HP ProDesk 480 G6 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 480 G6 MicrotowerLenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7;
ChipsetB360Q87
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR4-2666DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots24
RAM speed2666 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max64 GB32 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDisplayPort; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-In; Line-Out;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;
Optional portsSD card reader; Serial; Serial and (2x) PS2; DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C;(2x) PS2; Serial; Parallel; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports34
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) N.A.
Drive bays2.5/3.5-inch; 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);(2x) 2.5/3.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch;
PSU180/250/310 WATX 280/450 W
Weight5.47 kg (12.0 lb)11.20 kg (24.69 lb)
Released20182013
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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 G6 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 480 G6 Microtower which was released in 2018. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is older and entered production in 2013.

Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops 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 G6 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.

Memory

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G6 Microtower 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.

The HP ProDesk 480 G6 Microtower is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 480 G6 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 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.

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 G6 Microtower 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA 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 HP ProDesk 480 G6 Microtower. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Tower has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

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

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 G6 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.

Motherboard

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