HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf, Alder Lake Multimedia Versatile 15″ Laptop and GeForce RTX 3050 for Creation and Gaming – LaptopSpirit

Our opinion on the HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

To create and play we can turn toHP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf, a creative gaming laptop with a 15-inch Full HD anti-reflective display capable of running a variety of games thanks to its NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing graphics card, which also speeds up multimedia processing. This is also the case for the high-performance core, which combines 16 GB of RAM with an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i5-12450H processor, while the fast 512 GB SSD storage enhances responsiveness. Running Windows 11, this versatile dark laptop also benefits from a backlit keyboard as well as Wi-Fi ax and USB-C connectivity.

Features of HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

screen(s) 15.6” full LED 45% NTSC 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-glare/matt)
Processor Intel Core i5-12450H Alder Lake-H (2.0 GHz, 8 cores: 4P/4E)
Installed RAM (max) 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
Graphics card NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus
Storage 512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0, TLC)
plug 2 USB 3.0 (1 rechargeable) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 2.1, SD
Network Wi-Fi axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet
Backlit keyboard Yes
Numeric keypad Yes
Windows Hello
Sound system 2 Bang&Olufsen speakers, HP Audio Boost
Operating system Windows 11 64 bit
Advertised autonomy / battery 7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 52.5Wh (210gr)
Weight/dimensions (mm) 2.29 kg / 357.9 x 255 x 23.5

HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf against the competition

HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf is currently displayed in promotion at Darty And by Fnac. It is positioned as one of the few in its category that offers such a new processor.

If this HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget in our guide to gaming laptops. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.

Chassis, connectors, screen of HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

This laptop, which can be recharged to around 50% in 45 minutes, has a relatively sober look while incorporating gamer codes with its dark design with angular lines.

This creative gaming laptop is well equipped in terms of connectivity with its USB-C, its wireless Wi-Fi axis modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) and Bluetooth 5.2 for remote connections and communication, its practical HDMI video output to easily connect this PC to a TV or monitor for example, its Ethernet and audio ports or its 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.

The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is practical for better distinguishing one’s keys in a dimly lit environment.

HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

The screen, on the other hand, is disappointing because it ignores IPS technology with wide viewing angles, while its colorimetry is standard. But we expect better at this price level. The screen is nevertheless suitable for displaying High Definition content such as videos with its Full HD resolution and 16:9 format. Since it is anti-reflective, the screen is also more readable than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g. outside).

Performance, autonomy of HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

The HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf is for those who want to equip themselves with a high-performance 15-inch versatile laptop oriented towards creation and gaming.

Thanks to its 16GB of RAM and its Core i5-12450H Intel Alder Lake-H processor, it delivers solid overall performance capable of satisfying a maximum of users.

Creators in particular will appreciate achieving, thanks to this core, faster processing than 8 GB DDR4 as well as a classic Quad/Hexa Core processor. The difference is particularly noticeable in the RAM- and CPU-intensive areas that utilize multi-core – and therefore the 8 cores in Alder Lake. This is especially the case for photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.

In addition, the dedicated NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 integrated graphics card accelerates processing during software using multicore, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.

In addition to creativity, GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing will also be interesting for gamers because it is able to run a large number of games if you accept settings under opuses that require graphic resources to achieve good playability.

The GeForce RTX 3050 is actually turned on/off automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology. However, it prefers the Intel Iris Xe graphics solution integrated in the Core i5-12450H as much as possible, despite its much lower advantages, because it uses little energy, which promotes autonomy. In this connection, you should count on approximately 5 hours of battery life with light use in this area.

In fact, the GeForce RTX 3050 is called upon by Optimus when it comes to doing graphics work that is considered too heavy for Iris Xe, both for viewing photos and videos, but also for running modest games.

HP Victus Gaming 15-fa0026nf

On the storage side, there is a 512 GB SSD, a capacity in line with the standard for hard drives. Compared to the latter, however, an SSD offers several advantages: greater resistance to shocks, lower energy consumption, silent operation or even greater speed.

In the event that 512 GB would be too tight, we can of course rely on an external storage device. Favoring a USB 3.0 / USB-C device then represents an interesting possibility to achieve fast transfers.

In any case, thanks to the SSD, multimedia processing is much faster than with a hard drive, as well as game/software launch and start/stop, and you can get to online game maps faster.
In general, the SSD provides much better responsiveness and agility in use.

Finally, in case of heavy stress (eg: treatments, games), expect this versatile gaming and creation-oriented laptop to warm up and be heard.

To limit the temperatures if necessary, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the measurements carefully!).

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