(Longer bars indicate better performance)
The tests show that the HP is slower than the Dell on every one of our application tests, mainly due to Dell's advantage in clock speed and faster DDR3 memory. While the HP's 2.4GHz AMD quad-core CPU can certainly handle most modern applications, the Dell XPS 430-121B will give you consistently faster performance in most kinds of tasks.
HP protects the Pavilion Elite m9500y with a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor. Troubleshooting is available via 24-7 toll-free phone support, and the HP Web site contains a lengthy list of FAQs, driver downloads, and product news.
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64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300 ; 6GB DDR3 1066MHz; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics card; 750GB, 7,200 rpm hard drive.
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8200; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3650 graphics card; 640GB, 7,200RPM hard drive.
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz AMD Phenom Quad Core X4 9650; 7GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200 rpm hard drive.
64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz AMD Phenim 9750 X4 Quad Core; 8GB DDR2 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS; 750GB, 7,200 rpm hard drive.