HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 Review

Latest pricing, specs and HP gaming PC review. Updated July 2022. How many PC games will it run? Is it a good choice for a PC gamer? Should you buy this HP computer?

For a PC gamer, the most important component in the system is the graphics card. This is the supermodel part that will make or break the setup and is responsible for making all your games look awesome. The more powerful the graphics card the higher, smoother frame rates you will get, the higher resolution you can run at, and the better your games will look. For graphics, this HP computer has a AMD Radeon RX 550. We rate this AMD GPU as powerful enough to run 298 games at a recommended level.

Next on the list has to be the CPU. The processor at the heart of your gaming desktop is the brains of the outfit, and is vital for making sure that you can get the most out of your graphics card when it comes to gaming performance. The number of cores isn’t vital for games, beyond four cores you get diminishing returns, but you want to make sure what you do have run at a high frequency. The HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 has a Intel Core i5-9400 capable of running at 2.9 GHz. That level of power from an Intel chip means it is rated to run 923 of the most popular 1000 PC games at a recommended level.

The level of RAM in a gaming desktop is also important. More system memory allows your PC to churn through large amounts of data quickly, and for today’s massive open gameworlds it’s vital to have that information accessed quickly to speed up game loads. Having too little RAM can mean laggy frames and a poor experience.

This rig comes with 16GB of system RAM. Better than most dedicated gaming PC setups, according to the Steam Hardware Survey, and will be perfect if you’re aiming to do more with your desktop, such as streaming.

This pre-built gaming PC can run Minecraft - some of the the biggest PC games at a recommended level. But unfortunately it doesn't meet the recommended requirements for games like GTA V, PUBG, Red Dead Redemption 2, Apex Legends and Fortnite.

Coming in at $859 this rig falls into our mid-range category of gaming PCs under $1000 - a real sweetspot for price able to run 306 of our target games at recommended level.

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HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400
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HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 Specs

CPU

Intel Core i5-9400

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 550

RAM (Memory)

16 GB RAM

Weight

13.14 lb (5.96 kg)

Dimensions (L x W x H)

15.54 cm x 30.3 cm x 33.73 cm
6.12 in x 11.93 in x 13.28 in

Brand

HP

Series

Hp pavilion desktop computer

Model Number

Hardware Platform

Gaming & Entertainment Desktop Computer
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HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 PC Gaming Performance

This computer will run 306 of the top PC games. Use PCGameBenchmark's Rate My PC service to test your current set up and set how it compares.

Which games can it run?

Can It Run GTA 5?

This HP gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for GTA 5 but it can play the game with lowered settings.

Can It Run Fortnite?

This HP gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for Fortnite but it can play the game with lowered settings.

Can It Run Apex Legends?

This HP gaming pc doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for Apex Legends but it can play the game with lowered settings.

HP Pavilion 2020 Premium Gaming Desktop Computer 9th Gen Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 Features

  • 【CUSTOMlZED, Professional Upgraded to】: 16GB RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Equipped With The Powerful and Smoothly 9th Generation Intel Core i5 Processors, Intel Hexa-Core i5-9400 (Beats i7-7700HQ) ( 2.9 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1GHz, 9 MB cache, 6 Treads
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x headphone/microphone combo, 1 x 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, 1 x DVD Optical Drive
  • Dedicated 2 GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 550 Graphics, Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630, USB Wired keyboard and mouse combo
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Realtek Wi-Fi 5 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5 Combo, Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN, 5.1 Surround Sound : 【iCarp Wireless Mouse Included】

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