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HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits

HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits (Source: HP)
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 owners should update their BIOS or face immense performance deficits (Source: HP)
Users who don't update might get a fancy 10th gen Xeon or Core i9 CPU running slower than a cheaper 9th gen Core i7-9750H. Luckily, all it takes is a quick download from HP to fix the issue.
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HP's latest 15.6-inch workstation is the ZBook Fury 15 G7 to replace last year's ZBook 15 G6. The newer model introduces not just faster processors, but also a completely new and smaller chassis design. It's one of the more balanced 15.6-inch workstations you can get as it's larger than the ultra-thin MSI WS66 or Razer Blade Studio while still being smaller and lighter than the Dell Precision 7550. However, owners will definitely want to upgrade the BIOS if they hadn't already in order to maximize CPU performance.

During our time with a review unit from HP, we experienced poor processor performance from its Xeon W-10885M CPU. CineBench R20 xT results would be over 30 percent lower than on the Precision 7550 each equipped with the exact same processor. It wasn't until after we updated our BIOS from 01.02.03 to 01.04.01 that our HP performance results would be more comparable to the Dell system as shown by our benchmark comparisons below.

The massive 40 to 45 percent gain in CPU performance just by updating the BIOS doesn't come free, of course. Core temperature rises when running high loads from 72 C prior to the update to 98 C (!) after the update. Power consumption would also jump significantly from about 60 W to 130 W. It's likely that earlier versions of the BIOS had a bug preventing the CPU from maintaining Turbo Boost for long periods.

See our full review on the HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 to learn more about the system. Owners can find and download the BIOS update for their ZBook Fury 15 G7 systems here.

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HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Intel Xeon W-10885M; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1573 (1552.67-1628.27)
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Intel Xeon W-10885M; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1079 (1047.23-1088.67)
Dell Precision 7550 Intel Xeon W-10885M; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1606 (1577.91-1652.14)
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Precision 7550
Intel Xeon W-10885M
3930 Points ∼100% +2%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
3835 Points ∼98%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
2727 Points ∼69% -29%
Average Intel Xeon W-10885M
  (2727 - 4065, n=4)
3639 Points ∼93% -5%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
502 Points ∼100%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
499 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Xeon W-10885M
  (488 - 502, n=4)
495 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell Precision 7550
Intel Xeon W-10885M
488 Points ∼97% -3%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Precision 7550
Intel Xeon W-10885M
1652 (1577.91min - 1652.14max) Points ∼100% +1%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
1628 (1552.67min - 1628.27max) Points ∼99%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
1089 (1047.23min - 1088.67max) Points ∼66% -33%
Average Intel Xeon W-10885M
  (1089 - 1666, n=4)
1509 Points ∼91% -7%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
211 Points ∼100%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7
Intel Xeon W-10885M
209 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Xeon W-10885M
  (208 - 211, n=4)
210 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell Precision 7550
Intel Xeon W-10885M
208 Points ∼99% -1%

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