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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  • kritschg - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    My company looked at both the 8200 and the 6005 and went with the 6005 with an ATHLON II X4 610E and a 64GB SSD. We have 1200+ call center PCs that are on 24x7x365.

    Average power draw was around 51W full load, 21 Idle. We also looked at Dell and they were 65/53 load/idle for their smallest enterprise desktop.

    Another huge benefit is the dual fan design. The system will run under full load with only one fan, temp goes up 5 degrees. External power supply is also helpful, 3 minute replacement.

    When a thin client won’t work add an SSD and a low power CPU and this is the ultimate call center PC.

    Don't forget the cable lock, these little guys will grow legs if they're not locked down.
  • albiglan - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    So.. the power supply is external. Not that I don't know what that looks like :-) But a pict showing relative dimensions would be a lovely addition. Nice review of an interesting piece of HW.
  • Shaocaholica - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    I like the slim Optiplex better. About the same size but has 4 dimm slots and full size PCIe graphics.
  • Blaze-Senpai - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    If they make these available to consumers directly I wouldn't mind too much. That onsite warranty would make a lot of people I know happy. Unless people actually want super flashy looking mess still :P
  • etamin - Thursday, September 29, 2011 - link

    Just a suggestion. In the future, do you mind putting up a photo of the box next to some kind of reference object like a coke can? When I read "Get a load of that" I was a bit lost until I saw the optical drive as a reference (but it is still hard to estimate the depth of the box). Would also like to see a photo of the AC adapter too in this case. Other than that, nicely done.
  • Pessimism - Friday, September 30, 2011 - link

    Seconded. A pop can for reference would be great for future photos as well as a shot of all associated bricks and dongles.
  • ally003 - Friday, September 30, 2011 - link

    We have hundreds of the previous 8000 USD machines, and they are ideal. Real world pricing is different from RRP, we are being offered the 8200 with 4GB and i5 for £345 with a 3 year warranty direct from HP on our contract. I can't see that being topped, and no way can I see an Apple coming close for specification, quality or support for £345. A company like Apple won't give a shit about what your needs or requirements are, it's the Apple way or the highway and that is why they have utterly failed in enterprise and will continue to do so.

    Lack of USB 3.0 is a non-issue for their intended market. The USB is only ever likely to be used for mice, keyboards, the odd memory stick or scanner/printer. They have lots of options including the quick release bracket that makes them mountable on any surface or even on the back of a screen.

    When you are deploying thousands of machines for basic office tasks, this is exactly what you want, end of story.
  • ultrabay - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    the first time I read that, I read "$8000 machines were ideal"

  • DanaG - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - link

    Yeah, that should be "USDT". Makes it clearer, (though it essentially says "DeskTop" with a capital 'T').
  • pervisanathema - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - link

    This used to be a site for the PC geeks. Now it has been reduced to reviewing OEM PCs that their old target audience would sneer at. :(

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