Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF vs. HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 9010 USFFHP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower
Form factorUltra SmallMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ77Q270
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GTX 1650
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1600 DIMM DDR4-2400
RAM slots24
RAM speed1600 MT/s2400 MT/s
RAM max16 GB64 GB
USB ports(2x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0; USB-C 3.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort:
Other portsSerial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsWiFi antennaDP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C(DP); Serial; SD card reader;
SATA ports25
PCI slotsmPCIe 2.0;PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4);
M.2 slotsN.A.M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays2.5-inch; 5.25-inch(slim) 2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU200 W180/250 W
Weight3.3 kg (7.26 lb) 7.35 kg (16.2 lb)
Released20122017
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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 9010 USFF and HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower which was released in 2017. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is older and entered production in 2012.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower 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 G3 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has 4 RAM slots while the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF 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 HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has 11 USB ports. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals you will need to look at other models.

The DisplayPort is usually the more popular video port used with desktops and laptops, while the HDMI is used predominantly in consumer electronics. 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.

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 HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 5 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 HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower. Sadly, the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF 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!

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 Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF comes with a decent 200 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 250 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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