Acer Nitro 5 and Swift 3

We all know that Intel holds the leadership of notebook/mobile CPU market and its closest rival has been AMD for quite long. But lately, the competition has been stiff with AMD’s Ryzen chipset family performing well in the times when Intel is facing CPU shortages. The recent blow to the Intel came when Sunnyvale-based chipmaker got some more upcoming laptops in-line asking for Ryzen chips. The big Computex trade show will kick-off in Taipei, Taiwan after a few days, and prior to the massive event, Acer revealed that it will be putting AMD Ryzen 2nd generation mobile processors in their two semi-new products, the Swift 3 and Nitro 5 notebooks.

Acer Nitro 5 To Be Powered By AMD Ryzen

We can all agree that Swift 3 and Nitro 5 aren’t any brand new devices. While both of them still exist, their current model has some dissimilarities as both are powered by Intel chipsets and NVIDIA GPUs. However, as a refresh or as different variants for users, the new models of Nitro 5 and Swift 3 will now feature an AMD’s 2nd Generation Ryzen processor alongside the Radeon RX-series graphics.

Acer Nitro 5 Targeting Mobile Gamers and Swift 3 Targeting Business People

The rise of mobile gamers is not hidden from anyone. Moreover, while the laptop and notebooks are ruled by Intel chipsets, we do not see them very often in the mobile devices due to lack of latest tech and performance. Coming to the Acer Swift 3 and Nitro 5, both belong to two completely different markets.

Nitro 5 has a reputation for being popular among gamers. The larger and more powerful machine, Nitro 5, now has a discrete GPU to impress mobile gamers. With 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, quad-core / eight-thread chipset clocked at up to 4GHz and coupled with a Radeon RX 560X GPU, you are getting a high-performing machine. Note that the current Nitro 5 models have the Intel’s Core i5-8300H CPU.

In addition, the device carries a 15.6” HD display for sharp and smooth vision. Another highlight of the device is the backlit keyboard that houses highlighted arrow keys and WASD (standard keyboard gaming buttons). It also features Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology for faster charging. A gaming laptop is known for its ports and that’s why Nitro 5 has USB Type-C 3.1 1st Gen capable of offering up to 5 Gbps. The network is also supported by packet-prioritization software. There are other handfuls of full-sized USB Type-A ports on the device.


On the other hand, we have the Swift 3 designed to work quickly with lighter configuration. It will sport the lighter 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 3700U CPU alongside Radeon Vega Graphics. This targets business minded people who travel a lot. The new model will consume less energy and thus the laptop will stay charged for long hours.