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HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Desktop Review

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HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Review

It’s not common for PC builders to admit there are some great and budget pre-build PCs out there. Once they get to building one, it becomes almost a hobby. And I don’t blame them because I’m a constant builder, passionate about building gaming rigs from scratch. It’s highly addictive and you can occasionally get blindsided. But the truth, however rare, is that boutique builders are perfecting the art of assembling budget PCs. I’ve seen a couple of PCs in the market (I’m looking at you CyberPowerPC) with very competitive price tags and high-end components capable of squeezing out the impressive performance. At the end of the day though, these are rare and few in between but they come with a whole lot of awesome for a dirt cheap-budget price. Among the few we managed to find is the HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Desktop, an AMD powered PC packed with AMD Radeon RX 580 and 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor. This baby will shred through your favorite games.

HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Review


Pros

  • Great design
  • Budget Price
  • Plenty of storage
  • Easily expandable
  • Great Gaming Performance for its price bracket

Cons

  • Poorly ventilated

Verdict

Finding the right PC for gaming can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start or what to look out for. Experienced gamers know which component is good and why, but that’s not a privilege that everyone has. For beginners, a bit of help is necessary hence prebuilt gaming PCs. The HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Desktop is a great value PC, spotting a 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor, 8GB of RAM, plenty of HDD storage (1TB) and an AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU. Best of all, it’s a solid performer selling at a budget price. We recommend it for entry-level gamers looking for great performance on the budget.


HP Pavilion Power 580-130 Specs

Processor3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor (max turbo boost – 3.4 GHz) 8 MB cache
Memory8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM (Upgradeable to 16GB)
Memory Slots2 DIMM
Storage1TB HDD 7200 RPM
GraphicsAMD Radeon RX 580
MotherboardBasswood
Motherboard Form FactoruATX: 24×24 cm (9.4×9.4 in)
ChipsetAMD Promontory 2
Ports
  • Front: Single USB 3.0
  • Single USB 3.0 Type-C
  • Headphone/Microphone
  • Rear: 2 x USB 2.0
  • LAN (Ethernet)
  • HDMI out: 2
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio: Line in
  • Audio: Line out
  • Audio: Microphone
ConnectivityWireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.2 M.2
Expansion Slots
  • Single PCIe x1
  • 1 PCIe x16
  • 2 M.2
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Dimensions14.33 x 6.50 x 14.88 inches (HWD)
Weight7.15 kgs/ 15.77 lbs
Optical DriveDVD Writer
Cloud ServiceDropbox
Media Card Reader7-in-1 media card reader
Power Supply300 W internal ATX E-STAR 6.0 Bronze power supply
Warranty1 year limited hardware warranty

Design and Features

Outside its reasonable price and gaming prowess, the HP Pavilion Power 580-130’s modest aesthetics might be its biggest strength. At 14.33 x 6.50 x 14.88 inches (HWD) and weighing 15.77 lbs, it’s a small enough footprint PC capable of fitting in a desk cutout or under a hutch. We loved the design being that it had nothing too aggressive nor too plain; just simple and modest.

There’s little flair on the case with only a ridge running from the top to bottom of the front face.

Admittedly, the side panels are plain with no tempered glass as other PCs we’ve reviewed before. But that’s not a glaring tradeoff nonetheless. The one caveat we noted was that the case is poorly ventilated which would normally mean a high chance of components overheating and under-clocking. That’s ideally a bad thing because it bottlenecks performance.


Ports

A gaming PC can best be used for fragging your enemies in virtual reality or watching movies with friends. But it can also do more by syncing your other devices through its port system. The HP Pavilion Power 580-130 comes with a healthy port system. The front end has three ports including a single USB 3.0, single USB 3.0 Type-C and a Headphone/Microphone.

We loved the rear section too. Somehow HP managed to cram a richer set of ports:

Rear:
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • LAN (Ethernet)
  • HDMI out: 2
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio: Line in, Line in and Mircophone

The HDMI port should allow you to connect multiple monitors (at least two) if you’re into multitasking on two/three monitors. Other connectivity options include the Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.2.


Performance

As a general use and entry-level gaming Desktop, the HP Pavilion Power 80-130 impresses. The 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor (max turbo boost – 3.4 GHz, 8 MB cache) and 8GB DDR4 SDRAM memory make a good combination for strong performance. The AMD Ryzen 5 1400 had a good benchmark score of 8428 on our Average CPU Mark benchmark test. Well, the benchmark scores don’t exactly scream performer, but it establishes the HP Pavilion Power 580-130 as a speedy system for everyday use. Also, HP made a smart choice with this processor as it was almost painless to install, costs relatively cheap and the computing performance it offers are remarkable.

Majorly Upgradeable

Powered by an 8GB DDR4 memory, the HP Pavilion Power 80-130 works seamlessly through office tasks, multimedia and gaming. But if you’re looking to bump up you work load and be capable of opening software while simultaneously listening to music and/or browsing the web, then 16GB DDDR4 might be a reasonable start. The memory can be added with very little struggle. There are a few expansion options including:

  • Single PCIe,
  • 1 PCIe x16
  • 2 M.2

If you care about storage space then the 1TB 7200 RPM hard Drive Storage might please you. It should come in handy for storing your music, media, data and games. However, HDD storage speeds are glacial to say the least. If you care about storage speeds and fast booting for your games, then a PCIe solid state drives (SSD) is always faster and advised. That’s perhaps an upgrade you could consider in the future.

Still on storage, HP partnered with Dropbox to make sure the minor storage quibbles users struggle with are completely eradicated. With this PC, you can store and synchronize your content online on the  Dropbox Cloud Storage. Also, you get 25GB of storage for a whole year (1) to access, manage, and share your photos, music, and files remotely through the internet.


Graphics Card and Gaming

For gaming and graphics, our reviewed unit came with the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card. In all honesty, the Nvidia 1080 still remains the king of the hill tackling recent titles like the beast it is. But the AMD Radeon RX 580 from 2017 is a brilliant Full HD card that’s no slouch either. You can boost the GPU to improve gaming performance if you have to. But if gaming on Full HD and 1440p resolution is admirable enough, this is the PC for you. In many respects, RX 580 is very close performance-wise to its rival Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. As a result, it is VR Ready and deliver high-definition graphics for a smooth VR experience right out of the box.

Update:

Sometimes not everyone loves AMD or Intel. So we’ve included a different configuration of the the HP Pavilion Power with 3GB VRAM Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. Check out out the HP Pavilion Power 580-023w Gaming Tower on Amazon. It costs about $50 more for the difference. Our reviewed unit also gives the famous CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop a run for it’s money with a slightly cheaper price ta (almost $100 less). We’ve reviewed it before so read its full review here.

We tried a few games to put the GPU on its paces and also figure out which games where playable from those that were jerky. After dozens of hours gaming though the Mud and Blood, breathtaking speeds and guns, here are the gaming benchmark scores:

Dirt 4 2017120.1 fps on high 1280×1080
Battlefield 4183 fps on high 1280×1080
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)83.9 fps on high 1280×1080
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)66.5 fps  on high 1280×1080

Conclusion

The HP Pavilion Power 580-130 offers a great combination of strong performance, high-end components and a budget price. It’s not the best gaming rig in the gaming scene, but it offers the best bang for buck for a prebuild PC. The design is decent and the case easily allows access for expansion. Also, the components are high-end and allow for great 1080p experience (4K on high settings is possible but expect it to chug and drop frames).

All-in-all, while it doesn’t make it to our Editor’s Choice entry-level gaming Desktops, we highly recommend it for as a great choice for entry level gaming.

P/S This prebuilt PC costs less than building you own.

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