8.5
Score

Pros

  • Much better AMD Processor in both Performance and Thermal
  • Aesthetically the same as the Intel counterpart, which is great
  • Room for upgradability with Storage and the RAM department
  • Quite the Budget Friendly Lineup

Cons

  • GTX1650 bottlenecks the laptop from showing its true potential
  • Makes it a harder to justify when there are competitors offering AMD with better GPU

Earlier about 2 months ish ago, Acer sent us their new Nitro 5 with the revamped look and perhaps one of the nicest Nitro 5 we have seen in a long while with a decent specification to cater the entry level and more of a budget conscious consumer’s need. We did say that when we get our hands on the AMD version, we will review it and here’s what we have to say about the performance. 

We aren’t going through the design and other experience aspect of this laptop as it’s the same as the Intel version, so you can click here to read the rest about the laptop from there.  

Specification and Performance 

Under the hood of the AMD Variant, here’s the specification that came with the variant Acer Malaysia sent us over 

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Renoir Processor with 8 Core, 16 Threads 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR6 
  • 8GB Single Channel RAM (can be expanded) 
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (with another M.2 Slot and 1 x HDD Slot) 

The moment you take a look at the Cinebench R20 Benchmark we did, it automatically defaults to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H that’s found under the Nitro 5 to be a very capable processor. If you read our Intel variant review, the score of the Ryzen 7 is much higher, coming in with a score of 3979 points in the multi-threaded workload and 488 points in single core task. Now this was possible, all thanks to the 8 core and 16 thread configurations in the Ryzen 7 as compared to the intel variant, which comes 6 core and 12 threads only.  

Next test, is Blender where we ran the infamous BMW Render to see how it turned out. And it finished the whole render in just shy of 4 minutes, which once again shows the true potential of the Ryzen 7. Like we mentioned in our previous AMD based laptop reviews we have done, Ryzen processors have come a long away and I swear – we are living in good times with such capable processors hiding behind these shells. Best part about the processor are the thermals – even under maximum gaming load, it only hits about 86 degrees top and averages at 66 degrees – which is few degrees cooler than the Intel counterpart. What’s interesting is that it has the same thermal solution but Ryzen handles without breaking a sweat.  

Now, for the most important part – Gaming test. This is where it gets a little bit too disappointing. The laptop comes equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650. It definitely bottlenecks the whole system from showing its true color and shine in its glory. You can look at the scores below (fps), but for what it’s worth – if you do want to get the Nitro 5, go for the 1660. Sure, it isn’t a great option either, but for what it’s worth, its definitely better than a 1650.  

We did other benchmark to show the scores – such as PCMARK10, 3DMARK (Courtesy to UL Benchmark), Geekbench 5.  

Conclusion 

The conclusion for this laptop is very simple and straightforward. The Ryzen version of the Nitro 5 is far more superior than the Intel counterpart and it takes a slam dunk on them with better performance, thermals and experience. But what falls short is the GPU capacity to unleash the true colour of the laptop to go hand in hand with a very powerful processor. Like I mentioned earlier, if you still want to go for it – get the 1660 variant and save yourself a trouble.  

But if you want a much more powerful GPU under the hood with Team Red’s cherry on top, ASUS TUF Gaming laptop has a plethora of configuration you can opt in for – it’s a budget friendly laptop too. Something to take note of.