Hi again everyone,
Some benchmarks of my nc8000!
with default settings3127
with moderate overclocking (410/240)3330
with severe overclocking (440/255)
I believe this is an excellent performance for a 9600 rig. The 440/255 setting runs fine with no artifacts, but the fan is running at max speed and the computer gets rather hot.
Some update on the computer by itself. I have used it heavily for a month now, so here's my outcome:What's good:
- The keyboard. After a month of usage, it is a joy to use. The only small downside is that the computer is rather thick, so you need to find a comfortable typing position or your wrists won't be comfortable.
- The performance. The computer is fast enough for me; games, multimedia, video encoding, it can do everything.
- All-in-one box. Two hard disks and a DVD+RW, now that's a pleasant setup.
- Sturdiness. Though there are a few extremely cheap details (the clips of the grey plastic "hubcap" around the trackpad are already broken), the laptop seems solid. Time will tell.So-so:
- The screen. The SXGA+ is still a little small to me. With the dpi enlarged, it isn't much of an issue, but it's annoying that you can't change the dpi without having to restart the computer. Makes it hard to preview what other people will see on their regular 72dpi screen. Plus, it comes with the resolution interpolation problem (see below) and very average DVD playback. The screen by itself is good; I find the colors to be a little "cold". The contrast, as expected, is rather poor - any CRT beats this screen when it comes to displaying dark pictures. Perhaps my next laptop will be one with a special coating, because the contrast hasn't improved at all from my previous LCD, and that's regrettable. The screen exhibits some leakage on the right. It's wide-angle... for horizontal viewing, but vertical's less good (better than a regular XGA, though).What's not good:
- Noise. I mean, the fan is on almost all the time, except that it pulsates cold air
. This is highly annoying, considering this indicates the computer doesn't need to be cooled.
- Screen resolution issue. When I want to display 640x480 or 800x600, the nc8000 doesn't seem to "interpolate" pixels at all in order to smooth display. This means I'm stuck with something that looks exactly like viewing a picture zoomed 200%. There is absolutely NO interpolation or smoothing whatsoever. HP's support has been, well, completely useless with this issue.
- DVD playback. DVD playback is pathetic in terms of quality; I think this has something to do with the issue above (overlay content doesn't interpolate when enlarged or shrinked).
- USB ports. Only two USB ports! I mean, come on! What was HP thinking?
All in all, my gripes related to this laptop are not really major ones, but it has extremely annoying problems nonetheless. It looks like once again, QA is sleeping on their job.
In short, I am rather satisfied -- mainly because this computer has no competitor that I know of, so I was kind of forced to take the nc8000 to match my requirements as close as possible.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments!