Dell OptiPlex 5060M vs. HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 5060MHP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini
Form factorMicroMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ370Q85
Dedicated GPU *N.A.N.A.
RAMSODIMM DDR4-2400/2666SDIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed2666 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max32 GB16 GB
USB portsUSB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0;(4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) Display Port 1.2;(2x) DisplayPort: VGA
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out;
Optional portsHDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Serial; Serial+PS2; WiFi antenna;N.A.
SATA ports11
PCI slotsN.A.N.A.
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) M.2 2280 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays2.5in2.5in;
PSU90 W65 W
Weight1.18 kg (2.60 lb)1.3 kg (2.9 lb)
Released20182014
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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 5060M and HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 5060M which was released in 2018. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is older and entered production in 2014.

Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.

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 Dell OptiPlex 5060M as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini 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 Dell OptiPlex 5060M is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini 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 Dell OptiPlex 5060M as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 6. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 5060M, is that it has 1 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds significantly. For people who want to use external drives on regular basis, this might be an issue.

The DisplayPort is usually the more popular video port used with desktops and laptops, while the HDMI is used predominantly in consumer electronics. That's why, it is good to see that both of the models come with a DisplayPort.

None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter. Such adapters are cheap so nothing to worry about.

SATA slots are located on the motherboard and it is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 1 SATA slot(s). Keep in mind that having too few SATA slots might limit your options for connecting additional memory drives.

When your goal is to have the fastest SSD transfer speeds, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, it is good that both models have M.2 SSD slots. Today M.2 SSDs are not much more expensive than the average SATA drives, so it really does not make sense to invest in SATA drives anymore.

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 600 G1 Mini comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 5060M has a more powerful one rated at 90 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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