HP Pavilion Elite HPE-430me PC Review

By on December 26, 2010
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Great horsepower, but not for gaming.

Good: Small, Quiet, Powerful processing
Bad: Weak graphics card, limited expansion due to small motherboard and low power PSU
Price: AED 6,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Usually when I see an HP desktop, I get a very “average” image in my mind. It’s mid to low-end components used to create a desktop computing machine for regular household or office jobs. In other words, utterly boring. So I was quite eager to see what HP had in store when they sent their Pavilion Elite HPE 430me PC to the Tbreak office.

The box of the HP Pavilion Elite PC looks pretty innocent and small. The casing is actually a mere 179x422x401mm weighing in at about 12kgs. Packaged with the main case is a standard looking wireless keyboard and mouse. Inside the machine are some pretty interesting goodies. The main system specs are:

  • Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz
  • 2x 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 230 with 1.5GB memory
  • 2TB SATA 3 (7,200rpm) HDD
  • DVD burner with LightScribe
  • 15-in-1 memory card reader
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n (in addition to 1000 Gigabit LAN)
  • 460W PSU
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

In addition to Windows 7, the HPE 430me comes bundled with many software from HP, details of which I’ll forgo in this review. As you will have noticed already, a monitor needs to be purchased separately.

As you can see, the processing power in the HPE-430me seems to be high-end, unfortunately the Nvidia GT230 is soul crushingly weak for a gamer. Still, given the relatively weak PSU (of 460w) and non-gaming keyboard and mouse, it’s clear that the HPE-430me is not targeted towards gamers.

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