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HP ProBook 470 G3 (Core i7-6500U, Radeon R7 M340) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/03/2015

Compelling. The ProBook 470 recommends itself as a desktop replacement for the PC at home. Low operating noise, low temperature development, decent upgrade options and good input devices make that possible. The ProBook's Full HD screen also stands out positively. HP installs an IPS model that can boast with good rates here.

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For the original German review, see here.

The ProBook 470 G3 is a 17.3-inch laptop that belongs to the entry-level devices of HP's business lineup. That not only makes it interesting for professional users but also recommends itself as a desktop replacement for the PC at home. The ProBook 470 is no stranger to us. Our present review sample is the fifth model we are testing from this line. The primary innovation of the G3 models is the now installed Skylake processors. However, the casing has also been modified slightly. The ProBook finds rivals in devices such as Acer's TravelMate P277-MG and Lenovo's B70-80.

HP ProBook 470 G3 (ProBook 470 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M340 - 2048 MB, Core: 1021 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, 64 bit interface, Catalyst 15.11.1 (15.201.1151.1010), Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one filled)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HW01 V0, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 890 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant @ Intel Skylake PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: shock sensor, TPM 1.2
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
hp DVDRW SU208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 416.8 x 290.5 ( = 1.02 x 16.41 x 11.44 in)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2850 mAh
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.61 kg ( = 92.07 oz / 5.75 pounds), Power Supply: 338 g ( = 11.92 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
979 Euro

 

What's new?

The G3 models of the ProBook 470 lineup are based on Skylake processors. Also some models, like our review sample - but not all - sport a new Radeon R7 M340 graphics core. HP has also made a few minor changes in the appearance of the ProBook 470 G3.

  • The shape of the base unit's rear has changed. The last two centimeters of the base unit increase in height, and the base unit's upper side is bent upward here. HP adapts the ProBook 470's looks to those of the other ProBook 4X0 models.

  • The interface positioning has been modified.

  • Two separate maintenance hatches are on the laptop's underside.

  • Beyond that, Hewlett Packard has reworked the keyboard. Unlike the flat keys of the former model, HP now relies on slightly concave keys. We find the stroke of the new keyboard a bit crisper.
Left: Kensington lock slot, power socket, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left: Kensington lock slot, power socket, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right: DVD burner, combo audio, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet
Right: DVD burner, combo audio, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet
Front: memory-card reader
Front: memory-card reader

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

Though it might be hard to believe, HP is actually able to install good screens. Our review sample is furnished with a matte, Full HD, IPS panel that scores well in both brightness (290.6 cd/m²) and contrast (981:1). Lower-priced models of the ProBook have a matte HD+ screen (1600x900 pixels).

286
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 314 cd/m² Average: 290.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 314 cd/m²
Contrast: 981:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.43 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.72 | - Ø
92% sRGB (Argyll) 59.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.39

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: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6668 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Even the color reproduction in delivery state is compelling. The DeltaE 2000 color shift of 3.43 just misses the target range (DeltaE less than 3). Furthermore, the screen does not exhibit a bluish tint. Calibrating can improve the initially good rates. The color shift then drops to a rate of just 1.63. Besides that, the grayscale levels are more balanced. The screen cannot reproduce the AdobeRGB color space. The coverage here is not quite 60%. The screen still manages to cover 92% of the sRGB color space.

ProBook vs. sRGB
ProBook vs. sRGB
ProBook vs. AdobeRGB
ProBook vs. AdobeRGB
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

HP furnishes our review sample with an IPS panel. Thus, the screen remains legible from every position. Outdoor use is possible although direct sunlight should be avoided.

Viewing angles: ProBook
Viewing angles: ProBook
The ProBook outdoors
The ProBook outdoors

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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.6 ms rise
↘ 17.2 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. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).
HP ProBook 470 G3
UWVA TN LED, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
TN LED, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
TN LED, 1600x900
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
TN LED, 1600x900
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
TN, 1600x900
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
IPS, 1920x1080
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
TN LED, 1600x900
Response Times
3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35 (17.6, 17.2)
27 (5, 22)
23%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (6.4, 17.2)
28 (9, 19)
-17%
PWM Frequency
100
Screen
-72%
-70%
-62%
-49%
-86%
-55%
-33%
Brightness
291
253
-13%
215
-26%
258
-11%
319
10%
236
-19%
258
-11%
236
-19%
Brightness Distribution
88
84
-5%
82
-7%
86
-2%
84
-5%
90
2%
87
-1%
86
-2%
Black Level *
0.32
0.46
-44%
0.56
-75%
0.58
-81%
0.43
-34%
0.51
-59%
0.38
-19%
0.66
-106%
Contrast
981
589
-40%
400
-59%
464
-53%
781
-20%
494
-50%
726
-26%
361
-63%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.43
10.16
-196%
9.08
-165%
7.49
-118%
9.26
-170%
12.66
-269%
9.38
-173%
3.66
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.72
11.55
-210%
8.79
-136%
9.3
-150%
10.09
-171%
13.37
-259%
11.81
-217%
4.62
-24%
Gamma
2.39 100%
2.37 101%
1.95 123%
2.61 92%
2.57 93%
1.93 124%
2.03 118%
2.6 92%
CCT
6764 96%
14522 45%
9185 71%
10832 60%
12421 52%
6491 100%
8966 72%
7557 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59.8
63
5%
48
-20%
47.6
-20%
60
0%
52
-13%
61
2%
52
-13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92
92
0%
76
-17%
94
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-72% / -72%
-70% / -70%
-62% / -62%
-23% / -38%
-86% / -86%
-55% / -55%
-33% / -33%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

HP has a 17.3-inch device for home and office users in its lineup with the ProBook 470 G3. Its computing power is more than enough for routine. The Radeon graphics core enables playing computer games to a limited degree. TPM and a fingerprint scanner are also installed. Our review sample is currently sold for approximately 980 Euros (~$1066); other configurations also exist. The lowest-priced model was sold for about 830 Euros (~$902) at test time. Users who want to save a bit can take the ProBook 470 G2 model. The prices for it currently start at 540 Euros (~$587).

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LatencyMon
 

Processor

The ProBook is powered by one of the strongest ULV processors that Intel presently has in its lineup: The Core i7-6500U (Skylake) dual-core processor. Intel specifies a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU clocks at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which can be boosted to 3 GHz (both cores) and 3.1 GHz (one core) via Turbo. Thus, the CPU operates 100 MHz faster than its direct Broadwell predecessor - the Core i7-5500U processor. The Skylake processor scored up to 12% better than its predecessor in the tests we performed. That is primarily owed to the improved Skylake architecture. The advantage is bigger in multithread applications than in single-thread applications. The 6500U CPU can retrieve its full performance in both AC and battery modes.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7291
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10766
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4928
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
28.34 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.56 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
31.32 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
323 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
125 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
125 Points ∼64%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
124 Points ∼64% -1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
105 Points ∼54% -16%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
118 Points ∼61% -6%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
123 Points ∼63% -2%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
107 Points ∼55% -14%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
77 Points ∼39% -38%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼34% -46%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
323 Points ∼15%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
295 Points ∼14% -9%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
240 Points ∼11% -26%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
297 Points ∼14% -8%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
302 Points ∼14% -7%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
254 Points ∼12% -21%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
210 Points ∼10% -35%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
171 Points ∼8% -47%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1.47 Points ∼67%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.41 Points ∼64% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼53% -20%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼61% -8%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.38 Points ∼62% -6%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.24 Points ∼56% -16%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
0.96 Points ∼43% -35%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.73 Points ∼33% -50%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3.56 Points ∼15%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
3.19 Points ∼13% -10%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.61 Points ∼11% -27%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼13% -10%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
3.29 Points ∼14% -8%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2.83 Points ∼12% -21%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2.55 Points ∼11% -28%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.8 Points ∼8% -49%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
4928 Points ∼56%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4623 Points ∼52% -6%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3803 Points ∼43% -23%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4391 Points ∼49% -11%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4592 Points ∼52% -7%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3449 Points ∼39% -30%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
10766 Points ∼22%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
10145 Points ∼20% -6%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8068 Points ∼16% -25%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
10072 Points ∼20% -6%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
10140 Points ∼20% -6%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
7139 Points ∼14% -34%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
6155 Points ∼20%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5687 Points ∼18% -8%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2806 Points ∼60%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2716 Points ∼58% -3%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
90.3 ms * ∼2%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
105.1 ms * ∼3% -16%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
99.7 ms * ∼2% -10%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
117.5 ms * ∼3% -30%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
194.8 ms * ∼5% -116%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
209.74 Points ∼63%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1135.1 ms * ∼2%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2237.2 ms * ∼4% -97%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2259.8 ms * ∼4% -99%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2627.6 ms * ∼4% -131%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3292.1 ms * ∼6% -190%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
30997 Points ∼63%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
15201 Points ∼31% -51%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
14833 Points ∼30% -52%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
12488 Points ∼25% -60%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
12331 Points ∼25% -60%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2879 Points ∼46%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2702 Points ∼44% -6%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system did not cause problems, and everything ran smoothly. The PCMark benchmark scores are correspondingly good. The ProBook owes its lead on a comparable device, such as the TravelMate P277-MG, to the Radeon GPU. The PCMark 8 benchmark especially benefits from AMD graphics cards. It would be possible to increase the system's overall performance by installing an SSD. The system would then boot faster and respond quicker.

PCMark 7 Score
2998 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3399 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3877 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4177 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3399 Points ∼57%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
3249 Points ∼54% -4%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3562 Points ∼60% +5%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
3053 Points ∼51% -10%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2790 Points ∼47% -18%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3058 Points ∼51% -10%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2998 Points ∼37%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2684 Points ∼33% -10%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2586 Points ∼32% -14%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2689 Points ∼33% -10%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4394 Points ∼55% +47%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2657 Points ∼33% -11%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2846 Points ∼35% -5%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2081 Points ∼26% -31%

Storage Device & Memory-Card Reader

HP installs a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive in our review sample. It spins at 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 1 TB. Therefore, there will not be a lack of storage so soon. We did not observe any irregularities in the transfer rates. They are on a normal level for a 5400 rpm model. An empty M.2 slot is behind one of both maintenance hatches (2280), where a corresponding SSD can be installed. Thus, it would be possible to use a fast SSD without sacrificing the existing hard drive's high storage capacity.

We check the transfer rates of the memory-card reader with our reference SD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II), making it possible to compare different laptop readers with each other. The model installed in the ProBook is one of the fastest of its kind. It achieves a maximum transfer rate of 85.3 MB/s when copying large data blocks. Transferring 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is accomplished at a speed of approximately 63.4 MB/s.

The hard drive is easy to replace
The hard drive is easy to replace
The empty M.2 slot can be fitted with a corresponding SSD
The empty M.2 slot can be fitted with a corresponding SSD
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 44.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.1 MB/s
Access Time: 16.8 ms
Burst Rate: 226.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.9 %

Graphics Card

HP still relies on dedicated graphics cards from AMD also for some G3 models of the ProBook. The Radeon R7 M340 GPU is found in our review sample. A look at the graphics core's technical specs shows that there are virtually no differences between it and a Radeon R5 M255 GPU. The latter is installed in ProBook 470 G2 models. The M340 core only has a marginally higher clock speed (1021 vs. 940 MHz). Therefore, it is not surprising that it scores better in the 3DMark benchmarks. However, the lead is bigger than the speed advantage would suggest. That is due to the stronger processor and newer driver.

Nvidia's counterpart to the Radeon R7 M340 GPU is the GeForce 920M graphics core. While the 3DMark scores of both cores differ slightly, they are basically on par in terms of performance in our gaming benchmarks.

In addition to the Radeon GPU, Intel's HD Graphics 520 graphics core is also found in the laptop. They create a graphics-switching solution (Enduro). Intel's comparatively frugal GPU takes care of routine and battery mode, while the Radeon core is responsible for performance-driven applications like computer games. Switching between both cores is automatic, but the user will have to occasionally intervene manually. Nvidia's switching solution (Optimus) functions smoother.

3DMark 03 Standard
19471 points
3DMark 05 Standard
15629 points
3DMark 06 Standard
8982 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
5427 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2272 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
41790 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5226 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1095 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
560 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2272 Points ∼8%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1918 Points ∼7% -16%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1896 Points ∼7% -17%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1873 Points ∼7% -18%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
2609 Points ∼9% +15%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1822 Points ∼6% -20%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1899 Points ∼7% -16%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1790 Points ∼6% -21%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1095 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
994 Points ∼4% -9%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
973 Points ∼4% -11%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1186 Points ∼5% +8%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1460 Points ∼6% +33%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1059 Points ∼5% -3%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1028 Points ∼4% -6%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
963 Points ∼4% -12%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
4242 Points ∼8%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4011 Points ∼8% -5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3890 Points ∼7% -8%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3922 Points ∼7% -8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
5226 Points ∼11%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5169 Points ∼10% -1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4621 Points ∼9% -12%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5930 Points ∼12% +13%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
6577 Points ∼13% +26%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
5312 Points ∼11% +2%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
5288 Points ∼11% +1%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4214 Points ∼9% -19%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
41790 Points ∼4%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
34907 Points ∼3% -16%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40334 Points ∼4% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
54656 Points ∼5% +31%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
36334 Points ∼3% -13%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
47982 Points ∼4% +15%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
41316 Points ∼4% -1%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
8982 Points ∼22%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8935 Points ∼21% -1%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8925 Points ∼21% -1%

Gaming Performance

The ProBook can smoothly render many computer games in the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) using low to medium quality settings. Performance-demanding games, such as Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 do not achieve sufficiently high frame rates even in reduced resolutions/quality settings. The Radeon core is too weak for that. The screen's native resolution (Full HD) can only be used for a handful of games.

Buyers who want to save money and opt for a Skylake ProBook without dedicated GPU can use the device for gaming anyway. The HD Graphics 520 graphics core sometimes achieves frame rates of GPUs from the lower mid-range in dual-channel mode. We recently reviewed the ProBook 430 G3 (Core i5-6200UHD Graphics 520), and took the opportunity to test many games in single and dual-channel mode. The outcomes can be found in our comparison chart.

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 9267.454.433.5fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 28.817.913.15.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 83.242.331.415.9fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 138.556.32713.8fps
Sims 4 (2014) 160.661.725.220.8fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 29.419.610.98.1fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 42.331.316.913.8fps
F1 2014 (2014) 105724124fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 28.525.711.610.7fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 19.314.28.64.9fps
Evolve (2015) 2616.29.86.1fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 39.631.7137.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 129.84021.112.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 18.3136.73.9fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 191673fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 4426.212.76fps
Mad Max (2015) 25.811.810.2fps
World of Warships (2015) 69.940.917.211.9fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 82.152.424fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 35.617.36.93.3fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 36.521.29.87.4fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 29.316.89.26.6fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 23.716.18.75.3fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
42.3 fps ∼7%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
42.9 fps ∼8% +1%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
36.2 fps ∼6% -14%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
45.9 fps ∼8% +9%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
43 fps ∼8% +2%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
40.3 fps ∼7% -5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
39.4 fps ∼7% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
26.6 fps ∼5% -37%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
83.2 fps ∼13%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
78.9 fps ∼13% -5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
72.2 fps ∼12% -13%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
94 fps ∼15% +13%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
83.6 fps ∼13% 0%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
84.7 fps ∼14% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
74.2 fps ∼12% -11%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
50.1 fps ∼8% -40%
GRID: Autosport
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
56.3 fps ∼24%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
47.5 fps ∼21% -16%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
57.4 fps ∼25% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
43.7 fps ∼19% -22%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
28.7 fps ∼12% -49%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
138.5 fps ∼32%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
106.12 fps ∼25% -23%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
120.28 fps ∼28% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
105.1 fps ∼24% -24%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
73.4 fps ∼17% -47%
Sims 4
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
61.7 fps ∼34%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
68.5 fps ∼37% +11%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
73 fps ∼40% +18%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
49.4 fps ∼27% -20%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
40.5 fps ∼22% -34%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
160.6 fps ∼81%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
89 fps ∼45% -45%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
175.8 fps ∼88% +9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
176.8 fps ∼89% +10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
164.8 fps ∼83% +3%
Metal Gear Solid V
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
26.2 fps ∼44%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
28.2 fps ∼47% +8%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
18.3 fps ∼31% -30%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
44 fps ∼73%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45 fps ∼75% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
28.6 fps ∼48% -35%
Dirt Rally
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
40 fps ∼18%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
40.14 fps ∼18% 0%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
31.1 fps ∼14% -22%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
25.7 fps ∼12% -36%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
19.9 fps ∼9% -50%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
129.8 fps ∼25%
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
GeForce 940M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
139.87 fps ∼27% +8%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
134.2 fps ∼26% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
113.3 fps ∼22% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
70.6 fps ∼14% -46%
Battlefield Hardline
1366x768 Medium Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
31.7 fps ∼16%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
30 fps ∼15% -5%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
33.5 fps ∼17% +6%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
21.7 fps ∼11% -32%
1024x768 Low Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
39.6 fps ∼20%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
42.2 fps ∼21% +7%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
47.7 fps ∼24% +20%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
30.6 fps ∼15% -23%
F1 2014
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
72 fps ∼54%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
42 fps ∼32% -42%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
51 fps ∼38% -29%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
31 fps ∼23% -57%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
105 fps ∼78%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
64 fps ∼47% -39%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
61 fps ∼45% -42%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
48 fps ∼36% -54%
Diablo III
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
54.4 fps ∼19%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
51.6 fps ∼18% -5%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
55.4 fps ∼19% +2%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
50.5 fps ∼18% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
36.1 fps ∼13% -34%
1366x768 Medium / low (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
67.4 fps ∼24%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
64.3 fps ∼23% -5%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
69.2 fps ∼24% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
60.6 fps ∼21% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45.1 fps ∼16% -33%
Alien: Isolation
1366x768 Medium, On (AA & SSAO Off), Shadow Map 1024 AF:4x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
31.3 fps ∼10%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
21.5 fps ∼7% -31%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
28.1 fps ∼9% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
27.5 fps ∼9% -12%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
20.7 fps ∼7% -34%
1024x768 (Very) Low, Off, Shadow Map 512 AF:1x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
42.3 fps ∼13%
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
Radeon R5 M255, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
27.5 fps ∼8% -35%
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
GeForce 920M, 5500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
44 fps ∼13% +4%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45.7 fps ∼14% +8%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32.8 fps ∼10% -22%
World of Warships
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
40.9 fps ∼21%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
47 fps ∼24% +15%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32.1 fps ∼17% -22%
1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
69.9 fps ∼29%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
69.2 fps ∼29% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45.2 fps ∼19% -35%
FIFA 16
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
52.4 fps ∼15%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
39.7 fps ∼12% -24%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
25 fps ∼7% -52%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
82.1 fps ∼21%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
63.5 fps ∼16% -23%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
36.9 fps ∼9% -55%
Fallout 4 - 1280x720 Low Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
29.3 fps ∼15%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
18.8 fps ∼10% -36%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
13.6 fps ∼7% -54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - 1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G3
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
36.5 fps ∼19%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
22 fps ∼12% -40%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.2 fps ∼9% -53%

New Driver Package: Radeon Software Crimson Edition

During our tests, AMD released a new driver package dubbed Radeon Software Crimson Edition that replaces the former Catalyst driver. Therefore, we took a glance at the new package. Just installing the new package was clearly faster. The time needed for single dialogs of the driver package is also much shorter.

The key element of the new package is the Radeon Settings - the successor of the Catalyst Control Center. The Radeon Settings are more clearly arranged and have a modern appearance. We tested the 3DMark benchmarks as well as the games Tomb Raider and Grid: Autosport with both packages. We did not notice real differences. The Crimson driver achieves a marginal lead of approximately 1% in all tests.

We did not encounter any serious problems. Only Anno 2205 did not run with the Crimson driver, since it recurrently crashed when trying. Some games (Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed Syndicate) reported that the installed driver was an outdated one. The named games nevertheless ran smoothly. AMD is on the right track with the new package. It is faster, more clearly arranged, and it has new features.

Emissions

System Noise

The ProBook proves to be a surprisingly quiet laptop. Only a little noise is heard from the computer over the entire load range. The fans are often inactive in idle, and only the hard drive's noise is audible then. Users who want noiselessness will have to replace the hard drive with an SSD. The fan does not speed up exceedingly under load, either. We measured a noise level of 38.9 dB during the stress test - a rate that is absolutely acceptable.

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
HDD
30.4 dB(A)
Load
35.1 / 38.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)
HP ProBook 470 G3
6500U, Radeon R7 M340
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
5500U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
4210U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
4200M, Radeon HD 8750M
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
5500U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
5200U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
5500U, GeForce 920M
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
4010U, GeForce GT 740M
Noise
-3%
-13%
-7%
-14%
-9%
-13%
-3%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
30
31.5
-5%
33.8
-13%
31.2
-4%
33.5
-12%
33
-10%
31.6
-5%
31.4
-5%
Idle Average *
30
31.5
-5%
33.8
-13%
31.3
-4%
33.5
-12%
33.5
-12%
31.6
-5%
31.4
-5%
Idle Maximum *
30
31.5
-5%
36
-20%
35.2
-17%
33.6
-12%
34.1
-14%
32.9
-10%
31.5
-5%
Load Average *
35.1
34.7
1%
37.4
-7%
35.2
-0%
43.3
-23%
35.8
-2%
45.4
-29%
36.3
-3%
Load Maximum *
38.9
40.1
-3%
43.7
-12%
42.1
-8%
43.6
-12%
40.7
-5%
45.6
-17%
38.2
2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The ProBook in the stress test
The ProBook in the stress test

The processor performed our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) at 2.8 GHz in AC mode and 2.9 GHz in battery mode. The graphics core clocked stably at 551 MHz in battery mode, and at 1021 in AC mode. The speed ranged from 943 to 1021 MHz later in the test. Although both CPU and GPU clock at full speed, the laptop does not get excessively warm. 40 °C was only surpassed on a few measuring points in the stress test. The temperatures will be considerably lower in routine use.

Max. Load
 43 °C37.1 °C25.5 °C 
 36.4 °C41 °C25.3 °C 
 28.5 °C28 °C25.3 °C 
Maximum: 43 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
26.8 °C27.3 °C40.6 °C
26.6 °C39.6 °C45.8 °C
26.2 °C27.8 °C31.4 °C
Maximum: 45.8 °C
Average: 32.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51.2 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | Fluke 62 Max
HP ProBook 470 G3
6500U, Radeon R7 M340
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
5500U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
4210U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
4200M, Radeon HD 8750M
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
5500U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
5200U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
5500U, GeForce 920M
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
4010U, GeForce GT 740M
Heat
11%
15%
12%
15%
9%
-4%
24%
Maximum Upper Side *
43
40.5
6%
40.5
6%
36.6
15%
36.2
16%
40.2
7%
54.1
-26%
34.1
21%
Maximum Bottom *
45.8
42.1
8%
42.1
8%
48.1
-5%
47.4
-3%
41.7
9%
43
6%
33.3
27%
Idle Upper Side *
32.5
29.5
9%
26.3
19%
27.3
16%
25.7
21%
30.8
5%
33.3
-2%
26.4
19%
Idle Bottom *
35.6
27.7
22%
26.7
25%
27.7
22%
26.1
27%
30.4
15%
32.8
8%
25.6
28%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The ProBook's idle power consumption climbed to 12.2 watts, which is a normal rate for a 17.3-inch ULV laptop. Thus, the ProBook's energy requirement is on par with that of the Broadwell predecessor. The Skylake ProBook has a marginally higher requirement in the stress test because, unlike the Broadwell ProBook, it utilizes the CPU's Turbo. In a nutshell: The ProBook 470 G3 has a higher per-watt performance than its predecessor. The power supply has an output of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.7 / 11.3 / 12.2 Watt
Load midlight 44.8 / 66.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP ProBook 470 G3
6500U, Radeon R7 M340
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
5500U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
4210U, Radeon R5 M255
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
4200M, Radeon HD 8750M
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
5500U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
5200U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
5500U, GeForce 920M
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
4010U, GeForce GT 740M
Power Consumption
-1%
16%
-1%
-8%
28%
24%
15%
Idle Minimum *
5.7
5.6
2%
5.1
11%
7.2
-26%
5.4
5%
4.4
23%
4
30%
5.9
-4%
Idle Average *
11.3
12
-6%
8.8
22%
10.9
4%
12.6
-12%
7.7
32%
9.2
19%
10.3
9%
Idle Maximum *
12.2
12.6
-3%
9.6
21%
11.9
2%
14.3
-17%
7.9
35%
9.4
23%
10.3
16%
Load Average *
44.8
47.1
-5%
44.2
1%
40.7
9%
52.1
-16%
33.6
25%
40.4
10%
38.5
14%
Load Maximum *
66.3
62.8
5%
51
23%
60.7
8%
67.5
-2%
49.8
25%
40.8
38%
40.8
38%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The battery life is overall satisfactory for a 17.3-inch laptop. It is on par with that of the preceding Haswell and Broadwell models. However, the Skylake ProBook has a lower battery capacity (44 Wh vs. 51 Wh). The ProBook achieves 4:37 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test. This test simulates the load needed to open websites using the "Balanced" profile and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m². We determined a similar rate in video playback, which is tested running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The ProBook managed a runtime of 4:30 hours here.

The battery has a capacity of 44 Wh
The battery has a capacity of 44 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 10min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
4h 37min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 21min
HP ProBook 470 G3
44 Wh
HP ProBook 470 G2 L3Q28EA
51 Wh
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
51 Wh
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
47 Wh
Acer TravelMate P277-MG-7474
37 Wh
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
41 Wh
Dell Inspiron 17-5758
40 Wh
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
45 Wh
Battery Runtime
-1%
-6%
-11%
11%
4%
-19%
Reader / Idle
490
492
0%
511
4%
482
-2%
437
-11%
448
-9%
339
-31%
H.264
270
139
-49%
WiFi v1.3
277
247
-11%
335
21%
243
-12%
Load
81
80
-1%
69
-15%
64
-21%
100
23%
107
32%
99
22%
WiFi
261
275
267
275

Pros

+ matte, Full HD screen
+ mostly low operating noise
+ conditionally gaming suitable
+ maintenance-friendly
+ decent input devices
+ one empty M.2 slot

Cons

- 12-month warranty only

Verdict

In review: HP ProBook 470 G3. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
In review: HP ProBook 470 G3. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

The ProBook should come into question as a replacement for the desktop PC at home for many users. The new Skylake processor has more than enough computing power for most application scenarios. In conjunction with the new Radeon graphics core, the laptop can even be used for computer games - to a limited degree. The laptop operates quietly and does not get exceedingly warm at the same time. There is also enough storage capacity thanks to the 1 TB hard drive. Furthermore, it is possible to install a solid state drive (M.2 2280) in the laptop. That is fast and easy to do since the ProBook has two maintenance hatches. The battery life is overall acceptable.

We haven't often praised HP for a screen. Now the time has come.

The Full HD IPS model installed in the ProBook pleases with good contrast and decent brightness rate. Furthermore, we like the color reproduction and viewing-angle stability. However, we have to mention the same point of criticism for this 1000-Euro (~$1090) laptop as for many HP laptops: HP only includes a one-year warranty on the computer. A 24-month warranty period should be obligatory.

HP ProBook 470 G3 - 12/09/2016 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
52 / 81 → 64%
Weight
59 / 67 → 83%
Battery
78%
Display
89%
Games Performance
58 / 85 → 68%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
90%
Noise
93 / 95 → 97%
Audio
69%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
74%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-12- 3 (Update: 2015-12- 3)