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HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Desktop Review

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HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Review

Gaming desktops are known to come with gamer-themed-designs, glowing RGB-lit components, and all that glamor. But today, we review one that’s not all that. For those who love understated designs with uprated hardware, PCs with a clean professional look that don’t scream ‘gamer,’ then this is for you. We review the HP Pavilion Power 580-148, monstrous beast in its own right, a capable performer that is powerful enough to get you through any tasks you throw at it. If you’re a little tired of Intel hardware and are thinking of giving the red team a try, the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 is a configuration you might love. This pre-built gamer skirts a $900 price tag, AMD RX 580 processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics. Read the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Review.


Pros

  • Great toned down design
  • Plenty of upgrade space
  • Fast AMD RX 580 processor
  • Plenty of storage
  • Impressive gaming performance
  • Budget priced

Cons

  • Lacks aesthetic appeal of most gaming PCs

Verdict

The HP Pavilion Power 580-148 is a modest PC. It doesn’t show any flashy exterior parts and is one for the modest at heart. Nonetheless, it packs a mean punch in gaming and thanks to the AMD RX 580 processor and blazing Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU it purrs its way through most tasks and gaming titles. It should be an instant hit for users looking for instant out-of-the-box gaming pre-built system. Further, you can easily configure it with parts if need arises in the future. We recommend it as our Editors Choice entry-level budget gaming.

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HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Specs

Processor

3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 5-1400 Quad Core processor (max turbo boost – 3.4 GHz) 8 MB cache

Memory

8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM (Upgradable to 16GB)

Memory Slots

2 DIMM

Storage

1TB HDD 7200 RPM and 128GB SSD

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5

Motherboard

Basswood

Motherboard Form Factor

uATX: 24×24 cm (9.4×9.4 in)

Chipset

AMD 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

  • 3 Display Ports

  • 2 x USB 3.0

  • Audio: Line in

  • Line out

  • Audio: Microphone

  • HP 7-in-1 media card reader

Connectivity

Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.2 M.2

Expansion Slots

1 PCIe x1

1 PCIe x16

2 M.2

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Dimensions

14.33 x 6.50 x 14.88 inches (HWD)

Weight

7.15 kgs/ 15.77 lbs

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Cloud Service

Dropbox

Media Card Reader

7-in-1 media card reader

Power Supply

300 W internal ATX E-STAR 6.0 Bronze power supply

Warranty

1 year limited hardware warranty

Design and Features

It might not come off as the most eye-catching gaming rig out there, but the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 is an excellently built machine. The build reflects a modest gaming PC with the dull aluminum case, and green accents on the HP logo. The side panels are metallic with the left side featuring some venting for airflow.

HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Review side view
The front view reveals some ports and DVD-RW tray

The tower measures 14.33 x 6.50 x 14.88 inches (HWD), comparably smaller than the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5 (18.46 x 7.87 x 17.89 inches) and the iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Desktop 9200 i7-8700K (25 x 12.5 x 21.38 inches). The front of the case is simple with a DVD-RW tray and some ports; the latter labeled with green highlights. Don’t be confused with the lowly-spirit of the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 desktop. The inside is well souped-up with among the best features you can ever hope for in a budget gaming desktop.

Ports

While at the front, you will find some ports at the bottom half of the panel, right beneath the DVD-RW. Here, you will find an excellent assembly of ports conveniently located for use. That includes a single USB 3.0 Type-C, once USB 3.0, and a headphone/microphone jack. The rear end houses a couple more ports: two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet jack, two HDMI ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an audio in/out jack, and microphone jack. You get a couple more ports on the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU: DisplayPort, a single HDMI, and a dual-link DVI port.

A healthy front port system
HP Pavilion Power 580-148 Desktop healthy front port system

A decade ago, you would have to pay a hefty price to have a motherboard supporting USB 3.0s, but now you have it there for almost free. The two USB 3.0s are primarily made easily accessible for all your external drives. Also, you can use the back USB 2.0 ports for your keyboard and mouse (come together with the desktop).


Performance

The HP Pavilion Power 580-148 excels in the area of performance owing to a legitimately well assortment of components. It works hand-in-hand with a low-powered AMD Ryzen 5 1400 processor, 16Gb DDR4 memory, 128GB solid-state drive & 1TB hard disk, and finally Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. All these make an excellent combination of cost-effective and performance-able components.

The AMD Ryzen 5 1400 is a powerful processor with 3.2GHz base clock and 3.4GHz turbo clock speed. On benchmark tests, it scored an Average CPU Mark of 8426. Although, this is nothing close to AMD’s best chips; the AMD Ryzen 7 (1800x) and Ryzen 5 1600X with a revolting Average CPU Mark of 15,406 and 13,227 respectively, it is fair performance considering the price tag. That said, this is a mid-tier-processor that should bring fiery performance in workloads and gaming.

Conversely, to be able to handle content creation, gaming, and office tasks altogether with flair, you need a good memory. With the 16GB DDR4 included memory, the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 is capable of handling more than a couple of open tabs online. Moreover, it handles photo and video editing like a charm. Ideally, because your RAM plays second fiddle to your computer performance and multitasking (after processor), this is something you want to have in plenty. If anything, you should consider upgrading to 32GB memory down the line, especially if gaming performance is high up on your list.

Thanks to the fast processor and sizable RAM, this PC should be mouthwatering. More so, to multimedia professionals looking to save time while rendering videos, and applying filters to images.

Plenty of fast and reliable storage

When it comes to performance, solid state drive is just as important as the CPU and RAM. To reach a peak performance, you need top of the line components. As you boot your desktop and switch between tasks, you need a reliably fast disk to transfer data to the processor. Hard disks keep the processor tapping its fingers waiting for data. To sort of curb this, HP included a 128GB SSD which is infinitely faster and makes the difference here; cutting down boot time, handling opening of files, transferring of data and launching of software and apps. There’s also the usual 1TB hard disk space for data hogs and users looking to save multimedia, movies and video games.

Remarkable Gaming Performance

HP included the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, a mid-tier-gaming graphics card. The Nvidia GTX 1060 is an impressive card with excellent gaming capacity just as its current rival AMD RX 580. It’s nothing close to the Nvidia 1070 or Nvidia 1080 considering gaming performance and SLI support but is a favorite budget card that thrives in 1080p and 1440p. On gaming tests, it shines brightest on 1080p settings with above 60fps results for most gaming titles. Some demanding games (like The Division, Far Cry) force the frames to drop below 60 fps and for those, we recommend dropping to ‘High’ presets.

Note: Consider the ASUS VS248H-P monitor if you’re looking for a monitor to pair this desktop with.


Conclusion

With an aesthetically toned case and high-end components, the HP Pavilion Power desktop 580-148 shines with the brightest in the budget PC gaming category. Whether you’re gaming or handling demanding professional 3D applications like CAD and rendering software, the Pavilion Power has your back. Dollar-for-dollar, the HP Pavilion Power 580-148 is a success topping the charts in day-to-day tasks, gaming performance and VR. As a result, we easily recommend it as our Editor’s Choice for budget entry-level-gaming desktops.

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Victor R

A lover of MacBook Air and Pro line of laptops, Victor has been a tech enthusiast and guest blogger for numerous websites. Now, he explores tech; focusing mainly on PCs, laptops, gadgets and trending tech news