Performance and Benchmarks
The HP Pavilion dm3t currently comes with your choice of two Intel processors: the 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor with 3MB L3 cache or the more powerful 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM with 3MB L3 cache. Both processors should provide plenty of performance for the majority of average consumers. Our review unit came equipped with the Core i3 processor and proved to be quite snappy in our performance tests.
The only potential weak spot in the dm3’s performance record is the use of Intel HD graphics. The integrated graphics provides enough muscle to handle HD video streaming and basic video editing, but it isn’t strong enough to speed up performance in graphic-entense applications like Photoshop and it certainly can’t handle the latest generation of action games. If you’re content playing Solitaire and Peggle then you won’t be disappointed by the gaming capability of the dm3t … just don’t expect to play Mass Effect 3 on this.
Still, it’s slightly troubling that the less expensive HP Pavilion dm1z is actually a more capable gaming notebook.
The 320GB, 7200 rpm hard drive is fast enough to quickly load most basic applications like Microsoft Office or open file folders without significant lag. If that isn’t fast enough you can always order the optional 160GB Solid State Drive from HP or remove the stock hard drive yourself and install your own SSD or a hybrid hard drive like the Seagate Momentus XT.
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 gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):