Acer V3-571G General Performance

We start as usual with our general performance application benchmarks. We still don’t have quite as many laptops available in our updated Mobile Benchmark Suite as we’d like, and there’s not much point in comparing a full-size notebook with several different models of Ultrabook. We’ve tried to stick with the more meaningful comparisons where possible, but we also wanted to flesh out the charts with additional data points. The result is the following selection of laptops, with their basic specs listed in the table, and as always, should you want to make additional comparisons, head over to Mobile Bench.

Laptop Configuration Overview
Laptop CPU Graphics Storage Battery
Acer Aspire V3-571G Intel i7-3610QM GT640M/HD4000 HDD 48Wh
Acer TimelineU M3 Intel i7-2637M GT640M/HD3000 SSD 55Wh
AMD Trinity Prototype AMD A10-4600M HD7660G SSD 56Wh
ASUS N56VM (Prerelease) Intel i7-3720QM GT630M/HD4000 HDD 56Wh
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A Intel i7-3517U HD4000 SSD 35Wh
ASUS G74SX-A2 Intel i7-2630QM GTX560M/HD3000 SSD 90Wh
Clevo W110ER Intel i7-3720QM GT650M/HD4000 Hybrid 62Wh
Razer Blade Intel i7-2640M GT555M/HD3000 SSD 60Wh
Sony VAIO SE Intel i7-2640M HD6630M/HD3000 HDD 49Wh
Toshiba P755D AMD A8-3520M HD6620G HDD 47Wh

As we’re starting with PCMark results, we again want to note how much of an impact the presence of an SSD has on the results. It makes most of the comparisons between the HDD and SSD equipped laptops meaningless, but it does serve to drive home the point that for some workloads an SSD will make a huge difference. I switched over to a 240GB SSD for my laptop and Ultrabook use, and whenever I have to use and test a laptop that only has HDD storage (like the Acer V3), the difference is painfully obvious.

PCMark 7 - PCMarks

PCMark 7 - Lightweight

PCMark 7 - Productivity

PCMark 7 - Entertainment

PCMark 7 - Creativity

PCMark 7 - Computation

PCMark 7 - Storage

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

The placement of the Acer V3 in the above charts isn’t very inspiring, but remember what we said about SSDs. Most of the higher scoring laptops feature SSDs and/or slightly faster CPUs. For general use, any of the laptops will be “fast enough”, and as long as you don’t mind waiting during intense periods of disk activity (e.g. initial boot up of the OS and various applications) even the HDD equipped laptops will work well. Still, one look at what an SSD does for the ASUS N56VM might make you consider splurging on better storage system. Acer adds insult to injury here by going with a 5400RPM hard drive, and the only slower Storage score in the charts comes from the Toshiba P755D—which also uses a 5400RPM Toshiba hard drive, not surprisingly.

If we look at the one PCMark 7 test that doesn’t hit storage at all, the Computation suite, we run into a different problem. Here, all of the laptops that support Intel’s Quick Sync technology get a massive performance boost, and the Ivy Bridge processors are basically twice as fast with Quick Sync as Sandy Bridge parts. It makes for yet another lopsided graph, which makes the overall usefulness of the PCMark scores debatable. As long as we understand what the charts represent, however, we can at least use them to gauge relative performance. The basic summary is that, for general use, a moderate CPU (e.g. Trinity, Llano, or Sandy Bridge) with an SSD will offer a better experience than just about any current HDD-based laptop; similarly, if you want to do hardware accelerated video encoding, there’s no beating Quick Sync.

Cinebench R11.5 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

x264 HD Benchmark - First Pass

x264 HD Benchmark - Second Pass

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

When we shift over to our more CPU- and GPU-centric tests, the performance results start to look more sensible. As one of two quad-core Ivy Bridge laptops, the Acer V3-571G takes second place in all four of our CPU-based tests, losing out by a small margin to the higher clocked i7-3720QM in the ASUS N56VM. The 3DMark scores tell a similar story, although this time it’s the GTX 560M in the ASUS G74SX that takes first place, with the GT 640M generally falling into second place and trading blows with the Razer Blade and Acer M3-581TG Ultrabook. The latter has the same GPU but a slower ULV Sandy Bridge processor, and we should hopefully have the updated M5 Ivy Bridge model in for testing in the near future.

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  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    You should severely downgrade any computer with a shitty glossy screen. It's time to call manufacturers out on this massive regression and fraud.

    Are these the "deep blacks" we're supposed to be getting from a glossy screen?
    http://images.anandtech.com/galleries/2137/Acer%20...

    Even Acer's own "glamour shot" shows the color being washed out by this asinine surface: http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6066/acer-v3-571g...
    Reply
  • Darkstone - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    The spec table reads 3.21 lbs (1.46kg). Are you sure that is correct? Reply
  • jurgenvwyk - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    According to acer.co.uk it's 2.6kg( 5.73lbs) Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    Sorry -- I used the last Ultrabook review as the base table and forgot to update the size/weight sections. It's fixed now. :-) Reply
  • Fx1 - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    Who really comes to anandtech to read about budget laptops? Reply
  • zorxd - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    Nobody. We all come here to read about laptops so expensive that we won't buy them anyway. Oh, but we will have the picture in our bedroom. Reply
  • Fx1 - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    I buy them.

    Sux to be you
    Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    I've always considered Acer the bottom of the pile. I'd personally not buy an Acer desktop or laptop for myself, or recommend one.

    I haven't really seen anything to change that yet..
    Reply
  • frozentundra123456 - Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - link

    Surprisingly, I have an Acer desktop that is going on 6 years old, and it has been more reliable than any other off the shelf system I have had. The only thing that went wrong in this entire time was that the hard drive went out. Otherwise, no problems at all. Maybe I just got lucky though. Reply
  • Iketh - Saturday, July 07, 2012 - link

    My $500 Gateway i3 2.13ghz laptop from January 2010 is still going strong. It gets used heavily too. Reply

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