Thanks for your response. The deal timed out before my friend made up her mind, but it's good to know this is a burly processor, for future hunting.
My last HP laptop died due to the solder welds on the graphic processor, a known fault with the line (ZV5000US) that HP didn't acknowledge or fix. That box was over $1500! Man. I've gone to desktops since, and Intel processors from AMD, but, for my next laptop, for heavy photo processing and storage, on the road, will look more carefully at AMD processors...probably a higher line than this if available.