Here’s a demo of what it’s like to play a video game on a Pavilion dv6t with the best graphics card that HP offers on this notebook. I found that gameplay is incredibly smooth. This isn’t a gaming notebook per se, but it can definitely hold its own with Call of Duty: World at War, a very popular first person shooter that follows a World War II story line.
We’re in the middle of giving away a Pavilion dv6t that’s very well configured. It comes with ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 graphics with 1GB of RAM. This is a $400 upgrade compared to the base configuration, which comes with Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. While some 3D games are playable on notebooks with integrated graphics, you’ll want a GPU if you want to enjoy a rich gaming experience.
I’ve played through the first four levels of the game on the dv6t and everything runs very fast. As you can see in the above demo, gameplay on the dv6t with HD4650 graphics looks great. The foliage, water, smoke and fire all look natural. This is with all the graphics maxxed out and the game’s resolution set to the dv6’s native 1366×768.
Manufactures and retailers, like Best Buy and Costco, love to advertise affordable notebook configurations that will suit many users just fine. But some customers are disappointed when they can’t play games or handle high-def content with gusto.
A GPU can be quite an investment. There’s a more affordable ATI graphics card that you can order with the dv6, but it’s still a $200 option. While I highly recommend getting a GPU if you play video game or multitask while watching high-def content, it’s not a “must have” for every user. If your needs are basic and you don’t plan on virtually hunting down any bad guys you’ll be just fine with the standard integrated graphics that come with the Pavilion dv6.