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Acer Swift 5 Sneak Peek Preview: Tiger Lake iGPU attacks Entry-Level GeForce

Does the Iris Graphics Xe wipe the floor with MX350 and Vega 7? Despite limited cooling capabilities in a merely 15 mm thin case Acer's Swift 5 featuring Intel's latest Tiger Lake CPU seems to be a giant leap forwards when compared to Intel's 10th gen processor. Even more importantly GPU performance seems to be in a whole different league. Laptops with dedicated entry-level GPUs will have to take note.
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Intel Tiger Lake with powerful Xe iGPU: i7-1165G7 with Iris Xe G7 graphics card (Gen 12)
Intel Tiger Lake with powerful Xe iGPU: i7-1165G7 with Iris Xe G7 graphics card (Gen 12)

Acer sent us a pre-production sample of its Swift 5, which in some regards may not yet fully reflect the final product. Accordingly, the following is not a full review but rather a limited sneak peek preview without a final rating. As soon as we have received a production model, we are going to put it through its paces and provide you with a full review.

After testing the Core i7-1185G7 (see benchmark test) the Swift 5 offers us a first glance at the lower-tier Tiger Lake Core i7 SKU. The top-tier model (1185G7) managed to outperform even AMD’s Ryzen hexa-cores and offered an integrated GPU that would render entry-level GeForce GPUs, such as the GeForce MX330 and MX350, superfluous. But what about the i7-1165G7 in Acer’s Swift 5, will it be capable of a similar feat? This time, our review sample is not an early developer sample notebook by Intel but rather an almost finalized production model made by Acer. Keep mind that results may still differ from the final product. However, our experience shows that pre-production samples and final products very often perform very similarly if not identically.

Acer SF514-55T (Swift 5 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 1600 MHz, DDR4, 27.20.100.8439
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO B140HAN06.D, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI, 512 GB 
, 385 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.95 x 319 x 208 ( = 0.59 x 12.56 x 8.19 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.029 kg ( = 36.3 oz / 2.27 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

We were unable to spot any differences between the pre-production model and the previews Swift 5 generation (14-54T). The panel is installed inside a robust yet very slim frame. Applying pressure to the rear does not produce any distortions. The webcam sits at the top above the display and lacks a physical shutter. The hinge is firm and requires one hand to hold down the base unit while opening the lid. In return, we failed to notice any teetering when walking around with the display lid opened. The base unit itself feels incredibly sturdy although its plastic material is very easily recognizable as such.

Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5
Acer Swift 5

Weight increased slightly over its predecessor as the new CPU may have required some extra cooling fins and thus a few more grams of copper resulting in 1,029 g (2.27 lbs) instead of 943 g (2.08 lbs). When compared to its competitors its weight is still fairly low with the ZenBook 14 being the single exception at 1.2 kg (2.62 lbs). Thickness without feet was fairly uniform among all competitors with the LG Gram 14 being the thickest of the bunch.

Size Comparison

323 mm / 12.7 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 994 g2.19 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs323.5 mm / 12.7 inch 217.1 mm / 8.55 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.39 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 203 mm / 7.99 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 995 g2.19 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1 kg2.27 lbs318.7 mm / 12.5 inch 210.5 mm / 8.29 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 943 g2.08 lbs

Connectivity

Connectivity remained completely unchanged. No ports have been added and existing ones have not been relocated. Thus, we still get an HDMI port and a USB Type-C port with support Thunderbolt, although this time around the new chip already supports Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 with 4 PCIe 4 lanes. Just like Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 supports a data rate of up to 40 Gbps. The same is true for support for 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes (up to 32 Gbps) as well as external GPUs. Those were also already supported by Thunderbolt 3.

The big news is compatibility with USB 4. This does not necessarily translate into faster USB speeds as the fastest supported remains USB 3.2 Gen 2.2 at 20 Gbps. In return, DisplayPort 2.0 with up to 77.37 Gbps via USB-C is new and capable of supporting uncompressed 8K video (7680 x 4320).

Left: Power, HDMI, USB-A 3.1, USB-C (Thunderbolt)
Left: Power, HDMI, USB-A 3.1, USB-C (Thunderbolt)
Right: 3.5-mm audio, USB-A 2.0, Kensington lock
Right: 3.5-mm audio, USB-A 2.0, Kensington lock

Performance

The Swift 5 features a set of components that will most likely become the new standard among many subnotebooks and ultra-thin devices. Its i7-1165G7 offers four cores and is rated at a TDP of 12 to 28 W. Furthermore, it comes with a FHD display, a Wi-Fi 6 card (Intel AX201), a 512 GB NVMe SSD made by SK Hynix, and a very decent 16 GB of dual-channel RAM.

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Processor

Our preview unit was configured to fully utilize the Core i7-1165G7’s 28 W of TDP. Accordingly, it was capable of running at 4.1 GHz on all four cores as long as thermals allowed for a safe operation. Unfortunately, that was the case after the first iteration already, and after five repeated runs all cores ran at less than 3 instead of more than 4 GHz. This, in turn, is very close to the processor’s base clock speed of 2.8 GHz and represents a performance loss of 31 % when compared to the first run. Intel’s reference design with an 1185G7 performed very differently and much better. Its scores even improved after the first iteration, and it managed to maintain this subsequent high level of performance.

Looking at the R15 Short logfile we see that CPU Package Power is increased to slightly over 40 W during the first 5 seconds, remains steady for another 15 seconds, and then slowly decreases. Dynamic tuning seems to be disabled in this chip, otherwise it would have been able to consume up to 64 W for short periods of time.

The results were identical when running Prime95. Clock speeds settled at 2.4-2.5 GHz after three minutes, and temperatures hovered around 65 °C. Like before we can see a decrease of CPU Package Power from 45 W at the beginning to 17 W towards the end.

In our Cinebench R20 benchmark, which only takes the first run into account, the 1165G7 trailed behind its 1185G7 sibling by no more than 5 %. Other benchmarks produced very different results. In Cinebench R15 and Blender the top model was 39 % and 17 % faster, respectively. These results show one thing first and foremost: a future laptop’s performance will depend primarily on its cooling system with a much lesser impact of processor nomenclature.

Logview R15 Loop - frequencies and temperatures short run 3 min
Logview R15 Loop - frequencies and temperatures short run 3 min
Logview R15 Loop - frequencies and temperatures long run
Logview R15 Loop - frequencies and temperatures long run
Logview Prime95 - frequencies and temperatures
Logview Prime95 - frequencies and temperatures
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Acer SF514-55T Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø679 (635.98-959.46)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø853 (754.55-866.1)
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø494 (437.21-504.69)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø594 (493.81-731.25)
LG Gram 14Z90N Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø453 (446.17-494.8)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø456 (442.93-580.91)
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø444 (412-561)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø932 (907.83-1035.01)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
583 Points ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
580 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (480 - 583, n=5)
546 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
466 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
441 Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 583, n=70)
366 Points ∼63% -37%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U
365 Points ∼63% -37%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
358 Points ∼61% -39%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼100% +14%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2214 Points ∼92% +5%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2108 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2530, n=5)
1913 Points ∼80% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1428 Points ∼59% -32%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2935, n=71)
1239 Points ∼52% -41%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U
1176 Points ∼49% -44%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1081 Points ∼45% -49%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
224 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (210 - 220, n=5)
215 Points ∼96% +2%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
210 Points ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
183 Points ∼82% -13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
180 Points ∼80% -14%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
170 Points ∼76% -19%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
166 Points ∼74% -21%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U
153 Points ∼68% -27%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
Intel Core i7-10510U
141 Points ∼63% -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 218, n=329)
122 Points ∼54% -42%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼100% +49%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
966 Points ∼93% +39%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
866 (754.55min - 866.1max) Points ∼84% +24%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (606 - 1020, n=7)
787 Points ∼76% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
731 Points ∼71% +5%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
696 (672.4min - 695.53max) Points ∼67%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U
581 Points ∼56% -17%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
Intel Core i7-10510U
561 Points ∼54% -19%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
518 Points ∼50% -26%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
495 (446.17min - 494.8max) Points ∼48% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1287, n=344)
386 Points ∼37% -45%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=62)
1224 Seconds * ∼100% -85%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1023 Seconds * ∼84% -55%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
912.4 Seconds * ∼75% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
769 Seconds * ∼63% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (632 - 958, n=4)
736 Seconds * ∼60% -12%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
660 Seconds * ∼54%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
545 Seconds * ∼45% +17%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
523.9 Seconds * ∼43% +21%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
15198 MIPS ∼100% +185%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5368 MIPS ∼35% +1%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5326 MIPS ∼35%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4651 - 5326, n=4)
5089 MIPS ∼33% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4521 MIPS ∼30% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4292 MIPS ∼28% -19%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4166 MIPS ∼27% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=57)
4093 MIPS ∼27% -23%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
26652 MIPS ∼100% +15%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
25086 MIPS ∼94% +9%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23087 MIPS ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 23087, n=4)
20131 MIPS ∼76% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
18187 MIPS ∼68% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 37081, n=57)
15719 MIPS ∼59% -32%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
13432 MIPS ∼50% -42%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3913 MIPS ∼15% -83%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1575 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1523 - 1575, n=5)
1556 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1211 Points ∼77% -23%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1101 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1575, n=53)
1001 Points ∼64% -36%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
948 Points ∼60% -40%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5926 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (5441 - 5926, n=5)
5670 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4792 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4122 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 5926, n=53)
3205 Points ∼54% -46%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2464 Points ∼42% -58%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
7.81 fps ∼100% +40%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
6.46 fps ∼83% +16%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.58 fps ∼71%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3.84 - 5.84, n=4)
5.15 fps ∼66% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4.85 fps ∼62% -13%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4.15 fps ∼53% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 8.33, n=57)
4.05 fps ∼52% -27%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3.67 fps ∼47% -34%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=42)
83 s ∼100% +68%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
61.5 s ∼74% +24%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
59.83 s ∼72% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
51.7 s ∼62% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (46.2 - 56.7, n=4)
50.1 s ∼60% +1%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
49.4 s ∼60%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.554 - 2.43, n=47)
0.886 sec * ∼100% -60%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.761 sec * ∼86% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.679 sec * ∼77% -23%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.629 sec * ∼71% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.554 - 0.649, n=4)
0.596 sec * ∼67% -8%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.571 sec * ∼64% -3%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.554 sec * ∼63%

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Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
40744 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
8894
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
28753
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
15497
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
11411 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
13142 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
68 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.49 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
9.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
2.27 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
68.5 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
8.82 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
696 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
107 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
210 Points
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System Performance

System performance was very decent overall and just 11 % behind Intel’s 1187G7 reference design. Note that the differences between the respective tests were immense. For example, Intel’s system was 23 % faster in Productivity, most likely due to its faster Samsung PM981 SSD.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5075 Points ∼100% +4%
Acer SF514-55T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
4891 Points ∼96%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4709 Points ∼93% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4083 - 4891, n=4)
4567 Points ∼90% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3446 Points ∼68% -30%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3285 Points ∼65% -33%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
GeForce MX150, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3194 Points ∼63% -35%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
3076 Points ∼61% -37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4905, n=143)
2690 Points ∼53% -45%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
2537 Points ∼50% -48%
Productivity
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8770 Points ∼100% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7676 Points ∼88% +14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
7273 Points ∼83% +8%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7057 Points ∼80% +5%
Acer SF514-55T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
6745 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (6560 - 6838, n=4)
6691 Points ∼76% -1%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
6554 Points ∼75% -3%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
GeForce MX150, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6072 Points ∼69% -10%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
5740 Points ∼65% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=143)
5421 Points ∼62% -20%
Essentials
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
10484 Points ∼100% +4%
Acer SF514-55T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
10113 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (9585 - 10113, n=4)
9830 Points ∼94% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9524 Points ∼91% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9244 Points ∼88% -9%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8866 Points ∼85% -12%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
8839 Points ∼84% -13%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
8482 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 10113, n=143)
7164 Points ∼68% -29%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
GeForce MX150, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7117 Points ∼68% -30%
Score
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5561 Points ∼100% +12%
Acer SF514-55T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
4972 Points ∼89%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4886 Points ∼88% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4601 - 4972, n=4)
4798 Points ∼86% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4527 Points ∼81% -9%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4231 Points ∼76% -15%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ1
3807 Points ∼68% -23%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
3783 Points ∼68% -24%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
GeForce MX150, i7-8565U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3704 Points ∼67% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4972, n=146)
3342 Points ∼60% -33%

GPU Performance

The Iris Xe G7 GPU (Gen 12) is supposed to perform much better than Intel’s previous generation Iris Plus G7 that Ice Lake CPUs were equipped with. The 1165G7’s Iris Xe features 96 EUs running at 400-1300 MHz. This particular iGPU managed to outperform AMD’s Radeon Vega 7 by a whopping 36 % in Cloud Gate and an even more impressive 84 % in Fire Strike. Compared to last generation’s Iris Plus G7 it was between 200-300 % faster (Time Spy and Fire Strike Graphics), and it even gave Nvidia’s MX350 a run for its money and ran 27 and 33 % faster in Cloud Gate and Fire Strike, respectively. Not bad for an iGPU, not bad indeed.

It looks as if previous entry-level solutions a la MX 330 or MX350 might have a hard time in the future. Accordingly, we expect Nvidia to introduce its new GeForce MX450 entry-level GPU very soon in order to keep up with Intel’s iGPU in the entry-level segment.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
7001 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (5018 - 7001, n=5)
6398 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1065G7
6232 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
6135 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4990 Points ∼71% -29%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
4829 Points ∼69% -31%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
3560 Points ∼51% -49%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
3150 Points ∼45% -55%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2516 Points ∼36% -64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1978 Points ∼28% -72%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1836 Points ∼26% -74%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=415)
1541 Points ∼22% -78%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
1618 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1614 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (1089 - 1618, n=9)
1391 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1065G7
1326 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
973 Points ∼60% -40%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
862 Points ∼53% -47%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 3098, n=76)
652 Points ∼40% -60%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
533 Points ∼33% -67%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
453 Points ∼28% -72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
432 Points ∼27% -73%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5774 Points ∼100%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
5652 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4170 - 5774, n=8)
5083 Points ∼88% -12%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
4340 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1065G7
4332 Points ∼75% -25%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
3838 Points ∼66% -34%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3134 Points ∼54% -46%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
2874 Points ∼50% -50%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1739 Points ∼30% -70%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
1487 Points ∼26% -74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1366 Points ∼24% -76%
Asus ExpertBook B9450FA, i7-10510U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1319 Points ∼23% -77%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=295)
1237 Points ∼21% -79%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
31380 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (23053 - 38040, n=4)
29941 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-10510U
24723 Points ∼79% -21%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, Intel Core i7-10510U
23580 Points ∼75% -25%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
22895 Points ∼73% -27%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8565U
18633 Points ∼59% -41%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
11934 Points ∼38% -62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
10785 Points ∼34% -66%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 31380, n=312)
8597 Points ∼27% -73%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
7045 Points ∼22% -78%
3DMark 06 Score
24558 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
23981 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7490 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
101475 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18164 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5283 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1775 points
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Gaming Performance

In order to fully replace dedicated entry-level GPUs the Iris Xe has to be capable of running real games smoothly as well, and based on our findings with Witcher 3 we are more than hopeful. For the first time ever Witcher 3 ran smoothly in high settings and FHD resolution on an iGPU (30 FPS). Neither AMD’s Radeon Vega 7 (17 FPS) nor Intel’s Whiskey Lake UHD Graphics (7 FPS) were capable of this task.

Looking at Nvidia’s dedicated entry-level GPUs we see 28 FPS for the MX350 (MSI Prestige 14) and a meager 20 FPS for the MX330. Have dedicated entry-level GPUs finally been rendered superfluous? At first glance it seems they might have, and we can’t wait to run additional tests and gaming benchmarks with final production samples.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16 (13min - 19max) fps ∼100% +7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
15.8 (14min, 14P1 - 17max) fps ∼99% +5%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15 (6min - 18max) fps ∼94%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.9 - 16, n=4)
14.3 fps ∼89% -5%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
14 (7min - 18max) fps ∼88% -7%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
11.2 (3min - 14max) fps ∼70% -25%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
10.7 fps ∼67% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.1 - 29.8, n=31)
10.3 fps ∼64% -31%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.9 (31min - 41max) fps ∼100% +20%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30 (25min - 34max) fps ∼84%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
27.5 (23min - 32max) fps ∼77% -8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
27.4 fps ∼76% -9%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 35.9, n=5)
26.9 fps ∼75% -10%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
19.2 (4min - 25max) fps ∼53% -36%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
16.5 fps ∼46% -45%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.8 - 52.6, n=44)
16.4 fps ∼46% -45%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
7 fps ∼19% -77%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
65.2 (58min - 72max) fps ∼100% +21%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
54 (43min - 60max) fps ∼83%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.4 - 65.2, n=5)
48 fps ∼74% -11%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
47.2 (41min - 53max) fps ∼72% -13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
46.5 fps ∼71% -14%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
37 (33min - 42max) fps ∼57% -31%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
33.5 fps ∼51% -38%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.6 - 92, n=54)
25.1 fps ∼38% -54%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
17.9 fps ∼27% -67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
12.1 fps ∼19% -78%
X-Plane 11.11
3840x2160 high (fps_test=3)
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
38.4 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
29.4 fps ∼77% -23%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (12.1 - 38.4, n=2)
25.3 fps ∼66% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.59 - 49.2, n=5)
25 fps ∼65% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.59 fps ∼17% -83%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
59.1 fps ∼100% +58%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
48.1 fps ∼81% +29%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
44.1 fps ∼75% +18%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41.7 fps ∼71% +12%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.3 fps ∼63%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (21.8 - 41.7, n=6)
33.2 fps ∼56% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
24.9 fps ∼42% -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.09 - 60.5, n=51)
19 fps ∼32% -49%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
11.9 fps ∼20% -68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.9 fps ∼18% -71%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
65.1 fps ∼100% +56%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RD
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
56.2 fps ∼86% +35%
MSI Prestige 14 A10RC
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX330
50 fps ∼77% +20%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
45.6 fps ∼70% +10%
Acer SF514-55T
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
41.6 fps ∼64%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (24.5 - 45.6, n=6)
36.9 fps ∼57% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
28.1 fps ∼43% -32%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.42 - 71.5, n=54)
20.6 fps ∼32% -50%
LG Gram 14Z90N
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
11.7 fps ∼18% -72%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.3 fps ∼16% -75%
low med. high ultra4K
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 268.2 167.2 155.6 95.9 fps
GTA V (2015) 87.9 74.4 25.2 11.1 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 79 54 30 15 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 86.2 69.2 50 47.7 19.7 fps
Overwatch (2016) 158.9 111.9 57.6 32 fps
Fortnite (2018) 56.9 30.1 21.2 14.7 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 44.1 24.7 15.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 55.6 41.6 37.3 38.4 fps
World of Tanks enCore (2018) 317.7 73.8 33.8 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 56 28 26 24 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 56 26 24 21 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 32 25 22 14 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 64.8 39.2 34.1 31 fps
Farming Simulator 19 (2018) 144.7 80.3 46 29.1 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 111.2 47.1 34.5 34.7 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 49 28 27 24 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 38.7 20 14.5 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 119.2 49.5 38 21.9 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 51 28 21 15 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 79.2 29.3 15.1 9.1 fps
Rage 2 (2019) 63.9 29.4 23.7 23.1 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 93.7 31.7 19.4 13 fps
Control (2019) 59.7 19.6 13.5 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 50.4 24.9 15.6 11.6 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 184.2 99.8 78.7 63.6 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 85.3 42.9 34.7 29.7 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 40.1 27.3 fps
Need for Speed Heat (2019) 37.1 28.3 25.8 23.2 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 21.8 19 17.2 fps
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2019) 51.9 26.7 15.2 fps
Escape from Tarkov (2020) 77.3 38.2 30.8 29.1 fps
Hunt Showdown (2020) 60 28.3 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 56.7 30.9 27.5 26.9 fps
Gears Tactics (2020) 142.1 50.1 32.1 19 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 89 47 37 24 fps
Death Stranding (2020) 49.3 30.7 29.3 28.5 fps
Flight Simulator 2020 (2020) 36.9 17.9 12.4 fps
Serious Sam 4 (2020) 63 20.8 17.8 12.3 fps
Mafia Definitive Edition (2020) 37.7 17.9 16.5 fps
Star Wars Squadrons (2020) 105.9 52.3 42.8 38.8 fps

Battery Life

We ran our Wi-Fi battery test at reduced brightness (150 nits) with the keyboard backlight disabled on this pre-production lightweight subnotebook. It managed to run for almost 11 hours, which is impressive considering its battery capacity of just 56 Wh. Nevertheless, the AMD Ryzen-based Acer Swift 3 ran for almost 12 hours and remains untouchable for now. Thanks to fast charging the battery can be charged to 70 % within 50 minutes, which is impressive.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 51min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
9h 21min
Acer SF514-55T
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 56 Wh
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 56 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2020-20UAS04T00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
LG Gram 14Z90N
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 72 Wh
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
i7-8565U, GeForce MX150, 50 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7, 48.85 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-28%
-7%
29%
-23%
10%
-24%
Reader / Idle
885
2735
1392
646 (87 - 2735, n=568)
WiFi v1.3
651
468
-28%
604
-7%
838
29%
499
-23%
715
10%
497 (206 - 991, n=274)
-24%
Load
134
95
211
114
123 (40 - 369, n=589)
H.264
485
770
968
514 (182 - 1312, n=137)

Verdict

Acers Swift 5 with Intel Tiger Lake: Review model provided by Acer Germany
Acers Swift 5 with Intel Tiger Lake: Review model provided by Acer Germany

Just like its predecessor, the Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U, the new Swift 5 continues the Swift legacy of “as slim as possible, as lightweight as feasible, and as powerful as reasonable”.

In this particular case, reasonable translates to a CPU that performed almost as fast as a Ryzen 7 4700U, one of the fastest ultra-low-voltages chips available for slim and lightweight subnotebooks at the time of writing, in short-term burst load scenarios.

However, sustained load paints a different picture, and the CPU is incapable of maintaining its high turbo boost over long periods of time and loses around 30 % of its peak performance. Even then it is still faster than a 10th generation Core i7, and as such the Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 can be considered a well-made high-performance CPU for ultra-lightweight notebooks. It is, however, not suitable as a workstation SoC.

The integrated GPU raised the bar significantly. The Intel Iris Xe G7 is set to take on the games and benchmarks of a Radeon Vega 7 and Geforce MX330/MX350 graphics solution. For the first time ever, the admittedly old yet very demanding game Witcher 3 ran smoothly in high settings and FHD resolution on an integrated GPU. Who would have thought that would be possible on an Intel GPU a mere two years ago?

The Intel Iris Xe G7 can keep up in first games and benchmarks with a Radeon Vega 7 as well as MX330/MX350 graphics solutions.

Keep in mind that our benchmarks and tests were performed on an Acer Swift 5 pre-production sample that the manufacturer had approved for benchmarks. We do not expect any significant changes, neither for the worse nor for the better, from the final retail product. Its high performance combined with 11 hours of battery life, a bright touch display, a brand-new Thunderbolt 4 port, and its decent input devices make this a very powerful subnotebook for many years to come. If prices remain similar to previous generations, we expect around $1,000 for a device configured similarly to our preview unit – a bargain. Once we have received the final Swift 5 production model, we are going to run it through its paces and provide you with a full and extensive review thereof. 

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2020-09-30 (Update: 2020-10- 1)
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Editor of the original article: Sebastian Jentsch - Managing Editor Consumer Notebooks
Computers interested me early on. With 14 I put together the first PCs for the relatives, with the 90's these were 80286's to 486's up to Pentium 1's. What was closer to becoming a product tester? Since 2007 I have been following the world of Windows laptops and convertibles. Today I also want to separate the wheat from the chaff in vacuum cleaner robots, bread baking machines or irrigation computers, which is why I am also on the road as a freelance editor for other test websites.