The Bottom Line
- Wireless Networking
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- Wireless Card Slot Blocks Use Of Sceondary Graphics Slot With Dual Slot Sized Cards
- Relatively Small Power Supply
- Lots Of Trailware
- Intel Core i7-930 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-8500 DDR3
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And DVD Burner Combo Drive
- ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Seven USB 2.0, FireWire, Two eSATA, Two DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, MediaSmart, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP Pavilion Elite HPE-270f Performance Desktop PC
Jun 9 2010 - HP's Pavilion Elite HPE-270f doesn't stray to far from the previous versions and instead makes a few revisions to keep the system up to date. This includes a minor speed bump from the previous Core i7-920 quad core processor to the Core i7-930. It still uses the Intel X58 chipset and the socket 1366 processors with their support for triple-channel memory configurations. HP has elected to install four 2GB DDR3 memory modules for 8GB of total memory. This provides a smooth experience but it does fall a bit short of what a triple channel setup could achieve.
Storage features on the HPE-270f is a step up from many other performance desktops. The one terabyte hard drive is not particularly large in these days of drives with twice the size but it is a fairly typical size for this price range. What is really nice is the Blu-ray combo drive. This lets the system playback Blu-ray movies making it a good choice for those wanting to have it double as an entertainment center. The drive also has the ability to playback or record CDs or DVDs and can burn labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.
One nice feature that HP has continues to include with the HPE-270f is a wireless networking adapter. With the rise of home Wi-Fi networking, this makes it very easy to place the desktop in a home and have it tie into an existing wireless network. The adapter fully supports the 802.11a/g/n wireless standards including the 5GHz 802.11a and 802.11n spectrum.
HP has moved away from the NVIDIA graphics product lineup to the ATI Radeon HD 5770 card with its Direct X 11 capabilities. The card itself performs well for 3D gaming handling up to the 1920x1200 resolution albeit without too many filters running on some of the more intense games. Those hoping to upgrade the system to run a second card for a CrossFire configuration will be disappointed by the relatively low wattage power supply that probably can't support a second card. Even if it could support a second card, any dual slot graphics card will be blocked by the wireless card installed in the slot right next to it.
While HP does a good job of including a wide range of application software with their computers, they also include a large amount of trailware applications that clutter of the desktop and the start-up of the operating system. This leads to degraded performance and boot times due to the applications being loaded. They can be removed after purchase but it is an annoyance.
All of this combined makes the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-270f a good selection for someone wanting a computer that will be used for just about anything. Gamers might be a bit disappointed by a more mid range graphics card but it is more plenty for most casual players.