HP EliteBook 8440w—Application Performance and Futuremark

The 8440w is quick. There is no other way to describe it. The dual-core Core i7-620M is definitely a killer processor for simple processing tasks. While it doesn't have the amount of raw computing power as the quad-core i7 line, the 620M is faster in single and dual-threaded applications, even besting the 920XM in some cases.

3D Rendering—CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering—CINEBENCH R10

Internet Performance

Video Encoding—x264

Video Encoding—x264

Cinebench, Peacekeeper, x264 HD encoding—you name it, computing performance-wise the 8440w is better than just about everything with a dual-core processor, and competitive with the lower-end quads. This is especially true in Peacekeeper and the single-threaded Cinebench, where the i7-620M tops the charts. Like the old Core 2 Duo/Quad argument on the desktop side, it becomes the difference between four cores versus two faster cores. If you're not doing heavily multithreaded work, the dual-core i7 is the better way to go.

Futuremark 3DMark05

Futuremark 3DMark06

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark PCMark05

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Now, Futuremark is a different story—the 8440w has a lower-end Quadro FX 380M that is based on the same core as the G 310M, which is based on the G 210M. As such, the FX 380M ends up somewhere between the two performance-wise. What this means is that the 8440w ends up pretty weak in non-workstation centric video benchmarks. So in both 3DMark and PCMark, the 8440w fares pretty poorly compared to some of the lower priced mainstream and gaming centric notebooks on the market.

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  • ExodusC - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Has AnandTech been able to get their hands on an Envy 14 to review it? I'm typing from mine now, and I absolutely love it. I'd like to see what AnandTech thinks about it, compared to the plethora of other laptops you guys get to review... Reply
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Not yet, but hopefully real soon (finally!) Reply
  • CurseTheSky - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    I'll second the Envy 14 review recommendation. In a world where the Macbook Pro seems like the only option if you want a good, solid, "consumer-level" notebook, the Envy 14 is a breath of fresh air.

    Essentially it comes down to a trade-off between the two. OSX vs. Windows 7, and better battery life (MBP 13) vs. better processor / graphics card / screen (Envy 14).
    Reply
  • zoxo - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    I have 2 problems with the envy14. Although it supposedly has a great screen, it does not (yet) come in matte. The second problem is, that it's only really available in the us. Europe is out of luck there. (as usual with notebooks I might add) Reply
  • ExodusC - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    I agree the glossy screen can be annoying, but if it gets to where the reflections annoy me, I just crank up the brightness-- and HP didn't lie, this thing gets really bright. I have considered a matte screen protector that would help alleviate it, but as of now I'm okay with the glossy panel.

    I agree that the availability in Europe seems poor-- I've read around and it seems hard to find there, aside from maybe Germany.
    Reply
  • djjazzyjeff1965 - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    Envy 14 would be a lot more attractive if it had a matte screen, a non-underclocked GPU and ditched the gratuitous branding ("Beats" audio, the name "Envy") designed to appeal to 13 year-olds with small penises. Reply
  • djjazzyjeff1965 - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    Oh, and if they didn't hand off the design to somebody's daughter who thought that flowers would be pretty.

    Envy 14 - so close, yet so far.
    Reply
  • jasperjones - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    I was hoping for this review :) aorn, the one other business-class notebook I'd like to see reviewed is the E6410.

    Two minor things:

    "The other sweet touch is the retractable light above the screen that shines onto the keyboard, basically the same thing as the ThinkLight. I prefer backlit keyboards, but the keyboard light works just as well."

    I don't understand why people consider backlit keyboard/retractable light a useful feature. If you're serious about keyboard quality, you're probably touch typing anyway, right?

    "I don't really understand is why business notebooks have started using DisplayPort instead of the more common HDMI standard."

    So that you can attach a 2560x1600 resolution external display? I know that HDMI 1.3a and higher specifies (optional, afaik) support for resolutions greater than 1920x1200, but I've yet to see that higher-resolution support in a notebook.
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  • mino - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    "I don't understand why people consider backlit keyboard/retractable light a useful feature. If you're serious about keyboard quality, you're probably touch typing anyway, right?"

    Wrong.

    ThinkLight (and copies) is VERY useful thing for 2 reasons:
    - it allows for built- in ability to operate without ANY external light, anywhere, anytime
    - notebook keyboard are very much "non-standard", so typing by memory is hard and special/custom key operation downright impossible without seeing the keyboard.
    Reply
  • jconan - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    typing by memory is typically for hunt and seek typist. For people who have been typing without even looking at the keys, this not useful unless using non-standardized keys. I rarely look at the keys unless there are nuances like the mac keyboards because of the command key inclusion and missing keys ie prntscrn, scrnlock, pause and inclusion of more function keys, Reply

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