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HP EliteBook 745 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Moritz Jordan), 07/24/2018

Very good disappointment. AMD Ryzen, mostly known for offering CPUs for consumer products, now want to compete with Intel in the business market. The EliteBook 745 G5, based on the very good EliteBook 840 G5, seems to fit the bill - at least on paper. You can read in this detailed review if it is convincing in reality as well!

The category of business notebooks has always been dominated by Intel. With the Ryzen CPUs, AMD is preparing to break or at least weaken this dominance. For this purpose, HP is a reliable partner for AMD. After all, the world’s largest computer manufacturer offered an AMD CPU option for their EliteBooks since the beginning of 2016, and was banking on AMD long before Ryzen came out. At a time when most of the AMD laptops were disappointing, the 700 series EliteBooks were one of the few serious options.

Despite their undoubted quality, the previous models of the AMD EliteBook series deserved only a limited recommendation, because the older AMD CPUs simply were not able to compete. This fact changes with Ryzen, which makes today's review unit very interesting: the EliteBook 745 G5. It uses the same case as the HP EliteBook 840 G5, which is why this review is only an update. Please read the review of the EliteBook 840 G5 for more information about the case, the features, and the input devices.

Direct competitors are the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the Dell Latitude 5495. Since we weren't able to test these Ryzen notebooks yet, we compare the EliteBook 745 G5 with the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s, the ThinkPad T480, the Dell Latitude 5490, and the Dell Latitude 7490, and further with the pre-predecessor of our review unit, the HP EliteBook 745 G3.

Our review unit has the model number 3UN74EA. It is the top model, which is equipped with a 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U CPU. Currently, the lowest price for this configuration is 1,299 Euro (~$1508).

HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA (EliteBook 700 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO383D, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, 256 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, 174 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Combo audio, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 326 x 234 ( = 0.7 x 12.83 x 9.21 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p with infrared for Windows Hello
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Microsoft Office Trial, Bang, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.541 kg ( = 54.36 oz / 3.4 pounds), Power Supply: 201 g ( = 7.09 oz / 0.44 pounds)
Price
1399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Right side: SIM slot, audio combo jack, USB 3.0 type A, HDMI, RJ45-Ethernet, docking port, USB 3.1 Gen1 type C, Power
Right side: SIM slot, audio combo jack, USB 3.0 type A, HDMI, RJ45-Ethernet, docking port, USB 3.1 Gen1 type C, Power
Left side: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 type A, smartcard reader
Left side: Kensington lock, USB 3.0 type A, smartcard reader
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
650 MBit/s ∼100% +59%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼99% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
625 MBit/s ∼96% +53%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
618 MBit/s ∼95% +51%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
607 MBit/s ∼93% +48%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=174)
458 MBit/s ∼70% +12%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
409 MBit/s ∼63%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
593 MBit/s ∼100%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
523 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
520 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
519 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
511 MBit/s ∼86% -14%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=174)
425 MBit/s ∼72% -28%

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Display

Subpixel geometry HP EliteBook 745 G5
Subpixel geometry HP EliteBook 745 G5
Backlight bleeding (overstated)
Backlight bleeding (overstated)

According to the data sheet, HP offers the same display options for the EliteBook 745 G5 as for the EliteBook 840 G5 - with one exception: An Ultra HD or a 4k display (3,840 x 2,160) is not available. This means, that the EliteBook 745 G5 is shipped exclusively with Full HD displays (1,920 x 1,080). However, there are substantial differences in quality according to HP's data sheet: The base model offers a Full HD LCD display with 220 cd/m² and 67% sRGB color space. This panel is matte, but there is a touch version with glossy Gorilla Glass as well. Besides this base display, HP offers a matte Full HD display with 700 cd/m² and HP's SureView technology as well as a Full HD display with 400 cd/m². These two panels are matte and do not have any touch option, but, according to the data sheet, they shall cover 100% of the sRGB color space. 

Our test unit features the Full HD panel with 400 cd/m². We measured an average brightness of 398 cd/m², which confirms this declaration. The LCD panel from the manufacturer AUO is minimally brighter than the panel of the EliteBook 840 G5, which also comes from AUO. With these brightness values, it is the brightest display among the line of competitors. The Latitude 7490 and the ThinkPad T480 have displays whose brightness levels are 100 cd/m² lower. The EliteBook 745 G5 also beats the ThinkPad T480s, which has an average brightness of 343 cd/m². 

There is no PWM flickering on the display. With 86%, the distribution of brightness is quite consistent. On the other hand, we notice some backlight bleeding, which can be bothersome for dark screen content.  

382
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
399
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 421 cd/m² Average: 397.9 cd/m² Minimum: 20 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 422 cd/m²
Contrast: 1559:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.08 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.92 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
87% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.32
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AUO383D, , 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
AUO3B3D, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
LP140QH2-SPB1, , 2560x1440, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Lenovo LP140WF6-SPB7, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
AU Optronics AUO263D, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 7490
AUO503D (D04YD_B140HAN), , 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 745 G3
2560x1440, 14
Response Times
-24%
-12%
-1%
-30%
-24%
-18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35 (17, 18)
42.4 (19.6, 22.8)
-21%
38.4 (19.6, 18.8)
-10%
35.6 (17.6, 18)
-2%
46.9 (23.6, 23.3)
-34%
41.6 (22, 19.6)
-19%
46.8 (18, 28.8)
-34%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (15, 10)
31.6 (18, 13.6)
-26%
28.4 (15.6, 12.8)
-14%
24.8 (13.2, 11.6)
1%
31.2 (18, 13.2)
-25%
32 (16.4, 15.6)
-28%
25.2 (6, 19.2)
-1%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-18%
-17%
-38%
-38%
-27%
-28%
Brightness middle
421
414
-2%
352
-16%
307
-27%
227
-46%
308.6
-27%
319
-24%
Brightness
398
387
-3%
343
-14%
295
-26%
211
-47%
294
-26%
301
-24%
Brightness Distribution
86
87
1%
91
6%
90
5%
88
2%
89
3%
74
-14%
Black Level *
0.27
0.25
7%
0.46
-70%
0.25
7%
0.19
30%
0.23
15%
0.29
-7%
Contrast
1559
1656
6%
765
-51%
1228
-21%
1195
-23%
1342
-14%
1100
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.08
5.5
-35%
3.3
19%
5.7
-40%
5.6
-37%
6.07
-49%
7.23
-77%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.48
9.9
-32%
7.3
2%
21.3
-185%
22.4
-199%
10.58
-41%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.92
6.4
-119%
5.3
-82%
3.7
-27%
2.4
18%
7.3
-150%
6
-105%
Gamma
2.32 95%
2.31 95%
2.22 99%
2.11 104%
2.44 90%
2.061 107%
2.14 103%
CCT
7043 92%
7811 83%
6452 101%
7353 88%
6506 100%
7269 89%
6904 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
56.9
0%
68.4
20%
37.4
-34%
34.5
-39%
62
9%
65.8
15%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87
88.1
1%
98
13%
58.7
-33%
54.4
-37%
97
11%
95.3
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.3
4.7
1.67
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-21% / -19%
-15% / -16%
-20% / -32%
-34% / -36%
-26% / -26%
-23% / -26%

* ... smaller is better

Color analysis (post-calibration)
Color analysis (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)

The subjective image quality is excellent, due to an outstanding contrast ratio of 1559:1. However, the high contrast ratio is not the result of the black level, which is only average (0.27 cd/m²). This is beneficial for brighter screen content since the backlight bleeding is a little bothersome for dark screen content. We were able to calibrate the LCD fairly well, yet the result is not perfect. Even after calibration, there are smaller divergences, as you can see in the related ICC profile. 

HP promises a coverage of 100% sRGB for this display. Unfortunately, we are unable to confirm that. In fact, the measured 87% is not abysmal, but also not sufficient for semi-professional image editing. In this respect, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s with QHD display (2,560 x 1,440) and the Dell Latitude 7490 with Full HD display are substantially better.

sRGB: 87%
sRGB: 87%
AdobeRGB: 57%
AdobeRGB: 57%
Outdoors (shadow)
Outdoors (shadow)
Outdoors (sunlight)
Outdoors (sunlight)

The matte panel in combination with the brightness of nearly 400 cd/m² provides a satisfactory outdoor usability, even in the sun - but only with indirect exposure. The brightness of the LED backlight is not sufficient, if the sun is shining directly on the display.

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 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 39 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Every display option of the HP EliteBook 745 G5 features an IPS panel. Consequently, it offers wide and comfortable viewing angles.

Viewing angles of the HP EliteBook 745 G5
Viewing angles of the HP EliteBook 745 G5

Performance

Currently, there are three different configurations of the EliteBook 745 G5 on the market. The differences are not huge. The most important difference is the CPU: Only the most expensive model, which we tested for this review, features the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U CPU and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, respectively. The other two models are equipped with the lower tier AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, accompanied by an AMD RX Radeon Vega 8 GPU. All the models come with at least a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB DDR4-2400 RAM (one of the two RAM slots is free, you can install a maximum of 32 GB RAM).

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is a Quad-Core processor of the Ryzen Mobile series, once known by the codename "Raven Ridge". Its four Zen based cores are running at 2.2 GHz with a boost performance of up to 3.8 GHz. The TDP ranges between 12 W and 25 W - typically 15 W. The Ryzen 7 2700U is the fastest Ryzen Mobile processor on the market (as of July 2018). You can compare the CPU with other AMD and Intel CPUs using our CPU comparison table.

HP sets conservative performance limits, which is presumably aiming primarily for low temperatures. Therefore, the manufacturer chose the lowest TDP setting: The CPU is able to operate using 13.5 W for a few seconds to provide the performance boost. After that, the power consumption decreases to 12 W. Meanwhile, the frequencies range between 3.2 GHz (performance boost) and 2.9 GHz. But even 12 W seem to be too much in the long run since the power consumption is being reduced to 8 W after four minutes of our 30-minute Cinebench test. Therefore, the CPU is running at 2.5 GHz, which is still higher than the base frequency.

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HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA AMD Ryzen 7 2700U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø539 (523-626)
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA Intel Core i7-8550U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø526 (517.01-554.05)

The comparison with the EliteBook 840 G5 is particularly interesting because it is basically the same notebook with different components. The EliteBook 745 G5 outpaces his Intel counterpart, which features a Core i7-8550U CPU, in terms of multi-core performance - but only during the performance boost. After four minutes in the test, the frequency decreases and the performance drops to the level of the Intel notebook.

While the EliteBook 840 G5 is beaten to some extent in terms of multi-core performance, the EliteBook 745 G5 has to surrender to the ThinkPad T480s and the ThinkPad T480. Lenovo allows a much higher power consumption for the Intel CPUs. Furthermore, the i7 CPUs have a much higher single-core performance. For example, the ThinkPad T480 is 13% faster and the EliteBook 840 G5 with i7-8550U CPU is even 17% faster. At least, the old EliteBook 745 G3 is outclassed at single-core as well as multi-core performance. This demonstrates the progress of AMD’s CPU technology during the past two years.

As with all current EliteBooks, the CPU performance is throttled out of the box during battery operation. Instead of a maximum of 630 points, we reached only 535 points in the multi-core test. Unlike with the Intel EliteBooks, we could not find any BIOS option to turn off the performance throttling.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼100% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
161 Points ∼96% +13%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel Core i5-8350U
153 Points ∼92% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼86% 0%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼86% 0%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
143 Points ∼86%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (134 - 150, n=9)
143 Points ∼86% 0%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel Core i5-8350U
142 Points ∼85% -1%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=478)
108 Points ∼65% -24%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
72 Points ∼43% -50%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel Core i5-8250U
724 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel Core i5-8250U
716 Points ∼99% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Intel Core i7-8550U
657 Points ∼91% +4%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
630 Points ∼87%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (530 - 719, n=9)
630 Points ∼87% 0%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel Core i5-8350U
599 Points ∼83% -5%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Intel Core i5-8250U
583 Points ∼81% -7%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel Core i5-8350U
569 Points ∼79% -10%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Intel Core i7-8550U
554 Points ∼77% -12%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=482)
318 Points ∼44% -50%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Pro A12-8800B
202 Points ∼28% -68%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
29.01 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
630 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
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System Performance

Even though the EliteBook 745 G5 reaches the lowest scores of the competing devices in the PCMark benchmarks, the difference is usually only a few percentage points. The system performance was always impeccable during day-to-day usage.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5025 Points ∼100% +14%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
5004 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
4906 Points ∼98% +11%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4832 Points ∼96% +10%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
4774 Points ∼95% +8%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (4391 - 4774, n=5)
4546 Points ∼90% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4508 Points ∼90% +2%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4403 Points ∼88%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=303)
3953 Points ∼79% -10%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3424 Points ∼68% -22%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
3966 Points ∼100% +26%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
3723 Points ∼94% +18%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
3695 Points ∼93% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3675 Points ∼93% +16%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3652 Points ∼92% +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3503 Points ∼88% +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3155 - 3640, n=5)
3308 Points ∼83% +5%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3155 Points ∼80%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=355)
3009 Points ∼76% -5%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Pro A12-8800B, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2445 Points ∼62% -23%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3258 Points ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3004 Points ∼92% +8%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
2954 Points ∼91% +7%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
2911 Points ∼89% +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2410 - 3047, n=5)
2829 Points ∼87% +2%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2807 Points ∼86% +1%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2772 Points ∼85%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3503, n=97)
2524 Points ∼77% -9%
Productivity
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
6651 Points ∼100% +95%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6500 Points ∼98% +91%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5844 Points ∼88% +71%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5739 Points ∼86% +68%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
5721 Points ∼86% +68%
Average of class Office
  (1444 - 7142, n=97)
5372 Points ∼81% +58%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3408 - 5146, n=5)
4308 Points ∼65% +26%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3408 Points ∼51%
Essentials
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
8236 Points ∼100% +44%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
7376 Points ∼90% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7358 Points ∼89% +28%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
7139 Points ∼87% +25%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 8787, n=97)
6799 Points ∼83% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6423 Points ∼78% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5395 - 6537, n=5)
6090 Points ∼74% +6%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5732 Points ∼70%
Score
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
3906 Points ∼100% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3686 Points ∼94% +36%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3602 Points ∼92% +33%
Dell Latitude 7490
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G
3564 Points ∼91% +31%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4269, n=98)
3134 Points ∼80% +16%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2584 - 3354, n=5)
3008 Points ∼77% +11%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2712 Points ∼69%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2429 Points ∼62% -10%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3155 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4403 points
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Storage Devices

All the 14-inch 745 G5 and 840 G5 EliteBooks that we were able to test, were equipped with the Toshiba XG5 M.2-2280-SSD. In the case of the EliteBook 745 G5, the SSD offers a capacity of 256 GB. In principle, the XG5 is not a slow SSD, however, it is not very fast for a PCIe-NVME-SSD. This is shown by the comparison to the Samsung PM981, which we could test in the ThinkPad T480s and T480 notebooks. During day-to-day use, the differences should not be noticeable most of the time.

HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02
Average Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
16%
165%
61%
0%
-22%
67%
19%
Write 4k QD32
208.4
351.3
69%
342.95
65%
271.4
30%
300.2
44%
188.9
-9%
391.5
88%
320 (208 - 352, n=10)
54%
Read 4k QD32
310.6
244.7
-21%
444.91
43%
383.4
23%
295.6
-5%
239.8
-23%
312.1
0%
309 (245 - 396, n=10)
-1%
Write 4k
97.08
94.48
-3%
160.65
65%
108
11%
88.96
-8%
84.4
-13%
110.1
13%
106 (94.5 - 133, n=10)
9%
Read 4k
24.9
30.94
24%
66.88
169%
64.39
159%
27.34
10%
27.12
9%
32.84
32%
28.1 (7.04 - 35.5, n=10)
13%
Write 512
298.1
286.1
-4%
1715.92
476%
566.8
90%
360.7
21%
268.8
-10%
623.1
109%
331 (266 - 489, n=10)
11%
Read 512
823.4
907.9
10%
834.67
1%
561.1
-32%
410.1
-50%
361.6
-56%
992.9
21%
832 (444 - 922, n=10)
1%
Write Seq
269.7
340
26%
1613.2
498%
927.8
244%
425
58%
268.9
0%
906.7
236%
394 (270 - 917, n=10)
46%
Read Seq
1549
1929
25%
1540
-1%
922
-40%
465.1
-70%
446.1
-71%
2087
35%
1843 (1046 - 2069, n=10)
19%
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Sequential Read: 1549 MB/s
Sequential Write: 269.7 MB/s
512K Read: 823.4 MB/s
512K Write: 298.1 MB/s
4K Read: 24.9 MB/s
4K Write: 97.08 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 310.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 208.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

GPU-Z AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
GPU-Z AMD Radeon RX Vega 10

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 is an integrated GPU. It features 640 shader units with a maximum frequency of 1,301 MHz. This should deliver a much higher graphics performance compared to Intel's GPU solutions, such as the Intel UHD Graphics 620. You can compare the GPU with others using our GPU-benchmark table.

Unfortunately, the graphics chip of the EliteBook 745 G5 is far from its maximum potential. The Acer Swift 3, whose GPU is 35% faster, is showing the actual possibilities of the Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU. This laptop almost reaches the MaxQ-GeForce-MX150 in the ThinkPad T480s. The EliteBook 745 G5, however, can clearly outpace the integrated Intel GPUs, although its performance cannot compete with the GeForce MX150

There are two reasons for this disappointing performance. First, the RAM is running in single-channel mode, because HP installs only one RAM module. This is compromising the GPU performance since the GPU has to use the main memory due to the lack of dedicated graphics memory. At least, you can fix this by installing a second RAM module. Second, the GPU never reaches its maximum frequency - we measured a maximum of 812 MHz. Presumably, this can be led back to the restrictive temperature and TDP settings.

We were unable to notice a reduced GPU performance during battery operation. 

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4300 Points ∼100% +49%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3728 Points ∼87% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3551 Points ∼83% +23%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 3728, n=5)
2987 Points ∼69% +4%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2885 Points ∼67%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1849 Points ∼43% -36%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1648 Points ∼38% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1633 Points ∼38% -43%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1617 Points ∼38% -44%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo), AMD Pro A12-8800B
1546 Points ∼36% -46%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=603)
1222 Points ∼28% -58%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3585 Points ∼100% +106%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2807 Points ∼78% +62%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2442 Points ∼68% +41%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2442, n=5)
1840 Points ∼51% +6%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1738 Points ∼48%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1336 Points ∼37% -23%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1001 Points ∼28% -42%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
981 Points ∼27% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
963 Points ∼27% -45%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=430)
941 Points ∼26% -46%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo), AMD Pro A12-8800B
782 Points ∼22% -55%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
21893 Points ∼100% +106%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17743 Points ∼81% +67%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
15613 Points ∼71% +47%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (9364 - 15613, n=5)
11213 Points ∼51% +6%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
10604 Points ∼48%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
10331 Points ∼47% -3%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
8226 Points ∼38% -22%
Dell Latitude 7490
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
7943 Points ∼36% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
7658 Points ∼35% -28%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=474)
6562 Points ∼30% -38%
HP EliteBook 745 G3
AMD Radeon R7 (Carrizo), AMD Pro A12-8800B
4250 Points ∼19% -60%
3DMark 11 Performance
2919 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8100 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1556 points
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Gaming Performance

According to the benchmark results, the gaming performance of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 in the EliteBook 745 G5 is substantially better than the gaming performance of Intel's comparable GPU solutions. Over all, the possibility to play games is still not great. The GeForce MX150 in the ThinkPad T480s offers significantly better performance, although it features the slower MaxQ version of the GPU. You can play new games only with notably reduced resolution and details on the EliteBook 745 G5.

BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
158.27 fps ∼100% +87%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
84.7 fps ∼54%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (65.7 - 86, n=4)
79.6 fps ∼50% -6%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 204, n=324)
52.6 fps ∼33% -38%
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
41.9 fps ∼26% -51%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 84.714.2fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 33.510.9fps
Civilization VI (2016) 56.513.7fps

Emissions

System noise

The EliteBook is completely silent when idle and during minimal load scenarios. The fans remain completely off. Under load, however, the fan is hitting 36 dB(A). It does not matter here if it is under low or maximum load. Once the fan is running, you can hear it quite well. Fortunately, we could not notice any static.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.5 dB(A)
Load
36 / 36 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.336.332.739.32539.237.53539.23148.443.237.248.44035.337.531.835.35032.732.230.332.76330.129.230.830.1802730.126.62710027.227.827.527.212526.728.225.526.71602525.124.32520023.124.723.323.125023.724.422.623.731522.723.721.822.74002222.220.7225002121.519.92163020.921.719.420.980023.623.718.623.6100024.224.518.424.2125023.924.117.823.9160025.725.417.625.72000262617.726250026.326.517.626.3315026.12618.126.1400022.722.918.222.7500021.721.918.521.7630019.819.918.519.8800019.11918.719.1100001919.118.8191250019.119.118.919.11600019.820.219.119.8SPL35.93630.735.9N2.22.21.32.2median 23.1median 23.7median 18.8median 23.1Delta2.12.11.82.130.633.232.330.630.932.132.730.935.634.634.335.632.129.530.232.135.33332.735.327.729.626.227.726.526.826.926.526.124.624.526.125.424.125.225.424.323.722.724.323.723.822.123.723.122.72223.123.222.120.123.221.22119.721.22120.519.22119.520.318.919.521.421.318.321.421.321.617.821.32221.917.62223.323.617.323.323.323.317.523.324.124.317.724.122.622.717.922.620.220.317.920.219.819.618.119.81918.618.41919.118.718.519.119.218.718.519.219.118.618.419.119.918.818.519.933.833.830.333.81.81.81.21.8median 21.4median 21.6median 18.5median 21.41.81.71.11.833.631.628.131.231.132.533.228.529.129.629.329.130.33032.231.231.130.83030.529.529.931.129.527.226.828.82829.727.226.326.326.225.72626.526.125.124.72626.625.926252525.525.724.823.924.6252423.925.225.125.12323.323.824.123.324.522.222.722.62422.823.421.521.322.422.921.720.920.820.720.422.220.620.320.320.218.921.422.420.521.119.718.12222.319.621.619.117.722.321.519.520.21916.721.523.119.92219.716.723.225.220.624.422.116.125.527.723.627.12415.727.229.42327.122.915.929.328.822.126.923.315.928.128.320.525.720.715.928.12920.126.921.116.328.524.718.422.318.616.624.32017.619.217.916.919.918.417.618.317.717.218.31817.818.318.117.2181818.218.518.917.317.91918.520.521.217.418.638.232.836.533.229382.61.82.31.81.22.6median 23.1median 20.5median 22median 20.7median 17.2median 23.22.42.42.61.91.72.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EAHP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EALenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00

Temperature

The EliteBook running our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
The EliteBook running our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

Even under heavy load, the EliteBook's temperature stays below 40 °C (104 °F), which is why the surface temperatures are entirely uncritical. Admittedly, this compromises the performance: The notebook is running at 2.6 GHz CPU frequency for four minutes in our stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, while the GPU frequency stays at approximately 650 MHz. Temperatures are reaching a maximum of 70 °C (158 °F) after four minutes. Clock speeds decrease at this point. The CPU frequency is only 1.6 GHz, while the iGPU is running only at 200 MHz. At these clock speeds, the power consumption of the CPU and GPU is 8 W and temperatures are reaching only 63 °C (145.4 °F). HP is using an aggressive power management for keeping the temperatures low. This leads to a thermally induced throttling of the CPU and GPU. 

This does not mean that you are experiencing throttling all the time during day-to-day use, since the 3DMark11 benchmark, which we ran directly after the stress test, achieved a normal result.

Max. Load
 38.4 °C
101 F
37.8 °C
100 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
 36.9 °C
98 F
37.3 °C
99 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 30.2 °C
86 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
35.2 °C
95 F
35.6 °C
96 F
32.8 °C
91 F
35.4 °C
96 F
35.8 °C
96 F
33.5 °C
92 F
32.3 °C
90 F
32.2 °C
90 F
31.7 °C
89 F
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  47.1 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 23.7 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.6 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.3 °C / 86.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-2 °C / -3.6 F).
Top (idle)
Top (idle)
Bottom (idle)
Bottom (idle)
Top (load)
Top (load)
Bottom (load)
Bottom (load)

Speakers

On the surface, the EliteBook 745 G5 has the same audio equipment as its Intel counterpart: Bang&Olufsen stereo speakers, which are directed upwards. However, the sound analysis shows that HP installed different speakers in the respective laptops, to the disadvantage of the AMD model. The speakers of the EliteBooks 840 G5 are louder and reproduce a more balanced sound. We recommend external speakers or headphones, which can be connected using the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The headphone jack worked perfectly well.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.932.737.92535.83535.83140.137.240.14033.231.833.25032.630.332.66328.730.828.78029.326.629.310029.227.529.212532.725.532.716036.524.336.520044.323.344.325041.622.641.631554.821.854.84006820.76850063.919.963.963065.319.465.380063.318.663.3100068.718.468.7125071.217.871.2160070.817.670.8200066.917.766.9250070.917.670.9315070.118.170.1400067.518.267.5500070.118.570.1630069.818.569.880006618.7661000070.818.870.8125006718.9671600058.119.158.1SPL8130.781N47.71.347.7median 66.9median 18.8median 66.9Delta9.81.89.830.131.329.430.330.229.929.331.431.632.5262725.526.626.729.525.529.624.438.622.848.922.351.719.656.918.563.717.665.717.167.216.266.616.371.115.973.715.472.715.572.415.572.715.872.516.175.616.67916.877.417.271.317.471.817.467.217.35628.885.81.264.1median 17.2median 67.21.89.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EAHP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.23 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Older AMD systems often struggled with a higher power consumption in the past, despite their lower performance. The power consumption decreased by 26% on average compared to the EliteBook 745 G3, but compared to current Intel systems, the EliteBook 745 G5 still performs badly. This is particularly the case for the idle values: while the competitors with Intel CPUs have a minimal consumption between 2 and 3.6 W, the EliteBook 745 G5 is always consuming at least 4.9 W. The average and maximal idle values are higher as well.

However, the AMD EliteBook is very energy saving under load. The 45 W power supply is adequate for the maximal power consumption of 42.3 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.48 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.9 / 8.1 / 10.6 Watt
Load midlight 32.2 / 42.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
2700U, Vega 10, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 2560x1440, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 7490
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Pro A12-8800B, Radeon R7 (Carrizo), Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, IPS-Panel, 2560x1440, 14
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KXG50ZNV1T02, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 2560x1440, 14
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-1%
-10%
-22%
2%
27%
-26%
4%
-20%
-7%
-32%
Idle Minimum *
4.9
3.2
35%
3.1
37%
3.6
27%
3.3
33%
2
59%
6.2
-27%
3.8
22%
3.4
31%
5.34 (4.9 - 5.9, n=5)
-9%
7.78 (0.77 - 32, n=913)
-59%
Idle Average *
8.1
6.6
19%
6.8
16%
7.1
12%
5.54
32%
4.7
42%
9.4
-16%
8.3
-2%
7.5
7%
9.3 (8.1 - 10.6, n=5)
-15%
11.6 (4.2 - 42, n=913)
-43%
Idle Maximum *
10.6
9.5
10%
10.1
5%
9.5
10%
6.59
38%
5.7
46%
14.8
-40%
10.7
-1%
10.8
-2%
11 (8.7 - 12.9, n=5)
-4%
14.1 (5 - 67, n=913)
-33%
Load Average *
32.2
36.2
-12%
48.4
-50%
63.9
-98%
42.4
-32%
38.4
-19%
44.8
-39%
35.5
-10%
55.4
-72%
34.8 (29.3 - 40.6, n=5)
-8%
37.3 (7.43 - 99.3, n=898)
-16%
Load Maximum *
42.3
65.6
-55%
67.1
-59%
67.3
-59%
67.6
-60%
38.9
8%
45.2
-7%
37
13%
70.3
-66%
42.8 (38.5 - 46.6, n=5)
-1%
45.8 (12.2 - 129, n=900)
-8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
53.9
34

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Charging time: 132 minutes
Charging time: 132 minutes

HP equips its EliteBook 745 G5 with the same integrated 50 Wh lithium-ion battery as the EliteBook 840 G5. This leads to a worse battery life because of the higher power consumption of the AMD device. The battery life in our Wi-Fi test is one hour less. 6.5 hours of battery life are not abysmal, but also not really good. All the competitors from Lenovo and Dell have a larger battery and are more energy efficient when idle, which results in a much longer battery life during the Wi-Fi test. The Lenovo ThinkPad T480s for example reaches the mark of nine hours, and so does the Dell Latitude 7490.

It took us 132 minutes to fully charge the EliteBook 745 G5.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 39min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
6h 34min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 06min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 35min
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
2700U, Vega 10, 50 Wh
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX66EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02D00
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T480-20L6S01V00
8550U, GeForce MX150, 72 Wh
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Dell Latitude 7490
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
HP EliteBook 745 G3
Pro A12-8800B, Radeon R7 (Carrizo), 46 Wh
HP EliteBook 840 G5-3JX61EA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
8550U, GeForce MX150, 57 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
37%
45%
95%
90%
39%
-39%
13%
40%
-2%
Reader / Idle
639
1138
78%
1671
162%
1556
144%
442
-31%
1366
114%
557 (101 - 1857, n=770)
-13%
H.264
426
399
-6%
721
69%
638
50%
791
86%
211
-50%
550
29%
413 (139 - 791, n=149)
-3%
WiFi v1.3
394
447
13%
537
36%
794
102%
897
128%
548
39%
187
-53%
444
13%
530
35%
404 (105 - 964, n=295)
3%
Load
95
156
64%
124
31%
159
67%
97
2%
76
-20%
76
-20%
101 (37 - 259, n=715)
6%

Verdict

Pros

+ AMD CPU delivers a better boost performance
+ Higher GPU performance than Intel-iGPUs
+ Sturdy metal case
+ Comfortable input devices
+ Solid ports including a docking port
+ Plenty of security features
+ Stays always cool and usually silent
+ 3 years of warranty

Cons

- CPU & GPU are throttled a lot in some cases
- Poor battery life compared to competitors
- No Thunderbolt 3
- No high resolution display option
- SSD slow for a PCIe-NVMe-SSD
- No SD card reader
- Doesn't reach 100% sRGB
HP EliteBook 745 G5, provided by HP
HP EliteBook 745 G5, provided by HP

At the time of writing the verdict, the HP EliteBook 840 G5 was the best device in our rankings. Built on this very good foundation, an EliteBook 745 G5 with AMD CPUs sounds quite promising!

The advantages of the EliteBook 745 G5 are mostly the same as its Intel counterpart: It has a fancy and sturdy metal case with comfortable input devices and a very bright display. It is equipped with some fundamental ports and security features. As its sister version with Intel processor, the EliteBook 745 G5 stays cool even under load, and is completely silent when idle. Furthermore, it comes with a warranty of 36 months. However, there are disadvantages as well: the SSD is not really fast for a PCIe-NVMe-SSD, and an SD card reader is missing completely.

Despite the good foundation, the EliteBook 745 G5 cannot reach the scores of the EliteBook 840 G5. The AMD CPU is curse and blessing at the same time. It delivers a significantly higher boost performance, but its performance drops to the level of the Intel notebook after four minutes. The GPU performance of the iGPU is certainly higher than the Intel EliteBook's performance, but significantly lower than it could be - it does not really supersede dedicated GPUs. This originates mainly from HP's restrictive temperature management: the thermal capacities are not maxed out as you can see from the low surface temperatures, and nevertheless, HP is throttling the CPU as well as the GPU. The power consumption when idle (and under minimal load) is still higher than the one of the Intel notebook, which results in even shorter battery life. Furthermore, HP needlessly restricts the configuration possibilities. The EliteBook 745 G5 has no 4K display (3,820 x 2,160) option. Unlike the EliteBook 840 G5, it does not have any Thunderbolt 3 port, and the CPU is being throttled all the time during battery operation. The fact that the display does not reach the promised 100% sRGB coverage is a bummer as well.

Sometimes very good is not enough: The Intel laptop EliteBook 840 G5 delivers a much more complete package over all, than its AMD counterpart.

The EliteBook 745 G5 still gets a recommendation as well as the score "Very good". However, we recommend it only on condition that you are avoiding Intel computers categorically. Apart from that, you should rather consider the HP EliteBook 840 G5, the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s or the Dell Latitude 7490, depending on your manufacturer, design, and feature preferences. Their battery life is longer, and, if you need more graphics performance, a laptop with a dedicated GPU is more worth it than the EliteBook 745 G5.

HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA - 07/15/2018 v6
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
92 / 98 → 94%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
64 / 80 → 80%
Weight
69 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
89%
Display
89%
Games Performance
64 / 68 → 94%
Application Performance
81 / 92 → 88%
Temperature
93%
Noise
96%
Audio
53%
Camera
33 / 85 → 39%
Average
77%
89%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2018-07-24 (Update: 2018-07-24)