Dell Vostro 3800 vs. HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorDesktopMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH81 H81
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Low ProfileN.A.
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600SODIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB16 GB
USB ports(6x)USB-A 2.0; (2x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;DisplayPort v1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; PS2RJ45; Hdph; Mic;
Optional portsN/AN.A.
SATA ports41
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1; PCIN.A.
M.2 slotsN.A.M.2 2280 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays3.5in; 5.25in;2.5in;
PSU250 W65 W
Weight7.20 kg (15.87 lbs)1.3 kg (2.9 lb)
Released20142014
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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 Vostro 3800 and HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini

Both computers, the Dell Vostro 3800 and the HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini, were released during the same year - 2014.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell Vostro 3800 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 400 G1 Mini as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell Vostro 3800 is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

Both models have have equal amount of ram slots (2 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.

None of the desktops has an advantage when it comes to the speed of the RAM being used. Both models support RAM speeds of up to 1600. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 16 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

In total the Dell Vostro 3800 has 8 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini is inferior in this regard and packs 6 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.

Unfortunately, only the HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini has a DisplayPort. The Dell Vostro 3800 does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.

The Dell Vostro 3800 comes with an HDMI port, while the HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini does not support the interface. Of course missing HDMI port is something that can be easily fixed with a good adapter (e.g. DisplayPort to HDMI).

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 Dell Vostro 3800 is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 400 G1 Mini has 1 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 400 G1 Mini. Sadly, the Dell Vostro 3800 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!

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 ProDesk 400 G1 Mini comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell Vostro 3800 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.

Motherboard

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