HP Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Review

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3DMark 11 and Gaming

Ultrabooks aren't designed for heavy gaming. Even so, it's good to know what to expect from any system you're thinking about buying. Although they may not be designed with gaming in mind, Ultrabooks can (and will) be used for light-duty gaming. To help you get a feel for the type of gaming performance you can expect from the HP Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000, we loaded a few gaming-related benchmarks to see just what it can do.

Futuremark 3DMark11
Simulated Application Performance
Futuremark’s gaming 3DMark 11 benchmark is a grueling test that makes use of DirectX 11 and several highly-detailed demos to put a system's graphics card through its paces. We opt for the Performance setting in the benchmark when we test notebooks and ultrabooks, so keep that in mind if you compare the scores to a system that ran the Entry or Extreme version.

Despite some impressive scores in previous tests, make no mistake, the Intel HD 4000 Graphics is not designed for heavy gaming. You should be able to get away with playing Source titles and most less demanding games, especially if you dial down the visual quality settings, but you're not to run triple-A titles with all the eye candy cranked up, as indicated by the mediocre 3DMark 11 score.

Far Cry 2 Gaming Test
DirectX Gaming Performance

To get another perspective on the IdeaPad Yoga 13's gaming capabilities, we fired up the "Ranch" demo in Far Cry 2. This FPS game features lush vegetation and plenty of explosions and graphical mayhem. For this test, we turned off AA and used a resolution of 1280x720.


Even an older title like Far Cry 2 can put a strain on integrated graphics, and that's with the resolution dialed down to 1280x720. Note that we run this test at High Quality, so lowering that will provide the few extra frames per second needed for a playable experience. The bottom line is, Ultrabooks that rely on integrated graphics are all about making compromises when it comes to PC gaming., and the HP Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 is no exception.

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