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HP is looking to embrace the booming PC gaming industry with the launch of its own line of budget-friendly gaming systems. The new Pavilion Gaming series will aim at mainstream and entry-level buyers offering desktops, laptops, and a 32-inch gaming monitor, all sub-$1000.
The Pavilion Gaming 690 tower is the cheapest among the collection, priced at $549. It features an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G CPU paired with 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. It can also be configured with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 12GB RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1060. The only disadvantage here is that due to its size, the case can only incorporate half-sized GPU, and not the 1070 or 1080.
Users who wish for extra graphics will have to upgrade to the Pavilion Gaming 790, which is priced at $749 for an i5 and an Nvidia 1050. If you shell out $1,699, it can be loaded up to 32GB of RAM. The cheapest Pavilion Gaming laptop starts at $800 for an i5 chip backed by 8GB of RAM, Intel Optane driver, 1TB HDD, and a Radeon RX 560X GPU.
The highlight of HP's new line up os the 32-inch Pavilion Gaming HDR display. While it lacks support for full HDR, it does have support for VESA Display HDR 600 which has brightness up to 600 nits. The panel will be able to cover up to 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, however, it does offer a built-in AMD FreeSync support and a 75Hz refresh rate making the colors look vivid and games smoother. The company is yet to announce the pricing for the display.
No matter what the specs are, the demand for PC gaming has propelled to a new level due to esports and Battle Royale-style titles such as Fortnite and PUBG. This also means that gaming PCs aren't seeing a fall anytime soon. Though it's still better to build your own PC if you are looking for a cheaper solution.
In March, HP also expanded its Spectre portfolio with the launch of its x360 laptop. The new variant comes with Core i7 processor and will be selling for a price of Rs 1,57,290, while the Core i5 processor version is available at Rs 1,15,290 across retail outlets and HP India online store.