HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF vs. HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower
Comparison and Differences
|Model||HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF||HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower|
|Form factor||Desktop||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen8&9 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7/i9; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile||GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2666||DIMM DDR4-2933|
|RAM speed||2666 MT/s||2933 MT/s|
|RAM max||128 GB||128 GB|
|USB ports||USB-C 3.1; (4x)USB-A 3.1; (2x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;||USB-C 3.1; (4x)USB-A 3.1; (4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort;||(2x) DisplayPort;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Hdph; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;||RJ45; Hdph; Headset; Line-Out;|
|Optional ports||DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C(DP); Serial; SD card reader;||DP1.4/ HDMI2.0a/ VGA/ USB-C(DP1.4)/ (2x)USB-A 3.0/ LAN/ Thunderbolt3; Serial; SD card reader;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 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||(2x) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);||(2x) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);|
|Drive bays||2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);||2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);|
|PSU||250 W||260/550 W|
|Weight||6.13 kg (13.51 lb)||9.86 kg (21.74 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF and HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower which was released in 2020. The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF is older and entered production in 2019.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower 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 EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP EliteDesk 800 G5 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 EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower is using the faster 2933 MT/s RAM. The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2666 MT/s. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 128 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.
Total count of USB ports for both computers is 11. Both of the models have USB 3.1 ports which will allow you to exchange data with your peripherals at up to 10 Gb/s.
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 EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s).
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 buy SATA drives anymore.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 EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF comes with a decent 250 Watt PSU, but the HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower has a more powerful one rated at 550 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.