The Bottom Line
- Quad Core Processor
- Wireless Networking
- Low Wattage Power Supply Limits Graphics Card Upgrades
- Base Price Is Over $500
- AMD Athlon II X4 635 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- ATI Radeon HD 4200 Integrated Graphics Processor
- 7.1 Audio Support
- Fast Ethernet
- Six USB 2.0, DVI, VGA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, HP MediaSmart, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion p6610f Budget Desktop PC
Oct 26 2010 - HP's Pavilion p6610f differs from many other budget based desktops. While it does use an AMD Athlon II processor like much of the competition, it uses the 635 quad core model. This provides roughly the same level of performance as the dual core 250 processor when running a single application because of its 2.9GHz clock speed compared to a 3.0GHz of the dual core CPU. What the extra cores do is provide additional performance for those using multiple applications or multithreaded applications. This is particularly true for those looking to do desktop video work. The 4GB of DDR3 memory is typical of a system in this price range and should be adequate for most tasks to prevent slowdowns.
Storage features of the Pavilion p6610f are fairly typical of budget oriented desktops. It comes with a sizable 750GB hard drive that should provide ample space for applications, data and media files. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CDs or DVDs. A 15-in1- card reader resides at the top of the front panel and handles the most common types of flash media cards.
Like many other AMD based budget desktops, the Pavilion p6610f use the ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics processor. This is a step up from the basic integrated graphics solutions provided by Intel's platform but it still has limited 3D performance. One can play some casual 3D PC games at lower resolutions and details levels. Inside the system, there is space for a PCI-Express x16 graphics card. The downside is that the 250 watt power supply inside of the system will only be able to handle the lower level of dedicated graphics cards. It might also be necessary to adjust some of the internal wiring to make room for a graphics card.
Another nice feature that HP has added to the Pavilion p6610f is the inclusion of an 802.11b/g/n wireless networking adapter. This allows the system to be placed just about anywhere in a home and connected into a Wi-Fi based home network. This is not a feature that is found in many budget oriented desktops that instead rely solely on a wired connection.
The big downside here is cost. The Pavilion p6610f carries a suggested retail price of $580 which is well above my typical $500 cap for budget desktops. However, the system has had a $70 instant rebate since it was released by HP and can be found at some retailers for under my threshold price. It just takes some shopping around to find the price but if you can, it certainly is a desktop that is a step up from much of the competition unless you are planning to use it for PC gaming.