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Tested: Quiet AMD gaming notebook for €599 - HP Victus 15

Cheap gaming laptop: HP Victus 15
Cheap gaming laptop: HP Victus 15
HP has put together an interesting package with the Victus 15: a gaming laptop for the budget segment featuring a Ryzen 5 5600H, Radeon RX 6500M, 8 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD and an FHD panel. The notebook is going for as low as €599 with Windows 11 included.

The HP Victus 15-fb0354ng is a 15.6-inch budget gaming laptop that can be had for as low as €599 (around US$645) right now – with Windows included. Though you won’t find the latest hardware on board, the Ryzen 5 5600H and Radeon RX 6500M under the hood are still rather capable. We have taken a quick look at the device.

More information on the chassis, features and input devices can be found in our review of the identically built HP Victus 15-fa1057ng.

Ho-hum display and plastic chassis

HP doesn't use any high-quality material on the laptop: the entire chassis is made of matt plastic in “Mica Silver” – a sort of dark grey-anthracite-black shade. There’s nothing exceptional about its dimensions and weight. The laptop offers neither Thunderbolt 4 nor USB4, but the usual ports are present. The matt FHD display (60Hz) fails to impress; HP has given the Victus a screen (SVA) with poor viewing angle and low colour coverage. Windows 11 is included in the package, which isn't a matter of course in the budget market.

HP Victus 15: Backlit keyboard good enough for everyday use (backlight colour: white)
HP Victus 15: Backlit keyboard good enough for everyday use (backlight colour: white)

FHD gaming with AMD hardware

The Ryzen 5 5600H (Cezanne, 6 cores, 12 threads), Radeon RX 6500M (4 GB of GDDR6 RAM) and 8 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM (single-channel mode, two slots) form a largely well-rounded package. That said, 16 GB of RAM is recommended or even necessary for a gaming notebook. Dual-channel mode, which is required to make full use of the hardware, also can only be enabled if the laptop is fitted with a second memory module. It’s possible to pick up an 8 GB module right now for slightly less than €20 (US$21.50). The meagre amount of storage (512 GB) can only be expanded by replacing the built-in PCIe 4.0 M.2-2280 SSD.

No space for additional SSDs.
No space for additional SSDs.

Office and Internet applications and FHD gaming don’t pose a huge challenge to the laptop. At FHD, the HP Victus is generally able to run games at medium to sometimes high settings. Performance-intensive titles, such as Alan Wake 2, may require you to tone down settings.

Cinebench R15 Multi Sustained load

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HP Victus 15-fb0354ng AMD Ryzen 5 5600H: Ø1529 (1513.55-1537.28)
Dell G15 5510 Intel Core i5-10500H: Ø1179 (1141.88-1208.79)
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng Intel Core i5-13500H: Ø1859 (1813.15-2238.76)
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667 Intel Core i5-12450H: Ø1430 (1313.8-1590.77)
GTA V - 1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Average of class Gaming
  (6.38 - 167.7, n=216, last 2 years)
107.2 fps +124%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
89.1 (6.81min, 55.6P1 - 164.3max) fps +86%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
65.5 (19.9min, 31.3P1 - 157.5max) fps +37%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
64.9 (6.93min, 41.7P1 - 117.4max) fps +35%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (5.09 - 91.4, n=13)
50.3 fps +5%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
47.9 (5.05min, 29.4P1 - 90.4max) fps
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (41.8 - 47.9, n=2)
44.9 fps -6%
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (FSR off)
Average of class Gaming
  (6.76 - 144.7, n=41, last 2 years)
90.9 fps +273%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
28.7 (21.7min - 42.5max) fps +18%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
24.4 (5.74min - 53.7max) fps
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
24.4 fps 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  ()
24.4 fps 0%
1920x1080 Ray Tracing Ultra Preset (DLSS off)
Average of class Gaming
  (11.9 - 75.5, n=26, last 2 years)
51 fps
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
11.9 (4.89min - 48.3max) fps
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (FSR on)
Average of class Gaming
  (29.1 - 157.1, n=22, last 2 years)
101.1 fps +247%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
35.5 (25.6min - 51.3max) fps +22%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
29.1 (12.3min - 64.5max) fps
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
29.1 fps 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  ()
29.1 fps 0%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (781 - 53059, n=235, last 2 years)
29450 Points +110%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
21949 Points +56%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
14055 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (13980 - 14055, n=2)
14018 Points 0%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
13646 Points -3%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
12332 Points -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1835 - 24788, n=14)
12009 Points -15%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (224 - 22547, n=233, last 2 years)
12063 Points +180%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
7843 Points +82%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5266 Points +22%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
4525 Points +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (622 - 8915, n=14)
4427 Points +3%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (4310 - 4434, n=2)
4372 Points +1%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
4310 Points
Cinebench R23
Multi Core
Average of class Gaming
  (2435 - 34613, n=230, last 2 years)
19530 Points +114%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
14081 Points +55%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
10610 Points +17%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (9107 - 12016, n=2)
10562 Points +16%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (7945 - 10416, n=13)
9466 Points +4%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
9107 Points
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
7387 Points -19%
Single Core
Average of class Gaming
  (527 - 2235, n=228, last 2 years)
1814 Points +34%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
1704 Points +26%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1652 Points +22%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1349 - 1491, n=2)
1420 Points +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1316 - 1381, n=13)
1363 Points +1%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1349 Points
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
1158 Points -14%
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Gaming
  (400 - 5663, n=232, last 2 years)
3090 Points +101%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
2239 (1813.15min - 2238.76max) Points +46%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1537 - 2081, n=2)
1809 Points +18%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1591 Points +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1319 - 1723, n=16)
1562 Points +2%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1537 Points
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
1209 (1141.88min - 1208.79max) Points -21%
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Gaming
  (79.2 - 318, n=231, last 2 years)
268 Points +22%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
243 Points +11%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (219 - 244, n=2)
232 Points +6%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
227 Points +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (218 - 225, n=14)
222 Points +1%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
219 Points
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
184.5 Points -16%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Gaming
  (1599 - 3095, n=72, last 2 years)
2650 Points +43%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
2191 Points +19%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1847 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
1847 Points 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1610 - 1847, n=2)
1729 Points -6%
Multi-Core
Average of class Gaming
  (5340 - 18590, n=72, last 2 years)
14054 Points +142%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
9109 Points +57%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (5801 - 7910, n=2)
6856 Points +18%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
5801 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
5801 Points 0%
GPU OpenCL
Average of class Gaming
  (4321 - 207373, n=72, last 2 years)
117342 Points +177%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
49471 Points +17%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
42333 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
42333 Points 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (14848 - 42333, n=2)
28591 Points -32%
GPU Vulkan
Average of class Gaming
  (4286 - 196201, n=69, last 2 years)
73921 Points +50%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
49243 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
49243 Points 0%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
46250 Points -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (14430 - 49243, n=2)
31837 Points -35%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Average of class Gaming
  (157.9 - 328, n=161, last 2 years)
262 Points +32%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
228 Points +15%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (196.4 - 206, n=4)
201 Points +1%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
198.4 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (192.4 - 198.4, n=2)
195.4 Points -2%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Gaming
  (215 - 369, n=90, last 2 years)
289 Points +21%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
271.661 Points +14%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  ()
239 Points 0%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
238.5 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (183.7 - 239, n=6)
209 Points -12%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Gaming
  (6462 - 18475, n=196, last 2 years)
11450 Points +53%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
10134 Points +35%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (7505 - 8842, n=2)
8174 Points +9%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
7505 Points
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
7440 Points -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (4921 - 9907, n=14)
7149 Points -5%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
6477 Points -14%
Productivity
Average of class Gaming
  (6662 - 11833, n=196, last 2 years)
9716 Points +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (7975 - 9642, n=14)
8901 Points +2%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
8890 Points +2%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
8755 Points
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (8359 - 8755, n=2)
8557 Points -2%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
7764 Points -11%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
7244 Points -17%
Essentials
Average of class Gaming
  (8300 - 12334, n=196, last 2 years)
10718 Points +6%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (10127 - 10225, n=2)
10176 Points 0%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
10127 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (9326 - 10506, n=14)
9950 Points -2%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
9521 Points -6%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
9057 Points -11%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
8300 Points -18%
Score
Average of class Gaming
  (5235 - 9852, n=197, last 2 years)
7580 Points +21%
HP Victus 15-fa1057ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i5-13500H, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV512G
6812 Points +9%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (6259 - 6530, n=2)
6395 Points +2%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
6259 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (5309 - 7091, n=14)
6135 Points -2%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
5776 Points -8%
Dell G15 5510
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-10500H, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5235 Points -16%
CrossMark
Responsiveness
Average of class Gaming
  (1030 - 2330, n=169, last 2 years)
1700 Points +65%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1506 Points +46%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1030 - 1259, n=2)
1145 Points +11%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (926 - 1225, n=7)
1118 Points +9%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1030 Points
Creativity
Average of class Gaming
  (1275 - 2514, n=169, last 2 years)
2043 Points +60%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1564 Points +23%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1275 - 1581, n=2)
1428 Points +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1184 - 1377, n=7)
1316 Points +3%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1275 Points
Productivity
Average of class Gaming
  (1299 - 2204, n=169, last 2 years)
1788 Points +38%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1539 Points +18%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1299 - 1457, n=2)
1378 Points +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1217 - 1384, n=7)
1332 Points +3%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1299 Points
Overall
Average of class Gaming
  (1247 - 2334, n=169, last 2 years)
1878 Points +51%
MSI Thin GF63 12UC-667
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i5-12450H, Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZVL4512HBLU
1545 Points +24%
Average AMD Radeon RX 6500M
  (1247 - 1478, n=2)
1363 Points +9%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  (1157 - 1353, n=7)
1292 Points +4%
HP Victus 15-fb0354ng
Radeon RX 6500M, R5 5600H, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1247 Points

Power management & emissions

The noise level generated by the laptop is tolerable without headphones. The two fans don't produce too much noise even under full load. The HP Victus doesn’t get especially warm either. Power requirement is covered by a 150-watt charger. The built-in 52.5 Wh battery provides the laptop with enough juice to last nearly eight hours in our realistic Wi-Fi test.

Verdict

The Victus does what it’s supposed to: run games smoothly on the display. And it accomplishes this without becoming too hot or noisy. The 15.6-inch device is also suitable for day-to-day use considering it only generates a low to moderate amount of noise overall. 

However, the low price tag of €599 (US$645) comes at a cost: the laptop offers neither Thunderbolt 4 nor USB4, and is equipped with only 8 GB of RAM, a modest amount of storage, a display with poor viewing angle and no room for additional storage media. The last point in particular is no longer acceptable nowadays even in the budget segment.

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Sascha Mölck, 2024-04- 2 (Update: 2024-04- 2)