Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT vs. HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT||HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower|
|Form factor||Mini Tower||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7/i9;||Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce RTX 2070 Super||GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2666/2933||DIMM DDR4-2133|
|RAM speed||2933 MT/s||2133 MT/s|
|RAM max||128 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||USB 3.1 Type C; (2x) USB-A 3.1; (3x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) Display Port 1.4;||DVI-D; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out/In; Serial; (2x) PS2;||RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;|
|Optional ports||HDMI2.0b/DP1.4/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); SD4.0; 2xWiFi antenna;||SD card reader; Serial; Parallel;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4; PCIe x1; PCI;||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCI;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2280 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2260? M-key (SD card); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||N.A.|
|Drive bays||3.5-inch; (2x) 2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);||(2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim)|
|PSU||260/360/500 W||180/300 W|
|Weight||9.35 kg (20.61 lb)||7.05 kg (15.5 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT and HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT which was released in 2020. The HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower is older and entered production in 2015.
Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops are of similar size and form.
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 7080 MT as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
The Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower has only 2 slot(s). Of course this is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM will your system be using.The Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT is using the faster 2933 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2133 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.
In total the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT has 10 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT, is that it has 3 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds a bit.
Unfortunately, only the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT has a DisplayPort. The HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of mode conversion.
None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter.
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 7080 MT is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA 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 Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT. Sadly, the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.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!
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 480 G3 Microtower comes with a decent 300 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7080 MT has a more powerful one rated at 500 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.