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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  • darwinosx - Monday, August 23, 2010 - link

    I have the 15-inch version at work and it makes an excellent Linux laptop.

    Anyone comparing an HP Envy to a Mac Book Pro is delusional. The Envy's are a ripoff copy but made much more cheaply and with horrible battery life.
  • sthomas - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    That's true Think light is really useful. every one should take it's advantage.
  • andreas295427 - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    While I really enjoyed reading this article, I somewhat disagree with the statement that there are only three major players when it comes to workstations. i do believe, that one should not forget Fujtsu and its Celsius Mobile line of workstations.

    And to mention Macbook Pro as a kind of workstation isn't really helpful. While the Macbook Pro is indeed quite powerful, it still isn't workstation/ enterprise class. It simply lacks a few core elements, like certified gpu drivers, a docking port/ docking station, or the possibility to have 24h-onsite-service.
    So, white anandtech obviously really likes the Macbook Pro, one should not forget what it is: a consumer product, or better an excellent premium consumer product - but not a workstation.
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