HP Pavilion d4100 review: HP Pavilion d4100

A 256MB PCI Express Nvidia GeForce FX 6800 card gives the system enough 3D power to satisfy all but the most demanding gamers and graphics enthusiasts, who would typically gravitate toward more expensive SLI-based rigs for extreme graphics performance. If you're not interested in gaming, you can save $220 by opting for the entry-level 128MB Radeon X300 SE.

At a resolution of 1,024x768 on our Half-Life 2 gaming test, the Pavilion d4100e rendered a very playable 70.6 frames per second (fps), a score that represents a statistical dead heat with the Falcon Northwest Talon SLI , a system with two graphics cards (albeit slightly lower-end GeForce 6600 GT cards to the Pavilion d4100e's GeForce FX 6800). Then again, the Pavilion d4100e trailed the iBuyPower Gamer SLI by 9 percent on the same test, and the Gamer SLI also uses two GeForce 6600 GT GPUs, albeit on a single 3D card. The performance delta widens a bit at a higher resolution, where SLI can begin to show its muscle, but the Pavilion d4100e will allow you to play today's most advanced games at a high resolution with the same features enabled.

The HP Pavilion d4100e ships with a multimedia keyboard and an optical mouse, both of the PS/2 variety. An extra $40 buys you a wireless keyboard and mouse, and another $99 will get you a TV-tuner card. Throw in a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card ($65) for 7.1 support and high-resolution audio (24 bit/96KHz) playback and upgrade to Windows XP Media Center Edition ($35), and you've got yourself a powerful, albeit large, Media Center PC.

Bundled software is plentiful, and includes HP's Image Zone Plus photo-editing program, Microsoft's Works 8.0, Apple's iTunes , Sonic's RecordNow, Muvee's AutoProducer, Intuit's Quicken New User Edition 2005, and InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 2.0. Out-of-the-box documentation is limited to a quick setup poster, a generic Pavilion user guide (not model specific), and a recovery guide.

The HP Pavilion d4100e comes with a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty that includes 24/7 toll-free telephone support. For an extra $99, you can extend the warranty to two years; for $149, you can bump it up to three. HP's Web site offers software and driver updates for your specific model, as well as troubleshooting and live chat with a service technician.

Application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

Half-Life 2 custom demo
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Half-Life 2 1,024x768 4XAA 8XAF  
Half-Life 2 1,600x1,200 4XAA 8XAF  
* CPU and graphics are overclocked

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Systems configurations
Falcon Northwest Talon SLI
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia Nforce-4 Ultra SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB (2) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe, SLI); Seagate ST380817AS 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Gateway 7310S
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.4GHz Intel P4 550; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 G (PCIe); WDC WD2000JD-22HBB0 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP Pavilion a1050y
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.6GHz Intel P4 560; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe); Samsung SP1614C 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP Pavilion d4100e
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 4000+; ATI Radeon RS480 (ATI Radeon X200 Xpress) chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce FX 6800 (PCIe); Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7,200rpm, Serial ATA

iBuyPower Gamer SLI
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 4000+; Nvidia Nforce-4 Ultra SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe, SLI, dual GPU); two WDC WD2500JD-98HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA; integrated Silicon SiI 3114 SoftRAID 5 controller

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    HP Pavilion D4100e (Athlon 64 4000+ 2GHz, 80GB HDD, XP Home)

    Part Number: PX191AV#ABA Released: Jun 29, 2005

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    • Release date Jun 29, 2005
    • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon Xpress 200 shared video memory (UMA)
    • Monitor Type None.