Choosing a desktop for family use and gaming often means trying to find a PC that’s on the fence and serves both worlds, all of which are different. The HP Envy 750-610 is an impressive PC that’s a benefit for both the home user with day-to-day tasks and gaming. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad Core Processor, 8GB DDR4 memory and 1TB HDD, there’s enough power to handle AAA gaming at 60 fps. The case might not look like much, but it’s ideal for a budget PC and packs a whole lot of awesomeness in its hood.
- Decent no frills build
- Great budget price
- High-end components
- Nvidia GTX 1050 boosts gaming performance
- Room for expandability
- Quad-core hyper-threaded CPU
- Slow boot times- configuration lacks SSD
- 300W PUS might not be enough
- Poor airflow enabled case
If aesthetics are not a thing for you, the understated design of the HP Envy 750-610 desktop with catch your eye. The HP Envy rocks an amazing price tag, offer high-end features (Quad-core hyperthreaded AMD Ryzen 5 1400 processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card) and great performance. Considering it’s easily upgradeable package, fast CPU and GPU it is a killer bargain.
HP Envy 750-610 Specs
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core Processor (8MB Cache, 3.2GHz-3.4GHz) 65W|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM (Upgradeable to 16GB)|
|Memory Slots||2 DIMM|
|Storage||1TB HDD 7200 RPM|
|Graphics||GTX 1050 2GB Upgrade | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty|
|Ports||1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort|
|Connectivity||Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.2 M.2|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
|Dimensions||24 x 16 x 12 inches (HWD)|
|Optical Drive||DVD Writer|
|Keyboard and Mouse||HP USB Wired Keyboard with volume control / HP USB Wired Optical Mouse|
|Media Card Reader||7-in-1 media card reader|
|Audio||5.1 surround sound|
|Warranty||1 year limited hardware warranty|
Design and Features
Most PC under the $700 budget price range aren’t as aesthetically advantaged as their $1000-$2000 counterparts. The reason is that boutique manufacturers try to take down the build costs in attempts to attain the budget price tag. The HP Envy 750-610 falls under this category. It spots a modest but decent design that’s compact and offering plenty of expansion options. For the most part, its black casing doesn’t stand out or brag about being extra thin or extra compact.
At 24 x 16 x 12 inches (HWD) and weighing 14 pounds, the HP Envy 750-610 has a large footprint that’s clearly larger than the HP Pavilion Power 580-130 (6.5 x 14.88 x 14.33 inches, 15lbs). In comparison to the famed CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4’s Cooler Master Box lite 5 case (7.87 x 18.46 x 17.89 inches), our reviewed unit is smaller.
Every modern PC, better yet gaming PC requires a reliable port system for syncing with other devices. The HP Envy 750-610 embraces this wholeheartedly with a healthy port system. We were pleased that it spots a single USB 3.0 Type-C port. Other ports include 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and Display Port. The last two are effective for connecting multiple monitors while on gameplay or work.
To be precise, with the graphics card offers those two mentioned ports: you get DisplayPort 1.4, DVI-D and HDMI 2.0b connectors, similar to those you’d find on the AMD RX 460 GPU.
Other connectivity options include the Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) for next-generation speeds and Bluetooth 4.2.
For users inclined to new and attractive designs, the HP Envy 750-610 won’t take much of your attention. The star of this PC, however, is the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad Core processor and the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. The AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core is fresh off the press 2017 processor from the gamer-centric AMD company. Admittedly, it is the slowest processor in the AMD processor series and does not stand a chance against the in-house competition. But I bet HP picked it for this PC a reason, something along the lines of pricing.
Nonetheless, the biggest benefit for this PC besides from the GPU still remains the processor. And the Quad core baby brings in multiple cores which aid in relieving the strain on the cores during multicore tasks such as media projects. Aside from that, you can have a couple of tabs open on your browser when working or gaming without straining the system. The 8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM memory kicks in here and makes sure multitasking is attained and general productivity is maintained.
For the most part, 8GB should be enough to handle your day-to-day tasks without choking the system. When gaming, your GPU memory renders everything gaming related so that your system is left to work on other tasks. That way, you don’t need extra memory. However, if you can afford a 16GB option, there is room for the upgrade. But that is an option set aside for those looking to run intensive programs simultaneously.
Graphics and Gaming
As for gaming, the effects of both the processor and the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card are clear. The high-end card performs splendidly in HD. Well, it’s nothing compared to the Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU, but in benchmark scores, it comes second after the 1060, leaving the 1070 and ultimately the 1080 leading the scores. The biggest news about this card is that it handles its own pretty well and can play AAA games and Full HD eSport games exemplarily. On our gaming tests, it was clear that it can handle Full HD anytime, just as long as you’re willing to step down the settings a little.
Gaming on AAA games designed for the GTX 1050 GPU is the best way of getting the most out of it. With that in mind, we ran a couple of games to put it on its paces.
|CS: GO||256 fps|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||79.1 fps|
In general, we noted the GTX 1050 GPU handled almost perfectly when run on medium settings at Full HD.
When it comes to the configuration available for the HP Envy 750-610, what majorly changes is the processor type, memory size, and the storage. There are configurations with Ryzen 5, Ryzen 5/RX 580 and others with the Ryzen 7/RX 580. As for storage, you can opt between the 1TB HDD and extra SSD or stay singularly with the 1TB HDD. It’s not any different with the memory; you get either 8 GB or 16GB depending on how deep wallet is, of course, the extent of your needs. The Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card remains the same for all the configurations.
|Ryzen 5/RX 580/8GB/250 SSD + 1TB|
|Ryzen 5/RX 580/16GB/250 SSD + 1TB|
|Ryzen 5/GTX 1050/8GB/1TB (reviewed)|
|Ryzen 5/GTX 1050/8GB/120 SSD + 1TB|
|Ryzen 5/GTX 1050/8GB/250 SSD|
|Ryzen 5/GTX 1050/16GB/256 SSD + 1TB|
|Ryzen 7/RX 580/16GB/250 SSD + 1TB|
Finding a PC with the right combination of features, price and performance can be a daunting task. You stand a higher chance of finding PCs with components that are underpowered or overpowered or at worst overpriced with a false promise of being a gaming rig. Fortunately, the HP Envy 750-610 is a plug-and-play setup with the perfect set of features to power through daily computing needs and entry-level gaming. We recommend it for all those users looking to get into gaming and need a gaming PC on the budget.
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