To test the performance of the HP EliteBook 8440w I used several benchmarks, as will be explained below.
The first was the iTunes Encoding Test. This test consists of converting 14 standardized audio files to AAC format. The time required to perform the test is measured in seconds, with lower being better.
The results of the iTunes test reflect the speed of the dual-core Core i7 processor. The HP EliteBook 8440w is about 30% faster than the Core i3, the next quickest processor.
The second test involves file transfers. The drive is partitioned and files are copied from one drive partition to the other. The small file test consists of 557 MP3 files totaling 2.56GB, while the large file test consists of a single 2.52GB RAR file.
The HP EliteBook 8440w is the only laptop with a 7200RPM drive I’ve recently tested. That’s a shame, because the speed of the 8440w in the file transfer test confirms yet again that these faster drives do result in tangible performance benefits. Note, however, that the Toshiba T235 comes close. I’m still working on why it was able to perform so well compared to other laptops with 5400RPM drives.
Finally we have the 3D Mark06 benchmark. This is provides a good indication of performance in 3D games and applications.
The performance of the Nvidia Quadro FX 380M is a little better than what you’d expect from an Nvidia 310M notebook. The performance is respectable, but you’ll have a hard time playing most games at the 8440w’s native resolution of 1600x900. Of course, the inclusion of Quadro graphics is targeted at professional 3D rendering instead of entertainment, and the GPU serves that purpose well.