HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower vs. HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 480 G1 MicrotowerHP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH81H110
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600 DIMM DDR4-2133
RAM slots22
RAM speed1600 MT/s2133 MT/s
RAM max16 GB32 GB
USB ports(2x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0; (4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDVI-D; VGA;DVI-D; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsMedia card reader (USB2.0); Serial; Parallel; SD card reader; Serial; Parallel;
SATA ports43
PCI slotsPCIe x16; (2x) PCIe x1; PCI; PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCI;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays(3x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in(2x) 3.5in; 5.25in (slim)
PSU300 W180/300 W
Weight7.1 kg (15.75 lb)7.05 kg (15.5 lb)
Released20132015
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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 ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower and HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower which was released in 2015. The HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower is older and entered production in 2013.

Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they 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 ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower 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 HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower is using the faster 2133 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower 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 HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 8. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. 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.

Nowadays, almost every new computer comes equipped with a DisplayPort. However, none of the devices being compared here has one. Don't worry though, DisplayPort adapters are very cheap and you can get virtually any combination of conversion types.

None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter. Such adapters are cheap so nothing to worry about.

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 480 G1 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower has 3 slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower, nor the HP ProDesk 480 G3 Microtower has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

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

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 300 Watts. However 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. This will potentially allow you to upgrade to a more powerful GPU for example.

Motherboard

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