HP EliteBook 8540w Performance and Benchmarks

November 15, 2010 by NotebookReview Staff Reads (175,092)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks
The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation comes equipped with a Intel Core i7-620M dual-core processor, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive, NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M graphics, and 4GB of system memory. Some of the RAM was left unused with the 32-bit Windows 7 Professional installed instead of 64-bit, but it didn’t cause a significant drop in performance as a result. We would still recommend a 64-bit operating system though if you configure your notebook with 4GB of RAM or above though.

Compared to the EliteBook 8540p with the NVIDIA NVS 5100m graphics card, the Quadro FX 880M was able to perform certain 3D duties with higher speeds. Its 3D gaming performance was also higher, but only slightly. The Quadro cards are generally tweaked more for CAD or rendering applications instead of gaming, although they can still perform fairly well in less than “productive” activities. Using SPECviewperf 10 to measure its CAD and rendering performance we measured scores in line with other workstation-class systems.

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):

Specviewperf 10 measures the overall CPU and graphics performance in multiple applications used for video editing, animation, and CAD manipulation (higher scores mean better prerformance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:


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