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Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Reviews |

REVIEW: HP Pavilion m6-1076la

HP Pavilion m6-1076la

Photos: Mariano Mancilla .

In a world where Intel seems to have the domain in the area of central processors, and society relates the good performance graphic solutions dedicated to independent video card, AMD appears in the crowd, raises his voice and says, no other way .

Another way to achieve good performance in what are intensive 3D applications and games through a solution called APU. What is an APU? Simply, a platform that brings together central processor, graphics chip and drivers more in one package, which being designed from the womb to be integrated together, saves process and therefore less power consumption, which also is value associated with a reduced production.

In summary, an allows good performance, low power consuming and low price, or at least lower than the competition. You know what we mean competition. In fact, the APU may even be used to manufacture devices similar to ultrabooks, if they wish to have them as reference for comparison.

Thus, in this review what stands out is the team’s performance and analysis of the inner shelf AMD. As we indicated, we should see numbers on par with an Intel Core i7-art NVIDIA graphics, although it is more sensible to put the system next to the regular i5 and as we said, the ultrabooks. Will it deliver on expectations?

Specs

  • Model: Pavilion m6-1076la.
  • Availability and price: Latin America, CLP $550.00 (Chile)-USD $ 1,100 approximate.
  • Central processor (CPU): AMD A10 APU-4600m, generation, quad-core CPU running at a base frequency of 2.3GHz to 3.2GHz scalable when under load. Based on the architecture Bulldozer (Piledriver), made in 32nm with 4MB of L2 cache and TDP of 35W.
  • Graphics (GPU): AMD Radeon HD 7660G in the APU, along with other dedicated chip AMD Radeon HD 7670M with 2GB of memory, both meet their performance through internal Crossfire connectivity.
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz in two slots.
  • Storage: Hard Drive 1TB (1000GB) spinning at 5400RPM.
  • Display: 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels and LED backlight.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 2.0, three USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, card reader.
  • Battery: Six cell, 62WHr
  • Dimensions and weight: 2.65cm thick, 38cm wide and 25cm deep. 2.4 kg weight.
  • Other: 1.3Mpx Webcam, fingerprint reader, sound Beats Audio.
  • Software: Windows 7 Home Premium, two-month subscription to Norton Internet Security 2012, Evernote, Cyberlink YouCam, HP Software, Windows Live Essentials 2011, Skype, Microsoft Office Starter, Bing bar IE9.

Note: We detail the software that HP provides the factory when it sells this model, and with which every customer will find when you buy it, however, the test team was provided we operated with Windows 8.

Design and Display

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As indicated by the specifications, as a clue to understand the “physical” of equipment that you have in hand, we are just in front of a traditional notebook. Despite being in her womb Trinity AMD platform with a low TDP (heat dissipation in the end) capable of competing with ultrabooks, the design is intended to meet the expectations of someone looking for good performance at a low price, so that comes in a large envelope. So, do not put much effort in getting great thinness or lightness, so we must be content with bringing us a team of normal size in our back if we want to carry.

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Anyway, this is not a sign of a bad manufacturing quality or a weak structure: in fact, quite the opposite. Since we have an extremely strong, resistant to being bent and made with quality materials than ordinary plastic, highlighting the presence of brushed aluminum on the surface, which in addition to providing a positive aesthetic touch, gives resistance to body general.

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As for the screen, it acknowledges the presence of illumination by LED, which delivers instant-on and very generous viewing angles with minimal color distortion when looking at the panel from different positions. The resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels we have to be, being a standard that very few manufacturers have dared to rise and why in general we can say that we are facing a screen and not too good nor bad, but within range, but considering the price paid by the team, this is a good thing.

Keyboard and trackpad

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With its 15.6-inch, we have plenty of room for a good keyboard, and not just in terms of size, but also finish. The keys in addition to showing quality and adequate spacing between them, are embedded in an aluminum upper body extremely firm, which provides security at the time of writing and does not yield even under the strongest pressure.

We regret the lack of backlighting on the keys, which not only provides essential functionality in the latest equipment, but also gives a visual enhancement adds to the experience of having this equipment in front of you and decide to buy it or not, as well and very subjectively, we mean that the lighting could use very well polished aluminum surface.

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On the other hand, the trackpad is quite normal and has a classical structure with two physical buttons, made of a plastic material that offers some rubbing on wet hands, but overall the experience does not deteriorate and the space allocated to the surface is sufficient . Highlights features that are gradually becoming the industry standard: supports multitouch and gestures with two or more fingers. The Synaptics driver is software that manages these functions, and in the configuration screen of the application can see all you can do, including scroll, zoom and rotate with two fingers:

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User experience and software

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As already indicated, in our hands we have the equipment using operating system Windows 8 Release Preview, ie the free version going around that Microsoft granted for users to test in advance the most important features of the platform.

In this, we have the Metro user interface, which runs very smoothly thanks to the graphics performance offered by this APU, and animations and transitions that require few resources and graphics run well even a chocolate video card , So we have two active GPU and we have plenty enough.

So, thanks very smooth when moving the operating system with short response times that models a few years ago were not. Here, we show that the ignition timing of the machine is around 16 seconds to appear fully functional in Metro, while the total shutdown is done in 13 seconds.

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As to whether the equipment is heated or not, begin to see in this area the primary virtues of the AMD APU, which has low heat dissipation and therefore should not show high temperatures. To this we add a vent generous in size and cooling system that ejects enough air, so we never encounter the possibility of discomfort when using the laptop on the legs or skin contact.

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Special mention should Beats Audio sound system of the HP, which promises a 2.1 stereo sound with integrated subwoofer on the same machine, offering above-average quality of traditional notebooks. On the top shelf are the two main speakers, with volume reaching treble very decent but still suffer the problem typical of integrated speakers: loss of some frequencies and excess media, with the subwoofer losing ground when the volume rises, because although it is appreciated that come embedded, does not contribute as much as one would expect from the promise made to say, “Beats Audio with subwoofer.”

Performance

In this area, see if the inner shelf AMD A10-4600m enough to beat the ultrabooks and put on a par with high-performance notebooks. Notably, the company clarified that synthetic benchmark, ie those who register numbers and graphics ideal environments and under a set of tests established, the A10 should not behave so well, however, the benefits are for the common user and current during daily use, and in this, the flow of 3D games is a more realistic indicator for the user to decide if this machine is used or not, always taking into consideration the price of equipment, which is significantly lower than alternatives Intel with dedicated graphics.

As noted above, the first points of comparison will ultrabooks art, and here we review the Lenovo U310 Intel Core i5 third-generation Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, along with another ultrabook NVIDIA GPU as the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG .

In the first instance we will see what records the Windows 7 benchmark, which measures the overall platform and delivers a score of 1.0 to 7.9 for each main component:

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We see a nice score in CPU and graphics, which is expected from the APU we tested, since it has quad-core CPU and two GPUs to work together. Because first we have the AMD Radeon HD 7660G chip packaged with the CPU in the APU, while the AMD Radeon HD 7670M is higher performance aside, has 2GB of memory and works independently on a par with the 7660G, combining performance through an internal link between the two called Crossfire, which is done automatically and without user intervention.

Windows generally gives a good performance of the team as a whole as it is designed for a very balanced performance. PCMark 7 will give us more evidence that, by measuring aspects of daily use such as HD video encoding, image manipulation, editing and flow of web browsing, demanding all internal parts:

Futuremark PCMark7 Video playback and encoding (Frames per second) Processing web pages (pages per second) Image manipulation (Mpx per second) General
Lenovo U300s 23.1 8.19 6.39 3117
Sony VAIO Series E14P 23.04 12.44 9.14 2287
Lenovo U310 23.04 10.3 8.24 3451
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 22.97 10.88 11.47 2005

We see an overall performance which highlights the graphics in image manipulation, which is explained by the dual AMD solution in this area. However, the overall score is penalized by the absence of a solid state drive (SSD) storage, since the two teams Lenovo does have them, which doubles the data transfer rates and as such, shows a higher score in the overall PCMark 7, which itself measures the area to make the final calculation.

Now we turn to the charts, the main novelty of this notebook, and in this, 3DMark 06 is a good indicator of what may turn out to make the platform:

Futuremark 3DMark 2006
SM 2.0
SM 3.0
CPU
TOTAL
Alienware M11x 3016 3160 1400 6539
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG 4800 5267 2440 10854
Toshiba Portege Z835 1422 1690 2440 4114
SONY VAIO 3D VPCF215FL 2462 3063 3231 7060
Sony VAIO VPCCA17FL 2473 3074 3129 7054
Sony VAIO Z 1598 1975 3199 4761
Samsung R480 3183 3167 2216 7547
Samsung 530U 1170 1461 1931 3454
Samsung R580 3178 3273 2498 7726
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 2978 3266 3454 7946
HP Pavilion dm1z 762 968 1023 2213
HP Pavilion dm4 655 856 2763 2120
HP ENVY 14 Spectre 1187 1468 2000 3498
HP Pavilion DV6-6185LA 4063 5341 5048 11877
Lenovo U300s 1186 1408 2412 3484
Sony VAIO Series E14P 2030 2512 3405 5976
Lenovo U310 1196 1634 2958 3838
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 2851 3418 2815 7692

Beating for ultrabooks, as expected, however, the comparison with high-end equipment such as HP Pavilion DV6-6185LA , is depressing. It is quite clear that the low TDP of AMD APU allows moderate performance, not outstanding as once promised in the company, so you still know that an Intel Core i7 NVIDIA dedicated graphics (or even mobile AMD) are in another senior .

But the A10-4600m offers a middle ground quite nice, moderately priced and less power consumption to more expensive alternatives such as the Samsung Series 7 Chronos , Samsung R580 or Sony VAIO 3D VPCF215FL , approaching or even exceeding those configurations.

Finally, we review “the ugly” of this notebook: the hard disk. Because at this point, you miss the presence of a solid state drive, which although not yet become an industry standard for anyone who has used a computer with this device inside it is very difficult to return to a disc rotating, since it greatly penalizes performance. CrystalDiskMark 3 will indicate the fastest read and write data to reach:

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In ultrabooks SSD transfer rates averaged data 250MB/seg, so these 98MB/seg in reading and writing 99MB/seg in, but are above the average which normally reaches a hard disk (80MB/seg ), we fall short, generating a bottleneck on the platform. However, the figure achieved is remarkable for a device that rotates at only 5400rpm and also provides the greatest benefit and that the SSD can not yet match: lots of storage capacity, in this case, massive 1TB (1000GB).

Games

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The above synthetic benchmarks were not too bad, however, where the team should shine is in the execution of games, as AMD promises, so it will run Starcraft II and Far Cry 2 to see how’s the machine in this class requirements everyday use.

The methodology used is the same as in the past (copy / paste warning): Starcraft II tested in five standard configurations for the graphics quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra and Extreme, measuring the FPS (frames or frames per second) we get on average and its highest points and lowest, ie when the demands of the game is less and there are few items on the screen, and when it is higher, as during an epic battle where you get the number of FPS lower. To interpret these numbers we know that over 30 FPS gaming experience will have a good and fluid, and that under this number and begin to see sequences interrupted and slow implementation.


Low Intermediate High Ultra End
Average FPS 76 41 36 23 23
Minimum FPS 18 16 13 10 9
Maximum FPS 168 109 83 47 46

Unbalanced results as low as we get even pulls in scenes where there are many elements in displays and the monkeys in Starcraft are being furiously. Anyway, time to 13 frames per second (FPS) as high, averaging 36 FPS, provide an excellent experience, so it is advisable to play under such a configuration, while the Ultra and Extreme as things are already complicated .

On the other hand, see the tool to measure performance of Far Cry 2 title under native resolution of 1280 X 720 on DirectX 10 with anti-aliasing filter (4x) and best overall quality:


Average FPS Maximum FPS Minimum FPS
Lenovo U310 11 17 8
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 32 51 23

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Huge difference compared to ultrabooks and is now entirely possible and enjoyable to play Far Cry 2, showing an excellent rate of frames per second on average and maximum, while the minimum of 23FPS on the verge of good, acceptable and will not be very damaging experience too much use during the few moments when the game reaches complex scenarios with too many items.

Conclusion

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In general, we see that in games we have a very capable machine, which, although not equal to what we can achieve low settings Intel Core i7 dedicated graphics art, for the price you get a better packet delivery for daily use very fluently, along with a performance that, while not noted, it serves to 3D gaming and therefore can be considered relatively as a “notebook gamer.”

The APU AMD A10-4600m performs very well in this area, with low heat dissipation and more importantly a much lower price than the competition, delivering a performance machine on gentle enough for everyday tasks and much Moreover, since it has an emphasis on the graphics for this price, you can not match.

The Unmissable

  • Good graphics performance for the price.
  • Is warmed slightly.
  • Beats Audio sound above average.
  • Heavy-duty chassis.
  • Large capacity hard drive with return on average.

The unpresentable

  • No backlit keyboard.
  • Size and weight may be lower given the hardware.

Source: fayerwayer.com

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