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Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmark numbers. We ran each benchmark test at least three times and took the median of the results.

Here are the specifications of our test systems:

  Acer Swift 3
(i5-8250U)
Acer Swift 3
(Nvidia MX150)
Acer Swift 3
(i5-7200U)
Alienware 13 R3 HP Envy x360
CPU Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-7200U Intel Core i7-7700HQ AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
CPU TDP 15W 35W 15W
Memory 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400 8GB (2x4GB) LPDDR3-1866 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2133 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-2666 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620 Nvidia GeForce MX150 Intel HD Graphics 620 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB AMD Radeon Vega 8
Graphics memory N/A 2GB GDDR5, 6 GT/s effective N/A 6GB GDDR5, 8 GT/s effective N/A
Storage Intel SSD 600p 256GB NVMe SSD Samsung PM961 512GB NVMe SSD Samsung 960 EVO 500GB SSD
Battery 3220 mAh Li-ion 76 Wh Li-ion 55.8 Wh Li-ion

Our thanks to Intel for providing the three Acer Swift 3 systems for our testing. The Alienware 13 R3 playing host to our Core i7-7700HQ is my personal system and was not provided by a manufacturer for evaluation. The Tech Report independently acquired the HP Envy x360 and its Ryzen 5 2500U for testing.

Some additional notes regarding our testing methods:

  • All systems were configured to use Windows' default "Balanced" power plan over the course of our testing. 
  • Unless otherwise noted, all tests were conducted with display resolutions of 1920x1080 and refresh rates of 60 Hz. Vsync was disabled using the graphics-driver control panel, where possible.
  • All drivers and system firmwares were updated to the most recent versions publicly available before testing.

Our testing methods are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions regarding our methods, feel free to leave a comment on this article or join us in our forums.