HP Pavilion Gaming desktops are here with new Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' and AMD Ryzen 2 offerings
HP has announced a refresh to its Pavilion Gaming desktop lineup. The Pavilion Gaming series is the new version of the Pavilion Power Gaming desktop lineup HP currently has. This generation of Pavilion Gaming desktops bring with them a new design language, which is bold enough to stand-out from similar desktops but is still subdued in comparison with the purely gamer-oriented Omen series. The new Pavilion Gaming series comes in two variants — 690 and 790 — with 15 L and 20 L case volumes respectively and slightly varying configuration options.
HP has given equal importance to the design of the Pavilion Gaming desktops as much as it has to the specs. The desktops feature a distinct green LED light strip in the middle and the chassis has angular cut bezels with a brushed finish and a 3D 2-tone effect. Not just the green LED strip, HP has even given a touch of green to the power button and port LEDs as well. Overall, the design looks just about right for someone who is not a hardcore gamer or wants a more elegant but distinct looking PC. The Pavilion Gaming 690 comes in a 15 L chassis that supports half-length graphic cards. up to 3 storage devices, and 2 DIMMs while the Pavilion Gaming 790 is a 20 L chassis that supports full-length graphic cards, up to 4 storage devices, and 4 DIMMs.
Both Pavilion Gaming desktops share many common features. There's a choice of storage options in both HDD, SSD or a combination of both. The new 'Coffee Lake-H' chips come with support for Intel Optane memory and these desktops offer that option as well. Ample ports are available both in the front and rear of the tower with minor differences between the two variants. The Pavilion Gaming 690, for example, does not offer any Thunderbolt 3 port while the Pavilion Gaming 790 offers one Thunderbolt 3 port in the front. Chassis size differences aside, both these desktops also differ with respect to the CPU and GPU choices offered. The Pavilion Gaming 690 comes with options of either the Intel 8th generation hexa-core 'Coffee Lake-H' CPUs up to the Core i7+ or the 2nd generation AMD Ryzen chips. Up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM is supported with GPUs choices either up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or up to an AMD Radeon RX 580. The Pavilion Gaming 790 on the other hand does not provide an AMD CPU option but can be configured with the Intel hexa-core 'Coffee Lake-H' chips paired to up to 64 GB of RAM. The Radeon RX 580 continues to be offered but now there's a GTX 1080 option as well for the highest spec.
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The HP Pavilion Gaming 690 desktop starts at a price of US$549 and will be available via HP's online store and other retailers from April 15, 2018. The Pavilion Gaming 790 starts from US$649 and will be sold via HP.com on April 30, 2018 and via other retailers from June 3, 2018.