HP today announced the EliteDesk 800 G3 Tower PC, which is "powered for the enterprise" and features VR-ready configurations, with up to a GTX 1080 GPU, 7th-Generation Intel Core processors and advanced security management features.
With a 26 percent smaller footprint than earlier versions, but five expansion bays and two additional M.2 connectors, the EliteDesk 800 G3 delivers a lot of power in a small and manageable PC. HP describes the EliteDesk 800 G3 as "the world's most powerful and configurable commercial desktop," and it certainly delivers the specifications needed for a future-proof and modern setup.
HP EliteDesk 800 G3 specifications
|OS||Windows 10 Home 64, Pro 64|
Windows 7 (downgrade rights)
NeoKylin Linux 64
|Security||HP Sure Start Gen3|
HP Manageability Integration Kit
HP Client Security Suite Gen3
|Durability||Meant to pass HP Total Test Process and MIL-STD 810G testing|
|CPU options||7th-Gen Intel Core i3-7100, i3-7300, i5-7500, i5-7600, i7-7700 | 7th-Gen Intel Core i7-7700K with overclocking (91W)|
|RAM||Up to 64GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM|
|GPU options (integrated)||Intel HD Graphics 530|
Intel HD Graphics 630
Intel HD Graphics 610
|GPU options (Discrete)||NVIDIA GeForce GT730 (2GB)|
AMD Radeon R7 450 FH (4GB)
AMD Radeon RX 460 FH (2GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GT730 HDMI (1GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 FH (8GB)
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSHD|
Up to 512GB SATA SSD
Up to 1TB HP Turbo Drive G2 TLC SSD (PCIe)
|Network||LAN: Intel I219LM Gigabit Network Connection LOM|
WLAN: Intel 8265 802.11ac (2 x 2) wireless with Bluetooth M.2 combo card vPro
Intel 8265 802.11ac (2 x 2) wireless with Bluetooth M.2 combo card non-vPro
|Internal drive bays||One 2.5" HDD|
Two 3.5" HDD
|External drive bays||One slim|
|Ports||Configurable rear I/O port for customizable display connections with your choice of VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI or USB-Type C with DisplayPort|
|Power||250W standard efficiency|
|Dimensions||6.1 x 14.4 x 14.6 in.|
15.4 x 36.5 x 37 cm
|Weight||21.79 lbs. (9.86 kg)|
Overall, the EliteDesk 800 G3 looks like an impressive but svelte desktop PC. The optional inclusion of a NVIDIA GTX 1080 along with some advanced features only found in enterprise design makes it a tempting choice for companies looking to push boundaries. For those wondering why a VR-ready PC would be ideal for business think of engineering, software development, or even advanced showcase uses where the virtual technology becomes a necessity. (VR is not all about gaming, after all.)
The HP EliteDesk 800 G3 is available starting today at $869.
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