Gaming on the EliteBook part 2… coming soon

Gaming on the EliteBook 8740w writeup... coming soon after Crysis 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Shift 2 Unleashed come out

Exciting times lie ahead in the month of March for three reasons: Crysis 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed (what a mouthful). The first two are coming out on March 22 while Need for Speed is being released on March 29. Perfect! Because I don’t think there’s a better or more fitting way to give my EliteBook 8740w a break from code, CAD and graphics than a bunch of new high-resolution game titles!

Having used the EliteBook 8730w and written about its gaming performance in brief, I can say the EliteBook 8740w offers a nice leap in performance and heat dissipation that’s a whole lot more effective. On the EliteBook 8740w, the keyboard no longer becomes a “hand warmer” when running intensive applications, the fan is a lot quieter even under heavy load and the bottom of the notebook doesn’t burn your hands after running heavy programs and games. The fact that HP has improved cooling on the EliteBook 8740w bodes well for the next generation successor… EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstation speculation anyone?

The EliteBook 8740w has played more game titles in the last three months than the EliteBook 8730w has seen in the past three years! Fine, not really, but if you count games in a single franchise as “one”, then yes… the games I ran on the old EliteBook 8730w include titles from the Left4Dead series, Call of Duty series, Assassin’s Creed series, Need for Speed series, Metro 2033 and Blur.

I will be playing those three new games coming out this month and, continuing HP Fansite’s tradition of covering the hottest high-profile game releases (to add a little spice and diversity to our usual HP news and reviews), will be reviewing them. And of course, we’ll be posting “gaming on the EliteBook: part 2”, AKA gaming on the EliteBook 8740w (a followup from gaming on the EliteBook 8730w in 2009 eh?) and rest assured it’ll be a lot more in-depth with performance numbers, frame rates, core temperatures, analysis and more, than my previous article in the series in 2009.

Games I’ve played on the HP EliteBook 8740w, from start to finish, so far include:

  • Age of Empires II (1999, old, but a classic and highly noteworthy!)
  • Left4Dead 1 and Left4 Dead 2 (2008 and 2009)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2009)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (2010)
  • Metro 2033 (2010)
  • Mafia II (2010)
  • Dead Rising 2 (2010)
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
  • Dead Space 2 (2011)
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2 (2011)

I’ll have three new games to add to that list by the of March: Crysis 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed. And as a big time technology geek and gamer, I feel quite obliged to tell you about the “games to look out for” this year in 2011: Battlefield 3, Call of Duty (speculated to be Modern Warfare 3), “the next Assassin’s Creed”, Dirt 3 and Portal 2 are all big name, high profile game titles. 2011 is gonna be an exciting year in gaming, and especially PC gaming.

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5 Comments

  1. curious-character March 8, 2011 Reply

    What is your configuration? I see Dreamcolor, nVIDIA (5000M?) and I can’t tell if your Intel sticker is blue or black.

  2. Brad March 8, 2011 Reply

    Hey you’re right about DreamColor =) It’s extremely useful for graphics and photo work, and also a plus for gaming.
    My config:
    2.0 GHz Intel i7 920XM
    Nvidia, but just the FX3800M
    8 GB of RAM

  3. curious-character March 9, 2011 Reply

    Nice, are you overclocking the CPU? I got a pre-config with:
    740qm
    FX5000M
    8GB (2D)
    Dreamcolor

  4. Brad S | March 13, 2011 Reply

    Mine’s just a stock processor, I’ve yet to overclock it (or find a means to do it, though I AM curious if Intel’s Extreme Utility tuning will work on it) and I’m satisfied enough with performance to not do it… yet. How are you finding your 8740w?

  5. curious-character March 15, 2011 Reply

    I had lots of problems and got to experience HP on-site service. It took them a while to get things worked out, but they did replace my machine. Now that I have a non-defective unit, I am loving it.

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