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Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 Review: Microsoft Can Do Better

$1500 for this? The metal Surface Laptop 3 is the sleekest Surface laptop yet and its implementation of AMD Ryzen is one of the better examples in the Ultrabook space. Unfortunately, almost everything else feels outdated.

(November 1, 2019 update: Strangely, recharging via USB Type-C would work only after reformatting and updating our unit. We used a 130 W USB Type-C AC adapter for the test. The system also utilizes 8 GB of dual-channel RAM instead of single-channel as initially stated. The page has been corrected to reflect this.)

Microsoft unveiled its third generation Surface laptop series earlier this month alongside a handful of other Surface devices ranging from traditional laptops to a foldable Duo smartphone. The model we'll be looking at today is the Surface Laptop 3 15 powered by the semi-custom Ryzen 5 3580U processor. This is the first traditional 3:2 15-inch Surface Laptop and also the first in its family to carry AMD options as an alternative to the usual Intel SKUs. Additionally, this also implies that Microsoft is confident enough that Ryzen can provide the performance they're looking for to be competitive against Intel in the high-end consumer space.

Our 15-inch Ryzen 5 configuration retails for $1500 USD in contrast to the $2100 15-inch Ryzen 7 SKU, $1200 13.5-inch Ryzen 5 SKU, and $1700 13.5-inch Ryzen 7 SKU. The Intel options are even more variable as shown by the official product page. Expect more Surface reviews in the weeks to come so we can paint a bigger picture of the differences between these AMD and Intel configurations. The Surface Laptop 3 15 competes with other flagship ultra-thin laptops including the Dell XPS 15, Apple MacBook Pro 15, Huawei MateBook X Pro, Lenovo Yoga C940, and the Asus ZenBook 15.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U (Surface Laptop 3 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9 - 2048 MB, Core: 1300 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, Adrenalin 19.20.27.03
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 17-17-17-39, Dual-Channel
Display
15 inch 3:2, 2496 x 1664 pixel 200 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, Sharp LQ150P1JX51, IPS, SHP14B4, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG,  GB 
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.7 x 339.5 x 244 ( = 0.58 x 13.37 x 9.61 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.54 kg ( = 54.32 oz / 3.4 pounds), Power Supply: 287 g ( = 10.12 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
1700 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
83%10/2019Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
3580U, Vega 9
1.5 kg14.7 mm15"2496x1664
86%09/2019Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
9300H, UHD Graphics 630
1.9 kg17 mm15.6"1920x1080
88%07/2018Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
8850H, Radeon Pro 560X
1.8 kg15.5 mm15.4"2880x1800
84%03/2019HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
2.2 kg19.3 mm15.6"3840x2160
90%01/2019Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg15.95 mm14"2560x1440

Case - Lightweight and Very Square

After two generations of complaints, Microsoft is finally offering a metal chassis for its third generation Surface Laptop series in addition to the usual Alcantara that has defined the series. We don't miss Alcantara one bit after having experienced the metal chassis; the smooth surfaces feel more rigid to the touch, look more luxurious than Alcantara, and are easier to clean. In fact, the chassis is one of the best aspects of the new 15-inch Surface Laptop as both flexing and creaking are minimal around the keyboard and outer lid for strong first impressions. We still find the XPS 15, MacBook Pro 15, and Razer Blade 15 to be stronger when it comes to rigidity, but the Microsoft laptop isn't too far behind.

Perhaps the biggest eyesore of the design is its thick display bezels. The Surface Laptop 3 15 looks like an expanded version of the Huawei MateBook X Pro since both are 3:2 Ultrabooks, but the latter benefits from much narrower bezels for a more modern look. We suspect that Microsoft will eventually shrink the bezels for the next generation revision in order to match the current trend of narrow-bezel designs.

In terms of size and weight, the Microsoft laptop is both thinner and lighter than most traditional 15.6-inch Ultrabooks including the XPS 15, Asus ZenBook 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and the MacBook Pro 15. However, its uncommon 3:2 form factor means the chassis is squarer and longer in length as a result which can potentially make it incompatible with laptop cases designed for 16:9 systems.

Metal chassis feels so much stronger and longer-lasting than Alcantara fabric
Metal chassis feels so much stronger and longer-lasting than Alcantara fabric
Smooth matte surfaces are very dark in color which hides fingerprints well
Smooth matte surfaces are very dark in color which hides fingerprints well
While the bar hinge doesn't teeter, we still think it could have been firmer
While the bar hinge doesn't teeter, we still think it could have been firmer
The thick display bezels are unsightly when compared to the latest Ultrabooks
The thick display bezels are unsightly when compared to the latest Ultrabooks
No ventilation grilles on the bottom means warmer surfaces than most other laptops
No ventilation grilles on the bottom means warmer surfaces than most other laptops
Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
361 mm / 14.2 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 2.2 kg4.81 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs349.3 mm / 13.8 inch 240.7 mm / 9.48 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs339.5 mm / 13.4 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 14.7 mm / 0.579 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs308 mm / 12.1 inch 223.2 mm / 8.79 inch 14.5 mm / 0.571 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs308 mm / 12.1 inch 223 mm / 8.78 inch 14.5 mm / 0.571 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs

Connectivity - What Connectivity?

Surface devices have always been stingy when it comes to ports and the Surface Laptop 3 is no different. The dedicated mini DisplayPort is gone and so users will have to rely on DisplayPort over USB Type-C or the $200 Surface Dock for connecting external monitors. Port positioning is otherwise excellent with the few options available.

Interestingly, DisplayPort over USB would only work after updating to the latest drivers at the time of writing.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Magnetic AC adapter port/Docking port
Right: Magnetic AC adapter port/Docking port
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-A, USB Type-C Gen. 1 w/ DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Left: USB Type-A, USB Type-C Gen. 1 w/ DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headphone jack

Communication

The system uses a soldered Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 module for 867 Mbps wireless and Bluetooth 5. Wi-Fi 6 options are reserved only for the smaller 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3. We experienced no wireless issues during our time with the unit.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
593 (min: 560, max: 611) MBit/s ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
576 (min: 549, max: 597) MBit/s ∼97%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
534 MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
559 (min: 519, max: 577) MBit/s ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
556 MBit/s ∼99%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
543 (min: 486, max: 584) MBit/s ∼97%

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by four Torx screws hidden underneath the rubber feet to be easier to service than the last generation model. The main problem, however, is that the rubber feet can be difficult to remove without the right tools and one can easily scratch the surrounding surface if not careful. iFixit has a detailed guide on the disassembly of the Surface Laptop 3 15 to reveal that nothing is upgradeable save for the solitary SSD.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no included extras in the box other than the small manual and AC adapter. A cleaning cloth, USB-to-RJ45 adapter, or protective sleeve would have been nice to see. The touchscreen is compatible with the Surface Pen that ships with the Surface Pro tablets.

The standard one-year limited warranty applies.

Input Devices - No Major Changes from the Surface Laptop 2

Keyboard

Keyboard size and layout remain identical to last year's 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 2 including the oddly placed Power button. Key feedback is satisfactory with moderate clatter when typing. We find the keys on the HP Spectre x360 15 to be firmer and easier to type on even though they offer the same 1.5 mm key travel. Feedback is not uniform across each and every key as the Enter key and cramped directional keys feel spongier when compared to the main QWERTY keys.

Touchpad

The Precision-enabled clickpad (~11.5 x 7.6 cm) is slightly smaller than the clickpads on the XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm) and Huawei MateBook X Pro (12.0 x 7.8 cm). Its surface is even smoother than the surrounding metal palm rests with just enough sticking when gliding slowly for accurate clicks. Still, we prefer dedicated mouse keys for improved usability. The integrated keys here are relatively quiet with shallow travel and slightly spongy feedback.

Barebones keyboard layout with small directional keys, no NumPad, and no auxiliary keys
Barebones keyboard layout with small directional keys, no NumPad, and no auxiliary keys
Large clickpad is great for cursor movements and multi-touch gestures, but drag and drop is not as accurate
Large clickpad is great for cursor movements and multi-touch gestures, but drag and drop is not as accurate
White backlight comes standard with three illumination levels
White backlight comes standard with three illumination levels
Unlike on most other Ultrabooks, the Power button sits in between the PgDn and Del keys
Unlike on most other Ultrabooks, the Power button sits in between the PgDn and Del keys

Display - Full sRGB Coverage

The crisp 15-inch 3:2 touchscreen is what separates the Surface Laptop 3 from the usual Ultrabook. Its Sharp LQ150P1JX51 IPS panel can be found on no other laptop in our database to be a unique offering. Core attributes like brightness and response times have been only marginally improved over last year's 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 2. In short, the already excellent display of the Surface Laptop 2 is back without any obvious improvements aside from the size difference. Ghosting continues to be very noticeable especially when compared to the Razer Blade 15 and its silky smooth 3 ms/144 Hz panel. While this won't negatively impact workloads like word processing, browsing, or video playback, the lack of any high refresh rate options is a bummer considering the price point.

It's worth noting that the display exhibits pulse-width modulation at brightness levels under 52 percent not unlike what we discovered on the Surface Book 2. Uneven backlight bleeding is present on our test unit and it's acute enough to be noticeable during video playback with black borders.

Edge-to-edge glass touchscreen supports the Surface Pen
Edge-to-edge glass touchscreen supports the Surface Pen
Thick bezels when compared to the latest Ultrabooks. Thinner bezels will require specialized panels
Thick bezels when compared to the latest Ultrabooks. Thinner bezels will require specialized panels
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom edge
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom edge
Glossy glass overlay allows for sharp pixels with no grains
Glossy glass overlay allows for sharp pixels with no grains
399
cd/m²
399.7
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
378.6
cd/m²
416.9
cd/m²
388.4
cd/m²
359.5
cd/m²
369.7
cd/m²
373.1
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp LQ150P1JX51
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 416.9 cd/m² Average: 388.7 cd/m² Minimum: 4.03 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 403.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1042:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.75 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 0.71
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
99.4% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.09
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Sharp LQ150P1JX51, IPS, 15, 2496x1664
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
VVX14T092N00, IPS, 13.5, 2256x1504
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
ID: MEI96A2, Name: Panasonic VVX14T092N00, IPS, 13.5, 2256x1504
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
LQ156M1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
AU Optronics AUO30EB, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
APPA040, IPS, 15.4, 2880x1800
Response Times
-37%
-5%
-31%
-3%
157%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
47.2 (23.2, 24)
69.2 (34.8, 34.4)
-47%
50.8 (25.6, 25.2)
-8%
52.8 (25.6, 27.2)
-12%
57 (26, 31)
-21%
43.2 (20.4, 22.8)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
36.8 (20.4, 16.4)
46.4 (26, 20.4)
-26%
37.2 (20, 17.2)
-1%
32 (16.4, 15.6)
13%
31 (16, 15)
16%
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
15%
PWM Frequency
21370 (51)
1020 (25)
-95%
117000 (75, 150)
447%
Screen
-15%
11%
1%
-39%
29%
Brightness middle
416.9
392
-6%
384.2
-8%
588
41%
330
-21%
520
25%
Brightness
389
390
0%
378
-3%
555
43%
310
-20%
492
26%
Brightness Distribution
86
89
3%
90
5%
89
3%
87
1%
88
2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.24
40%
0.36
10%
0.4
-0%
0.37
7%
0.39
2%
Contrast
1042
1633
57%
1067
2%
1470
41%
892
-14%
1333
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.75
3.2
-16%
1.8
35%
2.5
9%
4.03
-47%
1.2
56%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.64
6.3
5%
4.2
37%
6.3
5%
6.74
-2%
2.3
65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.71
1.4
-97%
0.6
15%
1.96
-176%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
4.5
-150%
1.2
33%
4.5
-150%
4.49
-149%
1.3
28%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.2 100%
2.21 100%
2.2 100%
2.57 86%
2.18 101%
CCT
6646 98%
7556 86%
6708 97%
6836 95%
6744 96%
6738 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63.4
63.9
1%
63.7
0%
63.2
0%
61
-4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.4
95
-4%
94.2
-5%
98
-1%
94
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-26% / -18%
3% / 8%
-15% / -6%
-21% / -33%
93% / 64%

* ... smaller is better

Color space encompasses sRGB in its entirety and approximately 63 percent of AdobeRGB much like on the Dell XPS 15 7590 FHD configuration and last year's Surface Laptop 2. Certain laptops with 4K UHD OLED or Sharp IGZO panels like the Dell XPS 15 or HP Spectre x360 15 offer even wider gamuts.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal an accurate grayscale with only average RGB balance and gamma (2.08). Green in particular is represented more inaccurately than other tested colors. Once we calibrated the panel ourselves, color balance improves for final grayscale and ColorChecker average deltaE values of just 0.8 and 0.71, respectively.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.2 ms rise
↘ 24 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. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 21370 Hz ≤ 51 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 21370 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 51 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 21370 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poorer and with more noticeable glare than on both the Dell XPS 15 7590 and Apple MacBook Pro 15 since the Surface Laptop display is dimmer. Running on battery power will lower the maximum brightness ceiling marginally from 417 nits to 403 nits even after disabling the brightness sensor. A few manufacturers like HP and Toshiba offer matte touchscreens for their respective business convertibles in an effort to reduce the heavy glare from traditional glossy panels like on our Surface model.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles with minor shifts in contrast and colors from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles with minor shifts in contrast and colors from extreme angles

Performance - One of the Better Ryzen U Laptops

Whereas the Surface Laptop 2 ships with only 8th gen Intel Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U Kaby Lake-R options, the Surface Laptop 3 has 10th gen Core i5-1035G7 and Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake options with 2nd gen AMD Ryzen 5 3580U and Ryzen 7 3780U alternatives. Both Microsoft and AMD have said that these Ryzen CPUs are custom-tailored to the Surface Laptop and so they cannot be found anywhere else at the moment.

Graphics are limited to integrated Intel Iris Plus or AMD Vega with no GeForce MX options. Microsoft has also raised the minimum RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB running in dual-channel mode.

LatencyMon shows DPC latency issues when wireless is enabled which is disappointing considering that the laptop is geared towards office-type work. Disabling the wireless appears to address this issue.

LatencyMon with WLAN enabled
LatencyMon with WLAN enabled
LatencyMon with WLAN disabled
LatencyMon with WLAN disabled

Processor

Raw CPU performance is essentially on par with the Ryzen 7 3700U in the Dell Inspiron 15 5585 while edging out Intel's latest Core i7-1065G7 CPU in the Razer Blade Stealth by just the slightest of margins. When running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, the Surface Laptop exhibits longer turbo boost sustainability before clock rates inevitably fall. Interestingly, results will fluctuate between 600 and 690 points after a while which, when averaged, almost matches the Ryzen 7 3700U and Core i7-1065G7. Steadier scores are preferable for more predictable performance over time. Overall performance is slower than the 35 W Ryzen 5 3550H by only about 5 to 15 percent on average.

See our dedicated page on the Ryzen 5 3580U for more technical details and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø662 (563.52-691.26)
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø654 (639.01-676.19)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø583 (578.22-612.26)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø672 (632.81-836.68)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (623.29-676.66)
Asus TUF FX505DY Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø725 (718.93-754.96)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U
183 Points ∼84% +32%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H
175 Points ∼80% +26%
Dell G7 17 7790
Intel Core i7-8750H
164 Points ∼75% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600
Intel Core i5-8265U
164 Points ∼75% +18%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
154 Points ∼71% +11%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R6V0
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
150 Points ∼69% +8%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
149 Points ∼68% +7%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
144 Points ∼66% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
144 Points ∼66% +4%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
142 Points ∼65% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U
141 Points ∼65% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
139 Points ∼64%
Honor Magicbook
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
138 Points ∼63% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼62% -3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼58% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell G7 17 7790
Intel Core i7-8750H
1183 Points ∼27% +71%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
805 Points ∼18% +16%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H
787 (min: 771.02, max: 810.57) Points ∼18% +14%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
742 Points ∼17% +7%
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U
695 Points ∼16% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
693 Points ∼16%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
676 Points ∼15% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼15% -3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R6V0
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
661 Points ∼15% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
611 Points ∼14% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U
590 Points ∼13% -15%
Honor Magicbook
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
576 Points ∼13% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad L490 20Q6S08600
Intel Core i5-8265U
519 Points ∼12% -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
397 (min: 337, max: 397) Points ∼9% -43%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
324 Points ∼7% -53%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U
437 Points ∼85% +24%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
388 Points ∼75% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
369 Points ∼72% +5%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
362 Points ∼70% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
352 Points ∼68%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
340 Points ∼66% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
334 Points ∼65% -5%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
1825 Points ∼26% +18%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
1685 Points ∼24% +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
1549 Points ∼22%
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U
1523 Points ∼22% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1499 Points ∼22% -3%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1411 Points ∼20% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T495-20NKS01Y00
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U
1349 Points ∼20% -13%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6966
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18307
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4525
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
46.64 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.65 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
139 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
54.96 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
693 Points
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System Performance

PCMark ranks our Ryzen-powered Surface Laptop higher than any Intel-powered Surface model from previous generations save for the Surface Book series with discrete Nvidia GPUs. The Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 is able to consistently outscore our Surface Laptop to suggest that the pricier Surface Laptop 3 Core i7 SKU should be faster on paper.

We experienced no issues during our time with the unit save for the relatively minor ones as noted here. Nonetheless, we can't ignore the fact that the Surface series has had a rocky history of faulty hardware for long-term owners.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5160 Points ∼43% +37%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4884 Points ∼41% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4473 Points ∼37% +18%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3998 Points ∼33% +6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3778 Points ∼32%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3096 Points ∼26% -18%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
2952 Points ∼25% -22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Productivity
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
7569 Points ∼78% +24%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
7179 Points ∼74% +18%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6771 Points ∼70% +11%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
6722 Points ∼69% +10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
6102 Points ∼63%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6000 Points ∼62% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
5353 Points ∼55% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
5344 Points ∼55% -12%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
9678 Points ∼88% +23%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
9000 Points ∼82% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
8894 Points ∼81% +13%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
8237 Points ∼75% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
7861 Points ∼71%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7554 Points ∼69% -4%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
7039 Points ∼64% -10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
6862 Points ∼62% -13%
Score
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4805 Points ∼62% +18%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
4677 Points ∼60% +15%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4636 Points ∼60% +14%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4417 Points ∼57% +9%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4105 Points ∼53% +1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4056 Points ∼52%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
3448 Points ∼44% -15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
0 Points ∼0% -100%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
5086 Points ∼78% +20%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
5070 Points ∼78% +19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
4923 Points ∼76% +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4575 Points ∼70% +8%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4544 Points ∼70% +7%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4316 Points ∼66% +2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
4262 Points ∼65% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
4246 Points ∼65%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
4106 Points ∼63% -3%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, 9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4175 Points ∼69% +25%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3982 Points ∼65% +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
3735 Points ∼61% +12%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3601 Points ∼59% +8%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
3494 Points ∼57% +4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
Vega 9, 3580U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
3348 Points ∼55%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ512G
3281 Points ∼54% -2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
3153 Points ∼52% -6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
3071 Points ∼50% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3348 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4246 points
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Storage Devices - Slow SK Hynix Again

Microsoft has sourced SK Hynix once again for all its storage needs. The single M.2 2230 slot houses an SK Hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG NVMe SSD for slow sequential read and write rates of just 1100 MB/s and 500 MB/s, respectively, to be in line with last year's Surface Laptop 2. Competing flagship Ultrabooks tend to come with much faster drives from Toshiba, Apple, or Samsung.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
Microsoft Surface Laptop i5
Toshiba THNSN0128GTYA
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Apple SSD AP0512
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
AS SSD
10%
-89%
133%
2%
55%
Copy Game MB/s
387.44
577.13
49%
80.52
-79%
1320.4
241%
700.4
81%
Copy Program MB/s
200.49
325.13
62%
62.69
-69%
565.2
182%
328.55
64%
Copy ISO MB/s
827.96
755.14
-9%
87.09
-89%
2145.1
159%
1651.54
99%
Score Total
1434
1369
-5%
309
-78%
3640
154%
2119
48%
2684
87%
Score Write
488
521
7%
86
-82%
1726
254%
347
-29%
1127
131%
Score Read
639
563
-12%
157
-75%
1299
103%
1199
88%
1071
68%
Access Time Write *
0.11
0.048
56%
0.369
-235%
0.039
65%
0.057
48%
Access Time Read *
0.056
0.048
14%
0.128
-129%
0.07
-25%
0.225
-302%
0.147
-163%
4K-64 Write
339.93
370.35
9%
35.48
-90%
1502.49
342%
163.46
-52%
956.6
181%
4K-64 Read
492.01
446.96
-9%
80.38
-84%
1020.22
107%
965.14
96%
845.02
72%
4K Write
96.76
95.31
-1%
39.07
-60%
99.71
3%
18.78
-81%
92.75
-4%
4K Read
34.98
33.39
-5%
20.15
-42%
43.29
24%
9.46
-73%
24.62
-30%
Seq Write
514.48
555
8%
117.15
-77%
1235
140%
1643.8
220%
773.05
50%
Seq Read
1122.12
826
-26%
561.28
-50%
2357
110%
2239.35
100%
2017.79
80%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDGTNG
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2028 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 819.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 270 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 326.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1044 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 706.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 35.63 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 99.04 MB/s

GPU Performance - Don't Expect Much

We had anticipated the integrated Radeon RX Vega 9 to perform very similarly to the Vega 10 in the Ryzen 7 3700U and 3DMark benchmarks confirm our predictions. Results are within just a few percentage points of both the Dell Inspiron 15 5585 with the Ryzen 7 3700U and Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with the Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus. The gen-to-gen leap is what's more significant here as the UHD Graphics 620 or Iris Plus Graphics 640 on the older Surface Laptop models are each over 2x slower.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U
3577 Points ∼24% +310%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3519 Points ∼24% +304%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
1682 Points ∼11% +93%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
1090 Points ∼7% +25%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
1058 Points ∼7% +21%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
872 Points ∼6%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
852 Points ∼6% -2%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
833 Points ∼6% -4%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
679 Points ∼5% -22%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
584 Points ∼4% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
523 Points ∼4% -40%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
420 Points ∼3% -52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
392 Points ∼3% -55%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
391 Points ∼3% -55%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, 9300H
382 Points ∼3% -56%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U
10708 Points ∼26% +284%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9315 Points ∼23% +234%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
5787 Points ∼14% +107%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
3673 Points ∼9% +32%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
3616 Points ∼9% +30%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
3144 Points ∼8% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2999 Points ∼7% +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
2789 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2376 Points ∼6% -15%
Lenovo Pre-Sample
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), 1035G4
2210 Points ∼5% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
2036 Points ∼5% -27%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
1981 Points ∼5% -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1315 Points ∼3% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1308 Points ∼3% -53%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, 9300H
1178 Points ∼3% -58%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
1173 Points ∼3% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
58270 Points ∼32% +203%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
29376 Points ∼16% +53%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
21594 Points ∼12% +12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
21545 Points ∼12% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
20784 Points ∼11% +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
19255 Points ∼10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
18881 Points ∼10% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
17440 Points ∼9% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
14071 Points ∼8% -27%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
13777 Points ∼7% -28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
10486 Points ∼6% -46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
9858 Points ∼5% -49%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, 9300H
9765 Points ∼5% -49%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
9354 Points ∼5% -51%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
112518 Points ∼15% +60%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
81895 Points ∼11% +16%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
78094 Points ∼11% +11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
70492 Points ∼10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
68277 Points ∼9% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
66714 Points ∼9% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
62384 Points ∼9% -12%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
61785 Points ∼8% -12%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
42335 Points ∼6% -40%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
30327 Points ∼4% -57%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
8880 Points ∼39% +192%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U
8135 Points ∼36% +168%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
7304 (min: 7294, max: 7314) Points ∼32% +140%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4280 Points ∼19% +41%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4277 Points ∼19% +41%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
4143 Points ∼18% +36%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
3247 Points ∼14% +7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
3041 Points ∼13%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2780 Points ∼12% -9%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
2001 Points ∼9% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
1982 Points ∼9% -35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1968 Points ∼9% -35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1800 Points ∼8% -41%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, 9300H
1763 Points ∼8% -42%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
1527 Points ∼7% -50%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8650U
14254 Points ∼28% +225%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13228 Points ∼26% +202%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8650U
7483 (min: 7472, max: 7485) Points ∼15% +71%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4685 Points ∼9% +7%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4633 Points ∼9% +6%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
4594 Points ∼9% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, 3580U
4380 Points ∼9%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
4165 Points ∼8% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
4045 Points ∼8% -8%
Lenovo Ideapad L340-17API-81LY0004GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 3500U
3146 Points ∼6% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
3123 Points ∼6% -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
2401 Points ∼5% -45%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U
1980 Points ∼4% -55%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8665U
1804 Points ∼4% -59%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, 9300H
1750 Points ∼3% -60%
3DMark 06 Standard
13365 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
12628 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4424 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
77533 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13582 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2524 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
974 points
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Gaming Performance

Real-world performance in games is average at best and disappointing at worst. When running the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark, for example, the 29 FPS average matches what we observed on the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 and Razer Blade Stealth with the competing Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus. Meanwhile, other games like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Witcher 3 show the Radeon Vega 9 to be anywhere from 15 to 40 percent slower. In fact, frame rates in Fortnite are 25 percent slower than the Honor Magicbook with the older Ryzen 5 2500U and RX Vega 8. Having dual-channel RAM would have definitely helped here in this regard and so we suspect the higher-end Ryzen 7 3780U Surface Laptop configuration to perform even better. Either way, your safest bet would be to run most games on low settings only.

Idling on Witcher 3 for one hour shows unusual frame rate behavior even after repeat testing. As shown by our graph below, frame rates remain steady at about 47 FPS before dropping sharply to 41 FPS. On most other laptops, frame rates would remain steady throughout with shallower frame rate dips, if any. The Ryzen 5 processor may be reaching its limit when balancing between temperature and TDP for the CPU and integrated GPU.

Rocket League
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, Vega 20)
Intel Core i9-8950HK, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
190.7 fps ∼100% +313%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
188.7 fps ∼99% +308%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
169.1 fps ∼89% +266%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
160.8 fps ∼84% +248%
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
128 (min: 101) fps ∼67% +177%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
77 fps ∼40% +67%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
71.3 fps ∼37% +54%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
69.1 (min: 53, max: 95) fps ∼36% +50%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
62.6 fps ∼33% +35%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
59.9 fps ∼31% +30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
46.2 fps ∼24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
34.8 fps ∼18% -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
33.9 (min: 23, max: 46) fps ∼18% -27%
1280x720 Performance
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
249.1 fps ∼100% +147%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
247 fps ∼99% +145%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, Vega 20)
Intel Core i9-8950HK, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
236.8 fps ∼95% +135%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
206.7 fps ∼83% +105%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
175.4 fps ∼70% +74%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
160 (min: 124, max: 204) fps ∼64% +59%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
119.7 fps ∼48% +19%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
114 fps ∼46% +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
100.7 fps ∼40%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
96 (min: 60, max: 152) fps ∼39% -5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
93.9 fps ∼38% -7%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
93.2 fps ∼37% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad A285-20MX0002GE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
52.9 fps ∼21% -47%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
48.8 fps ∼100% +502%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
36.2 fps ∼74% +347%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, Vega 20)
Intel Core i9-8950HK, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
31.8 fps ∼65% +293%
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
28.8 (min: 23) fps ∼59% +256%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
25.4 fps ∼52% +214%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
22.7 fps ∼47% +180%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
21.7 fps ∼44% +168%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
21 fps ∼43% +159%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H, AMD Radeon Pro 560X
19.7 (min: 16, max: 22) fps ∼40% +143%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
12.8 (min: 10, max: 15) fps ∼26% +58%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
12.6 fps ∼26% +56%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
11.5 fps ∼24% +42%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
11.4 fps ∼23% +41%
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN-BQ097T
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
11 fps ∼23% +36%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
9.6 fps ∼20% +19%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
8.3 fps ∼17% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
8.1 fps ∼17%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
7.8 fps ∼16% -4%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3 fps ∼6% -63%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
175.1 fps ∼100% +318%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
138.4 fps ∼79% +230%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
131.3 fps ∼75% +213%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, Vega 20)
Intel Core i9-8950HK, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
119 fps ∼68% +184%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
110.6 fps ∼63% +164%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
108.8 fps ∼62% +160%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
105.5 fps ∼60% +152%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H, AMD Radeon Pro 560X
96 (min: 80, max: 103) fps ∼55% +129%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
72 (min: 61, max: 79) fps ∼41% +72%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
68.8 fps ∼39% +64%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
63.5 fps ∼36% +52%
Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN-BQ097T
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
59.7 fps ∼34% +42%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
58 fps ∼33% +38%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
54.9 fps ∼31% +31%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53.8 fps ∼31% +28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
41.9 fps ∼24%
Honor Magicbook
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
37 fps ∼21% -12%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36.5 fps ∼21% -13%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W00D-53010GXL
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
28.98 fps ∼17% -31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
16.6 fps ∼9% -60%
Microsoft Surface Laptop i7
Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
16.4 (min: 12, max: 22) fps ∼9% -61%
Dell Latitude 7400-8N6DH
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.8 fps ∼9% -62%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1280x720 Lowest Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, Vega 20)
Intel Core i9-8950HK, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
111 fps ∼100% +283%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
102 fps ∼92% +252%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H, AMD Radeon Pro 560X
81 (min: 60, max: 147) fps ∼73% +179%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
62 fps ∼56% +114%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
46 fps ∼41% +59%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
38 fps ∼34% +31%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
30 fps ∼27% +3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
29 fps ∼26%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
27 fps ∼24% -7%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i7, 512 GB
Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
16 fps ∼14% -45%
Fortnite
1920x1080 Medium Preset
MSI PS63 Modern 8SC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
138 (min: 104) fps ∼100% +519%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
92.2 fps ∼67% +313%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
32.3 fps ∼23% +45%
Honor Magicbook
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
30.1 fps ∼22% +35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
22.3 fps ∼16%
1280x720 Low Preset
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
138 fps ∼100% +188%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
77 fps ∼56% +60%
Honor Magicbook
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
63.6 fps ∼46% +33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
48 fps ∼35%
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