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HP Dragonfly G3 gets almost everything right except for CPU performance

HP Dragonfly G3 gets almost everything right except for CPU performance
HP Dragonfly G3 gets almost everything right except for CPU performance
The Dragonfly G3 is one of the best-looking business subnotebooks in the market. However, the 12th gen processor runs slower than expected in order to fit into such a thin and light design.

The Dragonfly G3 is now shipping to replace last year's Dragonfly Max or Dragonfly G2. As detailed in our review, the G3 brings significant changes to the series including the jump to 12th gen Intel processors and a larger 3:2 13.5-inch screen size instead of the aging 16:9 13.3-inch form factor. One aspect, however, sticks out like a sore thumb on an otherwise excellent business subnotebook.

The Core i7-1265U processor in the Dragonfly G3 underperforms by wide margins when compared to the Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1 or Latitude 13 7330 which ship with the exact same CPU option. Multi-thread performance can be up to 50 percent faster on the Latitude convertible even after accounting for any throttling. While some performance differences are not unexpected between models, the delta is quite significant especially for shoppers who want the full benefits of the Core i7 CPU.

A closer look at the board power draw levels in real-time shows why the i7-1265U underperforms in the HP. When initiating Prime95, the CPU in the Latitude 9430 2-in-1 would boost to 48 W before stabilizing at 24 W compared to 54 W and 20 W in the Dragonfly G3. The initial 54 W boost doesn't last as long as the 48 W boost in the Dell and the trailing 20 W draw leads to slower clock rates than the higher 24 W draw of the Dell.

If maximizing CPU performance is of utmost importance, then you might want to consider the Dell over the HP.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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HP Elite Dragonfly G3 Intel Core i7-1265U: Ø988 (961.28-1204.49)
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1 Intel Core i7-1265U: Ø1267 (1223.84-1572.02)
Dell Latitude 13 7330 Intel Core i7-1265U: Ø1068 (1010.48-1420.35)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
3584 Points ∼100% +52%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
3195 Points ∼89% +35%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
2365 Points ∼66%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
701 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
651 Points ∼93% +11%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
586 Points ∼84%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
9219 (7725.92min - 9218.73max) Points ∼100% +50%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
8108 (6277.1min - 8107.56max) Points ∼88% +32%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
6145 (5739.99min - 6144.82max) Points ∼67%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
1820 Points ∼100% +19%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
1738 Points ∼95% +14%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
1529 Points ∼84%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
1572 (1223.84min - 1572.02max) Points ∼100% +31%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
1420 (1010.48min - 1420.35max) Points ∼90% +18%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
1204 (961.28min - 1204.49max) Points ∼77%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
260 Points ∼100% +16%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
250 Points ∼96% +12%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
224 Points ∼86%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
484 Seconds * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
413 Seconds * ∼85% +15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
38437 MIPS ∼100% +26%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
31869 MIPS ∼83% +4%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
30561 MIPS ∼80%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
5615 MIPS ∼100% +13%
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
5444 MIPS ∼97% +9%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
4976 MIPS ∼89%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
8981 Points ∼100% +11%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
8096 Points ∼90%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
6937 Points ∼77% -14%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
1778 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
1773 Points ∼100% +17%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
1515 Points ∼85%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
10.6 fps ∼100% +37%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
9.37 fps ∼88% +21%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
7.76 fps ∼73%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
61.6 s * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
49.1 s * ∼80% +20%
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
47 s * ∼76% +24%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
0.533 sec * ∼100%
Dell Latitude 13 7330
Intel Core i7-1265U
0.4772 sec * ∼90% +10%
Dell Latitude 9430 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1265U
0.4666 sec * ∼88% +12%

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 08 > HP Dragonfly G3 gets almost everything right except for CPU performance
Allen Ngo, 2022-08-31 (Update: 2022-08-30)