System Performance

At this point in Ivy Bridge's life, performance is a fairly known quantity. I'm kind of curious to tease out the differences between the newer (and very similar) Intel Core i5-3337U with the older i5-3427U, and thankfully I can do exactly that. HP's EliteBook Folio 9470m should be ever so slightly faster than the Dell XPS 13 due to its higher turbo clock, but we'll see how that works out.

PCMark 7 (2013)

Cinebench R11.5 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

x264 HD 5.x

x264 HD 5.x


As a general rule, the 9470m's i5-3427U is ever-so-slightly faster than the XPS 13's i5-3337U. It's consistent (excepting the Cinebench single-threaded performance), but it's there. That said, it's still pretty negligible, and again I would find it difficult to recommend upgrading to an i7.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

3DMark (2013)

3DMark (2013)

3DMark (2013)

Interestingly but unsurprisingly, the Folio's missing second memory channel (due to only one of the DIMM slots being populated) has a consistent effect on the HD 4000 IGP's performance, taking about 10% of its performance off of the table. For enterprise users, the HD 4000's performance shouldn't be a big deal, but if you're interested in getting a little extra zazz out of it, install a second DIMM.

In and Around the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Display, Battery, Noise, and Heat
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  • tds456 - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    I stopped reading at 1366x768. Only while at the comments did I notice "Thankfully the 9470m can be ordered with a 1600x900 panel" You *really* need to include things like this in the specs, even if just in brackets saying option, otherwise people will just keep ignoring the reviews like this one.
  • jabber - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    The thing is the guys at Anand know how most of us feel about crappy screens yet they still keep reviewing them, knowing that 99% of us wouldn't buy it even if the rest of the machine is great.

    It really is time to start pushing those review units back to the manufacturers telling them "Sorry, it's just not good enough! Try harder!"

    Sure you might have a few less laptops to review but there are other things I'm sure. They also might start to get the message and send some quality gear.

    The other thing is that blue or that stock Windows 8 purple just looks so crap on Windows 8. I change all my Windows 8 machines to dark grey and it looks so much better.
  • A5 - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    Public humiliation will do more than just pushing the units back to the PR team. They'd rather have no review than a bad review.
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    "people want quality, and they're willing to pay for it." - Fair enough but 'most' users don't even know that they've got a 1366x768 screen.

    "Because despite the fact that the MacBook Pro offers virtually no allowances for business class use, it's still gaining a foothold." - The ONLY reason why this is, is due to marketing and name ONLY.
  • Dustin Sklavos - Saturday, March 30, 2013 - link

    I strongly disagree. It may be that way at first in some cases, but people will see the display and they'll want it. Likewise, that display continues to make the MBP a superior choice for any kind of visual work that doesn't involve throwing FCPX out the window.
  • JDG1980 - Saturday, March 30, 2013 - link

    Most users may not be able to specify what resolution their laptop is running at, but they can clearly see that the rMBP has far sharper text and images and better color reproduction than cheap PC displays. It just plain looks better, by a significant margin.
  • nerd1 - Sunday, March 31, 2013 - link

    Non retina MBPs are still being sold, and they have class tailing 1280 800 resolution display. Yes it is TN too.
  • sperho - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    The display is somewhat disappointing in both the resolution and quality regard, but as someone who has been using a corporate issued laptop in a variety of brands for the past 15 years, this laptop is by far the best laptop I've ever had issued to me. I travel a fair bit and it's lightness, very respectable battery life, reasonable speed, port options, docking station, backlit keyboard... Oh, I LOVE this laptop. Would I buy it if I had control over what I get for work? No. One has to understand what this laptop if for and for whom by whom it is purchased. As such, it is by far the best machine that I've ever used for work. It isn't perfect, but it's great mobile option that even conservative IT departments will accept.
  • sperho - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    I should add, my employer REQUIRES smartcard capability and it takes a phone call to security to gain temporary login credentials if we don't have our company pass on us (smartcard pass) to logon to the machine. There just aren't a huge variety of machines that have smartcard slots in them. That doesn't excuse the base display option, but given the options, it does it's job and does it well.
  • crimson117 - Friday, March 29, 2013 - link

    This would be fine as long as it's in a docking station attached to a large external monitor.

    1366x768 is not usable even for business email, let alone productivity apps.

    And then to offer crappy quality 1366x768 put the nail in the coffin.

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