Huawei MateBook X Pro: Performance And Value In A Sleek Ultraportable
Huawei MateBook X Pro: Graphics And Gaming
Futuremark’s well-known 3DMark benchmark suite features tests that target a wide array of computing devices. In this case, Huawei's MateBook X Pro is armed with discrete graphics, a GeForce MX150 GPU based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture. This should allow it to perform a cut above competing ultraportables that rely on integrated graphics.
We opted for the Cloud Gate and Sky Diver tests, for which we have plenty of comparison data, but also as light-duty 3D graphics and gaming benchmarks that are well-suited to thin and light laptops. Sky Diver is a bit more strenuous, but still well within the limits of our test group.
In the Cloud Gate benchmark, the MateBook X Pro scores in the upper quadrant where it mingles with a handful of other laptops that are also running on discrete graphics. This is a strong showing, with only the burlier Radeon RX Vega M putting any kind of real distance between it and Huawei's machine.
The same scenario plays out in the Sky Diver benchmark, with the MateBook X Pro standing on the shoulders of systems with integrated graphics. There is a bigger gap between it and the Acer Swift 3 with the same GPU this time around, which could be attributable to driver differences, cooling, and a variety of factors. Overall, it's another strong performance.
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Turning our attention from a synthetic graphics benchmark to an actual game, the MateBook X Pro jumps up to second place, averaging an impressive 83.7 frames per second. That's at 1920x1080 at the High graphics setting. The takeaway here is that even though the MateBook X Pro is dressed like a premium productivity machine, it has some gaming chops as well.