Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT vs. HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 3010 MTHP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini
Form factorMini TowerMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH61B360
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 SuperN.A.
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1600 SODIMM DDR4-2666
RAM slots22
RAM speed1600 MT/s2666 MT/s
RAM max8 GB64 GB
USB ports(8x)USB-A 2.0; (4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; RJ45; Headset; Hdph;
Optional portsN.A.DP/HDMI/VGA/Serial/USB-C; WiFi anntena;
SATA ports41
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1;N.A.
M.2 slotsN.A.M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays(2x) 3.5in/2.5in; (2x) 5.25in;2.5in;
PSUATX 265 W65/90/150 W
Weight8.87 kg (19.55 lb)1.77 kg (2.9 lb)
Released20122018
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.

Differences between Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT and HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini which was released in 2018. The Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT is older and entered production in 2012.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT and will fit more easily under your desk.

Processor

Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 2 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.

The HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT can do a bit less at max 8 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT has 8 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately, only the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini has a DisplayPort. The Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.

The Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT comes with an HDMI port, while the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini does not support the interface. Of course missing HDMI port is something that can be easily fixed with a good adapter (e.g. DisplayPort to HDMI).

SATA ports are placed on the system board and it is where you connect your HDD, SSD and Optical Disk Drives. More SATA slots will allow you to have more drives running at the same time. In this regard the Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini has 1 slot(s).

If you want the fastest transfer speeds for your SSD, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, if the M.2 SSD slot is a mandatory requirement for you, go with the HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini. Sadly, the Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

Remark: Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!

Power Supply

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The HP ProDesk 400 G5 Mini comes with a decent 150 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT has a more powerful one rated at 265 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.

Motherboard

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