HP Pavilion 15 Review – 4 Core Laptops in Late 2020?
Rather than skip it entirely. I thought it would still be interesting to take a look at the Intel model and see how well quad core processor stacks up in late 2020, as 6 cores are pretty common now, even in lower end models thanks to AMD., The laptop has a black and green Colour scheme., The lid, is matte black with shiny green HP logo. While the interior is black too, with accented green keys., It seems to be primarily plastic, but the build quality feels decent for the most part, with no sharp corners or edges.. There was some flex to the keyboard, but not enough to be noticeable during regular use.. The lid was a bit more flexible owing to the center hinge design.. The Pavilion 15 weighs around 2.35kg or 5.2lb with a hard drive installed, or just under 3kg or 6.5lb, with the 200w power brick and cables for charging.. Given the specs and use of Max Q graphics, I expected a thinner laptop., Its, not big or anything, but Ive had full power graphics in a smaller space before.. My Pavilion 15 has a 15.6 1080p 144Hz screen, no FreeSync or G Sync, and you cannot disable optimus. Theres. No Max Q dynamic boost either. Ive, measured the screen’s average grey to grey response time at 7.9ms.. Ive got a link in the description. If you need an explanation on these numbers., When comparing against other gaming laptops its pretty similar to many other 144Hz panels that Ive tested, but a little below the 6.
9ms needed for transitions to occur within the refresh window., I cant say I noticed ghosting though. Ive tested The screen with the Spyder 5 and got 99 of sRGB 70 of NTSC 75 of AdobeRGB and 75 of DCI P3. So decent results for a gaming, panel. Brightness was decent too easily above 300 nits at 100, with an 8801 contrast, ratio. Backlight bleed was also good. No problems with my unit, but this will vary between panels and laptops. Theres, a 720p camera above the screen in the middle, no Windows, Hello, support, though.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like and heres what it sounds like to type on the keyboard.. The keyboard has green accenting, even with the lighting off., The green lighting has two levels of key brightness and all keys and secondary functions are illuminated.. At times the top row of function keys felt a little small heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. Typing was fine in terms of key presses. However, it felt a bit uncomfortable for me, as I think, Ive got larger hands. The wrist rest area, isnt very long, so its difficult for me to rest. My palms while typing instead they end up resting on the edge.. The speakers are below this grill at the back above the keyboard.. I thought they sounded pretty average for a laptop tinny. Without really any bass and the latencymon results werent. Looking great.
, The power button is separate to the keyboard, just above it on the left and it lights up. Green. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and worked. Ok, though, it felt a little narrow due to the aforementioned smaller space below the keyboard. Fingerprints and dirt. Arent too obvious on the matte black interior and theyre easy enough to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left, weve got HDMI 2.0 output, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type. A port Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port and full sized SD card slot.. The right has a 3.5mm audio, combo jack, two more USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A ports and the power input.. The Type C port does not have Thunderbolt and it cannot be used to charge the laptop.. It does, however, offer DisplayPort 1.4 output, and both this and the HDMI port connect directly to the Nvidia graphics.. The back has a couple of air exhaust vents towards the corners and subtle Pavilion branding in the middle. Theres, nothing on the front, not even an indent, to help opening the lid, but this didnt cause me any problems when opening.. The bottom panel is clean with just air intake vents towards the back above. The fans. Getting inside involves taking out 7 Phillips head screws. The three down the front were shorter than the rest, and I found the panel a bit challenging to remove.. Once inside weve got the battery down the front, along with the single M.2 storage slot, to the right of that, while the 2.
5 drive bay is on the left.. The WiFi 5 card is just above that, and there are two memory slots towards the middle.. Unfortunately, the Pavilion 15 comes with one stick of memory, so its single channel.. I did all my testing in this video with dual channel for best results., Its at least advertised as one stick on the HP website, so its not misleading, like some other companies, but they could offer a nice speed boost by instead using two 8gb sticks.. Their website listing isnt all perfect, though, for some reason they just list. Gtx 1660 Ti graphics without noting that its Max Q – and this has already led to at least one disappointed customer.. The Pavilion 15 is powered by a 3 cell 52.5Wh battery. Ive tested it with keyboard lighting off background apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness.. It lasted for about 5 hours in the YouTube playback test, so not too bad for the size of the battery compared to others. Lets check out thermals next. Undervolting is disabled and the software doesnt offer any performance modes. So theres not too much to test. Idle temperatures were cool. In my 21 degree, Celsuis ambient room. Stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with stress, CPU only checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark run. At the same time, while gaming was tested playing Watch Dogs 2., There was thermal throttling on the CPU without using the cooling pad no thermal issues for the GPU though.
. These are the clock speeds for the same tests.. We see an improvement with the cooling pad in use, as it helps ease the thermal throttling. Theres, a bigger difference with and without the cooling pad. Seen in the stress test, which implies this test is causing heavier throttling than my choice of game. 3.9GHz was the best. I could get in these tests not able to reach the full 4.2GHz all core turbo boost of the 10300H.. The power limits of the processor are dynamic, based on cooling., For instance, in the stress test, PL1 was set to around 31 watts, though it would change, then, with the cooling pad, PL1 was set to 41 watts, so its not static, meaning performance should improve the more You can improve cooling, so better results with a thermal paste change could be possible. Heres. How CPU only performance looks in Cinebench with the GPU now idle.. This is the only time Ive had the 10300H for testing and the multicore score was actually a little below the 8th gen i5, just ahead of it. In my Lenovo Y530 granted the single core with the 10th gen chip was 7 higher.. When idling, the keyboard was a little below the 30 degree Celsius. Point that I typically see. With the stress tests running its in the high 40s in the center of the keyboard. Warm but not hot. Lets have a listen to fan noise.. The fans sounded silent to me at idle.
, Even with the stress tests running, it was quieter than many other gaming laptops that Ive tested too bad theres no way to manually boost the fans higher. Should we want to given thermals were a limitation to processor performance under heavy CPU plus GPU workloads.? This is an option. Their higher tier Omen 15 offers. So it seems the Pavilion misses out. Now lets check out how well the Pavilion 15 performs in games and see how it compares with other laptops. Ive tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at ultra settings, and the Pavilion is highlighted in red. Its doing well for 1660. Ti Max Q, graphics, ahead of the other Max Q laptops Ive tested like the Dell G3 or ASUS GA502., Its even beating the higher wattage 2060 Max Q in the ASUS G15 just below it. But as we saw in my recent video, the Zephyrus is subject to thermal throttling in games.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. The results are still good relative to other options, something I wasnt expecting as this test. Typically depends more on CPU power, but the quad core i5 seems to be handling it well. Enough.. That said, the Pavilion 15 is now behind the 2060 Max Q in the G15 and G14. Now so those 8 core Ryzen chips are likely. Whats changed that. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset.
The position of the Pavilion 15 doesnt change here, relative to the same other laptops and again its the best result. Ive had from a 1660 Ti Max Q based gaming laptop., The throttling G15 with higher tier GPU, is now behind again and interestingly, the Pavilion is beating the full 80 watt 1660 Ti in the older ASUS FX505DU, which I think goes to show the limits of the Older Ryzen 3000 series, as all the other 1660 Ti non max q laptops are doing much better. Ive also tested the Pavilion 15 in 21 games at all. Setting levels check the card in the top right or link in the description. If you want more gaming benchmarks., Just as a recap, the last time I compared a quad core i5 to 6 core i7 in games, there was little difference when looking at the average results over 15 games – and it still seems to be the case that 4 cores Holds up well enough today for gaming laptops, though this could of course change in future, depending on the requirements of future titles.. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export. One of my laptop review. Videos at 4K., Lower times are better here and despite the lower overall specs. The Pavilion 15 is still able to do well here due to the Intel processor, as this test benefits from quicksync.
Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark and this tests. For more things like live playback rather than just export, times. Higher scores are better now and the Pavilion isnt doing as well. This time more in line with what Id expect from the hardware. Adobe Photoshop is a bit different. This one typically depends more on single core performance, and the i5 10300H does still have a 4.5GHz single core turbo boost speed. So this result isnt too surprising. DaVinci Resolve is more GPU heavy, so the score is fairly in line with where the 1660 Ti Max Q would sit out of this selection of laptops.. So despite the quad core processor, its scoring close to higher core count, options. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal disk mark to test storage. The 256gb NVMe M.2 SSD was doing quite well.. The 1TB hard drive was doing how wed expect from spinning rust and the SD card slot wasnt too bad. The card clicks in and sits most of the way into the machine.. Finally lets discuss price. You can check the links in the description for updated prices, as these will change over time. At the time of recording the exact same configuration Ive tested here is 1100 USD on the HP website, but there are a few different options available, including AMD Ryzen, again links In the description for different options. Honestly, it doesnt seem like great value when you can pick up an 8 core Ryzen 7 4800H in the Lenovo Legion 5.
That has GTX 1660 Ti graphics too, but theyre not Max Q and its also 100 less.. The Legion also has FreeSync better battery life and lower temperatures.. Now, to be fair, the Ryzen Pavilion does seem to be priced a little more competitively, but thats been out of stock for some time due to the popularity of Ryzen.. The Pavilion 15 does at least perform a bit better than other 1660 Ti max q, laptops, Ive tested so far, and at least in gaming it does still seem that 4 cores gets the job done today, though, with even gaming laptops under 700. These days, having 6 core processors, I wouldnt be at all surprised if future games start taking advantage of that. Its also worth considering that my testing was after a dual channel, upgrade for the 1100 price. Single channel memory is a bit of a tough pill to swallow compared to alternatives. Id want a nice sale before considering this one.