Performance and Benchmarks
System performance of the HP ENVY 14 was nothing short of excellent when it came to its mobile gaming abilities. The ATI Radeon HD 5650 dedicated graphics with 1GB of VRAM was able to handle most game at 1280×720 resolution with moderate detail settings. We tested Left 4 Dead 2 and Crysis Warhead on the system and found the system to be more than capable. While Left 4 Dead 2 was a bit easier on the system at high detail settings, Crysis Warhead was not so gentle. At gamer detail settings it slightly bogged the system down, but as settings were scaled back the performance picked up.
When not trying to play the latest games, the HP ENVY 14 was a capable home theater PC (HTPC) with the Intel GMA HD integrated graphics selected. With the push of button–software button that is–you can switch between both graphics modes on the fly. Even with the GMA HD graphics the system had no trouble at all play 720P or 1080P videos locally or stream HD video from sites like YouTube. Another added perk of the ENVY 14 is its dual digital video outputs, including HDMI and DisplayPort. This means you don’t need to rely on VGA-out if you want to connect more than one external display to the notebook while docked at your desk. Overall the only thing we think might have been missing is a solid state drive (SSD) to really hone the overall system performance. But given the realtively low price tag for its included features, we aren’t surprised a SSD was left out of the base configuration.
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 (high 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):