Is gaming in Full HD resolution enough? Then the HP Pavilion is worth a look! COMPUTER BILD reveals the values with which the small gaming PC impressed in the test. Just under 6 kilograms light and with dimensions of 34x16x31 centimeters only slightly larger than a shoebox: the HP is not only stylish, but also compact. Practical: In addition to connections for a headset, it has five easily accessible USB sockets including a USB-C port on the front. Apart from 4K games, it offered a decent pace in the test, but was a little noisy when gaming under full load.
HP Pavilion TG01-1300NG Review
With the Pavilion series, P has established a brand for gaming PCs and notebooks. The new HP Pavilion TG01-1300NG is one of the desktop representatives and does its job really well in the test. Users are happy about the generous connections and solid gaming performance. However, the device is not the absolute premium gaming class. We clarifies the compromise.
How fast is this CPU?
The Pavilion is not only fun for gaming, it is also suitable as a work PC. It takes care of Internet and office applications quickly and without batting an eyelid. No wonder, the fast Intel CPU Core i7-10700F has 8 cores that clock at 2.9 gigahertz (GHz). A Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti takes care of the graphics calculation and ensures soft 155 frames per second in games in Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) under DirectX 11. Under DirectX 12 there are still around 58 pictures.
The graphics applications and video editing programs also run on the Pavilion without complaint. Only the 4K display (3840x2160 pixels) rumbles across the screen on the HP in the worst case with only 18 frames per second. If you don't value the UHD resolution, you will still have a lot of fun playing on the PC.
How good are equipment and upgrades?
In addition to a fast SSD with an effective 238 gigabyte (GB) capacity, the Pavilion houses around 1 terabyte (TB) of HDD hard disk space. The built-in 16 GB of RAM are also generously dimensioned and can be upgraded to up to 64 GB if necessary. The selection and distribution of the USB connections is generous: there are five USB 3.2 sockets (one type C, four times type A) on the front, and another four generation 2.0 connections are installed on the rear.
The computer only establishes a WLAN connection using the now older 802.11ac standard, after all, Bluetooth is available in the current version 5. The remaining connections are standard fare, users will find a DVI connection, an HDMI socket and three Display Ports. A network connection (1,000 megabits) provides internet access via cable. Inside there is a DDR4 RAM slot for additional RAM, a PCIe x1 slot offers space for an expansion card. A memory card reader is on board.
How loud and how expensive is it?
As compact as it is, the Pavilion is usually just as quiet. In office or video mode, it makes barely audible noises at around 1.2 sons, while the fans run at 3.3 sons under full load, which is roughly the same as a conversation volume and is clearly audible. The hunger for energy is limited for a gaming machine and with around 148 kilowatt hours a year costs around 38 euros. That leaves enough change for current games.
HP Pavilion TG01-1300NG: Conclusion
Just under 6 kilograms light and with dimensions of 34x16x31 centimeters only slightly larger than a shoebox: the HP is not only stylish, but also compact. Practical: In addition to connections for a headset, it has five easily accessible USB sockets including a USB-C port on the front. Apart from 4K games, it offered a decent pace in the test, but was a little noisy when gaming under full load. For around 1,200 euros, the Pavilion is a solid gaming PC.
HP Pavilion TG01-1300NG Pros:
- Good game speed in full HD
- Hard drive and SSD on board
HP Pavilion TG01-1300NG Cons:
- 4K only possible with low details
- A bit noisy under load
- WiFi-ac only