Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested

JT JT 09 December 2020
Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested

I’ve tested the HP Pavilion 15 gaming  laptop in 21 different games at all   setting levels and compared it with  other laptops to see how it stacks up.   Unfortunately this isn’t the Ryzen model  everyone wants to see as that was out of stock,   but as you’ll see this one still does  quite well for the specs in games.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested

Although my Pavilion 15 just has a quad-core  processor, I’m still expecting it to handle   games well compared to higher options. In my  previous quad-core i5 versus 6 core i7 comparison,   on average over 15 games the  i7 was less than 5% faster,   so in most titles the core count doesn’t  seem to matter too much - at least today.

Software settings / drivers

The Pavilion 15 doesn’t have any different  performance modes available through software,   so I’ve just done all testing at stock. No  overclocking to the GPU is done by default,   and undervolting is disabled, as is  the case with most 10th gen laptops. We’ll start out by testing  the Pavilion 15 in 21 games,   then afterwards I’ll compare it with other  laptops and check out screen response time.

Gaming benchmarks

Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedMicrosoft Flight Simulator was tested in the  Sydney landing challenge. Even the lowest   setting preset wasn’t able to deliver 60 FPS  in this one, but that’s not required here to   play the game fine, but that said I’d stay away  from ultra and maybe even high settings myself. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedRed Dead Redemption 2 was tested using  the game’s built in benchmark tool.   This test is fairly resource heavy too,  so you’re probably not going to be playing   at ultra settings, which is fine. Medium  and below was needed to pass 60 FPS here.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested Watch Dogs Legion has a big dip with the  ultra setting preset due to VRAM limitations,   the 6 gig the 1660 Ti has just isn’t  enough. At the same time though,   the game doesn’t need a high frame rate to play,   so very high settings shouldn’t be too bad,  while low was just under 60 FPS in this test. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedAssassin’s Creed Valhalla was  near 60 FPS with medium settings,   but again this game doesn’t need  super high frame rates to play fine.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested Death Stranding was doing better, even the 1% low  with the highest setting preset was above 60 FPS,   and not that big of a change using lower levels.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode, and  again still playing alright with above 60 FPS   at the highest setting preset, and although  1% lows don’t change much at lower levels,   low settings boosted the average  frame rate up to 120 FPS. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedControl was tested without ray tracing  as we’ve just got GTX hardware here.   It didn’t run too poorly at high settings as  it doesn’t need a high frame rate to enjoy,   but medium with 60 FPS did feel a bit nicer. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedShadow of the Tomb Raider was  tested with the built in benchmark,   still able to pass 60 FPS at the highest  setting preset, while lowest could push   this above 100 FPS. I’ll use this game to  compare results with some other laptops soon. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedApex Legends was tested with either all  settings at maximum or minimum as it   doesn’t have predefined setting presets. Even  maxed out it was able to run at above 100 FPS,   while minimum pushed even the 1% low above this  which would be a better match for the 144Hz panel. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedCall of Duty Modern Warfare was tested  in campaign mode with either max or min   settings for the same reason. It was just  at 60 FPS in my test maxed out, with a 27%   boost to average FPS possible at minimum settings. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedFortnite was tested with the replay feature,  this one doesn’t need powerful specs to run well   and was playing fine even with the  highest epic setting preset. Meanwhile   low settings could achieve even a 1% low  higher than the screen’s refresh rate.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedCS:GO was tested with the ulletical FPS benchmark,   and the results were extremely close  together regardless of settings in use,   just a couple FPS difference in both average  and 1% low, so may as well max it out I guess. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedDota 2 was tested playing in the middle  lane with bots. High settings was needed   to push the average frame rate above the  screens refresh rate, but of course there’s   still no problem at all running with  ultra settings, 130 FPS is still nice. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedOverwatch was tested running  through the practice range,   ultra settings and below scored average  FPS above the screens refresh rate,   while medium and below was able to  achieve this for the 1% low result too. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedRainbow Six Siege was tested with  the games benchmark using Vulkan.   In most cases the top three setting  presets seem to perform very closely,   even the highest ultra preset was offering  average FPS above the screens refresh rate. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedMetro Exodus was tested using the built in  benchmark, most parts of the game perform a   fair bit better than this, so don’t take these  results as a good indication of what to expect   throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst  case that can be compared against my other data.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested Borderlands 3 was tested using the game’s built  in benchmark, this is a resource heavy test too   which is why we’re not even at 60 FPS with the  high preset, however going down just one level   further to medium offers bigger improvements. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedThe Witcher 3 was playable with ultra settings,   but high settings still looks good while  offering 1% lows that were higher than   the average FPS at ultra. The average  FPS at high was 46% ahead of ultra too. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedF1 2020 was tested with the games benchmark  tool. Like the last couple of games,   lowering just one setting preset from  max can make a fairly big difference,   granted it would still run fine even  with the highest setting levels. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedFar Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games  benchmark, not quite 100 FPS at the lowest setting   level, but still reasonable results and above  the 60 FPS sweet spot even with ultra settings. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedMonster hunter world was tested running through  the main town. The highest setting preset was   just shy of 60 FPS, though it’s fairly stable as  the 1% lows aren’t too far behind the averages,   while low settings could get us to 100 FPS.

Compared to other laptops

Now let’s take a look at how the HP Pavilion 15  compares against other laptops, use these results   as a rough guide only, as they were tested  at different times with different drivers.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in  campaign mode at ultra settings,   and the Pavilion 15 is highlighted in red.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested It’s doing well for 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics,   ahead of the other Max-Q laptops I’ve  tested like the Dell G3 or ASUS GA502.   It’s 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. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedThe results are still  good relative to other options,   something I wasn’t 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 what’s changed that.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with  the games benchmark tool with the highest setting   preset. Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 TestedThe position of the Pavilion 15 doesn’t  change here relative to the same other laptops,   and again it’s the best result I’ve 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.

Screen response time

My Pavilion 15 has a 15.6” 1080p 144Hz panel, and  I’ve measured the average grey-to-grey response   time at 7.9ms.Gaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested When comparing against other gaming laptops,  it’s pretty similar to many other 144Hz panels   that I’ve testedGaming On 4 Cores In Late 2020? HP Pavilion 15 Tested but a little below the  6.9ms needed for transitions to occur   within the refresh window, but regardless a  fair result relative to some of the others.

Conclusion

So all things considered, despite the Max-Q  graphics the Pavilion 15 is still doing quite   well in games, better than other machines I’ve  tested with same tier graphics in any case.   This is all while having a quad core processor,  as mentioned near the start of the video,   I just haven’t found extra cores  to help in a lot of today’s games,   but this could of course change  with newer upcoming titles. I’ll test the Pavilion 15 in many more workloads  in the upcoming full review video, so make sure   you’re subscribed with the bell checked to find  out more about this machine as soon as it’s ready.

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