HP Pavilion Power Gaming Tower Review

Latest pricing, specs and HP gaming PC review. Updated November 2020. 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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. We rate this NVIDIA GPU as powerful enough to run 831 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 Power Gaming Tower has a Intel Core i5-7400 capable of running at 3 GHz. That level of power from an Intel chip means it is rated to run 678 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 8 GB of system RAM. It’s a bit disappointing and will limit the performance and the number of games this gaming PC will be able to run.

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

Coming in at $699.99 this rig falls into our budget category of gaming PCs under $750. The setup can run 605 of our target games at recommended level.

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HP Pavilion Power Gaming Tower
PCGameBenchmark Rating: 60%

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HP Pavilion Power Gaming Tower Specs

CPU

Intel Core i5-7400

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

RAM (Memory)

8 GB RAM

Weight

1 lb (453.59 g)

Dimensions (L x W x H)

49.02 cm x 23.37 cm x 41.4 cm
19.3 in x 9.2 in x 16.3 in

Brand

HP

Series

Pavilion

Model Number

Pavilion

Hardware Platform

PC

HP Pavilion Power Gaming Tower PC Gaming Performance

This computer will run 605 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 can run GTA 5. It beats the system requirement on CPU, GPU and RAM.

Can It Run Fortnite?

This HP gaming pc can run Fortnite. It beats the system requirement on CPU, GPU and RAM.

Can It Run Apex Legends?

This HP gaming pc can run Apex Legends. It beats the system requirement on CPU, GPU and RAM.

HP Pavilion Power Gaming Tower Features

  • Intel Core i5-7400 (3.0 GHz base frequency, up to 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB SmartCache, 4 cores), 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM , 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
  • Descrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB dedicated graphics, Latest gaming technologies, VR ready, Maximum Digitial Resolution: 7680x4320@60Hz, Standard display connectors: DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI)
  • DVD-Writer, 7-in-1 memory card reader, Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1x1) and Bluetooth 4.2 M.2 combo, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C; 1 USB 3.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 RJ-45
  • wired keyboard and mouse, 1 PCIe x1; 1 PCIe x16; 2 M.2, 1 DVI; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort, Audio: DTS Studio Sound
  • Windows 10 home 64, Dimension:6.5 x 14.88 x 14.33 in; ENERGY STAR certified

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