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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB laptop review: Insanely lightweight

Just 1.1 kg with AMOLED display. Samsung's flagship 15.6-inch laptop is several hundred grams lighter than the popular Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and most other laptops of its size class for that matter. Do performance and battery life suffer as a consequence?

Samsung has been making Ultrabooks for years focusing on portability and thinness more so than most competitors. In fact, the Samsung Book 9 series in particular shipped with narrow display bezels on all three sides before Dell popularized the concept with its XPS 13 series a few years later. The new Galaxy Book series is a much needed shot in the arm for Samsung's laptop division as it introduces both brand new chassis designs and a new name that should be familiar with just about anyone.

The South Korean maker introduced a whole range of Galaxy laptops earlier this April. This review will focus on the 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Pro 15 clamshell equipped with a 1080p AMOLED display, 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and an 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 CPU for approximately $1300 USD retail. Lesser SKUs with reduced storage and RAM and a slower Core i5-1135G7 are also available, but all configurations come with the same signature 1080p AMOLED panel.

Note that there are several differences between the cheaper Galaxy Book 15 and our more expensive Galaxy Book Pro 15 from the chassis to the display which will be detailed in this review. Competitors to the Galaxy Book Pro 15 include other high-end prosumer or multimedia 15.6-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 15, Lenovo Yoga series, HP Spectre x360 15, LG Gram 15, or the MSI Summit series.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US (Galaxy Book Pro 15 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 25 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Core: 2000 MHz, Memory: 1300 MHz, DDR4, 30.0.100.9805
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR4x, 2133 MHz, 36-39-39-90, Dual-Channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Samsung ATNA56YX02-0, AMOLED, SDC4159 controller, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN, 1024 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.7 x 355.4 x 225.8 ( = 0.46 x 13.99 x 8.89 in)
Battery
68 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: AKG Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Samsung Update, Settings, Notes, Care+, Recovery, PC Cleaner, Flow, Gallery, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.055 kg ( = 37.21 oz / 2.33 pounds), Power Supply: 165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds)
Price
1300 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.8 %
12/2021
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.1 kg11.7 mm15.60"1920x1080
84.8 %
07/2020
LG Gram 15Z90N
i5-1035G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.1 kg16.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
86.8 %
05/2020
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
i5-10300H, UHD Graphics 630
1.8 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1200
83.5 %
08/2021
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
R5 5500U, Vega 7
1.7 kg19.1 mm15.60"1920x1080
89.2 %
01/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
i9-9880H, Radeon Pro Vega 16
1.8 kg15.5 mm15.40"2880x1800
85 %
01/2020
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
2.1 kg19.3 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case — One of the Lightest in the Market

With the exception of one very specific model, Samsung has always been great at designing thin and attractive laptops. The Galaxy Book Pro 15 is no different with its smooth aluminum alloy base, flat outer lid, and sleek aesthetic that is arguably just as visually appealing as an XPS or Spectre.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Book Pro 15 suffers from many of the same drawbacks as the LG Gram 15 since both models are aiming to be as light as possible even if it means sacrificing chassis rigidity. The aluminum skeleton is very thin especially when compared to an XPS or Spectre alternative meaning both the base and lid can twist much more readily. Furthermore, the hinges are noticeably weaker and so the lid tends to teeter more often when moving or adjusting angles. Pushing down on the keyboard center causes slight but noticeable flexing. Though it's still a high-end and luxurious chassis with minimal creaking, it's definitely more prone to damage than most other flagship laptops.

The first thing users will notice when handling the unit is how light it is. At just 1.1 kg, the Galaxy Book Pro 15 is lighter than the Galaxy Book and XPS 15 by 500 grams and 700 grams, respectively. It is just as light as the competing LG Gram 15 while being thinner at the same time. We suspect that Samsung purposefully omitted Gorilla Glass in order to keep both weight and thickness as low as possible. Such a feature would have strengthened the aforementioned flimsy lid.

Aluminum alloy skeleton is very light and thin and therefore more susceptible to twisting and warping
Aluminum alloy skeleton is very light and thin and therefore more susceptible to twisting and warping
Rubber feet on bottom of laptop pop off very easily for servicing as they are not glued
Rubber feet on bottom of laptop pop off very easily for servicing as they are not glued
Hinges are small and not as taut as we would have liked
Hinges are small and not as taut as we would have liked
Fingerprint-enabled Power button
Fingerprint-enabled Power button
Surfaces are matte and smooth while the inner display bezel is glossy and plastic
Surfaces are matte and smooth while the inner display bezel is glossy and plastic
Maximum angle of hinges is limited to just 140 degrees
Maximum angle of hinges is limited to just 140 degrees

Size Comparison

361.2 mm / 14.2 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 2.1 kg4.65 lbs356.67 mm / 14 inch 233.13 mm / 9.18 inch 19.1 mm / 0.752 inch 1.7 kg3.76 lbs357.6 mm / 14.1 inch 225.3 mm / 8.87 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs355.4 mm / 14 inch 225.8 mm / 8.89 inch 11.7 mm / 0.4606 inch 1.1 kg2.33 lbs349.3 mm / 13.8 inch 240.7 mm / 9.48 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs

Connectivity — Thunderbolt 4 is Here

Port options are more varied than on the Dell XPS 15 or MacBook Pro which have nothing but USB-C ports. Keep in mind that only one of the two USB-C ports here is compatible with Thunderbolt 4. Otherwise, either port can be used for charging the system or outputting to an external monitor.

Thunderbolt 4 is supported unlike on the Galaxy Book.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right: MicroSD reader, USB-A 3.2, 3.5 mm headset
Right: MicroSD reader, USB-A 3.2, 3.5 mm headset
Rear: No ports
Rear: No ports
Left: HDMI, USB-C w/ DisplayPort + Power Delivery, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery
Left: HDMI, USB-C w/ DisplayPort + Power Delivery, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery

SD Card Reader — Embarrassingly Slow

The integrated spring-loaded MicroSD card reader is disappointingly slow for a flagship laptop. Moving 1 GB of pictures from our UHS-II card to desktop takes almost 50 seconds compared to just 5 seconds on the Dell XPS 15.

Fully inserted MicroSD card
Fully inserted MicroSD card
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204.4 MB/s ∼100% +846%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
154.7 MB/s ∼76% +616%
LG Gram 15Z90N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
84.1 MB/s ∼41% +289%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.2 MB/s ∼14% +31%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
21.6 MB/s ∼11%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
199.2 MB/s ∼100% +678%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
183.5 MB/s ∼92% +617%
LG Gram 15Z90N
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
88.8 MB/s ∼45% +247%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.5 MB/s ∼18% +43%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
25.6 MB/s ∼13%

Communication

The Intel AX210 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. We experienced steady performance when paired to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

1216 WLAN module is not removable
1216 WLAN module is not removable
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1196 (1104min - 1240max) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1049 (253min - 1334max) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
890 (431min - 988max) MBit/s ∼74% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Broadcom 802.11ac
785 MBit/s ∼66% -34%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
615 (571min - 655max) MBit/s ∼51% -49%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1452 (1353min - 1496max) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1281 (1079min - 1478max) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
876 (819min - 901max) MBit/s ∼60% -40%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Broadcom 802.11ac
625 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
621 (506min - 708max) MBit/s ∼43% -57%
0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1452 (1353-1496)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1196 (1104-1240)

Webcam

The integrated webcam is the usual 720p affair. Samsung offers no physical privacy shutter or Windows Hello support, either. There is instead a key switch (Fn+F10) to disable the camera electronically.

ColorChecker
2.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
1.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
4 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US: 4.48 ∆E min: 1.07 - max: 8.01 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by four Philips screws hidden underneath the rubber footing. Fortunately, the rubber pads are easy to remove as they are not glued to the laptop unlike on most other laptops. Servicing is therefore relatively easy especially when compared to the LG Gram 15.

Note the huge unused space to the left of the fan and the soldered, non-upgradeable RAM
Note the huge unused space to the left of the fan and the soldered, non-upgradeable RAM

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the AC adapter and paperwork. The usual one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies.

Input Devices — Shallow and Nothing Special

Keyboard

Both key feedback and travel are more similar to the XPS 15 than say an HP Spectre or Lenovo ThinkPad. The keys are shallow with light-moderate feedback and generally quiet clatter. Users who are accustomed to typing on consumer-class laptops will find no surprises on the Galaxy Book Pro when it comes to the typing experience.

A white backlight comes standard unlike on the older Samsung Book 9 series where the keyboard backlight was teal or light green instead. All keys and symbols are illuminated when the backlight is active.

The Caps Lock key has a dedicated white LED when toggled. However, the light is not very bright and so it is difficult to even see if the Caps Lock is engaged or not.

Touchpad

The clickpad isn't as large as the one on the XPS 15 9500 (13.3 x 9 cm vs. 15.1 x 9 cm), but clicking definitely feels firmer, louder, and with more satisfying feedback. Traction is smooth and with very little sticking even when gliding at slower speeds.

Identical keyboard layout as on the less expensive Galaxy Book
Identical keyboard layout as on the less expensive Galaxy Book
NumPad and arrow keys are smaller and more cramped than the main QWERTY
NumPad and arrow keys are smaller and more cramped than the main QWERTY
Key feedback and travel are roughly in between the lighter keys of the Razer Blade 15 and deeper keys of the HP Spectre 360 15
Key feedback and travel are roughly in between the lighter keys of the Razer Blade 15 and deeper keys of the HP Spectre 360 15
It takes a lot of force to press on the clickpad unless if you're pressing near the bottom edge of the surface
It takes a lot of force to press on the clickpad unless if you're pressing near the bottom edge of the surface

Display — OLED Not Always Better Than IPS

Naturally, Samsung manufactures the 1080p AMOLED panel for its own laptop. What's interesting is that the panel name 'ATNA56YX02' is slightly different from the panel name on the Asus VivoBook 15 Pro or VivoBook 15 K513 (ATNA56YX03) which also ship with 1080p AMOLED Samsung displays. Nonetheless, both response times and black levels remain significantly faster and deeper, respectively, than any IPS alternative. Colors, video, and images pop in such a way that only IPS laptops can dream of.

There are some drawbacks to be aware of. Firstly, the maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz is starting to look dated when IPS laptops like the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro are beginning to move to 90 Hz or faster. Secondly, pulse-width modulation is present on all brightness levels (490 Hz from 0 percent to 58 percent brightness, 59 Hz from 59 percent to 100 percent brightness) which may impact users sensitive to screen flickering. And lastly, text is not as sharp as on most IPS displays due to the unique AMOLED subpixel layout. Though these minor disadvantages aren't enough to drag down the excellent viewing experience, they collectively prevent AMOLED from being unanimously superior to regular IPS.

One thing we can appreciate about all OLED-type displays is that they can reach much lower minimum brightness levels than a typical IPS or TN panel. The Galaxy Book Pro 15 is therefore easier on the eyes if working in darkened environments.

There is no edge-to-edge glass reinforcement or touchscreen support
There is no edge-to-edge glass reinforcement or touchscreen support
Narrow bezels on three of the four sides
Narrow bezels on three of the four sides
AMOLED pixel array is very different from the OLED pixel array on say the Dell XPS 15
AMOLED pixel array is very different from the OLED pixel array on say the Dell XPS 15
Absolutely no backlight bleeding!
Absolutely no backlight bleeding!
299.2
cd/m²
295.4
cd/m²
295.4
cd/m²
299.7
cd/m²
296.8
cd/m²
295.1
cd/m²
299.8
cd/m²
298.9
cd/m²
299.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Samsung ATNA56YX02-0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 299.8 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 297.8 cd/m² Minimum: 1.56 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 296.8 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.07 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
87.6% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung ATNA56YX02-0, AMOLED, 1920x1080, 15.60
LG Gram 15Z90N
LP156WF9-SPN1, .2 IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Sharp LQ156N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 15.60
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Lenovo LEN156FHD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
MSI Summit B15 A11M
Chi Mei N156HCE-EN1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
-21%
-9%
-52%
-20%
-23%
Display P3 Coverage
87.6
66
-25%
81.5
-7%
68.3
-22%
65.7
-25%
sRGB Coverage
100
96.4
-4%
100
0%
59
-41%
94.3
-6%
90.6
-9%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
99.3
66.8
-33%
79.6
-20%
38
-62%
68.4
-31%
66
-34%
Response Times
-1348%
-1660%
-1072%
-2322%
13246%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.9 ?(1, 0.9)
36 ?(18, 18)
-1795%
42 ?(20, 22)
-2111%
29 ?(13, 16)
-1426%
56.8 ?(26, 30.8)
-2889%
40.4 ?(20.4, 20)
-2026%
Response Time Black / White *
2.2 ?(1.1, 1.1)
22 ?(12, 10)
-900%
28.8 ?(15.2, 13.6)
-1209%
18 ?(9, 9)
-718%
40.8 ?(20.4, 20.4)
-1755%
32.4 ?(18.4, 14)
-1373%
PWM Frequency
59
25510 ?(25)
43137%
Screen
8%
20%
-75%
-11%
-66%
Brightness middle
296.8
366
23%
592
99%
376
27%
284.6
-4%
341.3
15%
Brightness
298
342
15%
565
90%
341
14%
285
-4%
310
4%
Brightness Distribution
98
88
-10%
85
-13%
78
-20%
85
-13%
81
-17%
Black Level *
0.28
0.46
0.66
0.25
0.45
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.07
2.68
13%
3.19
-4%
6.4
-108%
3.52
-15%
6.17
-101%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.29
5.25
1%
5.45
-3%
20.45
-287%
5.56
-5%
11.75
-122%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
2.4
8%
3.9
-50%
4.59
-77%
3.2
-23%
7.1
-173%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.25 98%
2.25 98%
2.26 97%
2.28 96%
2.2 100%
CCT
6904 94%
6474 100%
6522 100%
6819 95%
7070 92%
6842 95%
Contrast
1307
1287
570
1138
758
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.08
2.03
3
3.3
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61
71.6
38
61.1
58.7
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
100
59
93.8
90.1
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-454% / -246%
-550% / -293%
-400% / -270%
-784% / -433%
4386% / 3273%

* ... smaller is better

Color space encompasses both sRGB and AdobeRGB entirely and approximately 88 percent of DCI-P3 as well. Strangely, setting the color profile to DCI-P3 via the Samsung Settings app would actually cause the color space to drop to 75 percent of DCI-P3 instead. We're unsure if this is a bug with the color behavior of the AMOLED panel or software, but overall color range is much wider than on most IPS laptops regardless. For what it's worth, Samsung advertises 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage for the Galaxy Book Pro 15.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. DCI-P3
vs. DCI-P3

The display comes decently calibrated out of the box with average grayscale and color deltaE values of just 2.6 and 3.07, respectively. Pure primary and secondary colors are reproduced very accurately to indicate that the panel can adhere to DCI-P3 quite closely.

Grayscale (vs. DCI-P3)
Grayscale (vs. DCI-P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. DCI-P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. DCI-P3)
ColorChecker (vs. DCI-P3)
ColorChecker (vs. DCI-P3)

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
2.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.1 ms rise
↘ 1.1 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 0.9 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37 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 detected 59 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 59 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 59 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21941 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is a mixed bag. The OLED panel suffers from a slight purple hue that impacts colors and can be difficult to ignore especially if viewing from an angle. The glare from the glossy overlay can also be overwhelming when not working under shade.

Outdoors on a bright cloudy day
Outdoors on a bright cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on a bright cloudy day
Outdoors on a bright cloudy day
Excellent viewing angles with no contrast degradation unlike on IPS panels
Excellent viewing angles with no contrast degradation unlike on IPS panels

Performance — Impressive For The Size

 

Testing Conditions

Our unit was set to 'Best performance' mode via Windows and "High performance' mode via the Samsung Settings software for the highest possible performance prior to running our benchmarks below. Owners should absolutely become familiar with both the Samsung Settings and Samsung Update applications as important system-specific features and patches can be found here.

Processor

After testing over 70 different PCs with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU, our Galaxy Book Pro 15 falls right in the middle when it comes to multi-threaded performance. There are certainly faster options available like the ADATA XPG Xenia Xe or MSI Summit B15, but such alternatives are typically heavier and thicker than our Samsung. We're just glad that the processor isn't underperforming or exhibiting poor Turbo Boost sustainability simply due to the low chassis weight. Overall performance is comparable to the competing LG Gram 16.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø770 (754.67-777.73)
Dell Inspiron 15 3501 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø737 (725.22-798.11)
HP EliteBook 850 G8 3C7Z8EA Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø702 (674.47-727.03)
MSI Modern 15 A11M-062 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø929 (850.21-948.86)
MSI Summit B15 A11M Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø937 (912.76-946.14)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
3490 Points ∼100% +77%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
3092 Points ∼89% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2814 Points ∼81% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
2758 Points ∼79% +40%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2016 Points ∼58% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1973 Points ∼57%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1060 - 2657, n=79)
1963 Points ∼56% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1805 Points ∼52% -9%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1753 Points ∼50% -11%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1711 Points ∼49% -13%
HP Pavilion x360 15-dq0065cl
Intel Core i7-8565U
1110 Points ∼32% -44%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1043 Points ∼30% -47%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
552 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (442 - 589, n=79)
551 Points ∼100% +5%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
537 Points ∼97% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
526 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
489 Points ∼89% -7%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
483 Points ∼88% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
476 Points ∼86% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
461 Points ∼84% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
456 Points ∼83% -13%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
449 Points ∼81% -15%
HP Pavilion x360 15-dq0065cl
Intel Core i7-8565U
405 Points ∼73% -23%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
380 Points ∼69% -28%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
9033 Points ∼100% +76%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
7872 (7780.83min - 7871.73max) Points ∼87% +54%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
7221 Points ∼80% +41%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5119 (5036.52min - 5119.35max) Points ∼57%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (2525 - 6862, n=62)
5098 Points ∼56% 0%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
4556 (4233.87min - 4556.29max) Points ∼50% -11%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3610 Points ∼40% -29%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1110 - 1539, n=57)
1423 Points ∼100% +2%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1415 Points ∼99% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1400 Points ∼98%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1387 Points ∼97% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
1255 Points ∼88% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1149 Points ∼81% -18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1062 Points ∼75% -24%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
1512 (1475.63min - 1511.6max) Points ∼100% +94%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
1390 (1297.77min - 1389.66max) Points ∼92% +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1267 (1173.12min - 1266.74max) Points ∼84% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1139 Points ∼75% +46%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
872 Points ∼58% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (553 - 1027, n=84)
847 Points ∼56% +9%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
788 (670.58min - 787.77max) Points ∼52% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
778 (754.67min - 777.73max) Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
765 Points ∼51% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
703 (649.5min - 703.01max) Points ∼46% -10%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
539 Points ∼36% -31%
HP Pavilion x360 15-dq0065cl
Intel Core i7-8565U
492 Points ∼33% -37%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
229 Points ∼100% +27%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (115 - 230, n=76)
212 Points ∼93% +18%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
209 Points ∼91% +16%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200 Points ∼87% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
188 Points ∼82% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
182 Points ∼79% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
180 Points ∼79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
177 Points ∼77% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
175 Points ∼76% -3%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼76% -4%
HP Pavilion x360 15-dq0065cl
Intel Core i7-8565U
172 Points ∼75% -4%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
153 Points ∼67% -15%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1075 Seconds * ∼100% -83%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
748 Seconds * ∼70% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
686 Seconds * ∼64% -17%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
667 Seconds * ∼62% -14%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
633 Seconds * ∼59% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 1138, n=78)
616 Seconds * ∼57% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
587 Seconds * ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
452 Seconds * ∼42% +23%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
418 Seconds * ∼39% +29%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
331 Seconds * ∼31% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
317 Seconds * ∼29% +46%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
43633 MIPS ∼100% +87%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
41849 MIPS ∼96% +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
33768 MIPS ∼77% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
30794 MIPS ∼71% +32%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24101 MIPS ∼55% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23345 MIPS ∼54%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15347 - 27405, n=78)
22946 MIPS ∼53% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
21779 MIPS ∼50% -7%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
21742 MIPS ∼50% -7%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
20432 MIPS ∼47% -12%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
13921 MIPS ∼32% -40%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
5405 MIPS ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4478 - 5507, n=78)
5184 MIPS ∼96% +3%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5044 MIPS ∼93% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5040 MIPS ∼93%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4686 MIPS ∼87% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4502 MIPS ∼83% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
4483 MIPS ∼83% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4470 MIPS ∼83% -11%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4338 MIPS ∼80% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
4323 MIPS ∼80% -14%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
4091 MIPS ∼76% -19%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
6018 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
5869 Points ∼98% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5617 Points ∼93%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
5367 Points ∼89% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3078 - 5926, n=75)
5166 Points ∼86% -8%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
5091 Points ∼85% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4810 Points ∼80% -14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
3861 Points ∼64% -31%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
2713 Points ∼45% -52%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1545 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1302 - 1595, n=75)
1523 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1328 Points ∼86% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1325 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
1175 Points ∼76% -24%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1163 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1159 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1116 Points ∼72% -28%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1108 Points ∼72% -28%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
10.4 fps ∼100% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
10.2 fps ∼98% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
8.68 fps ∼83% +29%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
8.24 fps ∼79% +22%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.73 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=78)
6.31 fps ∼61% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5.9 fps ∼57% -12%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
5.86 fps ∼56% -13%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5.64 fps ∼54% -16%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5.59 fps ∼54% -17%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
72 s * ∼100% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
67.3 s * ∼93% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
59.3 s * ∼82% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
58.3 s * ∼81% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
57.1 s * ∼79% -8%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
53.9 s * ∼75% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
53.2 s * ∼74% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
53.1 s * ∼74%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
51.5 s * ∼72% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=76)
49.1 s * ∼68% +8%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
32.26 s * ∼45% +39%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
LG Gram 15Z90N
Intel Core i5-1035G7
0.811 sec * ∼100% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7
0.663 sec * ∼82% -10%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.645 sec * ∼80% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
0.635 sec * ∼78% -6%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.614 sec * ∼76% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.613 sec * ∼76% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.603 sec * ∼74% -0%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
0.602 sec * ∼74% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.601 sec * ∼74%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=78)
0.594 sec * ∼73% +1%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
0.54 sec * ∼67% +10%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
778 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
103 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
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Performance Rating
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
89.2 pt ∼89%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
87.5 pt ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
75.7 pt ∼76%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
67.1 pt ∼67%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
 
58.3 pt ∼58%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
56.7 pt ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
55.4 pt ∼55%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
52.7 pt ∼53%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
52.2 pt ∼52%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
51.2 pt ∼51%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
11000 KRay/s ∼100% +82%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
9653 KRay/s ∼88% +60%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
9627 KRay/s ∼88% +59%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
7994 KRay/s ∼73% +32%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
7059 KRay/s ∼64% +17%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3933 - 8184, n=56)
6554 KRay/s ∼60% +9%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
6208 KRay/s ∼56% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
6040 KRay/s ∼55%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
5870 KRay/s ∼53% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
5761 KRay/s ∼52% -5%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
63569 Points ∼100% +160%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
61463 Points ∼97% +152%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
55144 Points ∼87% +126%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
44706 Points ∼70% +83%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
38639 Points ∼61% +58%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (17720 - 34369, n=56)
27748 Points ∼44% +14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
25801 Points ∼41% +6%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
24890 Points ∼39% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
24424 Points ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
24266 Points ∼38% -1%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
2192 MB/s ∼100% +36%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
2011 MB/s ∼92% +25%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (958 - 2338, n=56)
1866 MB/s ∼85% +16%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1741 MB/s ∼79% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
1681 MB/s ∼77% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
1666 MB/s ∼76% +3%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1636 MB/s ∼75% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1615 MB/s ∼74%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
1442 MB/s ∼66% -11%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
1200 MB/s ∼55% -26%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
85979 Points ∼100% +90%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
85454 Points ∼99% +89%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
70197 Points ∼82% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
55759 Points ∼65% +23%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (44161 - 50624, n=56)
49749 Points ∼58% +10%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
48477 Points ∼56% +7%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
46550 Points ∼54% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
45248 Points ∼53%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
43480 Points ∼51% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
42558 Points ∼49% -6%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
12948 Points ∼100% +246%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
9832 Points ∼76% +163%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
9382 Points ∼72% +151%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
8510 Points ∼66% +127%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
5647 Points ∼44% +51%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (3183 - 4796, n=56)
4429 Points ∼34% +18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
4425 Points ∼34% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
4068 Points ∼31% +9%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
4062 Points ∼31% +9%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3741 Points ∼29%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
34526 Points ∼100% +134%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
32240 Points ∼93% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
30198 Points ∼87% +105%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
23375 Points ∼68% +59%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
20802 Points ∼60% +41%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (11876 - 20468, n=56)
16806 Points ∼49% +14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
15640 Points ∼45% +6%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
15158 Points ∼44% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
14735 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
14363 Points ∼42% -3%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
90419 MB/s ∼100% +170%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
63921 MB/s ∼71% +91%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (29506 - 73387, n=56)
62065 MB/s ∼69% +86%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
61554 MB/s ∼68% +84%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
61193 MB/s ∼68% +83%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
53656 MB/s ∼59% +60%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
44346 MB/s ∼49% +33%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
39208 MB/s ∼43% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
33454 MB/s ∼37%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
33002 MB/s ∼36% -1%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
666 MB/s ∼100% +125%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
584 MB/s ∼88% +97%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
492 MB/s ∼74% +66%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
462 MB/s ∼69% +56%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
349 MB/s ∼52% +18%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
340 MB/s ∼51% +15%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
336 MB/s ∼50% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (169 - 402, n=63)
302 MB/s ∼45% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
296 MB/s ∼44%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
264 MB/s ∼40% -11%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
6034 KRay/s ∼100% +87%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
5422 KRay/s ∼90% +68%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
5180 KRay/s ∼86% +61%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
4352 KRay/s ∼72% +35%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
4055 KRay/s ∼67% +26%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (2033 - 4461, n=56)
3524 KRay/s ∼58% +9%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
3380 KRay/s ∼56% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3219 KRay/s ∼53%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3124 KRay/s ∼52% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
3068 KRay/s ∼51% -5%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
37287 MPixel/s ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
35859 MPixel/s ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
35680 MPixel/s ∼96% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (12392 - 45694, n=56)
30294 MPixel/s ∼81% -16%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
26199 MPixel/s ∼70% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
25681 MPixel/s ∼69% -28%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
16888 MPixel/s ∼45% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
15734 MPixel/s ∼42% -56%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
14430 MPixel/s ∼39% -60%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
9143 MPixel/s ∼25% -75%

System Performance

PCMark results are where we expect them to be relative to other laptops with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU and integrated GPU. 

PCMark 10 / Score
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP0512
5407 Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Vega 7, R5 5500U
5218 Points ∼97% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
4963 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4531 - 5454, n=49)
4961 Points ∼92% 0%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
4329 Points ∼80% -13%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
4101 Points ∼76% -17%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3906 Points ∼72% -21%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (8997 - 11505, n=49)
10013 Points ∼100% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
9874 Points ∼99% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
9813 Points ∼98%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP0512
9770 Points ∼98% 0%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
9477 Points ∼95% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Vega 7, R5 5500U
9125 Points ∼91% -7%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8272 Points ∼83% -16%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Vega 7, R5 5500U
7942 Points ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP0512
7868 Points ∼99% +21%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
6996 Points ∼88% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (5570 - 7136, n=49)
6710 Points ∼84% +3%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
6625 Points ∼83% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
6525 Points ∼82%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
6417 Points ∼81% -2%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP0512
5583 Points ∼100% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Vega 7, R5 5500U
5320 Points ∼95% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
5183 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4083 - 5550, n=49)
4942 Points ∼89% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
3187 Points ∼57% -39%
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3047 Points ∼55% -41%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
2981 Points ∼53% -42%
PCMark 10 Score
4963 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
59222 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
57803 MB/s ∼98%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
50322 MB/s ∼85% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (20032 - 65446, n=56)
46392 MB/s ∼78% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
37685 MB/s ∼64% -35%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
37171 MB/s ∼63% -36%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
34927 MB/s ∼59% -40%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
34408 MB/s ∼58% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
34029 MB/s ∼57% -41%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
18424 MB/s ∼31% -68%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
58922 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
56669 MB/s ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
53441 MB/s ∼91% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (23033 - 64524, n=56)
48722 MB/s ∼83% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
45438 MB/s ∼77% -20%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
45031 MB/s ∼76% -21%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
42816 MB/s ∼73% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
42121 MB/s ∼71% -26%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
39360 MB/s ∼67% -31%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
21776 MB/s ∼37% -62%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
61411 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
59771 MB/s ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
50725 MB/s ∼83% -15%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21736 - 66791, n=56)
49644 MB/s ∼81% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
44282 MB/s ∼72% -26%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
43713 MB/s ∼71% -27%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
38867 MB/s ∼63% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
37946 MB/s ∼62% -37%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
31683 MB/s ∼52% -47%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
28752 MB/s ∼47% -52%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15-NP950
Intel Core i7-1065G7, GeForce MX250
103 ns * ∼100% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 G3-20YG003UGE
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, Vega 8 R5000
101 ns * ∼98% -0%
Dell Latitude 15 9520 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
101 ns * ∼98% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
101 ns * ∼98%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6
97.8 ns * ∼95% +3%
Asus VivoBook 15 KM513UA-L503TS
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, Vega 7
96 ns * ∼93% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen2-20T9S00K00
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
95.2 ns * ∼92% +6%
HP Pavilion Aero 13 be0097nr
AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, Vega 8 R5000
92.1 ns * ∼89% +9%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1500CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
85.7 ns * ∼83% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (72.3 - 110, n=63)
75.7 ns * ∼73% +25%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals minor DPC issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. 4K video playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth and without any dropped frames.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
LG Gram 15Z90N
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4990 μs * ∼100% -796%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1521 μs * ∼30% -173%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
Vega 7, R5 5500U
874 μs * ∼18% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
557 μs * ∼11%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices — Supports up to Two Drives

The system can support up to two internal SSDs (M.2 2242 + M.2 2280). Our specific test unit comes with the M.2 2242 Samsung PM991a PCIe3 NVMe SSD for read and write rates of up to 2400 MB/s and 2000 MB/s according to CrystalDiskMark. Performance sustainability is also better than expected with no dips in transfer rates due to thermal soak when running DiskSpd in a loop.

At least one of the two M.2 SSD slots can support PCIe4 x4 speeds according to HWiNFO.

CDM 8
CDM 8
AS SSD
AS SSD
Primary M.2 2242 NVMe SSD
Primary M.2 2242 NVMe SSD
Support for a second M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
Support for a second M.2 2280 NVMe SSD
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2367 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1250 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 592 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 536 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1645 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2014 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 61.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 190.6 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
81 pt ∼81%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
79.3 pt ∼79%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16 -11!
Apple SSD AP0512
66.5 pt ∼67%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV -8!
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
64.8 pt ∼65%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
55 pt ∼55%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
51.6 pt ∼52%
DiskSpd
seq read
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
1729 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1684 (1321.21min - 1684.01max) MB/s ∼97% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1666 (1626.13min - 1665.58max) MB/s ∼96% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
1656 (1631.16min - 1656.08max) MB/s ∼96%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
220 (208.04min - 219.99max) MB/s ∼13% -87%
seq write
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
1894 (1879.24min - 1894.15max) MB/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
1859 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1498 (987.97min - 1497.52max) MB/s ∼79% -21%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1283 (1197.6min - 1282.62max) MB/s ∼68% -32%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
182.2 (146.72min - 182.24max) MB/s ∼10% -90%
seq q8 t1 read
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
3295 MB/s ∼100% +44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
2659 (2544.63min - 2659.19max) MB/s ∼81% +16%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2336 (2029.34min - 2335.6max) MB/s ∼71% +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
2291 (2033.82min - 2290.9max) MB/s ∼70%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
226.9 (221.9min - 226.88max) MB/s ∼7% -90%
seq q8 t1 write
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
1947 MB/s ∼100% +64%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1603 (1311.14min - 1603.48max) MB/s ∼82% +35%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1203 (1136.06min - 1203.04max) MB/s ∼62% +1%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
1186 (1163.92min - 1185.67max) MB/s ∼61%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
149.2 (80.9min - 149.2max) MB/s ∼8% -87%
4k q1 t1 read
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
60.9 (59.67min - 60.89max) MB/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
47.7 (46.58min - 47.74max) MB/s ∼78% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
46 (45.57min - 46.04max) MB/s ∼76% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
16.3 MB/s ∼27% -73%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7.86 (7.6min - 7.86max) MB/s ∼13% -87%
4k q1 t1 write
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
192 (189.29min - 192.09max) MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
128 (127.16min - 128.1max) MB/s ∼67% -33%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
98.2 (94.26min - 98.2max) MB/s ∼51% -49%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
39.4 MB/s ∼21% -79%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
10.65 (9.32min - 10.65max) MB/s ∼6% -94%
4k q32 t16 read
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1068 (1065.87min - 1067.86max) MB/s ∼100% +29%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
828 (822.45min - 827.9max) MB/s ∼78%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
755 MB/s ∼71% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
619 (589.31min - 619.34max) MB/s ∼58% -25%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
10.15 (10.09min - 10.15max) MB/s ∼1% -99%
4k q32 t16 write
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1174 (961.12min - 1174.48max) MB/s ∼100% +69%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
695 (686.54min - 695.01max) MB/s ∼59%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
383 (369.32min - 383.47max) MB/s ∼33% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Apple SSD AP0512
182 MB/s ∼16% -74%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
11.71 (9.01min - 11.71max) MB/s ∼1% -98%
AS SSD
Score Total
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3741 Points ∼100% +44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
3398 Points ∼91% +31%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
2599 Points ∼69%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
2371 Points ∼63% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
2094 Points ∼56% -19%
Score Read
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
1526 Points ∼100% +42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1383 Points ∼91% +29%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1157 Points ∼76% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
1076 Points ∼71%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
826 Points ∼54% -23%
Score Write
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
1520 Points ∼100% +54%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1351 Points ∼89% +37%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
1109 Points ∼73% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
986 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
370 Points ∼24% -62%
Seq Read
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
2842 MB/s ∼100% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
2549 MB/s ∼90% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
2466 MB/s ∼87%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1423 MB/s ∼50% -42%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
1220 MB/s ∼43% -51%
Seq Write
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
1884 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1571 MB/s ∼83% -17%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
1152 MB/s ∼61% -39%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
974 MB/s ∼52% -48%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
766 MB/s ∼41% -59%
4K Read
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
57.3 MB/s ∼100%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
52.3 MB/s ∼91% -9%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
50.5 MB/s ∼88% -12%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
42.21 MB/s ∼74% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
41.92 MB/s ∼73% -27%
4K Write
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
169.2 MB/s ∼100%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
147.5 MB/s ∼87% -13%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
146.6 MB/s ∼87% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
110.3 MB/s ∼65% -35%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
74.8 MB/s ∼44% -56%
4K-64 Read
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
1191 MB/s ∼100% +54%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1086 MB/s ∼91% +41%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
973 MB/s ∼82% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
772 MB/s ∼65%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
652 MB/s ∼55% -16%
4K-64 Write
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
1275 MB/s ∼100% +103%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
1083 MB/s ∼85% +72%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
847 MB/s ∼66% +35%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
628 MB/s ∼49%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
218.8 MB/s ∼17% -65%
Access Time Read
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
0.125 ms * ∼100% -102%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
0.119 ms * ∼95% -92%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
0.077 ms * ∼62% -24%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
0.062 ms * ∼50%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
0.043 ms * ∼34% +31%
Access Time Write
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
0.552 ms * ∼100% -724%
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
0.106 ms * ∼19% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 NP950XDB-KC5US
Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ1T0HBLB-00BKN
0.067 ms * ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ALC05
 
0.034 ms * ∼6% +49%
LG Gram 15Z90N
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
0.027 ms * ∼5% +60%

* ... smaller is better

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