Application and Futuremark Performance

While the Intel Core i7-2600 is one of the fastest processors currently available, HP has hamstrung it in our review unit with a slow hard drive. As a result it's unreasonable to expect too strong a showing from the PCMarks. Likewise, the Radeon HD 6550A (or is it an HD 5570?) is pretty middling. In a notebook it would be fine, but here it has to drive a 1080p screen.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Futuremark PCMark 7

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

It isn't until we get out of PCMark that the TouchSmart 610's i7-2600 starts to sing. The Western Digital Caviar Green isn't a bad hard drive...for it's intended purpose. It's hardware that was never intended to be a system drive, and this is why. The user experience on the 610 suffers drastically for it. The CPU is plenty fast, and while there are overclocked systems that easily surpass it, every day applications rarely need this much computational power.

Futuremark 3DMark06

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Meanwhile, the TouchSmart 610's Radeon HD 5570 (or is that 6550A?) keeps pace with the NVIDIA Quadro 600s in our workstations, basically glorified and underclocked GeForce GT 430s. That's damning to say the least. This GPU is about as good as the TouchSmart 610 gets, proving unfortunately that while the all-in-one manufacturers can throw their lot in with desktop-class CPUs, graphics are another affair entirely. AMD is theoretically trying to make inroads by producing all-in-one-specific GPUs, but if all they're going to do is just rebrand mobile parts I'd just as soon they not bother. All-in-ones continue to be stuck in mobile GPU limbo with desktop-class screens.

By comparison, Apple offers faster GPUs even in their 21.5" iMac; it comes with the HD 6750M or HD 6770M, while the 27" unit offers the HD 6770M or the 6970M. The 6970M in particularly is a viable gaming GPU for a 1080p display (though it would struggle at the native 2560x1440 resolution of the 27" iMac). As for the HD 6750M/6770M, you get 480 shader cores running at 600/725MHz, and more importantly you get 1600MHz GDDR5 memory, which nets you twice the bandwidth at the same clock speed relative to DDR3. HP would certainly benefit from ditching the overload of GPU "upgrades" and sticking to just a couple offerings that clearly scale in performance.

Introducing the HP TouchSmart 610 Gaming Performance
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  • WasabiVengeance - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    When reviewing a product, I'd think it obvious that you should compare it to its actual competitors (iMac). While I realize that some benchmarks can't be easily replicated (gaming), certainly the screen, boot times, and power draw could've been compared. Reply
  • retrospooty - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    "I'd think it obvious that you should compare it to its actual competitors (iMac"

    What is an iMac ?
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  • shin0bi272 - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    original version
    http://lowendmac.com/imacs/rev-a-imac-g3-233-mhz.h...

    and the current version
    http://www.apple.com/imac/

    current one doesnt look too bad but its hella expensive for what you get.
    Reply
  • retrospooty - Thursday, November 03, 2011 - link

    LOL, thanks... I was being sarcastic though. He said "compare it to actual competitors" so I was clowning on Mac's Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Friday, November 04, 2011 - link

    That 27" display by itself is $1100 from Dell or $1400 from NEC. That there's an i5 or i7 computer built in actually makes it a pretty good value. Reply
  • RamarC - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    i doubt anyone is deciding between this hp touchsmart and an imac. the decision is mac or PC and then which model mac or pc. Reply
  • Spivonious - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    I can see placing this on a desk in "kiosk" mode and using it as a touch only computer. Does HP have any plans on selling just the screen? Reply
  • Roland00Address - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    Not the same monitor, but look into the Dell st2220t 21.5 inch CCFL backlit, 6-bit E-IPS. It is 329 and works with any computer that is Vista or 7. It has been on sale routinely for $250 and once as low as $210. Reply
  • jrs77 - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    Well, I'd actually like a device like that, but the screens are very lacking, especially in the touch-department.

    Resistive touchpanels are crap. Plain and simple. Additionally glossy screens are crap aswell, especially when they're ment to touch.

    So, make one of these with a matte, capacitive multitouch screen and I might actually consider such a system.
    Or even better, make one, that works like a pentablet with pressure-sensitive input like the Wacom Cintiq 24HD.
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  • angelzero - Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - link

    Only if this had an Active digitizer it would have been great.

    What's up with all the touch screens now not having active digitizer.
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