I remember some pundits decrying the death of PC gaming as new consoles came up in 2005. Well, look where we are now – PC gaming is better than ever. According to a recent report from Jon Peddie Research, the total PC gaming hardware market will grow to $20.7 billion by 2016. Right now, there are 661 million PC gamers, 12 million of which spend over $1,800 to be classed in the top tier. (That’s a lot of Battlefield matches!).
But does it really take $1,800 to play like a boss? To them, I say: “Feh!” The ENVY Phoenix line is all about delivering good performance without having to break the bank.
Enter: The ENVY Phoenix 810. This latest iteration into HP’s gaming line is our latest take on the modern gamer. You don’t need to pop in multiple graphics cards– just one good, turbocharged GPU to kick some serious pixels. It’s still got a 600-Watt power supply and the tool-less chassis that got refined with earlier models of the ENVY Phoenix is back for more.
There are going to be a couple different configs available at launch October 16th:
ENVY Phoenix 810se (starting at $1,299): Intel Core i7-4820k, 12GB RAM, 2TB 7200rpm drive, NVIDIA GTX 760 GPU
ENVY Phoenix 810st (starting at $1,499): Intel Core i7-4820k, 16GB RAM, 3TB 7200rpm drive, NVIDIA GTX 760 GPU
I just so happened to lay my hands upon a new Phoenix 800 (which will remain available as well, starting at $1,099) recently and I can actually share some of my initial results with you. First a look under the hood of my machine – you’ll notice that the stuff listed above should do better than what I have listed below (for the most part)….
- 4th-Generation Intel Core Processor (Core i7 4770k @ 3.5GHz)
- 128GB SSD Boot Drive (optional); 1TB 7200rpm HDD data drive
- 16GB DDR3 RAM (upgraded from standard 8GB)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics (upgraded)
- Liquid cooling
- Top I/O: 2 USB 3.0
- Rear: 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0
- Front : 4 USB 2.0
- Optical Audio Output
- Rear I/O Panel Surround Audio Jacks (Surround L/R, Center/LFE, Surround rear L/R)
- Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 and Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n featuring Single-band (2.4Ghz) 1×1 technology
- Beats Audio
Here’s what happened when I dialed up all the settings to 1920 by 1080 pixels and “Maximum Awesome”….. (Everything except the 3dmark11 tests are scored in frames per second.)
BioShock Infinite – Town Center (53-second mark) – 136.69
Tomb Raider – 46.7
STALKER Call of Pripyat – Sunshafts – 126.3
Unigine Dx11 Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – 47.4
3dmark11 Extreme test- x3426
3dmark11 Performance test – p9707
I always throw out the caveat that drivers are often a little quirky on my prototype test machines, but even still, this guy was kicking out some respectable numbers for games like BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. And bear in mind this is still the equivalent of our refreshed ENVY 800s, not the 810 (which should do even better).
So? Still think that you need to pay $1,800 to play?
Oh, yeah, and console guys – here’s something else to chew on: Market research firm DFC thinks that by 2014 PC and console games will be at parity (~$22 billion) and in 2015 PC game revenue will be greater than consoles.
As a wise man once said, “Don’t call it a comeback.”