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Pre-installed Software and Performance

Our evaluation system came equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, the best choice for a computer running 4GB or more system memory. Being the first HP notebook we have reviewed in quite some time, we didn't know what to expect in terms of bundled software.

What I found was an abundance of HP MediaSmart software that I wouldn't hesitate to remove. Other questionable software includes Stardock MyColors, Stardock LogonStudio, Norton Internet Security, MSN Toolbar and Hulu Desktop. Fortunately there were some useful full software suites installed, most notably Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3, Corel VideoStudio Pro X3, Cyberlink DVD Suite and a copy of Microsoft 2010 Starter.

HP has also included Stardock's Fences on the Envy 14, a program we featured some time ago that allows you to organize desktop icons and even hide them by double-clicking on the desktop, resulting in a clutter-free home screen. You'll probably want to revert back to the Windows Aero theme as the default HP theme is horrible. The color scheme is less-than-attractive and the icon set is difficult to decipher (file and folder icons look nearly identical), but other than that we like the inclusion of this particular title.

The Envy 14 features Intel's Turbo Boost technology, which is built into Core i5 and i7 chips and is designed to better manage workloads by dynamically adjusting individual processor core speeds when more processing power is needed.

Intel is quick to point out that this is not overclocking as the processor still runs within its spec. This particular CPU runs at 2.40 GHz but can go as high as 2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost -- an increase of 266 MHz. The increase isn't too substantial, but every bit helps when certain applications are not designed to effectively use multi-core processors. Turbo Boost is handled by the processor and regulated by the operating system, so you may not even notice the shift.

We ran a series of benchmarks to show how the HP Envy 14's processor, hard drive and memory perform under load. Turbo Boost was enabled for every test and the results are shown below.

HP Envy 14 System Specs

Hardware:

  • 14.5" HP Radiance display running at 1600 x 900 resolution
  • Intel Core i5 450M (2.4 - 2.66GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • x2 2GB DDR3 system memory (4GB total)
  • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
  • Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200 RPM
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Software:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Benchmark Results

Results
3DMark 06 (higher is better)
3DMark Score 6866 3DMarks
CPU Score 2748
3DMark Vantage (higher is better)
3DMark Score P3068
GPU Score 2560
CPU Score 7587
Super PI Mod 1.5 (lower is better)
1M test 0m 16.146 sec
4M test 1m 22.836 sec
Sandra processor arithmetic (higher is better)
Agregate arithmetic performance 32 GOPS
Dhrystone iSSE4.2 38.1 GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3 25.7 GFLOPS
Sandra processor multimedia (higher is better)
Aggregate multimedia performance 62.16 MPixel/s
Multimedia Integer x16 iSSE4.1 70.88 MPixel/s
Multimedia Float x8 iSSE2 53.44 MPixel/s
Multimedia Double x4 iSSE2 29 MPixel/s
Sandra memory bandwidth (higher is better)
Aggregate Memory Performance 8.49 GB/s
Integer Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 8.25 GB/s
Float Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 8.72 GB/s
Sandra memory latency (lower is better)
Memory Latency 135 ns
Speed Factor 94.30
Sandra file systems
Drive Score (higher is better) 76 MB/s
Random Access Time (lower is better) 4.42 ms

Gaming Performance

Results
Unreal Tournament 3 (Max graphics settings, Coret level)
1024 x 768 78.6 fps
1280 x 1024 54 fps
1680 x 1050 38.6 fps
1920 x 1080 38.8 fps
Far Cry 2 (Medium graphics settings, DX9, Ranch Small demo)
1680 x 1050 32.8 fps
1920 x 1080 30.2 fps
Far Cry 2 (High graphics settings, DX10, Ranch Small demo)
1280 x 1024 29.8 fps
1680 x 1050 24.4 fps
1920 x 1080 20.5 fps