Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF vs. HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 3060 SFFHP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini
Form factorSmallMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;Intel Gen8&9 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH370Q370
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GT 1030 Low ProfileN.A.
RAMDIMM DDR4-2400/2666 SODIMM DDR4-2666
RAM slots22
RAM speed2666 MT/s2666 MT/s
RAM max32 GB64 GB
USB ports(4x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0; USB-C 3.1; (3x)USB-A 3.1; (3x)USB-A 3.0;
Video portsDisplay Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;(2x) DisplayPort:
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Headset; Hdph;
Optional portsSerial+PS2; DP1.2/HDMI2.0b/VGA; Media Card Reader; WiFi antenna; DP1.2/HDMI2.0/VGA/USB-C(DP)/Serial; WiFi antenna;
SATA ports21
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe x1;N.A.
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 2.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) (2x) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim); 2.5-inch;
PSU200 W65 W
Weight5.26 kg (11.57 lb)1.24 kg (2.74 lb)
Released20182018
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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 3060 SFF and HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini

Both computers, the 2018 and the 2018, were released during the same year - 2018.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF 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 600 G5 Mini as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF 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.

None of the desktops has an advantage when it comes to the speed of the RAM being used. Both models support RAM speeds of up to 2666. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF has 8 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini is inferior in this regard and packs 7 USB ports. What is nice about the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini, is that it has 4 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds a bit.

DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini comes with 2 ports, while the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF has only 1.

The Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF comes with an HDMI port, while the HP ProDesk 600 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 port 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 3060 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 2 SATA slot(s).

An M.2 SSD can be several times faster than the a SATA one. Thus, we are happy to see that both models support the M.2 interface. However the HP ProDesk 600 G5 Mini has 1 M.2 slots while the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF comes with just 1.

Remark: Make sure that the M.2 slot supports the PCIe (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 6 Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32 Gb/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 600 G5 Mini comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 3060 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 200 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.

Motherboard

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