HP EliteBook 8440w Performance, Benchmarks and Conclusion

January 6, 2010 by Jerry Jackson Reads (93,180)

Performance and Benchmarks
Our EliteBook 8440w came with the new Intel 620M Core i7 processor, clocking in at 2.26GHz with four cores … although our test system ran a little fast at 2.67GHz. As is common with workstation-class machines, the 8440w features NVIDIA Quadro graphics in the form of the Quadro FX 380M with 512MB of dedicated RAM. This gives the EliteBook significantly more power than a typical business notebook and a jaw-dropping level of performance with only a modest cost to the battery life. A 320GB 7200RPM hard drive was also included, which helped applications load without much lag. This notebook should easily exceed the expectations of all but the most demanding professionals in terms of graphics performance.

With that said, let’s jump into the performance benchmarks.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming and 3D rendering (higher scores mean better performance):

HDTune storage drive performance test:

Heat and Noise
During normal use (browsing the web or working on a text document) the EliteBook 8440w remained quite cool and very quiet. The exhaust fan wasn’t audible except when running performance benchmarks or stressing the CPU and graphics. You won’t have to worry about bothering coworkers or clients with unwanted noise coming from your laptop in a quiet office.

Finally, we recorded the following external temperatures using an IR thermometer after running two consecutive PCMark05 benchmarks. This should serve as an indicator of how hot the notebook will get after about 30 minutes of serious use. All temperatures are listed in degrees Fahrenheit. It’s obvious that the bottom of the notebook near the RAM and CPU heatsink are the hottest parts of the notebook.

Battery
HP offers the EliteBook 8440w with your choice of either a 6-cell or 9-cell Lithium-Ion battery. The battery life of the standard 6-cell battery is good and the 9-cell delivers almost 1.8 times the battery life of the standard battery. During our timed tests, with the laptop set to “balanced” mode, wireless active, and 70% screen brightness, the 8440w lasted for 3 hours and 57 minutes. Battery life with the 9-cell is closer to 7 hours. Battery life can also be extended using the “power saver” power profile in Windows 7 … or you can purchase the 8440w with the “slightly” lower voltage 2.4GHz Core i5 520M processor.

Conclusion
The EliteBook 8440w marks the beginning of a new class of mobile workstations. This durable 14-inch notebook packs all the processing a graphics horsepower you’re likely to need and does it for a reasonable price. Although $1,649 isn’t exactly cheap, this is more affordable than many other 14-inch business notebooks with lower performance numbers. If HP added a larger touchpad and better touchpad buttons then this mobile workstation would be absolutely perfect. As is, the 8440w is still a masterpiece among 14-inch business-class notebooks and is an obvious Editor’s Choice.

Pros:

  • Extreme durability
  • Great keyboard
  • First 16:9 ratio 14-inch mobile workstation!

Cons:

  • Small Touchpad
  • Hinged Touchpad Buttons = Bad


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