Acer Aspire V5 122P Unboxing, AMD Temash A6-1450 First Tests

Posted on 10 May 2013 By


The Acer Aspire V5 122P is an 11.6” sub-notebook running on an AMD Temash processor which I’ve highlighted before as being potentially interesting for mobile Windows 8 because it, theoretically, offers performance that sits between netbooks and Ultrabooks while offering very good efficiency. I’ve unboxed the Acer V5 122P and found a well-balanced, very good value touchscreen notebook that could appeal to many people looking at the sub-$500 bracket. It’s not an Ultrabook in terms of raw performance but it feels like it hits a nice sweet-spot.

Update: Detailed processor performance tests are being performed here.

The Acer Aspire V5-122P casing is all-plastic which feels cheap after handling so many Ultrabooks but the design is appealing and in terms of value for money, it’s very good. $480 in the USA (with 2GB, this one has 4GB RAM and cost 480 Euro in Germany.)

Performance is indeed right in between netbook and Ultrabook levels with about HD3000-levels of graphics power (Sandy Bridge Ultrabooks in 2011/2012) and about 1/3rd the CPU performance although clock-for-clock, it’s about the same. Battery life is going to be about 3.5-4hrs on this with a 30Wh (small) battery inside although there’s an interesting extended battery port on the base of the unit.

AMD Kabini – Suited for Ultrabooks

I’ll have more for you soon after I’ve done some more detailed testing at the weekend when I plan to drop in an SSD to see how much we can get out of it. Considering that this nearer to a mobile laptop experience than an Ultrabook we’ll probably take it over to our sister site, UMPCPortal, for further testing.

First performance tests:

Update: Detailed processor performance tests at 1.4Ghz are being performed here.

AMD Temash A6-1450 Cinebench 11.5 CPU:0.85 (1Ghz)

AMD Temash A6-1450 Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL:8.53 (1Ghz)

CrystalMark 2004R3: 57546 (1Ghz)

Cinebench 1stCM2004R3

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  1. #1 by Zamir on May 10, 2013 - 18:44

    Thanks, very much for testing the new Acer V5-122.

    Other apps to test are multitasking multithread like 7-zip, X-264 and gaming like Minecraft, Torchlight II etc.

    Looking at your video, you indicated that all the tests had the CPUs running at 1 Ghz. Could you look at the Windows CPU Task manager/monitor and check if any apps turboboost CPU to 1.4 Ghz? The 40% boost would elevate performance to about the level of i3-3217u Ivy Bridge (a $200 CPU).

    Thanks again and please post more apps and gaming test for the new Acer V5-122p!

  2. #2 by DavidC1 on May 10, 2013 - 19:13

    0.85 is actually lower than expected. Even 40% faster at 1.4GHz would make it 1.19. Previously it was expected that it’ll be 1 point at 1GHz.

    Zamir: Which makes the i3-3217U 50% faster in multi-threading, and 3-4x faster in single thread.

    • #3 by Zamir on May 10, 2013 - 19:42


      Therefore a significantly lower priced AMD Jaguar Temash A6-1450 at 5.9 watts has a performance per watt and price performance per watt better than Intel i3-3217 17 watt CPU.

      • #4 by Me on May 10, 2013 - 20:48

        It’s better if someone (Chippy?) can actually run a performance per watt at different locked frequencies.

        I use Linux and I actually run a script that locks the CPU frequency, runs a CPU intensive task, averages the power consumption and then repeats for all frequencies. For an Ivy Bridge CPU, the frequency to power consumption ratio peaks and definitely takes a sharp nose dive when turbo is enabled.

  3. #5 by Wrong on May 10, 2013 - 20:05

    No, thats not correct. Performance per watt ist far worse than a ULV Ivy Bridge. At full CPU load, a i3-3217U consumes less than 10 watts and ist more than two times fast. The A6-1460 should have a TDP of 8 watts at 1,0 GHz and 15 watts at 1,4 GHz.

  4. #9 by guy on May 11, 2013 - 00:44

    According to Brad from Liliputing, the Core i5-3317U version costs $485. So why get the slower in both CPU and GPU AMD version with the same battery life?

    • #10 by hanzo on May 11, 2013 - 22:04

      Do you mean Acer v5-171? I think it does not have touch screen, right?

  5. #11 by Steve Chippy Paine on May 11, 2013 - 01:36

    Live testing notes are live.

    We couldn’t capture any of the live session for YouTube unfortunately but we’ll get some fresh videos up soon on the channel soon.

  6. #12 by Joesph on May 11, 2013 - 16:34

    Why put this on UMPCPortal? It’s bigger than some 11.6″ ultrabooks. Of course, I don’t have the authority to define what is a UMPC or what usage scenarios UMPCs are for.

    Also, is the battery life really the same as a Core i ULV notebook? If that’s true then there isn’t much reason to get a Temash notebook over a similarly priced and more powerful Core i variant.

    • #13 by Steve Chippy Paine on May 11, 2013 - 22:08

      I think Temash belongs to an ultra mobile category (Win 8 tablets that could be 800-100gm) but the product could be here or there! Maybe i’ll publish the review here and some Temash performance tests there. The Ultrabook and UMPC world are merging and at some point I may have to combine the two sites!

  7. #14 by James Douglas on May 16, 2013 - 06:42

    Curious, did you ever check to see if the memory was dual channel/laptop was capable of dual channel?

    Sometimes they like to cripple the GPU with single channel memory.

  8. #15 by Badr on July 3, 2013 - 22:55

    I would like to buy one. But I was trying to find an extended battery but I couldn’t find one. Do you have an idea where to find one. Please post link or something

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