HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 400 G1 SFFLenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro
Form factorDesktopDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;
ChipsetH81Q87
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Low ProfileGeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600 DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots24
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB32 GB
USB ports(2x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDVI-D; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;
Optional portsMedia card reader; Serial; Parallel; (2x) PS2; Serial; Parallel; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports34
PCI slotsPCIe x16; (3x) PCIe x1; PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim)2.5-inch; 2.5/3.5-inch; 5.25-inch;
PSU240 WTFX 240 W
Weight5.9 kg (13.0 lb)7.8 kg (17.20 lb)
Released20132013
Manuallinklink
* 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 ProDesk 400 G1 SFF and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro

Both computers, the 2013 and the 2013, were released during the same year - 2013.

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

Processor

The two models support the same generation of Intel Core processors. We think that the 4 generation of Intel Core has enough power to execute all of the home and office tasks that most people will care to do.

Memory

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF has only 2 slot(s). Of course this is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM will your system be using.

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. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro 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 most users.

Ports

Total count of USB ports for both computers is 8. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals you will need to look at other models.

Unfortunately, only the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro 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 mode conversion.

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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA. Unfortunately, neither the HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Small Pro has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

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

Looking at the Power Supply Unit (PSU) of the two models we don't see any differences. For either of them you get a maximum power of 240 Watts. Howver be careful, many models have more than one power supply option. When buying your computer, it is a good idea to get a version with the most powerful PSU option.

Motherboard

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