[Official] HP 290-p0043w Owner's Thread


  • Intel Celeron G4900 (2C no HT, 3.2GHz max, AES-NI, 8th-Gen QuickSync)
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • DVD-RW slim drive
  • 2 SATA ports
  • 1 NVMe M.2 2242/2280 SSD slot
  • Realtek GbE NIC (add an Intel dual or quad port for pfSense)
  • AC-WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 80+ Gold PSU
  • ~17W idle power consumption
  • about 2U wide
  • 1x80mm fan (quiet)
  • Mouse and Keyboard included

Even under sustained 100% load, CPU temps never went above 52C

[Possible uses]

  • Small QuickSync box
  • pfSense router
  • Dedicated NZB unpack box
  • Dedicated Torrent seed box
  • Physical “VM” for whatever you want
  • use multiple with Docker Swarm
  • Use a dual port 10GbE adapter
  • Use a 9201-8e for NAS/DAS


[Potential Issues]



I picked up four of these
2 for kid homeschool and minecraft / terraria pcs
1 for my dad who needs to ditch his ancient laptop
1 because why not

Currently awaiting a GPU for one of the kids ones but will be putting them into service most likely running ubuntu.


There aren’t many (modern) GPUs that the PS can power - what are you putting in?

The G4900 isn’t a powerhouse in terms of raw CPU power, interestingly the box itself does support i3-8100, i5-8400, and i7-8700. Probably can run a number of 1151 CPUs but those are the only listed as supported.

I’ve already advised him on the GPU.
The PSU has plenty of power, considering the low idle of the PC.

GT1030 or RX450/550 are plenty low power enough.

After consulting with JDM and the rest of the crew I went with one of these for each:

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Even under sustained 100% load, CPU temps never went above 52C

Very interesting for a potentially dedicated Home Assistant or pfsense box.

Any word on proxmox or esxi capabilities (and therefore passthrough) for making part of a cluster?

To late out of stock. is this not a good machine for plex server?

That’s an odd way to ask a question.

It is a good machine for an entry-level dedicated QuickSync transcoder.

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lol sorry. Just looking around cuz a need a plex server for home and one person use. I wore looking at NK4.O but still indecisive and looking around for options.

NK 4.0 is a NAS and is storage oriented. It should serve for your purposes just fine. If you need more power, you can always add an external QuickSync server later.

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I have two 4TB drive from one of the promo you run a shile ago. that’s sufficient and more than the space i need. Will need to take a decision and pull the buy.

Ya the 290 won’t help you there, it only has one HDD slot.

ok thanks moving along.

You can snugly fit 4 across the Rosewill L4500, or 3 with plenty of room.
You can fit two rows, so either 8 or 6 total.

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For those in search of RAM upgrades:

Thanks to JDM’s super brain of knowing :slight_smile:


Make sure if you’re putting them side by side you leave an 1" gap as the side grill is really the only intake spot. If you take out the dvd drive to let in more air you might be able to get away with putting them right against each-other.

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Woo hoo. Got one. There’s some active as of right now.

Just picked one up. Dedicated Home Assistant box here I come!

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Just got the notification and eBay out of stock