Acer Swift 3 SF313-53 review (Tiger Lake i7, 3:2 display)


  1. Me

    October 6, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you for the review!
    Can you please check Tiger Lake AV1 decoding support?
    For example with this 8K YouTube video

    But at first you need to instal Microsoft AV1 extention

    And you need to activate AV1 support in YouTube settings.

    Please share YouTube statistic for "Nerds" + Task Manager info with cpu/igpu usage.

    Thank You!

  2. mik

    October 7, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Can you try this driver?

    Btw, the Swift 5 seems to have a higher sustained PL1 setting based on other reviews.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 7, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      I no longer have this around. The 14-inch Swift 13 that I'm currently finishing up also runs at 28W sustained and higher temperatures, so there's a fair chance the retail 13-inch model will run at higher power as well.

  3. mik

    October 7, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Then you could test the new driver on the 14 inch model. From the release notes:

    Intel® Turbo Technology Power and Performance Enhancements

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 7, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      I did. While with the previous driver the CPU was running at 28W and increased temperatures, with this new driver it only runs at 17W.

  4. mik

    October 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Interesting but how is it possible that a graphics driver could effect the PL1 setting of a device? I was expecting a power budget distribution improvement/change between CPU and GPU. The Bios/software side from Tigerlake seems to be immature at the moment.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 7, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      it probably affects the CPU as a whole. I'm seeing similar results on the UX393 ZenBook that I still have around.

  5. mik

    October 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I wonder if this is intended and I wonder if other 28W devices like the MSI Prestige will be slowed down to 17W as well. If yes it can't be intended from Intel.

  6. mik

    October 8, 2020 at 5:19 am

    To be honest this must be a bug, they cannot force every device to run into a 17W limit. Imagine that every Tigerlake device is forced to run with 17W out of a sudden, even the better devices like MSI Prestige which is Intels reference system. There is something wrong.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 8, 2020 at 7:43 am

      Probably an issue with this early model. I rolled back the driver and it runs at 28W again.

  7. william blake

    October 8, 2020 at 7:33 am

    so, one extra heat pipe makes miracles?
    imagine extra fan. and then 1,5 times more thickness and diameter for it. silence.
    21 century tech.

  8. mik

    October 8, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    From the UX393EA review:

    "especially since Asus also went for a close back and limited air-intake on the bottom panel, restricted to those narrow grills on the sides"

    So this isn't ideal either even though i don't know if the Acer has more/bigger air intakes than the Asus. Ok by looking at the screens the Acer has much bigger air intakes:

    No wonder the Acer cooling is better.

  9. Andre

    April 14, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Are you sure the screen doesn't use PWM?

  10. Jeff

    January 4, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    "glossy display, but not a touchscreen"

    This is a Pro in my book, not a Con. Glossy looks so much better than Matte, Glossy AR (anti-reflection) would be most ideal for all devices.

  11. Albert

    May 6, 2022 at 7:02 am

    With the stock install of Windows, there is an Acer utility where you can change the TDP and the fan profile by pressing FN + F, and it switches between Silent mode, where the 17W of TDP probably came from, and Normal and High-performance mode, where the PL1 TDP goes to 28W.

  12. Aurelio

    January 6, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    Hi, Andrei,

    Is it advantageous for a person who does video editing once a week on this Notebook (Swift 3 with i7-1165G7 and 8Gb RAM fixed) on Adobe Premiere and a bit of transcoding using Handbrake (with Quick Sync) to purchase an ASUS G14 with R7 5800HS and GTX 1650? (it is finally on sale with affordable prices for him now)

    He does not mind losing the much better screen on the Swift, provided that he'll be able to upgrade the memory to 40Gb; and maybe the GTX 1650 will accelerate the encoding a little bit more?

    Thank you so much!
    (I can't find this answer on my own… Is the GTX 1650 worth the loss of Quick Sync?)

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 7, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      I don't have enough experience with video editing in the last years to give a proper answer either. I'd expect the G14 should be faster and the memory to help a fair bit as well, but not sure by how much.

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