CES 2022 | HP Envy Desktop pre-built gaming PC unveiled with up to an Intel Core i9-12900K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and an 800W PSU
HP has ported its popular Envy line of gaming peripherals to the desktop form factor at CES 2022. The HP Envy Desktop has all the bells and whistles of a modern-day gaming PC, including 12th-generation Intel Alder Lake processors, Nvidia/AMD graphics cards, high-speed storage, and more. Unfortunately, we don't know how much it will cost. HP states that it will reveal the Envy Desktop's price once its launch date approaches (spring 2022).
One can configure the HP Envy Desktop PC with an Intel Core i9-12900 (K and non-K), Core i7-12700 (K and non-K), Core i5-12600K, and Core i5-12400. On the graphics card side, one can pick an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3060 and all of their Ti-branded counterparts. Team Red enthusiasts can choose between an AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or an RX6600XT. Power supply options range between 500W (Plus Bronze) and 800W (Plus Gold), although that might not be nearly enough for some of the higher-end Alder Lake parts, which are well-known power hogs.
Moving on to the memory and storage configurations, the HP Envy Desktop PC supports up to 128GB of DDR4 3,200MT/s RAM. Lower-specced variants, however, will be restricted to 32GB. The lack of DDR5 RAM is disappointing, but it is understandable, given the sky-high of DDR5 memory in the current year. One can mix and match between a 1TB NVMe SSD and a 2TB, 7,200RPM SATA drive for storage. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi6E (Wi-Fi 6 for some versions) and Bluetooth 5.2 (5.0 for some versions).
A cursory glance at the HP Envy Desktop's port selection tells us that it uses a proprietary motherboard. We get two USB 2.0 Type-A, two USB 3.1/3.2 Type-A, two USB Type-C ports, one Thunderbolt 4.0 port on top of audio connectors and an RJ45 Ethernet jack. At the front of the case, there are three USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm audio jack. Display output is handled by the graphics cards' three DisplayPort and HDMI ports.
HP claims that one can easily access the Envy Desktop's internals with the click of a button. Unfortunately, HP hasn't shared any details about the cooler on the gaming desktop, so there's no telling how good the cooling will be. The lack of a transparent side panel is also a bit of a bummer, as is the lack of RGB.