CPU and Storage Performance
In the Cinebench R15 rendering test, we see that all of the low-power Intel CPUs are close in performance, with the MateBook E's m3-7Y30 leading the pack. However, these machines are still no match to the 15W CPU-equipped ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Encoding video in Handbrake shows a similar story, with the MateBook E surpassing the performance of last year's model in CPU encoding. However, for the GPU-enabled Quick Sync Video encoding, all of the Y-series processors are very similar, as expected.
PCMark 8 is a benchmarking suite that aims to emulate several different usage scenarios ranging from basic productivity to mixed workloads with light gaming and to applications for creative professionals like photo and video editing. While the "conventional" tests are running applications as you'd expect, the "accelerated" versions add OpenCL acceleration and use the available GPU devices for some operations.
While the MateBook E bests the previous MateBook in our PCMark 8 testing, both fall slightly short compared to the XPS 13 2-in-1 we reviewed earlier this year. This is likely due to the faster NVMe storage used on the XPS 13 compared to the SATA drives of the MateBooks.
Speaking of storage performance, the SanDisk SATA SSD in the MateBook E performs in line with expectations for modern SATA SSDs. The read speeds take full advantage of the SATA 3 interface, while reads fall a bit short of competitors like the Samsung 850 Evo.