Performance

February 14, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (129,611)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

Our HP EliteBook 8770w review unit had the following configuration:

  • HP EliteBook 8770w SpecsWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 17.3″ LED-backlit HD+ WVA anti-glare 1920 x 1080
  • Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6 GHz
  • AMD FirePro M4000
  • 8GB of DDR3-1600
  • HDD SATA 500GB (7200RPM)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Optiarc ODD SATA DVD SM DL
  • 8-cell 75 WHr Li-Ion battery
  • Dimensions: 16.4″ x 10.7″ x 1.47″
  • Weight: 7.66 lbs.
  • Limited 3yr and 1yr Warranty Options
  • MSRP: Starting at $1650

Performance and Benchmarks

The HP EliteBook 8770w offers an acceptable level of performance, but the standard build of this device won’t blow users away. Our version of the device was equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6GHz processor and 8GB of RAM. The combination proved to be more than enough for normal computing tasks and even managed to handle more complicated processes fairly well; but when compared against other desktop replacements and mobile workstations, the EliteBook rest amongst the middle of the pack. That being said, the device still managed to easily multi-task hosting multiple programs, browsers, and video streams without the least bit of lag or performance drop. This notebook will handle most of the functions that you throw at it, and if users are looking for better performance there are slew of upgrade options available (including up to 32GB of RAM).

In addition to its solid processor and RAM capacity, the EliteBook 8770w also offers dedicated graphics with the AMD FirePro M4000. The GPU offers DirectX 11 support with 512 stream processors based on the GCN-architecture. While this mid-tier GPU does not offer top of the line performance, it still allows the machine to run graphic intensive functions such as video editing and with an acceptable level performance. Additionally, the EliteBook offers a number of GPU upgrades for those who are looking for even stronger performance levels, but the average users the HP EliteBook 8770w will more than suffice.

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:

 

Heat and Noise

HP EliteBook 8770w FanDespite its large size the HP EliteBook 8770w is rather quiet and cool. The single fan which is located at the lower left end of the chassis will occasionally emit a faint sound, but it’s only when the device is being pushed to its capacity. The fan also manages to keep the device relatively cool, though the area directly sounding the fan tends to get a bit warm at times.

The fan easily keeps the device cool enough to function as laptop if desired, but I doubt many users will rest this 8 pound behemoth on their lap.

 

Battery Life

To test battery life we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

PowerMark battery life test results (higher scores mean better life): 

HP EliteBook 8770w PowerMark

In our tests the HP EliteBook ran for 2 hours and 56 minutes before the device shut down after reaching 5 percent battery limit reserve. The 3 hour battery life is admittedly not fantastic, but it serviceable especially given the size and weight of this device. However, users should be aware that its limited battery reserve greatly reduces the portability of this device due to its heavy charger. The EliteBook’s charger easily adds at least another pound to the total carrying weight, making the workstation far less to tote around.


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