Windows 10 Ultimate Performance Mode
Hey guys, this is Austin. This is the Google Pixel 2, one of the most advancedsmartphones on sale today and it’s powered by a QualcommSnapdragon 835 processor. Now this laptop besideme is also powered by that same mobile processor. And that actually is kind of a big deal. You guys might remember theoriginal Microsoft Surface. Now, it was powered by Windows RT, a specific version ofWindows 8 that was meant to run on ARM processors, which are typically found in your phone. Now, there are some advantages here, mostly with battery life, but also some smallerthings like being able to have quicker standby time. However, the biggest issue was, was that it didn’t runnormal Windows apps.
Which, as you guys might know, is kind of importantfor a Windows computer. Now, yes, you could runstuff from the Windows store, but, well, no one wants to do that. However, on the Surface, this looks to be a much better execution of that whole idea. And yes, I said Surface. That was a bad joke, wasn’t it? This is the HP Envy X2, the very first in the next generation of Window’s PC’s. They’re gonna be poweredby Snapdragon processors.
Now, what makes these interesting is, they actually do run Windows apps, which is very important,although it is with some caveats. But with promises of 20 plus hours of battery life, it mightbe worth the trade off. Take a look at the specs and it’s gonna look alittle bit different. So it’s powered by that Snapdragon 835, and it’s backed up with four gigs of ram and 128 gigs of storage. You know, the almostidentical specs that you would find on a smartphone.
What makes this kind of interesting is that even though it isin a tablet form factor, a lot of these Snapdragon PC’s are going to be full fledged laptops. But because it’s beingpowered by a phone processor, as you can imagine, it’s goingto be a little bit thinner and a little bit quieter, or, well, a lot quieter than pretty muchany other laptop out there. And so we see how to navigatethe Windows start screen which is useful, as well as a bit of foam. But the real star ofthe show is the laptop, and, wow, that’s super, super thin. Wow.
That actually looks pretty cool. But when you actually putthe whole thing together, it snaps on here, and then Ithink we can just fold it back?
Ya. So we get an adjustable kickstand, and, ya, that kinda looks like a Surface. Also included is going to be a stylus. Again, kinda similar to the Surface, although the Surface actuallyI don’t even think comes with a stylus anymore. But, as you expect withsomething like this it is going to be a full touch screen device. And that looks, again,exactly like the Surface. Last but not least, you’re also going to be getting the power cable which, thankfully, is going to be USPC. Sorry, not last but not least, there’s also a USBC to USBA dongle.
Does this actually have any USB ports? That would be a no. Uh, okay. So, this PC is going to be alittle bit different from most. Now again, the SnapdragonPC’s will be available in normal sort of laptop form factors. And once you actually getinto Windows you’ll find that, well, it looksexactly like Windows 10. Now it does have some limitations because it is using aSnapdragon processor, but, on the other hand, oneof the big advantages here is that we actually do have built in LTE.
So, if a slide a sim card in here, what we’re getting hereis essentially, well, exactly what you’d expectwith your smartphone. The idea is because theSnapdragon 835 has LTE and all the radios and stuff built in, it’s as simple as adding a couple of antenna, putting a sim cardslot, and you have a PC, that in theory, can be completelyconnected all the time. At least when it comesto initial impressions, the performance ispretty good on this guy.
Just normal day to day stuff feels snappy. This guy ships running Windows 10S. Now that’s fine, but I thinkpretty much everyone’s going to want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which is going to allowyou to run third party apps that are from outside the Windows store.
Now the issue here is thatwhile this will run most apps, it’s not going to run everything. It’s needs to be at thevery least an X86 app, so no 64 bit stuff, andas far as driver support, this actually doesn’t supportstandard Windows drivers.
You do need to getspecific RM drivers which, at this point, are basically non existent. However, for most games, most apps, most programs, they’re at least going to work somewhat on here out of the box. Benchmarking the MV is goingto be a little bit difficult. So while it will run standard Windows apps that are X86 based such as Gatebench 4, the issue is that it’s runningit in a compatibility mode. Now it means that it willwork but your not going to be getting that full performance.
And you can see that in the numbers. So take a look at the scores compared to a Snapdragon 835 phone whichis running on native code. You’re seeing that you’regetting a little bit less than half the standard performance. It’s fine, but you do notice a slowdown.
But, keep in mind that that’s running in theX86 compatibility mode, basically the lowest performance option that you can get on this computer. If an app such as Gatebench is recompiled with Snapdragon in mind, you’re probably going to be getting much similar performance to that what you actually get on android.
However, all that being said,you have to keep in mind, that while it’s not goingto be crazy high end, you’re getting pretty decent specs here. I mean, that Snapdragon 835 is going to give you eight cores, four gigs of ram. It’s no slouch. One area of this is really newsable is when it comes to browsers. So Microsoft’s Edge is natively compiled to work specifically onSnapdragon processors. So when you’re on the web,everything feels snappy, it feels pretty much one toone like it would on your phone or pretty much any other laptop.
However, download a third party browser, such as Chrome or Opera, andthings are noticeably slower. Run a quick Java scriptbenchmark like Octane 2.0 and you can see that Edge absolutely destroys Opera’s performance.
Now part of that is, ofcourse, due to the fact that there’s some slightdifferences between how Edge and Opera perform, but running in that compatibility mode, while it will get an app toactually run on this guy, really does mean it’s going to take a big hit to the performance. For me, the difference is enough that I would rather use Edge .
over any kind of third party browser. I think even beyond the benchmarks, you’re really going to get something that is going to be noticeably slower when you do install somethinglike Chrome or Opera that just wasn’t designedwith this in mind. It works, but just not very fast. But we do have thecompatibility mode for a reason, and in theory, games will work. Although, the idea of how well they work is probably a little bit questionable when you consider thatthis is a phone processor running an emulator forWindows apps that is, ya, let’s just try it. First up, I wanna give CS Go a try. As a slightly older game,it has the best chance of actually being able to runon such a low end processor.
Like, and I say low end, Imean obviously you can play some pretty nice lookinggames on a android, but Windows is a littlebit more challenging. Your graphics hardware does not support all the features needed to run this game. Okay. Not a great start. Let’s try something else. Hey, okay, so now we have Rocket League.
Now this is a game that,again, should in theory be able to be run on some sortof Snapdragon class hardware. Now the main question though is how the actual GP driversare going to work, because this looks likenormal, oh, wow, that’s slow.
It’s like slow Rocket League. It might work though. I’m not really entirely clear on how Microsoft is gettingan X86 Windows app to run natively on an RM processor, so it seems like they’re doing something to be able to actually maybe emulate it, Or I don’t know if it’ssome kind of hypervisor or something but this actually looks like it might work. Now what’s interestingto me is the idea that… That’s totally going to go in, great. Good job guys. What’s really interestingto me is the idea that this is definitely something that can be improved with software. Obviously there’s going to be a limit on .
what a processor like theSnapdragon is capable of, but the idea that I’m actually playing a proper PC game here, fully through emulationor whatever they’re doing to actually make it work, is impressive. Although, maybe not the greatestexperience in the world. Next, I wanna try a game that actually should run on Snapdragon.
=If it hasn’t, I can’t tell cause the performanceis pretty much on point. To be fair, I don’t think anyone is going to pick up a Snapdragon powered PC with the intent of turningit into a gaming computer. Now, there are a fewthings to keep in mind. First of all, this isthe very first system that’s shipping, so there’salmost certainly going to be some more optimization and the idea that this is going to be a pretty small and lightweight system that is able to actually do all thisemulation is impressive.
There are definitely some advantages with going with a Snapdragon PC though. One of the easiest ones tospot is going into sleep. So with an Intel system,usually it takes a few seconds between when you close the lid, wait for it to go to sleep, open it up. Whereas with this, it’s like a phone. You hit the powerbutton, it goes to sleep.
Hit it again, it wakes up. It’s much, much faster. Having built in LTE is nice as well. I think that’s going tobe a huge selling point for a ton of people. And all Snapdragon PC’s,this as well as some of the laptops, aregoing to have it ready. So all you do is drop a sim card in and it’s going to be up and running.
And it’s nice to be ableto always be connected between LTE and wifi. Now that being said, I’mactually not a huge fan of the MVX 2’s design in particular. For me, the tablet stuff, it’s nice,
but it’s not that much smaller than just a normal 13 inch laptop. But thankfully, there are going to be Snapdragon laptops as well. Probably the biggestselling point is going to be the battery life. So HP claims up to 22hours of use on a charge, or 1000 hours of connected standby. which for a PC is totally crazy.
I haven’t tested it yetso I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to last, but, if it gets anywhere close to those numbers it isgoing to be a game changer. A Snapdragon PC makes a lot of sense for someone who wants always. connected computer that can run Windows apps, albeit a little bit slower.
and has solid battery life. Now with the HPMVX 2, it’s a good system, but for me. it’s hard to justifythe 1000 dollar price tag. If it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 or 800 dollars I thinkI would be fine with it. But considering that it’s going to be a little bit unoptimized right now.
it’s very expensive, and it doesn’t even have the Snapdragon 845 yet, which I’m sure is going to be coming soon, it’s kind of hard to recommend.