HP Spectre x360 15 Review: A Versatile, Attractive, Premium Ultraportable

Spectre x360 a5: Cinebench And PCMark 8 Benchmarks

Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below, along with results from Cinebench's built-in OpenGL graphics benchmark.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark
What's interesting about Cinebench is that is should push Kaby Lake-Y to its limits with a constant heavy load of multithreaded requests... 

HP Spectre x360 15 Cinebench

When we turn our attention to Cinebench, the Spectre x360 15 climbs to the top spot in OpenGL performance. The advantage this laptop has over the competition in this price range is that it is using a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU. Even though it is based on NVIDIA's previous generation Maxwell architecture, it still outpaces today's integrated graphics solutions, and by a pretty good clip. This is part of what makes the Spectre x360 15 so well-rounded.

Futuremark PCMark 8 v2
Full System Benchmark
PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests to help consumers find devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments. Though this is technically a "synthetic" benchmark, PCMark's trace-based workloads utilize real-world software and performance measurements.

HP Spectre x360 15 PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is a bit more sobering, at least in light of productivity chores that do not rely on GPU horsepower. In this benchmark, the Work Accelerated score is a bit lower than we expected, but still nipping at 4,000. Other systems with similar configurations place higher here than the Spectre x360 15, except for storage, where HP's laptop continues to shine.

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