The GPD pocket 3 is a tiny but versatile laptop with an 8-inch touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard just (barely) large enough for touch input, and a hinge that allows you to fold the screen over the keyboard and hold the computer like a tablet . A modular port system also allows you to adjust the functionality of the computer.
Scheduled to ship in January after the conclusion of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the GPD Pocket 3 is also a surprisingly powerful little computer, with up to an Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. I’ve been testing a pre-release demo unit over the past few weeks, and will have a full review soon. But in this article, I wanted to take a look at the benchmark performance.
GPD offers two models of Pocket 3. For $ 649 and more in crowdfunding, you can reserve a version with an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Or for $ 997 and more, you can book the higher performance version with an Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake processor, twice the memory and storage, and a Thunderbolt 4 port.
This is the version GPD sent me to test.
As you would expect from a small computer with the most powerful 11th gen Intel processor in the U-series, it scores well for single-core performance in tests such as GeekBench and Cinebench, but falls short of the mark for single-core performance. lags behind the latest AMD Ryzen 5000U processors in terms of multi. threaded performance in those same tests.
You would think that thermal stress would lead to a limitation when installing such a powerful processor in such a small space… and you would probably be right in at least some situations. For example, a thin and light MSI Prestige 14 laptop that I tested earlier this year has a slightly less powerful Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, but the MSI laptop scored higher in PCMark than the 8. inch GPD Pocket 3.
But that said, the Pocket 3 has always been ahead of other Intel-equipped devices, including handhelds like the One Mix 4 and ONEXPLAYER mini laptops, and laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano in this review. general purpose performance.
When it comes to graphics performance, the GPD Pocket 3 is definitely not the most powerful system, but its integrated Iris Xe graphics should be enough to handle light gaming tasks on the go.
One thing that probably helps the Pocket 3 GPD is that it has a fairly fast SSD with read / write speeds of up to almost 3,500MB / s and 2,800MB / s, respectively, according to CrystalDiskMark.
But looking at all of the benchmarks above, there’s something you might not know about the Pocket 3: it’s not a left-hander. At least not all the time, but he fights with his left hand in all of the comparison charts above.
This is because I performed these tests with the GPD Pocket 3 running at its “nominal” setting with power limits between 15 and 20 W. But if you enter the computer’s UEFI / BIOS settings by pressing Press the Delete key at startup, there is an option to change the TDP startup mode to “Up” or “Down” configurations depending on whether you want to prioritize performance or power consumption.
Here are some benchmark results showing how performance varies between Low (12-15W), Nominal (15-20W) and High (20W-25W) settings.
As you can see, increasing the level of TDP results in significant performance gains across the board whether you are looking at CPU or graphics performance. And its reduction leads to a significant drop in scores.
It’s nice to have the option to change the performance level… although I can’t say for sure whether the version of Pocket 3 shipped to customers will be just as configurable. GPD has a habit of sending pre-release material to reviewers who have more features unlocked in the UEFI Settings utility than customers will find in retail releases.
If the retail version of the Pocket 3 does have an unlocked BIOS that allows you to adjust the TDP, just keep in mind that you will likely get the longest battery life on the “Down” setting and more. short on the “top”.
For some tasks, it makes little difference which version you use. For example, I was able to regularly stream YouTube videos for about 5 hours before the 38.5 Wh battery went out regardless of the system power setting. But modern computers are well enough optimized to stream video without using a lot of power.
More resource-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing will likely drain battery much faster in Up mode.
I will have more performance notes when the full exam is ready. In the meantime, here’s my unboxing and first impressions video, in case you missed it:
And here is a video showing how the modular ports work, allowing you to replace a USB port with a serial port module or a KVM module that allows you to connect the GPD Pocket 3 to a server or another PC with an HDMI cable and a USB-C cable to use the small laptop as a portable external display and input device:
Another thing to keep in mind when looking at GPD hardware is that the company makes some of the most interesting devices in the mini-laptop space, but GPD is a small Chinese company that ships its products to customers around the world while providing limited customer support.
The company has also made mistakes in the past, such as shipping equipment with the wrong components. So I would only really recommend buying GPD hardware if you are the adventurous, tech-savvy type, willing to tackle any issues that might arise … and possibly willing to shoulder the cost if something goes wrong and you don’t. fail to have your device repaired. or get a refund.