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HP Pavilion Elite e9120y review: HP Pavilion Elite e9120y

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The upgrade situation is standard as well. The PCI Express graphics card slot is occupied, but if you have a decent graphics card lying around at home we'd encourage you to swap it in. You get three PCI Express 1X slots for the remaining expansion options. You should be able to find most common expansion cards in 1X format now, but with no standard PCI slot you can forget about using any legacy expansion cards you may have.

Juice box
HP Pavilion Elite e9120y  
Off (watts) 2.02
Sleep (watts) 3.15
Idle (watts) 117.39
Load (watts) 140.78
Raw (annual kWh) 432.69144
Energy Star compliant No
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $49.11

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion Elite e9120y

The HP's power consumption results are perhaps the most surprising we've seen since we started gathering power data a month or so ago. Of the 26 desktops we've tested so far, the Pavilion e9120y has been the most off-kilter from its competition. We can't speak to the product materials complaints that prompted Greenpeace's recent protest of HP's corporate headquarters, but HP clearly didn't choose the most power efficient parts for this PC, especially considering its bland performance next to other desktops in its price range.

HP might lag behind a desktop from Asus in terms of price performance, but HP can at least claim significantly more robust customer service offerings. The one-year parts and labor warranty for this system is more or less standard across the industry, but unlike Asus, HP offers 24-7, toll-free phone service, and a considerably more complete set of online support resources. You can find a few FAQs and driver downloads on Asus' Web site, but HP offers all of those things in easy-to-find fashion, as well as online support chat, remote desktop-based tech support, and other resources that set it apart.

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System configurations:

HP Pavilion e9120y
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 910; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive

Acer Aspire M5800-U5802A
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230; 750GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Asus Essentio CG5270-BP003
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 220; 750GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

Gateway DX4300-03
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.4GHz AMD Phenom X4 9750; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive

Gateway SX2800-01
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm hard drive

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