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.

The HP Pavilion Elite PC comes with a pretty standard cooling solution so I didn’t bother overclocking it. This desktop was meant to be a powerhouse for CPU intensive tasks which don’t bank too much on the GPU, hence the GT 230 graphics card.

The system remained extremely quiet during all benchmarks except when running 3DMark Vantage and StarCraft II where the puny little fan on the GT 230 started whining; but not annoyingly loud.

Straight out of the box the HPE 430me connected directly to WiFi office network, and everything worked without a hitch. Overall operations were smooth, except games of course, and the system kept a low profile thanks to its compact form factor.

If it’s just for office use, the HP Pavilion Elite HPE 430me is more than adequate to handle anything you throw at it. If you need any graphics intensive job, the Nvidia GT 230 graphics card leaves much to be desired, but it’s definitely more than capable for something like Photoshop or heavy video editing. That said, the price of the HPE-430me is something to consider as the PC does have high-end components for computing power, but there isn’t much room for expansion since the PSU is weak and the motherboard, as you can see in the gallery, is quite small.

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