HP EliteBook 8440w Core i7 Notebook Review

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 Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Gaming Performance

To touch on gaming performance we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a resolution of 1280x800 or 1366x768 (on our newer machines). The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below, and for comparison with machines that are able to play at higher resolutions with larger screens, we'll provide you with a link to our chart from the Asus G51J review.

Neither of these titles are particularly new, but both showcase how well a machine can handle what we'd describe as "light-duty" to "medium-duty" gaming. Obviously, a workstation GPU won't handle the latest and greatest first-person shooters on the market, but it managed to play both of these classics at a very smooth clip, even at native resolution (1600x900). While not shown on this chart due to our previous machines not supporting 1600x900 resolution, both titles completed the scenes with average FPS rates between 32 and 36, so both were perfectly playable even at the native resolution. Some of the newer titles, however, would probably put the 380M in a real bind, but you really shouldn't be considering a mobile workstation is gaming is your top priority, anyway.

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