Origin PC EON15-S Review: A Svelte, Sensibly-Priced Gaming Laptop

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Origin PC EON15-S: PCMark And 3DMark Performance

Our benchmarks here include Futuremark’s PCMark and 3DMark. PCMark 8 v2 is a cross-platform suite that gauges a system’s capabilities in several usage categories. The venerable 3DMark also has a suite of cross-platform tests, but these are tailored to measuring a system’s graphics chops.

PCMark 8 Benchmarks
Productivity and System Level Benchmarking

We selected three tests from the PCMark 8 benchmark suite: Home, Storage and Work. Futuremark recently improved its tests with PCMark 8 version 2. We selected the Open CL "Accelerated" options for both Home and Work.

Origin PC EON15-S PCMark 8

Origin PC's EON15-S posted another impressive run in PCMark 8 where the top mark in the Work Accelerated test and was among the fastest in the Storage benchmark. The Home Accelerated benchmark run was not quite as impressive, though still among the fastest scores. Granted this is a gaming-first laptop, but when productivity chores come calling, the EON15-S is more than capable.

3DMark Sky Diver, Fire Strike Extreme And Time Spy
Synthetic DirectX Gaming And Graphics Testing

Futuremark designed 3DMark Fire Strike for desktop PCs, but today’s heavy-duty gaming laptops have the chops to take on the high-resolution texture, tessellation and other components of the test. Sky Diver, on the other hand, is aimed directly at gaming laptops and mid-range desktops.

Origin PC EON15-S 3DMark Sky Diver

Origin PC EON15-S 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

Switching over to benchmarks that test 3D graphics performance is a bit sobering compared to the class-leading scores we have seen up to this point. In 3DMark's Sky Diver and Fire Strike Extreme tests, the EON15-S slid to the middle of the pack. We are not surprised by this—the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a mid-range graphics option, albeit one that is capable of playing games at 1080p.

That said, the EON15-S scored right where it is supposed to. Its overall 3DMark score of 3,579 (not graphed) beat out Dell's similarly equipped Inspiron 15 7000, while its graphics score of 3,718 (shown above) is just a hair under.

The other thing to look at here is the effect that Kaby Lake has on performance compared to Skylake, or rather the lack of effect. Bumping up to a Kaby Lake processor alone isn't going to make a big difference in gaming, however there are other advantages to note, such as a new decoding engine and 4K playback for the latest codecs employed by YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming video services. And of course there are the improvements to power efficiency.

Finally, we wrap up 3DMark with the more recently released Time Spy benchmark. Unlike Fire Strike and Sky Diver, which utilize DirectX 11, Time Spy is built on DirectX 12. This gives Time Spy access to newer API features, including asynchronous compute.

Origin PC EON15-S Time Spy

We see the same situation unfold here—a mid-range GPU turning in mid-range performance. What is different this time around, however, is that the EON15-S manages to jump ahead of Dell's Inspiron 15 7000, and by more than a hundred points.

Now let's take a look at some real world gaming benchmarks.

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