Preview: HP Compaq Business Desktop dc7100: test and review

To believe Intel’s new chipsets (chipset) 915 general public, called Grantsdale, will allow recreational computer effector their various multimedia tasks, be it recording television programs or editing video. Given the significant changes to the architecture of the PC (PCI Express interface and high-speed DDR2 memory, to name but two), this chipset also find its place professional systems such as the HP Compaq dc7100 Business Desktop. Extremely configurable, our test unit was equipped with a Pentium 4 540 3.2GHz on the 915G chipset, 512MB of DDR memory, Serial ATA hard drive 80GB, Windows XP Professional version .

Strengths: the ultra-thin chassis of the HP Compaq dc7100 Business Desktop displays dimensions of only 7,6×31,5×33,5 cm (h / w / d) and its ingenious design allows it to open and close easily and quickly. On many other frame of the same size, the upgrade can turn into a nightmare, the components being crammed on top of each other. This is not the case dc7100: readers are arranged so that they give free access to the motherboard. The integrated graphics engine, thanks to the 915G chipset, is an improvement over the slow pace of previous generations. In addition, it supports dual display.

Weaknesses: the ultra-thin chassis (HP also offers two larger models for dc7100) can not accommodate PCI Express graphics card. The system is in fact so small that it has only one PCI slot (the other two chassis offer PCI slots Express x1 and x16). Similarly, those who handle large multimedia files need to consider larger chassis, offering the ability to add a second SATA hard drive.

Conclusion: The dc7100 offers the specifications and features that will make users immune to upgrade for a long time.