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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.

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
  (115 - 230, n=78)
212 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (176 - 185, n=11)
180.3 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (141 - 190, n=35)
174.2 Points ∼82%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (801 - 1253, n=12)
1091 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (553 - 1027, n=86)
846 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (288 - 836, n=36)
648 Points ∼59%
Blender / Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (675 - 1650, n=23)
882 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 1138, n=80)
618 Seconds * ∼70%
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
  (15347 - 27405, n=80)
22935 MIPS ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10406 - 22898, n=24)
17024 MIPS ∼56%
7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4478 - 5507, n=80)
5182 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (4208 - 4470, n=8)
4361 MIPS ∼84%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3289 - 4589, n=24)
4284 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=80)
6.3 fps ∼75%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.2 - 6.38, n=22)
4.58 fps ∼54%
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
  (1060 - 2657, n=81)
1967 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=31)
1510 Points ∼56%
Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (442 - 589, n=81)
552 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (448 - 478, n=9)
467 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=31)
438 Points ∼79%
R Benchmark 2.5 / R Benchmark 2.5
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (0.661 - 0.798, n=18)
0.708 sec * ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (0.598 - 0.651, n=8)
0.618 sec * ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=80)
0.594 sec * ∼84%
Geekbench 5.4 / Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1302 - 1595, n=77)
1524 ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (948 - 1348, n=18)
1274 ∼84%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (1101 - 1168, n=8)
1134 ∼74%
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
  (3078 - 5926, n=77)
5155 ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2464 - 4855, n=18)
4215 ∼75%
LibreOffice / LibreOffice PDF Convert
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  (55.5 - 115.7, n=8)
68.2 s * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (46.9 - 85.3, n=19)
60.3 s * ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=78)
49.2 s * ∼72%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-12-31 (Update: 2020-12-31)