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Victus by HP 16-e0088AX Reviews: Cheap, Fast, and Cool

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Review, Specifications, and Price of Victus By HP 16-e0088AX

Middle-class gaming laptops with affordable prices, fast performance, and are "ready to use" without the need to think about upgrading again, and have batteries that can last a long time, of course, they are still rare. Like the laptop that we are going to reviews the Victus by HP 16-e0088AX.

As we reviewed previously, Victus is a new line of gaming laptops from HP, whose price range is between Pavilion Gaming and OMEN.

Victus by HP 16-e0088AX is a mid-range gaming laptop from HP, which already uses an AMD 5000 series processor, RTX 3060 GPU and the price is very cheap.

So, without further ado, let's just take a look at the full review of Victus by HP 16-e0088AX below.

Specifications of Victus by HP 16-e0088AX

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H

  • Cezanne
  • 7nm
  • Default TDP 45W
  • 6-Core/12-Thread
  • Base Clock 3.3 GHz
  • Max Boost Clock 4.2 GHz
  • Total L3 Cache – 16 MB

Memory: 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz

  • Dual Channel
  • There are two SODIMM slots that have been filled

512 GB SSD NVMe PCIe

  • There is still one additional M.2 PCIe slot
  • All M.2 slots are equipped with heatsinks for SSD

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU

  • 6 GB GDDR6
  • Maximum Graphics Power 95W
  • GPU Power range from NVIDIA is at 60-115W
  • This means that the GPU in this laptop is set to be fast, even though it is not at the maximum value of the TGP rating given by NVIDIA
  • The Resizable BAR feature has been activated on this laptop

AMD Radeon Graphics

  • 512 MB VRAM taken from RAM capacity, so usable memory on Windows only reads around 15.3 GB

Realtek RTL8852AE

  • WiFi 6
  • MU-MIMO
  • Bluetooth v5.2

Cooling System

  • Active cooling system with 3 heatpipes and 2 fans
  • Heatpipes and heatplates cover CPU, GPU, VRM and VRAM components
  • Intake from below, Exhaust to the right and rear right-left

Design Victus by HP 16-e0088AX

Victus by HP 16-e0088AX has a Clamshell Form Factor design, with the material used is a combination of metal and polycarbonate. The design is the same as the Victus series that we previously reviewed. This laptop looks very simple, it is almost invisible that this is a gaming laptop.

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There is a Victus logo in the shape of the letter “V” on the back of the screen and a “Victus” identity on the back hinge. There is a 016 logo indicating the size of the laptop in the left hinge area.

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For the device we reviewed, it has Mica Silver color. Its dimensions are 37 cm long, 26 cm wide, and 2.35 cm thick. The weight is for a 2.4 kg laptop, and a charger of 501 grams. So the total weight is 2.9 Kg.

This device has a Display, with an IPS Panel measuring 16.1 inches with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p) and has a brightness level of 250 nits. The refresh rate is 144 Hz with a response time of up to 3ms. With a screen specification like this, of course, it is enough for the user's gaming needs.

For the color coverage, which is 45% NTSC, this has not yet reached 100% SRBG. But, the consistency is quite good. Not for professional-class video or photo editors, but can be used for general consumption.

The surface of the screen has an Anti-Glare coating so it is comfortable to use without reflections of light / shadows. The right-left frame is relatively thin, which is only 4mm. While the top frame is a little thick (8 mm) because there is a 720p 30fps camera. Screen-to-Body-Ratio screen reaches 84%.

In the audio aspect, this laptop is supported by Dual Stereo Speakers by Bang and Olufsen which are located on the right-left side pointing downwards. B & O Audio software is available to set sound presets.

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The sound quality is satisfactory. Not the tightest, but it's pretty solid. Just make sure, when using it he is placed on a hard base such as a table for example.

Connector

  • Left
  • 1x DC-IN
  • 1xEthernet
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • Supports HP Sleep and Charge features
    • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
    • Supports Display Output with DisplayPort 1.4 . protocol
    • Supports HP Sleep and Charge features
    • 1x SD Card Reader
      • Right
      • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
      Switching to the keyboard, Layout and Font keyboard is similar to OMEN series laptops. This design still retains the numpad button on the right. Very advantageous for people who frequently type numbers with numpad. The keyboard is also equipped with a white backlit with 1 brightness level (ON/OFF only).

      In addition, the arrow keys are smaller than the other buttons. There is a special button to call the OMEN Gaming Hub and Calculator software.

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      The power button is integrated into the keyboard layout. You don't have to worry about being pressured, because it's not in the delete button position. The power button also feels heavier when pressed, so if you accidentally press it, the laptop stays on, and only turns off when the button is pressed for a long time.

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      As for the touchpad, the size is quite satisfactory. Located slightly wide to the right of the space-bar. There are no dedicated left/right click buttons, and the touchpad also supports Windows Precision Driver.

      Performance Testing: Victus by HP 16-e0088AX

      Software OMEN Gaming Hub

      There is a menu to set the performance profile and fan speed

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      • There are 3 modes of performance profiles:
      • Quiet
      • Default
      • Performance
      • And there are 2 fan speed modes:
      • Auto
      • Max

      Performance Consistency – Cinebench R15

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      • In Default mode it can be seen that the maximum score can touch 1610 points
      • While in performance mode, the maximum score is slightly higher than the default mode with a score of 1620 points
      • For sustain performance in balanced mode, it can be seen that the score drops to the range of 1400-1430 points after the 9th run
      • In performance mode, the sustain score is in the range of 1600-1620 points, not far from the burst score
      • Overall a good score for a 6-Core/12-Thread processor
      We also observed the working temperature when running Cinebench R15 20x:

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      • In performance mode, it can be seen that the CPU temperature is in the range of 85-86 degrees Celsius and rises to the range of 90-93 degrees Celsius at the beginning of each run.

      Blender 2.92

      • BMW Rendering Model
      • Render output 1920x1080p
      • Render Scale 50%
      • Results:
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      • CPU Renderer – 4 minutes 37 seconds
      • GPU Renderer (CUDA) – 47 seconds
      When rendering 3D, we also checked the working temperature of the CPU and GPU on this laptop:
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      • CPU temperature is in the range of 65-75 degrees Celsius
      • GPU temperature is in the range of 50-60 degrees Celsius

      Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021

      4K Render Test
      • Source Video – 4K 60 fps | Duration 2 minutes 7 seconds
      • Editing
      • Color Correction
      • Multi-layer
      • Output – Youtube 4K 60
      • Results:
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      • Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
      • 14 minutes 21 seconds
      • Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA) (RTX 3060 Laptop GPU)
      • 2 minutes 23 seconds
      Full HD Render Test
      • Source Video – 1080p 60 fps | Duration 2 minutes 7 seconds
      • Editing
      • Color Correction
      • Multi-layer
      • Output – Youtube 1080p
      • Results:
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      • Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
      • 5 minutes 27 seconds
      • Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA) (RTX 3060 Laptop GPU)
      • 1 minute 3 seconds
      When rendering 4K video, we also observed the CPU and GPU temperatures of this laptop:

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      • CPU temperature is in the range of 55-65 degrees Celsius
      • GPU temperature is in the range of 60-65 degrees Celsius

      Davinci Resolve 17.2

      • Unlike the file used for Adobe testing, which uses a base video file with the H.265 codec
      • Testing Davinci Resolve using a base video file with the H.264 codec
      Render Test:
      • Source Video
      • Duration 2 minutes 7 seconds
      • 4K/FHD resolution up to the test
      • Editing
      • Color Grading
      • Multi-layer
      • Output:
      • YouTube 4K/FHD 60fps
      • Format File MP4
      • Video Codec H.264
      • Results:
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      • 4K Render Test
      • 4 minutes 47 seconds
      • Full HD Render Test
      • 1 minute 25 seconds
      When rendering 4K, we observed the CPU and GPU temperatures, showing that:
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      • The CPU temperature was in the 80-90 degrees Celsius range, and it spiked to 97 degrees in the middle
      • GPU temperature was in the 70-76 degrees Celsius range and briefly rose to 80 degrees Celsius in the middle

      3DMark Fire Strike – Graphic Score

      • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU – 18673 points
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      • In comparison, the RTX 2060 (Laptop has a score of 16713 points – an 11.7% increase seen
      We also do a Stress Test to see the GPU temperature when given a high load continuously
      • GPU temperature looks to be in the range of 70-73 degrees Celsius

      Gaming Test: Victus by HP

      • CSGO – 1080p Low
      • 250-350 fps
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      • Dota 2 – 1080p Fastest | Screen Renderer 100%
      • 135-155 fps
      • Light scenes up to 200 fps
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      • Death Stranding – 1080p Very High | DLSS Quality
      • 100-110 fps
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      • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 1080p Highest | Ray-Tracing Shadow Medium
      • 70-85 fps
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      • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 1080p Ultra High
      • 50-70 fps
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      We also observed the surface temperature and working temperature while playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla for 30 minutes, it was seen that:
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      • CPU temperature is in the range of 60-67 degrees Celsius
      • GPU temperature is in the range of 55-60 degrees Celsius
      For surface temperature:
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      • The palmrest area is in the range of 23-28 degrees Celsius
      • Left keyboard area at 25-30 degrees Celsius
      • The middle keyboard area is the breathing area, in the range of 35-39 degrees Celsius
      • The right area is below 30 degrees Celsius

      Storage Test: Victus by HP

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      • Read – 3614 MB/s
      • Write – 3296 MB/s

      Battery: Victus by HP

      The Victus by HP 16-e0088AX has a fairly large battery with a capacity of 70Wh. In this review test, we set the laptop in Balanced mode with 50% Brightness, and 25% Volume. And the results of the battery performance are as follows:
      • 1080 video playback: 10 hours 55 minutes (nearly 11 hours). This is fairly good for a fast laptop class.
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      • Charging
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      • 0 minutes – 7%
      • 30 minutes – 47% (Equivalent to using 1080p video playback for 4 hours 40 minutes)
      • 60 minutes – 72%
      • 90 minutes – 92%
      • 120 minutes – 99%
      • 130 minutes – 100%

      Prices and Bonuses for Purchasing Victus by HP Laptops

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      • Windows 10 Home
      • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019
      • Permanently active
      • Backpack
      • 2 Years Warranty with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)
      • ADP Covers damage due to user negligence:
      • Accidentally fall
      • Water spills
      • Electric short
        • Uncovered Damage
        • Corrosion
        • Exposure to hazardous liquids
        • Natural disasters
        • Stolen or lost
        • Claim ADP by bringing a laptop unit along with an ID card and purchase invoice to the nearest Service Center
        • One time replacement of spare parts per year
        • A total of two replacements
        • The total cost of repairs does not exceed the cost of the laptop

        Conclusion

        From all the Victus by HP 16-e0088AX review tests, this laptop is the right choice for those of you who are looking for a gaming laptop with fast performance (especially those looking for an RTX 3060), ready to use, good battery life, and a relatively affordable price.

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        In addition to playing games, for heavy work related to graphics or heavy calculations, this laptop will certainly be suitable too. Especially if the application can take advantage of the RTX 3060 properly.

        Or for other needs such as coding, CAD and 3D animation, armed with the RTX 3060 is fast enough.

        Video editing is also possible, but users should add the use of a screen with a better color coverage, which is at least 100% SRGB.

        From the whole review test, we take some conclusions as follows.

        Things to note

        • For SSD, the upgrade must use the m.2 NVME type. There is no slot for a 2.5” SATS drive. In addition, the speed, although high, is not the highest at the moment, due to the use of PCIe Gen 3. However, 3000 Mbps is really fast.
        • Color gamut screen that is still 45% NTSC: We highly recommend using an external monitor when you want to do serious Content Creation activities on this laptop, considering that the hardware specifications are very good for content creation activities

        Interesting Points

        • Overall performance is okay. The combination of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GP, makes it comfortable to use to run various games. Good for esport games with high frame-rate and AAA games with Very High settings. The Resizable BAR feature has been activated, and the laptop is also ready to be used for content creation.
        • 16 GB RAM capacity with ready-to-use Dual Channel configuration – no need to upgrade anymore
        • Low working temperature
        • There are still additional M.2 SSD slots for upgrades
        • Equipped with heatsinks in both M.2 . slots
        • 144 Hz display – typical for gaming laptops
        • Very good battery life
        • Abundant number of connectors
        • WiFi 6 and Bluetooth v5.2
        • Bonus Office Home and Student 2019
        • 2 Years Warranty with ADP