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Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 Evaluation: Far Exceeding the MX250 AMD Ryzen 9 4900H

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Preface: The most comprehensive upgrade in the history of MateBook D series

A month ago, AMD’s Zen3 5000 series processor improved IPC performance by 18%, making it the best single core processor in 15 years, finally recapturing the title of the best game processor from Intel.

In the laptop area, the most powerful single core architecture is the Tiger Lake-U 11 Core TM released by Intel two months ago. Today, the Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 officially goes on sale, bringing the biggest upgrade in the history of the series. It is powered by the Tiger Lak-U core TMI7-1165G7 processor, and not only that, but also a full new generation of NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 independent graphics card.

So, what exactly are the updates to the MateBook D 15 2021 compared to its predecessor?


1.11th Generation Core TMI7-1165G7 processor

The MateBook D 15 2021 is powered by Intel’s latest i7-1165G7 processor. How much better is the MateBook D 15 2020’s I5-10510U? let’s have a look at the chart below.

Compared with i7-10510U, the new i7-1165G7 uses Intel’s 10nm process. Although it is also a 4-core 8-thread, the number of second-level caches has been increased from 1MB to 5MB, which is five times, and the third-level caches have been increased from 8MB to 12MB.

The significant increase in caching is a significant factor in the 20% increase in the Tiger Lake IPC. Even with a reduced core frequency, the I7-1165G7 will perform much better than the I7-10510U processor.

The I7-1165G7 also has three times the size of the I7-10510U, but the MateBook D 15 2021 has a stronger GeForce? MX450 itself.


2.NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 2GB independent graphics card

Huawei MateBook D15 2020 is equipped with full version of GeForce? MX250, MateBook D 15 2021 upgraded directly to GeForce® MX450, which skipping GeForce®MX350.

Here are the GPU specs, so it’s easy to see how much GeForce® MX450 improves.

From The GeForce® MX150 to the GeForce® MX350 are based on the old Pascals architecture, and it was not until the GeForce® MX450 that the truly revolutionary Turing architecture was used. According to our previous tests, the Turing architecture outperformed PASCAL’s by more than 16% on the same specifications. The 896 Turing cores from GeForce® MX450 would be an amazing performance improvement over the 384 PASCAL cores from GeForce® MX250.

With the addition of GeForce® MX450, Huawei’s MateBook D 15 2021 laptops are not limited to e-sports games like LOL, but even the latest 3A masterpieces.

In addition, the GeForce® MX450 desktop version of the GeForce® GTX 1650 is similar to the TU117 core, with some reductions in ROP and video memory bit width.


3.100%sRGB screen

The Huawei MateBook D15 2021 has a 15.6-inch IPS screen with 100%sRGB. The actual brightness is higher than 300NIT and the average delta-E value is less than 1.5. For a 800 dollars laptop, you can’t ask more in terms of the screen.


4.3200MHz dual-channel memory

Huawei MateBook D 15 2020 uses a dual-channel DDR4 2400MHz memory. MateBook D 15 2021 upgrades the frequency to 3200MHz, increases the memory bandwidth by more than 30%, and reduces the latency to some extent.


5.Huawei Shares

Huawei Share, previously known as “Huawei Touch and Pass-on”, was officially renamed as “Huawei Share” in April 2020.

At present, Huawei shares more and more powerful functions and plays more and more games. In addition to the traditional multi-screen collaboration, mutual peripherals, file transfer, you can also use the phone’s text scanning function to take text pictures, and then paste the text directly on the PC side.

At present, major PC manufacturers are trying to share such technology like Huawei, but Huawei shares is still the best and best experience to integrate mobile phones and laptops.

In addition to the above improvements, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 and Samsung PM981 SSD, which are already available in the MateBook D 15 2020, have been retained in the new laptops.

Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 has the following parameters:

After a full upgrade, the MateBook D 15 2021 will start at just 779 dollars and the previous version at 809 dollars will start at 20 bucks less!


Appearance: all metal body + three sides narrow frame

The A side of the frosted metal looks fairly clean, with only A “HUWEI” Logo.

There is A fully functional USB Type-C port on the left side, which is also the charging port of the laptop, and A USB-A 3.0 and an HDMI video output interface.

On the right side, there is A 0.14inch in-one headphone interface and two USB-A 3.0 ports.

The screen uses a 15.6-inch anti-glare IPS wide-angle fog screen with a resolution of 1920*1080,100 percent sRGB gambit.

There is no camera on the B-side due to the ultra-narrow bezel.

Huawei MateBook D 15 2021 features a full-size, standard keycap keyboard and 2-level LED backlight (adjusted by F3). In addition, in order to prevent slip and fingerprint, the surface of each key cap has been sandblasted.

There is a large radiator grid in the middle of the D-side, and two rubber pads are designed to raise the bottom of the fuselage and increase air intake.

There are 2W dual speakers in the lower left and right corner for surround sound.

There is a press camera between the F6 and F7.

The camera can be lifted with a gentle press and turned off when not in use, effectively preventing privacy leaks when the computer is under the control of hackers.

11th Generation stickers shared by Core and Huawei.

It has to be said that as a mobile phone manufacturer, Huawei is more down to earth and better understands the needs of current users.

The traditional round-port power adapter is still widely used in thin and light laptops from traditional first-tier computer manufacturers. Although the laptop is thin and light, the cables are long and troublesome, and you need to bring a mobile phone charger when you go out.

Charging head support 5V2A, 9V2A, 12V2A, 15V3A, 20v3.25A output standard, almost compatible with all current mobile phone fast charging specifications, which can output up to 65W power.


CPU performance test: the mobile processor with the strongest single core performance


1.CPU – Z

I7-1165g7 single core score is 614, basically and desktop mainstream flagship i9-10900K a level, not called the strongest, multi-threaded score is 2767, but also far stronger than the previous low power 4 core processor.


2. wPrime

In wPrime 32M single-threaded performance test,i7-1165G7 takes 29.6 seconds; It takes 232 seconds to run wPrime 1024M, which is too long due to low power consumption.


3. CineBench R15

In the CineBench R15 test, i7-1165G7 had a single-threaded score of 212CB and a multi-threaded score of 947CB.


4. CineBench R20

The i7-1165G7 has a single-threaded score of 560CB, which beats all mobile processors, including top-of-the-line models such as the AMD 94900H and the I9-10980HK.


5.FritzChess Benchmark

The I7-1165G7 achieved a performance multiple of 31.2 at 14,984 thousand moves per second in chess tests.


6.Hardware Dogs

The total score of Huawei MateBook D15 2021 is 202731, the CPU score of I7-1165G7 is 71916, the unique score of MX450 is 53945, and the disk score is 53140.

The i7-1165G7’s single-core performance is better than any previous mobile processor, 24% better than the I5-10510U and 18% better than the 74800U.

Compared with the standard processor, the i7-1165G7’s single-core performance is 11% better than the 9 4900HS and 10% better than the I7-10850H.

Even compared to the 5.0ghz I9-9900K on the desktop, that’s 1% better.


Screen and disk performance test :100%sRGB gamut screen + top-level PCIe 3.0 SSD experience


1.Screen test

97% sRGB gamut, 72% Adobe RGB gamut, 75% DCI-P3 gamut, and 70% NTSC gamut.

2.Screen brightness test

The 15.6-inch screen has a maximum brightness of 321Nit and a contrast ratio of about 1450:1 over 50% brightness.


3.Color accuracy

Color accuracy: Delta-E is used to quantify the color difference between different colors. Delta-e can specify what is the tolerable range of people’s perception. Generally speaking, the change of delta-E between 3 and 6 is acceptable.

1.6-3.2 When viewed from a certain distance, the difference between colors is basically indistinguishable, which is generally considered to be the same color;

3.2 — 6.5 The difference in color can be seen, but the impression given by color is basically the same.

6.5 -13, the difference in color is visible, but can be considered to be the same tone;

13-25 is considered to be a different hue, and above this is considered to be a different color.

The average delta-E on the 15.6-inch screen in the MateBook D 15 2021 is 1.39, which is a very good performance. The highest delta-E value is 4.16 and the lowest is 0.33.


4.Disk performance test

The MateBook D 15 2021 uses a PM981 512GB SSD from Samsung, which is Samsung’s SSD for the high-end OEM market, as opposed to the Retail version of the Samsung 970 EVO 500GB. With the third-generation 64-layer stack of 3D V-Nand TLC particles, the size of a single particle can reach 256GB, with an additional 512MB LPDDR4 integrated as a cache.

In AS SSD Benchmark, the total score of PM981 512GB is 4885, sequential reads and writes exceed 2400MB/s, 2500MB/s,4K reads 62MB/s randomly, and writes 167MB/s randomly.

In the CrystalDiskMark test, sequential read/write speeds reached 3403MB/s and 2987MB/s, respectively, which were already at the top of the PCIe 3.0 SSD.

The performance release of SSDS is also closely related to CPU performance, and the I7-1165G7 is credited with the high score of PM981 here.


5.Memory performance test

The MateBook D 15 2021 motherboard has been integrated with a dual-channel 16GB Samsung DDR4 3200MHz of ram at 22-22-22-48 CR1.

AIDA64 was used for memory cache test, and the measured read, write, and copy bandwidth were respectively 44538MB/s, 43869MB/s, and 35684MB/s, with a delay of 88.8 ns.


Game performance test: far exceeding the MX250 9 4900H

1. 3D mark

The MateBook D 15 is a full health version of the MX450 with a 28W TDP. In the 3DMark Time Spy test, the graphics score was 1972, the maximum runtime frequency was 1845MHz, and the maximum temperature was 65 degrees.

2.Final Fantasy 15

The MateBook D 15 2021 scored 2,834 in the Final Fantasy 15 Benchmark, which is almost 50% higher than the MX250.

3.Assassin’s Creed: Origins

MateBook D 15 2021 will have a frame rate of 48FPS in assassin’s creed: origins.


4.Tank World

The MateBook D 15 2021 has a 19100 score in World of Tanks and 115FPS in frame rate.


5.Wizard 3

MateBook D 15 2021 will also get a 48FPS frame rate in Wizard 3.


6.Far Cry 5

MateBook D 15 2021 has a frame rate of 42FPS in Wizard 3.



Overwatch, blizzard Entertainment’s first entry into the FIELD of FPS, once became a global hit in 2016, and its influence once surpassed LOL. Even now, there are still a considerable number of players active in the game.

The frame rate of MateBook D 15 2021 can run 101FPS in medium quality under 1920×1080 resolution. In high quality, it also has a 79FPS frame rate, which is no longer a problem.

The MX450 is the most powerful independent video card with slim and light weight. With the performance of MX250, the game frame rate has been improved by 70%. It also has a 38% performance advantage over THE Vega 8 core display of AMD’s strongest mobile APU, the 9 4900HS.


Temperature and endurance test: The temperature of 35W for double testing is less than 80 degrees


1.Test the CPU

AIDA64 FPU was used for the test. The room temperature was 20 degrees, and the test was carried out in high-energy mode.

After 5 minutes of the testing, the power consumption of i7-1165G7 remained stable at 26W, the temperature was a little up to 96 degrees, and the whole core frequency of the toaster was 3.1ghz.


2.Double test

Using FurMark to load the CPU and GPU at the same time, it was found that the power consumption of the processor was reduced to 13.5 W and the temperature was very low, only 77 degrees. However, the MX450 has been kept in a full battery state of 28W, the toaster frequency is 1800MHz, the GPU occupancy rate is stable at 96% ~ 100%, and the temperature is only 72 degrees.

The power consumption of the double roast should be more than 35W, which is not bad.


3.Endurance test

The MateBook D 15 2021 has a 42Wh lithium battery built in, and we used the PCMark 10 to test the battery life of the laptop.

The scenario selected for the test was PCMark 10’s modern office, the power mode was “energy-saving mode”, all other processes were turned off during the test, the network connection was turned off, and the screen brightness was set to 50%.

Under the PCMark 10 modern office scene, the endurance test result is just 6 hours, which can only be described as normal. Based on the normal daily use intensity, there is no big problem in supporting a day’s mobile office.


Summary: the starting price of 779 dollars makes it hard to find a flaw

There are at least two points that the author agrees with when enterprises like Huawei enter the laptop field:

First of all, all slim and light models should use type-C charging head, which can not only charge laptops, but also act as quick charging head for mobile phones. In contrast, some traditional top-line laptop manufacturers and a number of slim and light models still stick with the old round port power adapter, which is bulky and adds to the travel weight by bringing a mobile phone charger when you go out.

The second point is Huawei sharing. This is a cross-system transmission technology pioneered by Huawei, which makes it easy to share data between mobile phones and laptops. On the basis of the touch transmission technology, Huawei also developed the “multi-screen collaboration” technology, which integrates the MateBook and mobile phone systems, so that the keyboard and mouse of the laptop can become peripherals of the mobile phone. This technology can be said to be the exclusive benefit of Huawei users.

Although many laptop manufacturers have started to imitate it, Huawei Share is still the best in terms of practical experience, and it is far ahead of other similar technologies.


Let’s go back to the point.

In the laptop area, the 11th generation low-power core processor is the undisputed single core processor with the strongest performance. The i7-1165G7 is far from the low-power processors of the past, with the single-core performance of top desktop processors and the fastest responsiveness, both in terms of application startup speed and computing speed of office software.

An obvious example is that Samsung’S PM981 512GB SSD scores less than 4000 on most slim and light laptops. With the help of I7-1165G7, the score of MateBook D 15 2021 AS SSD BenchMark is close to 5000. Such performance can only be achieved on top game books or desktop platforms in the past, but now i7-1165G7 can also achieve it.

In terms of game performance, GeForce MX450 outperforms GeForce MX250 by around 70% with 896 Turing cores. AMD’s most powerful mobile APU, the 94900H, is also 40 percent behind, as the latter is a standard processor.

Previously, slim and light books had some 3D capabilities, but they were only limited to video games like LOL, CS:GO and DOTA 2. GeForce MX450’s unique addition allows the MateBook D 15 2021 to reach the latest 3A masterpieces.

It is hard to find a flaw for the MateBook D 15 2021 after a full upgrade, and with a starting price of 809 dollars, it is 20 bucks cheaper than its predecessor, making it one of the best 11-generation core models to buy in the same price range.

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