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Acer Apire 5 A515-52G-53PU – An Affordable Allrounder?

Gaming Tests

All gaming tests were conducted with the GeForce 419.17 WQHL.

Tested game Resolution Settings
Rocket League FullHD Lowest, FXAA low
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (integrated benchmark) HD DX11, Lowest
Bioshock Remastered FHD max. settings
Dota 2 FHD DX11, High
Counter-Strike Global Offensive (Dust II) FHD low, 2x MSAA
Apex Legends HD Lowest

In the 3D Mark Firestrike the system achieves a total score of 3053 points.

The gaming tests quickly make it clear that the Aspire 5 is more suitable for older or frugal games. For graphically demanding games, the GPU in particular lacks the computing power.

The Cooling, Volume and Battery Life

At very low load, the Aspire’s fan stops. The laptop is still not soundless because the coil beep comes to the fore. However, this does not have to occur with every device.

However, even with a slightly increased load, the fan starts to work. Its background noise is then audible and could disturb sensitive users. The CPU temperatures remain in the 40s range; the GeForce MX150 is deactivated.

In Blender, while rendering the BMW demo, the CPU boosts in the first seconds to its maximum clock of 3.9 GHz on all cores. Due to the temperature (the cores are approaching 100°C) the i5 then clocks down. All cores spend the rest of the demo at 2.1 GHz. The temperatures are then around 70°C. Meanwhile the laptop is very well audible, but it is not disturbingly loud yet.

Another temperature measurement was made in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, in the city area. Here, the CPU clock oscillates between 2.2 and 3.8 GHz, while the CPU gets about 80 degrees warm. This unstable clock sometimes causes the CPU to limit the frame rate. The GeForce MX150 remains at about 75 degrees. The volume is at a high, annoying level.

The cooling system works sufficiently well overall as long as the dedicated GPU is not in action. Maybe it would have been better to use the GeForce MX150 with 10 Watt TDP instead of the 25 Watt version.

The battery life of the notebook is approx. 6-7 hours with mixed use (YouTube, Office, Amazon Prime Video). This is a decent, albeit not overwhelming, value.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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