HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF vs. HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower
Comparison and Differences
|Model||HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF||HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower|
|Form factor||Desktop||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile||GeForce GTX 1650|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2133||DIMM DDR4-2400|
|RAM speed||2133 MT/s||2400 MT/s|
|RAM max||64 GB||64 GB|
|USB ports||(8x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;||USB-C 3.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort; VGA;||(2x) DisplayPort:|
|Other ports||RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;|
|Optional ports||SD card reader; Serial; Parallel;||DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C(DP); Serial; SD card reader;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4)||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4);|
|M.2 slots||N.A.||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);|
|Drive bays||2.5in; (2x) 3.5in; 5.25in (slim);||2.5in; (2x) 3.5in; 5.25in; 5.25in (slim);|
|PSU||200 W||180/250 W|
|Weight||7.6 kg (16.7 lb)||7.35 kg (16.2 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
** As an Amazon associate we earn from qualifying purchases.* 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 HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF and HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower and will fit more easily under your desk.
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 HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 4 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 600 G3 Microtower is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 64 GB of RAM will be enough for most people. However, if you will be needing more RAM, make sure to check other desktop models too.
In total the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has 11 USB ports. The HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF is inferior in this regard and packs 10 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.
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 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 HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 5 SATA slot(s), while the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF has 3 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 HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.
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!
Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF 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, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.