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Deal | 2020 HP Pavilion 15z with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is only $489 USD right now, outperforms most Intel Core i7 Ultrabooks

2020 HP Pavilion 15z with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is only $489 USD right now, outperforms most Intel Core i7 Ultrabooks (Source: HP)
2020 HP Pavilion 15z with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is only $489 USD right now, outperforms most Intel Core i7 Ultrabooks (Source: HP)
The new Pavilion 15z is down from $640 USD to just $480 USD while retaining high processor performance thanks to the 3rd gen AMD Ryzen 7 series.
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We aren't usually excited about deals on budget laptops. We much prefer to pay a little more for a flagship or mid-range model, but this particular HP Pavilion deal might be an exception.

HP is currently selling its latest Pavilion 15z laptop equipped with one of AMD's fastest U-series CPUs for just under $490 USD. Users must click "customize & buy", select the "natural silver" color option, backlit keyboard option, and the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 module to see the final price. Opting out of Wi-Fi 6 can save users another $10 USD if desired.

The sale is notable for two reasons. Firstly, the Ryzen 7 4700U is faster than the pricier 10th gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 and even the 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 in multi-threaded loads. Secondly, this Pavilion 15z uses a newer chassis design that is significantly sleeker and more modern than the older, rounder models. In other words, users aren't getting last year's trimmings just because they're paying cheaper prices.

A main drawback is the IPS display which covers just ~60 percent of sRGB instead of the usual >90 percent on pricier mid-range or higher-end models. Don't expect colors to be as vibrant or accurate as on an HP Envy or Spectre. RAM and storage are limited but technically user-expandable.

Though we've yet to review this exact 15.6-inch model, it still has a lot in common with the 13-inch version of this exact chassis that we had checked out last week.

  • 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display, 250 nits
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU
  • Integrated Vega 7 graphics
  • 8 GB DDR4-3200 RAM (2x SODIMM)
  • 128 GB M.2 SSD
  • 2x USB-A, USB-C, SD card reader, HDMI 2.0
  • 14.18 x 9.21 x 0.70 in
  • 3.86 lbs
Cinebench R15 / Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (158 - 230, n=60)
215 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (176 - 185, n=11)
180 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (141 - 190, n=33)
175 Points ∼81%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (801 - 1253, n=12)
1091 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (599 - 1027, n=68)
855 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (288 - 836, n=34)
652 Points ∼60%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (77 - 195, n=59)
108 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (39.7 - 113, n=31)
73.6 fps ∼68%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (53 - 76.5, n=7)
66.6 fps ∼62%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (97.8 - 99.6, n=31)
98.3 % ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (97.8 - 99.6, n=59)
98.3 % ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (98 - 98, n=7)
98 % ∼100%
Blender 2.79 / Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (675 - 1650, n=21)
881 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 958, n=65)
612 Seconds * ∼69%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (407 - 537, n=8)
480 Seconds * ∼54%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (26652 - 33890, n=8)
30273 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15556 - 27405, n=65)
22979 MIPS ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10406 - 22898, n=22)
17337 MIPS ∼57%
7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4625 - 5507, n=65)
5209 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4208 - 4470, n=8)
4361 MIPS ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3948 - 4589, n=22)
4340 MIPS ∼83%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / HWBOT x265 4k Preset
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (6.79 - 10.1, n=8)
8.44 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=65)
6.34 fps ∼75%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.2 - 6.38, n=20)
4.61 fps ∼55%
Cinebench R20 / Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (2401 - 3095, n=9)
2698 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1285 - 2657, n=66)
1972 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=29)
1528 Points ∼57%
Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (471 - 588, n=66)
553 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (448 - 478, n=9)
467 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=29)
441 Points ∼80%
R Benchmark 2.5 / R Benchmark 2.5
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (0.661 - 0.798, n=16)
0.702 sec * ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (0.598 - 0.651, n=8)
0.618 sec * ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=65)
0.591 sec * ∼84%
Geekbench 5.3 / Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (882 - 1595, n=64)
1514 ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (882 - 1348, n=17)
1264 ∼83%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (1101 - 1168, n=8)
1134 ∼75%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4792 - 6502, n=8)
5630 ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1821 - 5926, n=64)
5145 ∼91%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2464 - 4855, n=17)
4256 ∼76%
Geekbench 5.1 OpenCL
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (10973 - 71666, n=16)
21284 ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (4482 - 52652, n=11)
16175 ∼76%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (10283 - 12103, n=4)
11030 ∼52%
Geekbench 5.1 Vulkan
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (10251 - 53012, n=16)
18552 ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (4916 - 39973, n=11)
15505 ∼84%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (11338 - 14598, n=4)
13398 ∼72%
Geekbench 5.1 Metal
Geekbench 5.2 - 5.3 Vulkan
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (10358 - 62396, n=62)
18155 ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (13666 - 15246, n=5)
14445 ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (8178 - 10741, n=7)
9269 ∼51%
Geekbench 5.2 - 5.3 Metal
Geekbench 5.2 - 5.3 OpenCL
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (11499 - 78194, n=62)
20717 ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (11856 - 12567, n=5)
12190 ∼59%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10039 - 11621, n=7)
10921 ∼53%
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Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (55.5 - 116, n=8)
68.2 s * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (46.9 - 85.3, n=17)
59.7 s * ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=63)
48.6 s * ∼71%

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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
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Allen Ngo, 2020-12-31 (Update: 2020-12-31)