Application and Futuremark Performance

Of the enterprise systems we've tested so far, out of the gate the HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-Slim (whew, that's a mouthful) is equipped with the "slowest" processor. The Intel Core i5-2500S is a quad-core with a nominal clock speed of 2.7GHz, andit  doesn't support Hyper-Threading. However, under single-threaded loads it should be as fast as a Core i5-2500/2500K, and honestly it ought to be more than enough for any user this desktop is geared towards.

In the PCMarks, the Z210 benefits substantially from being equipped with an SSD. The i5-2500S does take a hit from its weaker GPU core than the i5-2500K (6 EUs instead of 12), but for general use they're both sufficient. For basic office work, performance is still excellent on all of these systems.

Cinebench R10 at least shows off the i5-2500S's (and by extension, Sandy Bridge's) acumen at single-threaded tasks. The instant extra cores are taken into account, though, it loses a bit of traction due to its reduced clock speed compared to a full 95-watt i5-2500. The more expensive i7-2600S build would certainly help close the gap if you need more multi-threaded processing power.

Since the 8200 uses just the integrated graphics core on the i5-2500S, graphics performance is comparatively quite slow. This isn't a major issue: the 8200 isn't meant to be playing Crysis, it's meant for managing spreadsheets and writing memos. It can handle most video as and photo work as well, but it will do most of its number crunching on the CPU.

Overall, performance may be a touch behind the other configurations we've tested, but the HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-Slim is also the least expensive desktop we've tested out of the entire lot. It's also about a third the size of even the diminutive Z210 and weighs less than half as much, and as you'll see on the next page, it also has another ace up its sleeve.

Introducing the HP Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-Slim Build, Noise, Heat, and Power Consumption


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  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    In a mass-deployment market, "basically" that's a great solution.

    It takes up very little desk space, but can be set up so it won't walk away. Great option for K-12 education, or a secretary who needs all the room on his/her desk that can be had.

    For the right price, I'd pick up a few dozen of these in Core i3 format for a basic computer lab, where they'd be perfect for the job.
  • Belard - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    I know.. and understand. Overall, I agree with the review of this HP computer.

    I would have gone for 2 USB in the front and at least 1 USB 3.0 in the back and of course, DVI should have been standard.... instead of VGA. VGA adapters are cheap.
  • JasperJanssen - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    Business computers don't need USB 3. They barely need USB2 -- most businesses don't allow random USB devices beyond HID to be connected. Reply
  • praeses - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    These got nixed from my list because of the external power supply. Not only are they trickier from a cable management perspective but they also are more vulnerable to being disconnected and damaged.

    For some its not so much of an issue.
  • Adul - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    We just deployed a few hundred of these desktops for a customer of ours. The small form factor really helps out in the tight spaces many of these systems go in hallways. And the ton of USB ports is good to have with some setups having a lot of USB devices attached to them. Reply
  • MadAd - Friday, September 30, 2011 - link

    agreed, ive been into car computing as well as running several light load home servers, this is a lovely little machine for so many tasks that a laptop cant quite handle but you wouldnt want to power a whole ATX box to do, plus bridges that ITX format space that no one has really managed to claim as their own just yet.

    What with graphics moving on die over the next few generations, all it needs is a push into this space now by companies like HP and I can see stacked power hungry ATX boxes becoming less attractive
  • Jaguar36 - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    A Mac mini just seems like a better all around option, less power, no external power brick, for this usage case its going to be just as fast. And far higher build quality. Reply
  • Nihility - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    You want to go from:
    4 cores @ 2.7 (turbo to 3.7) with 4 GB of RAM and a 3-year warranty
    2 cores @ 2.3 with 2GB of RAM with a 1-year warranty?

    And 4 less USB 2.0 ports (for what they'e worth)
  • Jaguar36 - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    You're comparing the base $600 Mac mini to the $917 review configuration.
    It doesn't matter though, as performance in this application is pretty much irrelevant, nobody using this PC is going to notice an extra 2 cores.
  • Nihility - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    Huge oversight on my part.
    Really only the warranty is a big difference in that case.

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