*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 2*

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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. Jethro81

    Jethro81 Newbie

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    Hello everyone,
    I am strongly looking at the 8740 i5 with the ATI. Does anyone here use this machine for solidworks? Also anyone play BF2 with this machine. I use to have the 8510w and loved it until it was stolen :( Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Jethro
     
  2. Thecla

    Thecla Notebook Deity

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    stug Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks Thecla. I think it is interesting to follow this review.


    FYI Brian Ambrozy (the reviewer) says:
    "If you guys have any questions for HP or NVIDIA for this project, we have a direct pipeline to them, and they are all really cool. Let me know!"<cite></cite><cite></cite>
     
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    Wizman Notebook Guru

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    sinitar Notebook Guru

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    Got my 8740w! Really a solid beast. I replaced the hard drive with an OCZ vertex2, and added another RAM. I am looking for an upgrade bay to put a 500G hard drive but can't find one online. Does anyone know how to get one?
     
  6. Maru

    Maru Notebook Consultant

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    The SolidWorks sw-02 entries of the SpecViewPerf11 benchmarks may give some indication of how the ATI FirePro M7820 GPU will perform compared to the other GPUs.

    Collected 8740w Owners Benchmark Data: 3D Graphics performance
    Code:
    <pre style='font-size: xx-small; font-family: 'Lucida Console', monospace'>
    SPECViewPerf11 (runs traces of GPU commands from CAD/CAM program benchmarks)
    ...
    sw-02 (SolidWorks 2009 sp2)
     840QM	3800M	12.5947	_	)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 30.22
     740QM	5000M	_	_	)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 29.99
     720QM	2800M	12.5947	TN:6	))))))))))))))))))))))))))) 27.04
     840QM	M7820	743.3.1	DC2:10	)))))))))))))))))))) 20.28
    ...
    </pre>
    I think the sw-02 scores are the average of the 10 GPU traces from SolidWorks2009 listed here
    SPECviewperf® 11 -- sw-03 viewset
    (I don't understand why this page says sw03, but the screenshots of the result of SpecViewPerf11 say sw-02.)
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-...k-8740w-owners-lounge-new-52.html#post6825979
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-...k-8740w-owners-lounge-new-42.html#post6789613

    SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance benchmarks
    SPEC Benchmarks

    Sorry to hear your 8510w was stolen.
     
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  7. Wizman

    Wizman Notebook Guru

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    Hi sinitar,

    Congratulations on your new 8740w. My new 8740w was delivered last Wednesday, I used it a few days, and it was shipped back to HP yesterday to be replaced with a new one. :eek: I will explain why in another post soon.

    The "caddy" you need for your 500GB drive can be ordered directly from HP at: HP PartSurfer

    The HP Part# is 613682-001 (UPGRADE BAY CRADLE). Cost is $20.90 + tax + shipping. I purchased the same part a few days ago and it is due to be delivered on Monday. Total cost for me was $20.90 + $1.78 tax + $11.2 UPS shipping = $33.93 total. Turnaround time from initial order to delivery is ~4 business days.

    My 8740w, "the old one" being replaced, had a 256GB Crucial RealSSD C300 SSD provided by HP. I just purchased a Western Digital Scorpio (Black) 500GB 7200 rpm drive for the upgrade bay to replace the DVD drive for additional storage.

    Buying a real HP "caddy" from HP is the best deal, but they are also available from NewmodeUS (not a HP part) at:2nd Hard Drive Caddy for HP Upgrade Bay - SATA (compare AK868AA) [HP-2BAY-8730] - $42.00 : NewmodeUS, Hard Drive Caddys for Notebooks

    Others here have used the NewmodeUS part sucessfully, but apparently you need a big hammer to seat it properly. :eek: I went with the HP part. :cool:

    Good luck with your new 'beast". Hopefully, I will have my new replacement within a couple of weeks. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Judicator

    Judicator Judged and found wanting.

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    So, I finally managed to stop procrastinating and ordered my own 8740wa few days ago. The rep I spoke with offered a 24% discount off the bat, I asked for 25% to make it "a nice round number". Hopefully the 3 week average shipping time holds true, as that would get my shiny new machine to my door just in time for my birthday. :D

    This did bring up a question for me, though. As I intend to pickup an Upgrade Bay caddy at some point, I was thinking about using the DVD-RW drive in an external enclosure, and so I was wondering if it would fit into one of those slimline enclosures, or if I'd have to go looking for a full size enclosure. Or I could just go ahead and buy an entire external DVD-RW drive, although at that point I'd be highly tempted to make it a Blu-Ray writer... >.>
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    BattleField 2? I play Bad Company 2 with my 8740w, it has superb performance at 1920x1200 and max settings . . . very smooth. Never skips a beat.

    I ordered the upgrade bay a few days ago for my 8740w, it came out to ~$34. I haven't installed it yet (right now I have to burn quite a few CDs). I also need to decide which hard drive to install in it.
     
  10. RampageII

    RampageII Notebook Evangelist

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    OMG, I can't believe this myth is still alive.
    One guy mentioned that he used a hammer and suddenly people assume it's a requirement. LOL

    I have one of those caddies which I purchased for my old 8730w laptop, way before I even got an 8740w.
    The 8730w and 8740w caddies are interchangeable.
    The first couple of times, I noticed it didn't quite go in smooth in my 8730w. Once I gave it a gentle bump with palm of my hand, it went in just fine.
    That was on a couple of occasions only. Now it just goes in smooth without any problems.

    But of course the "hammer" comments are what sticks in people's minds. :laugh:
     
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