*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 2*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by Aikimox, Sep 7, 2010.

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What is your EliteBook 8740w config (select one from each category)?

  1. Non-DreamColor 2 screen

    96 vote(s)
    35.0%
  2. DreamColor 2 Screen

    114 vote(s)
    41.6%
  3. Dual-core Processor

    64 vote(s)
    23.4%
  4. Quad-core Processor

    138 vote(s)
    50.4%
  5. ATI M7820 Graphics

    123 vote(s)
    44.9%
  6. Nvidia FX 2800M

    43 vote(s)
    15.7%
  7. Nvidia FX 3800M

    47 vote(s)
    17.2%
  8. Nvidia FX 5000M

    27 vote(s)
    9.9%
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  1. MobileArtist

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    Isn't the M5000M a DirectX 12 card, and the 980M DirectX 11?

    Should I look for one with an HP bios? Curiously some GPUs with Dell/MSI bioses work out-of-the-box in the 8740W.

    On a side note, is there some color balance, brightness, gamma setting which is best for the eyes?
     
  2. bobmook

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    So far as I know at their core the M5000m and 980m are the same card. You want a clevo/dell card, they pop in and just work.....As far as calibration and I just optimum settings and wear blue blocking reading glasses
     
  3. MobileArtist

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    Thanks Bobmook for your response. You're probably right about the 2 cards, but it's also true that the M5000M is DirectX 12, and the 980 M is 11, which is confusing.

    Over on the ultimate upgrade thread people have installed KX100M cards on the 8740W, and it's apparently the Dell/MSI cards which pop in, and the HP cards which don't work! That's a mystery.

    Having DirectX 12 is a good thing, I think. So I'm mulling over what is the best price/performance card to replace my burnt out 5000M.
     
  4. senso

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    They both "support" DX12, at Feature Level 1, its not really full DX12, but all Maxwell GPU's support DX12, not only the Quadros.
     
  5. MobileArtist

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    Thanks for that valuable information, senso. Can you explain what you mean by compatible at Level I?

    It was the opinion of a friend on this thread that a Quadro card was necessary for the DreamColor screen. Was he incorrect, so that the 980M would be a better alternative?

    If you had an 840Q what card would you put in? I imagine at some point the CPU could be a bottleneck for higher performing cards.
     
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    Mastermind5200 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Firepro M6100
     
  7. senso

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    Its a bit complex:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feature_levels_in_Direct3D#Direct3D_12

    They support and can run DX12 only games, but if you can choose between DX11 and 12, DX11 usually performs a bit better in Maxwell(at least thats how it used to be).
    I wouldn't go much above a 980m with your CPU, maybe a 1060 because it will run cooler than the 980m and will perform a bit better.
     
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    A 1060 is more powerful than a 980M? What is the exact model designation for the 1060? Should I, once again, look for one with a Dell/Clevo/MSI Vbios, and will it work with the DreamColor screen?

    Thanks!
     
  9. senso

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    A 1060 is 20-30% better than a 980m in games, and uses less power.
    There are semi-custom 1060's form MSI with a different RAM arrangement, but should fit your current heatsink and there are lots of 1060 mxm's on eBay in the 350€ ballpark.
    No ideia about the dream color display and what GPU's does it support.
     
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    Another friend of mine on the forum contacted me, and still is of the opinion that non-Quadro cards do not match well with the DreamColor screen.

    Personally, I don't know what to make of any of this, which is obviously confusing!

    My friend thinks the K5100M is the card of choice. Once again, I just don't know, and I respect everyone's input.
     
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