HP launches the wallet-friendly Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 and 790

As part of its recent wave of fresh offerings, HP released a couple of new gaming desktops with remarkably-understated styling that should appeal to gerbils who find RGB LEDs grotesque. The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 and 790 are both compact machines with a blacked-out color scheme save for a tasteful green LED light bar on the front.

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 790

The angular design and the color scheme evoke nostalgic images of Microsoft's original Xbox, or perhaps of Razer hardware. The 690 is the smaller of the two machines, and its size limits it to 16 GB of memory and mid-range graphics cards—a GeForce GTX 1060 or a Radeon RX 580 with unspecified RAM allocations. Meanwhile, the 790 is larger—mostly longer—and can take up to 64 GB of memory and a GeForce GTX 1080 or the aforementioned Radeon RX 580. Either machine can be purchased with Intel Coffee Lake or second-generation AMD Ryzen CPUs.

The front of the Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690.

For storage, the 690 will take a single M.2 drive, a 2.5" drive, and a 3.5" drive. The 790 trades the 2.5" space for a pair of 3.5" drive bays, giving it three hard drive mounts and a single M.2 socket. HP says it will offer dual-storage configurations with hard drives as large as 3 TB and NVMe SSDs up to 512 GB, as well as Optane Memory on models that support it. Optionally, either machine can also come with a slim optical drive.

Gaming Desktop 790 on the left, and 690 on the right.

Whichever Pavilion Gaming Desktop you choose, you get a USB Type-C port up front and a pile of USB 3.0 Type-A plugs on the front and back—although HP declines to specify what USB spec the ports support. Gigabit Ethernet is standard, of course, as is 5.1 audio through the usual trio of 3.5-mm audio jacks. HP mentions that the desktops support Bluetooth audio streaming, though there's nary a mention of Wi-Fi.

HP says the Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 should start at $549, while its beefier brother will ring in at $649 on the low end. We'll have to wait until the product pages show up on HP's site to find out what the pricing for a model you'd actually want is like, but the starting prices are downright enticing. HP says the Gaming 690 desktop will show up on April 15, and that the Gaming 790 will follow on June 3.

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    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    Does the back indicate the baseline models are IGP only?

    What makes a ‘gaming’ line, acid green highlights?

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    RX 580[b<][i<]X[/i<][/b<] or go home. Nobody wants last year's vanilla RX 580 anymore, those cards are old hat.

    • kvndoom
    • 2 years ago

    So $549 gets you a… VGA port?

    Is Windows 95 preloaded too?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Novus thinks a gtx 1080 included for $650 is reasonable, so there is that.

        • moose17145
        • 2 years ago

        The article mentions that the base system starts at 650 and can be configured to have up to a gtx 1080. Not that it comes with a 1080 stock for $650.

        If these things DO come with 1080’s stock for 650 dollars… then I will buy as many of these systems as my credit card can afford so that I can rip all the videocards out to sell on ebay for profits.

          • kvndoom
          • 2 years ago

          Just looking at the pictures you can tell the base models ship with integrated motherboard video. You probably won’t get a configuration with discreet graphics below $850 or so.

          I guess fancy green lights are what differentiates “gaming” systems from regular ones.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 2 years ago

          you’re replying to the wrong guy. I didn’t make the idiotic proposition. I agree with what you said.

      • ikjadoon
      • 2 years ago

      VGA makes sense. People buying entry-level HP gaming machines? They probably haven’t upgraded their monitor in decades.

      “HDMI? I don’t want to use a damn TV. I have a *computer* monitor. It’s for computers, dummy–you gotta have the computer monitor port. Man, these clowns at HP!”

    • Mr Bill
    • 2 years ago

    Bitcoin miners have sure given NUC makers a new lease on life. Now if only a vendor would let the buyer spec each part of the system for the build.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      You’ve never heard of iBuyPower,CyberPowerPC,Falcon Northwest, etc etc? What you’re describing is a boutique builder.

        • Mr Bill
        • 2 years ago

        Yes I have. But, do they sell a Radeon 580 for anywhere close to list if its in a system build?

    • NovusBogus
    • 2 years ago

    Depending on the options, this could be the greatest bundle deal in years: buy a GTX 1080 for only $650, and get a free PC to go with it! Do they take bulk orders? I need about a hundred of them for, uh…reasons.

      • kalelovil
      • 2 years ago

      Anandtech are saying the 790 starts at $750, for which price you get a Intel i5-8400 and NVIDIA GTX 1050.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Inorite?? What if it came with an optane drive and 8700k for only $650. It would be like the greatest bargain. OMG these companies are so dumb. Amirite bro?? Rite????

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