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HP launches Core i7 tower, four 16:9 LCDs

updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed March 25, 2009

HP Pavilion Elite m9600t

HP this morning stepped up the performance of its higher-end, mainstream towers with the launch of the Pavilion Elite m9600t. The system is built on Core i7 processors and takes advantage of the triple-channel memory bus; it also has unusually fast video for the class with a 768MB GeForce 9600 GS. A base model at $950 comes with a 2.66GHz Core i7, 3GB of RAM, and 500GB of disk space while further options add Blu-ray drives, 12GB of memory, Blu-ray burning and Radeon HD 4850 graphics.

Accompanying the launch are four computer LCDs that all have a 16:9 aspect ratio suited to movies and side-by-side pages. The 18.5-inch w1858 is a basic, 18.5-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution and both DVI and VGA input; the 2009m shares the same connections but on a 20-inch, 1600x900 screen with a new look that fits in more closely with newer HP desktops. The 21.5-inch 2159m and 23-inch w2338h both carry full 1080p (1920x1080) resolutions as well as a third input, HDMI, for Blu-ray or newer consoles and PCs. The 2159m shares the same visual style as the 2009m while the w2338h has HP's familiar appearance.

HP gives the displays low prices and sells the w1858 for $170, the 2009m at $200, the 2159m at $240 and the w2338h at $300.

Pavilion Elite m9600t and 2009m display





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  1. martinX

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    +3

    Price differential

    The new Mac Pros seem to be way overpriced. I specced an HP for about $1500, whereas the equivalent Mac Pro was around the $2800 mark. Must be a lot of fat there.

  1. IxOsX

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    Joined: Feb 2009

    +2

    Agree

    @martinX:

    I agree 100% with you. Mac Pros are overpriced and this is why I will not buy one and most probably I will buy this HP for use as my new Home Virtual Machines Server.

    Dollar by Dollar Apple is losing me as client, and I greatly enjoy Apple products and software, but there is an enough...

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004

    +2

    Mac Pros

    It's not that the mac pros are overpriced, there is a segment of the market, we should just call it "I want to spend too much" market segment, it exists in the PC space too, slap the name Xeon on a processor, and call it a 'workstation' and see the price rise. My boss won't buy a computer unless he spends twice too much on it.The problem is, Apple, refuses to even participate in the normal part of the market, the more usual pc, like we see in this article, apple has no equivalent, so you keep comparing it to the Mac Pro aka idiot market.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Comparable pricing

    When comparing pricing, don't forget to add the $12 for a quality cheese grater to the HP total. Add a good-sized gold ingot, as well, to increase the weight of the HP to that of the MacPro, and the prices will be about the same.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    oh

    And at least it has a logical number of memory slots. Like the MacPro, it utilizes the triple-channel memory bus. But at least it has a multiple of '3' number of RAM slots (6). Apple, for some unknown reason, stuck '8' in there, rather than '9' or '12'.

  1. snookie

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    Puh-lease

    Anyone comparing this cheap, plasticky, lowest cost component, home PC to a workstation class machine like the Mac Pro doesn't know what they are talking about. Compare the Mac Pro to a Dell or HP workstation class machine and you will see it is actually well priced.
    Apple thinks their iMac/Mac Pro segmentation is fine. I for one would like to see them come out wither a lower cost tower myself. But they choose not to.
    Also if you are happy with a mediocre at best Microsoft OS then enjoy. Your probably haven't used anything else and don't know any better.
    While you are at it you better hope and pray you have no issues with your consumer HP tower. Their customer service for PC's they make almost no money from is horrible.
    If this is all you can afford thats cool. But don't attempt to compare it to something you don't understand.

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006

    +1

    @snookie

    The fact remains that what you get for "pro" in a mac pro isn't worth 1400$. In terms of performance, you can have 2 of these or 1 mac pro with the same specs. Apple could really use a normal priced tower.

    Which is why I haven't bought one since 1995.

  1. snookie

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    Joined: Mar 2009

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    Reading is fundamental

    No it isn't a "fact". Its not worth it TO YOU but then you don't know what you are talking about do you? You don't know the difference between a Xeon and i7 processor for one thing. You still don't know the difference between a workstation spec box and a cheapo consumer box.

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