A desktop like HP ENVY 750-430 might not be the first pick on your shopping list. The reason is, this computer happens to quite an expensive one! But there still exists a niche for this kind of computers – the power users. So, let’s take a look at this rig and find out if the high price is justified. Knowing HP’s reputations as a solid computer manufacturer it might very well be, but we don’t know before a closer examination has taken place…
How is the performance?
The important trio of processor, memory and storage drive is excellent in HP ENVY 750-430. Starting with the storage, there exists a less-exciting one terabyte hard drive with 7200RPM spindle speed. But it doesn’t end there. Also available is a 256B solid-state drive. You can choose which drive you want to use. Bear in mind both are 2.5″ form factor and are connected to SATA interface.
I can’t complain about the processor either. It is Intel Core i7-6700, a beast with four cores, 3.4GHz clock speed and 4.0GHz turbo boost – all that should please even the most demanding professionals. Compared to other processors there are only a couple that beat the Core i7, it gets a ridiculously good ~10000 points score in CPU Mark tests. Feel free to throw any programs at it, the i7 processor will handle all of it without slowdowns.
Memory is served by two 8GB DDR4 (2133MHz) sticks, meaning the RAM totals at 16 gigabytes. The specifications say sixteen gigabytes is indeed the maximum which is rather strange considering DDR4 supports 16GB sticks and there are two slots. But we’d better believe the manufacturer, RAM is already at maximum.
Does the desktop work for gaming at all?
A proper gaming card, the GeForce GTX 1060 (with 3GB video RAM) is installed in HP ENVY 750-430. For Full HD gaming it’s everything you can ask for, frame rates will be high enough to consider any game smooth. With all settings at high or ultra, you can get ~50FPS on The Witcher 3, +60FPS on GTA 5 and +80FPS on Doom. Gaming will be enjoyable if you ask me.
By the way, the card can be changed too. It’s attached to a normal PCI-e x16 socket so uninstalling is effortless.
What ports and connections does the computer offer?
To plug in peripherals you may use several of the ports found in HP ENVY 750-430. For instance, it sports the new USB 3.0 Type-C connector which, with the right adapter, works with many standards including HDMI and DisplayPort. Needless to say, the graphics card of course has dedicated HDMI, DVI and three DisplayPorts available for your monitor needs. It should support three displays at the same time.
That being said, there are still six regular USB ports for your devices. Two are USB 2.0 (avoid them because of slow transfer rates) and four are USB 3.0 which you should use all the time.
The computer includes a DVD burner which can be found in all today’s desktops. It won’t run BluRay but the ship for that has already sailed. CDs and DVDs run fine. Looks like a media card reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC and MS standard is installed in this rig as well.
Are there other important things?
The power supply isn’t shabby. It’s a 500W PSU which is great for the current setup. Even if you want to upgrade something I think the power supply still works.
Included are a fancy wireless keyboard and mouse. Monitor, however, is not – the display you need to buy separately.
Summing it up
HP ENVY 750-430 could be a reasonable choice if you happen to be a very demanding user. Its processing performance is second to none, with all the candies such as Core i7 processor, dedicated GeForce card and SSD found inside its silver case. Yes, the price isn’t that affordable, but you will not experience any lag should you opt for this rig. You’d better pair it with a quality monitor and you got more than a decent computer for years to come!