DDR4 RAM; up to DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4-4266 compared to the DDR4-2400 that Ryzen 3000 APUs support.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 06 Standard
19353 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
15715 points
3DMark 11 Performance
5164 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
90863 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15913 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2843 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1102 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4990 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-8265U
4942 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
4920 Points ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (4019 - 5422, n=5)
4904 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
4614 Points ∼92% -8%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3994 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3968 Points ∼80% -20%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3949 Points ∼79% -21%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3389 Points ∼68% -32%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=403)
1480 Points ∼30% -70%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
1164 Points ∼100% +20%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
1105 Points ∼95% +14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
973 Points ∼84%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (742 - 1084, n=5)
955 Points ∼82% -2%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
788 Points ∼68% -19%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
742 Points ∼64% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3098, n=65)
624 Points ∼54% -36%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
3845 Points ∼100% +23%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-8265U
3720 Points ∼97% +19%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-1065G7
3580 Points ∼93% +14%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (2425 - 3593, n=5)
3146 Points ∼82% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3134 Points ∼82%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2655 Points ∼69% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2568 Points ∼67% -18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2433 Points ∼63% -22%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2272 Points ∼59% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=282)
1181 Points ∼31% -62%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-8265U
23643 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-10210U
23376 Points ∼99% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
22895 Points ∼97%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (16972 - 25720, n=4)
22123 Points ∼94% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
18581 Points ∼79% -19%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18528 Points ∼78% -19%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
16048 Points ∼68% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 30436, n=300)
8284 Points ∼35% -64%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
48.3 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
48.3 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.1 - 48.3, n=9)
22.9 fps ∼47% -53%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
28.8 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
28.8 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.4 - 28.8, n=10)
13.1 fps ∼45% -55%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
59.8 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
59.8 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8.7 - 59.8, n=9)
31.2 fps ∼52% -48%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
74.6 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
74.6 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (9 - 74.6, n=10)
33.2 fps ∼45% -55%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
54.3 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
54.3 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.4 - 62, n=15)
29.1 fps ∼54% -46%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
53.6 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
53.6 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.9 - 56.6, n=15)
29.9 fps ∼56% -44%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
235 fps ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
234.7 fps ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (33.3 - 235, n=25)
113 fps ∼48% -52%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
210.2 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
210 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (24.8 - 210, n=22)
74.5 fps ∼35% -65%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
90.1 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
90.1 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (18.2 - 200, n=22)
58.6 fps ∼65% -35%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
88.1 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
88.1 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10.3 - 113, n=20)
38 fps ∼43% -57%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
70 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
70 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (13.4 - 92.1, n=15)
42.5 fps ∼61% -39%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
68 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
68 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.8 - 83.6, n=14)
37 fps ∼54% -46%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
501 Samples/s ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (497 - 501, n=2)
499 Samples/s ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (14 - 9546, n=57)
371 Samples/s ∼74% -26%
Sala GPUs-only
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (910 - 963, n=2)
937 Samples/s ∼100% +3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
910 Samples/s ∼97%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 10809, n=57)
617 Samples/s ∼66% -32%
Geekbench 4.4 - Compute OpenCL Score
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-8265U
49848 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i5-8265U
49848 Points ∼100% +20%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
41545 Points ∼83%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (31565 - 41545, n=2)
36555 Points ∼73% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
32092 Points ∼64% -23%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
31970 Points ∼64% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5997 - 60855, n=54)
31202 Points ∼63% -25%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
30636 Points ∼61% -26%
Geekbench 5
Vulkan Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
13325 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
 
13325 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
7638 Points ∼57% -43%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1166 - 13325, n=6)
5984 Points ∼45% -55%
OpenCL Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
11500 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (10519 - 11500, n=2)
11010 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R8HZ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
8906 Points ∼77% -23%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
8804 Points ∼77% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (848 - 11500, n=24)
7045 Points ∼61% -39%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Vulkan Score 5.1
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
13573 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (11338 - 14598, n=3)