Laptop Reviews has managed to get hold of the yet-to-be-released HP EliteBook 8470p, a laptop aimed at the business/ portable workstation market.
As expected it does lacks some bells and whistles (no backlit keyboard) or svelteness associated with consumer models. What's more comes with an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor clocked at 1.7GHz with TB up to 2.6GHz, a whopping 8GB RAM (out of which 2GB is reserved for the Intel HD 4000 graphics) and an Intel 320 80GB SSD.
As for the benchmark results (on PCMark 7, PCMark Vantage, PerformanceTest 7 and 3DMark Vantage), they show the superiority of Ivy Bridge on the previous CPU generation especially when it comes to the built in graphics subsystem.
HD 4000 is a massive step up from HD 3000 according to the reviewer particularly in 3D. It won't preclude the use of dedicated graphics cards or modules from the likes of AMD or Nvidia but it does allow the user to do much more without resorting to discrete video.
It's worth noting that Intel's HD 4000 surpassed a laptop with the AMD 6620G GPU on 3D Marks. The AMD 6620G which is a Llano Fusion part has 400 Radeon Cores and is clocked at 444MHz.
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