Earth to HP: ATI Mobility Radeon 5000 series in Elitebooks please

Hey HP (yes, you, Hewlett Packard), guess what? Your new Elitebook 8440 and 8540 notebooks are already awesome. But you know what would put a smile on the faces of consumers, gamers and even some CAD/graphics professionals alike? Well, here’s a hint, AnandTech have got a set of benchmark numbers for the ATI’s new Mobility Radeon 5650 and 5870 graphics cards for notebooks. And well, if you make at least one of ATI’s latest 5000-series mobile graphics an option for the newly launched Elitebook models, I bet they’re gonna fly off the shelves once they’re available for order (and I’ll probably be one of the first in line!)

Those numbers practically blow the socks off Nvidia’s high-end GeForce GTX280M, and I bet things aren’t going to be very different if you compare those ATI cards to Nvidia’s new GeForce 300M series – ATI still wins.

My plea comes on behalf of all the people who enjoy high performance mobility (see the comment by a very power-hungry user). True, most would already settle for a great notebook like the Elitebook 8440 or 8540. But how about something super jaw-dropping awesome for those who crave absolute power. Using ATI’s new graphics cards would make the new Elitebook models so edge bleeding, they’d be at the very top in their class – relatively thin, versatile and extremely powerful. Food for thought.

So far none of HP’s websites (including international ones) list specifications or product pages for the new Elitebook 8440 and 8540… so there’s still time to consider/re-consider ATI if you haven’t already, and quickly slot them in before those product/specifications pages come online! It’s not too late, HP! Now just do it…

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    • Brad January 8, 2010 Reply

      Noooo!! I still hope that they consider them as options in their business notebooks in the future though [wishful thinking].
      The new Quadro cards on the 8540w are decent, but certainly not top of the line or as mind blowing as the ATI 5000 series.

  1. Dana January 8, 2010 Reply

    As I commented before, no ATI option (not even 4xxx series!) == bleh.

  2. domiel February 1, 2010 Reply

    Good news all! Check out the 8540 support manual page 1 (9th physcial page of the pdf)

    Under the Product description, Graphics is listed an “ATI FirePro M5800”

    So it looks like your someone must’ve actually been listening (or reading your blog šŸ™‚

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64179&taskId=101&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=4096175

    • Brad February 1, 2010 Reply

      Aha, so they do listen, huh? =) Btw, they seem to have taken the document offline?

      • Brad February 1, 2010

        Oops, my bad… crummy wireless connection today – just managed to access the page and download the document. Thanks Domiel! =)

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