HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower
Comparison and Differences
Differences between HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower
If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower which was released in 2017. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is older and entered production in 2013.
Both models have the same form factor, meaning reoughtly they have the same phiysical size and form.
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 G4 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.
The HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower 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 G4 Microtower as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.
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.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower comes with 2 ports, while the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is the better choice.
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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 480 G4 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 G4 Microtower, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.
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!
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 480 G4 Microtower comes with a decent 310 Watt PSU, but the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower has a more powerful one rated at 450 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.