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Completed New toy gallery / benchmarks (Budget HP "Gaming" laptop)

sswilson

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Super happy with this budget 1080p "gaming" laptop from HP. (HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (AMD 4800H/Nvidia GTX 1650)

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Got it for a steal ($730 bundle with a wireless mouse) but threw in an extra $200 upgrading to 16GB + an additional 500GB mechanical drive. First impressions on the display panel were pretty good.... it's a bit dim, but unlike the one that shipped with my Dell G3 it's not obviously dull and washed out. Added bonus (for me at least) was the discovery of a physical HDD activity LED on the side (I'd have preferred to see it on top, but at least it's there).

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Removing the back panel to upgrade the memory & add the HDD was very easy. 7 screws and the tabs weren't stupidly hard to pull up. I'm not a laptop wienie by any means so maybe it's common, but I was surprised to see this plastic SSD blanking plate in there, although I suppose having a drive of some form in there is probably integral to the frame.

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I found this to be a bit weird.... There's a blanking plate over part of the bottom air intake grill. Maybe it's a post-design mod intended to create a bit of airflow over the HDD?

Performance on the GPU is pretty much what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the CPU. I wasn't in the market for a new laptop (only grabbed this one 'cause it was the only way to get my hands on a 1650 class vid card) so I wasn't paying attention to the reviews on the 4800H, but this thing is an 8C/16T beast!!! It's benching above the desktop Ryzen 5 3600 I've been playing with, and not significantly lower than my 8C/16T 3700X (It also blows the i5-8300H in my Dell completely out of the water).

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(PCMark Extended)


(Time Spy with RX 370 on the 3600)


(Firestrike with RX 560 on the 3600)

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Decent price

Yeah... I was in the market for a vid card but this came along and I couldn't resist the deal. Total cost to me after upgrades including shipping/taxes was about $1035. (Now to sell the PC... :) ).

It was originally purchased for a specific use that I thought I needed at least a 1650 for but I tried the 1050ti and it seems to be doing what I need it to do so now I need to decide which laptop I want as my upstairs daily driver. The screen on this isn't as bright as the other one is, but the blacks on this one look significantly better.
 

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We're Twins!!

I love mine too, I was shocked at how far I could push games in setting before I started to dip below 60fps. That CPU is a champ for the cost.

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Did you manage to get Afterburner's OC Scanner to work on it? I'm not having any luck and I don't know if it's the new version of AB, newer drivers, or the card itself but I'm getting a "Scan failed to start" error whenever I try to run it.
 

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Did you manage to get Afterburner's OC Scanner to work on it? I'm not having any luck and I don't know if it's the new version of AB, newer drivers, or the card itself but I'm getting a "Scan failed to start" error whenever I try to run it.

No I did not, I'm not sure why either but I didn't devote too much time into it. I can fiddle around with it again on the weekend and see.

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