HP Envy Phoenix 860-010 Desktop Review

April 18, 2016
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HP Envy Phoenix 860-010, a top-tier desktop meant for power users and gaming folk out there, right? Might be, the computer is full of powerful components such as 6th generation Core i7 processor – there’s also a dedicated GeForce graphics card giving a good kick for the gamers. But let’s see if such a system is really worth the money…

How’s the general performance?

The performance of HP Envy Phoenix 860-010 is excellent: it’s the Intel Core i7-6700 processor that is running the show. That chip contains four cores, a high clock speed of 3.4GHz and turbo of 4.0GHz. That tells a lot about what the processor can offer, and this is indeed confirmed by CPU Mark test with the i7-6700 receiving a score of around 10000 points. Only few processors can beat that score – in short, there is nothing this CPU couldn’t do for you.

Other things affecting the performance are memory; there is 16GB (2x8GB) installed which is plenty. The mainboard also has two free slots, meaning maximum memory is a nice 32GB. The storage solution is a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive, surely enough for storing huge amounts of data. The motherboard also has M.2 socket if you want to install a solid-state drive.

Comments about gaming

This computer works wonders for gaming. It comes with a player-friendly, dedicated GeForce GTX960 card with 2GB GDDR5 memory. Pretty much any game will run alright with high settings and 1080p, examples being GTA 5 +60 FPS and The Witcher 3 +35FPS. If you’re not happy with these, you can always replace the card. PSU shouldn’t be a problem, it’s rated at 500W.

Ports and connections

HP Envy Phoenix 860-010 has the usual connectivity of a desktop. Ten USB ports are present – four USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0. Video outputs should include HDMI and DisplayPort, so hooking up at least two monitors is possible. Audio ports are line in, line out and microphone.

DVD burner and 7-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MS Select, MS Pro and MS MagicGate) are available.

There is a built-in dual-band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter for wireless networking, but also Gigabit RJ-45 port is in the back panel in case you want to use cable.


Unfortunately, this desktop does not come with a monitor, only keyboard and mouse are included.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit), just as expected.


HP Envy Phoenix 860-010 has received good reviews over the months, and I don’t wonder why. For what it’s worth, the desktop seems to do its job well: to run heavyweight programs promptly, and when gaming performance is wanted, also gameplay will be a smooth sail. Surely the desktop is quite expensive, and you might save some money by building computer yourself. But if DIY doesn’t sound good to you, it should be a good idea to go for this HP.

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