Skip to main content

HP Victus 15 adds an all-AMD option with improved battery life

HP’s Victus gaming brand is the more budget-friendly alternative to the Envy lineup. Now, the HP Victus 15 adds an AMD graphics option for those who want an all-AMD machine.

The HP Victus 15 is the latest in the company’s budget gaming line that started with the Victus 16. The Victus 15 comes in two flavors depending on your tastes. You can choose between an Intel/Nvidia combo or an all-AMD model if you prefer Team Red.

HP Victus 15 gaming laptop in three colors.

The first comes with a 12th-gen Intel Core i5-12500H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. The all-AMD option contains an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and Radeon RX 6500M.

Other than the CPU and GPU, the specs between both models are largely identical. Both have 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. Both also have the same Wi-Fi and Bluetooth specs, Bang & Olufson speakers, and 720p webcam.

Port selection includes one USB Type-C and two USB Type-A ports, all of which are USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. There aren’t any Thunderbolt ports, likely to keep costs down. An Ethernet port, combo headphone/microphone jack, HDMI 2.1, and power connection round out the impressive array of ports.

The 15.6-inch 1080p screen is also similar except that only the Intel/Nvidia model includes a 144Hz panel and a 9 millisecond response time.

However, the AMD model is rated for much better battery life than the Intel/Nvidia version. HP says the Intel version gets about 6 hours and 45 minutes in mixed usage while the AMD model gets almost a whole hour more. Video playback is also two hours better on the AMD model.

This is likely due to the power-sipping nature of AMD’s mobile Ryzen chips. You’ll likely get more power out of the Intel chip, but that will come at the cost of battery life.

The Victus 16 featured a 16-inch 144Hz panel, an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. The $1,250 price was surely tempting for those who wanted a competent gaming laptop and didn’t want to break the bank (considering the specs).

The Victus 15, though slightly weaker in GPU horsepower, seems to be just as competent as its bigger brother with its better CPU options.

We don’t yet have pricing or availability, but it will most certainly cost less than the Victus 16, which was already a pretty decent deal.

Editors' Recommendations

The most demanding PC games that push your rig to the limit
MSI GT77 Titan (2023) playing Cyberpunk 2077.

Whether you prefer gaming laptops or desktop PCs, it's always fun to push your rig to the very limit with some of the latest games. Older and indie titles have their own charm, but if you want to really see the best graphics that game studios currently have to offer, you'll need to check out some games from the last couple of years.

These games take advantage of the latest technologies, including Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and ray tracing. To run them on max settings, you'll need an outstanding graphics card. If you're in the market for a new PC that comes with one of the latest GPUs, check out our guide to the best gaming desktops and laptops. Once you're all set with a shiny new monster PC, here are some games that will help you make the most of it.

Read more
Windows 10 Home vs. Pro vs. S mode: What’s the difference?
dell xps 15 2 in 1 review version 1522861390 front display

Windows 10 still holds its own, despite Windows 11 being worth the upgrade. It has many of the same features as its younger sibling, and with some applications, it still performs better. But if you plan to install Windows 10 on a new computer, you'll need to pick from one of the many options of Windows 10 to install.

Should you install Windows 10 Home? Windows 10 Pro? What about S Mode? In this guide to Windows 10, we'll break down the most popular versions and why one or the other might be best for you.
Windows 10 Home vs. Pro vs. S mode features
It can be challenging to work through all the Windows 10 versions to decide which one is right for your needs. All three mainstream versions are on this list and should give you the best choices for general computing or school. 

Read more
Meta Quest Pro vs. Quest 2: a clear choice for VR gaming
Playing a fitness game in VR with the Quest Pro.

The Meta Quest Pro and Quest 2 are among the best VR headsets you can buy, and now that the Quest Pro has seen a sizeable discount, it's time to revisit which of Meta's most recent headsets is the best.

Before getting into the fine details, it's immediately obvious that the newer, more expensive Quest Pro is a much better headset. The Quest Pro now costs $1,000 versus the Quest 2's much more affordable $400 price. What's more important, usually, is which model has the best value while still meeting your needs. Now let's check out what's new and improved on the Quest Pro and how it compares to the Quest 2.
Quest Pro vs. Quest 2: display quality

Read more