HP Envy 15-3000 Benchmarks with AMD 7690M Graphics and SSD


HP Envy 15-3000 Late 2011The new HP Envy 15-3000, also referred to as the Envy 15 Late 2011 release, has been conspicuously absent from being reviewed.  While a full review will be upcoming on this site, the overall system performance benchmarks for the Envy 15-3000 deserve they’re own page in the sun and as such that’s what this article sets out to do.  The system as purchased came with a 500GB Toshiba hard drive spinning at 7,200RPM.  To make things more interesting we plopped in an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD.  Now, granted this is not the latest and greatest SSD on the market but it gives a very good idea of what kind of performance advantage an SSD is going to give you, even if it’s last years technology.

The key specs for the Envy 15 review system as benchmarked are as follows:

  • Laptop Model: HP Envy 15-3000 (Late 2011 Envy 15 release)
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2760QM @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7690M (v. 8.882.2.3000) 1GB VRAM, switchable with Intel HD3000 integrated graphics
  • Storage: Intel X25-M SSD 80GB
  • Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard 1688

Then Envy 15 can switch between using dedicated and integrated graphics, you’ll want to use the Intel integrated graphics for all those times you’re just doing productivity tasks unrelated to 3D applications or gaming.  For fun, we did benchmark permutations by alternating between AMD/Intel graphics and Toshiba HDD/Intel SSD storage.   The results of each permutation is below and a summary at the very end.  For those interested, you can also download a zip file of all the benchmark and system explorer results here to get a more detailed view.

An extra note, while performing the Integrated/Discrete GPU tests, the BIOS switchable graphics setting was set to “Fixed”, rather than the default “Dynamic”.  Setting graphics to Dynamic has a tangible impact on performance, with the “Fixed” setting producing the highest overall performance when used with the Radeon GPU.


AMD Radeon 7690M and Intel SSD Benchmarks

HP Envy 15 Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2760QM @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 7690M (v. 8.882.2.3000)
  • Storage: Intel X25-M SSD 80GB

imageWindows Experience Index (Windows 7 64-bit):

  • CPU: 7.5
  • Memory: 7.5
  • Graphics: 6.9
  • Gaming graphics: 6.9
  • Primary disk (SSD): 7.7

PCMark Vantage Score: 15,835 (http://3dmark.com/pcmv/481946)

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PCMark Vantage Score Comparison:

Laptop PCMark Vantage Score
HP Envy 15-3000 – Intel Core i7-2760QM 2.40GHz, 6GB RAM, AMD Radeon 7690M, Intel X25-M SSD 15,835 PCMarks
HP Envy 17 3D – Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 6850M 1GB, 8GB RAM, 7200RPM HD 9,340 PCMarks
SONY VAIO SA – Intel Core i5-2430M, AMD 6750M, 6GB RAM, 7200RPM HD 7,007 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 – Intel Core i7-2630qm, Nvidia 550M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel SSD 12,160 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM 5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM 3,204 PCMarks

 

We’ll hold off on any more comparison tables until the end where we’ll summarize the four permutations of the Envy 15-3000 benchmarked.


Intel HD3000  and Intel SSD Benchmarks

HP Envy 15 Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2760QM @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD3000
  • Storage: Intel X25-M SSD 80GB

imageWindows Experience Index (Windows 7 64-bit):

  • CPU: 7.5
  • Memory: 7.5
  • Graphics: 6.4
  • Gaming graphics: 6.4
  • Primary disk (SSD): 7.7

PCMark Vantage Score: 15,405 PCMarks (http://3dmark.com/pcmv/481962)

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AMD Radeon 7690M and Toshiba 7200RPM Benchmarks

HP Envy 15 Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2760QM @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 7690M (v. 8.882.2.3000)
  • Storage: Toshiba 7200RPM 500GB HDD

imageWindows Experience Index (Windows 7 64-bit):

  • CPU: 7.4
  • Memory: 7.4
  • Graphics: 6.9
  • Gaming graphics: 6.9
  • Primary disk (HDD): 5.9

PCMark Vantage Score: 9,736 PCMarks (http://3dmark.com/pcmv/482037)

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Intel HD3000 and Toshiba 7200RPM Benchmarks

HP Envy 15 Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2760QM @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB 1600MHz RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD3000 Graphics
  • Storage: Toshiba 7200RPM 500GB HDD

imageWindows Experience Index (Windows 7 64-bit):

  • CPU: 7.4
  • Memory: 7.4
  • Graphics: 5.9
  • Gaming graphics: 6.5
  • Primary disk (HDD): 5.9

PCMark Vantage Score: 9,534 PCMarks (http://3dmark.com/pcmv/482041)

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Conclusion

Let’s summarize our results for the PCMark Vantage scores achieved by the Envy 15-3000 with its varying configurations of dedicated/integrated graphics and HDD/SSD storage:

Laptop PCMark Vantage Score
HP Envy 15-3000 – AMD Radeon 7690M, Intel X25-M SSD 15,835 PCMarks
HP Envy 15-3000 – Intel HD3000, Intel X25-M SSD 15,405 PCMarks
HP Envy 15-3000 – AMD Radeon 7690M, Toshiba 7200RPM HDD 9,736 PCMarks
HP Envy 15-3000 – Intel HD3000, Toshiba 7200RPM HDD 9,534 PCMarks
HP Envy 17 3D – Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 6850M 1GB, 8GB RAM, 7200RPM HD 9,340 PCMarks
SONY VAIO SA – Intel Core i5-2430M, AMD 6750M, 6GB RAM, 7200RPM HD 7,007 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 – Intel Core i7-2630qm, Nvidia 550M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel SSD 12,160 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM 5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM 3,204 PCMarks

 

Quite obviously the overall system performance is greatly affected by the SSD and not so much what graphics card is being used.  However, if you care about Frame rates in gaming or anything else that utilizes the GPU for computing then of course it will greatly matter.  If we ignore the overall PCMark score and compare the PCMark Gaming GPU scores of the AMD Radeon 7690M versus Intel HD3000 when on SSD here’s what we get looking at the details:

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Envy 15 on AMD 7690M Envy 15 on Intel HD3000
Data decompression 1,762.49 1,174.14
GPU gaming 33.01 FPS 12.9 FPS

 

The AMD 7690M got 33.01 FPS while the Intel HD 3000 achieved 12.9 FPS, so performance is 2 – 3X better in gaming on dedicated graphics based on just this benchmark.  That’s probably underemphasizing the advantages of a dedicated GPU in gaming, but you get the idea.

Stay tuned for the upcoming review of the Envy 15-3000 that will include some extra benchmarks and comparison of the IPS screen to a ThinkPad laptop with a TN-panel screen.

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