HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini vs. HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF
Comparison and Differences
|Model||HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini||HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF|
|CPU options||Intel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen8&9 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||N.A.||GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile|
|RAM||SODIMM DDR4-2400||DIMM DDR4-2666|
|RAM speed||2400 MT/s||2666 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB||64 GB|
|USB ports||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort;||DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Hdph;||RJ45; Headset; Line-In; Line-Out;|
|Optional ports||DP/HDMI/VGA/Serial/USB-C; WiFi anntena;||SD card reader; Serial; Serial and (2x) PS2; DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C;|
|PCI slots||N.A.||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x1 ;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)|
|Drive bays||2.5-inch||(2x) 2.5/3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);|
|PSU||65/90/150 W||180 W|
|Weight||1.77 kg (2.9 lb)||4.6 kg (10.14 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini and HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF which was released in 2019. The HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini is older and entered production in 2018.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF 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 ProDesk 400 G6 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini 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 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 HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2400 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.
In total the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF has 8 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. 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.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini comes with 2 ports, while the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF has only 1.
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 ProDesk 400 G6 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 2 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 ProDesk 400 G4 Mini comes with a decent 150 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 400 G6 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 180 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.