Performance and Benchmarks
System performance is simply fantastic thanks to the combination of Intel Core i7-2620M processor with 2.70GHz clock speed and AMD Radeon HD 6470M discrete graphics card with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 video memory. Our standard suite of synthetic performance benchmarks shows this configuration of the EliteBook 8560p has great computational power and generally impressive graphics but if the 3DMark scores are to be believed then the raw graphics/rendering power of the new EliteBook isn't as good as what we saw from the older EliteBook 8540p.
That might be a deal breaker for customers who already have older EliteBooks with dedicated graphics, but if you're stepping up to a discrete graphics card for the first time then the new 8560p still offers better graphics performance than the latest generation of Intel integrated graphics. Normally I wouldn't complain about a 3DMark06 score of 5045, but when the price of the notebook is $1,500 then I expect to see more powerful graphics.
In terms of storage, our review unit came equipped with a standard 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. That's plenty of storage for most situations and the drive is probably fast enough for most business customers, but it's worth mentioning that HP offers faster solid state drives (SSDs) for customers who want the fastest possible start-up times in Windows and don't like to wait for files to be saved when shutting down their notebooks.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
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