System Performance

Huawei has outfitted the latest MateBook X Pro with Intel’s 8th generation of Core processors with either the Core i5-8250U, or the Core i7-8550U. Both offer four cores and eight threads. The Core i5 is 1.6-3.4 GHz with 6 MB of Cache, and the Core i7 is 1.8-4.0 GHz with 8 MB of cache. The Kaby Lake Refresh chips have been a welcome addition to the lineup, and we’re likely thankful to competition for bringing about this change, despite Intel having issues ramping up their new 10 nm process.

The MateBook X Pro review unit shipped with the Core i7 model, and we don’t expect too many surprised here. What’s more interesting is that Huawei pairs the Core i7 with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU, which isn’t going to impact the pure CPU scores, but will play a part in the system tests like PCMark.

The MateBook X Pro was run through our standard suite of laptop tests, and comparisons are against similar models we’ve tested. If you’d like to compare the MateBook X Pro to any other laptop we’ve reviewed, please use our online notebook Bench.

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 - Essentials

PCMark 10 - Productivity

PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

PCMark 10 - Overall

We’ve been testing the latest version of FutureMark’s PCMark suite for a while now, and are now switching over to it for all future reviews. If you’re not familiar with PCMark, it’s a full system test which factors in all aspects of a machine in a couple of different test suites. Essentials is “everday ways people us a PC” and includes web browsing, video conferencing, and app startup times. Productivity tests office applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. Digital Content Creation focuses on photo editing, video editing, rendering, and visualization. The suite then combines the sub-scores into an overall result.

The Huawei MateBook X Pro scores about mid-pack overall, but compared to the other devices in its class, it is right where expected.


Cinebench R15 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench lets us test just the CPU performance on rendering in both a single-threaded run, as well as a multi-threaded test. Once again the Kaby Lake Refresh does very well here, with great single-threaded performance, but the extra cores compared to last year’s dual-core CPUs provides a big boost for the threaded tests.


x264 HD 5.x

x264 HD 5.x

Another CPU test, x264 encodes a video in two passes using the CPU, and it likes lots of cores and lots of frequency. The Huawei performs very well here again. This test is quite a long test, and it runs four times sequentially, and the laptop got its best results on the third and fourth runs, so early indications are that the heat management works well on this device.

Web Tests

All of our web tests are run using Microsoft Edge as the default browser, and unlike our other tests, the browser is never a static thing. Each update generally improves performance of the JIT compiler, so over time, devices tend to get faster.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Google Octane 2.0

WebXPRT 2015

We’ll be changing our web testing soon, since all of these tests are now dated, so if there’s some web tests you’d like to see us include in the future, please let us know in the comments.

Storage Performance

Huawei uses M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs in the MateBook X Pro lineup, as you’d expect, and the review unit shipped with an LITEON CA3 512 GB model. The drive is a TLC model, which isn’t unexpected in this price range, and is rated at 2900 MB/s read, and up to 1200 MB/s write, with 260K IOPS.

We were able to hit 3084 MB/s sequential read, and 2039.1 MB/s sequential write, with close to 300 MB/s read and write at 4 KB Q32, which is pretty good for a TLC drive. This is with a system that’s fully patched for Spectre and Meltdown as well.

Huawei is multi-sourcing drives though since SSDs are a commodity at this point, so there’s no guarantee what you’ll have in any unit. We’ve seen Toshiba, Samsung, and LITEON.

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  • iwod - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    A Macbook Pro 13", with a less resolution Retina Screen, Dual Core, but same memory and SSD, cost $1499. However it is the higher end that is embarrassing, with 512GB SSD, 16GB, still dual core, and Retina Screen, no Geforce MX cost $2199!!
  • peevee - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    "It’s a full six-row keyboard though, and other than the webcam being on the top row, it’s all well thought out."

    Really? Where are Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down and End keys then?
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    They are Fn keys like most laptops
  • tipoo - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Pleased to see this review here!
  • tipoo - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    The impressive thing here is that Swift 3 with the Ryzen 2700U sticking so close to the MX150 on GPU performance. It may be in the article but what wattage is the 150 running at?
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Nvidia doesn't say TDP values for their laptop parts. I'd guess it's about 15W
  • Jon Tseng - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Might be worth checking - I think there's been some issues w MX150s being power restricted (effectively turned into max-q parts) on some thin n lights. So in real world terms there are effectively two variants of mx150 our there. I would assume this is downclocked given the obvious thermal constraints of that design but I could be wrong.
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Thanks for that info. Got to love the recent naming conventions by team green :)

    This is the lower power version with the max boost around 1030 MHz. I'll make a note in the review.
  • Brett Howse - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Apparently we even wrote about this:
  • skavi - Thursday, June 28, 2018 - link

    Is it also possible that the MX150 is only using 2 PCIe lanes? It would be great If you could check how the lanes are distributed between the GPU, Thunderbolt controller, and SSD.

    (You can check this through HWiNFO btw)

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