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HP Victus 16 (2023): A Powerful Gaming Laptop at an Affordable Price

October 28, 2023
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With three distinct gaming brands, HP provides performance and features that are customized for consumers with different demands and budgets. While Omen is the flagship series that most people will probably find appealing, Omen Transcend is the pinnacle of HP’s offering. Victus is a reasonably priced brand that is ideal for novice PC gamers. Victus laptops come with a lot of amazing features, are slightly less expensive than Omen laptops, and can be configured with a lot of alternatives, including AMD and Intel technology.

Similar to Omen, HP is emphasising mixed use more with its Victus gaming laptops. The updated HP Victus 16 boasts a 1080p webcam with a privacy shutter, a complete keyboard with a Numpad that makes typing pleasant even during long days, and a battery life that well exceeds my expectations. When compared to the more expensive HP laptops, there are a few disadvantages.

HP Victus 16 (2023): Pricing and availability

HP Victus 16 (2023): Pricing and availability

The Victus 16 (2023) from HP is easily obtainable at Costco and on HP’s own website. Newegg and Best Buy occasionally have it as well. The best site to shop at is HP since it gives you the freedom to customize your laptop however you want. Typically, entry-level models cost approximately $1,150, but, as of this writing, HP has taken a whopping $350 off of any model you construct yourself. If you’re planning a purchase in the future, keep an eye on our list of the finest HP laptops.

13th-generation Intel Core i5-13500H CPU, Nvidia RTX 4050 Laptop GPU with 6GB VRAM, 16GB DDR5-5200MHz Dual-Channel RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, 70Wh battery, and standard keyboard illumination are all included in the base model. It boasts a 16.1-inch display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, a brightness of 250 nits, and a resolution of 1920×1080 (FHD).

If you require more sophisticated lighting, the single-zone RGB keyboard is actually a free upgrade. However, upgrading to the larger 83Wh battery costs $20. An additional $20 is added if you want to switch from Mica Silver to Ceramic White or Performance Blue.

HP makes fully customizable Victus 16 variants with Intel and AMD technology available.

HP makes fully customizable Victus 16 variants with Intel and AMD technology available.

Up to a Core i7-13700H CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and a panel with a 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution and 165Hz refresh rate are available. The laptop GPU is a Nvidia RTX 4070. At retail, the fully equipped model comes with a total cost of approximately $2,190.

With Intel’s more potent HX-series CPUs, HP offers a different SKU on top of the H-series Core i5-13500H and Core i7-13700H. With the exception of the CPU upgrade, these versions have identical color options and supporting hardware. They are actually less expensive than the H-series Victus 16 model, with starting prices of roughly $1,300 and rising to about $2,140. Stick with the HX versions if you’re looking to go all out in terms of configuration; they offer more power at a lower cost.

Lastly, at $1,100, the Victus 16 AMD Ryzen variant has the lowest starting price. It features a 512GB SSD, a Ryzen 5 7640HS CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a simple FHD display. Investing approximately $2,150 gets you an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS laptop GPU, RTX 4070 laptop GPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a QHD display at 240Hz. If you are really going all out with your configuration, the Intel HX-series variants remain your best option.

Design, ports, and camera

Design, ports, and camera

A 1080p camera and a privacy shutter are housed in a plastic chassis.

The victim’s attempt to cut expenses includes the use of a plastic chassis. Though not to the extent where I would be concerned about durability, there is some elasticity in the main part and more in the lid. The laptop feels good to hold overall, and the parts fit together snugly and the lines come together beautifully.

The hinges on the display are also rather strong. After reviewing the HP Omen 16 (2023), I can say that the build quality of the Victus is comparable to that of the more costly laptop. All things considered, the laptop weighs roughly 5.15 pounds, which is comparable to other contemporary gaming PCs, and is refreshingly thin for a 16-inch computer.

Three colors are available for the Victus 16 from HP: performance lue, ceramic white, and mica silver. The normal Mica color on my model has some fingerprints, but not nearly as many as what I saw on the Omen 16 (2023). Undoubtedly, the 2023 design underwent minor modifications to make room for the upgraded cooling mechanism.

I love that the exhaust vent on the left side is now there, so it stops blowing hot air into my mouse hand. There is also a 3.5mm audio connector, USB-A, and RJ45 Ethernet on that side. Many people will be saddened by the complete removal of the SD card reader.

Keyboard and touchpad

Keyboard and touchpad

Upgrade to RGB lighting for no extra cost.

Victus keyboards come with free, customized single-zone RGB lighting or a conventional white backlight. The dark chassis finish contrasts well with the Moonstone Grey keys, and the complete setup with Numpad is a godsend for people who alternate between work and games. Writing and gaming went without a hitch, and the hardware seemed to be the same as that of the Omen 16.

Although the flat keycaps are a little awkward at first, I really like the font’s appearance and its comparatively deep travel. For a more upscale appearance, the RGB lighting glows through the font rather than just around each key.

In contrast to the Omen 16, which features a group of navigation keys in the upper-right corner, the Victus 16 also contains double buttons for Pg Up, Pg Dn, Home, and End. Additional shortcuts for HP’s Omen software hub and calculator are also provided. Once more, the touchpad feels very similar to the Omen 16’s. It has a solid click, is big, and tracks nicely with Precision drivers.

Display

Display

A 60Hz refresh rate in a gaming laptop?

It was not long before I noticed that the display on my Victus 16 review unit was only refreshed at 60 Hz. On HP’s website, all FHD alternatives are listed at 144 Hz, so it doesn’t seem like this is an option with Intel configurations. However, there is one AMD Ryzen display option that isn’t specific about refresh rate. I don’t see why HP is utilizing a 60Hz panel in a gaming laptop when there are many excellent options with suitable displays. You won’t regret upgrading to a monitor that is at least 144 Hz.

Because of the 16:9 aspect ratio on all screens, there is plenty of chin space left over. The lower aspect ratio may not bother gamers, but if you frequently write, browse the web, or perform other tasks that require more pixels, the extra screen space from 16:10 can be useful. Given that the Omen line still has an antiquated appearance, I wouldn’t be shocked to see HP redesign its display lineup for the upcoming generation.

Performance, battery, and software

Performance, battery, and software

Upgraded cooling, but the fans are loud.

I mentioned in my evaluation of the HP Omen 16 (2023) that the upgraded “Tempest” cooling system could handle the job of keeping the computer cool. Now, HP has added Tempest cooling, which includes stronger fans and certain exhaust reworks, to the Victus brand. In the same tests, the Victus 16 reached a maximum volume of approximately 60 dB, while the Omen 16 peaked at roughly 58.5 dB at full load. The fans are really loud in both situations, so there isn’t much of a difference.

Remember that because I ran the system at maximum capacity, this is an extreme case. If you think the fan performance is too loud, you can adjust it via the Omen app. Fortunately, when using more casual apps, the fans remain whisper quiet.

The new Victus 16 does not experience thermal throttling like the Omen 16 (2023). This is partially because of dynamic AI power tuning, which maintains a balance between the CPU and GPU by distributing power as needed without exceeding the cooling capacity of the system. For fifteen minutes, I performed a normal stress test to verify power and heat. The majority of the CPU cores remained between 55 and 60 °C for the duration of the test, with one core reaching 81 °C before leveling out.

Additionally, the GPU reached 67 degrees Celsius, then dropped to 60 degrees and remained there. During the Turbo period, the CPU frequency peaked at 4.6GHz and consumed 73W of power (the chip has a maximum power consumption of 115W); it then settled back to approximately 2.3GHz for the remainder of the test, using 35W of electricity. During the stress test, the GPU only used 69W of power, peaking at 65W.

To see how the performance of the Victus 16 stacks up against other laptops we’ve previously evaluated, I performed a few synthetic benchmarks.

Benchmark             HP Victus 16 (2023), Intel Core i7-13700H, RTX 4050             HP Omen 16 (2023), Intel Core i7-13700HX, RTX 4080             Lenovo Legion Pro 5i (Gen 8), Core i7-13700HX, RTX 4060             HP Omen 16 (2022), Intel Core i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti             
PCMark 10             7,755             7,523             7,370             7,119             
Cinebench R23 (single / multi)             1,894 / 18,348             1,852 / 19,638             1,888 / 19,468             1,729 / 16,883             
Geekbench 5 (single / multi)             1,836 / 14,229             1,845 / 14,464             1,832 / 14,990             1,780 / 12,587             
Geekbench 6 (single / multi)             2,614 / 14,063             2,519 / 14,119             2,480 / 13,524             N/A             
3DMark Time Spy             9,028             16,740             11,031             11,159             
3DMark Time Spy Extreme             4,221             7,589             5,167             5,537             

The CPU performance of the Victus 16 is robust. The Core i7-13700H fared exceptionally well in the PCMark 10 test, and in certain categories, it almost outperformed its more powerful HX-series sister. Because of the lower-spec RTX 4050 laptop GPU, the system should have enough overhead to support the CPU. Not to be outdone, the PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD achieved read and write speeds in CrystalDiskMark of 6,611 MB/s and 4,982 MB/s, respectively. After purchase, upgrades are possible for both the SSD and the RAM.

Should you buy the HP Victus 16 (2023)?

Should you buy the HP Victus 16 (2023)?

The HP Victus 16 should be purchased if:

  • At the very least, an RTX 4050-equipped gaming laptop should have a battery life that is above average.
  • For productivity work, a full-size (comfortable) keyboard is required.
  • You wish to spend a little less than what the more expensive Omen brand asks.

The HP Victus 16 shouldn’t be purchased if:

  • Do you favor aluminum construction?
  • Which would you prefer—an SD card reader or Thunderbolt 4?
  • You have the extra cash to spend on the Omen brand.

Conclusion

HP’s Victus 16 (2023) is a powerful gaming laptop that offers mixed-use features and is slightly more affordable than Omen models. The basic model starts at $1,150, but HP has knocked a flat $350 off any model you build yourself. The basic model has a 13th-generation Intel Core i5-13500H CPU, Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 16GB of DDR5-5200MHz RAM in a dual-channel setup, 512GB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, a 70Wh battery, and plain keyboard lighting.

It has a 16.1-inch display with a 1920×1080 (FHD) resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 250 nits of brightness. Upgrading to the larger 83Wh battery costs $20, and the single-zone RGB keyboard is a free upgrade if you need the fancier lighting. Changing colors from Mica Silver to Ceramic White or Performance Blue adds another $20.

HP offers fully customizable Victus 16 models with Intel and AMD hardware, starting at $1,300 and climbing to about $2,140. The HX-series chips are available for those looking for more power and a better price. The AMD Ryzen version of the Victus 16 has the most affordable starting price at $1,100, with a Ryzen 5 7640HS CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a basic FHD display.

The Victus keyboard and touchpad come in three colors: Mica Silver, Ceramic White, and Performance Blue. The touchpad is large, tracks well with Precision drivers, and has a firm click. The display has a 60Hz refresh rate, which is not an option with Intel configurations on HP’s website. All displays have a 16:9 aspect ratio, leaving plenty of chin unused.

Performance, battery, and software are upgraded with the “Tempest” cooling system, with fans being loud. The Victus 16 is a great choice for gamers looking for a powerful gaming laptop at an affordable price.

FAQS 

What is the price of the Victus 16 gaming laptop?

Lazada is offering the HP Victus 16-e0215AX for ₱ 45,995.00, which is the lowest price in the Philippines. Furthermore, with the HP Victus 16-e0215AX, you can choose from two AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 16GB 512GB versions starting at ₱ 59,990.00 and an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 8GB 512GB model starting at ₱ 45,995.00. The HP Victus 16-e0215AX’s prices were most recently updated in October 2023.

Can we play GTA 5 on the Victus laptop?

1) HP Victus 16

With an RTX 3050 and a Ryzen CPU from the 5000 series, this beast can run Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p high settings and over 144 frames per second.

Is HP Victus 16 good for students?

Victus computers are a great option for studying and gaming due to their strong and versatile design, as well as their superior hardware. Whether you’re looking for a Victus PC for gaming or schooling, these desktop PCs from HP described above are excellent options that will satisfy your current demands.

Is HP Victus 16 heavy?

Exchanges and special offers can be combined, though, to bring down the whole cost to far less than Rs 80,000. After talking about the price, let’s take a closer look at the HP Victus 16-s0095AX. Typical of gaming laptops, the new HP Victus 16 AMD is big but not too heavy.