Im not too keen on laptops but I just recently bought this one for school so I could play all my game pretty smooth. I was dissapointed when games like L4D, TF2, and C&C3 (especially C&C 3) chugged pretty badly. I disabled many background applications and programs to reduce CPU usage but no improvement. This has 6 gigs of ram and the i7 q720 so i know that this should be a hefty gaming laptop. Im just wondering if there is anything else that could be holding this notebook back?
It's VGA is GT 230M right ? if so then GT 230M is a mid range card,so if you lower your in game settings(it will be fine with medium settings) and play at a resolution like 1280x1024 or so i think you will be fine,have you tried this ?
Their information isn't quite right. I have a similar laptop to yours, it has a slightly upgraded graphics (330M) but the trick is to enable multi-core rendering when using an i7. It plays left 4 dead 2 on 1920x1080 with all settings as high as they go except anisotropy and antialiasing, which i keep on 4x. Plays with 60+ frames per second, no latency and never slows down. Just enable the multi-core rendering and it should be perfect.
remove ALL HP software, strip back just to windows 7. Change all windows options to performance .
runs waaay way better, but still runs very hot.. if you put the 'puter on a stand, and allow the vents to be free underneath it runs at approx 72 degrees whilst doing typical operations. havnt tested on gaming