In my previous write-ups about HP’s Elitebook 8730w this month, I provided some battery life figures for the 8730w Mobile Workstation when doing various tasks and also talked about the Elitebook’s gaming abilities. And now, we come to the Elitebook 8730w’s performance figures and noise. Again, here’s the configuration on the HP Elitebook 8730w I used for testing: Intel Centrino 2 (Core 2 Duo) T9400 2.53 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM (2 X 2 GB), 17 inch DreamColor display, 160 GB hard drive and top-of-the-line Nvidia Quadro FX3700M 1 GB workstation-class graphics card.
Temperature and heat: When idling, the 8730w’s processor temperature hovers around the 39 to 41 Celcius range and when doing “light things” such as typing out this write up or surfing the net, it’s around 40 to 45 Celcius. Doing heavy (and multiple) tasks like HD video editing, graphics rendering and gaming, the processor temperature can rise up to 50+ degrees Celcius but so far, during my 3 months with the 8730w, never above 60 Celcius. Generally, you won’t notice the heat being emitted from the notebook, even under intense use (the most your palms and hands will ever feel will be an occasional “slightly warm” feeling), as it only gets hot on the underside of the 8730w… so unless you literally use the Elitebook as a lap-top and place it on your lap while using it, everything should be fine. Speaking of the heat being mostly on the underside of the notebook, things there can get hot (though it won’t burn your hand) so keep that in mind after finishing work and carrying the notebook by your side.
Noise: The HP Elitebook 8730w has a single fan with two side vents. When it’s under light to medium load, the fan runs very quietly – I wouldn’t say dead silent but you won’t notice it unless you put your ear close to the notebook’s fan location. Under heavy load, the Elitebook’s fan tends to spin up but even then, it’s still fairly quiet. You’ll hear a fairly distinct very low humming sound (much more low profile than the usual “whooshing” fan sounds of typical notebooks) which isn’t too loud or annoying… I doubt the person sitting next to you would even notice unless you’re in a completely silent, soundproof room. Compare this with the Elitebook 8730w’s consumer relative, the HP Pavilion dv7 (which spots a 17 inch glossy LCD and shares the T9400 processor) which makes a fairly noticeable “shhhhhhhh” fan sound when being put to the test.
And this is how the HP Elitebook 8730w performs based on Windows Vista’s Windows Experience Index rating system:
- Processor: 5.4
- Memory: 5.9
- Graphics: 5.9
- Gaming graphics: 5.8
- Hard disk: 5.3
Again, I should remind you that the HP Elitebook 8730w uses a workstation-class graphics card (not your usual gaming graphics cards). If you have any questions or comments, do feel free to drop a comment below or email me.