Are HP laptops good for gaming?

HP Pavilion Gaming 16 in the test: gaming notebook for full HD gaming

Thomas Rau

The Pavilion Gaming 16 with Geforce GTX 1660 Ti offers a lot of screen but little weight.

EnlargeGames notebook with 16-inch display: HP Pavilion Gaming 16

The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 has a large 16.1-inch screen with full HD resolution, but is more in the direction of a 15-inch laptop in terms of case dimensions and weight of just over 2.2 kilograms. HP wants to address a target group that demands performance for current games, but does not use the laptop exclusively for gaming.

TEST CONCLUSION: HP Pavilion Gaming 16


HP Pavilion Gaming 16

Test grade

Well ( 2,33)



Speed ​​(20%)


Equipment (20%)


Screen (20%)


Mobility (20%)


Keyboard (10%)


Environment and health (5%)


Service (5%)


The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 successfully combines a large display area and a compact housing. To show off, because it is extremely conspicuous, super flat or excessively light, it is not suitable: But it delivers the right performance for gaming in Full HD without overstretching the budget. It also convinces outside of gaming with strong system performance, decent battery life and a good display.

+ sufficient gaming performance for FHD
+ LAN port
+ good battery life

- not fast enough for ray tracing

This is reflected in the case design: it is cautious compared to hardcore gaming notebooks, but does not do without typical features such as an angular and angular case with the display frame typical for a Pavilion and the green key lettering. The WASD keys are also highlighted with a border. The Omen Command Center from HP's high-end gaming laptops is also preinstalled. But with the very narrow display frame (micro-edge bezel) on the sides, the Pavilion also picks up on a current trend in ultra-mobile notebooks.

GTX 1060 Ti can also be ray traced

The 6-core Intel Core i7-10750H from the Comet Lake series and a Geforce GTX 1660 Ti in Max-Q design work in the laptop: the GPU runs at 1140 MHz in the standard and 1335 MHz in the boost clock and delivers 6 GB GDDR6 with. In the 3D Mark, the GTX 1660 Ti is around eleven percent behind the RTX 2060 in the "Fire Strike" test, and with increasing resolution, the gap increases to up to 18 percent in the Fire Strike Ultra. In the "Port Royal" ray tracing test, the GTX card is shown its limits: The RTX models 2060 and 2080 are more than twice and almost three times as powerful.

This is also confirmed in the game benchmarks: In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Pavilion Gaming 16 only delivers stable, playable frame rates at medium ray tracing levels. But apart from ray tracing, the GTX 1660 Ti is completely sufficient for optimal gaming in Full HD: In Shadow of the Tomb Raider it delivers 64 (ultra high) to 74 (high) images per second. In older games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, 82 fps remain in the "Very high" setting. Even if you set all quality controls to maximum in GTA 5, the HP notebook doesn't break a sweat with 55 fps.

EnlargePavilion Gaming 16: Restrained design, but still clearly recognizable as a gaming notebook.

Comet Lake CPU in the endurance test

The CPU test with Cinebench R20 in Pavilion Gaming is interesting for two reasons: On the one hand, when comparing the Intel 6-core with the AMD 8-core Ryzen 9 4900HS, which the Comet Lake loses with a bang because the Ryzen almost doubles it achieved high value. And on the other hand, when comparing with a Core i7-9750H, the predecessor from the Coffee Lake generation: It differs from the Comet Lake in that it has a lower Turbo Boost clock. In this comparison, too, the newer Core i7 is just beaten because the comparison values ​​come from a 17-inch notebook, where there is more space for better cooling.

However, maximum CPU performance like in Cinebench is seldom asked for in practice, here the efficient interaction of all components is more important: This is proven by the result of Pavilion Gaming in PCMark 10, where it is as fast as the notebook in office and Internet applications Coffee Lake processor and, especially in the office test, clearly outperforms the laptop with the Ryzen 9. This means that Pavilion Gaming also makes a good impression as an all-rounder.

This is also supported by the decent battery life: The Pavilion managed over 7.5 hours when surfing via WLAN with reduced brightness (180 cd / m2). The fans work with a clearly perceptible but even noise during normal load. The HP notebook only becomes noticeably louder when playing.