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HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook Review

Till Schönborn (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/22/2016

Forget cheap. A high-end laptop based on AMD hardware - we have not seen that for quite some time. HP dares this experiment, and installs the fastest Carrizo APU alongside an SSD and a WQHD IPS panel in its EliteBook 745 G3. But just how well can the 1300 Euro (~$1404) machine stand up to the Intel competition?

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Buyers presently looking for a premium business laptop in a classic 14-inch size are spoiled for choice. Virtually all big manufacturers have several of these models in their lineup that all have one thing in common: a central processing unit by Intel. Solely HP remains loyal to AMD and has now updated its EliteBook 700 lineup with the latest "Carrizo" APU generation.

Surprisingly, the EliteBook 745 G3 that is also offered in 12 inches (EliteBook 725 G3) and 15 inches (EliteBook 755 G3) does not want to score as much with its price, but primarily with its impressive overall configuration. The buyer not only finds AMD's newest Pro A12-8800B premium model but also 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and - believe it or not - an IPS-based WQHD panel (2560x1440 pixels) for roughly 1300 Euros (~$1404). By comparison: The EliteBook 840 G3 sister model with a Core i5-6200U CPU only offers 4 GB of RAM and a Full HD TN screen at the same price.

The rivals from Dell and Lenovo based on comparable equipment, for example the Latitude E7450 or ThinkPad T450 (both with Broadwell processors; Skylake successors are waiting in the wings), are situated just over the 745 G3. We will find out whether Intel's hardware justifies the higher price level in the following.

Considering the similarities to the EliteBook 745 G2, we will not reexamine the casing, connectivity and input devices, and only briefly deal with existing differences at the beginning.

HP EliteBook 745 G3 (EliteBook 700 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Core: 800 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, single-channel memory
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x 8 GB DDR3L-1600, 1 of 2 slots filled
Display
14 inch 16:9, 2560x1440 pixel, IPS panel, LED backlight, glossy: no
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, 187 GB free
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: headset jack (3.5 millimeter), Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.9 x 338 x 237 ( = 0.74 x 13.31 x 9.33 in)
Battery
46 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo (Bang & Olufsen), Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45 watt power supply, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.54 kg ( = 54.32 oz / 3.4 pounds), Power Supply: 290 g ( = 10.23 oz / 0.64 pounds)
Price
1300 Euro

 

Innovations

The EliteBook 745 G3 is the direct successor of the 745 G2, and fundamentally relies on the same barebone. However, the manufacturer has modified the casing slightly in some places - but not always for the better. Among other things, we miss the convenient maintenance hatch of the old model that has now been replaced with an awkwardly screw-fastened base plate. Replacing the battery or cleaning the fan now takes a lot longer. Just as aggravating: In the course of updating connectivity, HP's engineers have laudably added a USB Type C port (USB 3.0), but axed two of the four conventional USB ports in the same breath. However, we have to praise the keyboard that now seems to have a somewhat longer drop and is crisper than before.

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

For a long time the EliteBook lineup was preferentially furnished with low-cost, but technically inferior TN panels (particularly the AMD models). That is now different: The presently only available configuration of the 745 G3 relies on an impressive IPS screen that reproduces rich 2560x1440 pixels at a diagonal of 14.0 inches. That equals a pixel density of 210 PPI, and thus not one single pixel can be seen at a normal seating distance. We would recommend a scaling of 125 percent in Windows for an ideal compromise of text size and desktop surface.

The screen not only boasts with its pure pixel count - it is also first rate. A maximum brightness of over 300 cd/m² is more than impressive although the illumination of only 74 percent could be improved. However, this shortcoming is barely noticed subjectively in real world use. PWM technology is not used for LED backlight control, and thus the screen never flickers. The panel reproduces a very saturated black even in maximum brightness (0.29 cd/m²) so that the contrast ratio of 1100:1 is even a bit higher than those of the Latitude E7450 and ThinkPad T450s.

310
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 336 cd/m² Average: 300.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 74 %
Center on Battery: 320 cd/m²
Contrast: 1100:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.23 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 6 | - Ø
95.3% sRGB (Argyll) 65.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.14
HP EliteBook 745 G3
2560x1440 IPS-Panel
HP Elitebook 745 G2
1366x768 TN-Panel
HP EliteBook 840 G2
1600x900 TN-Panel
Dell Latitude E7450
1920x1080 IPS-Panel
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1920x1080 IPS-Panel
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46.8
Response Time Black / White *
25.2
PWM Frequency
Screen
-71%
-72%
7%
11%
Brightness
301
202
-33%
240
-20%
257
-15%
281
-7%
Brightness Distribution
74
76
3%
84
14%
75
1%
94
27%
Black Level *
0.29
0.72
-148%
0.8
-176%
0.3
-3%
0.286
1%
Contrast
1100
289
-74%
334
-70%
933
-15%
1007
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.23
12.51
-73%
12.71
-76%
3.45
52%
4.35
40%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6
13.57
-126%
13.91
-132%
3.35
44%
3.7
38%
Gamma
2.14 112%
2.15 112%
2.35 102%
2.37 101%
2.68 90%
CCT
6904 94%
15339 42%
20099 32%
6940 94%
6076 107%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.8
35
-47%
37.2
-43%
60
-9%
54.7
-17%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95.3
92
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-71% / -71%
-72% / -72%
7% / 7%
11% / 11%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 2255 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

AdobeRGB coverage (65.8 percent)
AdobeRGB coverage (65.8 percent)
sRGB coverage (95.3 percent)
sRGB coverage (95.3 percent)

The color reproduction of the EliteBook is not quite as noteworthy. Although the generous sRGB color space of over 95 percent should actually present the best precondition for an accurate reproduction, the DeltaE shifts of 7.2 (colors) and 6.0 (grayscale) is relatively high. Calibrating improves these rates to 5.2 (colors) and 1.8 (grayscale) - certainly not enough for professional photographers and image editors, but very satisfactory for all other users.

ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (post-calibration)
ColorChecker (post-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)
Saturation Sweeps (post-calibration)
Grayscale (post-calibration)
Grayscale (post-calibration)

The weight of less than 1.6 kg (~3.5 lb) makes the 745 G3 an extremely mobile companion that also looks good outdoors. The screen's combination of high maximum brightness and non-glare surface ensures that the user can work without restrictions even on sunny days - that was not the case with the predecessor.

Outdoors (sunlight)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 19.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 28.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (44 ms).
Viewing angles: HP EliteBook 745 G3
Viewing angles: HP EliteBook 745 G3

The image quality only decreases insignificantly even from slanted views thanks to IPS technology. The contrast ratio remains subjectively high and colors are presented without shifts, even from 45-degree angles. That is especially beneficial when several users are looking at the screen at the same time - no matter if for reviewing the most recent quarterly figures or a movie night at home.

Performance

The business counterpart of the Carrizo top model FX-8800P is behind AMD's Pro A12-8800B. The technical specs of both models are exactly the same (4 cores, 2.1 to 3.4 GHz), but AMD guaranties a longer availability of spare parts for the Pro lineup, among other things. The chip built in the 28-nanometer technology is specified at a TDP of 15 watts, which includes the integrated chipset and graphics unit besides the CPU cores.

The latter traditionally belongs to the biggest strengths of all AMD APUs, and it is impressive in this case: A total of 512 GCN shaders (8 compute units) clocked at up to 800 MHz provides the Radeon R7 with a theoretical computing performance that outshines some dedicated mid-range accelerators. However, the low TDP usually limits the potential clock headroom in real world use - and the memory interface is also an issue.

The graphics power is highly dependent on the bandwidth even when using a fast dual-channel RAM. Nevertheless, many manufacturers only install one module for cost reasons (or to make it easier for the user to upgrade), like HP in its 743 G3. We therefore installed an additional 8 GB DDR3L-1600 bar for assessing the resulting performance gain in the following 3D and gaming benchmarks.

Processor

Multi-threading: Initially 2.5 GHz, ...
Multi-threading: Initially 2.5 GHz, ...
...2.2 GHz toward benchmark finish
...2.2 GHz toward benchmark finish

First, a look at the processor part that has improved drastically compared with its predecessor. The A12-8800B has an edge of approximately 30 percent on the A10 Pro-7350B - an astonishing leap for a single CPU generation. However, we have to put this praise back into perspective in two aspects: Firstly, the A12-8800B - and thus, also the identically built FX-8800P - hardly has any advantages over the smaller A10-8700P in 15-watt mode. The CPU consistently fluctuates between 2.5 and 3.4 GHz in the single thread test, and the multi-thread benchmark finishes with poor 2.2 GHz after initial 2.5 GHz. Secondly, the A12-8800B has to take a place clearly behind the entire Core i lineup, and is surpassed by a mere Core i3-6100U by approximately 20 to 30 percent. This difference increases even a bit more during long-lasting full load due to the described clock reduction.

We did not ascertain any performance differences between AC and battery mode in the test.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
72 Points ∼62%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
AMD A10 Pro-7350B
49 Points ∼42% -32%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
69 Points ∼59% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼100% +61%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
97 Points ∼84% +35%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
202 Points ∼70%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
AMD A10 Pro-7350B
162 Points ∼56% -20%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
194 Points ∼67% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼100% +44%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
247 Points ∼85% +22%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
0.88 Points ∼66%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
AMD A10 Pro-7350B
0.68 Points ∼51% -23%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
0.86 Points ∼65% -2%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.33 Points ∼100% +51%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
1.1 Points ∼83% +25%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
2.45 Points ∼75%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
AMD A10 Pro-7350B
1.83 Points ∼56% -25%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
2.36 Points ∼73% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.25 Points ∼100% +33%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
2.75 Points ∼85% +12%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
15.84 fps ∼83%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
15.23 fps ∼80% -4%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
19 fps ∼100% +20%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
15.97 fps ∼84% +1%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
71.99 fps ∼76%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P
74.41 fps ∼78% +3%
HP ProBook 440 G3 PL
Intel Core i5-6200U
95 fps ∼100% +32%
Medion Akoya E6422
Intel Core i3-6100U
83.5 fps ∼88% +16%
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4490 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6430
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2183
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4508
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3099 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9178 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.88 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
16.37 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.45 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
21.3 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
72 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
202 Points
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Storage Device

SSD
SSD
Card reader
Card reader

With Samsung's PM851 (MZNTE256HMHP), a proven M.2 2280 SSD is installed in the 745 G3 that impresses with decent performance rates at a comparatively reasonable price. The 256 GB storage reads at a speed of up to 482 MB/s via the SATA 6 GB/s interface. It is still 259 MB/s in write. Although the PM851 cannot compete with the fastest PCIe flash memories, HP has made a good choice in view of the solid 4K performance and the reliability of current Samsung SSDs.

Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Transfer Rate Minimum: 130.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 326.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 204.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 126.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

System Performance

More interesting than the raw figures, many potential buyers will be curious if the performance deficit of the Carrizo APU compared with current Intel models is noticeable in practice. We would like to first note that the EliteBook makes quite a powerful impression in real world use, and copes with all common office and Internet applications without lags. However, the moderate single thread performance is repeatedly noticed in some situations, such as installations, a poorly optimized website or an inconsistently parallelized program. On the other hand, the faster, Intel-based sister models of the 840 G3 lineup also cost considerably more as said. Our review sample fares surprisingly well in PCMark 8 since the Radeon R7 strong OpenCL performance comes into its own.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3407 Points ∼70%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2005 Points ∼41% -41%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4139 Points ∼85% +21%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4650 Points ∼95% +36%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4889 Points ∼100% +43%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3424 Points ∼85%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3511 Points ∼87% +3%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4044 Points ∼100% +18%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
4002 Points ∼99% +17%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3734 Points ∼92% +9%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2652 Points ∼75%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3139 Points ∼89% +18%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
3459 Points ∼98% +30%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3541 Points ∼100% +34%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2445 Points ∼83%
HP Elitebook 745 G2
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10 Pro-7350B, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2444 Points ∼83% 0%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2936 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell Latitude E7450
HD Graphics 5500, 5300U, Samsung SSD PM851 mSATA 128 GB
2932 Points ∼100% +20%
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2883 Points ∼98% +18%
PCMark 7 Score
3407 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2445 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2652 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3424 points
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Graphics Card

Clock rates in Unigine Heaven
Clock rates in Unigine Heaven

The Radeon R7 (Carrizo) outclasses the HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2) with the same memory configuration in the synthetic benchmark by approximately 30 percent, and thus achieves the level of a dedicated GeForce 920M. The Iris Graphics 540 (Skylake GT3e) calculates 30 percent faster, and keeps the performance crown in the 15-watt sector inimitably thanks to its fast eDRAM memory. Corresponding models, such as the Core i7-6650U, play in a completely different price league so that Carrizo seems quite well positioned in its category.

Carrizo continues to integrate a modern video decoder that can even process HEVC/H.265 material (main profile). However, that can only be used with third party software, such as PowerDVD, in Windows 7 that HP installs; only Windows 10 supports the new codec natively.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
782 Points ∼53%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
1153 Points ∼78% +47%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
Intel HD Graphics 5500
592 Points ∼40% -24%
HP ProBook 440 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
625 Points ∼42% -20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel HD Graphics 520
905 Points ∼61% +16%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Intel Iris Graphics 540
1477 Points ∼100% +89%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1157 Points ∼78% +48%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
1546 Points ∼63%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
1845 Points ∼75% +19%
HP EliteBook 840 G2
Intel HD Graphics 5500
856 Points ∼35% -45%
HP ProBook 440 G3
Intel HD Graphics 520
1143 Points ∼47% -26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel HD Graphics 520
1402 Points ∼57% -9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Intel Iris Graphics 540
2450 Points ∼100% +58%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1704 Points ∼70% +10%
3DMark 06 Standard
5276 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
4300 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1527 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
30108 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3247 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
689 points
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Gaming Performance

We first limited ourselves to five games for testing the laptop's gaming suitability in delivery state in view of the massive performance loss that single-channel mode entails. The disappointing verdict: More than 1024x768 pixels and minimum settings are not possible even in games with relatively low graphic requirements, such as "Tomb Raider" or "BioShock Infinite".

The performance climbed by an impressive 40 percent with a second memory module. Consequently, users who regularly play games or work with 3D applications should invest in one as soon as possible. Although the hardware then only copes with the fewest games from the past two years, considerably higher settings can be selected while still achieving playable frame rates in older games.

We can only affirm the HD Graphics 520 and Radeon R7 to be on par in total, which is due to occasional CPU limits (e.g. "Sims 4", "Thief") as well as the more limiting TDP in Carrizo. In practice, the maximum GPU clock of 800 MHz is hardly fully utilized - in fact, only approximately 500 to 550 MHz is reached depending on the CPU part's load. That would very likely look different if AMD could fall back on modern 14 nanometer processing like Intel today.

Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
19.6 fps ∼71%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
27.8 fps ∼100% +42%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
25.4 fps ∼91% +30%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
24.5 fps ∼88% +25%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
26.1 fps ∼94% +33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
22.8 fps ∼82% +16%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
19.6 fps ∼71% 0%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
19.1 fps ∼69% -3%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
27.5 fps ∼64%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
38.5 fps ∼90% +40%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
42.9 fps ∼100% +56%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
39.4 fps ∼92% +43%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
40.8 fps ∼95% +48%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
37.4 fps ∼87% +36%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
37 fps ∼86% +35%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
30.4 fps ∼71% +11%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
54.7 fps ∼63%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
86.5 fps ∼100% +58%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
84.6 fps ∼98% +55%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
74.2 fps ∼86% +36%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
82 fps ∼95% +50%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
70.9 fps ∼82% +30%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
72.6 fps ∼84% +33%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
60.6 fps ∼70% +11%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
19.9 fps ∼60%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
33.1 fps ∼100% +66%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
29.6 fps ∼89% +49%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
22.7 fps ∼69% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28.4 fps ∼86% +43%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
23.5 fps ∼71% +18%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
19.53 fps ∼59% -2%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
24.8 fps ∼66%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
37.7 fps ∼100% +52%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
35.3 fps ∼94% +42%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
30 fps ∼80% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
32.3 fps ∼86% +30%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28.2 fps ∼75% +14%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
24.2 fps ∼64% -2%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
43.6 fps ∼68%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
61.9 fps ∼97% +42%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
64.1 fps ∼100% +47%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
Intel Core i5-6300U, Intel HD Graphics 520
58.1 fps ∼91% +33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
63.9 fps ∼100% +47%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
58.9 fps ∼92% +35%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
43.13 fps ∼67% -1%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
8.4 fps ∼68%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
10.3 fps ∼84% +23%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12.3 fps ∼100% +46%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
11.7 fps ∼95% +39%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9.1 fps ∼74% +8%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
8.4 fps ∼68% 0%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
10.1 fps ∼82% +20%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
8.7 fps ∼58%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
11.8 fps ∼79% +36%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
14.9 fps ∼100% +71%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
14.2 fps ∼95% +63%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
10.1 fps ∼68% +16%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9.9 fps ∼66% +14%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
12.6 fps ∼85% +45%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
13.3 fps ∼53%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
15.1 fps ∼60% +14%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
25 fps ∼100% +88%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
24.8 fps ∼99% +86%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14.8 fps ∼59% +11%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14.3 fps ∼57% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
20.6 fps ∼82% +55%
Crysis 3
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
12.7 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
12 fps ∼94%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
10.5 fps ∼83%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
8.5 fps ∼67%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:16x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
17.9 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
17.7 fps ∼99%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
16 fps ∼89%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
12 fps ∼67%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
30.1 fps ∼97%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
31.1 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
28 fps ∼90%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
19.6 fps ∼63%
Metro: Last Light
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
14 fps ∼97%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
14.4 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
12.1 fps ∼84%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
11.1 fps ∼77%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
6 fps ∼42%
1366x768 Medium (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
20.9 fps ∼92%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
22.6 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
21.7 fps ∼96%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
17.3 fps ∼77%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
6.1 fps ∼27%
1024x768 Low (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
25.2 fps ∼88%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.7 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
26.8 fps ∼93%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
23.1 fps ∼80%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
22.5 fps ∼78%
Battlefield 4
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
17.3 fps ∼93%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
18.6 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14 fps ∼75%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
12.8 fps ∼69%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
25.3 fps ∼90%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
28.2 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
19.9 fps ∼71%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
21 fps ∼74%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
34.6 fps ∼87%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
39.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
29 fps ∼73%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
31 fps ∼78%
Sims 4
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
20.8 fps ∼70%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
29.8 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
25.3 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
18.3 fps ∼61%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
19.4 fps ∼65%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
33.5 fps ∼46%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
73 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
49.4 fps ∼68%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
34.3 fps ∼47%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
41.4 fps ∼57%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
99 fps ∼56%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
175.8 fps ∼99%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
176.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
86.6 fps ∼49%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
173.3 fps ∼98%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
9.8 fps ∼94%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
9.8 fps ∼94%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
10.4 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
10 fps ∼96%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
8.33 fps ∼80%
1344x756 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
20.9 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
18.7 fps ∼89%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
19.2 fps ∼92%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
19 fps ∼91%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
15.75 fps ∼75%
1280x720 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
33.7 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
29.3 fps ∼87%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
29.9 fps ∼89%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
29.8 fps ∼88%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
21.92 fps ∼65%
Dragon Age: Inquisition
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
6 fps ∼40%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
13.5 fps ∼91%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
14.9 fps ∼100%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
8.9 fps ∼33%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
27 fps ∼100%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
26.8 fps ∼99%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
18.9 fps ∼70%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
17.2 fps ∼54%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
31.6 fps ∼99%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
32 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
28.6 fps ∼89%
Battlefield Hardline
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
8.9 fps ∼70%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
11.4 fps ∼90%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12.7 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
11.9 fps ∼94%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
8.2 fps ∼65%
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
26.4 fps ∼79%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
30 fps ∼90%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
28.7 fps ∼86%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
33.5 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
22.4 fps ∼67%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
41.7 fps ∼87%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
42.2 fps ∼88%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
40.9 fps ∼86%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
47.7 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
34.5 fps ∼72%
Dirt Rally
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
15.2 fps ∼90%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
15.9 fps ∼94%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
16.9 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
12.5 fps ∼74%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14.4 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
13 fps ∼77%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
26.6 fps ∼80%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
31.1 fps ∼94%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
33.2 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
25.7 fps ∼77%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
25.5 fps ∼77%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
22.8 fps ∼69%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
85.7 fps ∼63%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
134.2 fps ∼98%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
136.6 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
113.3 fps ∼83%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
94.1 fps ∼69%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
77.1 fps ∼56%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
6.2 fps ∼95%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
6.5 fps ∼100%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
6.3 fps ∼97%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
5.5 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
5.1 fps ∼78%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
11.9 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
11.1 fps ∼93%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
10.9 fps ∼92%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
8.1 fps ∼68%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
10.5 fps ∼88%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9.9 fps ∼83%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
18.1 fps ∼94%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
19.2 fps ∼100%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
18.4 fps ∼96%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
12 fps ∼63%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
15.9 fps ∼83%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
16.9 fps ∼88%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
8 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
7 fps ∼88%
1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
15 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
11 fps ∼73%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
8 fps ∼53%
1280x720 Low / Off AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
16 fps ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
Intel Core i7-5500U, NVIDIA GeForce 920M
14 fps ∼88%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9 fps ∼56%
Metal Gear Solid V
1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
12 fps ∼96%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
12.5 fps ∼100%
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
29.9 fps ∼93%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
28.2 fps ∼88%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
32 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
40.1 fps ∼81%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
45 fps ∼90%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
49.8 fps ∼100%
Mad Max
1920x1080 High Preset AF:6x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
10.3 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
10 fps ∼97%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9.4 fps ∼91%
1366x768 Normal Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
20.8 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
20.5 fps ∼99%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
20.1 fps ∼97%
World of Warships
1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
19.9 fps ∼90%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
22 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
17.3 fps ∼79%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
39.6 fps ∼84%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
47 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
38.7 fps ∼82%
1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
55.5 fps ∼80%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
69.2 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
50.1 fps ∼72%
FIFA 16
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
37.6 fps ∼95%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
39.7 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
33.7 fps ∼85%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
43.1 fps ∼68%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
63.5 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
55.1 fps ∼87%
Anno 2205
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
6.5 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
6.4 fps ∼98%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
6.1 fps ∼94%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:2x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
14.6 fps ∼90%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
16.2 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14.8 fps ∼91%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
25 fps ∼78%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
32.2 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
27.6 fps ∼86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
16.4 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
12 fps ∼73%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
14.8 fps ∼90%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
24 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
22 fps ∼92%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
17.6 fps ∼73%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
6.1 fps ∼94%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
6.5 fps ∼100%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
12.3 fps ∼100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
11.4 fps ∼93%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
11.3 fps ∼92%
1280x720 Low Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
16.5 fps ∼88%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520 (Dual-Channel)
18.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
18.3 fps ∼97%
Star Wars Battlefront
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
8.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
8.6 fps ∼98%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
16.3 fps ∼97%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
16.8 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
21.3 fps ∼99%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
21.6 fps ∼100%
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
7.4 fps ∼79%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
9.4 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
10.7 fps ∼93%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
11.5 fps ∼100%
Rainbow Six Siege
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
13 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
11.9 fps ∼92%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:2x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
23.5 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
19.1 fps ∼81%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
22.9 fps ∼97%
1024x768 Low Preset AA:T AF:Linear (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
38.5 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire V3-372-50LK
Intel Core i5-6200U, Intel HD Graphics 520
32.6 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
37.7 fps ∼98%
Just Cause 3
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
8.5 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
8.3 fps ∼98%
1366x768 Medium / Off AF:4x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
13.1 fps ∼98%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
13.4 fps ∼100%
1024x768 Low / Off AF:2x (sort by value)
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (Dual-Channel)
15 fps ∼97%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P, AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)
15.5 fps ∼100%

Single-Channel-Benchmarks:

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 51.138.832.320.2fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 57.142.93823.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 54.727.519.69.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 43.624.819.96.5fps
Thief (2014) 13.38.78.44.3fps

Dual-Channel-Benchmarks:

low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 30.117.912.74.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 86.538.527.813.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 61.937.733.19.2fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 25.220.9146.9fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 34.625.317.36.3fps
Thief (2014) 15.111.810.35.7fps
Sims 4 (2014) 9933.520.816.3fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 33.720.99.87.2fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 17.28.96fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 41.726.48.96fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 85.726.615.212.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 18.111.96.2fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 16158fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 40.129.9128.6fps
Mad Max (2015) 20.810.39fps
World of Warships (2015) 55.539.619.916.6fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 43.137.619.3fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 2514.66.52.2fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 2416.4fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 16.512.36.1fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 21.316.38.88fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 10.77.4fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 38.523.51310.1fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 1513.18.58.2fps

Emissions

Frequency response fan noise
Frequency response fan noise

System Noise

Unfortunately, the EliteBook is not always quiet when idle, for example when processing basic routine tasks (green curve), but sometimes activates the fan at a slow speed (blue curve). However, the produced noise is so low that the user will hardly hear it.

The noise level climbs to 35.6 dB(A) in both 3DMark 06 and in our stress test, placing our review sample in the midfield of comparable business laptops. The 745 G3 is unobtrusive even during prolonged full load periods thanks to the not excessively high-pitched characteristic of the fan (peak at approx. 2.5 to 3 kHz).

HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B, AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo)
HP Elitebook 745 G2
AMD A10 Pro-7350B, AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
HP EliteBook 840 G2
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
Dell Latitude E7450
Intel Core i5-5300U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
Lenovo ThinkPad T450-20BV001VGE
Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500
Noise
-1%
4%
-1%
1%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29
31.2
-8%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
29.2
-1%
Idle Average *
29
31.2
-8%
29.1
-0%
29.1
-0%
29.2
-1%
Idle Maximum *
31.1
31.2
-0%
29.1
6%
30
4%
29.2
6%
Load Average *
35.6
32.7
8%
32.2
10%
36.4
-2%
34.9
2%
Load Maximum *
35.6
35.3
1%
34.2
4%
37.8
-6%
35.1
1%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 31.1 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 35.6 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Behringer ECM8000 + Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test
Prime95
Prime95

The already sporadically active fan just when the desktop is idle points to a relatively high idle consumption, which is confirmed when looking at the casing's temperatures. We measure somewhat higher surface temperatures of up to 35 °C (95 °F) than on the competition. However, these rates are not at all critical and it is still possible to use the laptop on the thighs. That is even true, with minor restrictions, during full load where 40 degrees (104 °F) is only surpassed on one point.

Uncritical 55 to 60 °C (131 to 140 °F) are measured on the Carrizo APU in our stress test, but heavy throttling does not set in. The CPU cores are throttled to 1.4 GHz and the GPU to 300 MHz to prevent exceeding the specified TDP - that again proves just how important a progressive manufacturing process is. AMD will deliver 14 nanometer chips for the first time in late 2016, and also promises profound IPC and performance gains.

 29.1 °C32.9 °C30.8 °C 
 30.1 °C31.1 °C29.7 °C 
 27 °C27 °C28 °C 
Maximum: 32.9 °C
Average: 29.5 °C
33.3 °C35 °C33.5 °C
31.3 °C31.1 °C29.5 °C
28.9 °C28.1 °C27.6 °C
Maximum: 35 °C
Average: 30.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.3 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Frequency response speakers
Frequency response speakers

In contrast to other office devices, the EliteBook astonishes with stunningly high-quality speakers that not only offer clear trebles, but also strong mids and impressive volume reserves. The speakers only completely fail in rendering bass, which is not really surprising in view of the missing subwoofer and compact dimensions. That is reflected in a gradual volume decrease below approximately 500 Hz in the amplitude frequency response; frequencies lower than 125 Hz are even faded out completely. As usual, it is possible to connect an external sound system via the jack or DisplayPort (via adapter to HDMI when necessary).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The high resolution and bright IPS panel takes its toll on power consumption. We measure 6.2 to 14.8 watts in idle, which is almost twice as much as in some rival models. However, the screen is unlikely the only reason for this bad outcome - many Ultrabooks with a similar resolution do not have such a massive excessive consumption.

The load rates of up to 45.2 watts also surprise us - hard work for the included 45-watt power supply. However, the EliteBook settles to approximately 34 watts after a moment and throttling starts. That corresponds to our expectations in view of the installed hardware.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.7 / 1.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.2 / 9.4 / 14.8 Watt
Load midlight 44.8 / 45.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The 46 Wh battery is inside the case and fixed with screws. It has shrunk by 8 percent compared with the predecessor – and struggles with increased consumption rates. Consequently, the runtimes are now somewhat shorter, just seven to seven and a half hours. The user can browse the Internet or render HD videos for three to three and a half hours at medium screen brightness (150 cd/m²) until the battery is depleted. That is unfortunately not really a satisfactory outcome for a high-priced office/business laptop.

Reader's Test
Reader's Test
Wi-Fi test
Wi-Fi test
H.264 test
H.264 test
Classic test
Classic test
Charging
Charging
HP EliteBook 745 G3
46 Wh
HP Elitebook 745 G2
50 Wh
HP EliteBook 840 G2
50 Wh
Dell Latitude E7450
54 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T450-20BV001VGE
48 Wh
Battery Runtime
23%
86%
88%
62%
Reader / Idle
442
562
27%
961
117%
714
62%
935
112%
Load
76
95
25%
112
47%
115
51%
93
22%
WiFi v1.3
187
422
126%
422
126%
324
73%
H.264
211
246
17%
324
54%
452
114%
300
42%
WiFi
279
459
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 22min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
3h 07min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 16min

Pros

+ rigid casing
+ impeccable build
+ outstanding input devices
+ high-resolution, bright and viewing angle stable IPS panel
+ solid application performance
+ USB Type C

Cons

- short battery life
- no maintenance hatches
- only 2 USB Type A
- card reader difficult to reach
- middling webcam

Verdict

In review: HP EliteBook 745 G3. Test model provided by Notebooksandmore.de
In review: HP EliteBook 745 G3. Test model provided by Notebooksandmore.de

Only a slim line separates light and shadow in HP's EliteBook 745 G3. For example, the laptop's strengths are found in the high-quality casing, outstanding input devices and excellent screen (that does not have many shortcomings apart from color reproduction). We can also call the application performance solid: Thanks to the SSD, the laptop proves to be highly responsive and shines with short booting and loading times. The Carrizo APU also offers enough reserves for all routine programs, and - when a second memory module is installed - even copes with graphically demanding software and (older) 3D games. However, we have to criticize that the A12-8800B does not quite reach the level of a current Core i3 at least on the CPU side.

We have to reproach HP's decision of axing both the convenient maintenance hatch and half the USB ports. The additional USB Type C port might be forward-looking, but it presently cannot completely compensate for this loss. The shorter battery life and disappointing webcam - regrettably a cross-manufacturer annoyance - does not look very good in a professional laptop priced far above 1000 Euros (~$1080).

The saying: "You get what you pay for" ultimately is once again true here. The lower price compared with the EliteBook 800 lineup based on similar equipment, as well as devices from other manufacturers, certainly has its reasons. That, however, does not at all make the 743 G3 a bad laptop.

HP EliteBook 745 G3 - 02/26/2016 v5
Till Schönborn

Chassis
90 / 98 → 92%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
53 / 80 → 66%
Weight
69 / 67 → 100%
Battery
70%
Display
88%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
67 / 92 → 73%
Temperature
89%
Noise
92%
Audio
63%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
74%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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Till Schönborn, 2016-01-22 (Update: 2016-01-25)