HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF vs. HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorDesktopSmall
CPU optionsIntel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ270Q470
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GT 1030 Low ProfileGeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR4-2400DIMM DDR4-3200
RAM slots44
RAM speed2400 MT/s3200 MT/s
RAM max64 GB128 GB
USB portsUSB-C 3.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0; USB-C 3.1; (2x)USB-A 3.1; (5x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort;(2x) DisplayPort:
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;
Optional portsDP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C(DP); Serial; SD card reader;DP1.4/ HDMI2.0a/ VGA/ USB-C(DP1.4)/ (2x)USB-A 3.0/ LAN/ Serial; Serial/Thunderbolt3; SD card reader;
SATA ports33
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4);PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe x4 (open ended);
M.2 slotsM.2 2280 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays2.5in; (2x) 3.5in; 5.25in (slim);(2x)2.5in/3.5in; 5.25in (slim);
PSU180 W180/210 W
Weight5.3 kg (11.7 lb)3.9 kg (8.6 lb)
Released20172020
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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 HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF and HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF which was released in 2020. The HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF is older and entered production in 2017.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP EliteDesk 800 G3 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 G6 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

Both models have have equal amount of ram slots (4 RAM). Usually two RAM slots are more than enough for most cases. However, the count should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need for your system.

The HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF is using the faster 3200 MT/s RAM. The HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 2400 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF can do a bit less at max 64 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 10. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. What is nice about the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF, is that it has 3 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF 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 3 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.

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 EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF comes with a decent 180 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 210 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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