HP Envy x360 And AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Performance With An NVMe SSD Upgrade
As it turned out, the only model of HP Envy x360 with Ryzen Mobile that we could get our hands on at the time, was equipped with a pokey spinning hard drive. So we focused our testing specifically on benchmarks that were not storage subsystem sensitive, in an effort to level the playing field the best we could. It's the nature of the beast testing laptops; there are many variables at play between model families and OEM brands. Regardless, naturally, folks wanted to know how AMD's Ryzen Mobile platform would perform when configured with a fast PCI Express NVMe Solid State Drive (as did we). What sort of general performance improvements would be realized? How would this model of HP laptop perform in terms of battery life with an SSD upgrade? These were all valid questions, especially since HP does offer a PCIe SSD upgrade option in the Envy x360's configuration list.
Though we didn't relish the requirement to pull torx screws and get out the spudger to pry open this AMD Ryzen 5 2500U-powered oyster, for our readers we'd do almost
Upgrading HP's Envy x360 With Ryzen Mobile To A Samsung 960 EVO NVMe 500GB SSD
Though it's not for the faint of heart, the disassembly process with this machine is fairly straightforward, once you discover the screws that are located underneath the rear skid strip on the bottom of the machine. The three front-edge torx screws are just begging for extraction, but the four remaining phillips head screws are hiding underneath adhesive stripping and rubber. The rest is careful pry work with the all mighty thin, plastic spudger; god bless its little heart.
HP Envy x360 With AMD Ryzen 5 2500U - SODIMMs And M.2 SSD Sockets
Now then, here's a quick recap of our system specs, then let's get on with it...
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (4C/8T, 6MB cache, 3.6GHz Boost) w/ Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
||15.6" diagonal FHD UWVA micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch (1920 x 1080)|
|Graphics||Radeon Vega 8 Graphics|
||8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 x 4 GB), Up to 16GB Available
1 TB 7200 RPM SATA HDD, NVMe PCIe SSD options available
**Upgraded in-house to Samsung 960 EVO 500GB (Intel SSDs can be ordered with this model)
||802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo|
|External I/O Ports||1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge); 1 HDMI v2.0b; 1 headphone/microphone combo|
||HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera with Dual array digital microphone|
||Windows 10 Home 64-Bit|
|Battery||3-cell, 55.8 Wh Lithium-ion prismatic Battery|
|Dimensions||14.16 x 9.8 x 0.77 inches
||1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty, 90 day phone support
|Pricing||Starting at $729 And As Tested With HDD|
Feel free to cross check with our original coverage of the HP Envy x360 with AMD Ryzen Mobile, but we've also pulled those original hard drive-powered numbers in here as a reference point. Take note that we actually mirrored the hard drive volume image over to the SSD so we had an identical OS installation. The only difference is that we installed the Samsung NVMe driver to for use with the Samsung SSD in its series of tests. In any event, the results may surprise you.
PCMark 10 Testing With AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
We stayed away from Futuremark's PCMark suite on our first outing with the Ryzen 5 2500U-powered HP Envy x360, because many of its tests are affected by storage subsystem performance. Virtually all of our comparison data for other machines was captured on SSDs, while this new budget HP laptop would be at a disadvantage with its HDD. However, this time around, we've fired up both the Samsung 960 EVO
PCMark 10 has been updated for Windows 10 with new workloads that cover a more current swath of various desktop and laptop usage models. The Essentials module encompasses every day computing workloads for mainstream users, like web browsing, video conferencing and application loading. The Productivity module, as you might guess, employs office productivity tools from the LibreOffice suite, for tasks like word processing and spreadsheets. The Digital Content Creation suite engages tests machines with photo editing (utilizing GIMP), video editing, vizualization, and rendering tasks. The DCC suite is by far the most CPU-intensive and is indicative of a workstation PC usage model.
We've sorted the following results in order of the overall PCMark 10 score, which is graphed in the gray color bar below, along with the other individual tests in the entire benchmark suite.