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HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review - Gaming Performance

By: Trace Hagan | Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: May 21, 2013 5:34 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: HP

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0

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3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPU's.




The HP Envy TouchSmart 4 actually disappoints some when it comes to gaming performance. For a machine that has been hanging in there with more expensive varieties, it's rather sad to see it start to fall behind.


The Intel processor HP used in the TouchSmart 4 has a slower max graphics frequency which clearly affected the GPU and overall scores. As you can see, the graphics score was less than half that of other Ultrabooks. It was even outperformed by the older Folio 13 that was powered by a Sandy Bridge CPU.



3DMark - Cloud Gate Test


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Cloud Gate is a new test that is designed for Windows notebooks and typical home PCs. Cloud Gate includes two graphics tests and a physics test. Cloud Gate uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10 making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware. Cloud Gate will only be available in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially.




Here again, the TouchSmart 4 suffers because of its graphics processor. Its overall score is just about half that of the similarly priced ASUS S500C. Individual scores show that it is definitely the GPU score that affects the system's score.

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