HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Tower vs. HP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP EliteDesk 800 G5 TowerHP EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen8&9 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7/i9; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ370Q470
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR4-2666DIMM DDR4-2933
RAM slots44
RAM speed2666 MT/s2933 MT/s
RAM max128 GB128 GB
USB portsUSB-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 portsRJ45; Hdph; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;RJ45; Hdph; 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/ Thunderbolt3; Serial; SD card reader;
SATA ports44
PCI slotsPCIe 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 bays2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU250/500 W260/550 W
Weight9.86 kg (21.74 lb)9.86 kg (21.74 lb)
Released20192020
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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 G5 Tower 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 Tower is older and entered production in 2019.

Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops are of similar size and form.

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 EliteDesk 800 G6 Tower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Tower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

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 Tower 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.

Ports

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 slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 4 SATA slots.

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!

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 G5 Tower comes with a decent 500 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.

Motherboard

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