Dell OptiPlex 5050M vs. HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 5050MHP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF
Form factorMicroDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ270H81
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
RAMSODIMM DDR4-2133/2400 DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed2400 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max32 GB16 GB
USB ports(6x) USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDisplay Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;DVI-D; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsSerial+PS2; Serial; VGA; DisplayPort 1.2; WiFi antenna; Media card reader; Serial; Parallel;
SATA ports13
PCI slotsN.A.PCIe x16; (3x) PCIe x1;
M.2 slots M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) N.A.
Drive bays2.5in;2.5in; (2x) 3.5in; 5.25in (slim)
PSU65 W240 W
Weight1.18 kg (2.60 lb)5.9 kg (13.0 lb)
Released20172013
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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 OptiPlex 5050M and HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 5050M which was released in 2017. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF is older and entered production in 2013.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 5050M is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 400 G1 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 Dell OptiPlex 5050M as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF 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 2 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.

The Dell OptiPlex 5050M is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 5050M as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF has 8 USB ports. The Dell OptiPlex 5050M 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 Dell OptiPlex 5050M has a DisplayPort. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF 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 OptiPlex 5050M comes with an HDMI port, while the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF 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 HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 3 SATA slot(s), while the Dell OptiPlex 5050M 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 Dell OptiPlex 5050M. Sadly, the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

Remark: 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 Dell OptiPlex 5050M comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 240 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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