updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue September 15, 2009
HP Compaq 6000 Pro business desktop series
HP on Tuesday announced the release of its new family of desktop PCs aimed at businesses, in the form of the Compaq 6000 Pro and HP Compaq 6005 Pro. The main difference involves the choice of CPUs, with the Compaq 6000 Pro available with a number of Intel chips, including various Core 2 quads, Core 2 Duos, dual core Pentiums and Celerons, while the Compaq 9005 Pro can be had with chips from AMD's Sempron, Athlon II, and dual-core, triple-core or quad-core Phenom II processors.
Hard drive choices include 160GB through to 500GB 7200RPM units, 80 to 160GB 10,000RPM units, and a 64GB solid state drive in conjunction with one of the spinning drives for faster boot times. HP calls the dual-drive configuration RapidDrive. There are four DIMM slots for up to 16GB of RAM.
Otherwise, preloaded software is shared, and includes a choice of virtually every Windows OS, ranging from XP Pro to Windows 7 Professional 64, as well as Novell Suse Linux Enterprise 11 or FreeDOS. The HP Compaq Pros also have HP's ProtectTools suite and the Trusted Platform Module 1.2-compliant security chip that allows for hardware-based encryption. Energy use is reduced thanks to an optional 89 percent efficient power supply, and both series are EPEAT Gold compatible even in base configurations. Either system can be had in a full tower or microtower form factor.
Because they're meant for large-scale business applications, the Compaq 6000 Pro and 6005 Pro have two independent audio streams that allow simultaneous VoIP calls and PC speakers.
Both PCs are now available, with the Compaq 6000 and 6005 Pro price at $605 and $563, respectively. The Compaq 6005 Pro with RapidDrive starts at $774.