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HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 550) Laptop Review

With great power… comes great affordability? The HP Pavilion Power 15t is back, this time with an AMD RX 550 GPU and an even lower price tag than before. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected challenges with our review unit.

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There’s a new top dog in HP’s Pavilion series, and it bears the appropriate title of Pavilion Power. These machines pack Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs paired with dedicated graphics adapters. The first Pavilion Power we reviewed just several days ago featured an NVIDIA GTX 1050 and a dual-storage configuration (SSD + HDD) alongside a price tag of around $1,000. Today’s setup is a bit less expensive at roughly $880, but users will have to sacrifice in the way of both GPU and storage. The machine is primarily intended for users who are not interested in dropping another several hundred dollars for a competing notebook with higher-end components, such as one of the HP Omen series or a Lenovo Yoga 720

Rather than a primary SSD, our review unit here includes only a mechanical 1 TB drive—and in place of the NVIDIA GPU, we now have an AMD Radeon RX 550 (still a relative newcomer with nothing yet to show in the Notebookcheck database). Elsewhere, 8 GB of RAM and a decent 1080p display round out what is a fairly pedestrian spec sheet—though still above what one might normally expect to see from a Pavilion. Is it worth saving a few bucks and springing for today’s $880 configuration instead? Let’s dig into the details and find out.

HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (Pavilion Power Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1100 - 1183 (Boost) MHz, Memory: 7000 MHz, GDDR5, 22.19.161.0
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, no, AUO41ED , IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Sunrise Point, Intel Kaby Lake-H
Storage
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB 
, 7200 rpm
Soundcard
Realtek ALC295 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.1 x 378 x 252.2 ( = 0.95 x 14.88 x 9.93 in)
Battery
70 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HP Wide Vision HD Camera (720p)
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: dual stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.29 kg ( = 80.78 oz / 5.05 pounds), Power Supply: 430 g ( = 15.17 oz / 0.95 pounds)

 

Case

The Pavilion Power 15t’s primarily plastic case actually seems somewhat sturdy for a notebook of its class, and it’s absolutely a step above that of the original Pavilion 15. The display lid carries a nondescript matte black finish which might more closely resemble something of a business machine were it not for the oversized metallic HP logo in the center. Speaking of the lid, it’s easily the weakest part of the package, as it’s fairly susceptible to twisting. On the other hand, the top of the base unit is lined with a rather stylish sheet of brushed aluminum, which looks great—that is, until it’s been touched, at which point it collects an unthinkable amount of fingerprints and skin oils. At least it provides a more robust feel than the display lid, yielding very little to pressure and carrying a more luxurious aesthetic than your everyday Pavilion. 

The hinge is designed to drop down behind the rear of the base unit when opened, which in turn also props up the notebook during use (always a nice touch). This, of course, quashes any hope of rear-mounted ports or exhaust vents, but it’s hardly an unpopular approach. The hinges allow a bit more bounce than would be ideal during use (not uncommon for larger screens), but fortunately, the anti-glare display finish mitigates this problem.

Connectivity

The Pavilion Power 15t provides plenty of ports (all located on the sides thanks to the rear drop-hinge design), including a USB Type-C Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps) port, bringing the total number of USB 3.0 ports to four. The only conspicuous omission is that of Thunderbolt 3.

Front: no connections
Front: no connections
Rear: no connections
Rear: no connections
Right: SD Card Reader, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, Charging port
Right: SD Card Reader, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, Charging port
Left: Kensington Lock, USB 3.0, combo audio
Left: Kensington Lock, USB 3.0, combo audio

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates for the integrated card reader are acceptable, though significantly slower than the category leaders. Based on our testing of the SSD-equipped Pavilion Power (as well as the much higher read speeds on this unit), however, upgrading the mechanical storage to an SSD would at least partially resolve this.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
81.27 MB/s ∼100% +19%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
76 MB/s ∼94% +11%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
75 MB/s ∼92% +10%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
68.72 MB/s ∼85% +1%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
68.27 MB/s ∼84%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
131.71 MB/s ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
87 MB/s ∼66% -34%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
87 MB/s ∼66% -34%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
86.49 MB/s ∼66% -34%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
86.39 MB/s ∼66% -34%

Communication

The Pavilion Power 15t managed wireless connectivity just fine in our testing in spite of incidentally being the slowest in the testing field by a small margin. We experienced no issues throughout our time with the machine, however.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
687 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
686 MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
668 MBit/s ∼97% +7%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
645 MBit/s ∼94% +3%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
627 MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼100% +31%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
533 MBit/s ∼98% +28%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
465 MBit/s ∼86% +12%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
465 MBit/s ∼86% +12%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
415 MBit/s ∼77%

Accessories

The 150 W AC Adapter (which uses the newer HP Ultrabook-style tip) is the only accessory included with the Pavilion Power laptop. The adapter isn’t terribly heavy (it weighs 430 grams).

Maintenance

Beware the hidden screws beneath the rubber feet
Beware the hidden screws beneath the rubber feet

Seven screws stand between the user and the machine’s internals, though two of the screws are stealthily situated beneath the top rubber feet—a potential pitfall for the would-be DIYer if they aren’t careful during disassembly. The case materials are also somewhat flimsy on the bottom and are attached with tricky plastic clips that could prove problematic for inexperienced users. Once inside, the battery, mechanical hard drive, WLAN adapter, both RAM sticks, and the heatsink/fan are easily replaced, however. There’s also room for an M.2 SSD (PCIe/NVMe supported) should the user choose to spring for an aftermarket dual-storage configuration—a choice which would greatly improve the speed of the system (more on this later).

Warranty

HP includes a standard one-year depot warranty on the Pavilion Power 15.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Pavilion Power 15t’s keyboard can’t quite compete with category leaders (such as HP Spectre 15, Dell XPS 15, or ThinkPad models), but it’s still a good keyboard overall. Keypresses are quiet, and although they feature only a medium travel distance and softer feedback, they’re comfortable to use. There is little to no flex present during typing. The keys are backlit with only a single brightness setting (On or Off).

Touchpad

The Synaptics clickpad does a fine job with pointer responsiveness and gesture recognition, and there are plenty of options to boot (as usual). It’s a decently-sized pad which probably could have been a bit larger (again, see category leaders), but it’s fine. The only issue, as is often the case, are the integrated buttons, which feature plenty of travel but a softer bit of feedback. Separate physical buttons or a sharper response would have improved the feel.

The keyboard is pretty good overall.
The keyboard is pretty good overall.
The touchpad is fine apart from the integrated buttons, which are a bit soft with feedback.
The touchpad is fine apart from the integrated buttons, which are a bit soft with feedback.

Display

Subpixel array, HP Pavilion Power 15t
Subpixel array, HP Pavilion Power 15t

The Pavilion Power 15t includes the option for a 4K UHD IPS glossy touchscreen as well as a 4K UHD anti-glare IPS screen, but our review unit instead features an FHD (1920x1080) anti-glare display. It’s a 15.6-inch screen size, which factors out to a PPI of 141. The higher-end Omen series which HP has recently introduced also offers additional optional perks, such as panels with 120 Hz refresh rates and G-Sync. For the basics, however, the Pavilion Power’s screen appears to be more than adequate—and considering that the dedicated graphics adapter (the AMD Radeon RX 550) isn’t all that powerful, jumping up to a higher resolution would provide little (if any) benefit during gaming.

Subjectively speaking, the panel appears bright with good contrast. The matte finish yields a bit of graininess (typical of AUO anti-glare panels), but this is a matter of preference. We didn’t notice any mentionable backlight bleed during our testing.

243.5
cd/m²
224.1
cd/m²
228.6
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
234.9
cd/m²
245.3
cd/m²
252.4
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 256 cd/m² Average: 241 cd/m² Minimum: 17.55 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 256 cd/m²
Contrast: 1219:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.2 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.5 | - Ø
59% sRGB (Argyll) 37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.35
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AUO41ED , IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
ID: AU Optronics AUO41ED, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
AU Optronics AUO41ED, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Chi Mei CMN1738, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
ID: BOE06E8, Name: BOE HF NV150FHB-N31, IPS, 15, 1920x1080
Response Times
15%
12%
19%
5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51.6 (26.4, 25.2)
38.8 (20, 18.8)
25%
42 (20.4, 21.6)
19%
38 (20, 18)
26%
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
21%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (16.8, 12.4)
28 (16.4, 11.6)
4%
28 (16.4, 11.6)
4%
26 (15.6, 10.4)
11%
32.4 (17.6, 14.8)
-11%
PWM Frequency
200 (95)
208.3 (99)
Screen
5%
2%
11%
25%
Brightness
241
243
1%
228
-5%
295
22%
524
117%
Brightness Distribution
88
81
-8%
88
0%
79
-10%
88
0%
Black Level *
0.21
0.19
10%
0.21
-0%
0.25
-19%
0.49
-133%
Contrast
1219
1351
11%
1095
-10%
1272
4%
1154
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.2
5
4%
4.01
23%
4.7
10%
2
62%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
2.7
23%
3.18
9%
5
-43%
2.5
29%
Gamma
2.35 102%
2.32 103%
2.52 95%
2.28 105%
2.21 109%
CCT
6576 99%
6599 98%
6814 95%
7374 88%
6896 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
36.7
-1%
37
0%
61
65%
61.2
65%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
57.7
-2%
58
-2%
93
58%
97.5
65%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
10% / 7%
7% / 4%
15% / 12%
15% / 21%

* ... smaller is better

Our measurements reveal a merely average brightness of 241 cd/m² alongside a very good contrast ratio of 1219:1, thanks to a low black value of 0.21 cd/m². The brightness distribution of 88% indicates a fairly uniform panel luminosity across all quadrants.

Covering only 59% of the sRGB spectrum (AdobeRGB: 37%), the display in the Pavilion Power is hardly suited to any sort of serious photo editing or graphical work.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. HP Omen 15
vs. HP Omen 15
vs. HP Omen 17
vs. HP Omen 17

CalMAN measurements show ColorChecker and Greyscale DeltaE2000 values of 5.2 and 3.5 respectively, which aren’t bad numbers for a basic 1080p panel. The CCT average of 6576 is also just about spot-on, and total gamma of 2.35 is also excellent. Blue hues are the only major problem, but ultimately the panel does an adequate job.

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

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
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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. » 69 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26.4 ms rise
↘ 25.2 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. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (43.4 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: 58 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 5114 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We detected no PWM from the display.

Outdoors, the panel is easily visible in the shade. Sunlight somewhat overpowers the mediocre brightness, but the matte finish and high contrast help. Still, the machine is not comfortable for use in direct sunlight. Viewing angles are excellent.

v
In the sun
In the shade
In the shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The Pavilion Power 15t can be equipped with either the Core i5-7300HQ or the Core i7-7700HQ. Two GPUs are also available: an AMD Radeon RX 550 (with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM) or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (with 4 GB GDDR5). RAM, meanwhile, ranges from 6 GB DDR4-2400 up to 16 GB (2 x 8 GB dual-channel). Fortunately, RAM is possible (if slightly inconvenient) to upgrade aftermarket if you choose to go low from the start (see our maintenance section earlier in this review).

LatencyMon did report some spikes, but based on our subjective analysis they seemed to be somewhat infrequent. Performance while unplugged, meanwhile, is unsurprisingly lower, with a total score of 1477 in 3DMark 11 achieved while operating on battery power.

CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z RAM SPD
CPU-Z RAM SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
Octane v2
Octane v2
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

As mentioned above, just two processors are available for configuration in the Pavilion Power 15t: the Intel Core i5-7300HQ and Core i7-7700HQ. Both are quite powerful mobile CPUs (with 45 W TDP) and have been extensively evaluated here at Notebookcheck over the months. Our review unit features the Core i7-7700HQ, which is a quad-core CPU with a base clock rate of 2.8 GHz and a boost frequency of 3.8 GHz.

Performance on our review unit was disappointing for a Core i7-7700HQ-equipped notebook. Over longer-term periods, the Pavilion Power 15t seems to lag behind its peers, especially in multi-core tests, where we saw an 8% discrepancy between the GTX 1050-equipped Pavilion Power and today’s AMD Radeon-outfitted one. Even stranger was the wPrime performance, where the GTX-equipped Pavilion managed 212 seconds, but our review unit today (equipped with the same CPU took 332 to complete the same task—57% longer. We’ll discover later that this was actually the product of near-immediate throttling on the part of the CPU just seconds after the benchmarks began.

One might expect the Cinebench R15 loop test to further illuminate these deficiencies, but in fact, since the throttling sets in so rapidly, there isn’t a huge drop in performance when moving from the first value to later ones. Instead, all of them are pretty mediocre, with the best overall score we received being a 686 (for reference, the GTX-equipped Pavilion 15 Power managed a 740).

Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼83% +1%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼82% 0%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼82%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼77% -5%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
139 Points ∼71% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
740 Points ∼34% +8%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼34% +7%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼34% +6%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
686 Points ∼32%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
343 Points ∼16% -50%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼83% +4%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼82% +3%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼82% +2%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.77 Points ∼80%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.64 Points ∼74% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼34% +8%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼34% +8%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼34% +7%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.54 Points ∼32%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.83 Points ∼16% -49%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
456.763 s * ∼5% -38%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
331.843 s * ∼4%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
211.948 s * ∼3% +36%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
594 Seconds * ∼3%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Intel Core i7-7500U
563.28 Seconds * ∼3% +5%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
535.187 Seconds * ∼2% +10%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
86.45 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.54 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.77 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
97.2 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
686 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
159 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 8 synthetic performance scores, on the other hand, are positive across the board—which is actually rather surprising considering the lack of a solid-state drive in the Pavilion Power configuration we are reviewing today. Scores like 4627 in PCMark 8 Work Accelerated v2 and 4499 in Home Accelerated v2 suggest a very capable machine—but we subjectively noticed some stuttering and sluggishness when loading applications and games thanks to the lack of faster storage.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated v2
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated v2
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated v2
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated v2
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated v2
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated v2
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 Express
PCMark 10 Express
PCMark 10 Extended
PCMark 10 Extended
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4964 Points ∼76% +7%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4928 Points ∼76% +7%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4627 Points ∼71%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3141 Points ∼48% -32%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5402 Points ∼58% +5%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
5328 Points ∼57% +3%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
5151 Points ∼55%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4769 Points ∼51% -7%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4499 Points ∼75%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4216 Points ∼71% -6%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4165 Points ∼70% -7%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4042 Points ∼68% -10%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3852 Points ∼64% -14%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4499 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5151 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4627 points
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Storage Devices

Our previous Pavilion Power 15 configuration was powered by an SK Hynix solid-state drive, and although performance was overall merely acceptable, it’s still lightyears ahead of what we’re seeing today in our hard drive-equipped iteration. Our machine bucks the trend of the rest of the field with a comparably inexpensive (and large) HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1 TB mechanical hard drive—which, to its credit, is among the faster drives around… but it obviously can’t compete with an SSD. The charts below illustrate this, with sequential read/write speeds—and especially 4K/512K speeds—worlds apart between the two approaches. Fortunately, aftermarket upgrades are pretty straightforward on the Pavilion Power, so if you’re stuck with the mechanical blues, it’s not hard to make the jump to pure silicon (dual storage is possible with the addition of an M.2 SSD).

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
HD Tune
HD Tune
PCMark 8 Storage Accelerated
PCMark 8 Storage Accelerated
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
8924%
24618%
22332%
19666%
Write 4k QD32
0.757
104.8
13744%
557.2
73506%
504.7
66571%
419.3
55290%
Read 4k QD32
0.903
348.5
38494%
650.4
71927%
587.9
65005%
545.3
60288%
Write 4k
0.547
76.3
13849%
176.9
32240%
155.6
28346%
131.9
24013%
Read 4k
0.473
18.83
3881%
62.63
13141%
59.93
12570%
58.35
12236%
Write 512
49.86
142.6
186%
807.1
1519%
805
1515%
764.7
1434%
Read 512
36.71
345.6
841%
805.9
2095%
846.3
2205%
651.2
1674%
Write Seq
104.7
141.7
35%
1208
1054%
1176
1023%
1281
1123%
Read Seq
105.9
491.6
364%
1657
1465%
1606
1417%
1447
1266%
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 45.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 146.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 110.3 MB/s
Access Time: 15.4 ms
Burst Rate: 263.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.6 %

GPU Performance

The big question remaining today is the performance of the AMD Radeon RX 550, a newcomer in the mobile GPU space which has yet to be tested here at Notebookcheck. Today, we have our first look at the performance of this GPU, which is a Polaris 12-based adapter that’s manufactured using a 14 nm FinFET process. It packs 640 shaders, though only 512 are activated in the RX 550.

So, how does it fare? In short, it’s not terribly impressive, though it should be capable of handling most modern games at low- to mid-range settings regardless. The RX 550 posts scores in our benchmarks near the Radeon Pro 455 (found in the 2016 MacBook Pro) and pretty consistently some 15 – 40% below the average scores of the NVIDIA GTX 1050. That squarely places the RX 550 in the mid-range category, which isn’t a bad place to be given its somewhat affordable pricing.

Still, we should mention some driver-related woes we experienced during testing which required us to update and reinstall the device before a number of benchmarks would successfully complete. We did eventually revert back to the most recent RX 550 WHQL-certified driver, but during PCMark and some 3DMark tests, we found better stability—and comparable performance—with generic Radeon 500 Series GPU drivers. This was with the latest program versions and SystemInfo installation, of course, so we’re not sure precisely what the problem was here.

3DMark 06
3DMark 06
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
8495 Points ∼53% +37%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7371 Points ∼46% +19%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
6973 Points ∼44% +12%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6199 Points ∼39%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
1770 Points ∼11% -71%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon 530, A9-9420
1549 Points ∼10% -75%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
861 Points ∼5% -86%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
790 Points ∼5% -87%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9909 Points ∼19% +78%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9482 Points ∼19% +71%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7537 Points ∼15% +36%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5557 Points ∼11%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon 530, A9-9420
2327 Points ∼5% -58%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2230 Points ∼4% -60%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
1288 Points ∼3% -77%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
1096 Points ∼2% -80%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7821 Points ∼19% +94%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6002 Points ∼15% +49%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ
4041 Points ∼10%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
1593 Points ∼4% -61%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon 530, A9-9420
1224 Points ∼3% -70%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
764 Points ∼2% -81%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
642 Points ∼2% -84%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
47250 Points ∼29% +69%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
38082 Points ∼23% +36%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ
27941 Points ∼17%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
8385 Points ∼5% -70%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon 530, A9-9420
6377 Points ∼4% -77%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
4033 Points ∼2% -86%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
3661 Points ∼2% -87%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
158343 Points ∼41% +18%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ
133774 Points ∼35%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
114212 Points ∼30% -15%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon 530, A9-9420
46594 Points ∼12% -65%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
42314 Points ∼11% -68%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P
26331 Points ∼7% -80%
3DMark 06 Standard
23308 points
3DMark 11 Performance
5704 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
92226 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15004 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3738 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1775 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1302 points
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Gaming Performance

The RX 550—and, more generally, Pavilion Power 15t equipped with it—can easily handle games that are a few years old at native resolution on high settings. However, newer games—such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, DOOM, and Ashes of the Singularity—can only be enjoyed at mid-range settings. It won’t be long, then, before the RX 550 is relegated to the sidelines, unable to manage newer games on all but lower resolutions. For that reason, it’d be hard to recommend springing for the UHD display in the Pavilion Power 15 (even with the GTX 1050 inside). There just aren’t any practical gaming scenarios involving it with these two GPUs.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
67 fps ∼31%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
63.1 fps ∼29% -6%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
70.7 fps ∼33% +6%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
13.5 fps ∼6% -80%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
11.9 fps ∼6% -82%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
117 fps ∼38%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
163.4 fps ∼53% +40%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
39.3 fps ∼13% -66%
HP 15-bw077ax
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
18 fps ∼6% -85%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
33.8 fps ∼11% -71%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
133 fps ∼42%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
176.8 fps ∼55% +33%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
48.7 fps ∼15% -63%
HP 15-bw077ax
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
22 fps ∼7% -83%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
41.7 fps ∼13% -69%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
183 fps ∼51%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
216 fps ∼60% +18%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
89.8 fps ∼25% -51%
HP 15-bw077ax
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
38 fps ∼11% -79%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
61.7 fps ∼17% -66%
Asus X555DA-BB11
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
36.3 fps ∼10% -80%
Metro: Last Light
1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
28.4 fps ∼19%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
43.6 fps ∼29% +54%
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
59.5 fps ∼37%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
78.9 fps ∼49% +33%
1366x768 Medium (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
85.4 fps ∼52%
1024x768 Low (DX10) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
90 fps ∼53%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
29 fps ∼23%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
41.4 fps ∼33% +43%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
55.1 fps ∼42%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
73.8 fps ∼56% +34%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
58.3 fps ∼44%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
65.2 fps ∼47%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
24 fps ∼21%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
21 fps ∼18% -12%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
26.6 fps ∼23% +11%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
26 fps ∼23% +8%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
40.2 fps ∼22%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
48.3 fps ∼27%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
47.962 fps ∼26%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
69 fps ∼31%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
86.2 fps ∼38%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
86.013 fps ∼38%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
128.1 fps ∼37%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
141.278 fps ∼40%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
31 fps ∼9%
HP 15-bw077ax
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
9 fps ∼3%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
24 fps ∼7%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
21 fps ∼13%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
32.9 fps ∼20% +57%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
32.5 fps ∼20% +55%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
27 fps ∼15%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
38.4 fps ∼21% +42%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
38.9 fps ∼22% +44%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
10.9 fps ∼6% -60%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
54 fps ∼24%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
68.2 fps ∼30% +26%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
20.5 fps ∼9% -62%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
14.7 fps ∼7% -73%
1024x768 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
91 fps ∼32%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
115.4 fps ∼40% +27%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
37.4 fps ∼13% -59%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
26.1 fps ∼9% -71%
Asus X555DA-BB11
Radeon R6 (Carrizo), A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
17 fps ∼6% -81%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
27 fps ∼19%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
44 fps ∼31% +63%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
39 fps ∼27%
1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
71 fps ∼46%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
78 fps ∼50% +10%
1280x720 Low / Off AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
82 fps ∼50%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
89 fps ∼54% +9%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
13 fps ∼8% -84%
Ashes of the Singularity
1280x768 low (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
41.9 fps ∼46%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
54.3 fps ∼59% +30%
HP 15-bw077ax
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
7 fps ∼8% -83%
1920x1080 Standard (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
25.4 fps ∼31%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
38.7 fps ∼48% +52%
1920x1080 high (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
22 fps ∼25%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
33.8 fps ∼39% +54%
Doom
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
21 fps ∼11%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
35.3 fps ∼18% +68%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
22 fps ∼13%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
38.4 fps ∼23% +75%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
37 fps ∼19%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
81.5 fps ∼42% +120%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
56 fps ∼29%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
103.6 fps ∼53% +85%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon 530, A9-9420, Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD
16.8 fps ∼9% -70%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 289.8149.5114.951.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 18313311767fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 9085.459.528.4fps
Thief (2014) 65.258.355.129fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 24fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 82713927fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 91542721fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 41.925.422fps
Doom (2016) 56372221fps

Stress Test

During our stress testing, the problems with the Pavilion Power 15 machine we received for review became immediately clear: the reasons for the reduced CPU performance were absolutely thermal in nature, and worst of all, thanks to their near-immediate onset, the reduced performance associated with them was not immediately evident based on our sustained performance tests and graphs. In other words, performance was never awful as a result of the thermal limitations, just below average in most cases (5 to 10 percent below the previous Pavilion Power generally).

We witnessed CPU temperatures of 84 °C on average and as high as 96 °C during our stress testing, which almost certainly indicates a problem with the cooling system on this particular unit. Clock rates were understandably affected, shuffling around within the 2.6 – 3.4 GHz range.

GPU stress was less of a problem for the machine, but it still could not sustain maximum boost frequencies or even base core frequencies permanently. We recorded average clock rates starting at around 1100 MHz (the base frequency for the chip), but soon after, as temperatures reached into the 70s, the clock rates dropped to between 1017 and 1070 MHz, with an average temperature of 72 °C.

Combined stress, of course, once again brought the system to its knees (primarily thanks to the CPU cooling woes, naturally): we saw 2.7 GHz / 900 MHz as estimated averages for both CPU and GPU, respectively, which aren’t bad numbers by themselves. However, take a quick look at the graph of the GPU clock rates in our attached screenshots and you’ll see that it was anything but consistent. Oddly enough, however, this did not appear to be a thermal limitation; GPU temperatures were no higher than before, and the CPU clock rate remained at a reasonable 2.7 GHz throughout – not far from where it was during separate CPU stress.

Our more realistic Witcher 3 benchmark showed no signs of real concern, with fairly stable frame rates of between 22 and 25 fps on average, and hardly any dips or spikes beyond that region.

Full CPU stress
Full CPU stress
Full GPU stress
Full GPU stress
Combined CPU + GPU stress
Combined CPU + GPU stress
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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.6 - 3.4 - 84 -
FurMark Stress - 1017 - 1070 56 72
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.7 350 - 1100 89 72

Emissions

System Noise

Although it’s relatively quiet while idling—with an average of 30.9 dB(A) and a max value of just 31.1 dB(A)—the Pavilion Power 15t is the noisiest machine in our comparison field under load, with consistently high-RPM fan speeds producing equally consistent readings of 50.2 dB(A) across the board. The fan remains at this speed under nearly all gaming or high-load situations, and it doesn’t take long to climb its way there, either (there seems to be hardly any middle ground, with the fan mostly going from relatively quiet directly to high-speed... but again, this could be a product of the CPU thermal issues we experienced). Bear in mind that many competing notebooks also feature faster and more power-hungry GPUs (namely, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti). We did not experience any electronic noise during our test period.

Noise Level

Idle
30.8 / 30.9 / 31.1 dB(A)
Load
50.2 / 50.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.4 dB(A)
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Noise
2%
-5%
-6%
12%
off / environment *
28.4
27.8
2%
30
-6%
30
-6%
28.3
-0%
Idle Minimum *
30.8
32.1
-4%
32
-4%
34
-10%
28.3
8%
Idle Average *
30.9
32.2
-4%
34
-10%
35
-13%
28.3
8%
Idle Maximum *
31.1
32.2
-4%
36
-16%
36
-16%
28.3
9%
Load Average *
50.2
43.3
14%
48
4%
47
6%
38.3
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
50.2
45
10%
49
2%
48
4%
Load Maximum *
50.2
49.6
1%
51
-2%
52
-4%
38.3
24%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surprisingly, today’s RX 550-equipped Pavilion Power 15t runs cooler overall than the GeForce 1050 version we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, though the same general observations still apply here. This is likely thanks to the fact that, thanks to what appears to be a flaw in the cooling system in our unit, what would normally have been higher temperatures in aggregate across the breadth of the case (spread out by a properly-functioning heatsink/fan) are exchanged instead for hotter internal CPU temperatures.

For starters, the bottom of the notebook can get quite warm, with a hot spot in the center top quadrant that reached 54 °C in our measurements. Likewise, the right side of the notebook (when upright) tends to become much warmer than the left due to the positioning of the CPU/GPU and corresponding heat pipes. This leads to a sweaty right palm during gaming sessions, though the left side of the keyboard remains comfortably cool (a difference of roughly 10 °C in fact between the two). Overall load averages of 35.5 °C and 38.1 °C aren’t bad, though.

Max. Load
 35 °C42.2 °C43.4 °C 
 30.6 °C33.6 °C41.8 °C 
 27.2 °C26.2 °C37.8 °C 
Maximum: 43.4 °C
Average: 35.3 °C
38.6 °C54 °C40.6 °C
38.8 °C41.6 °C33.4 °C
43.8 °C27 °C25 °C
Maximum: 54 °C
Average: 38.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, underside (idle)
Thermal profile, underside (idle)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (max load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (max load)
Thermal profile, underside (max load)
Thermal profile, underside (max load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (Witcher 3)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (Witcher 3)
Thermal profile, underside (Witcher 3)
Thermal profile, underside (Witcher 3)

Speakers

The Pavilion Power 15’s speakers produced some 74.62 dB of sound, which is an average volume level. There’s hardly any bass present, but mids and highs are both unoffensive. As pictured in the pink noise graph, the high and low frequencies are somewhat uneven. The speakers aren’t particularly bad, but they aren’t up to par with what we’d expect to see from a multimedia machine.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.43639.42536.737.336.7313737374032.934.332.95032.934.632.96331.733.331.78032.531.632.510030.93230.91253230.53216034.329.734.320044.929.144.925050.728.350.731556.827.856.840057.52757.550057.826.157.863061266180062.424.862.4100063.724.663.7125065.724.465.7160067.824.967.8200060.723.960.7250063.923.763.9315059.12359.1400060.823.160.8500061.72361.7630060.822.860.8800057.822.757.81000053.222.653.21250050.722.550.71600048.422.648.4SPL74.636.374.6N33.82.733.8median 57.8HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000median 24.6median 57.8Delta62635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.62 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 35%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Although power consumption numbers are appropriately low under load (with an average of 60.1 W and max/realistic values of around 80 W), the Pavilion Power 15t’s idle values are far higher than any of the rest of the NVIDIA-equipped field. We recorded an idle average of 19.6 W, which is double that of the Pavilion Power with the GeForce GTX 1050 (the idle minimum wasn’t even that much lower at 18.7 W). Needless to say, this suggests that battery life benchmarks should also be adversely affected—and that anyone who has a need for lower power (and correspondingly, heat) usage should avoid the RX 550 and pony up for the GTX 1050 instead.

One other note here: the maximum power draw under synthetic stress (Prime95 + FurMark) was only 80.6 W, which leaves nearly 70 W of overhead when the 150 W AC adapter is taken into account. This means that hypothetically HP could have provided a much smaller 90 W adapter and it still would have sufficed. Nevertheless, this isnt really a problem, just a curiosity.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 18.7 / 19.6 / 21.7 Watt
Load midlight 60.1 / 80.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
7700HQ, Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
7500U, GeForce 940MX, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15
Power Consumption
10%
0%
-18%
41%
Idle Minimum *
18.7
9.4
50%
6
68%
11
41%
5
73%
Idle Average *
19.6
9.7
51%
11
44%
18
8%
11.6
41%
Idle Maximum *
21.7
16.8
23%
18
17%
24
-11%
12.2
44%
Load Average *
60.1
76.5
-27%
81
-35%
84
-40%
47.8
20%
Load Maximum *
80.6
105.6
-31%
146
-81%
146
-81%
55.7
31%
Witcher 3 ultra *
80.47
86.5
-7%
90
-12%
101
-26%
51.9
36%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Web Surfing with Wi-Fi
Web Surfing with Wi-Fi

Unsurprisingly, load values (obtained using the Battery Eater Pro Classic Test) are nearly identical between the GTX 1050 Pavilion Power 15 and the Radeon RX 550 version we’re reviewing today. However, as predicted based on our power consumption readings above, the true difference is seen during lower power states. Our web surfing script lasted 5 hours and 41 minutes on the AMD-equipped Pavilion, which isn’t a bad result by itself, but which is nevertheless nearly two-and-a-half hours shorter than the NVIDIA version achieved. This must be primarily a factor of the GPU, since the only other major component-level difference between the two machines is the storage drive. It’s also the shortest runtime in this test of any of the laptops we’re comparing against today.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 29min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
5h 41min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
7700HQ, Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), 70 Wh
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 70 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 63.3 Wh
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
7500U, GeForce 940MX, 66 Wh
Battery Runtime
30%
11%
7%
79%
Reader / Idle
629
971
54%
765
22%
795
26%
1642
161%
WiFi v1.3
341
481
41%
428
26%
380
11%
604
77%
Load
116
110
-5%
97
-16%
96
-17%
116
0%

Pros

+ improved case rigidity
+ relatively good input devices
+ dual-storage capable with NVMe storage support
+ good port selection
+ touchscreen and UHD display options
+ maintenance is possible; most parts replaceable
+ no PWM detected

Cons

- severe CPU throttling in our review unit
- not much cheaper than a GTX 1050 configuration
- maintenance, while possible, is inconvenient
- weak display color saturation
- RX 550 performance is merely passable
- high idle power consumption; correspondingly lower battery life than NVIDIA-equipped counterpart

Verdict

In review: HP Pavilion Power 15t (RX 550). Test model provided by CUKUSA.com
In review: HP Pavilion Power 15t (RX 550). Test model provided by CUKUSA.com

At just $880, today’s Pavilion Power 15 configuration is certifiably midrange in just about every way. Apart from the popular Core i7-7700HQ, the machine includes 8 GB of RAM and affordable dedicated graphics, as well as a pretty decent FHD anti-glare display. It also sports a fairly sturdy build and a healthy selection of ports (though Thunderbolt 3 is missing). It works well enough under the circumstances as an entry-level gaming machine—provided the user isn't under the impression that games in the near future will remain as playable as today’s.

The Pavilion Power 15t with AMD RX 550 graphics works well enough as an entry-level gaming machine, but it is still rather difficult to recommend over the NVIDIA GTX 1050 setup (complete with solid-state storage) we reviewed a couple of weeks ago—an option which costs only roughly $120 more.

However, though it’s upgradeable, the storage—a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive—is a bottleneck in general operation, and the RX 550 graphics adapter really can’t compete (whether in terms of performance or power efficiency) with NVIDIA Pascal GPUs such as the GTX 1050. Worst of all, we can’t definitively say just how well the machine should perform under ideal circumstances thanks to what appears to be an issue with our test unit’s cooling system. CPU performance of our system was verifiably affected by the thermal constraints imposed by this flaw, with temperatures well into the 90s C recorded during our stress tests and benchmark values anywhere from 5% to—in extreme circumstances—57% lower. 

Assuming the latter issues are specific to our unit, however, the RX 550 configuration is still rather difficult to recommend over the NVIDIA GTX 1050 setup (complete with solid-state storage) we reviewed a couple of weeks ago—an option which costs only roughly $120 more. We’ll reach out to the distributor and update our review if we have a chance to revisit this configuration with proper functionality.

HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 - 07/14/2017 v6
Steve Schardein

Chassis
67 / 98 → 68%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
71%
Connectivity
62 / 81 → 76%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
86%
Display
82%
Games Performance
84 / 85 → 99%
Application Performance
80 / 92 → 87%
Temperature
85%
Noise
75 / 95 → 79%
Audio
63%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
72%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Steve Schardein, 2017-07-17 (Update: 2017-07-17)
Steve Schardein
Steve Schardein - Review Editor - @othersteve
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