Available as a microtower and a small form factor design, the HP dc5700 was a desktop PC that information technology corporation Hewlett-Packard designed for use in small and medium-sized businesses. HP produced it under its budget-oriented Compaq brand. As of March 2011, however, the HP dc5700 is no longer in production.
Operating System and Processor Specs
Appropriately enough, HP usually pre-installed the Professional Edition of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system on the dc5700. Some machines, however, ran the Home version, which is suitable enough for home offices. The processor was a dual-core chip from Intel, which had a clock range of 1.6 to 3.6 gigahertz (GHz) depending on the brand or model number. The front-side bus of the computer connected the processor with the motherboard at a data-transfer rate of 533, 800 or 1066 megahertz (MHz).
Random-Access Memory and Disk Drives
Each HP dc5700 desktop PC had four dual in-line memory module (DIMM) slots, one of which had 256 MB of random access-memory, or RAM. Users, however, could maximize the DIMM slots by upgrading the memory to 4 GB. The computer’s RAM interface was the second-generation Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory standard, or DDR2 SDRAM.
Hard drive space range was 80 GB to 250 GB, with the disk drive spinning at a rate of 7,200 RPM. Its optical drive was a CD-ROM/DVD combo, with laser-etched label-supporting LightScribe technology and disc double-layer capability. The microtower had two 5.25-inch external drive bays while the small form factor version had one.
Audio/Video and Connectivity
Each HP dc5700 had integrated high-definition audio courtesy of a Realtek sound driver. The video/graphics controller was also integrated: an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 capable of producing a maximum vertical refresh rate of 85 Hz, using between 8 to 256 MB of RAM. For its network features, the business-oriented desktop had a built-in 56 kbps Agere modem and an Intel Pro 1000 PT Ethernet card.
Besides the corresponding RJ-11 and RJ-45 connectors for the modem and Ethernet card, respectively, the HP Compaq dc5700 counted serial and parallel ports, two PS/2 connectors, and headphone and microphone jacks among its external interfaces. The computer also had eight USB 2.0 ports: two in the front and six in the back.