Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF vs. HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF||HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower|
|Form factor||Small||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;||Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile||GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2400/2666||DIMM DDR4-2133|
|RAM speed||2666 MT/s||2133 MT/s|
|RAM max||64 GB||64 GB|
|USB ports||USB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;||(6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) Display Port 1.2;||DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;||RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;|
|Optional ports||HDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Serial+PS2; Media Card Reader; WiFi antenna;||SD card reader; Serial; Parallel;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4 (open ended);||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4);|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||N.A.|
|Drive bays||3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);||(2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim)|
|PSU||200 W||180/300 W|
|Weight||5.81 kg (12.82 lb)||7.05 kg (15.5 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF and HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF which was released in 2018. The HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower is older and entered production in 2015.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower 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 Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower 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 4 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.The Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2133 MT/s. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 64 GB of RAM will be enough for most people. However, if you will be needing more RAM, make sure to check other desktop models too.
In total the Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF has 10 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF, is that it has 1 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds a bit.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF comes with 2 ports, while the HP ProDesk 490 G3 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 slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 3 SATA slots.
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 Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF. Sadly, the HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower 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!
Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF comes with a decent 200 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 490 G3 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 300 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.